HEB Chamber honors 13 community leaders at Annual Awards Luncheon

The HEB Chamber of Commerce recognized 13 honorees at its Annual Awards Luncheon, held February 15 at the Texas Star Conference Center in Euless.

The event celebrates member businesses, organizations, and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the Chamber and the HEB community in 2018. Robert Earley, president and CEO of JPS Health Network, served as master of ceremonies. The winners:

Small Business of the Year: AlecXander Medical Spa

Mid-Size Business of the Year: Mason-Dallas, Inc.

Large Business of the Year: Wells Fargo

Officer of the Year: Susan Shaw, Shaw Insurance Agency

Director of the Year: Mandy Eliot, Deep Roots DFW Realty

Ambassador of the Year: Gale Wagner, Steve Crabtree Insurance Agency

Gertrude Tarpley Memorial Spirit Award: Bobby Carr, BB&T

Chairman’s Award: John Fletcher, Fletcher Consulting Public Relations

Co-Members of the Year: Lindsey Colorado, Servpro of Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Leah Wood, Open Mortgage, L.L.C.

HEB Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award: JPS Health Network

Bill Ridgway Spirit of Enterprise Award: NTE Mobility Partners

Clyde Mooney Award: Faye Beaulieu, United Way of Tarrant County

Earley said that Wells Fargo has been involved in a wide variety of local initiatives, including the Chamber’s Challenge by Choice and women’s leadership programs. “They are the true definition of community banking in our area,” he said.    

The Clyde Mooney Award is the highest honor the Chamber bestows, and Earley said Faye Beaulieu was very deserving of it. Her community involvement includes the HEB Economic Development Foundation, the Northeast Leadership Forum and the Texas Association of School Boards. “Faye has been a fixture in Northeast Tarrant County for many years,” he said.

Mary Frazior, president and CEO of the Chamber, said the luncheon is an important event for the Chamber and the community.

“This is an opportunity for us to spotlight some of the members who made significant contributions in 2018,” Frazior said. “The honorees are an asset not only to the Chamber but to our community, and we are grateful to have them as members.”

Texas Health HEB was the Presenting Sponsor, and Atmos Energy was the Champion Sponsor.

HEB Chamber Names Chick-fil-A at Heritage Towne Crossing as the Small Business of the Year for 2017

Ernie Flores and Kathie Jackson of Chick-fil-a Heritage Towne Crossing Accept the Award from Tom Hingst

The Small Business of the Year Award was presented to Chick-fil-A Heritage Towne Crossing at the recent HEB Chamber Awards Luncheon.  The award was sponsored by ALL ABOUT RECOGNITION and presented by Tom Hingst with Hingst Enterprises, the 2015 recipient.

Chick-fil-A has a full menu of contributions to the Chamber and the community. For example, they participated in a WFAA’s Christmas toy drive and 6 Stones’ CPR program, and they have been a supporter of the HEB Chamber golf tournament ever since they opened.

Additionally, they’ve welcomed firefighters who were collecting funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosted three “Coffee with a Cop” events last year.

They’ve also done activities in support of school teachers, and held several “Spirit Nights,” sharing a portion of their proceeds with local school sports teams. 6 Stones recently recognized them with a 2017 Game Changer Award for School Based Advocacy.

They also held “sleepover” event for kids and their stuffed animals. And their drive-through area is sometimes staffed by a Jedi Knight.

HEB Chamber Announces Individual and Business Award Winners for 2018

Please join us in congratulating the individuals, organizations and businesses recognized last week at
the HEB Chamber of Commerce 2018 Awards Luncheon.

Small Business of the Year

Chick-fil-A at Heritage Towne Crossing

Mid-size Business of the Year

Texas Harley-Davidson

Large Business of the Year

Republic Services

Officer of the Year

Steve Ward, Allstate Insurance – Steve Ward Agency

Director of the Year

John Fletcher, Fletcher Consulting

Ambassador of the Year

Darlene Hollingsworth, The Clubhouse for Special Needs

Gertrude Tarpley Memorial Spirit Award

Brenda Whitley, Texas Health HEB

Member of the Year

Susan Shaw, Shaw Insurance

HEB Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award

Linda Eilenfeldt, City of Euless

Bill Ridgway Spirit of Enterprise Award

Gary Fickes, Tarrant County Commissioner, Precinct 3

Clyde Mooney Award

Geoff Graham, Carter BloodCare


Congratulations to all our honorees!

VIP Sponsor

Champion Sponsors

Print Sponsor Minuteman Press

Media Sponsor Star-Telegram

HEB Chamber Announces 2018 Award Nominees

The HEB Chamber received many nominations for the Annual Awards Luncheon. All of the nominees are listed below, and some of them will be named as award recipients during the Luncheon. Please join us on Friday, February 9!


The HEB Chamber would like to thank our Major Sponsors for the support of this event:

VIP Sponsor

Champion Sponsors

Atmos Energy

Print Sponsor

Minuteman Press

Media Sponsor


Businesses and Organizations
6 Stones Mission Network
91 Design
American Legion
Atmos Energy
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center — Grapevine
Bell Helicopter, A Textron Company
Bob’s Printing
Brian C. Bui, DDS, PLLC
Chick-fil-A at Heritage Towne Crossing
Christian Brothers Automotive
Coat of Many Colors
Escape Pro
Five Star Ford
Forest Ridge Funeral Home
GRACEful Buys
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Mason-Dallas, Inc.
Minuteman Press
Mission Central
Medical City North Hills
NTE Mobility Partners
Northeast Orchestra
Neuro Fitness Foundation
ONCOR Electric Delivery
Parra Car Care
Republic Services
Servpro of Grapevine/Northeast Tarrant/HEB
Shaw Insurance
Tarrant County
Texas Harley-Davidson
Texas Health HEB
The Clubhouse for Special Needs
The Thompson Group Classic Chevrolet
Wells Fargo
What’s Poppin Texas

Individual Nominees


Marilyn Ackmann Darlene Hollingsworth
Jana Autrey Linda Huggins
Craig Backus Washima Huq
Kevin Ball Stacy Huynh
Kimberly Ball Paula Jernigan
Rebecca Barksdale Suzy McCormick
Pete Benenati David B. Medina
Reuben Brown Kelly Pacleb
Ruth Burns Deborah Paganelli
Joseph Campbell Brad Parker
Fred Campos Nicole Pollard
Bobby Carr Brad Powell
Trasa Cobern Rochelle Ross
Leslie Conley Kathryn Rotter
Jeff Corbet, DDS Tammy Salter
Michael Delgado Crystal Sanders
Gina Devine Devin Sanders
Robert Earley Susan Shaw
Mandy Eliot Scott Sheppard
Linda Eilendfeldt Sue Schultz
Steve Farco Gale Wagner
Gary Fickes Steve Ward
John Fletcher Brenda Whitley
Walter Furnace Glen Whitley
Eric Gachelin Murphy Yohner
Geoff Graham
Jim Griffin
Margaret Hall
Tom Hingst

Jeff Corbet, DDS named Director of the Year by the HEB Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Jeff Corbet, DDSThe Chamber is fortunate to have so many directors who are actively involved and committed to making the organization successful, and this year’s Director of the Year is definitely one of those.

This is Dr. Corbet‘s second term on the Board, and he has chaired the Governmental Affairs Committee as well as the Community Alliances Committee. He also has worked on our golf tournament and the Gala.

This year, Dr. Corbet donated his talents to our Challenge by Choice program. When he saw that we needed a stronger presentation for the classroom, he stepped in to update it, creating a new presentation that is both appealing and relevant to our seventh grade audience.

Throughout his tenure, he has provided thoughtful insights and invaluable leadership to the Chamber. And his office has some of the best Business After Hours events of the year. He not only brings a smile to your face, he can make it look better, too!

Out thanks to Reliant, an NRG company for sponsoring the Director of the Year Award.

Allan Weegar named Clyde Mooney Award Winner by the HEB Chamber of Commerce

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Allan Weegar, presented with the Clyde Mooney Award from last year’s winner, David B. Medina, Forest Ridge Funeral Home

The Clyde Mooney Award honors a person who has shown exceptional leadership in our region and has provided service that includes, but is not limited to, the Chamber. Clyde Mooney was the first chairman of the HEB Chamber, serving from 1954-55. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the HEB Chamber.

Allan Weegar has been an integral part of our community for many years. He worked for the City of Hurst for 35 years, serving as city manager since 1997. During his tenure, he managed numerous departments, including economic development, code enforcement, administrative services central services and facility maintenance.

He provided visionary leadership and was actively involved with the HEB Economic Development Foundation. He also was instrumental in the economic development and revitalization of Hurst, working on the Hurst Town Center project as well as the Transforming Hurst initiative. In the process of developing the city, he helped his team develop a strong organization and a culture of customer service excellence.

Mr. Weegar retired in July, but remains as active as ever. He currently serves on the boards of the Northeast Transportation System and the Texas City Management Association, and is a member of the Northeast Leadership Forum.

Our thanks to Texas Health HEB for sponsoring the Clyde Mooney Award this year.

HEB ISD Named Winner of the Bill Ridgway Spirit of Enterprise Award by the HEB Chamber of Commerce

Steve Chapman accepts the Bill Ridgway Award from last year's winners, the Economic Development Directors of Hurst, Euless and Bedford

Steve Chapman accepts the Bill Ridgway Award from last year’s winners, the Economic Development Directors of Hurst, Euless and Bedford (Pictured l. to r. Mike Collins, Euless, Steve Bowden, Hurst, Steve Chapman, HEB ISD, and Bill Syblon, Bedford)

The Bill Ridgway Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizes individuals or entities who have been significantly involved in the economic development of our three cities.  As we know, when businesses are deciding where to locate, they look at a variety of factors, including tax rates, parks and cultural amenities.

But they also look at the workforce – simply put, if a community does not have a skilled and educated pool of prospective employees, businesses won’t come.

So when it comes to economic development, education is not just a part of it; it is the heart of it. And few places do more to prepare our students to be skilled and productive members of our workforce than the HEB Independent School District. Their continued commitment to excellence has placed them among not only the best in state, but the best in the nation. And they have made clear to everyone in our community that it is not where you come from that matters, but where you want to go.

Thank you to the Thompson Group – Classic Chevrolet for sponsoring the Bill Ridgway Spirit of Enterprise Award.

The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet named HEB Chamber Community Service Award Winner

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Ken Thompson accepts the Community Service Award from last year’s winner, Steve Lineweaver

The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet has been a great supporter of both the HEB Chamber and other nonprofit groups in our area. Among other things, they have served on a variety of boards, including 6 Stones Mission Network, and they have supported GRACE, Little League teams and the Toys for Tots program run by the Marine Corps.

Each fall, they hold a chili cook-off for area chambers and nonprofits, and each fall, they sponsor an annual golf tournament, with proceeds going to charitable organizations.

The remarkable thing about the Thompson Group is that, in everything they do, they participate 100 percent. That’s because they are in this for the long haul, and they want the contributions they are making now to benefit our community for years to come.

The HEB Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award was sponsored GRACEful Buys.

Tracy Morehead of Edward Jones named the Gertrude Tarpley Memorial Spirit Award Winner by HEB Chamber

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The Gertrude Tarpley Memorial Spirit Award recognizes a person who leads by example, exemplifying limitless energy, spirit and selflessness.

Tracy Morehead of Edward Jones certainly exemplifies those qualities. For example, she has served several terms as vice-chair of the Power Networking Leads Group, has assisted with multiple ribbon cuttings and other meetings, and is one of the founders of the WILD group.

In addition to all she does, she’s also a delight to work with. She is always energetic and enthusiastic, and with her Chamber spirit, she is great at inspiring others as well.

Gertrude Tarpley Memorial Spirit Award was sponsored
by Lucas Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

Miguelito’s Mexican Restaurant & Lounge named Small Business of the Year by the HEB Chamber of Commerce

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Gabby Vidauri of Miguelito’s receives her award from Tom Hingst

Miguelito’s Mexican Restaurant & Lounge commitment to the Chamber goes back many years – 20 years, in fact. And over that time, they have provided outstanding support for both the Chamber and the community.

For example, they have hosted several Business After Hours events. In previous years, they worked on the Gala planning task force, and last year, they helped with the startup of our new women’s leadership group, WILD. And they have donated many, many wonderful items for our silent and live auctions.

In the community, Miguelito’s has supported the HEB ISD campus adopter program, Santa’s Texas Team and the Fraternal Order of Police. They’ve also been active with 6 Stones Mission Network and supported groups and sports teams for L.D. Bell and Trinity High School.

In short, Miguelito’s has cooked up some great things for our community. And if you happen to visit them, they’ll cook up something great for you, too!

The Small Business of the Year Award was sponsored by Better Signs & Banners.