Friday, October 23, 2020

Southlake Chamber of Commerce Announces the Southlake Citizen of the Year

Southlake Chamber of Commerce LogoClayton Reed, lead pastor of Southlake Baptist Church was named Southlake Citizen of the Year at the 2015 Awards Banquet hosted by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, June 18th, 2015.

Reed has been active in his support of the citizens of Southlake and the City leaders. He provides counsel and guidance for many leaders in the community. He is frequently called out in the middle of the night helping the Southlake police with domestic calls and tragic loss situations. Reed often offers prayer before city council meetings. Reed is married and has seven children.

With the success of last year’s “Night at the Improv” Awards Banquet, it was suggested the Chamber keep the theme for this year’s event. The banquet was held at the Hilton Town Square featuring The Hunter Sullivan Band and comedian Paul Varghese.

Chamber President Mark Guilbert said, “We are honored and excited to host such a great event to highlight the excellence of Southlake’s citizens. This community is a giving, philanthropic city; we want to recognize those that exceed the standard.”


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. The awards presented our listed below:

Citizen of the Year – the most coveted Chamber Award, celebrates outstanding effort, service and contribution to the community and recognizing excellence in leadership to make this City a better place for everyone. This year’s winner is Clayton Reed.

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. This year’s winner is Frost Bank.

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. This year’s winner is SPARK (Students and Parents Against Risks to our Kids)

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. This year’s winner is Wildwood Grill.

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. This year’s winner…it’s a tie! Lindsay Polyak with Knutson CPA, LLC. and Sheri Mills with GRACE.

Youth of the Year – This award recognizes a local student for dedication and achievement in the Southlake area. This year’s winner is Sarah Friske.

Chamber Director of the Year– This award is presented to the person who has demonstrated the utmost professionalism and enthusiasm with regards to chamber involvement. This year’s winner is Todd Winch, Marriott Solana.

Chamber Chairman’s Award – This award recognizes exceptional performance and dedication to the continued success of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce in 2015. This year’s winner is Mayor Laura Hill.

Chamber President’s Award – This award recognizes exemplary service to the Southlake Chamber of Commerce through the dedication of time, resources and ideas that have served to enhance chamber success and opportunities. This year’s winner is Bill Buffington, Audit Visuals.

Ambassador of the Year – This award recognizes efforts going above and beyond to create a positive environment for the chamber membership through dedication and service to the ambassador committee. This year’s winner is Norm Downing, U.S. Health Advisors.