Administrative Professionals’ Celebration

The annual Administrative Professionals’ Celebration honors the hard working men and women in our community. Nominations are accepted from all businesses in Onslow County. The Celebration is held every April. We usually recognize 20 or more Administrative Professionals with an attendance of more than 250 people. During the breakfast celebration we feature a keynote speaker, recognize all the nominees and announce our winner. This event supports the businesses of Onslow County and recognizes those individuals that contribute to the positive impact businesses have in our community.

Congratulations to the 2022 Administrative Professional of the Year, Almeda Benefield, Corporate Secretary for Coastal Bank & Trust.

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors




About the 2022 Award Recipient:

The Jacksonville•Onslow Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 2022 Administrative Professional of the Year, Almeda Benefield. Benefield is the Corporate Secretary for Coastal Bank & Trust, a position she has held for the past 6 years. The expertise and knowledge she processes were invaluable over the last two years in the midst of the COVID pandemic. The words shift and pivot come to mind: it was necessary to accommodate the numerous employee related issues which many admin had to face for the very first time because of the Cares Act, Remote Work, office closures, testing and quarantine procedures, staffing shortage and all the other nuisances businesses face because of the pandemic. Richard Jefferson, President/CEO of Coastal Bank and Trust, noted that Benefield navigated all with exceptional grace and poise.

She also participates in the North Carolina Bankers Association’s Young Bankers and is involved with managing the Coastal Bank and Trust benefit programs by participating in the North Carolina Banks Benefit Trust. She is also an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and her church, River of Life.