Jennifer Dees, Jackson County’s 2015 Woman of the Year, said she was overwhelmed and humbled by her selection but she acknowledged she is rarely at a loss for words.
Dees took to the podium at the Nov. 19 Woman of the Year luncheon at the Jefferson Civic Center to thank the Women in Business committee, the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce and the community for the special honor. Dees, who was joined by her family including her parents who drove in from Alabama for the occasion, was also surprised that the recognition was kept a secret.
Credit Women in Business committee chairwoman Tricia Massey, who didn’t even write her award announcement speech on her computer until the last minute because she feared someone would learn of Dee’s selection, and Braselton Assistant Police Chief Lou Solis, who put his military and law enforcement skills to work to coordinate communications with the honoree’s family. It was a logistical success story that involves text messages and coordination with co-conspirators.