Ventura Chamber of Commerce honors those who make a difference in the community

2016 honorees at the Poinsettia Awards Luncheon.

The Ventura Chamber of Commerce will recognize outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals who make a difference in our community at the Poinsettia Awards Luncheon.

Presented by the Ventura Chamber and Montecito Bank & Trust those to be recognized are:

  • Large Business of the Year- Kirby Auto Group
  • Mid-Size Business of the Year- Aloha Steakhouse
  • Small Business of the Year- Sunset Dental
  • Innovation Award- Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau
  • Non-Profit of the Year- Diversity Collective Ventura County
  • Citizen of the Year- Nan Drake
  • Young Professional of the Year- Jennifer Caldwell
  • Ambassador of the Year- Kris Hansen
  • Volunteer of the Year – Shannon Hillygus
  • Hometown Heroes- Bonnie and Richard Atmore
  • Environmental Excellence Award – Patagonia
  • City of Ventura Supervisor of the Year- Thomas Hoffman
  • City of Ventura Employee of the Year- Tracey Coert
  • City of Ventura Firefighter of the Year- Brandyn Johnson
  • City of Ventura Police Officer of the Year- Dean Cole
  • VUSD Male Student of the Year- Kiernan Rickard
  • VUSD Female Student of the Year- Genevieve Werner
  • VUSD Educator of the Year- Annie McGavren

Now in its 21st year, these awards acknowledge the best that Ventura has to offer. The Poinsettia Awards Luncheon is on Thursday, Dec. 7, 11:30am-2pm at the Ventura Beach Marriott, 2055 Harbor Blvd. The cost is $45 for Chamber members and $55 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 643-7222.

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