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February 7, 2014

Chamber reveals Citizen of the Year

Roger Dick takes top spot

Thursday, February 6, 2014 — There are many people who  helped make Uwharrie Bank what it is today, but only one undisputed catalyst, 2012 Citizen of the Year David Grigg said of his successor.

“Roger Dick was the driving force behind Bank of Stanly, the innovator,” Grigg said.

“Creating the Bank of Stanly, now Uwharrie Bank, is his unique lifetime contribution to Stanly County.”In recognition of that contribution, Dick, chief executive officer and president of Uwharrie Capital Corp., was named the 2013 Citizen of the Year at the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce’s 79th annual meeting Wednesday night.

“I cannot recall a single business that was formed from scratch by people of Stanly County which has made the positive impact on this community as has (Uwharrie Bank),” Grigg said.

In 2013, Uwharrie Bank employed 190 employees, 159 of them from within Stanly County, managed approximately one-third of the deposit accounts in the county, generated more than $11 million in positive local economic impact and donated approximately $123,000 to charities.

“There are hundreds of people in Stanly County that have been a part of this,”  Dick said.

“I will accept this award, but really we have earned this collectively.”

When he and others first formed the bank in 1983, he said they knew economic hard times were coming.

“We realized we needed economically to have a capital engine (in the county),” Dick said.

“We needed to have the economic literacy to go about solving our own problems.”

Grigg felt they succeeded.

“Stanly County would be a lesser place, but for the vision, efforts of our Citizen of the Year,” he said.

Before the night was out, though, Uwharrie Bank had not just one reason to be proud, but two.

The bank’s assistant mortgage manager, Michelle Carver, was named Ambassador of the Year.

Ambassadors act as Chamber liaisons, 2012 Ambassador of the Year Vicky Smith said.

They go out and meet new members, help at functions, attend ribbon cuttings and generally assist with whatever needs to be done.

“The Ambassador of the Year is chosen by point system,” Smith said.

“But we don’t do it for the points.”

She said while Carver was consistently available to assist and always present at events, it was her attitude that set her apart.

“She’s a hard-worker, a self-starter. She’s not afraid to voice her opinion,” Smith said.

“Overall, she’s a fun-loving person.”

To submit story ideas, contact Shannon Beamon at (704) 982-2121 ext. 24 or at shannon@stanlynewspress.com.

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