Hampton is Chamber ‘Man of the Year’

What do national basketball champions and the second longest-serving Rural Electric Cooperative manager in the world have in common? They were both recognized for their achievements Thursday night.

The Knox County Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual banquet Thursday night in the Student Center at Union College. Chamber President James McDowell introduced the school’s 2017 NAIA National Champion men’s basketball team and their coach, Kevin Burton, who was the keynote speaker for the evening.

The highest honor of the evening, however, went to Ted Hampton, CEO of Cumberland Valley Electric.

A former high school teacher, Hampton has worked with Cumberland Valley Electric (RECC) since 1964, when he became Manager and Chief Operating Officer in April of that year.

In 2016, Hampton was honored as the second longest-serving manager of any rural electric cooperative in the world.

In his acceptance speech, Hampton shared the spotlight with his employees, acknowledging those who work with him to provide quality service to the area.

“Mr. (Rich) Pruitt is very gracious to attend a lot of the chamber meetings through Southeastern Kentucky,” Hampton continued. “He’s a good asset to Cumberland Valley. Our employees are great to work with our citizens.”

In closing, Hampton said “If you’re one of our customers and need us, give us a call. If you’re passing by stop in and we’ll give you a cup of coffee.”

A reception, sponsored by Commercial Bank, was held prior to the banquet. After Hampton’s remarks, door prizes were drawn.

The Knox County Chamber of Commerce meets next on Tuesday, November 28 at 11:45 a.m. at the Union College Student Center.

For more information about attending the meetings or becoming a Chamber member, contact Executive Director Claudia Greenwood at cgreenwo@barbourville.com.