El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce business and political leaders gathered at the Serrano Country Club last Thursday to recognize contributions to the community in 2011, celebrate local businesses achievements in a local economy that’s sputtering back to life and to install new chamber leadership for 2012.
KFBK radio personality Ed Crane mastered the ceremony with wit and style in a feel-good evening filled with awards, laughs and community spirit.
Crane led off by recognizing the chamber’s high-powered premier partners: Envision RX Options, PG&E, Town Center, Marshall Medical Center, El Dorado Disposal, Wells Fargo and Serrano Associates.
Newly appointed Chamber Vice President Cassidy Flynn recognized the chamber ambassadors. Outgoing — in more ways than one — chamber ambassador of the year Peggie Ryan-Lanigan of Lyon Real Estate introduced the 2012 model, David Williamson of New York Life Insurance Company.
Award winners included Mike Wilson of Clearwater Pools for home-based business of the year, Richard Righton’s Relish Burger Bar for startup business of the year and Louis and Coleah Mansour’s Latrobe Road Self Storage & U-Haul for small business of the year.
Serrano Associates received a community service award for their support of local and regional nonprofits.
Members of the El Dorado Hills Community Foundation Board, which assists companies in locating or expanding in El Dorado Hills, and the chamber’s Government Relations Committee, which works to improve the local business climate, were recognized for their behind-the-scenes service to their community.
In a more public-facing role, El Dorado Hills’ own “Bill and Hilary,” California Welcome Center volunteers Bill Knox and Hillary McGee, were called to the podium for a special thanks.
The evening also included special recognition for the companies that invested in the Welcome Center, which celebrated its one year anniversary in May, and logged nearly 15,000 visitors in 2011, including guests from each of the 50 states.
Top level supporters include Town Center, Red Hawk Casino, El Dorado Winery Association, Holiday Inn Express and Mercy Hospital.
Congressman Tom McClintock, via field representative Ross Branch, and State Senator Ted Gaines recognized outgoing chamber Board Chair Kelly Seymore of DST Output with certificates of recognition.
Sherriff John D’Agostini conducted a light-hearted swearing in of the new chamber board: Chair Linda Ellen Anderson, Interno Real Estate; Keith Gordon, El Dorado Disposal; Cathey Cort, AdsUp!; Charles Sharp, Blue Shield; Daniel Militaru, Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse; Jan Wilcox, Mercy Hospital; Steve Forney, PG&E; Dave Williamson, New York Life Insurance Company; Ted Addison, ServPro of Rancho Cordova and John Zezini, Edward Jones Investments.
Chamber President and CEO Debbie Manning closed the ceremony by predicting an improved business climate in 2012.
Serrano chef Kevin Nichols’ dinner garnered rave reviews. DJ Anthony Avery provided the event sound track and managed the silent auction. El Dorado Hills photographer Rob Vomund captured the evening in pixels. An event slideshow is available at vomundphotography.com.