The evening of Saturday, Feb. 8 was meaningful for HRC. Two members of the team were honored at the annual Douglas County Chamber banquet.

Office Manager Laura Mullins was named Young Professional of the Year by the DC chamber for her service to the business community and the community at large.

President Howard B. Ray, P.E. formally turned over the gavel as chamber president after his year-long leadership term.

These individuals exemplify a key HRC value: HRC team members work hard to make our clients more successful, while striving to make the places we live better.

Laura was named a Top 10 Young Professional in 2019 and 2017 by Advancing Modern Professionals in Douglas (AMP’D), a program of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation. This year’s honor was a special surprise to the active professional.

“When the announcement was made, I was honestly stunned,” said Laura. “There are so many worthy men and women who served with me, which makes getting this award even more special.”

In addition to her work with the chamber, Laura has supported her church, served on the board of the the Boys and Girls Club in Douglas County and chaired the organization’s golf tournament. She’s also done plenty of volunteering at her three children’s schools and with their extracurricular activities.

Howard was honored for his service as chairman of the Douglas County Chamber. During his tenure he undertook several initiatives to advance the interests of the business community, and to instill collaboration among members. He officially passed the gavel to Craig Owens, president, Wellstar Douglas Hospital, who takes the leadership role for the next 12 months.

In addition to leading the HRC team of 25+ civil engineers, surveyors, landscape architects and other professionals, and spearheading business development, Howard serves on the boards of Tanner Health, Douglas UnitE, the Carroll Symphony and the Carroll County Chamber.

“It’s been my pleasure to serve,” he said. “I’m proud of the opportunity I’ve had to work with very talented folks who are invested in the betterment our communities,” he said. “I look forward to staying involved over the long term—to contribute to the well-being at the local, state and Southeast regional area where we serve.” Howard added.

For more information about HRC’s give-back efforts, read this blog.