The Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) hosted “The Stars Align,” its annual awards luncheon Tuesday at the Courtyard and TownPlace Suites by Marriott in Grapevine. More than two hundred chamber members and partners attended the event to honor colleagues and friends and to hear Sen. Jane Nelson speak on the importance of education and the state’s favorable position despite falling oil prices.

The chamber also presented its annual report during the luncheon. LACC president Ray Hernandez briefly reviewed the highlights from 2015 and provided a glimpse of what is ahead in 2016. In 2015, the Lewisville Area Chamber received its Four Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. LaSharndra Barbarin, CEO of Medical Center of Lewisville, led the group in a toast to celebrate the Chamber’s Four Star Accreditation.

Each year the LACC selects and recognizes chamber members who excel in service to the community, to the chamber and in business. Awards were presented to the ambassador, rookie, volunteer, business, educator and citizen of the year. This year’s educator of the year, Karen Bradford, received a special treat from the award sponsor, The Apparel Group. The Apparel Group provided Bradford with a beautiful outfit from their women’s clothing line. The 2015 Citizen of the Year, Carol Longacre, was surprised and received a standing ovation from the crowd as she made her way to the podium to accept her award.

The 2016 board chairwoman, Carol Longacre, closed the program by thanking the event sponsors and the membership for their continued support.

2015 award recipients

Ambassador of the Year

Tom Atchison, Batteries Plus Bulbs

Rookie of the Year

Brannon Cox, Dagley Insurance

Volunteer of the Year

Dan Irvin, National American University

Business of the Year

Sysco North Texas

Educator of the Year

Karen Bradford, Durham Middle School

Citizen of the Year

Carol Longacre, Longacre Construction

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