2020 State of the Chamber & Annual Awards Recap
Thank you everyone who attended the 2020 State of the Chamber & Annual Awards Presented by Southwest Airlines. We’re honored that you took the time to celebrate 112 years of service to the community.
We are pleased to announce Chasse Building Team as the Large Business of the Year! Building to make a difference, CHASSE brings this philosophy to teammates, construction projects, clients, and the community. Since beginning business in 2007, Chasse has grown to over 130 team members who annually deliver $250 million of new construction and renovations across Arizona communities. Congratulations to the two other finalists: DP Electric and University of Advancing Technology.
We are also excited to announce Boulders on Broadway Bar & Grill as the Small Business of the Year! Having opened its doors in 2007, Boulders on Broadway has been part of the Tempe community for over 10 years. With a dedicated group of employees, many of whom have been employed for over a decade, Boulders on Broadway believes that building relationships begins at its core. Congratulations to the two other finalists: The PEAK Fleet and Pest’R Us.
The 2020 Business Women of the Year was awarded to Jennifer Burwell. Vice President and Director of Programs at MAC6, Jennifer is an accomplished leader, facilitator, and speaker who has a passion for small business. Jennifer currently serves on the Tempe Chamber Women in Business Council and has provided personal values workshops to numerous Tempe Chamber Mentoring Programs throughout the years. Congratulations to the two other finalists: Cecilia Ashe and Alissa Serignese.
"My goal is to make this earth 1% better than when I found it. I encourage all of us to find our own special way to make a difference in people's lives." - Jennifer Burwell, Business Woman of the Year acceptance speech
The Spirit of Tempe award was given to the Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA). TCAA is Tempe’s largest social service agency, offering a variety of programs from hunger relief and homelessness to financial education courses. TCAA’s range of programs improves the quality of life across an individual’s lifespan and benefits more than 26,000 children, adults, and seniors each year.
The 2020 Tempe Leadership Outstanding Community Leadership Award was presented to Julie Kent. Julie is not only a leader in the community, but an avid activist and philanthropist. Since graduating from Tempe Leadership’s Class XXVI, Julie has expanded her volunteerism through boards, PTAs and as the Chairwoman of several Tempe Elementary bond and override campaigns. Currently serving as the Director of Creative Placemaking for Downtown Tempe Authority, Julie continues to advocate for strategic partnerships and resources to support the community she calls home.
And to wrap up this year’s State of the Chamber award recipients, Tom Binge was awarded Volunteer of the Year. As one of the newest members of the Tempe Chamber Board of Directors, Tom is truly an ‘all in’ individual. After moving to Arizona to begin his career in finance, Tom was quick to become involved in the Tempe business community and is passionate about creating connections not only for himself, but for those around him. In his short time in Tempe, Tom has made an overwhelmingly positive impact on the Tempe Chamber organization.
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is incredibly fortunate to have so many dedicated members, hard-working committees, and supportive businesses to honor at our State of the Chamber & Annual Awards. We would also like to give a huge thank you to our amazing sponsors for your general support.
We hope to see everyone again next year at the 2021 State of the Chamber!