Thursday, January 28, 2021

Southlake Chamber Award Finalists Announced

City of Southlake Mayor John Terrell is one of three finalists nominated for the Southlake Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year award. The Awards Banquet is a time that the Southlake Chamber takes to recognize and honor outstanding local leaders and businesses for making a difference and inspiring others within the community and Chamber.  Finalists have been named in five categories and winners will be announced at the banquet.

Southlake native Chase Daniel, currently with the New Orleans Saints, has been announced as the featured speaker at the Southlake Chamber’s Awards Banquet scheduled for Friday, July 20, at the Hilton in Southlake Town Square.

Chase Daniel is one of the most highly accomplished athletes to play at Southlake Carroll where he was named the 2004 EA Sports National High School Player of the Year. Chase led his Southlake Carroll team to a perfect 16-0 record in 2004 and a Class 5A state championship, in addition to a No. 1 national ranking and mythical national championship by numerous publications, including USA Today and Student Sports Magazine. He was a two-time state Class 5A player of the year, winning the award in each of his last two years.  At the University of Missouri, Chase continued his outstanding career where he received numerous awards and was also a finalist for the coveted Heisman award, the first ever finalist for the Mizzou Tigers.

Chamber President and CEO Dana Davis said, “We are honored and excited to have Chase as our featured speaker.  This is an individual that has proven that hard work and dedication will lead to great success, a valuable and important lesson for businesses and leaders in our own region.”

The emcee for the event will be Chase’s former head coach at Southlake Carroll, Todd Dodge.  Dodge who won four state championships in his last five years at Southlake Carroll and has recently stepped back into the high school coaching ranks at Marble Falls.  Dodge reenters the high school ranks with a 48-game winning streak.

The Awards Banquet will be formatted differently than in recent years with the theme “Fun in the Sun.” Traci Bernard, Chair Elect of the Southlake Chamber, stated, “The Southlake Chamber realizes that summer is a time for fun in the sun with family and friends. It is also a time to celebrate excellence in our community with our Masters of Ceremony Todd Dodge and our guest speaker Chase Daniel. Let’s reminisce on the success of the past and enjoy the successes of today in a Hawaiian setting. Casual atmosphere, good food, fun with friends, you do not want to miss it!”

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Award Categories:

  1. Citizen of the Year – celebrating outstanding effort, service and contribution to the community and recognizing excellence in leadership and efforts and service making the City a better place for everyone. Finalists:   Superintendent David Faltys, Carroll ISD;  Pastor Robert Morris, Gateway Church; Mayor John Terrell, City of Southlake
  2. Volunteer of the Year – celebrates outstanding volunteer service and contribution to the community and Chamber and recognizing excellence in leadership, dedication to improving the lives of others, and an ability to motivate others to follow their lead in service. Finalists: Mike Hutchison, Hilton Southlake; Tommy Pennington, Tommy Pennington Realty Group; Mike & Nicole Tesoriero, Southlake Style Magazine
  3. Small Business of the Year – recognizes and celebrates service and commitment to the community while building on the City’s strong business and community environment and exemplifying a commitment to excellence.  Finalists:  Brio Tuscan Grille;  First National Bank Town Square; Roxann Taylor and Associates
  4. Corporate Business of the Year – recognizes and celebrates the dedication and service of a business to the region and making it a better place for all to live or do business while exemplifying a commitment to excellence. Finalists: Charter Business;  Children’s Medical Center;  Grubbs Infiniti
  5. Civic Group of the Year – recognizes and celebrates an organization that has had a positive impact through their involvement in the community and as a result of actions taken by the organization to improve the lives of others.  Finalists:  Christ’s Haven for Children; Parental Alienation Awareness North Texas Chapter;  Southlake Women’s Club