Rockwall Chamber presents awards for 2011 at annual banquet

ROCKWALL – Over 180 members and guests gathered at the Allure Restaurant at Chandler’s Landing for the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce 2011 Awards and Member Appreciation Banquet Jan. 12.

(See photo captions below)

Outgoing Board Chair Cheryl Dunlop, Director of Administrative Services for the City of Rockwall, presented awards to Ebby Halliday Realtors and the Hilton Bella Harbor Hotel for Small and Large Business Partners for the year, respectively.

Rockwall Boys & Girls Club President & Straughan Properties business owner Stephen Straughan received the “Spirit of Rockwall” and “Ambassador of the Year” awards.

Incoming Board Chair Oncor Electric Area Manager Cindy Tayem was named “Director of the Year.”

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to American National Bank board member and senior vice president Larry Parks for his outstanding long-time commitment and support to the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rockwall community as a whole.

The City of Rockwall also received a “Partner Appreciation Award.”

During the program portion of the event, Dunlop provided an overview of 2011 highlights. Tayem presented the audience with key points from the Chamber’s business plan.

She said that the overall focus for 2012 would be member retention, and explained the key objective for the campaign will be to strengthen branding and endorse the benefits that a partnership with the Chamber will bring to any business, small or large.

Chamber Ambassadors Straughan and Sheila Hair, co-owner of My Computer  Guy, gave an overview of the new Chamber Ambassador Program and spoke of the importance the Ambassadors play in its success.

New Chamber President Dana Macalik recognized the outgoing Board Members and introduced the new 2012 Board of Directors:

  • Lesli Johnson, Controller, Rest Haven Funeral Homes
  • Stewart Storms, Vice President of Commercial Lending, American National Bank
  • Stephen A. Straughan, Owner & Broker, Straughan Properties LLC and RockwallNow.com
  • Darby Burkey, Owner, Rockwall Flower & Design Studio
  • Nancy Runge, Marketing Specialist, Farmers Electric Cooperative
  • James Nelson, Vice President of Business Development, Alliance Bank
  • Troy Reimer, Principal, Reimer Legal Services (Honorary)
  • Lou Johnson, ANB Wealth Management Group/Trust Services, Vice President and Trust Manager (Honorary)

The event was sponsored by:

  • American National Bank Texas
  • ANB Trust Department
  • Business Directories of Texas
  • the City of Rockwall
  • Ebby  Halliday Realtors
  • Endodontic Specialists of Rockwall
  • Farmers Electric Cooperative
  • Hilton Bella Harbor
  • Lake Pointe Medical Center
  • My Computer Guy
  • Rockwall Economic Development Corporation
  • Rockwall Flower & Design Studio
  • Texans for Bob Deuell
  • Timpa Law Firm
  • TX Health Presbyterian Hospital – Rockwall

Photos (Click to enlarge):

Top Left (from left):

  • Margie Hooper, former Chamber President
  • Larry Parks
  • Cheryl Dunlop

Top Center:

  • Dana Macalik
  • Judy Harris, Branch Manager, Ebby Halliday Realtors-Rockwall
  • Cheryl Dunlop

Top Right:

  • Dana Macalik
  • Cindy Tayem
  • Cheryl Dunlop

Bottom left:

  • Dana Macalik
  • Stephen Straughan
  • Cheryl Dunlop

Bottom right:

City of Rockwall Council Members & Staff

By J.J. Smith, Publisher



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