The Levelland Chamber of Commerce held their annual volunteer recognition luncheon on Friday.
During the luncheon they recognized many community members.
The lifetime achievement award was presented to Bill Powell. Powell has been a long time member of the chamber and past president of the Board of Directors. He currently serves on the SPC Foundation Board and Rotary Club in which he has served as the Assistant District governor for West Texas. He has also served as president of the morning rotary club in the past. He also served his country in Vietnam as a US Army Medic from 1967-1969. Powell has been employeed by South Plains Community Action for over 40 years and currently serves as their director.
The Citizen of the Year was presented to Russell Vest. Vest has served in numerous leadership capacities within the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Program over the years. He has served as a chamber board member, served on Early Settlers Day committee, and as a Chamber Ambassador. He is a current member of the Levelland Noon Lions Club and has held various officer positions in the organization. He is also a member and former officer of the South Plains Chapter of the Credit Union League. He is a graduate of Levelland High School, South Plains College and Texas Tech University. He worked in the Levelland banking industry for 12 years starting in 1982 with Levelland State Bank. Since 1994 he has been the Chief Executive Officer for Hockley County School Employees Credit Union.
The Agriculture Professional Award was presented to Jay Macha. Macha has worked in the agriculture industry since 2000 when he began working as a salesman for Rawls Equipment. In 2007 BE Implement bought Rawls Equipment and Jay was named the manager for the Levelland store. He attended South Plains College majoring in real estate and finance and worked with his dad, Charles Macha for many years assisting him with farming and ranching as well as assisting with his auction business. His children, Devan and Ashton accepted their father’s award as he was unable to attend due to a medical procedure.
The Business of the Year for 2016 is AimBank. They were originally chartered as the First National Bank of Littlefield. In 2003, the institution underwent a change in control and the name was changed. 13 years later, AimBank is approaching one billion dollars in assets and is one of the largest banks locally owned and operated in West Texas with 18 locations.
The Main Street Hero award was presented Juneta Mitchell, who has been a member of the Main Street Board of Directors for several years and has served as chair of the design committee.
The Young Professional of the Year was presented to Ty Gregory. Gregory was born and raised in Levelland. His goal in being involved in the chamber is to assist in promoting local businesses and lay ground work to attract new diverse companies and associated jobs to our city. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
A new award presented this year was the Young Emerging Leaders award which is a leadership program that engages high school students, in grades 10-12 to “take charge” of their lives while also giving back to the community. The first year award was presented to Kalan Copeland. She is currently a sophomore at Levelland High School and is the daughter of Kurt and Shannon Copeland.
Donna Pugh, a longtime educator in Levelland ISD was presented the Educational Professional Award. She began her career with Levelland ISD in 1992 as a Family and Consumer Science Teacher. She also served as principal of Levelland ABC and currently serves as the LISD Instructional Services Director.
The Marigold of the Year award was presented to Anna Kauffman.