Eric Spencer Named 2018 Business Individual of the Year

The Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce held its 81st Annual Dinner Dance and Auction on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Evans Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University.  Among the many highlights of the evening was the presentation of the 2018 Business Individual of the Year award.  For the past 33 years the Chamber’s Board of Directors has voted on nominations solicited from the membership, and this year Eric Spencer was honored with this distinguished award.

In addition to serving as the CEO and President of Spencer Home Center for the last sixteen years, Eric gives of his time and talents to numerous charities and businesses in our community. He serves as the chairman of the local Ducks Unlimited chapter, is an annual sponsor of Lime Kiln Theater, serves on the Board of Directors for CornerStone Bank, and is owner of Buena Vista Hardware. Each year, he donates his company’s trucks and organizes his employees to deliver Rockbridge Christmas Baskets to our community. He is an avid contributor to Don’t Shrink LLC for ALS Disease, and is a major sponsor of the American Cancer Society. He also supports numerous local fire departments, high school clubs, athletic teams, and churches in their fundraising efforts.

Eric’s contributions to local organizations include Rockbridge Area Hospice, Rockbridge Young Life, Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees, Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce, and the Rockbridge Historical Society.

Our community wouldn’t be the same without an individual like Eric Spencer. With his efforts, we’ve successfully been able to build houses with Habitat for Humanity, raise awareness with Project Horizon, and provide health care at the Rockbridge Area Health Center.

We are lucky to have such a devoted and caring business individual among us. His tireless efforts given to the economic development, social, and civic vitality of Rockbridge County made him the perfect choice for the 2018 Business Individual of the Year.  “I’m truly honored to receive this award.  Because the community has supported Spencer Home Center, my staff and I are able to return that support.  I also want to thank my wife, Jaime, and my daughters, Emma and Kate, for joining me in these efforts,” said Eric Spencer

The mission of the Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce is to champion civic and economic progress for our community. We currently serve nearly 500 members across all three area jurisdictions. For more information about the chamber or to search our online business directory, visit us at or call (540) 463-5375.