Lincolnton businesswoman Terri Blake was named the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year at the Chamber’s recent annual banquet.
The Lincolnton Business and Professional Women’s Club presented Blake, a lifetime resident of Lincoln County, with the award.
“It’s a great place to grow up,” Blake said of the county. “I have family, connections and all kind of roots here.”
After graduating from West Lincoln High School, she attended UNC Charlotte, where she graduated in 1982. That fall, she landed a position with an accounting firm called Miller Huggins Fox. Over the years, Miller Huggins Fox made several leadership changes, and in 1990, Blake became a partner of the firm, which is known now as Sherrill, Blake & Harrison.
Blake describes herself as being involved in “a little bit of everything” in the community. Currently, she is an active member of St. Paul’s Luther Church in Crouse, where she serves as the treasurer for her church and the North Carolina Lutheran Synod. Over the past 30 years, Blake has served on the board for numerous non-profit organizations, including the Lincoln County Arts Council, the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation, the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse, the Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Helping Hands Health Clinic, Inc. In addition, Blake is also a board member at Carolina Trust Bank and a member of the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Small Businesses Council. In addition to her award this year, Blake also received the Small Business Person of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce in 2009.
“I have a lot of wonderful people around me — family, coworkers — that have made me look good,” Blake said. “They help me do what I do and allow me to do some of the things that I like to do. I can think of a lot of other people that are very deserving and deserve the award that do a lot for the community. But I was very honored to be chosen.”