RIVERVIEW — Community leaders and local business owners were honored last week at the Riverview Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and awards celebration.
The patriotic-themed evening kicked off Jan. 16 at the Regent with state Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, singing the National Anthem and then 2014 chamber president Joe Eletto's opening remarks.
The chamber honored Jill Andrew of Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care as Citizen of the Year. She serves as the YMCA Camp Cristina board chairwoman as well as the director of children's ministry at the Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale while maintaining her position as a chamber board member.
"This is what I'm the most proud of," Andrew told the audience of 300. "I remember the first dinner I went to and there were 36 of us, and look what you've done. I am just so honored."
New board member Michelle Mosher of Southshore Insurance Professionals received the Ambassador of the Year for her work in recruitment and community involvement.
Ed Wait, who joined the Riverview Chamber of Commerce last year, was given the Shining Star Award.
Other honorees include Joe Zuba as the Margy Warkins Volunteer of the Year and Christian Beiter as Honorary Mayor.
Three Business of the Year awards were given according to the size of the company: James J. Pulkowski, CPA (three or less employees); Waypoint Property Inspection (up to 20 employees); and the Alley at SouthShore (20 or more employees).
Incoming president Jennifer Caskey of CenterState Bank offered an upbeat outlook for 2015.
"There are a lot of opportunities for all of us to share our passion," Caskey said. "My challenge to you is don't ask your friends or those around you what you should do. Don't ask people what you should get involved in. I challenge you to find your passion."
Caskey also led the installation of new board members.
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