2022 Installation and Awards Dinner
The Glendora Chamber of Commerce held its 119th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner at the Glendora Country Club on June 22, 2022. At this year's event, several awards were given to deserving Glendora businesses and chamber members that were voted on by fellow members in the Glendora business community.
The evening began with a State of the Chamber presentation by Joe Cina, President & CEO, describing many of the programs and services the Glendora Chamber offers. During Cina's presentation, he gave a brief history of the Chamber, detailing how it had started in 1903 as the Glendora Board of Trade. Then later was renamed and organized as the Glendora Chamber of Commerce in 1916. Since the beginning, the Glendora Chamber has focused on improving the Glendora business community and services to Glendora residents and visitors. The Chamber's vision statement reads: "The Glendora Chamber strives to be the driving force for the economic vitality and quality of life for the businesses, government, community organizations, schools, and citizens in the greater Glendora community." Cina continued by going over the different events of this past year, such as Flashback Classic Car Show, Cuisines of the Foothills Restaurant Week, Glendora State of the City and Schools presentations, and the many networking opportunities and ribbon cuttings the Chamber was able to host. Cina concludes by going over the successful offering of the COVID-19 Related Small Business Rescue Grant Program. The City of Glendora partnered with the Chamber, which administered and marketed the grant program and successfully helped deliver over $1,800,000 to Glendora businesses.
The evening continued with the award presentations for the 2022 Glendora Chamber Ambassador of the Year, New Member of the Year, Sustainable Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, and Business of the Year.
Before announcing the award winner, Membership and Events Coordinator Michele Street announced the Chamber's Ambassadors that work with Chamber staff to help be the face of the Chamber at events and much more.
The Glendora Chamber Ambassadors are:
Joann Martinez - REALTOR©, Southland Properties
Teri Bainbridge - Spaghetti Eddie's Cucina Italiana
Sue Laub - Retired
Cathy Jarvis - Cathy's Wishing Well
Lisa Montanez - One West Bank
Street continued and announced the 2022 Ambassador of the Year, Joann Martinez, a REALTOR® with Southland Properties. Joann joined the Ambassador committee this past year and has been such a joy to have part of the committee. Joann is always willing to help whenever possible and does it with grace and professionalism. The Glendora Chamber is lucky to have Joann part of the team.
2022 New Member of the Year went to BR Real Estate. BR Real Estate is a full-service Brokerage offering services in all areas of Real Estate. They assist their clients with all their real estate needs, including purchasing, selling, leasing, and development of both residential and commercial properties. Operations Manager Sarah Glavan & Broker Nancy Trent of BR Real Estate received the award.
2022 Sustainable Business of the Year went to Montage Paint. This year was the first year for the Sustainable Business Award. The Glendora Chamber has always thought it essential to keep the environment in mind when making decisions and how better to celebrate a Glendora Business's accomplishment in doing this than by this award. Montage Paint, one of America's leading eco-friendly paint brands, recently opened a retail store in Glendora. Sourcing & manufacturing environmentally sustainable paint that is safer for the environment and a green solution is their business and passion. Twenty-two years ago, Montage Paint's owner Brian Brittain began recycling paint out of his garage as Brittain Enterprises to help cities cover up graffiti. Today, Montage Paint has multiple architectural coating lines, 35 employees, and 45,000 square feet of facilities in Azusa, CA. To accept the award was the owner and founder, Brian Brittain.
2022 Non-Profit of the Year went to the Glendora Public Library Friends Foundation (GPLFF). GPLFF provides volunteer and financial support for the life-changing programs and services of the Glendora Public Library. The GPLFF donates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for programs that would not otherwise be offered and have a planned donation of over $380,000 this year. To accept the award were Maggie Lara, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Kathy Boyer, the Foundation's Treasure.
The evening's final award went to Glendora Tire and Brake Auto Center, the 2022 Glendora Business of the Year. Glendora Tire and Brake Auto Center is a staple of Glendora auto care to many. Glendora Tire and Brake Auto Center is family owned and has operated since 1996. Glendora Tire and Brake Center has been providing excellent service and offering outstanding value throughout the Glendora Area. Accepting the award was owner DJ Jafari's granddaughter Bobbie Mitchell.
The event continued with the recognition of the 2021-2022 Chamber Board of Directors led by Board Chair Marilyn Sparks, owner of the Marilyn Sparks Agency of Famers Insurance, and the installation of the 2022-23 Board. A special plaque was presented to one of the outgoing Board Members in attendance, Mercedes Castro of Proforma Quality Printing. Cina presented the plaque for her dedication and professionalism and for her many years of service to the Chamber. Castro has always been a board member willing to help whenever needed and represent the Chamber at our many functions. Other members terming out but were not in attendance included Dena Garvin-Smart of Southland Data Processing and Bob McClure, owner of McClure Investment Management LLC.
Glendora Mayor Karen Davis officiated the installation of the 2022-23 Board of Directors, where she gave the slate of board members the oath and duties of the office to accept. The 22-23 Board Members are:
Ashley Rozatti, Board Chair, Athens Services
Bill Ruh, Treasurer, Citrus Valley Association of Realtors
Nikole Pearce, Secretary, America's Christian Credit Union
Marilyn Sparks, Immediate Past Chair, Marilyn Sparks Agency - Farmers Insurance
D. J. Jafari, Vice Chair, Glendora Tire & Brake Auto Center
2022-2023 Board Members
Jane Bock, Charter Oak Education Foundation
Art Barajas, CCM, Glendora Country Club
Chris Garcia, Citrus College Foundation
CJ Colley, Colley Auto Cars
Gary Clifford, Gary & Linda Clifford
Darice Tsai, Board Member, Edward Jones
Gary Boyer, Southland Properties
Jonathan Lambert, Classic Coffee
Kimi Felipe, Chick-fil-A Glendora Commons
Ryan Ottosen, Capital & Influence
Teri Bainbridge, Spaghetti Eddie's Cucina Italiana
Vipul Chitania, TAS
Zak Bushey, Corcoran Global Living
Finally, the evening concluded with the passing of the gavel, plaque presentation, and closing remarks.
Chair Sparks recounted the incredible year she was able to lead the Chamber and for all the wonderful people that were by her side along the way. Marilyn ended her remarks with a quote from the epilogue of Donald Pflueger's book, "Glendora, The Annals of a Southern California Community." It reads, "Glendora's great asset is not its beautiful pepper trees, or citrus groves, or good government. Its greatest asset is not the number of churches, good schools, and social organizations. Glendora's greatest asset is its civic-minded people, those who take an interest in community welfare and actively participate in civic betterment."
The passing of the gavel to the 22/23 Board Chair Ashley Rozatti Government Affairs Director for Athens Services, concluded the evening. Chair Rozatti thanked Chair Sparks for all she had done this past year and looks forward to leading the Chamber this coming year.
About the Glendora Chamber
The Glendora Chamber of Commerce's mission is to Promote, Connect & Grow. We do this by providing tools and resources to assist the business community in prospering and adapting to the economic climate while growing membership and promoting local purchasing. For more information about the Chamber, don't hesitate to contact Joe Cina, President/CEO, at 626-963-4128 or visit us at 224 N. Glendora Ave. Our website is Glendora-Chamber.org. Thank you for supporting Glendora Chamber Members.