Defining women of Hamilton honored by Chamber of Commerce

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce somehow managed to stop busy local businesswomen Kym McCaughey and Cynamon Trokhan long enough to celebrate their contributions to the community. And, based on their outstanding commitment, that probably wasn’t an easy task.

Kym McCaughey and her husband John McCaughey

McCaughey, owner of The Main Look salon located at 401 Main St. in Hamilton, earned the Chamber’s prestigious Small Business Person of The Year award. According to the Chamber of Commerce, the winner must be an independent business owner that is “financially strong and have a history of growth as well as having demonstrated management or product innovation and successful solutions to business problems.” Also, the Small Business Person of the Year must show community involvement and emphasize “personal integrity and fair business practices.”

Event Master of Ceremonies Local 12’s meteorologist John Gumm marveled at McCaughey’s vision and determination that goes all the way back to 2006 when she decided to open her own salon after the one she worked in was forced to close.


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“What she did, you know, listen your job’s gone…what are you gonna do about it?” Gumm said after the awards ceremony. “You gonna sit around and pout? ‘No, I’m gonna start my own salon. I’ve got a vision. I’m going for it.’ But, that’s inspiring to me. I look at people like her and I’m like, ‘I need more Kym in me, you know to be able to handle rough situations like that.”

Previous award winner Sara Vallandingham introduced McCaughey, saying this year’s winner “was Main Street before Main Street was cool.” In addition to providing a strong business for both her clients and her employees, McCaughey is an advisor for the Hamilton High School cosmetology program, investing her time and talent to the future of her industry. She also serves as the secretary of the Main Street Association, fundraises for the YMCA and is a member of the City of Hamilton Nuisance Board.

When McCaughey took the stage to accept her award, she choked back tears as she thanked the community she loves so much. And, she passed the credit for her success to her salon team.

“I want to thank my salon family for all they bring to the salon daily,” she said. “They make coming to work every day an adventure, fun and worthwhile. Behind every good woman is a good team of folks.”

The 2018 Hamilton Heritage Award winner

Cynamon Trokhan and her husband Darren Trokhan

The 2018 Hamilton Heritage Award winner, Cynamon Trokhan, was also honored at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon. As a resident of the city since 1996, Trokhan has shown her dedication to her community through her work as a lawyer with Parrish, Marcum and Trokhan., LPA and her commitment to the Presbyterian Church of Hamilton. Over the years, Trokhan has served on the Hamilton Junior Women’s League, the Rotary Club of Hamilton, Mercy Health, Hamilton City Schools Business Advisory Council, Fitton Center of the Arts and many more community-based organizations.

For this and all she has given back to Hamilton, the Chamber of Commerce knew Trokhan best demonstrated the qualities of the Hamilton Heritage Award, including having “a history of volunteering outside of the job, going above and beyond in volunteer efforts and doing work that contributes to the betterment of the community.”

Trokhan’s motivation for her active role in the Hamilton and Butler County communities is simple: a desire to serve.

“I just felt like I had some time on my hands and I needed to fill it with activities that meant something,” she explained. “So I looked for some organizations that meant something to me and then thought, ‘What can I do that will make a difference?”

Both of these extraordinary women are part of the positive changes happening in and around the Hamilton community. Congratulations to them both!