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Unity Award Recipients

2018

Percy D. Vaughn

Percy was born in Atlanta, GA and graduated from Coronado  High School in Lubbock, TX.  He earned his Bachelor’s  degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA and his  MBA from Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA.

After graduation, he went to work for Ford Motor Company, fulfilling several managerial positions and increasing  responsibilities over his ten-year tenure. After leaving Ford Motor Company in 1986, he worked with Hyundai Motor Company in Atlanta, GA and was promoted to General Manager of the Southern Region within six years. In 1995, Percy opened the Southern Region office for Kia Motors America, in Atlanta, GA where he now serves as the  Executive Director of the Southern Region. The Kia Southern Region office has been the # 1 Region for the past 23 years and contributes 37% of total sales for Kia Motors America.

Percy currently serves as Chairman on the Board for the Chick-fil-A Bowl which he
assumed in June of 2015. As Chairman, Percy oversees the Board of Trustee for
Chick-fil-a Bowl and Board of Directors. This includes management of the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament, and the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. Percy previously served as Vice Chairman for two years, has been involved with the Bowl for six years through his time at Kia. Percy is also a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Club; received Father of the Year for 2013 America Diabetes Association, as well as a Board member for the Cobb Energy Centre.

Percy’s devotion to children, charity and the community is unparalleled. He has been
responsible for providing over $20,000 a year to the Boys and Girls Club of Cherokee County for several years and has been their fundraising event sponsor. Additionally,
under Percy’s leadership, Carriage Kia became the 2017 title sponsor of the Allen Temple Annual Scholarship Golf Event which provides scholarship funds for Cherokee County seniors. He has also been a major contributor to the SISTA golf EVENT which sponsors young women in the arts and cancer awareness in Birmingham Alabama for the last
10 years.

Percy and his wife Audree have two adult children, Dr. Kory Vaughn and Kristen Watson.  Their son Dr. Kory Vaughn received his medical degree in emergency room medicine from Morehouse School of Medicine and completed his residency in Philadelphia, in June of 2013 and is currently an emergency room doctor at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Kory and his new wife Raquel were married in February 2015.  Their daughter Kristen is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is married to Benjamin Watson, starting tight end with the Baltimore, Ravens. They have three daughters and two sons which Percy and his wife Audree enjoy spoiling their grandchildren.
 

2017

Tony Harrison

Tony Harrison, born into a military family in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, has lived all over the US and abroad. Tony and his wife, Kelly, have been married for 25 years, and have a daughter (Morgan/19) and son (Tony/17) and have resided in Canton, GA for 16yrs.Tony has over thirty years of civic and community volunteerism, and continues this tradition in Cherokee County. Tony received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University, and has attended several executive courses from
Harvard University.

In 1986, Tony began his career in sales management at Procter & Gamble. After 17 years with P&G, he followed his entrepreneurial spirit to become President and CEO of Tohar Industries, Inc. (2004 – 2007), then President and CEO of Bonus Building Care (2007 – 2012).  After selling Bonus Building Care in 2012, Tony provided consulting services to others eager to become entrepreneurs. In 2014, Tony became one of the first five franchises of Cousins Maine Lobster, after seeing it on ABC’s Shark Tank. He launched his first truck in 2015 and was voted #1 food truck in Atlanta. He now has two trucks and in 2016 was voted #1 food truck for the second year in a row. Tony has his eye on opening the first Cousins Maine Lobster restaurant in Metro Atlanta later this year.

Continuing in his commitment to service, Tony has been a perennial major sponsor and participant in the Allen Temple Annual Golf Scholarship Event. He consistently gets involved in recreational, community and civic causes. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Cherokee County (Malon D. Mims) Boys & Girls Club (President of the Board of Directors 2011 – 2014).  As an Executive Board Member, Tony has been involved in all aspects of the club and has personally raised over $200,000 in his tenure on the Board.

Tony’s devotion to the development of youth is evident. He has been a Judge and mentor for the Youth of the Year Program.  With 20 years’ experience as CEO of The Myrtle Beach Winter Golf Invitational (Largest African American event of its kind), he chaired the BGC Golf Tournament Committee for 5 years (which raises over $50,000 annually). He serves the kids and their families dinner every year at the annual Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations all while encouraging the youth to apply for scholarships to further their education.  Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors: Food Truck Association of Georgia, Ride to the Olympics Foundation; is Past Board
President: Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Davidson, NC; Past President : US African American Golf Association; Advisory Board: Sinergy Elastomers, Inc.; Youth Sports Coach; and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Kids Bible Clubs, MUST Ministries, and several other community organizations.

Tony’s Favorite Quote: “A negative mind will never give you a positive life”
 

2016

Lewis Lamar Green

Lamar Green is a disciple of Jesus Christ and also the founder and president of Never Alone Outreach.  Never Alone Outreach was founded as Lamar fulfilled the promise he made to God in 2000 that he would serve Him always if HE would heal him of
alcoholism.  Since that time, Lamar has stayed true to the promise as he now celebrates 15 years of sobriety.
 
God led Lamar on a circuitous route to the current outreach center.  Never Alone started out with mission trips to the Gulf Coast which was badly hit by Hurricane Katrina.  Over the next five years, God led Lamar to lead International Mission teams to Tanzania, East Africa; Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Puebla, Mexico all in preparation for his current role of leading the more than 30 volunteers at the outreach center. 
 
In October 2012, Never Alone opened the location on Rope Mill Road to serve
Cherokee County residents who are struggling financially by supplying food and
clothing.  During 2015 Never Alone provided food and clothing to over 15,000
individuals.  When the center opened 3 years ago Never Alone had a meager $82 in the ministry bank account.  With God’s favor, Never Alone distributed over $600,000 in food and clothing values in 2015.  God has truly blessed the Never Alone Outreach Center!
 
Lamar is married to Patricia Green, and they have one son Branden, a daughter-in-love Katelin and 2 adorable grand dogs.  Lamar serves as the Youth Pastor at Waleska First Baptist Church and is a board member of: Community of Hope.
 

2015

Meg Rogers

Meg Rogers is the Executive Director of the Cherokee Family Violence Center, located in Canton, Georgia.  She began as a volunteer in 1993, and became executive director in 1995.
 
Meg states that, “My role models and inspiration come from the women and men who I have worked with who had the courage to believe that there could be a world that was safe, just and free from violence and that all lives mattered.” 
 
Under Meg’s leadership, Cherokee Family Violence Center has made extraordinary efforts to ensure that all racial and cultural populations have access to services for victims of family violence.  

In 2003, the Cherokee Family Violence Center was expanded with the creation of the
Multi-Cultural Program and the implementation of the only 24-hour Spanish language crisis hotline in Georgia.  Also, Cherokee Family Violence Center partnered with NuRock Development Corporation to build a $6.8 million, 72-unit transitional housing apartment complex known as Hearthstone Landing.  The complex houses domestic violence victims and their children.  
 
Meg continues to expand victim services at Cherokee Family Violence Center.  In the fall of 2011, Cherokee Family Violence Center became the only domestic violence program in Georgia to receive accreditation by the United States Board of Immigration and Appeals to be able to directly assist immigrant victims of domestic violence with immigration appeals and protections.  And, in 2014, an extensive Positive Parenting Program titled “Triple P”, was created to provide a comprehensive approach to addressing parenting skills. 
 
Additionally, Meg spearheaded an effort to expand the Cherokee Family Violence Center into the Full Frame Initiative’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Cohort Demonstration Project.  This Project is a multi-year endeavor bringing together 10 exemplary domestic violence organizations and allies from across the country as a learning and action community to help survivors facing complex challenges.
 
Meg truly exemplifies one of her favorite quotes, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  - Margaret Mead, Anthropologist. 
 
Her previous civic action includes serving on the Georgia Commission on Family Violence where she chaired the Family Violence Intervention Program Certification Committee and the Legislative Committee.  She also served on the State Executive Committee, and was past Chairs of the Georgia Coalition Against Violence Task Force and the Blue Ridge Judicial Domestic Violence Task Force.  
 
Meg is married to Wallace “Wally” Rogers, and has three daughters, a step-son and six
grand-children.
 

2014

Ronald Hammock

Ronald (Ron) Hammock is the General Manager of Chick-Fil-A Dwarf House, HWY 92, Woodstock, Georgia. Ron has been employed with Chick-Fil-A since 1991, promoted to general manger in 1999.

He is described by his office manager, Angie Jeffers, as a generous, helpful, kind, fun, loving and caring Christian man.

Ron and his wife Regina have two sons (James and David) and a daughter (Sara Beth). Together, they are committed to the community - not just by words, but in actions.

Under Ron’s leadership, the Chick-Fil-A Dwarf House restaurant hosts at least eight community Bible studies and several senior citizens group meetings each week.  Ron also promotes family bonding events such as: Daddy-Daughter date nights, Mother-Daughter tea parties, and Mother-Son date nights at the restaurant.

The Dwarf House restaurant also partners with many Cherokee County schools. Ron takes every opportunity to speak at schools for career days. Sequoyah High, River Ridge High, Mill Creek Middle,  Johnston Elementary, Little River Elementary and Woodstock Day School are just a few of the community partners.   The restaurant also holds “Spirit Nights” donating a portion of sales proceeds to help support various causes such as students’ fundraisers for mission trips. 

Ron is also an active child’s advocate in Cherokee County. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Anna Crawford Children’s Center in Canton, Georgia. The Anna Crawford Children’s Center provides children who suffer from abuse with support and treatment services.  Although his official capacity is a Board Member, during this year’s “Holiday Lights of Hope,” an event that supports the Crawford Center, Ron could be seen hanging lights and directing traffic; always showing his willingness to help wherever needed.

Ron is a member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce where he served on the Board of Directors.

Ron’s work ethic and managerial philosophy has been recognized through previous awards including, the Chick-Fil-A Symbol of Success (2 years) and the Top Dwarf House Award. 

Ron says that he always try to treat people with “Respect, Honor, and Dignity”.

 


2013

Billy Hayes

Billy Hayes, native of Gadsden, Alabama, has over 20 years experience in the healthcare arena, and has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Northside Hospital-Cherokee since 2004. Billy received his Undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance from Jacksonville State University, an Executive MBA from Kennesaw State University and was honored as the 2006 Alumni of the Year by Kennesaw State University. In 1994, Billy accepted a position with Georgia Baptist Healthcare System and after only one year was promoted to Administrator of Baptist Hospital Worth County. After less than one year at Baptist Worth his responsibilities were expanded to include two long-term care facilities and one additional hospital. After many fulfilling years with Georgia Baptist, Billy made the decision to join Northside Hospital-Cherokee and continue his journey in healthcare. Since joining Northside Hospital-Cherokee, Billy has been instrumental in the overall growth and improvement of the hospital. Billy has been influential in adding new service lines to the hospital and more than doubling the number of physicians on the medical staff. Billy has been recognized as an outstanding leader in the community and in healthcare for many years. He continues to give his personal time by serving on numerous boards, while chairing the First United Methodist Church and Highland Rivers CSB. Billy and his wife Brittany reside in Cherokee County and have five children.

Professional Activities: Kennesaw State University (KSU) Alumni Association: Board of Directors, Vice Chair . Michael J. Coles College of Business at KSU: Advisory Board United Community Bank: Board of Directors Highland Rivers CSB: Board of Directors, Chairman Highland Rivers CSB: Finance Committee Georgia Hospital Association: Finance Committee; Workers Compensation Self INS Fund Georgia Health Care Association

Civic Activities and Social Clubs: Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club: Executive Committee Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Oub President: 2010-2011 Region 1 EMS Council Cherokee County Rotary: Honorary Member

Other activity Billy participated in that might be worth mentioning: 2011 "Dance for the Children" Charity Event; which was hosted by the Service League of Cherokee County
 

2012

Rick Glasper

Rick Glasper was born in Gainesville, Georgia where he attended Gainesville High School. He was a stand out in track and basketball. Upon graduation he received a basketball schol­arship to attend North Georgia College and State University. He earned a degree in physical education. He began his teaching career in 1986, at Cherokee High School, where he coached basketball, track, and football. After two years at Jackson County High School he returned to Cherokee High School to con­tinue teaching and coaching. Up until the year of 1999 he transferred to Woodstock High School. He is currently teaching and coaching track, football, and basketball here at Woodstock.

Coach Glasper feels that his biggest reward for teaching and coaching is seeing the positive influence the kids have shown in their daily lives once they've left high school and become young adults. Becoming productive citizens and good parents in society has made his teaching experience worthwhile.
 
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