Barren County Chamber of Commerce awards 3 with business awards – WBKO

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GLASGOW, Ky. (WBKO) – The Barren County Chamber of Commerce recognized three people in the area business community during an awards news conference held Tuesday.

Among the recipients of this year’s awards were Tiffany Somerville, Bobby Lee Hurt, and Bo Matthews, who were recognized for their exemplary leadership and dedication to both business and community service.

“Tiffany, Bobby Lee, and Bo are great examples of excellence in the Barren County community. Individuals like them help continue to lead our community forward and provide a positive and lasting impact on our region” said Chamber President & CEO Maureen Carpenter.

Somerville, the co-CEO of SpanTech, was awarded the Magnolia Award. She was hailed for her leadership skills, both in her professional endeavors and her commitment to various civic initiatives.

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Known for nurturing her team and fostering an environment where individual strengths thrive, Somerville’s tireless dedication to both her company and the community earned her this well-deserved honor, Barren Inc. said.

The Small Business Person of the Year award was presented to Hurt, the owner of Hurt Auto Sales. He began his journey as a car salesman in Monticello.

Hurt moved his business to Glasgow in the early 2000s and continues operating along West Main Street. The Chamber of Commerce hailed him for his resilience and adaptability, along with his years of community engagement.

In a historic moment, Barren Inc. introduced its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, which was conferred upon Matthews, the outgoing superintendent of Barren County Schools.

Matthews’ illustrious career spanning over three decades in the education sector, coupled with his unwavering commitment to excellence and community service, made him the ideal recipient for this esteemed accolade, according to a news release from Barren Inc.

The Chamber of Commerce said the award was created to celebrate an individual whose extraordinary contributions have left an incredible mark on their field of endeavor and community.

The awards ceremony concluded with the announcement that Somerville, Hurt and Matthews would be officially honored at the Achievement in Business Awards Luncheon on May 7. The event will also feature the recognition of other outstanding individuals and businesses, marking the kickoff of Small Business Appreciation Month.

Tickets for the luncheon are currently on sale and can be purchased through the beginning of May via contact with Erin Hiles at [email protected] or online at

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