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Dr. Greg Greiner named York’s Citizen of Year

Dentist Dr. Gregory Greiner was honored as Citizen of the Year during the Greater York Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet Friday.

Greiner was one of five individuals or businesses honored with awards for their contributions to the community during the chamber’s annual dinner and banquet at McCelvey Center.

Rick Jiran with Duke Energy, who presented the award to Greiner, said he has worked with Dental Access to provide dental care to those who don’t have insurance.

Jiran said Greiner has also provided needed dental care through PATH, which serves needy families in the York school district, and to inmates at the York County Detention Center.

“He loves his patients as friends,” said Jiran.

York Comprehensive High School football coach Bobby Carroll, a York native and a past recipient of the Citizen of the Year award, shared memories of his coaching experiences as a guest speaker.

Others honored with chamber awards are:

•  Carl Frederick Bierman was named Volunteer of the Year. Bierman, a volunteer at Harold C. Johnson Elementary, runs the school’s morning news show, volunteers in the media center, learned to operate the school lighting and sound system for a holiday music program, and lends a hand to teachers in the classroom.



Bierman wasn’t planning to be a substitute teacher, but he was willing to be certified as a substitute through Kelly Services so he could be available as a substitute teacher on days when the school has trouble finding a subs, said school principal Kelly Coxe.

“This volunteer is part of the very fabric of our school,” said Coxe. “He seamlessly meshes with our staff and our students.”

•  Piedmont Medical Center was named Business of the Year. The hospital employes about 1,600 people and contracts with a variety of local vendors for other services.



The hospital made some $400,000 in cash contributions to local business last year, said Matt Caldwell, vice president of the chamber.

Caldwell, who presented the award to hospital CEO Bill Masterton, said the hospital started with 52 physicians when it opened 32 years ago, and today has more than 350. He said the hospital has a new focus on providing care in western York County.

•  Kip Kohn, owner of Sports Fans Ink in downtown York, received the award for Small Business of the Year from Robert Winkler, past chamber president.



Winkler said the business opened in 2009 and most days is open from mid-morning to late evening. It offers “old-fashioned, full-service customer service,” Winkler said. “I bring all my family when they come into town.”

•  Chris Stephenson, with the York and Rock Hill offices of Farm Bureau Insurance of York County, was named Business Person of the Year.



Joe Versen, who presented the award, said Stephenson is a York native who was captain of the 1986 York state championship football team.

He said Stephenson, who has been involved in youth sports, manages two Farm Bureau insurance offices and has received numerous sales awards.

He also said Stephenson is an eight-year member of the board of directors of the Bank of York and an 11-year member of the York school board.

The chamber honored outgoing board members. They are York schools Superintendent Vernon Prosser, attorney Daniel Harshaw, Steve Mellon with Mellon Insurance Solutions and Simon Ormerod with Ajax Rolled Ring and Machine.

Current board officers are president Grier Sandifer, immediate past president Winkler, first vice president Caldwell and treasurer Christopher Farris.

Board members are Tim Baldwin, Sylvia Chappell, Kathy Grier, Chris Hoofnagle, Paul Lindsey, Marc Lubiato, Craig Spencer, Joel Wood, Ken Cushman, Amy Faulkenberry, Linda Weaver Griggs, Kohn, Oliver Love, Will Mitchell, Versen and Lee Youngblood.

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