Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) executive director Scott Marier has been selected as the 2009 Business Person of the Year by the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) executive director Scott Marier has been selected as the 2009 Business Person of the Year by the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Marier has served as WARM's executive director for five years and has been actively involved in the chamber since joining the ministry.

According to a chamber press release, Marier was chosen because of his leadership and involvement in chamber activities and other community organization.

He has served as a chamber ambassador and participated on the Evening of Elegance Committee. He is involved in the Westerville Sunrise Rotary, the Westerville City Schools and the American Center for Civic Character, among other things.

"The positive impact of his changes is clearly defined in the capacity growth that WARM has accomplished under his leadership," said chamber selection committee chairman Chris Jones, president of Iron Pony Motorsports. "With the tight economy, his continual updating of best practices implementation at WARM is a wonderful asset to their clients and the Westerville community."

Marier said the chamber's decision to name him Business Person of the Year is a reflection on the community's commitment to help residents most in need.

"I am deeply humbled with the recognition. I believe it's a team award because it wouldn't be possible except for a great and committed staff, volunteers and the community," Marier said. "There are so many people in this city deserving of recognition."

Marier said he believes it's important for him to play an active role in the chamber and other community organizations because those organizations and the people involved help to make the community a better place to live, which is one of WARM's goals.

"Our participation in the chamber is part of community involvement. It takes everyone being involved to create a better city," he said. "I think (the award is) a testament to the Westerville community as a whole."

Marier will be officially recognized with the award during the chamber's annual dinner at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at Crowne Plaza Columbus North.

The dinner's signature sponsor is Associated Insurance Agencies; the chairman's awards sponsor is Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; and the Business Person of the Year sponsor is Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital.

Other finalists for the Business Person of the Year award were David Forster, of the Party Store & More; Diana Garber, of Intuitive Concepts Inc.; Scott Hrabcak, of Real Living Business/Commercial Partnership; and Tom Campbell, of Quick Solutions Inc.