The Mesquite Chamber of Commerce held its annual recognition event at a festive “Mingle and Jingle” luncheon on Dec. 14. As the current board took its final bows, 2018 Chamber board president Jeff Powell recounted numerous successes achieved by the Chamber in the past year.
Among its notable successes are its current membership of 280 businesses and individuals, and a healthy 90 percent member retention rate. That growth in membership helps account for the success the xhamber has attained in its financial balance sheet and vibrant attendance of its various events. Powell was pleased to quote Mesquite Mayor Al Litman who has noted, “The Mesquite Chamber is in a great place.”
Powell recognized three members outgoing of the Chamber board: Kathy Lee, editor/owner of ViewOn Magazine, Darlene Montague of College of Southern Nevada, and Dave Ballweg, owner of Loadtec. Powell thanked them for their significant contributions in building an organization that functions like a business and thinks strategically.
Powell and Chamber CEO Carol Kolson introduced incoming board president Phil Crapo of Sun City and three new board members, Mark Wetzel of Conestoga Golf Course, Donna Eads of Sun City, and Jean Watkins, founder of Mesquite Showgirls.
Charyn McDonnell of Beaver Dam High School was announced winner of a photo competition for next year’s Chamber magazine. Watch for her stunning scene on the magazine cover when the 2019 edition is released. Plaques were awarded to members who achieved five, ten, and twenty years of chamber membership. Jensen Properties claims the prize for chamber longevity as the 25-year member of the organization.
Among 11 competitors vying for the Chamber “Business of the Year Award,” Eureka Casino Resort was chosen by vote of the general chamber membership. In addition to being an unwaivering supporter of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce and local charities, The Eureka is notable for being the only 100 percent employee-owned casino in Nevada. Recently the company was named to the “Best Workplace Top 100 List of 2018” among midsize U.S. companies.