Shockey named business person of the year

Zach Glenn zglenn@therecordherald.com
Denny Shockey, left, and Stewart McCleaf were the Roy S.F. Angle and Chamber Champion award recipients, respectively, at this year's Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Some could say that the Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce's business person of the year award was kept in the family Thursday night.

This year's winner of the Roy S.F. Angle Award was Denny Shockey who was nominated for his recent work with Medic 2 and his decades of service at The Record Herald as well as volunteering with numerous organizations. Kim Shockey, Denny's wife, won in 2007 and was the second woman ever to win, while the Shockeys are the first couple ever to have each won the business person of the year award.

"It's a testament to both what we preach for the community and what we have done for the community," said Denny Shockey, who was recognized at the chamber's annual banquet at Green Grove Gardens.

Kim Shockey agreed and also added that the two of them would not have even been nominated for the award if it had not been for how helpful the Waynesboro community has been.

"You have to understand the community raised us and rallied around everything we've done," Kim Shockey said.

The Shockeys come from a humble background, meeting each other when they were both working at McDonald's. When they were first together the two of them were only making $9/hour together, but the they later became major movers and shakers in the Waynesboro community.

"To make it work you both have to like each other," Kim Shockey said.

Denny Shockey has been a long-standing member of the community and as a result of his position with The Record Herald has been in the public eye for a long time. Shockey was hired in 1980 and worked for 32 years at The Record Herald which included 9 years in the circulation department and 23 years in managing the advertising department. In addition to his job at the paper, Shockey also became a strong community advocate for the benefits of having a local newspaper and still speaks highly of the team that he worked with to this day.

"I would take those five ladies and would put them (in any job) with me," said Shockey.

In 2012, after 32 years at The Record Herald, Shockey started a new job at Medic 2 and has managed to tackle major problems that plagued the ambulance company. Shockey's work has been instrumental in helping to eat away at Medic 2's budget deficit and put them in a position where they can begin to look at future growth.

Shockey may have had a career that blossomed from working at a McDonald's to being one of the executive director, but the title that he loves most of all is Pop Pop. The couple of 37 years has raised two children and have four grandchildren.

Throughout the years, Shockey has also been a dedicated volunteer on the community and served on several organizations including: The Waynesboro Hospital Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Waynesboro, Franklin County Housing Authority, Waynesboro YMCA Board of Directors and Trinity United Church of Christ and Trinity Players. He has also spent much of his time at Fairview Elementary School where he mentored third graders and helped to create an after-school reading program, coach high school girls' basketball and working with the capital campaign for the Robert Stum Soccer Complex.

The Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Person of the Year award is named for local businessman who Roy S.F. Angle. Angle not only brought successful businesses to the Waynesboro area, but also helped find a permanent space for the Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce.

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