Annual Business Award Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the 2014 Annual Business Awards! We had an unprecedented number of nominees and a sold-out luncheon on June 18th with more than 300 attendees. Thanks to all who supported this year's nominees and winners. 

Volunteer of the Year
Jill Schiefelbein of Impromptu Guru

Gilbert Leadership Award
Bobbi Smith

Family Business of the Year
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

Employer of Choice
Farm Bureau Financial Services - Lisa Fairbanks

Small Business of the Year
Sun Valley Medical Billing

Medium Business of the Year
Bushtex, Inc.

Large Business of the Year
Rigid Industries

The 2014 Annual Business Awards Luncheon was presented by American Furniture Warehouse with additional support by John's Refrigeration, National Bank of Arizona, San Tan Elegante Conference & Reception Center, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company, Execute to Win and Southwest Airlines. 

Media Coverage:

Gilbert chamber hands out honors at annual eventEast Valley Tribune
Gilbert announces Annual Business AwardsGilbert Republic
Candidate Endorsements

The Gilbert Chamber endorses the following candidates:

District 12 
Senate – Andy Biggs
House – Eddie Farnsworth, Warren Petersen

Gilbert Public Schools
Charles Santa Cruz
Jill Humpherys

Higley Unified School District
Venessa Whitener

Town Council 
Eddie Cook
Victor Petersen
Brigette Peterson
Jordan Ray

Access the biographies and questionnaire responses of ALL candidates by
clicking here and following the links to the right of the page. 

Incumbents in the Town Council and District 12 races were ranked based on their voting record compared to the Chamber’s positions; the number of times they voted compared to the number of times they had the opportunity to vote (did they do their job of being present to represent their constituents?); availability to meet with the Chamber and its members to discuss important business and community issues; representing the community in a professional manner, and; support of a pro-business environment.

All other candidates were ranked based on pro-business support and understanding of issues; community involvement (they have been engaged, sat on boards or commissions that would provide them experience/knowledge of the issues regarding the position they are running for?); leadership experience, and; ability to represent the community in a professional manner.