The BEST in Irving awards celebration recognized winners from an online contest selected by the public. Over 30,000 votes were submitted! The annual celebration, sponsored by the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, was held at the Texas Musicians Museum on April 21. Fox 4 news anchor, Steve Eagar, served as celebrity emcee for the evening.
The University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business was recognized as the Commercial Construction Project of the Year by The Honorable Mayor Beth Van Duyne. Verizon was named Outstanding Chamber Corporate Partner and David Palmer with Premark Health Science was honored with the Sister Cities International Clayton Dobson Memorial Award. Business and civic leaders receiving special recognition included Teddie Story with Irving Cares, who was presented the Chairman’s Award for her dedication to the Irving community.
In recognition of April being National Volunteer Month, Mark Baker with Toyota of Irving was named Ambassador of the Year while Lori Bunger with HOLT CAT, was named Volunteer of the Year. Small Business of the Year went to i Fratelli.
Four Chamber members were selected for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business including: Express Employment, DHD Films, Irving Cares, Creating & Managing Wealth. Creating and Managing Wealth, owned by Christina Winters Gears, was also named the Southwest/South Central Regional Finalist by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The celebration concluded with the presentation of the Technology Leadership Council Innovation Award. MacArthur High School students, Yohana Tesfaselassie and Krisly Osegueda received first place and $2,000 for their design of the “a whole new world app”, a mobile application that will help unite cultures across our community.
For a complete list of Best in Irving award winners and the Chamber’s annual award winners, visit www.irvingchamber.com/BestinIrving.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Advanced Dental Care of Las Colinas
Cotten Schmidt & Abbott, L.L.P.
Four Seasons Resort & Club
Dallas at Las Colinas
George-McKenna Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Irving Arts Center
Mokara Spa – Las Colinas
Salons in the Plaza