Garland Chamber Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers at 86th Annual Banquet

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The Garland Chamber of Commerce hosted more than 200 of its members to celebrate a year of success at the organization’s 86th Annual Banquet, sponsored by BB&T.

Reception sponsor Atmos Energy kicked off the evening with drinks, appetizers and a little close-up magic.  Then, for the main event themed, “An evening of illusion, inspiration and awards,” magician and keynote speaker David Hira brought a message of servant leadership and strong community. Referencing a conversation with Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets, Hira talked about making the most of what you’ve got to the fullest of your abilities, so much so that when you do what you CAN do, no one will notice what you CAN’T do.

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.

Tall Texan: Patty Granville Holcomb

Chairman’s Award: Dan Barkis

Director of the Year Award: Eva Hummel

Retiring Directors:

  • Raul Cantero 2013-2017
  • Jessica Conner 2014-2017
  • Tommy Crenshaw 2017
  • Malinda Brownlee Howell 2014-2017
  • Justin Lonon 2015-2017
  • Bo Saavedra 2014-2017

Richland College Corporate Services Partnership Awards:

  • Aloe Vera of America – Human Resources Generalist, Cristina Pagan & Executive Director of Operations, Scott DeMill
  • MAPEI – Unit Manager, Robert Piatek & HR Generalist, Amanda Garcia

Business for the Arts Award: Garland City Council

  • Mayor Douglas Athas
  • District 1 & Mayor Pro Tem, David Gibbons
  • District 2, Anita Goebel
  • District 3, Jerry Nickerson
  • District 4, B.J. Williams
  • District 5, Rich Aubin
  • District 6, Robert Vera
  • District 7, Scott LeMay
  • District 8, Robert John Smith
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