It’s the biggest night of the year for the Cache Chamber of Commerce and Sandy Emile says the Chamber’s annual awards banquet is also one of the biggest events of the year for the whole Cache Valley. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13th at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan.
Emile is president and Chief Executive Officer for the Chamber of Commerce and she expressed excitement about having a night each year to celebrate all of the great businesses and the people associated with those businesses.
She says it’s also a chance to present several much-deserved awards. Emile says this year the Chamber’s top award – the Total or Outstanding Citizen Award – is going to Dean Quayle.
Quayle was raised in Logan, graduated from Utah State University, then pursued an Air Force career with assignments in Europe, Vietnam, Thailand, and various state locations. He then worked 15 years at Thiokol before his retirement.
Quayle has been a member of the Logan Municipal Council and has also been involved in Cache Community Connections, the Multi-Cultural Center, Cache Valley Transit District Board of Directors and various assignments for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Emile says the Education Award this year will go to Dr. Richard Maughan. Many people refer to Maughan as Mr. Bridgerland because he was the driving force behind the Bridgerland Applied Technology College and has been serving as director of BATC until his recent retirement.
Now, Dr. Maughan is going to be honored and recognized for those efforts.
“He’s put years and years of work into growing our Bridgerland Applied Technology College,” exclaims Emile, “and has brought it forward to be a college with credits that are recognized with the university. He has expanded the programs and brought new teachers in.
“It’s truly one of our most valuable educational assets in our community, not just our community but throughout Northern Utah.”
Emile says because of the growth of the college and how Dr. Maughan has directed it, the business community has also utilized what it has to offer.
“We have our business community using this facility with our Custom Fit program that is housed and mentored through the BATC.”
Emile says she is especially excited about one of the awards, and that is the Young Entrepreneur Award. In January it will be presented to Joel Duffin for his involvement with the 4-H Cache Makers Club.
<span>”The most exciting thing for me was to watch these kids, middle school kids, coming in after a full day of school (and) they weren’t dragging,” Emile describes. “They were racing into the building to get downstairs to do 3D printing, or to see how a laser worked or try a new software program. These kids were so turned on by the work Joel was doing with the Cache Makers Club.”</span>
Emile says, in total, award categories include Total Citizen, Women in Business, Outstanding Economic Impact, Education, Event of the Year, and a Buy Local Initiative award. Emile says everyone is invited to attend the awards banquet and you do not need to be a member of the chamber to do so. For reservations or for additional information, call 752-2161.