Chamber Honors Morman

JOHN MORMAN (right) of Celtic Tides is presented with the 2020 Business Individual of the Year Award by Chamber President John Stallard. (photo courtesy of Rettig & Co. Photo & Films)

JOHN MORMAN (right) of Celtic Tides is presented with the 2020 Business Individual of the Year Award by Chamber President John Stallard. (photo courtesy of Rettig & Co. Photo & Films)

A Lexington businessman who has long been involved in community activities was honored Feb. 1 by the Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

John W. Morman was named the 2020 Business Individual of the Year at the chamber’s 83rd annual Dinner Dance and Auction at Evans Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The event’s theme was “An Old Hollywood Affair.”

For the past 35 years the chamber’s board of directors has voted on nominations solicited from the membership, and this year honored Morman, co-owner of Celtic Tides.

“Morman has been a long-time chamber supporter and good friend to many,” a chamber spokesperson said. “He is known for his hard work ethic, his generosity to philanthropic causes and his genuine care for others. He is always asking how he can help, and going the extra mile to make sure his customers are taken care of and continue to come back. This spirit of service to others is one of the reasons that Celtic Tides, the shop he owns and operates with his loving wife, Mary Jo, has been successful for over 15 years.”

In addition to being a staple of the downtown Lexington business community, Morman has been an active volunteer and contributor in Rockbridge County, serving numerous organizations over the years, including the Lexington Lions Club, the chamber of commerce, Main Street Lexington and the Mountain City Masonic Lodge.

“We are fortunate to have such a creative and passionate business individual among us,” said Chamber Executive Director, Tracy Lyons. “His passion for heritage and community engagement made him the perfect choice for the 2020 Business Individual of the Year.”

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