Trey Wood Named Gainesville Jaycees Young Man of the Year

Ferguson, Wood honored by Gainesville Jaycees

GAINESVILLE – The Gainesville Jaycees held their 70th Annual Awards Banquet Thursday night, where they named the 2014 Young Man and Young Woman of the year. Heidi Ferguson was named Young Woman of the Year and Frank Terrell (Trey) Wood the Young Man of the Year.

Melissa Tymchuk, the 2013 Young Woman recipient, presented Ferguson’s award, noting
Ferguson’s volunteer work at her church, Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Oakwood, and at her son’s school, Lakeview Academy. She also spoke of Ferguson’s work with cancer patients in the community. As a five-year breast cancer survivor, Ferguson has exemplified “quiet leadership” in her encouragement of other cancer patients along their treatment journeys. Tymchuk also spoke of Ferguson’s work to raise money for Glory, Hope and Life, a local not-for-profit organization that provides financial and other support for cancer patients, their families and caregivers.

Trey Wood’s recognition was presented by Jimbo Floyd, the 2013 award winner. Floyd recognized Wood’s numerous leadership roles within the community including the boards of The Medical Center Foundation, the Children’s Center for Hope and Healing, the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children, Rape Response, United Way, Lakeview Academy, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and Gainesville First United Methodist Church. Floyd called Wood a champion for the community of Hall County and also noted his achievements in insurance through Turner, Wood and Smith Insurance Company and serving on the Young Agent’s Council board of directors.

The Young Man and Young Woman of the Year Awards recognize young leaders in Hall County for their achievements in leadership and service to the community. The Young Man of the Year award dates back to 1945, and the Young Woman of the Year award has been awarded since 2001. According to the Gainesville Jaycees, the purpose of the award is not only to honor deserving young men and women, but also to inspire the community to pursue civic service with selfless devotion.