Garland Chamber Celebrates 2018 Accomplishments at 87th Annual Banquet

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The Garland Chamber of Commerce hosted more than 200 of its members to celebrate all of 2018’s accomplishments at the organization’s 87th Annual Banquet, sponsored by our 2018 Board of Directors.

This year’s theme was Old Hollywood glam. Everyone dressed in their best 1930’s to 1950’s outfits and had a night of fun. Reception sponsor, American National Bank of Texas, kicked off the evening with drinks, appetizers and jazz music. Sazon Mexican Home Cooking served a savory, elegant dinner while Bobby Falk Music gave us the best of jazz from the 40’s. Resource1 Credit Union was our entertainment sponsor providing casino tables at each corner of the Atrium. After the award ceremony, Photo Cabana opened their photo booth for an evening to remember.

The Chamber staff and board of directors were also pleased to recognize the following individuals for their contributions to the organization and the Garland community.

Outstanding Business for the Arts Award: 

  • The Oaks City Center - Norm Bjornnes, Jr. and Helen Klug
  • The Garland Economic Development Authority - Dr. Lindy Perkinds, Chair.

Richland College Garland Campus Community Partnership Award:General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems – Craig Conner, Human Resource Manager

Richland College Garland Campus DCMA Partnership Award: Epiroc Drilling Solutions – Human Resource Manager, Tanya Tyler and Karine Dubois, Vice President of Human Resources

Distinguished Leader Award: Mike VanBuskirk

Propel’s Young Professional Leader Award: Cynthia Rodriguez

Retiring Directors:

  • Linda Braga – 2013-2018
  • Dan Barkis – 2016-2018

Director of the Year Award: Jan Furtick

Tall Texan: Dallas County Commissioner - Mike Cantrell

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