Three years ago, the HEB Chamber introduced a new awards category to honor Bill Ridgway for his role in the economic development of Hurst Euless Bedford, Texas. The new award was titled the “Spirit of Enterprise Award.”
Gary Green is no stranger to the importance of economic development. He knows that it takes many people and institutions to recruit new employers and to foster and maintain the strong economic climate to encourage those businesses to choose an area. Gary knows it takes persistence and perseverance to get companies to open new locations in a new market — not just having the right demographics, but having an open environment from cities and leaders, taking the time to work trade shows like the International Council of Shopping Centers to get in front of retailers, and focusing year after year on planting seeds of interest. Gary has been a board member of the HEB Economic Development Foundation for many years and currently is its treasurer.
Congratulations to our 2014 Spirit of Enterprise Award honoree, Gary Green with Liberty Bank.
The HEB Chamber Community Service Award recognizes outstanding community service that benefits all of us in Northeast Tarrant County.
Faye Beaulieu has served in so many volunteer capacities there is no way to mention them all. Faye is one of the most caring, selfless individuals you will ever meet. A regional director for United Way more than 11 years, she has served as a board member for the Northeast Leadership Forum, finance chair for the First United Methodist Church of Bedford and is a member of the American Association of University Women. In addition, this is her 20th year on the HEB ISD Board of Trustees – six of those as board president. During her tenure, the school district has seen many changes, many challenges and the birth of many innovative programs that have made HEB ISD the excellent district it is today. Faye is currently serving as the president of the Texas Association of School Boards.
Congratulations to this dedicated volunteer and visionary leader, the winner of the HEB Community Service Award, Faye Beaulieu with United Way.
The Member of the Year award goes to the volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in service and participation at The Chamber throughout the year.
While Reuben Brown has not been involved for years, nor has he been on every committee we’ve ever had. What he has done, however, is elevate…by example… the participation of everyone he comes in contact with. He’s fully engaged in whatever meeting or activity he’s involved in – such as leading the Ambassadors’ monthly meetings, presenting at ribbon cuttings, delivering directories for Member Appreciation Day or welcoming members at luncheons. He makes every minute count, whether working on his doctorate, promoting his employer or volunteering in the community.
Congratulations to the HEB Chamber’s 2014 Member of the Year, Reuben Brown with Commercial Bank of Texas.
The Gertrude Tarpley Memorial Spirit Award recognizes a person in the HEB Chamber who selflessly leads by example and exemplifies limitless energy and spirit.
Gale has enormous enthusiasm for the HEB Chamber and her company. As vice president of a bank she helped convert from a credit union, she is very loyal and promotes them every opportunity she has……whether she’s participating in her leads group, working on the Gala Committee, handling details for the Golf Tournament or being active in Leadership HEB. When she’s not talking about her bank, she’s talking about the Chamber – encouraging participation, touting the benefits of being a member – all with a smile on her face and a sincere welcome in her voice and manner.
Please help me congratulate the 2014 winner of the Gertrude Tarpley Memorial Spirit Award, Gale Wagner of Affiliated Bank.
The Paul Battreal Memorial Award is presented to the Ambassador who has earned the most points by participating in ribbon cuttings, contacting new members, and greeting at luncheons.
If there was a ribbon cutting, Cindy was there. If there was an event to greet at, she was there. Cindy also made more “Care Calls” encouraging renewing members to participate than any other Ambassador. Making new members feel welcomed is certainly one of her gifts. Someone who is proud to be an Ambassador and “the face” of the Chamber, Cindy Benke with Shield Awards and Promotions is the HEB Chamber’s 2014 Ambassador of the Year.
The Director of the Year award is presented to a Board member who has gone the extra mile.
The Chamber is blessed with many directors that are actively involved and dedicated to making the organization successful and this year’s Director of the Year is one of them.
New to the Chamber Board this year, Patty jumped in with both feet, voicing her opinions at the planning retreat and taking responsibility to put her ideas to work when “volunteered” for the opportunity. When she gives reports at Board meetings, she is always prepared, and makes the reports interesting as well as entertaining. Proud to work for a company that supports the communities and organizations they serve, she has volunteered for numerous associations including the Tarrant Area Food Bank and the Girl Scouts. She leads by example and we’re lucky to have her on our team.
Congratulations to the Chamber’s 2014 Director of the Year, Patty Marshall with Glint Advertising.
The Officer of the Year Award recognizes a member of the Chamber’s Executive Committee who has shown outstanding leadership during the year.
Steve Farco is dedicated and insightful, and the type of individual who always follows through on his commitments. He not only participates in Chamber activities as expected of an officer and director, but also takes on new projects when asked, such as the Airport Freeway Task Force. In addition to serving as the chairman of the Community Development Division, he cheerfully assumed the responsibilities of the Economic Development Division when needed. Saying “yes” is one of his strong points!
Congratulations to the Chamber’s 2014 Officer of the Year, Steve Farco with Mason-Dallas, Inc.
Today is the big day!
Last year $25.2 million was given to benefit more than 1,350 local non-profits. Every gift (TODAY ONLY) of $25 or more will go further with more than $1.5 million dollars in bonus funds and prizes.
Click on one of the links below to make a gift that will go further and make a big difference. These are all members of the HEB Chamber and are active in our community:
CEC (Community Enrichment Center)
The Clubhouse for Special Needs
Founded in 2003 as side project to Michael Moore’s job in corporate IT, our small business of the year was formed to serve the needs of the small and medium businesses in our community. Michael saw first-hand the problems these businesses faced trying to solve complicated IT problems by themselves. Since 2011, the company has concentrated on building solutions that incorporate proactive maintenance, secure data protection, and responsive IT support. This business has positively impacted small companies all over the metroplex, including the HEB Chamber. As one customer so eloquently expressed – “The owner and personnel of M3 Networks explain what needs to be done and why, in terms a layman like me can understand – and then they deliver.”
Bill Lynch, owner, of our Mid-Size Business of the Year has been an active member of the Chamber since the company’s inception in 2005 when he had three employees. As the business has grown, so have their contributions to the community – not only to the Chamber but to other entities such as the HEB ISD Education Foundation and Leadership HEB.
When asked why his business is so successful, Bill replied, “The secret to our success is that we are not focused on putting ink on paper or logos on promotional products. What makes us successful is our focus on the business and personal success of our customers.” And his many customers have found that to be true.