Last Thursday was our annual Business Awards Night hosted at Barona Resort Casino. This sold out event gathered 200 of our local business members for a night of networking, sharing and honoring. It was my absolute pleasure to formally introduce Curtis Anderson of Salon Thrive as our Santee Young Professional of the Year (make sure to wish him a happy birthday today!) and Chick-fil-A Santee as our Business of the Year. Their contributions throughout 2019 have been so hard to measure, but I’m sure glad we tried! Our 2019 outgoing Chair of the Board, Bobbie Jo Lewis of Walmart, was also able to honor a few individuals who impacted her year as Chair, honoring Melissa Dombo of Raceway Electric and Solar and Darcy Fagerwold of ED&MC with Chairman Awards and honoring Dan O’Brien of O’Brien Insurance with a special Achievement Award after serving over 20 years as a Director for the Santee Chamber! A full list of winners was posted on our Facebook page over the weekend but can also be found HERE.
Thank you to everyone who made the night possible, especially our title sponsor, Barona. Additionally I had some amazing staff help from Jennae Gonzalez and volunteer help from Ryan Humphrey, Bree Humphrey, Gail Ramer, Greg Gagnon, Ailen Lloyd, Susie Parks and Mike Clinkenbeard. Special thanks to media guests Jay Renard and especially Lynda Marrokal for taking photos and sending them over for us to have straight away. And one last thanks to our incredible MC of the evening, Eddie Vandiver of Sportsplex USA – he is a Rockstar (literally and figuratively!!) and our sweet friend Caleb Ferreira of Mission Realty Group was able to grab a photo of us all as he came over to be the kind soul that he is and compliment us for the event. Thank you everyone and congratulations to the winners!