Tom Dye's approach to life is simple. He likes to remain low key and work hard.
The low key part was waylaid temporarily by the Greater Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce on Friday night, December 13. Dye was named Business Person of the Year at the chamber's annual celebration.
Dye, who has owned Rising Sun Plaza since 1997, is a graduate of Rising Sun High School. He attended Cecil College. He currently owns residential and commercial rental properties in both Cecil and Harford counties. Within the community, he also is an active volunteer. Dye serves as a baseball coach for two teams for teens.
Typically, the award recipients are surprised at the event. Organizers told Dye in advance that he was winning the award.
The Rising Sun Lions Club named Barry Cameron their Person of the Year. Cameron is a Rising Sun native who graduated from West Nottingham Academy. He attended Harford Community College where he was active in athletic programs. He later joined his father, Bob, working at Alger Oil. He went on to work at Craft Lubricants and Petro Choice Lubricants, where he has been a top salesman.
Within the Lions Club, Cameron joined in 1986. He is a past president and has served in many other capacities. He has chaired the successful ham and oyster dinner for many years.
He is also a founder and the current president of the Sun City Cruisers. His 1967 Chevelle is a point of pride for Cameron. Cameron and his wife, Diane, have two children and a grandson.
Cameron said he was surprised to have earned the honor. "I did not know. I feel great. It's very exciting and I'm very grateful," said Cameron.
Traditionally, the Conowingo Lions honors noteworthy citizens along with the Rising Sun Lions and Greater Rising Sun Chamber. This year, the Conowingo Lions will announce their winners at a later date.