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Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
by Ruth Ann Ruiz
Sunday, January 14, 2018

GRCC Annual MeetingThe Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce on Friday held its 172nd annual meeting. The themed event, An Evening in Italy, was filled with sights, sounds, and aromas of a small Italian village, including an Italian marketplace. Five hundred and twenty-five guests were welcomed to Moody Gardens, Frances Anne Moody Ballroom by Gina Spagnola, president and CEO of GRCC. and C.B. “Bix” Rathburn, outgoing chair of the organization.  

While guests enjoyed their meals, awards were presented to local business leaders and dedicated chamber members. The final award, Galvestonian of the Year, was announced by Rathburn, “We don’t give this out every year.” The crowd stood with applause and cheered as State Representative Wayne Faircloth went forward to receive the honor.  

The ceremonies concluded with officers, lead by incoming chair Fred Raschke, making their pledges to serve the GRCC in 2018.

Awards went to:

2017 GALVESTONIAN OF THE YEAR - Wayne Faircloth

CHRISTIE MITCHELL BEACHCOMBER AWARD - Victor Pierson, Moody National Bank

HERO OF THE YEAR - Ben Peterek, Gulfside Cleaning Services

TEXAS STRONG HEROES - Brent Cockerham, Moody Bank,  Tena Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist, Houston PetSet,  Raz Halili, Prestige Oysters, Inc.

UNSUNG HEROES - Michelle Beckwith, The San Luis Resort Spa and Conference Center,  James MacAlpine, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston Island

BOARD MEMBERS OF THE YEAR - Theresa Elliott, Casa del Mar Beachfront Suites,  Allan Matthews, The Moody Foundation,  Maureen Patton, The Grand 1894 Opera House

PRESIDENT’S AWARD - Navigators

INTERNATIONAL IMPACT -  BP

H. RUDY TEICHMAN MARITIME WHEEL OF EXCELLENCE - JW Kelso

MEDIUM/LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - CenterPoint Energy

SMALL BUSINESSES OF THE YEAR - Benno’s, Fast Signs, Queen’s Barbecue, Tina’s on The Strand

NATIONAL CHAIN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - Whataburger

NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR - The Salvation Army of Galveston

VICTOR PIERSON C-CREWE AWARD - Tom Schwenk, Tom’s Galveston Real Estate

C-CREWE MEMBER OF THE YEAR - Lindsey White, United Way of Galveston

COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF THE YEAR AWARD - Dr. Jennifer Goodman, Odyssey Academy, Dr. Donna Lang, Texas A&M University at Galveston




GRCC
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