(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.
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