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The Greatest Chamber: Rockwall Chamber Celebrates 90 Years with Circus-Themed Awards Banquet

(ROCKWALL, TX — January 25, 2019) The Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 90-year anniversary with a circus-themed Annual Awards Banquet honoring the best of the best in community business. Over 600 guests packed the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront for the event, which included a spectacular pre-show complete with jaw-dropping circus acts and fire dancing performed by Rockwall Acting Studio Co-Owner Keeli James and the cast of Newsies the Musical, dancers from Rockwall Dance Academy and gymnasts from Rockwall Gymnastics Academy.

Congrats to the following winners and nominees for each category:

Best Practices in Community Involvement
This award showcases a company that demonstrates a commitment to community involvement and philanthropy as a part of their core business values.

WINNER: Blue Ribbon News

NOMINEES:
Allegiance Title Rockwall
Blue Ribbon News
HomeBank Texas
Housewarmers of Rockwall County
Rest Haven Funeral Home & Memorial Park

Best Practices in Customer Service
This award showcases a company whose customer service has resulted in an increase of client satisfaction, client retention, referrals and/or profits.

WINNER: Southwest Kia – Rockwall

NOMINEES:
All Care Comfort Solutions, LLC
American National Bank
Ebby Halliday Relators Rockwall
Lonestar Transfer
Southwest Kia – Rockwall

Emerging Business Partner of the Year
This award recognizes an emerging company that has demonstrated a capacity for creativity and innovation and experienced growth. This company has demonstrated a true entrepreneurial spirit and overall contribution to the community.

WINNER: Sideways BBQ

NOMINEES:
4D IT Solutions
Lawn Doctor of Rockwall-Heath
Nerds to Go -Rockwall
Racquet and Jog
Sideways BBQ

Corporate Business Partner of the Year
This award honors an organization that has made a significant economic impact on our area and within the Chamber through leadership, marketing & strategic alliances, charitable (sponsorship) contributions. This award recognizes a company that has demonstrated business success and has displayed overall community development for the greater Rockwall Area.

WINNER: Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront

NOMINEES:
ATMOS Energy Corporation
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Lake Pointe
Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall

Medium Size Business Partner of the Year
This award recognizes a mid-size business which has maintained stability over its business life for the operations and successes. Has made outstanding contributions during the past year to employees and the community. Has an excellent reputation and been a strong advocate to the community and the Chamber and is recognized for integrating excellence and commitment to quality into their business structure.

WINNER: My Computer Guy

NOMINEES:
Dallas Glass & Door Co., Ltd.
EVEXIAS Medical Centers
My Computer Guy
Premier Nationwide Lending
Speedy Bee Express Wash

Small Business Partner of the Year
This company is recognized for integrating excellence and commitment to quality as a core value and point of reference into their business structure. The award recognizes participation in community and Chamber-oriented projects, a proven track record, growth and sustainability of a company and a commitment to quality.

WINNER: Lakeside Allure

NOMINEES:
Comfort Keepers Home Care
Hidden Creek Events
Jerry Welch – Ebby Halliday, The Welch Team
Lakeside Allure
Owens Interiors at Home

Non-Profit of the Year
This award recognizes a registered not-for-profit organization who is a member of the Chamber and that has made an outstanding contribution to the social, cultural or economic well-being of the Rockwall Area while exhibiting stability, maintaining a good relationship with its volunteers and demonstrating best business practice.

WINNER: Boys & Girls Club

NOMINEES:
American Legion Post 117 – Terry Fisher
Boys & Girls Club
Lonestar CASA
Meals On Wheels
Rockwall County Helping Hands

Young Professional of the Year
This award recognizes the efforts of an outstanding Rockwall Area Chamber young professional who demonstrates significant accomplishments in their career and has contributed to the business community with leadership and passion. The award is based on four criteria: leadership, mentorship, community involvement, and entrepreneurship.

WINNER: Logan Lance

Spirit of Rockwall
This award honors a person whose character, conduct, service, leadership and achievements, personally and professionally, contribute to the current and future development of the Rockwall community.

WINNER: Kirk Riggs, Rockwall Police Chief

NOMINEES:
Cheryl Dunlop
Kevin Fowler
Kirk Riggs, Rockwall Police Chief
David Sweet, Rockwall County Judge
Dr. JJ Villarreal

Ambassador of the Year Award
This individual serves as a liaison between the Chamber and its membership. The mission of the Ambassador Program is to promote member commitment and retention through raising awareness of Chamber activities and benefits, inform new members to promote strong membership, and encourage meaningful and beneficial participation in Chamber programs.

WINNER: Tim Nichols

Director of the Year Award
This individual has demonstrated leadership within his/her business and/or industry and applied it to the Chamber. It is based on their involvement in and support of the Chamber’s mission, vision and core values while Enhancing the Chambers brand, programs & services with their leadership. The board member has displayed exceptional dedication to the Chamber.

WINNER: Richard Redig

Chamber Partner of the Year
This award recognizes this business as a public partner that supports the mission of the Rockwall Chamber and has had a positive economic impact on the way business is conducted in Rockwall County, and has shown years of active and continuing service, a true commitment to the business community.

WINNER: Republic Services

Decades of Distinction – Rockwall Chamber Milestone Partners
35 YEARS:
Hooper & Rodgers, P.C.

30 YEARS:
Allstate Insurance – Tim Brooks
Independent Bank
Lake Pointe Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
MBN PRINTING, INC.

25 YEARS:
Rockwall County Helping Hands
Willis Fine Jewelry
Shoreline Restaurant Corporation

20 YEARS:
Christian Care Senior Living
Dyer Insurance Agency, Inc.
Heritage Christian Academy
Hill & Wilkinson Contractors
Mission Rockwall
Rockwall Pest Control

15 YEARS:
Credit Union of Texas
Donald Gage, E. A. Bookkeeping and Tax Service
Excel Pediatric Therapy
Horizon Car Wash and Detail
NBE, Inc.
Kyoto Japanese Steak House
Rockwall County Herald Banner
Rockwall Indoor Sports Expo

10 YEARS:
BB&T
BC Textiles, LLC
Central Pain Management, PA
Cotton Patch Café
Firestone
Fisher & Zitterich Dentistry
Horizon Auto Center, Inc.
Juvanew Medspa
Occasions at Stone River
Poetry Community Christian School
Sail with Scott
Spine Team Texas
Stonebridge Veterinary Hospital
The Matteson Group – Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors
Travel Directions, Inc.
Women in Need, Inc.

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Story and event photos by Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News. Award winner photos by Casey Washington, Blue Ribbon News. 

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