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39th Annual Community Awards Banquet Winners

(ROWLETT, TX – Jan. 29, 2018) The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce recognized 13 award winners at its 39th Annual Community Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 27. The banquet is Rowlett’s premier business event and highlighted the most accomplished companies and individuals as well as the Chamber’s past year accomplishments.

Board of Directors Chair Whitney Laning, President of the Rowlett Citizen Corps Council, kicked off the event with a brief presentation highlighting the many accomplishments and new direction the Chamber took in 2017, including new staff and leadership, a new & improved website that is mobile friendly, 74 new members, increased communications and new processes & procedures.

A video presentation highlighted the Chamber’s signature events in 2017 as well as significant membership milestones that included 10, 20, 25, 30 and 35 year members. The Chamber’s longest member, Schrade Plumbing Inc. was also recognized in the presentation.

The 13 award winners were:

Police Officer of the Year                                                   David Mayne

Firefighter of the Year                                                        Tony Boroughs

Public Works Employee of the Year                                   Luis Bustamante

Teacher of the Year                                                            Tiffany Karns

Educator of the Year                                                           Lakisha Culpepper

Ambassador of the Year                                                     Edie Nelson

Leadership Alumni of the Year                                           Judge Pamela Liston

Community Partner of the Year                                          Keep Rowlett Beautiful

Business of the Year                                                           91 Media

Corporate Business of the Year                                          Walmart Neighborhood Market #7420

Vernon Schrade Heritage Hall of Fame                               Dretha Burris

Biff Bettencourt Outstanding Service Award                      Tony Rorie

Big “R” Pacesetter                                                               Cindy Burkett

The banquet featured Cathi Hight, a consultant with Hight Performance Group, who has helped the Chamber restructure the Chamber’s membership program. Cathi unveiled the new membership model that more clearly identifies the benefits and value that members receive. The highlight of Cathi’s presentation was her explanation of VOI, Value of Investment, as a better way to determine the importance of Chamber membership.

Pictures and the video presentation can be seen on the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and on the website. A full list of nominees as well as winners will be posted on the Chamber website.

Submitted press release. 

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