4th Annual 2009 Industrial Manufacturer's Appreciation Luncheon

Large Business of the Year

2009 Large Business of the Year Award: JRJ Construction - Jones Family
JRJ Construction
Jones Family 

Mid-size Business of the Year

2009 Medium Business of the Year: Greenwood Farm - Chritis Tull
Greenwood Farm
Christi Tull

Small Business of the Year

2009 Small Business of the Year: Jess Hall Seasoned Salt Co. - Jess & Gayle Hall
Jess Hall Seasoned Salt Co.
Jess & Gayle Hall
BRE Volunteer of the Year Award presented to Claudia Bowden, Acct Mgr Workforce Solutions of NCTX
BRE Volunteer of the Year
Ms. Claudia Bowden,
Acct. Mgr. Workforce Solutions of NCTX Presented by
Tammy Gazzola,
President of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce
Keynote Speaker Eric Fox, Sr. Director of Government Relations and Dennis Clayton, Executive Dire
Keynote Speaker
Mr. Eric Fox, Sr. Director
Government Relations
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics &
Dennis Clayton, Executive Director of WEDA 
2009 Emcee, John Hinton
Emcee
John Hinton, Chairman of the Board Weatherford Chamber of Commerce
The Weatherford Economic Development Authority, Inc. and the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the Fourth Annual Industrial/Manufacturer Appreciation Luncheon on February 4, 2009 at the Doss Heritage & Culture Center.  This event recognizes the Industrial/Manufacturer “Business of the Year” in 3 employment size categories (Large: JRJ Construction, Inc; Medium: Greenwood Farms; and Small: Jess Hall’s Seasoned Salt Co.) for their outstanding growth achievements, community involvement, unique product innovation/marketing and outstanding employment practices.  The awards where presented by  Jan Barton, President of the Board, Weatherford Economic Development Authority, Inc., John Hinton, Chairman of the Board, Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, Tammy Gazzola, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Dennis Clayton, Executive Director of  WEDA.

The luncheon and program where provided by generous community sponsors including:

Main Event Sponsors
Weatherford National Bank and Jerry Durant Auto Group;

Program Sponsors
PlainsCapital Bank, Fort Worth Community Credit Union, Southwest Ford, Mitsubishi & Suzuki, First National Bank, and Weatherford Municipal Utility System, and the

Event Sponsors
James Duncan and Ashley Conlon – Century 21 Judge Fite  Co., TheBank of Weatherford, Hooks Lincoln-Mercury, Weatherford Economic Development Authority, Inc. and Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.

Keynote Speaker
The Keynote Speaker was Mr. Eric Fox, Sr. Director Government Relations - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Board of Trustees Member to the North TX Regional Center of Innovation & Commercialization to the Office of the Governor’s “Emerging Technology Fund” (ETF)  and was introduced by Ms. Jan Barton, President of the Board, Weatherford Economic Development Authority, Inc.

Additional Awards
In addition to the three “Business of the Year” awards, the “BRE Volunteer of the Year” award was presented to Ms. Claudia Bowden, Account Manager of Workforce Solutions of N. Central Texas for her outstanding efforts to recognize and visit the existing businesses in our Industrial//Manufacturing community.  The BRE (Business Retention and Expansion) committee meets monthly and routinely visits existing businesses to express appreciation and to recognize them for being the foundation of the Weatherford economy.