Left, Dacey Malone, 2012-13 chamber board chairman, is with Texas Farm Bureau employees, left to right, Pat Bazzell, Pam Caudle, Perla Rameriz, Sheila Charles, Ryan Roach and Linda Porter-Bradford, who accept the Customer Service Award.
Receiving the Business of the Year award is Palo Pinto General Hospital. With Dacey Malone, 2012-13 chamber board chairman, left, are left to right, front, Judy Lowe, Mundae McGettes, Lori Baker-Boyd and Kathy Boswell; back, Harris Brooks, Shane Coleman and Sue Lamb.
The annual Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, "Soaring Ahead," was held Monday at the Eagle Flying Museum, with over 300 attending.
"It was the biggest I've seen since I've been here," said Beth Watson, outgoing chamber executive director. "I am impressed."
Watson gave a lot of the credit for the high attendance to Sandra Miller, who left the chamber to join the staff at Days Inn in Mineral Wells.
At the banquet, Ryan Roach, selected by the chamber board to replace Watson, was formally introduced.
Also, the chairman of the board for 2013-14 was announced - Pat Bazzell, of Farm Bureau Insurance.
This year's award winners were:
Spirit of Mineral Wells: Ram Country Dodge-Jeep-Chrysler.
Community Beautification: Merrimac & North.
With Dacey Malone, 2012-13 chamber board chairman, second from left, are Ram Country employees, left to right, Bobby Mori, Donnie Joyner, Jonathan Jones, Bob Williams, Johnny McBride and John Ludlum The company received the Outstanding New Business and the Spirit of Mineral Wells awards.
Economic Development: North Texas Pressure Vessels.
Outstanding Small Business: Shotgun's Bar-B-Q.
Outstanding Individual Member: Ryan Roach.
Outstanding Non Profit Organization: Noah's Ark.
Outstanding New Business: Ram Country Dodge-Jeep-Chrysler.
Tourism Award: Famous Mineral Water Company.
Customer Service Award: Texas Farm Bureau Insurance.
Outstanding Industrial Partner: PECOFacet.
Business of the Year: Palo Pinto General Hospital.
Employer of the Year: Aero Air Conditioning
Chairman's Award: PECOFacet.
Left, Dacey Malone, 2012-13 chamber board chairman, is with Jessica Nickerson and Erick Nickerson, of Shotgun s Bar-B-Q, Outstanding Small Business. (Mark Engebretson)