2016: A Year of Sustainable Success

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The Garland Chamber of Commerce celebrated a year of sustainable success as we hosted the 85th Annual Emerald Tie Banquet on Jan. 26, 2017 with a room full of Garland's prestigious leaders, professionals and valued friends. Keynote speaker Michael Ray Newman, of Zig Ziglar International, wowed the crowd of more than 200 with his inspiring story, "Itz onlee hard 'til u lurn it." 

Newman shared a number of times in his life when he was told he was too small, too dumb or too poor to make anything of himself. Determined to prove the naysayers wrong, he persevered through heart-wrenching trials. Newman told the story of the day he walked away from a garage sale with a box full of Zig Ziglar cassette tapes, a purchase he made thinking “Zig Ziglar” was a rock band. Much to his surprise, when he put the first tape into his truck, his life was transformed by a man who rocked his world with profound and lasting wisdom.

On those tapes, Newman heard Mr. Ziglar tell him, “Failure is an event; not a person,” and, “You can have everything in life you want, if you just help enough other people get what they want.” Mr. Ziglar’s words resonated with Michael, and from that point forward, he committed his life to helping others. His high energy and high expectations motivated the crowd, particularly in areas of leadership and professional growth. 

"If you have the right attitude, you're going to give the right amount of effort, and you'll develop the right skills," Newman said. Encouraging employers and leaders at every stage to set goals for themselves and their employees, Newman added, "you can't hit a target you don't have."

The evening continued with presentations of awards to the following recipients.

Business for the Arts Award, presented by Garland Cultural Arts Commission
Recipient: Linda and Woody Brownlee Family

Corporate Services Partnership Awards, presented by Richland College

  • Data-Matique (C.A. Theis, General Manager and Allen Werner, CEO)
  • DAP Products, Inc. (John Barnard, Human Resources Manager and Nancy Anderson, Human Resources)
  • SandenVendo America (Judy Finley, Human Resources Manager and Stephanie Loredo, Human Resources)

Retiring Directors, presented by the Garland Chamber of Commerce

  • Barry Young, Oncor Electric Delivery
  • Marisol Trevizo, Pilar Funeral Home
  • Jerry Prater, Huber, Prater & Henson, P.C.

Chairman’s Award, presented by Chad Brumit
Recipient: Jerry Prater

Tall Texan, presented by Paul Mayer
Recipient: Stan Luckie

The Garland Chamber of Commerce also officially premiered our 2016 Annual Report video at the Banquet, and we were filled with pride at the range of achievements our membership and leadership have supported in the past year. 

We'd also like to extend our gratitude to the following people who made the 85th Annual Emerald Tie Banquet possible:
Sponsor: Bo Saavedra, Northwestern Mutual
Caterer: Royal Catering
Entertainment: Bobby Falk Group
Florist: Lizzie Bee's Flower Shoppe
Venue: The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center
And our Board of Directors

Thanks to a clear mission, a dedicated staff and the support of our members and partners, we’re proud to say that 2016 was another immensely successful year for the Garland Chamber. Thank you for your continued connection to the Garland Chamber. It was a pleasure to see you all at the Emerald Tie Banquet and we look forward to working with you and your business in the year ahead. 

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