On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce held its 20th Annual Celebration of Diversity Awards. The Celebration of Diversity Awards were created to celebrate and recognize businesses and individuals exemplifying diversity in our community. These businesses and individuals focus on how their diversity positively impacts and strengthens the greater San Angelo community.

This year, the Diversity Committee of the Chamber presented three awards:

  • Business Success Award – A minority or women-owned business exemplifying quality service, growth, integrity, and professionalism in dealings with the public or employees
  • Communicator Award – An individual or organization that provides information about issues and events important or relevant to minority communities
  • Community Impact Award – An individual or business that consistently promotes diversity and inclusion

The Chamber would like to thank their luncheon sponsors American Classifieds, Concho Bail Bonds, and FOX West Texas, and their Celebration of Diversity sponsors BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, Tony Villarreal Insurance Agency, and Wingate by Wyndham for their support. Sponsors like these make our events possible and the we couldn’t be more grateful for them.

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If you are interested in becoming a Celebration of Diversity sponsor, please contact Heather via email at heather@sanangelo.org. The Diversity Committee focuses its full efforts, resources and finances in developing an educated, well-trained and knowledgeable diverse business community. Support from Celebration of Diversity sponsors makes these efforts possible.

Celebration of Diversity Awards
The Celebration of Diversity Awards kicked off at the McNease Convention Center with catering provided by The Pit BBQ. The event was emceed by Dr. Flor Leos Madero, Associate Professor of the Angelo State University Department of Communication and Mass Media. Attendees were treated to a brief history of minority businesses in San Angelo by Sherley Spears, owner of Spears Legacy Real Estate Group and president of the San Angelo chapter of the NAACP.

Awardees were then called to the stage as videos showcasing their businesses were played. Special thanks to The Gospel America Channel for the fantastic videos of the awardees that were presented at the luncheon. Awardees received a plaque, along with an advertising package from FOX West Texas, a spot on a congratulatory billboard from Lamar Advertising, two tickets to the luncheon, and a complimentary Chamber membership.

Congratulations to the 2019 awardees:

Business Success Award

Angelo Titan Technology Systems
Maria and Nick Medellin

Nick Medellin, Maria Medellin, and Dave Erickson pose for a photo after Angelo Titan Technology Systems receives the Business Success Award (Photo courtesy of Conexion Hispana Internacional, LLC)

Communicator Award

The Gospel America Channel
Marcella and Gary Jenkins

Marcella and Gary Jenkins smile proudly as they accept the Communicator Award (Photo courtesy of Conexion Hispana Internacional, LLC)

Community Impact Award

Chartwells at Angelo State University
Richard Gonzalez

Richard Gonzalez and the Chartwells team are all smiles as they accept the Community Impact Award (Photo courtesy of Conexion Hispana Internacional, LLC)

Special thanks to Conexion Hispana Internacional, LLC for their great photos of the Celebration of Diversity Awards luncheon!

Congratulations to the awardees and thank you to all the sponsors who made this event possible! For more photos from the event, please check out the Chamber’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sanangelochamberofcommerce.