2016 Business Awards

Bush’s Chicken – Business of the Year The Business of the Year award demonstrates all-around support to the chamber, its mission and the community’s development. Bush’s Chicken Hewitt has established a strong reputation of being community-minded by constantly supporting both chamber and city functions and contributing to the overall momentum of greater Hewitt.

Jeff Nunes, Waddell & Reed – Ambassador of the Year A Greater Hewitt Chamber Ambassador serves as the face of the organization, increases member activity and displays a high degree of professional community involvement. The Ambassador receiving this honor consistently demonstrated leadership to our local businesses and members by serving on the Chamber’s retention committee as well as attending several ribbon cutting ceremonies in welcoming new members to the Chamber. The Chamber is thrilled to recognize Jeff Nunes with Waddell & Reed as the 2016 Ambassador of the Year.

Orangetheory Fitness Waco – New Member of the Year Joining the chamber in May of 2016, Orangetheory Fitness Waco has been active and dedicated to the chamber’s success. Orangetheory shares inspiration with the community and membership.

Alee Walker, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest – Volunteer of the Year The Volunteer Award recognizes individuals who combine a strong vision for furthering the chamber’s mission with the leadership skills to organize fellow volunteers to see that vision to fruition.  This year’s recipient was instrumental in the success of the Chamber’s 2016 Banquet, Golf Tournament Membership Drive, and provided direction for the Chamber’s community relations efforts.  The Chamber congratulates Alee Walker with Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest for winning the 2016 Volunteer of The Year Award.

Jeff Stubbs, Custom Integrators – 2016 Vision Award Winner A new award added in 2015, the Vision Award recognizes the individual who demonstrates a commitment to growth, opportunity and development in the greater Hewitt economy.  The winner of this award also recognizes the importance of community relationships and preparing for the well-being of the Chamber’s long-term future.  The Chamber is honored to present 2016’s Vision Award to Past President, Jeff Stubbs with Custom Integrators.

Years of Service award – Patricia Breen, Action Fire Pros: Pat has served on several committees and two director terms over the past 6 years. Patricia and Action Fire Pros have contributed over $29,000 through membership and support of the Chamber’s Hewitt Express Magazine and signature events.

Years of Service award – Lane Westerfield, Grande Communications: Lane has served on several committees and two director terms over the past 5 years. Lane and Grande Communications have contributed over $33,000 through membership and support of the Chamber’s Hewitt Express Magazine and signature events.

       Greater Hewitt Chamber Business Awards

Business of the Year  The Business of the Year award demonstrates all-around support to the chamber, its mission and the community’s development. The committee uses a weighted rubric to help identify finalists based on financial support, volunteer support, and leadership positions filled by the company within the GHCC. The winner is selected from among this group of finalists. Past winners include HEB – Woodway, Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat, The National Banks of Central Texas, Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, Grande Communications and Happy Endings Dog Rescue.

Volunteer of the Year  Prior to the 2015 awards, the Greater Hewitt Chamber recognized one volunteer as the Volunteer of the Year. Past winners include Chris Watkins (Central National Bank), Andrew Smith (Placements Unlimited), Cassie Thomas (Placements Unlimited), Pat Breen (Action Fire Pros), Scott Hedges (GENCO Federal Credit Union), Royce Berger (SCM Promos) and Donna Muhlman (Mr. Electric).

Ambassador of the Year  A Greater Hewitt Chamber Ambassador serves as the face of the organization, increases member activity and displays a high degree of professional community involvement. Finalists are determined by the number of points accumulated during the calendar year by attending meetings and events.  Past winners include Glynn Beaty (Glynn Beaty Law Firm), Beth Kwasnica (Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat), Carlena Lesso (Jack of All Trades), Merry Bruner (Individual Member), Debbie Grady (Insurance Network of Texas).

New Member of the Year  This award is chosen from among Chamber businesses or individuals who have been dues paying members less than one year. The recipient of this award has demonstrated support and enthusiasm for the Chamber and shows potential for future leadership within the Chamber.  Past winners include WTX Media, Brian Black Coaching, Bite of Wisdom Magazine, Allstate Insurance Agency – Robert Humphrey, QuickSnaps Photo Booth and Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat.

Vision Award Winner  The Vision Award recognizes the business, organization or individual who demonstrates a commitment to growth, opportunity and development in the greater Hewitt economy.  This award was added in 2015 and our first recipient was City of Hewitt Manager Adam Miles.