The Highland Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced its annual award recipients for work accomplished in 2019. These awardees will receive their recognitions during the chamber’s installation dinner on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the San Manuel Event Center at Bear Springs Hotel, 27923 Highland Ave.

Each year the chamber recognizes individuals and businesses for their contributions made to our community of Highland.

Chamber Awards:

Business of the Year: San Bernardino International Airport

Citizen of the Year: The Radiant Rubies of Highland

President’s Award: Richard Haller

Ambassador of the Year: Gail Shelton, Coldwell Banker Kivett-Teeters

Home-based Business of the Year: Debbie Christiansen, Arbonne Independent Consultant

Creative Marketing Award: Bear Springs Hotel

Hospitality Award: East Valley Water District

City Awards:

City of Highland Employee of the Year: Lawrence Mainez

City of Highland Fire Fighter of the Year: Captain Tony Cerquettini

City of Highland Police Office of the Year: Deputy Shelly Ponce

In addition, the new board of directors for the chamber is officially installed.

The new board members include:

Chris Nielsen, Paramount Residential Mortgage Group (PRMG)

Cristina Puraci, Redlands Unified School District

Dr. Gerard Sabate, Highland Dental Arts

Gail Shelton, Coldwell Banker Kivett-Teeters

Briana Bigham Dasaro, Cloud Payroll Pros

“We invite anyone from the community to attend. This is a celebration and we enjoy seeing support from friends, colleagues and families,” said Chris Marin, president of the Chamber.

The dinner will be held on Jan. 23 at the San Manuel Event Center at Bear Springs. Seats are $60 per person and will be a delicious crispy crouton Rosemary chicken accompanied by a lump crab cake topped with béarnaise sauce. Sponsorships are now available as well as tables of eight and individual seats.

For more information, please contact the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce or visit our website at

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Congratulations Richard!!

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