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Winget-Hernandez named 2017 Business of the Year

About 60 people gathered at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Tuesday night (Oct. 17) to hear Winget-Hernandez, P.C., named 2017 Business of the Year at the Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.

“We looked at community involvement and impact when making our decision,” said Chamber President Rudy Garcia after the meeting. “Winget-Hernandez held several free estate planning seminars all around the community. They hosted numerous after hours events [for the Chamber] and sponsored a breakfast. They did a lot of things within the business community as well as within the civic community.”

Winget-Hernandez, P.C., is a law firm in Troy that specializes in estate planning. It is owned by Lelia and Michael Winget-Hernandez, a wife and husband team.

“We are so grateful and proud to be part of the Fluvanna County business community,” said Lelia Winget-Hernandez as the couple accepted the award.

Two prominent members of the Fluvanna community received President’s Awards at the event.

Garcia recognized Al Colville and Easton Loving for the work they did to establish the Fluvanna Leadership Development Program (FLDP), a yearly class that teaches community members about how the county works.

Colville and Loving created “a marvelous legacy in Fluvanna County,” said Garcia. “In those early years it was two people who held the program together [and] nurtured” it into the comprehensive course it is today.

“When we started we needed people in the county to pull together,” Colville said as he accepted his award. “I’m delighted that the FLDP has worked out as well as it has.”

“The program was born out of some unrest and strife in the county, and [my wife] Pam and I had the chance to see some of the breakdown of communication in the county,” said Loving. “It really wasn’t anything like the Fluvanna I grew up in because we weren’t listening to each other. When you look now at the listening skills we have in the county…you can really say ‘a job well done.’ It gives you a good deal of satisfaction… Thankfully we’re no longer an ‘us’ and ‘them’ community inside and outside Lake Monticello…because we’re really all Fluvannians.”

Garcia began a year’s term as Chamber president at the meeting, replacing former president Debbie Lucado.

He recognized outgoing Board member Scott Valentine for his service to the Chamber. “Scott held the Chamber together,” Garcia said. “He was responsible for helping us turn the Chamber around and re-establishing the Chamber as a force to be reckoned with in Fluvanna.”

Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport sponsored the event in memory of Bill Hughes, a Fluvanna County figure who died Dec. 9, 2106, at the age of 70. Hughes was commander of the Scottsville VFW Post 8169 and served on the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, the NAACP, the Chamber, the Fluvanna County American Legion Post 2003, and the Fluvanna County School Board.