Business Person of the Year

  • Vito and Josephine Amato and Mary Pitts announce the winner.

Lee Tingler is Chamber 2015 Business Person of The Year

Lee Tingler, owner of Tingler Insurance in Ladysmith was honored last night by his peers with the award. Lee not only runs a successful business but came up with an innovative way to include his entire community in “Movie Night” an evening of fun for families county-wide this past summer. Congratulations Lee Tingler, we are so proud!

Frank Beale is Chamber 2014 Businessperson of the Year

A man who helped bring the Internet into Caroline households was named Businessperson of the Year by the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 4.

Frank Beale owns and operates Bowling Green Electronics, a.k.a. Bealenet, with his wife Jan. The company started out as an electronics repair shop before venturing into satellite dish sales, installation, and repair.

Bealenet has grown into more than 100 phone lines and nearly 10 Linux servers. Those lines and servers make it possible for the company to offer Internet access to families and business throughout central Virginia.

“Frank Beale through Bowling Green Electronics brought the Internet to the county, taught us how to use it, and has provided service to the constantly changing ways we link ourselves to the outside world,” said Mary Pitts, president of the Caroline Chamber of Commerce, during a reception at The Timber’s Restaurant to announce the award.

Bealenet went live in April 1996, at which point it offered dial up service, web hosting, and content filtering. The company later offered DSL.

Bealenet’s services became available to customers not just in Caroline, but surrounding counties and Central Virginia as well.

Pitts said Bealenet, under Beale’s supervision, epitomizes the Chamber’s motto of “small business making a difference.”

“The community service he provides in unmatched. He is always willing to lend a hand for sound systems, visual feeds, and so much more. Whenever and wherever he is needed, he will go,” Pitts said.

Frank and Jan Beale have four daughters and one son. The family attends Salem Baptist Church.


Vito Amato is the honoree of the 2013 Caroline Chamber’s Business Person of the Year.

Vito’s success is attributed to the opening of seven restaurants: Vito’s in Richmond, Giuseppe’s in Ladysmith, Angela’s in Thornburg, Roma’s in Fredericksburg and Bowling Green, and most recently taking over The Timber’s in Ladysmith.

Vito was born in Sicily and learned cooking and baking skills while helping his mother run the family bakery. It was here where he learned “all about the time and effort that goes into creating the freshest, most honest and delicious food.”

Later, Vito put himself thru four years of college studying business and accounting. After college he took a job with an accounting firm, where he worked for two years and then left this job out of boredom.

Vito came to the U.S. when he was 25 years old and decided to stay and started working for a family friend in their restaurant. Within a year, he opened his first pizza restaurant called “Pizza Man” in Shippensburg, PA.

In 1986, he me t his wife Josephine, they were married and moved to Virginia and opened another restaurant “Roma’s Italian Restaurant” in Bowling Green.

That was 27 years ago, with more restaurant openings in between and the latest this past year taking over The Timbers Restaurant.

Vito is described as hard working, passionate professional, who loves food and making people happy. Together, he and Josephine have made their inspiration and passion for food a way to create dining experiences that combine comfortable atmosphere, fresh, simple, and delicious food.

In their words: “Our Restaurants are more than a business or even an eating establishment–its a personal expression of our life experiences, commitments, and passions. Eating at our restaurant is like spending a little time in our home.” We heartily welcome you to our cozy restaurants, a place where you will always be in the company of good friends, and good food.

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