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    December 26, 2017
    Brea Chamber of Commerce closes the year out with 2017 Installation and Awards Luncheon
    Comedian Cash Levy Salutes Award Winners
    BREA, CA— The Brea Chamber of Commerce honored a variety of standout Brea businesses and citizen volunteers, as well as installed the new 2018 Board of Directors at the 2017 Installation and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, December 14. Master of Ceremonies Cash Levy, who has entertained to sold out comedy clubs throughout the country, hosted the Chamber membership and visitors during a fun and festive presentation highlighting the Brea Chamber’s major achievements in 2017.
    The event was held at Embassy Suites by Hilton Brea North Orange County, located at 900 E. Birch St. in Brea, CA, 92821. The Brea Chamber of Commerce held a silent auction to raise funds for the Brea Resource Center.  The Brea Resource Center works to assist families in crisis within Brea.  The Chamber also recognized the 2017 Brea Business of the Year, the Chairman’s Award of Excellence, Ambassador of the Year, Brea Young Professional of the Year, Brea Citizen of the Year and the popular Hornsby Award.
    We would like to give a special thank you to all our participating sponsors: Albertson's Distribution Center, Brea Gateway, City of Brea, Core Development, Dwight Manley, Inc.,  Embassy Suites by Hilton Brea North Orange County, Frazer, LLP, Hines, Nationwide Insurance, Placentia- Linda Hospital, and Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning.
    About the Award Recipients:
    The Business of the Year Award was presented to a Brea business who significantly contributed to the development of Brea. This year’s recipient was Embassy Suites by Hilton Brea North Orange County. Located in Brea, the Embassy Suites Hotel is the city's only full-service, all-suite hotel. As one of the best hotels in Orange County, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Brea North Orange County is conveniently located near all area attractions, including Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Honda Center, and Cal State Fullerton. The multi-million-dollar renovation included a unique focus on the area’s history into the hotel, with local artists, themed decor and newly-named meeting spaces that honor the Brea area’s citrus and energy industries. Embassy Suites by Hilton Brea North Orange County is known for hosting and contributing to many events and organizations in Brea over the years.  The hotel renovation created job opportunities, and created a new and dynamic meeting place for busy business travelers and those visiting Orange County.
    The Chairman’s Award of Excellence was awarded to Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning.  Service Champions was founded on the principle that good deeds fuel our local communities and that each good deed bears more good fruit. It is by this principle that Service Champions has become a leader in the industry, cultivating exceptional people to provide extraordinary service. Service Champions was founded on one principle- to provide service like a champion by giving you more than what you expect on every occasion. Service Champions is the first HVAC company in Southern California to earn the Diamond Certification, which is earned by companies scoring highest in ongoing customer satisfaction research performed by the American Ratings Corporation. The name Service Champions came after Leland Smith made the decision of what he wanted his company to portray – He was going to have a company that consisted of only Champions of Service.  The culture of Service Champions, from the very beginning, has been to encourage and lead all team members to go above and beyond while serving our clients.
    The Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Connie Allred. Connie has been member of the Brea Chamber for 11 years. For seven years, Connie has served as the facilitator for the Brea Chamber Leads Lunch guiding active members to participate in conversation and grow their network of business professionals and longtime friends. Connie has also been an Ambassador for the Brea Chamber for 7 years and participates in many of the ribbon cuttings, welcoming the new businesses to Brea and promoting each new business on her social media platforms.  She loves to hand them the famous Brea Chamber Member Plaque because she knows how much value the Brea Chamber can bring to their business.
    The Brea Young Professional of the year was awarded to Christopher Pham. Christopher is a Senior Tax Accountant with Frazer, LLP here in Brea. Christopher has been working in public accounting for close to ten years where he enjoys helping clients and mentoring staff. He received his undergraduate degree from Cal State Los Angeles, his CPA license in 2012, and is currently working on his Master’s in Business Taxation at USC. He has been participating in Brea Young Professionals for over two years and is a recent addition to the Brea Chamber Ambassadors.   Chris’s enthusiasm to encourage other young professionals to meet and grow professionally has encouraged others to participate in the Young Professional Program.
    There are two co-recipients for Citizen of the Year for 2017. The first went to Bev Perry.  Bev is a public affairs consultant with skill areas in community engagement, meeting facilitation, and dispute resolution. She is also the Executive Director of the Infrastructure Funding Alliance, a nonprofit facilitating infrastructure project development, and innovative financing for public, private and nonprofit organizations. Bev served 12 years as a Councilmember and Mayor in Brea and was also the elected City Clerk for 2 years. She was the Co-Chair of Brea’s Centennial Steering Committee and led the Committee from 2015 - 2017.
    The second recipient for Citizen of the Year was Tim Harvey. With a total of 38 years in the education system, Tim has been a teacher and administrator in the Orange Unified School District, assistant superintendent in the La Habra City School District and as BOUSD’s superintendent for six years. During the time Mr. Harvey was the Brea Olinda Unified Superintendent balanced the budget, kept employee wages competitive, revamped six elementary schools, expanded Brea Olinda High School and lead Brea Olinda Unified to be ranked as a top district in Orange County. Tim Harvey has won awards for National Educator and Orange County Educator. He, along with Bev Perry, led the City of Brea Centennial Committee. 
    The Hornsby Award went to the Chamber member who “blows their own horn” the loudest! The Hornsby Award was given out to Eric Bisaillon, Business Development Manager at Goodwill of Orange County. Eric is passionate about what he does for Goodwill, assisting persons that are developmentally disabled, and ensures everyone knows about it!
    About Cash Levy:
    Cash Levy has appeared numerous times on Comedy Central, Fox, NBC, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS), Comics Unleashed, Comedy.TV and is a regular at the Hollywood Improv. He can be heard daily on Sirius XM Radio, and has been a regular on The Bob and Tom Show for years.  Cash is known as one of the finest improvisers in the country. He uses this skill to interact with the audience, whether in a club or in front of a corporate crowd - spontaneously creating jokes specific to any event.
    About the Brea Chamber:
    The Brea Chamber of Commerce has been connecting business with opportunity for 100 years. For more information, please call the Chamber office at (714) 529-3660 or visit www.BreaChamber.com.
    Crystal Sayphraraj, Adminstrative / Communications
    crystal@breachamber.com, (714) 529-3660

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