Barbara Beninato, 2019 HOC Award Recipient


Barb Beninato is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a degree in Medical Technology.

Her Community service Activities:

  • Rome Symphony Orchestra Board and Past President
  • Rotary Club of Rome
  • Hunter’s Glen Subdivision Home Owners Association
  • SPLOST Citizens Committee
  • United Arts Collaborative
  • Four Seasons Garden Club
  • Downtown Rome Development Plan
  • Economic Development Committee Rome Chamber
  • Intercity Visits, Greater Rome chamber of commerce
  • Leadership Rome
  • 2014 Recipient-Rome Area Council for the Arts Award
  • Rome First United Methodist Church

Barb and her husband, John have two daughters, Leigh and Leslie and two grandsons, Lucas and Miller.

Nominated by Linda Jennings. “Within minutes of meeting her, she was telling me about all of the volunteer opportunities and asking me where I would like to get involved?”

Chantz McClinic, 2019 HOC Young Heart Award Recipient


A native of Rome, Chantz   graduated from Darlington School and Wake Forest University.  As a member of the Wake Forest football team, he brought that experience and love of sports back to Rome and has been very involved in sports and other activities.

     At age 32 he has participated in activities  that include working with young people in a variety of

  • Youth Basketball Coach YMCA
  •  Coach with Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Dept.
  • Rome Youth League Football Coach
  • South Rome Development Committee Member
    – Property Development Committee
    – Early Learning Center Committee
  • Mentor Annie K. Davie Elementary School
  • Darlington School Alumni Council
  • Wake Forest University Deacon Club
  • YMCA Board Member
    – Executive committee, facilities
  • NYANYA Project in Tanzania building homes for grandmothers who are
    caring for foster children diagnosed with AIDS
  • Changed for Life Ministry Program

Chantz currently works as a team leader and Manufacturing  Supervisor at Southeastern Mills in Rome. Chantz and his wife, Whitney belong to Lovejoy Baptist Church.

Nominated by Cheryl Bishop, Linda Owens and Reverend Carey Ingram, they have said “Chantz gives his heart deeply and the impact he makes is significant in the lives of the boys he coaches. When he gives himself, he does so with his whole heart” ”


The Ball Corporation, 2019 HOC Business Award Recipient


The Ball Corporation acquired the Metal Container Corporation here in Rome in 1993.  For 25 years they have been a low cost producer of U.S. beverage cans producing between 11 and 12 million cans a day.  The company focuses on safety and quality and remains highly efficient and technology advanced.

The Rome plant employs 180 individuals who are encouraged to volunteer and give back to the community.  Every year they choose a variety of projects in the community and employees have the opportunity to earn volunteer hours that will also earn money for their charity of choice.

Their Service to the Community includes:

  • Every other month, employees volunteer at the Community Kitchen- 4 hours of time per visit
  • Every other month employees volunteer at the Action Ministries Food Pantry- 4 hours per visit
  • Annually participate in the “Lets Can Hunger” food drive.  The Ball Foundation will donate
    $1  per  pound to the charity of choice.  2018 donation to Action Food Ministries was $27,510
  • Annually provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for 5 families in need in the Rome Community 
  • Annually provide funding for Restoration Rome to purchase mattresses and
    bedding needed for foster care
  • Annually provide Christmas gifts for 45-50 senior citizens through the
    Sheriff’s Santa for Seniors program

The Ball Corporation strives to encourage their employees to not only make a good product but to also give time to make a better community.

Their team spirit attitude helps them to be successful in the plant and in the community and with their team it is true that together everyone achieves more

Bill and Faith Collins, 2019 HOC Board of Governors Award Recipients


Bill and Faith were each born in Rome and Floyd County.  Bill graduated from West Rome High School and Faith graduated from Pepperell high School. Faith also attended Floyd Junior College.

Their Community Activities Include:


  • Rome City Commission since 1996
  • Current Mayor Pro Tem
  • Chair-Redevelopment Committee
  • Chair-Kelsy-Aycock –Burrell Center
  • Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth
  •  Noon Optimist Club
  •  Northwest Georgia Minority Business Association
  • Life of Jesus in Action Church


  • Mercy Care of Rome Board
  • Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce
  • Northwest Georgia Minority Business Association
  • Patient Advisory Council-Floyd Medical Center
  • Rome School Board for 17 years-Current Chair
  • Life of Jesus in Action Church


Bill and Faith were listed in Rome News Tribune in 2010 as one of Rome’s “Power Couples.”

Bill and Faith are the owners of Collins Auto Clean Up.  They have a track record of hiring many employees who are trying to get back into society after incarceration. They are a positive influence by employing men and women who need a second chance.

Bill and Faith are the parents of to two grown children, William II and Sara and devoted grandparents to Tyler, Marquez and Faith.

Nominated by Wendy Davis “Growing their business from the ground up while helping others =become productive members of society. Leading our city schools and the city is what make Bill and Faith worthy”.


Elm Kid’s Enterprises, 2018 HOC Business Award Recipient

Elm Street Enterprises at Elm Street Elementary School, a STEM curriculum designed for learning through entrepreneurship, giving back, and developing a world vision, including enterprises such as:

  • Sugar Kids Beauty
  • Elm Kids Construction: “Tiny House – Big Dreams”
  • Elm SCENTsational Slime
  • Maker Market on Elm Street
  • PAWSitive Kids
  • Creative Technology Design
  • Caring & Giving

Elm Street Elementary School is a Georgia STEM certified school and one of five in Georgia selected as a “2017 Family Friendly School.” At Elm Street students are learning through a business and engineering design model as early as Kindergarten. Along with enterprises and entrepreneurships, the school works toward social awareness and giving back to the community. Using funds raised through it’s many businesses, the school has supported the Rome Community and beyond. Examples include:

  • Six Months supply of food for the Rome Community Kitchen
  • Corporate Sponsor for the Floyd NICU unit
  • Refurbishing of the Ronald McDonald House
  • Providing a student-built “Tiny House” for a homeless veteran; second house under construction
  • Fundraising for the Salvation Army through a Fun Run and donations
  • Family Crochet event to make mats for the homeless from 50,000 recycled Plastic bags
  • Donated over 80,000 bottles of water to Hurricane Harvey victims, partnering with The Museum of Flight
  • Animal shelter support and projects
  • CARE packages to overseas troops
  • Provided a family in need with transportation to Atlanta Hospital


Jay Shell, 2018 HOC Young Heart Award Recipient

Jay Shell is not a lifetime Roman but you’d think he was by seeing the compassion he has for this community.

Moving to Rome 19 years ago, he has been involved in the following:

  • Downtown Development Authority as Promotion Chairman and Business Improvement Board
  • Floyd County Board of Education
  • Community Coach for Rome Floyd Parks and Rec
  • Leadership Rome
  • Owning a business on Broad Street (originally 333 on Broad, then Brewhouse and now Rome City Brewing Co.), Jay has often helped people on the street with food warm clothing or job opportunities.
  • Has hired bands to assist fund raisers such as: Exchange Club Family Resource Center, Cancer Navigators and The Heart of the Community.
  • Rome River Jam Concerts

Jay has been married to Melissa for 19 years. They have two children, Madalyn and Jaxson.

Nominators for Jay share: “Jay is the kind of person who not only makes you proud of how far Rome has come, but proud to be a Roman.”

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