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Southlake Chamber Celebrates 2016 Award Recipients

Jun 30, 2016 07:43AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Photos courtesy Thaddeus Harden Photography

The Southlake Hilton was the setting for the Southlake Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Awards Banquet, “A Night at the Improv," on June 23. The evening, which was presented by sponsor Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake, included drinks and dinner along with plenty of laughs and fun entertainment. An Austin Powers impersonator welcomed guests while The Hunter Sullivan Band and comedian Brian McKim kept the good times going during the main event.  

The evening was an opportunity to recognize recipients for their accomplishments in community, service and business.

“This is the night when we honor those in the Southlake community that have made positive changes in our Chamber and in the city and set an example for others to follow with their initiative, creativity and energy,” said Mark Guilbert, president and CEO of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, via press release.

The coveted Citizen of the Year Award was bestowed upon Judge Mike Farhat. Judge Farhat is founding president of United States Global Partners, Ltd., an international trade and consultant firm located in Texas with affiliate offices throughout the world.

Congratulations to the 2016 Southlake Community MVP Award recipients:  

Citizen of the Year, Sponsored Variosystems –

WINNER: Judge Mike Farhat

This award recognizes unparalleled efforts and service making the City of Southlake a better place for everyone.

Chairman’s Award, Presented by First Financial Bank –

WINNER: Mike Tesoriero

This award recognizes exceptional performance and dedication to the continued success of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce in 2016.

President’s Award, Sponsored by Tommy Pennington Realty –

WINNER: Bill Buffington

This award recognizes exemplary service to the Southlake Chamber of Commerce through the dedication of time, resources and ideas that have served to enhance Chamber success and opportunities.

Civic Group of the Year, Sponsored by The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet–

WINNER: Miracle League of Southlake

This award recognizes an organization that has had a positive impact through their involvement in the community and as a result of actions taken by the organization to improve the lives of people.

Director of the Year, Presented by Grubbs Infiniti –

WINNER: Cheryl Fairbanks

This award recognizes one of the Southlake Chamber’s Directors for demonstrating the utmost professionalism and enthusiasm with regard to Chamber involvement.

Corporate Business of the Year, Sponsored by ONCOR –


This award recognizes dedication and service to the City of Southlake beyond compare, for making it a better place for all to live or do business, and for exemplifying a commitment to excellence in all they do.

Small Business of the Year, Sponsored by Frost Bank –

WINNER: Iron Tribe Fitness

This award recognizes unparalleled service and commitment to the City of Southlake, building on Southlake’s strong business and community environment, and exemplifying a commitment to excellence in all they do.

Volunteer of the Year, Sponsored by Kids Matter International –

WINNER: Chris and Stacey Archer                      

This award recognizes outstanding volunteer service and contributions within the Southlake community.

Ambassador of the Year, Sponsored by Providential Bank –

WINNER: Scott Baker

This award recognizes efforts going above and beyond to create a positive environment for the Chamber’s membership through dedication and service to the Ambassador Committee. 

Youth of the Year, Sponsored by The Southlake City Parks & Recreation Department –

WINNER:  Kendall Costello

This award recognizes a local student for dedication and achievement in the Southlake area.

The Southlake Chamber is a nonprofit 500-member-based organization. The Chamber has been instrumental in the successful growth and progress of the area for more than 25 years. The mission of the Southlake Chamber of Commerce is to serve the needs of business. Visit for more.

Carpool karaoke with Mayor Hill kicked off the event!