Chamber Banquet & General Meeting Presented by Title Sponsor Bayfront Health Dade City
Thank you for your Nomination for our 2017 Community Awards
Winners were announced at our Annual Banquet on June 8, 2017.
- Business Leader of the Year
- Large Business Leader of the Year
- Small Business Leader of the Year
- Civic Association of the Year
- Citizen of the Year
- Ambassador of the Year
- Chamber Member of the Year
- Richard Tombrink Lifetime Achievement Award
- President's Award
The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce Announcement of the 2017 Award Recipients.
The following Awards are nominated by the Chamber Members.
Business Leader of the Year – Grady Cunningham
Owner of "Lori Anne's" and "Church Street Shoppe/Toys, Kites & More" and active membner of the Dade City Merchants Association, who partners with the Chamber and works tirelessly to bring improvements and shoppers into downtown Dade City - especially the founding and formation of "First Friday", featuring shopping, dining and entertainment monthly.
Large Business of the Year – San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union
Under the leadership of Timothy Baldwin CEO/President have created such community bases initiatives as the monthly Business Link breakfast, college scholarships, raising funds for The Thomas Promise, Sunrise of Pasco County, Inc., the Boys & Girls Clubs and many others. The Credit Union has been a long time support of the Chamber's "Citizen of the Month" program honoring deserving local students.
Small Business of the Year - Beef O'Brady's-Dade City
Beef O'Brady's-Dade CIty and owner Todd Batchelor has given back to the community for years by assisting groups such as local sports teams, schools, Relay For Life, and many more. "Beef's" supports of the Merchants Association and Chamber over the years has been outstanding, a real community partner.
Civic Association of the Year – The Thomas Promise
The Thomas Promise, and founder Wade Thomas, have provided food and supplies to thousands of Pasco Sounty children over the past few years. Their staff and volunteers work tirelessly ensuring a better community for tomoorow by supporting our youth. The Thomas Promise has stepped in to assume the operation of the Rattlesnake Festival, and grow this wonderful, local event.
Citizen of the Year – Chief Ray Velboom, Dade City Police
Chief Ray Velboom exemplifies great civic leadership and is truly a "man of the people". Chief tirelessly supports local charities and the numerous events they produce. His focus in public safety, and his personal mission is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our area citizens. He is probably one of the best known public servants, always there with a smil and a helping hand.
The following awards are nominated and chosen by the Full Board of Directors.
Ambassador of the Year – Richard Riley
Richard is everywhere and never says no! A hard worker who attends nearly every chamber and community event to take professional photos that he submits to all the local newspapers. This insures that both the chamber and people involved get the recognition they deserve. Richard does it all!
Chamber Member of the Year – Mark Pinson
Of Entangle Media moved to Dade City, started in the SMARTstart Dade City Incubator and stayed to make Dade City his home. Mark attends and suppoets Co-op and Bicycle Initiatives, has worked with Saint Leo University students on community activities and developed the Kumquat Festival App for Chamber use.
Richard Tombrink Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Harold Sample
Harold has been associated with Pasco County and Dade City for many years. During a 30-year career in public services, he was an Assistant County Administrator, Executive Assistant to the Sheriff and top aid to Clerk of the Circuit Court. Harold served as the county emergency services director, sheriff's office administrator, City Manager in Dade City for many years. Currently Harold works for the Pasco County Clerk of the Court, and continues to lend his experiene and expertie to Leadership Pasco, the Christmas Parade, numerous charities and nonprofit organizations.
The following award is chosen by the current Chamber President.
President's Award Winner - Camille Hernandez, Mayor of Dade City
The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce is a membership based not for profit entity that strives to be the best resource to support our members and attract new business to our area. The mission of The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce is "To promote economic growth and quality of life in the greater Dade City area."