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Lew Oliver is keynote speaker at chamber banquet

Lew Oliver

An award-winning architect and Cairo native will be the featured guest speaker at next Monday night’s 83rd annual membership meeting of the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce.
Lew Oliver of Lew Oliver, Inc., son of the Rev. Billy and Naomi Oliver, formerly of Cairo, will be the keynote speaker.
Oliver is the winner of numerous national and international awards including Designer of the New American Home for the National Association of Homebuilders and Designer of the Southern Accents Show House. Most recently, his work was awarded three Best in American Living Awards and nine Obie Awards.
His design for the Grand Bohemian won Westin’s Best in Brand worldwide for five consecutive years, while the Mansion, another of his designs, is a five-diamond hotel.
For the past several years, his work has swept the gold and silver awards at the Professionalism Awards for the Atlanta Homebuilders Association.
Not only is Oliver an architect of homes and hotels, but also of whole towns. He is the town architect of Vickery, a four-hundred acre new town master planned by DPZ and Serenbe, a thousand-acre hamlet that is part of the nation’s largest eco-community.
Recently and currently, he is involved in town projects in Tornagrain, Scotland; Batan, Ecuador; Isla Pedro Gonzalez, Panama; and Arcos de la Frontera, Spain.
Through his company, he offers services including custom-home design, urban planning, town codes and comprehensive solutions for builders and developers.
“We are extremely pleased to have Lew come and share with us at our annual meeting,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Jennifer Majors.
In addition to the featured speaker, the evening will also include the presentation of the annual citizenship awards.
This year’s banquet will be held at the Grady Cultural Center with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and dinner being served at 6:30 p.m.
For ticket information contact the chamber at 229-377-3663.

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