Chamber banquet

Thomas Martinez (left) accepts the Citizen of the Year Award from past Rotary President George Qualley. File photo

The countdown has begun for seats for the 2020 Chamber and Community Awards Banquet, Taylor’s premier leadership event.

“Friday is the final day to get a seat,” Taylor Chamber of Commerce President Tia Rae Stone said. “We just can’t hold it open any longer and meet the needs of our caterer.”

The banquet highlights the community’s most-accomplished businesses, dignitaries and volunteers beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Williamson County Expo Center.

Williamson County Attorney Dee Hobbs will deliver the keynote and the banquet will feature Chamber and community awards and a buffet-style meal of ribeye or chicken provided by Scott Morales Catering.

Sponsorships are available and are the only ways to reserve seats together.

Platinum sponsors reserve tables for 10 and receive a variety of signs and other benefits throughout the evening.

Individual tickets are on sale for $45 each.

Ticket sales must end on Jan. 3 to get proper numbers to the caterer.

A gold sponsor reserves a table for 10 for $750 and silver sponsors reserve five seats at a shared table for $450. All sponsors are recognized in the program and on table signs.

Sponsor reservation tickets are available at the Chamber, 1519 N. Main. St. or by calling 512-352-6364.

To learn more, go online to and click on the 2020 Banquet tab or email

Recent winners

Customer Service of the Year

2018 Mary Ann Ripple

2017 Alice Kaspar with Friends of the Bride

2016 Gene Zachary with SPJST Assisted Living

2015 Theresa Pore with BBVA Compass Bank

Business of the Year

2018 Curbside Coffee Co.

2017 Texas Beer Company

2016 McCrory-Timmerman Restoration Project

2015 SPJST Assisted Living

This year’s nominees

Customer Service of the Year

Jill Eschberger of Salon J

Ronnie Faulk with the City of Taylor Water Dept.

Gloria Felder of Baylor-Scott & White

Vanessa Flores of Walmart

Lexi & Steve Little of Premier Restoration

Lillie Machicek of Walmart

Paul Merz of Paul’s Pool Service

Matthew Munoz of HEB

Darcy Newton of Skyline Laundry

Pat Raesz of City National Bank

Business of the Year

Friends of the Moody Museum


Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Julie Downs, Realtor

Main Street Car Show

Old Taylor High

Sirloin Stockade

Taylor Garden Club

Taylor Press

Taylor Station Bar

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