A little more than a week ago, Hollywood celebrated motion picture performances from the previous year by presenting the Oscars.
On Friday night, the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce acted in similar fashion, even capitalizing on the Oscar theme themselves, by celebrating business from the previous year at the 17th Annual Awards Banquet.
Starting the night off was Fort Worth Tree and Pest Specialist, who took the Small Business of the Year award. Jamie Bevis accepted the award saying that she and her company have worked “very hard” to become part of the community.
“We love this area,” Bevis said. “I appreciate this award; you’ll never know how much this means to me.”
The Large Business of the Year award went to First National Bank of Weatherford. Bank president Lin Bearden said he was “blessed” to have the bank be recognized in such a way.
“It’s nights like this where we all realize how incredibly blessed we are to be in Parker County,” he said. “Obviously, First National has a tremendous deal of affection for the East Parker County Chamber and that’s why an award like this means so much.”
Evon Markum, also with First National Bank, received the Community Service award. Zan Prince accepted the honor in her absence thanking the selection committee for their choice.
“Evon really is involved in every aspect of the community and if she were here she would say thank you so very much,” Prince said.
The Business Person of the Year award went to Brent Baker. “I’m at a loss for words,” Baker said. “I want to thank Weatherford College and the radio station for allowing me to do the things I do.”
Splash Kingdom’s Johnny and Marci Blevins also won Entrepreneur of the Year.
Steve Randall wrapped up the night receiving the Ambassador of the Year award for the second consecutive year.