The spirit of giving in the Santa Maria community shown through during the 2016 Annual Installation & Awards Dinner, put on by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and held at the Radisson hotel.
The formal event’s festivities included honoring outstanding members of the community, installing new members to the Chamber board, recognizing outgoing board members, and celebrating the dawn of another year.
“The event is about honoring and recognizing great companies, great leaders in the town,” said Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Morris.
“It’s about saying “thanks” to people that have invested a lot of time and effort in making Santa Maria the place where we want to live and do business.”
Throughout the evening, awards were given to local businesses and community leaders who have left a lasting impact on the city, and continue to serve as examples of leadership and giving to the local community.
“When you give back to the community, you will get back ten fold,” Said Inge Garvin, owner of Salon Studio 23. Garvin’s Salon was the recipient of this year’s Small Businesses of the Year Award, a newly created award for the event.
“As members of such a great community, it is an honor to be able to give back to those who have helped support us and help our business grow,” Garvin said. “When you help others, you help yourself. You help your business.”
Heritage Oaks Bank of Santa Maria was another one of the evening’s award recipients, and was recognized as Large Business of the Year.
“It’s important to share this award and recognition not just with the employees of the bank and the management of the bank, but also the clients and community members who choose to do business with us,” said Heritage Oaks Bank President Brooks Wise. “They are part of our success, for sure; they are the reason for our success.”
Other award recipients that evening included David Brogren (Ambassador of the Year), Bob Orach (Robert F. Grogan Public Service Award), Ed Murray (Robert P. Hatch Citizen of the Year Award) and Diane Alleman-Stephens (Chairman’s Award).
Trent Benedetti and George Majoue were also recognized for completing their nine year terms on the Chamber Board of Directors.
Ed Carcarey of Mega 97.1 was formally installed as the Chamber’s new Chairman of the Board by outgoing Chairman of the Board Eddie Murray. He ended the evening echoing the remarks of the award recipients.
Carcarey discussed his own experiences with business over the years, and how important the local community has been in his own success.
“Get involved in your community. Get to you know your community, and you’ll be amazed at the success your business will see,” he said.
“As leaders in our community, as local businesses, we have a responsibility to help each other, to lift each other up. When we strengthen our community, we strengthen our own businesses; we strengthen ourselves.”