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Wild West Awards Banquet BENEFITING the Aztec Chamber of Commerce
The Aztec Chamber of Commerce truly benefited from all those who attended the Wild West Awards Banquet, Saturday, April 30 at the Microtel Inn Saloon. Attendees congratulated nominees at the event and three Aztec hero award winners: 1) Business of the Year, Anytime Fitness for their work in the community; 2) Citizen of the Year, Cindy Iacovetto. Not only does she do an amazing job at the Aztec Senior Center, but her selfless time in the community is endless; and 3) Educator of the Year, Steve Lanier. Steve’s passion, time and commitment to youth were a few reasons this dedicated individual was considered for the hero’s award. Wild West costumes were everywhere and the food by Sutherland Farms’ Purple Cow Kafe was delectable!
Journalist, Author and Humorist, Ron Price kept the room laughing with his witticisms. Thank you also to Farmington’s Scott Michlin, Master of Ceremonies for his contribution to our event. Thank you for a job well done!!
Remarks by Chamber President, Teri Baily:
The first Quarter of 2016 has been very positive for the Chamber! We have seen a large increase in Members joining from throughout the Four Corners as well as already adding ten new members since January. The Chamber continues to pursue larger projects we feel will have a positive impact on our community’s economic growth. For example:
The Aztec HUB: The Chamber has joined forces with the San Juan College Enterprise Center and the City of Aztec to encourage and help new business grow and expand offering them access to space, resources, trainings, state of the art technology and a convenient downtown location. In addition, it will be the new home of the Aztec Chamber!
Tourism: The Chamber is also very excited with the growth and progress made in the tourism sector! With the jump in tourism numbers it means local business will be directly affected with more people visiting, eating and buying at local businesses. Additionally, we continue to look for ways to offset the decline of the oil and gas industry by refocusing on other assets like the Aztec Ruins (9th Monument in the nation; 5th in the World Register), San Juan River, Chaco Canyon and the beauty of where we live. Aztec has so many great things to see and to do!
Arterial Route: There is a great synergy with the ongoing construction of the East Arterial Route. The Chamber is so happy to support this endeavor for local businesses and for the City of Aztec. The completion of the Arterial Route will change the landscape of historic downtown Aztec with regards to parking and pedestrian traffic to help promote a vibrant downtown. In addition to removing the larger heavier vehicles off of Main Street, it will open approximately 200 acres of land in the area. We realize for us to grow, we must provide space.
Thank you to all the sponsors who helped to make this event a successful one as well as all our in-kind sponsors. We could not have done this without you!!
PRESENTING SPONSOR: Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndam
GOLD SPONSOR: San Juan County—Commissioner Scott Eckstein
SILVER SPONSORS: Bravo Cleaning, Business Solutions powered by Cellular One, Davis Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc., City of Aztec, Neil Agency Auctioneers, San Juan Regional Medical Center
BRONZE SPONSORS: 7-2-11 Food Stores, Citizens Bank, FCI Constructors
Are you interested in serving on one of the fun committees (decorations, menu planning, sponsorships, marketing, or silent and live auctions), to help stage this event? Is decorating your expertise and the Wild West theme is calling out to you for your creative energies? Are you more interested in meals and menus? If so, the Chamber invites you to join us to help stage, decorate, and plan this event. Call the Aztec Chamber of Commerce to join in (you do not have to be a Chamber Member to participate) at (505) 334-7646 and to share your talents and organizational skills with us!
Note: Chamber dues offer our members the advantage to expand their social or commercial network. Taskforces exist with the Chamber to become involved in the areas of membership, marketing, IT, networking, Aztec Trails and Open Spaces, and Special Events. For more information on membership, to join the Board of Directors, or to serve on a taskforce, call the number below.
Written by Vangie Garza Neil
Writer/Neil Agency Auctioneers
Vice President, Aztec Chamber of Commerce
The Aztec Chamber of Commerce is not part of the City of Aztec. The Chamber does not receive funding from the City of Aztec with the exception of their annual membership. The work we do and its support is based solely on your chamber membership dues and the Chamber’s fundraising events. We felt it was important for you to know that as our role is to be your voice in so many levels.
Aztec Chamber of Commerce
110 N. Ash
Aztec, NM 87410
(505) 334-7648 (fax)
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