Ed’s note: This article was modified from its original form to clarify that the Leadership in Education category is not limited to Craven Community College faculty.
Businessman and former county commissioner Steve Tyson was named for Individual Leadership and James F. “Smoke” Boyd, owner of The Flame Catering & Event Center, was picked for Business Leadership by the Craven Community College Foundation’s 9th annual Community Fabric Awards.
The college’s Kathryn Amerson was named in the Leadership in Education category.
The event was created by the Craven CC Foundation to “showcase excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of service and inspiration of others.”
The recipients will be honored during the annual CFA Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Thursday, April 18, at the Havelock Tourist & Event Center.
After Hurricane Florence, Tyson spent countless hours serving to direct critical help and support to hundreds of displaced families all across Craven County. Tyson has lived in New Bern his entire life. Since concentrating on real estate brokerage in 2006, he has received multiple honors for exceptional sales volume. He has supported the community through diligent involvement in several local organizations. He is currently a board member of the CarolinaEast Health System, Craven 100 Alliance Building Committee and the Craven County Disaster Recovery Alliance.
The award for business leadership will be presented to The Flame Catering & Banquet Center owner and executive chef “Smoke” Boyd. The Flame opened in 1990 and has become well known across Eastern North Carolina. With over 30 years of experience in the catering, events and restaurant industries, Boyd provides exquisite culinary crafts and excellent customer service. His love and compassion for the community have made a tremendous impact on everyone he meets.
Amerson was selected for the leadership in education award for her teaching career at Craven Community College since 2000. She teaches history and humanities, and is the faculty adviser for the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the Study Abroad program.
All three recipients will be honored during the 9th annual CFA Ceremony and Luncheon. Funds raised through event sponsorships and ticket purchases are used to support the Foundation’s programs, as well as equipment, facilities and emerging initiatives of the college. To date, the CFA events have netted over $350,000 in support of the Foundation’s mission.
“The 2019 CFA recipients truly demonstrate why the Foundation established this event,” said Craven CC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Charles Wethington. “Although it was a difficult decision, the selection committee ultimately chose these recipients due to their remarkable service and support for this community.”