The Caroline County Chamber of Commerce has recognized Bowling Green real estate broker Mike Manns with its annual award for business person of the year.
Manns, 68, received the award at the organization’s yearly Christmas social, which was held Thursday evening last week at the Caroline County Visitors Center in Ruther Glen.
It was presented by chamber member David Storke, a past recipient of the honor, along with Kim Napier, the organization’s president.
In addition to being a resident of Caroline or employed by a business in Caroline and holding a position as owner, a senior officer or manager, the criteria for the award calls for the recipient to be “well rounded and exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit.”
Nominees also must have a record of success and be strong supporters – with their time and resources – of the community and its economic growth.
Manns, a lifelong resident of Caroline, is a partner with Don Pitts of Pitts and Manns Realty. They began working together in the late 1970s-early 1980s and later formed a partnership.
In presenting the award, Storke described Manns as “highly regarded in his profession.”
“You have demonstrated a lifetime” of giving back to the community in various ways and supporting it, said Storke.
“I hope I don’t have to make a speech because I’m speechless,” said Manns.
“I’m just honored and so humbled by it,” he added.
Manns is a graduate of Caroline High School and Virginia Commonwealth University and began working in the real estate industry in 1977. He serves on the board of directors of Union First Market Bank.
Manns is a member of Bowling Green Christian Fellowship and serves the church as a trustee.
He has been active in the Caroline Young Life chapter, served on the chamber’s board of directors, and also served on the board of directors of Caroline Little League.
Manns is a member of the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors as well as two other trade organization, the Virginia Association of Relators and the National Association of Realtors.
He lives with his wife, Carol, in Bowling Green.