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January 19, 2023
CLOVIS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HONORS LOCAL LEADERS AT THE
2023 SALUTE TO BUSINESS LUNCHEON
For Immediate Release
January 19, 2023 – Clovis, CA.
The Clovis Chamber of Commerce is starting off the New Year by honoring community leaders at their 2023 Salute to Business Luncheon on Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.
The outgoing Clovis Chamber Board Chair, Rob Cozzi will reflect on the many achievements of 2022. Incoming Chair, Michelle DiBuduo will provide an update for the new year of chamber events and programs.
Meet the Clovis Chamber of Commerce’s honorees:
Sheriff Margaret Mims, former Sheriff for Fresno County will receive the Einar Cook Leadership Award. This honor is bestowed upon the individual that effectively transforms their vision for the Clovis community into reality. Sheriff Mims embodies the humble, unselfish, and visionary qualities of Einar Cook in her efforts to make Clovis, and all of Fresno County, a better place to work, live, and raise children.
The Vidmar Family, of Anlin Windows will be honored as the Professional Businessperson of the Year. Anlin Windows has become an icon of Clovis at the corner of Tollhouse and Fowler Avenues with their faith, patriotism, and support of the Clovis Way of Life. The Vidmar family is a proud partner of our community with Anlin Windows and Doors employing over 625 team members.
QK Engineering will be recognized as the Business of the Year. Since 1972, QK has successfully partnered with cities, counties, state entities, and other public agencies to develop efficient solutions that have lasting positive impacts on Central Valley communities. At it’s core, QK prides itself on the ability to offer in-house, programmatic professional services that serve its diverse clientele.
Former Councilmembers Jose Flores and Bob Whalen will both receive the Community Impact Award for their dedicated years of service to the City of Clovis.
Councilmember Jose Flores was elected to the Clovis City Council in 1999 where he served six consecutive terms, three of them serving as Mayor. In his 24 years of service to the City of Clovis, Councilmember Flores has been a part of nearly every significant contribution the city has made to our community and residents.
Councilmember Bob Whalen has served on the Clovis City Council for 20 years after being elected in 2003, serving five consecutive terms, two of which serving as Mayor. Councilmember Whalen has been involved with or spearheaded many projects that have brought great value to those who live, work and visit the City of Clovis.
David Bonnar, of Vector Sports Aviation will receive the Chamber Board Director of the Year award for his commitment and dedication to the Clovis Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and its membership.
Vanessa Puopolo, of the Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau will receive the Clovis Chamber Ambassador of the Year Award. Vanessa became a Chamber Ambassador in 2018 and has become an essential part of retaining and growing the Chamber Membership with her warm and friendly personality.
The Clovis Chamber of Commerce gives special thanks to the Presenting Sponsors, the City of Clovis and the Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Chamber also wishes to thank Gold Sponsors for this event, Caglia Environmental, Cook Land Company, Wawona Frozen Foods, Clovis Community College, St. George Private Security, and Noble Credit Union along with our Silver Sponsors, Central Valley Community Bank, Clovis Veterans Memorial District, Community Health Systems, Donaghy Sales, Anlin Windows and Doors, California Health Sciences University, Assured Senior Living Solutions, QK Engineering and Planning, PC Solutions, Hedrick’s Chevrolet, 13 Prime Steak, and California Business Machines.
Margaret Mims- 2023 Einar Cook Award Recipient
The Vidmar Family – 2023 Professional Businessperson of the Year
QK Planning & Engineering – 2023 Business of the Year
David Bonnar- 2023 Clovis Chamber Director Of The Year Award Recipient
Jose Flores- 2023 Community Impact Award Recipient
Bob Whalen- 2023 Community Impact Award Recipient
Vanessa Puopolo- 2023 Ambassador Of The Year Award Recipient
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Clovis Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Leaders At The 2023 Salute to Business Luncheon
The Clovis Chamber of Commerce is starting off the New Year by honoring community leaders at their 2023 Salute to Business Luncheon on Thursday, January 26, 2023. The media is invited to attend as we recognize our distinguished honorees. Event is from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District, on 808 4th Street in Clovis.
The Clovis Chamber is honored to present the following awards to individuals and companies that have made an extraordinary impact in our community.
Einar Cook Leadership Award:
Sheriff Margaret Mims, retired Fresno County Sheriff
Businessperson of the Year Award:
The Vidmar Family, Founding family of Anlin Windows
Business of the Year Award:
QK Engineering and Planning
Community Impact Award:
Jose Flores, former Mayor, 24 years on the Clovis City Council
Bob Whalen, former Mayor, 20 years on the Clovis City Council
Clovis Chamber Director of the Year Award:
David Bonnar, Vector Sport Aviation
Clovis Chamber Ambassador of the Year Award:
Vanessa Puopolo, Vice President, Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau
WHO: Sheriff Margaret Mims, the Vidmar Family, QK Engineering and
Planning, former Clovis City Councilmembers Jose Flores and Bob Whalen, David Bonnar, Vanessa Puopolo, current City of Clovis Councilmembers, Chamber CEO, Greg Newman and 2023 Board Chair, Michelle DiBuduo.
WHAT: 2023 Salute to Business Luncheon hosted by Clovis Chamber of Commerce
WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th Street, Clovis, CA 93612
The luncheon event is SOLD OUT and we thank our attendees.
The Clovis Chamber of Commerce helps businesses grow through networking, marketing, and community involvement. The mission of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce is to advocate and support a healthy business environment which improves the quality of life in Clovis.