Beyer given Jim Sloan Award of Excellence

Friday, January 16, 2015

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

Tony Beyer, District 5 County Commissioner, received the Jim Sloan Award of Excellence in Workforce Development Wednesday.

"Everybody has to make a community good; no one individual does it. It is constant work all the time, but I am lucky to be serving on our workforce board, one of the best that is in Tennessee," said Beyer.

This award was given to Beyer for his commitment to the region through his participation in civic projects, volunteer commitment to education and workforce development, and influence and guidance in the public service area.

Originally a New Jersey native, Beyer moved to Tennessee while serving in the Army. He eventually settled here and married Nancy Anderson, whom he met in Clarksville. Together they have three children, Andy and Kip, who are twins, and Sarah. They also have four grandchildren.

Beyer retired in 2003 after serving as the Marshall County Regional President for First Farmers and Merchants Bank. He was elected county commissioner last August. After serving on the board of directors of the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance, he was elected chairman of the Workforce Board. He has served as chairman for four years.

"The Workforce Board is incredibly grateful to Mr. Beyer for his commitment and tireless service to our workforce and their families, our communities, our region, and our great state of Tennessee," said Jan McKeel, executive director of the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance.

The Jim Sloan Award of Excellence is presented annually to a person who best exemplifies the commitment, common sense, passion, excellence, and humble service to their community that Sloan had. Beyer is the third recipient of the honor; the second was his former boss at the bank, Waymon Hickman, and the first (posthumously) was Sloan himself.

Jim Sloan was born in Nashville, but lived most of his life in Columbia, where he was the owner of Sloan Ford. Sloan's involvement with Ford started in 1953. He participated in the founding of two local banks and sat of the board of directors of two of them. Sloan was also very active in the Kiwanis Club and the Methodist Church, as well as the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance. He conveyed a strong commitment to service and loyalty to all people, constantly searching for ways to help people build their work skills.

"He was a man of great integrity and honesty, living his life by the golden rule," wrote the Columbia Daily Herald when Sloan died, age 83, in 2012. "His sweet presence and role model and will be greatly missed by his family and the residents of Maury County.

Beyer received the award from Riley Sloan, Jim Sloan's son, on Jan. 14 at the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance quarterly board meeting in Spring Hill.