Congratulations to our 2013 Award Recipients!
Small Category: Dampp-Chaser Corporation, Hendersonville
As a Merchant Marine stationed in Trinidad in the 1940’s, Alan Foote designed dehumidifying products for a variety of uses. When he ended his tour of duty, he sold his products door-to-door before establishing Dampp-Chaser in Hendersonville in 1947. Robert Mair purchased the company with a partner in 1986. Robert made the conscious choice to establish Dampp-Chaser as a family business, and bought out his partner in 1994. Robert’s daughter, Gayle, and son-in-law Roger Wheelock joined the company in 1995, and now the third generation of Mair family members is becoming involved, too. Today, Dampp-Chaser produces an accessory for pianos, the Piano Life Saver, which is sold through an international distribution network to piano tuners and technicians around the world. The company has 23 employees.
Medium Category: Samet Corporation, Greensboro
Samet Corporation was founded in 1961 by Norman Samet in High Point. Through the years, the family-owned company has grown to become a regional corporation with over 130 employees and operations throughout the Southeast. Originally known for large industrial buildings, Samet has developed expertise in high-growth segments such as healthcare and technology in addition to signature properties like stadiums and showrooms. Norman continues to provide guidance and support to the next generation of Samet Corporation associates, including son Arthur Samet, president & CEO, and son-in-law Marshall Tuck, vice president of administration.
Large Category: Richard Childress Racing, Welcome
Richard Childress purchased his first race car for $20, and started his career as an independent race car driver at local tracks in the 1960’s. In 1969 he was given the opportunity to participate in the NASCAR Cup race in Talledega. Richard seized the opportunity and took his winnings home to purchase his first race shop and launch Richard Childress Racing. Today, RCR is housed in 14 buildings and occupies over 550,000 square feet in its Welcome corporate headquarters. The company has approximately 475 full-time employees, and boasts 14 championships (13 NASCAR and one in the ARCA Racing Series) and more than 200 wins. Richard still works at the race shop every day, and attends almost every NASCAR race. Son-in-law Mike Dillon is the Vice President of Competition, and grandsons Austin and Ty Dillon are up-and-coming drivers for RCR. As a true family enterprise, Richard’s wife Judy and daughter Tina Dillon, who operates the award-winning Childress Vineyards, are also involved in ensuring that RCR reflects their family’s vision.
Century Award: Salem Funeral and Cremation Services, Winston-Salem
In 1858 A. C. Vogler established the Main Street Village Cabinet shop in Salem, NC. That shop became the Vogler family funeral home, and since that time, six generations have followed in the footsteps of A. C. With over 155 years of continual service, Salem Funeral and Cremation Services is an important part of Winston-Salem history. The company currently employs 16 people, including current family members Mosby Vogler, representing the 5th generation and his son, John Vogler, representing the 6th generation of the Vogler family.