HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Feb. 7, 2023) – The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber hosted its 87th Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday at the Von Braun Center South Hall. During the event, in his last official act as Chair, the 2022 Board Chair Greg Brown presented the Distinguished Service Award to Rey and Cynthia Almodóvar.
The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor the Chamber bestows to a volunteer in the Huntsville/Madison County community. The Almodóvars are longtime philanthropists, giving to many organizations including Kids to Love, the Huntsville Botanical Garden, the National Children’s Advocacy Center, and U.S. Space & Rocket Center, just to name a few. Rey Almodóvar is also co-founder and CEO Emeritus of Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation (INTUITIVE®), which has become a world renowned aerospace and defense company.
“Rey and Cynthia are incredibly deserving of this honor. Some who win this award are recognized for business leadership, some for their community service, and others for their life-long passions,” said Brown. “Rey and Cynthia exhibit all of these attributes and so much more in all the ways they have given back and inspired others.”
Brown, who is Co-CEO and CFO of Brown Precision, Inc. in Huntsville, officially passed the gavel to the Chamber’s 2023 Board Chair, Lynn Troy. Troy is President and Founder of Troy 7, Inc., a subsidiary of Yulista, Inc.
The Chamber’s Annual Membership Meeting gives us the opportunity to present updates on the past year to members and community leaders, plus look ahead to what’s in store in the coming months. We also distributed our 2022 Annual Report to attendees.
We also awarded $4,500 in scholarships to each of our five area colleges: Alabama A&M University, Calhoun Community College, Drake State Community & Technical College, Oakwood University, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Larry Leopard, Associate Director, Technical of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, was the featured keynote speaker for the luncheon. He reviewed several key projects that made 2022 a banner year for the Marshall team, including the launch of Artemis I and the Space Launch System and the safe return of the Orion capsule, the launch of the James Webb Telescope, supporting three Commercial Crew launches to the International Space Station and the DART mission to intercept an asteroid.
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