Each year, our local chambers of commerce in Galveston County take time to recognize those who they wish to thank for a job well done in helping foster a stronger business community.

On Friday night, the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting at Moody Gardens on Galveston Island.

The Daily News is a proud supporter of the good work these chambers do in our community. In fact, The Daily News was the first member of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce when its was chartered as the first chamber in Texas 173 years ago. Chambers of commerce play an important role in supporting local businesses through networking, legislative affairs and educational opportunities.

So, here is wishing the best to the winners announced at the 2018 annual dinner by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulations.

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

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(1) comment

Carol Dean

Please explain the "accomplishments" of Wayne Faircloth! He is nothing but the laughing stock of Galveston County.

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