Accolades given to community leader in Germantown

By LINDA MCALPINE - Daily News

March 26, 2014

GERMANTOWN - When Kevin Nash moved to Germantown in 1997, he never thought he would someday be named its Citizen of the Year by the Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Nash and 2013 Business of the Year winner First Bank Financial Centre of Germantown and 2013 Service Organization of the Year Life Church was recognized Tuesday at the Chamber’s annual awards dinner.

“When I started in real estate here, I started getting involved in the community as a way to get to know people,” Nash, a Shorewest Realtor, said Monday afternoon about the accolade. “This is my children’s hometown and I wanted to try to make it a better place.”

Nash has served on several community committees, including as Leadership Germantown’s current president, past president of the Germantown Historical Society Board, former member of the village of German-town Tourism and Betterment Committee, former Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce New Members Committee chairman and a former member of the Okoberfest and Main Street Festival committees. He is also a Chamber Ambassador and a 2009 graduate of the Germantown Citizens Police Academy.He has participated in the village’s Fourth of July and Christmas parades and the Germantown/ Washington County Civic Group from 2010-14.

“I never set out to do things for recognition. I’ve done these things because I love this community,” he said.

First Bank Financial Centre was nominated for its many community contributions, donations and sponsorship, such as “Growing Our Communities” campaign, the “Random Acts of Kindness,” and the recent premier sponsorship of the Germantown Community Scholarship Fund Dinner Auction,  according to the chamber’s Executive Director Lynn Grgich.

Eighty percent of the staff at First Bank Financial Centre and 100 percent of its local management volunteers in the community, Germantown branch manager Cheri Schadeberg said.

Life Church, the 2013 Service Organization of the Year, has had an impact on the community that extends beyond its congregation, Grgich said.

The church recently completed construction of its building and has since opened its doors to community events as well as supporting staff involvement in Leadership Germantown and organizing the July 4 parade line-up.

Grgich said nominations were solicited from Chamber members and the community with the winners selected by a committee.  The recipients were honored at the Chamber’s annual meeting at Nardo’s Passport Inn.