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|Monroe chamber recognizes Holyfields|
Joe and Linda Holyfield received the Rambin-Silverstein Memorial Civic Award during the Monroe Chamber of Commerce's 87th annual meeting, which featured Gov. Bobby Jindal as the guest speaker.
For the past 42 years, the Rambin-Silverstein award has been presented to local residents to recognize their leadership and accomplishments in the community.
Roy Johns, the 2006 Rambin-Silverstein Award recipient, presented the Holyfields with the award during Thursday's banquet.
This is the first time that the award has been presented to two people.
"Every year the Rambin-Silverstein selection committee has a difficult task selecting a winner," Johns said in his introduction of the Holyfields. "This year the committee was able to narrow the selection down to two nominees, but could go no further," Johns said. "Both candidates have exceptional qualities and both personify the attributes and characteristics of this award."
"For the first time ever, we had a tie," Johns continued. "Our community is stronger because of their commitment.
"It is amazing that we would have two worthy people win this award. What is more astonishing is that they are married to one another."
Linda Holyfield is the president and CEO of P & S Surgical Hospital and Joe Holyfield is the president of Holyfield Construction.
"Leadership, accountability and civic duty personify Linda Holyfield," said Jeff Wallace, outgoing chamber chairman and senior vice president and CIO for Progressive Bank. "Linda is always professional and always has the broader community in mind."
Linda Holyfield is a graduate of the University of Louisiana-Monroe. She is an advocate for women and children's issues.
In introducing Joe Holyfield, Johns said "Joe is a true friend, a humble and quiet leader with a calming personality and a big heart. He is someone who is concerned with the greater good of the whole community, and he's willing to use personal resources of time, money and skill to help others."
A former two-term chairman of the Ouachita Economic Development Corporation, Holyfield helped fill the former State Farm facility with a new employer. He also actively participated in and supported the creation and development of a new regional economic development effort.
The Holyfields are active in Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church and have two children: Lisa Holyfield and Chris Holyfield.