East County Chamber of Commerce shines with an evening of honors and celebration

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It really was a “Night to Shine” at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s East County Honors Annual Awards Gala. An evening of fun, laughter and networking, the event celebrated the thriving East County individuals for public service and businesses for contributions to the region.

It really was a “Night to Shine” at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s East County Honors Annual Awards Gala. An evening of fun, laughter and networking, the event celebrated the thriving East County individuals for public service and businesses for contributions to the region.

Held at the Barona Resort and Casino on Feb. 11, the evening included silent and live auctions conducted by the Chamber’s Past Chair Steve Hamman, exquisite dining, music and an excellent chance for the people of East County to network. Hamman received a proclamation from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, given by Supervisor Dianne Jacob, proclaiming February 11, Steve Hamman Day throughout the county. Jacob also proceeded over the installation of the Chamber’s 2016 Board of Directors with a witty and whimsical oath, still keeping the charge of oath with earnest.

Incoming Chair Leah McIvor received a $5,500 check from Chair of the Chamber’s Foundation Pat Howard, which included $2,500 for SDG&E and $1,000 from Run East County to support the Chamber’s Ethics in Business programs. McIvor said the Chamber is heading into 2016 with a balanced budget, a sustainable reserve, and expanding membership of more than 600 members.

“We are investing in our area’s greatest resource—our people,” said McIvor. “We can be proud of established programs such as Leadership and new ones such as the Workforce Development Program.” A new partnership between the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District, Grossmont Union High School District, East County Economic Development Council and the East County Career Center.

Community Service Awards

Chairman’s Award for Community Service

Marcel Becker

Trident Maritime Systems

Public Service Person of the Year

Barry Jantz

Grossmont Healthcare District

Ambassador of the Year

Javier Metoyer

Silvergate Bank

Business and Education Person of the Year

Cindie Wolf

Cindie Wolf Photography

Business Volunteer of the Year

Renae Arabo

RJS Law

Leadership East County Person of the Year

Beverly Sturk

El Cajon Police Department

Community Business Partner of the Year

Beverley and John Ireland

 

Jasmine Creek Florist

Business of the Year Awards

Best Restaurant

urbn St. Brewing Co.

Education

International Academy of Jazz

Entertainment & Recreation

Barona Resort & Casino

Financial Services

East County Schools Federal Credit Union

Green Business

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

Health Services

The Salvation Army El Cajon

Home and Business Improvement

Pure Solar Power

Manufacturing

RCP Block & Brick

New Member Business

Jack in the Box 

DBA Beshay Enterprises

Non-Profit

The Water Conservation Garden

Professional Services

Cabrera and Associates, Inc.

Real Estate and Housing

Keller Williams Realty

Retail, Sales and Marketing

Act II Inc.

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