By Naomi Hatch –
The 2011 Snowflake-Taylor Chamber of Commerce Awards were presented March 10 following a ban-quet catered by the Silver Creek Senior Center.
Chamber President Barbara Bruce explained that this year a nominating committee selected the nominees. “It was very, very close,” said Bruce.
Jason Brubaker of Silver Creek Mortuary was honored as Business Man of the Year.
Bev Kay of Kay Supply was named Business Woman of the Year.
Brubaker moved to the area eight years ago and in April will celebrate seven years as owner and mortician of the Silver Creek Mortuary. “I hope to do great things this year and to continue to improve our simple fa-cilities and great service,” said Brubaker, “Receiving this award gives me a little boost to keep going.”
Kay Supply has been doing business in Taylor and Show Low for eight years. “I’m glad to be among the other three ladies who have done so much service for the community,” said Kay, who is serving her first term on the Snowflake Town Council. She represents the town on the chamber board of directors and the Snow-flake-Taylor Tourism Committee. Kay is getting the Community Values Committee going again and Neigh-borhood Watch will get off the ground in the near future. She was the driving force in making Frontier Drive part of the Snowflake Christmas celebration.
“In everything I do, whether business or community, my husband is right there, too,” she noted.
The Large Business of the Year Award went to Hatch Motor Company, Medium Business of the Year Award to La Cocina de Eva, and the Small Businesses of the Year were Silver Creek Mortuary and Heritage Bed & Breakfast.
Silver Creek Senior Center received the Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award.
Patti Matyas was recognized as past president of the chamber and was honored for her ongoing service to the organization.
The Executive Director Award was given to Pam Sutter-Solomon for the many hours she has volunteered at the chamber. “Pam gives of her time,” said Chamber Executive Director Charlotte Hatch, noting that Sut-ter-Solomon fills in for her when she is out of the office doing chamber business.
Shining Star Awards for outstanding service within the community went to Tom Poscharsky, who is a member of the Snowflake Town Council, and Cindy Schreiber, who is the president of the Silver Creek Sen-ior Center Board of Directors.
The President’s Award went to Don Schmitt of Forest Properties for his support of the Chamber.
Hatch awarded certificates of appreciation to Nancy Noble for her work at the chamber and to Nancy Scannell for her efforts in getting chamber members to attend events.