[caption id="attachment_25944" align="alignright" width="171"]<img class=" wp-image-25944" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/04\/Tammy-Jordan.jpg" alt="" width="171" height="260" \/> 2017 Business Leader of the Year, Tammy Jordan of Fruits of Labor[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Two outstanding women were honored at last Tuesday evening\u2019s Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce dinner as inspirations to many, both in the local community and throughout the state. The event, held at The Greenbrier, was, as usual, a well-attended, successful affair.<\/h1>\r\n[caption id="attachment_25945" align="alignleft" width="234"]<img class=" wp-image-25945" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/04\/Nikki-Izzo-Brown.jpg" alt="" width="234" height="113" \/> Keynote Speaker Nikki<br \/>Izzo-Brown, West Virginia<br \/>University Women\u2019s<br \/>Soccer Head Coach[\/caption]\r\n\r\nKeynote speaker Nikki Izzo-Brown, women\u2019s soccer head coach at West Virginia University, solidly affirmed her leadership qualifications. \u201cI am a leader, I plant seeds and I recruit,\u201d she said. Izzo-Brown claims her pillars of success are vision, believing in it and being unbreakable. \u201cWhat\u2019s it going to take to succeed?\u201d she asks \u2013 a no-excuse attitude. Now entering her 22nd season, Izzo-Brown is the only coach in Mountaineer history to build a nascent women\u2019s soccer program into one of the nation\u2019s elite teams. She spoke in tough terms reflecting her iron will and mental determination for good reason. Her credentials are on the money. She has never had a losing season as head coach and has led WVU to 17 straight 10-plus winning seasons. The team made their first NCAA College Cup appearance last year and finished as the national runner-up. The team\u2019s participation, \u201cwas something to be proud of. We didn\u2019t win, but we are winners,\u201d Izzo-Brown said. \u201cWe\u2019re going to get back; we\u2019re going to win it.\u201d\r\n\r\nTammy Jordan, the chamber\u2019s 2017 Business Leader of the Year, was credited by former Greenbrier food and beverage manager Rod Stoner for her unflagging support for the town of Rainelle. As owner of the farm-to-table restaurant, Fruits of Labor Cafe and Bakery, which like so many businesses and homes last summer in Rainelle, was 5-feet deep in water. She could have given up, Stoner said, but like other businesses in Rainelle, the community became an example of what you can do. The restaurant reopened, and as Mayor Andy Pendleton claims, Jordan and her staff prepare their food infused with love and good health.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis is what can happen when a community works together,\u201d said Jordan.\r\n\r\nFruits of Labor is a company that joins agriculture with the culinary industry. Jordan, an inspirational speaker, initiated a unique program several years ago called Seeds of Recovery that provides individuals in recovery from addiction with a way to recover from low self worth and lack of purpose. \u201cFaith has a place in what we\u2019re doing,\u201d Jordan said.\r\n\r\nJudge James Rowe, who gave an inspiring invocation at the dinner, called Jordan \u201cthe real deal; a transformative innovator and proof that caring, skilled leadership makes a difference.\u201d Drug addiction is a growing problem, he said, but vocational opportunities can make a big difference to many people in these circumstances. In looking for a partner, he found Jordan, and Fruits of Labor and the district court came together to create a successful story.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe believe in working with the whole person and we invest in students for the length of time they\u2019re in the program,\u201d Jordan said. She urged everyone to take time to invest in people, and \u201cyou\u2019ll find individuals who regain their self esteem, their children and their jobs. There may be relapses, but when they are set back upon a path, your investment in one person will radically change many lives.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cThis is an exciting time to be a business leader,\u201d Jordan said.