Celebrating the Leaders of Greater Arlington
Recognizing Difference-Makers in the Business Community
The Greater Arlington Chamber is extremely fortunate to have a wealth of generous businesses and individuals worthy of recognition in our community. As members of the Chamber their generosity extends far beyond financial resources. They are pioneers in their industries, leaders in our communities and exceptional volunteers. To honor the individuals and businesses who have made significant contributions to developing our economy, philanthropic endeavors, corporate stewardship and civic engagement the Chamber annually awards select individuals and businesses for the contribution they have made toward delivering on various aspects of the Chamber mission - “Together, We Champion Economic and Community Prosperity.”
Annually, the Chamber recognizes “Champions” in the following categories:
- Business Hall of Fame
- Star Award
- Small Businesses of the Year (For-Profit, Nonprofit, Veteran-Owned)
- Excellence in Media
- Hero Award - Women’s Alliance
- Rising Star - Women’s Alliance
- Ambassador of the Year
Annual Chamber Awards
The Business Hall of Fame award is the Chamber’s highest business honor. It was established in 2006 to recognize businesses and their leaders for their accomplishments and their contribution to the growth of the greater Arlington region.
Individuals or Businesses inducted into the Business Hall of Fame represent the best of Arlington. They epitomize the entrepreneurial spirit of free enterprise, and the heritage of civic leadership and corporate stewardship in support of our community.
2019 Inductee: Texas Health Resources
2018: First Rate, Inc.
2017: Six Flags over Texas
2016: General Motors & Texas Rangers Baseball
2015: Jerry Jones & Mojy Haddad
2014: Charlie Merrill & Al Clark
2013: Reverend Robinson & Arnold Petsche
2012: Thomas Clayton & Gene Patrick
2011: Gary Martin & Zeke Wilemon
2010: Steve Calloway & J.Luke
2009: Harold Patterson & Elzie Odom
2008: Billie Farrar & Richard Greene
2007: Dan Dipert & Johnnie High
2006: Bob Duncan & Ben Doskocil
The Chamber has chosen “The Star” as the symbol for its highest community service honor, to be bestowed upon individuals that have made significant and lasting contributions to our community. Recipients are recognized at our Annual Meeting in the fall.
2019 Recipient: Dr. Joan Bergstrom
2018: Karen & Jeff Williams
2017: Ralph Shelton
2016: Stephen Zimmer
2015: Linda & Dan Dipert
2014: Toby Goodman
2013: Nolan Ryan
2012: James D. Spaniolo
2011: Tillie Burgin
2010: Judith Carrier
2009: Jerry Jordan
2008: Senator Chris Harris
2007: Chris Carroll
2006: John Cartusciello
2005: Tom Cravens
2004: Tom Vandergriff
Since 2006, the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce has recognized small businesses for their business longevity, growth, sales increases, innovation, product/service diversification, response to economic and business adversity, as well as their civic engagement. Annually at the Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon during National Small Business Week, the Chamber awards their For-Profit Small Businesses of the year.
2019 Recipient: Dan Dipert Coaches
2018: Sugar Bee Sweets
2017: Stripe-A-Zone & Sutton Frost Cary LLP
2016: Mahrouq Enterprises International
2015: LBL Architects, Inc.
2014: Galactic Performance/Southern Flair Photography
2013: Bob Moore Construction
2012: Graham & Associates, Inc.
2011: Wade Family Funeral Home
2010: Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, Inc.
2009: Bowling Proprietors’ Assoc. of America
2008: Peyco Southwest Realty, Inc.
2007: Tricare Chiropractic, P.A.
2006: Spartan Printing, Inc.
Since 2010, the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce has recognized a nonprofit small businesses for their longevity, growth, contributions increases, innovation volunteer support,, response to economic and business adversity, as well as their civic engagement. Annually at the Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon during National Small Business Week, the Chamber awards their Nonprofit Small Business of the Year.
2019 Winner: Junior League of Arlington
2018: Arlington Sunrise Rotary and River Legacy
2017: Arlington ISD Education Foundation
2016: Camp Thurman
2015: Boys & Girls Club of Arlington
2014: Dental Health Arlington
2013: Girls Incorporated of Tarrant County
2012: SafeHaven of Tarrant County
2011: The Arlington Life Shelter
2010: Helping Restore Ability
Since 2014, the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce has recognized a veteran-owned small businesses for their service to our country, longevity, growth, sales increases, innovation, product/service diversification, response to economic and business adversity, as well as their civic engagement. Annually at the Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon during National Small Business Week, the Chamber awards their Veteran-Owned Small Businesses of the Year.
2019 Recipient: Jdog Junk Removal & Hauling
2018: 3DiSign & Design
2017: Jim Ross Law Group
2016: Godwin Chiropractic & Wellness
2014: IKids Pediatric Dentistry
Annually, we recognize a local media individual or media outlet that has provided years of outstanding service to our local community.
2019 Recipient: O.K. Carter
2018: Arlington Today Magazine
2017: Faye Reeder
The Hero Award is given by the Greater Arlington Chamber’s Women’s Alliance to honor women who have dedicated their lives to making a lasting impact in our community. Our Hero Award recipients have created a legacy through tenured, consistent contributions. These women represent the best of us.
2019 Recipient: Joni Wilson
2018: Vicki Niedermayer
2017: Linda Dipert
2016: Judge Mary Tom Curnutt
2015: Beth Owens
2014: Mary Lee Hafley
2013: Kristin Vandergriff
2012: Joan Bergstrom, M.D.
2011: Diane Craven
The Rising Star Award is given by the Greater Arlington Chamber’s Women’s Alliance to recognize women who are paving the way for positive change. As with the Hero Award, these women are strong leaders who put the community’s needs above their own in order to bring people together to facilitate growth and community prosperity.
2019 Recipients: Amy Cearnal
2018: Valerie Landry
2017: Dr. Victoria Farrar Myers
2016: Deputy Chief LeTesha Watson
2015: Andrea Proctor
2014: Jeannie Deakyne
You can count on the Chamber's Ambassadors, better known as the A-Team, to greet you at events with a warm smile. They make newcomers feel welcomed and mentor and support our members. We are sincerely thankful for their hard work and dedication. The selection of Ambassador of the Year is based on attendance at Chamber events and a vote from active A-Team members. The award recipient is recognized at our Annual Meeting in the fall.
2019 Recipient: Carolyn Pope
2018: Sam Elliott
2017: Patrick Tyler
2016: Larry Christian, Jr.
2015: Kent Couch & Maureen Maidlow
2014: Bryant Colley
2013: Kevin Krajewski
2012: Dick Gann
2011: Dwayne Lee
2010: Dwayne Lee
2009: Dwayne Lee