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Chamber lauds 3 Chandler-Gilbert students, others

June 19th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Chamber lauds 3 Chandler-Gilbert students, others


The Chandler Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 35th anniversary of the Chandler Chamber Community Awards, and three Chandler-Gilbert Community College students were feted in the process.

The awards honor local businesses, educators and community members for their outstanding contributions to Chandler.

In addition to these accolades, the Chandler Chamber Community Foundation awards scholarships to Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) students.

The foundation works to enhance the business community and develop future business and community leaders through the development of quality educational events, engaging programs and scholarships.

The Foundation awarded three students this $2,500 scholarship: Trisha Begody, Sommer Meadows, and Abraham Richardson.

Trisha is a member of the Navajo Tribe and a resident of Chandler. She is an entrepreneur and owner of Sadie Mae Co., designing and selling traditional modern fashion for Indigenous people.

Trisha is going to CGCC and majoring in organizational management to help grow her fashion business.

Sommer is a spring CGCC graduate who transferred to ASU. An honors student and Collegiate DECA member, Sommer is going on to complete her business management degree. Her future plans are to work in the aviation industry with a position in finance or management.

Abraham is a Chandler native who is pursuing a business administration associates degree at CGCC.

He is an extremely positive and passionate individual who wants to “leave his mark” on today’s business world. Abraham not only wants to find his own success — he is dedicated to giving back and helping others.

“These students will be diligently working to become assets to Chandler and the surrounding communities,” a college spokeswoman said.

As for the rest of the winners, Chandler Chamber President/CEO Terri Kimble said, “It is wonderful to have such remarkable people and organizations here in Chandler and it is our pleasure to honor these exceptional businesses, organizations, educators and volunteers. They each make unique and valuable contributions to our community and Chamber.”

The following is a list of the 2022 Award Winners:

• Large Business of the Year: Offerpad

• Medium Business of the Year: Air Products

• Small Business of the Year: State Forty Eight

• Micro Business of the Year: Mingle + Graze

• Jon Lyons, The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes, won the Community Cup, given to an organization, or individuals for outstanding volunteerism and/or other commitments to the community.

• The Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA Intel won the Chamber Cup, given a member to show appreciation for outstanding effort and support on behalf of the organization.

• The Chandler Cup went to Intel, based on the merit of support and partnership with the City of Chandler.

• The James R. Snedigar Public Service Award went to Chandler Police Lt. Jesus Deanda for “and making significant differences in the quality of life for an individual or group in Chandler.”

• Business Diversity Award: Northrop Grumman

• Ambassador of the Year: Renee Richeson, Signarama Chandler

• CUSD Educator of the Year: Dr. Michael McKelvy, Basha High School

• CUSD Administrator of the Year: Dr. Korry Brenner, Shumway Leadership Academy

• CUSD Support Staff of the Year: Cheri Smith, Arizona College Prep Middle School

• Red Apple Award – Educator of the Year: Dr. Chris Fryar, Valley Christian Schools