The Shinnston News & Harrison County Journal has named
Nick Lambernedis as December’s Citizen of the Month, a program sponsored by Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston – locally owned & operated.
By TRINA RUNNER
News & Journal Staff Writer
One would be hard-pressed to find a business, school or individual who has not been affected by Nick Lambernedis. Even if the name is unfamiliar, most have witnessed his work. That’s because his work with the Small Business Administration has enabled us to have a wide variety of local businesses, has educated students in business and has demonstrated generosity and kindness while advising business owners in North Central West Virginia.
From the time he was in elementary school, Lambernedis has been winning awards. At that time, he won academic awards, but now he is better known for his service. He has consistently been involved with local charities, including the Salvation Army, the Clarksburg City Mission, and various roles within Harrison County Schools. Through his involvement in the Clarksburg Lions Club, he has spearheaded fundraising and events, helped with the Veteran’s Day Parade, and participated in the Veteran’s Hospital Christmas Party. For his service within the organization, Lambernedis has received two awards from Lions International: Leonard Jarrett Award for Distinguished Service for the Sight and Hearing and the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for Dedicated Humanitarian Services.
Currently serving as President of the Senior Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), Lambernedis continues to volunteer his time to help business owners. He has been a member of SCORE for more than twenty years and also served as state director. His work with the Small Business Administration (SBA) led him to get more involved with educating students about business ownership. What started out as speaking to classes eventually led to him being on the founding board of directors for the Harrison County Business Symposium, a simulated business plan competition involving all high schools in the county.
He also taught business at the collegiate level and advised at the Small Business Information Center, which he managed for several years. He received the Award of Excellence for reducing loan delinquency rates and was named both Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year for his dedicated service.
His employment roles over the years have been varied, giving him a unique perspective from which to advise clients, but his passion for entrepreneurship is his real strength. Knowing the impact of small businesses in West Virginia, Lambernedis is committed to finding resources and making opportunities accessible for potential owners of business. His knowledge of business law, economics and marketing only increase his value as a consultant.
Now retired and living in Clarksburg, Lambernedis enjoys family time with his wife Patty, three children, and seven grandchildren. He travels when he can, hunts, fishes, gardens, and of course, volunteers whenever possible. His dedication to the businesses and students of North Central West Virginia make him notable; his humor and generosity make him unforgettable.