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.
2017 GALVESTONIAN OF THE YEAR
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.
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
H. RUDY TEICHMAN MARITIME WHEEL OF EXCELLENCE
MEDIUM/LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
SMALL BUSINESSES OF THE YEAR
Tina’s on The Strand
NATIONAL CHAIN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
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
• Leonard Woolsey