The Greater Hewitt Chamber is honored to recognize outstanding businesses and individuals in our Chamber that consistently put forth an effort to better our community through leadership and integrity. Our annual awards are presented to winners each year at the Greater Hewitt Chamber Banquet.
Glenda Ruiz, GTR Vacations – 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 professionalism and community involvement. Glenda Ruiz has been a great support to the Chamber’s mission by volunteering throughout the year at major community events. Glenda also is a strong supporter of the Greater Hewitt Chamber Scholarship Fund as she regularly donates items for fundraisers. We are thrilled to recognize Glenda Ruiz, owner of GTR Vacations as the 2017 Ambassador of the Year.
Finalists for Ambassador of the Year are determined by the number of points accumulated during the calendar year by attending meetings and events. Past winners include Jeff Nunes (Waddell & Reed), 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).
D1 Sports Training – New Member of the Year
D1 Sports Training has been a great support to the Chamber and City by being actively involved in numerous community events throughout the year including the Hewitt Public Library’s Dog Days Canine Event, National Night Out and the Creekside Spooktacular. The Chamber is honored to recognize D1 Sports Training as the 2017 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 Orangetheory Fitness, 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.
Mary Ellison – Volunteer Spirit Award
The Greater Hewitt Chamber’s success is made possible through volunteers that collectively make a significant impact and support ongoing business development opportunities in the area. This award is given to the volunteer who has shown outstanding leadership and service within our organization. Special thanks to Mary Ellison for her continued dedication to the Chamber and support of her fellow volunteers.
Prior to the 2015 awards, the Greater Hewitt Chamber recognized one volunteer as the Volunteer of the Year. Past winners include Alee Walker (Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest), 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).
Regina Martinez – Volunteer Momentum Award
The Momentum Award is awarded to the individual who combines a strong vision for furthering the chamber’s mission with the leadership skills to organize fellow volunteers to see that vision to fruition. This award is presented to the volunteer who has excelled in encouraging community members and Directors to be involvement in Chamber activities. The Chamber deeply appreciates Regina Martinez’s efforts in moving the organization forward.
Years of Service award, 15 years – Wayne Gartman, NationalUnited
Wayne has served as the 2010 Greater Hewitt Chamber and has been a board member for 15 years. Wayne and NationalUnited have contributed over $102,000 through membership and support of the Chamber’s publications and signature events.
Years of Service award, 11 Years – Alee Walker, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest
Alee served on several committees and was a director for the past 11 years. Alee and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest have contributed over $84,000 through membership and support of the Chamber’s Hewitt Express Magazine and signature events.
Stanley Ford McGregor – Business of the Year
The Business of the Year demonstrates all-around support to the Chamber, its mission and the greater Hewitt community’s development. Stanley Ford McGregor has established a strong reputation of being community-minded by providing leadership on committees for Greater Hewitt Chamber community events and has consistently invested in the Chamber’s efforts over the past several years. The Chamber is proud to recognize Stanley Ford McGregor as our 2017 Business of the Year.
The committee uses a weighted rubric to help identify Business of the Year 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 Bush’s Chicken Hewitt, HEB – Woodway, Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat, The National Banks of Central Texas, Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center and Grande Communications.
Vision Award Winner
When the committee so chooses, the Vision Award is given to a business, organization or individual who demonstrates a commitment to growth, opportunity and development in the greater Hewitt economy. Past recipients include 2016 Greater Hewitt Chamber President Jeff Stubbs (Custom Integrators) and Hewitt City Manager Adam Miles.
Thank you 2017-2018 Awards Committee
Jean Ann Hoover, Nancy Gupton, Davis Thigpen