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2014 Small Business Leader of the Year Award Recipients, Tim Kirian (L) and Brian Churney (R), present Dr. Billy Ray Smith with the 2015 Small Business Leader of the Year Award.
Owen Burney Jr. of Burney & Burney Construction (R) with Dr. Dennis Massey, president of Pitt Community College.
Amanda Tilley (middle) - Owner of Krispy Kreme was the reipient of the 2015 First Citizens Bank Forever First Award.

GREENVILLE, NC The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce presented Dr. Billy Ray Smith, owner of Eastern Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, with the 2015 Small Business Leader of the Year Award during the Small Business Awards Breakfast on May 3.

“Winning the Chamber’s award is truly an honor,” said Smith. “It affirms that the American dream is alive and well.”

Eastern Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation was formed in March of 2010 to provide quality healthcare to the citizens of eastern North Carolina. They provide acute rehabilitation services in local facility and specialize in diagnosing and treating acute and chronic pain. They work closely with other area healthcare providers to restore function and improve their patient’s quality of life. In 2010, they had two employees and now have grown to thirteen employees. From Eastern Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation two other businesses have been formed employing an additional six people. These organizations benefit the community not only by helping their patients have a better quality of life, but also by providing employment opportunities in the Pitt County area.

Dr. Smith also serves the community in a variety of ways. He is an usher at Oakmont Baptist Church, member of the fundraising committee for the Heart Ball, an active fundraiser for Rocking Horse Ranch, and provides medical services to the underserved at the Oakmont Free Medical Clinic. He also volunteers at the Brody School of Medicine Office of Admission, the Little Willie Center, the Food Bank of Eastern NC, Boy Scout Troop 46, Doctors on Call, and Stop Hunger Now. Additionally he is a financial supporter of Building Hope, Boys & Girls Club, Rocking Horse Ranch, Riley’s Army, Greenville Museum of Art, Pirate Club, Aces for Autism, and The Dream Factory.

Dr. Smith served active duty in the United States Army from 1984 to 1990 and then served in the US Army Reserves until 2009. He has received the Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal. He attended ECU from 1993 to 1996 graduating with BS in Exercise Physiology. He then entered ECU School of Medicine where he graduated in 2000. He completed his intern year in internal medicine in 2001 and then went on to complete his residency where he served as Chief Resident for the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in 2003 and 2004. He started working in private practice and then opened Eastern Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in 2010 in Greenville.

The Chamber hosts the Small Business Awards Breakfast each year to honor leaders in the Pitt County Business Community who have demonstrated successful operations of their business as well as made a significant impact on the community.

Finalists are selected by the Small Business Awards Committee and recognized at this event. In addition to Dr. Smith, Owen Burney of Burney and Burney Construction Company was recognized as a finalist for the 2015 Small Business Leader of the Year award.

Also highlighting this event each year is the presentation of the First Citizens Bank Forever First Award.  This year’s recipient is Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

The Forever First Award recognizes independent businesses that best exemplify principles of working harder and smarter, putting customers first, thinking long term, and caring about the people who work for you.  Owner Amanda Tilley accepted the award on behalf of Krispy Kreme, a locally-owned business that has delivered exceptional service to the community for 45 years.

The company and its owners are gracious supporters of charity efforts in our community, partnering with many local charities and non-profits to assist in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit local citizens.  Krispy Kreme of Greenville was presented with the Forever First Award because of their commitment to our community, the level of personal service they provide their customers, and their overall commitment to customer satisfaction.

For a list of past Small Business Leader of the Year winners, please click here.

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