Catalyst. Convener. Champion.
Brea Chamber of Commerce Presents the 2018 Installation and Awards Luncheon on December 13, 2018
Featuring Master of Ceremonies Celebrity Comedian Cash Levy
BREA, CA— The Brea Chamber of Commerce will honor a variety of standout Brea businesses and citizen volunteers, as well as install the new 2019 Board of Directors at the 2018 Installation and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, December 13. The event is held at Embassy Suites by Hilton Brea North Orange County, located at 900 E. Birch St. in Brea, CA, 92821. A silent auction will be held during the event to directly benefit the Brea Resource Center, who assist families in need in Brea. The Awards given out will include 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, Small Business of the Year, as well as our humorous Hornsby Award.
Master of Ceremonies Cash Levy, who has entertained to sold-out comedy clubs throughout the country, will host Chamber members and visitors during a festive presentation highlighting the Brea Chamber’s major achievements in 2018. Cash, with over twenty years of stand-up comedy experience and national exposure, just finished a world tour for the U.S.A. Armed Forces Entertainment, entertaining the troops from Japan to Afghanistan.
Tickets for the event are $45 and include lunch. Table sponsorships begin at $500 and include one table for eight (8) guests and company recognition in the event program. The Presenting Sponsorship is available for $1500 and includes two tables of eight; preferred seating; pre-event marketing; and company recognition in both the program and the actual event presentation. Tickets may be purchased through the Brea Chamber website at breachamber.com or by contacting Mariah Rosales at (714) 529-3660. The Chamber is also requesting silent auction donations from Brea businesses looking to both assist Brea Chamber efforts and increase their own exposure with Brea businesses around the holiday season. Please contact the Chamber if interested.
We would like to give a special thank you to all our participating sponsors: Aera Energy LLC, Albertsons Distribution Center, Brea Gateway, Chevron Corporation, City of Brea, Core Development Services, Dwight Manley, Inc., Embassy Suites by Hilton Brea North Orange County, Hines, and Nationwide Insurance.
About the Award Recipients:
The Business of the Year Award is presented to a Brea business who has significantly contributed to the development of Brea. This year’s recipient is the Brea Improv. Brea Improv is currently located at 120 S. Brea Blvd. in the heart of Brea Downtown. The original Brea Improv opened in 1989, just down the way in the Market Place on Birch Street, before it moved to its second home in 2000. The venue then took over the spot of what was once the Old Navy store on the corner of Brea Boulevard and Birch Street. The new Brea Improv has a 500-seat main showroom and the adjacent Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen with a 200-capacity restaurant, bar and live music room.
“The city and people of Brea have been the reason this club has succeeded for 30 years. Their love and support for comedy have made this venue one of the truly best in the country. In addition, Brea was the first club that I ever owned, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. Here’s to another great 30 years of bringing laughter to Brea!” – Robert Hartmann, Founder of Levity Live.
The Chairman’s Award of Excellence goes to Dwight Manley. Mr. Manley has been the downtown property owner since 2003. Professional numismatist, successful real estate developer and former sports agent Dwight Manley brings passion, determination, and commitment to every project. Today, Manley serves as Managing Partner of Manley Fanticola Partners, a commercial and residential real estate holding company in Brea, California. His real estate activities include redevelopment and bringing national tenants to Brea Downtown, and the development of Waimea Country Lodge on the historic Parker Ranch on Hawaii’s big island. Dwight Manley shows a passion for seniors, children, and the City of Brea.
The Ambassador of the Year is awarded to Sara Barnes- Ramos. She has been involved with Liberty Painting and Restoration, Inc. since its conception in 2005 as co-founder and Vice President of Marketing. A few of their clients include, the City of Brea, Brea Olinda School District, OC Public Works, and LA County using the latest painting, construction and home remodeling trends. Sara enjoys attending Chamber events such as Ribbon Cuttings to support other Brea businesses as well as get new ideas from like-minded business professionals. She loves being involved and volunteering around Brea, cheering for her son’s soccer games and daughter’s cheer competitions, reading classic novels, jogging and boating on the River.
The Small Business of the Year is awarded to Minuteman Press. In July of 2006, Minuteman Press of Brea was purchased by the father and son team of Guy and Robert Kyle. Their focus, in the beginning, was to provide an outstanding customer experience with quality marketing products at a fair price. That mission hasn’t changed and never will. Continual investments in state-of-the-art software and equipment have enabled Minuteman Press Brea to increase efficiency and stay on top of the latest trends and product offerings in the industry. Working with their clients, they have continued to expand their product offering, including branded promotional products, apparel, signage and of course all things printed. Whether a client needs a simple business card and invoices or wants to develop a direct mail campaign, Minuteman Press has the knowledge and resources to meet their needs. While they do sell print, they FOCUS on solutions.
The Brea Young Professional of the Year is awarded to John Kim with Motto Mortgage Experience. John has been involved in the mortgage industry for three years and has been actively helping his clients purchase their homes with the best mortgage solution possible. Starting off in a larger company, he has moved to a smaller mortgage broker where he was able to find more and better options for his clients. He has been a part of the Brea Chamber for two years and has been able to find new clients and make new relationships with other financial professionals, such as financial advisors and Certified Public Accountants. He believes that the best skills involved in his job is to be knowledgeable and have the ability to make/retain relationships consistently. As the mortgage and real estate industry is ever-changing, John makes sure his clients fully understand the benefits to take out a mortgage for the short term and the long term. His goals for next year are to create new relationships, not with just himself, but by connecting others to positively influence other businesses in the area. Outside of work, John loves to play basketball with his friends, meet new people, and spend time with his fiancé. He is also actively involved with the Jobs For Life program with OC United, a local non-profit, to help transition the homelessness into employment.
The Citizen of the Year is awarded to Joseph Covey. Joseph Covey has been a 21-year homeowner in Brea, and a parent of twin boys who attend Brea-Olinda High School. He has spent the past nine years working alongside teachers, parents, and students in the Brea Olinda School district. His roles have included serving as Room Dad, Safety Site Council, PTA President for both the Elementary and Junior High and currently the PTO President for the High School.
For the past 27 years, he has made his career with the Walt Disney Company, Parks and Resorts in Anaheim as a manager in the field of Entertainment Operations. You might say he is largely responsible for making the magic happen daily at the Disneyland Resort.
When not at work, Joseph dedicates his time to the community serving as a board member on the Brea Education Foundation raising funds to benefit the students of Brea BOUSD and is an active member of Rotary International. For Rotary, Joseph dedicates his time in youth services working alongside students at Brea Junior High and Brea Olinda High School. The students of today will shape our future and he enjoys motivating and encouraging our youth to achieve their best and most importantly to always give back to the community they live in. Joseph has also participated in History Day Brea for the past few years where he rode the bus as a docent for the elementary schools telling the tales of Brea’s past.
For 2019, Joseph will continue to be a voice in his community advocating for students coaching youth to be servant leaders and leading others to be the best version of themselves as much as possible. He loves the work that he does!
The Hornsby Award is given out to an individual who is consistently working to improve/better their business. Their business will come first in open conversation and continue to progress as their reformist leader paves the path to success. The award winner will be revealed at the 2018 Annual Awards and Installation Luncheon.
About Cash Levy:
Cash Levy has appeared numerous times on the CBS Late Late Show, Comedy Central, Comics Unleashed, FOX Sports, @Midnight and is a regular guest on The Bob and Tom Show. He just finished a world tour for the U.S.A. Armed Forces Entertainment, entertaining the troops from Japan to Afghanistan.
Cash has performed at the “Just for Laughs” comedy festival in Toronto, the “Moontower Festival” in Austin and has been a contributing writer for the Critics’ Choice Awards in Hollywood.
Known as one of the finest improvisers around, Cash’s unique, interactive show has been captured on film in the one-hour special, "Crowd Control" currently showing on AXStv.
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.