• Small Business Person of the Year Award

    2015 Small Business Person of the Year, Sherry Armstead
    (photo courtesty of Greg Lynch)
    Sherry Armstead, owner of Art On/Off Symmes is the 2015 Small Business Person of the Year.  Sherry left the real estate business and opened Art On Symmes in 2002 to fulfill a dream that she had.  She transformed her real estate offices into a space with unique items by American artists, serving as an outlet for them to showcase and sell their work.  Sherry opened Art Off Symmes in 2011, after several customers urged her to be part of the downtown Hamilton revitalization. Shortly after opening, Art Off Symmes faced many challenges.  The store was surrounded by construction and sidewalk closings were ever present.  But through the challenges, Sherry persevered.  She credits much of her success to customer service and finding good, customer-focused sales associates who are caring and attentive.  Sherry has been and continues to be a significant source of the business revival in downtown Hamilton.  She has encouraged other small businesses to join her in making a difference and transforming downtown.  Sherry has always been involved in community activities and fundraisers all over Butler County.  She has served on the Board of the Center for Family Solutions.  She was a founding member of the Fairfield Community Foundation and served on its Board.  She chaired the YWCA's Festival of Trees event.  She has worked on the Butler County United Way's annual campaign and was a Board member of their Women's Leadership Council.  Sherry currently serves on the City of Sculpture Board and was the driving force in establishing Artfest at Icefest, which she has chaired since its inception 6 years ago.  She has aided the Board also, by helping to acquire some of the sculptures you see around town, most notably the Big Guitar and "Family of 4" at RiversEdge Park. 

    Past Recipients:

    2014 - Jane Johnson
    2013 - Mindy Mueller
    2012 - George F. Schmidt
    2011 – Dennis & Robin Kurlas
    2010 - Sanders Family
    2009 - Edward D. Larkin
    2008 - Jeff Pohlman
    2007 - Bob Robinson, Sr.
    2006 - Bill Boehm
    2005 - H. Wayne Ferguson
    2004 - Craig Wilks
    2003 - Dave Lippert
    2002 - Mel “Moody” Baker
    2001 - Paul & Joellyn Goos
    2000 - Karen Underwood Kramer & Gayl Underwood
    1999 - Peter A. Towne
    1998 - Frank Pfirman
    1997 - Neil Cohen, Henry Sester & Ron Smith
    1987 - Bob Lippert
    1986 - Harold McMullen
    1985 - Bill Wilks
    1984 - Jay & Carolyn Antenen
    1983 - Jack Horn
    1982 - Joe Williams

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