Evan Islam of Central Station Marketing receives the Mid-Size Business of the Year Award from last year’s winner, Affiliated Bank represented by Kent Johnson.
Central Station Marketing was deeply involved in the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a program offered to junior high and high school students for the last two years. To start, they helped the participants develop and set up websites for their fledgling businesses.
However, they went above and beyond providing simple technical support. They essentially served as mentors to the students, making sure they got the information they needed, advising them and even giving them a tour of their own facility.
People like to say that the children are our future. Well, if that’s the case, with dedicated and caring organizations like this one around, we have a very bright future to look forward to.
The Mid-size Business of the Year Award, was sponsored by Minuteman Press of Fort Worth.
Steve Farco of Mason-Dallas receives his award from last year’s recipient, Pete Benanati of the Benenati Law Firm.
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 of Mason-Dallas, Inc. has been an officer since 2013. He has served on the Governmental Affairs Committee and the Compensation Committee, and he was the first chairman of the Finance and Governance Goal Team.
Farco is also the founder of the Chamber Lunch Mobs, started our Century Club and guided the Board in reaching their fundraising goal for 2016.
But he doesn’t just work hard for the Chamber: He also plays hard. In the last year alone, he has dressed up as Santa Claus, as a pink bunny and even as Where’s Waldo – which he appropriately renamed, Where’s Farco.
The Officer of the Year Award for 2016 was sponsored by Forest Ridge Funeral Home.
Kelly Pacleb accepts the award on behalf of Atmos Energy, presented by last year’s winner, Steve Meeks of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP.
Atmos Energy is a wonderful example of being committed to a community. For example, they sponsor numerous activities, including 6 Stones Mission Network’s annual Bus Pull competition.
Education is a priority for Atmos, and they participate in the HEB ISD’s campus adopter program. They assembled student backpacks, and recently made a donation to the HEB ISD Education Foundation in honor of each teacher at the school. Notably, the district named them Adopter of the Year for 2016.
On top of all this, they also volunteer their time. Their employees have helped out at events including the Bedford Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast and the Hurst Fire Department’s Steak Dinner. And each spring, they designate a full day to volunteer at 6 Stones Mission Network.
In short, Atmos Energy is a valued friend to both the HEB Chamber and many other local organizations, and they are one the businesses that powers our community – both figuratively and literally.
The HEB Chamber’s Award for Large Business of the Year Award was sponsored by CIERA BANK.
The Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy will be hosting a HEB ISD Student Career Fair on February 16, 2017 and they are looking for community organizations to join them. If your company or organization is looking to hire high school students, we would like for you to consider registering for this event.
This event will be held at the Buinger CTE Academy located at 1849 Central Drive Building E in Bedford. The fair will run from 3:00pm-5:00pm on Thursday, February 16.
If interested, you can register online by using this registration link.
For more information, please contact Mariana Royer, MOL, 817-399-2038. Thank you again for investing in our students and helping us raise student achievement.