Chamber also awards trophies to outstanding businesses in the valley
■ Mary Ann Morris / Editor
The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce held its 16th annual Awards Gala, which honored their picks for outstanding businesses in the valley and honored outgoing board of directors, as well as welcomed the new directors on its board.
•The following businesses received mirrored trophies from Anady’s Trophies.
•Nonprofit of the Year – Assistance League of Hemacinto
•Beautiful Business Award – Hemet Valley Mall
•Customer Service Award – The Bank of Hemet
•New Business Award – Harvard Street Bakery & Café
•Restaurant of the Year – Emilio’s Mexican Restaurant
•Man of the Year – Joell Ortiz, Welded Wall Art by Manolo Jolinsky
•Woman of the Year – Diane Perez, San Jacinto Unified School District
•Small Business of the Year – Destination Coffee Bar & Bistro
•Large Business of the Year – Sprouts Farmers Market
Entertainment was provided by magician and comedian Naathan Phan, the self-proclaimed Magic Asian Man, who has been featured on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “America’s Got Talent.”
Incoming Chairwoman Dee Cozart presented plaques to Circle of Influence members and the companies they represent. The 2017-18 board of directors includes: Claudette Anderson (Bank of America); Rich Biber (Hemet Valley Medical Center); Chief Scott Brown (Hemet Fire Department); Michael Carle (Golden Village Palms & RV Resort); Lakshman Koka (SJ Medical Center); Kevin Pearson (EMWD); Richard Perry (VIP Autos); Dr. Vince Record (San Jacinto Unified School District), Capt. Leonard Purvis (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department); Ray Shalizi (Country Club at Soboba Springs); Ignacio Valdivia (CR&R Environmental Services); Andrew Vallejos (Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians); Julie Venable (Mt. San Jacinto College); and Karena Zermeno (Altura Credit Union). Chairwoman Cozart represents Cozart Management Services. The executive committee is comprised of Cozart, Carle (past chair), Koka, (treasurer), and Dr. Record (secretary).
The following companies recently became Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce members: Dogodog Mobile Catering, Hemet Gate Keepers, Send Out Cards, U.S. Bank, Welcome Wagon, Metro PCS, Beeline Pest Control, Inc., La Catrina Delicias Y Mas, Countdown BMW Motorwerks, Les Schwab Tires and Harvard Street Used Bookstore.