BRAWLEY – The Brawley Chamber of Commerce, at their annual dinner, named Greg Smith as the 2014 Branding Iron Award recipient at a packed Stockman’s Club Thursday night.
The honor is given yearly by the Chamber for the citizen of Brawley who is recognized for giving a life time of devotion to bettering the city and her citizenry.
Bobby Brock, of Imperial Valley Community Foundation, introduced his well known friend through a biography, that according to tradition, spells out the career of the recipient without mentioning the name until the end.
For many in the crowd, guessing who had won was easy as the accolades rolled off Brock’s tongue of the Brawley native who attended Stanford, then Claremont for his MBA, his presidencies of the Brawley Chamber, Rotary Club, Pioneer Memorial Hospital Foundation, the IV Community Foundation, and several others.
Brock told the attentive crowd that Greg’s most important role was that of a family man. “As soon as business was over, Greg, was always eager to head home, to his favorite title, that of a husband and father.”
Smith was touched by the honor. “I’m stunned, and if you are lucky, I’m speechless.”
He added, “I want to thank my wife, my family, my nephew, and my business partners who allow me time to serve this community we love. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
During the evening, Paul Junge of CalChamber, presented a state award to the Chamber. “The Presidential Circle Award is a rare award,” Junge said. “Out of 500 chambers in the state, only 23 won the Presidential Circle Award this year. To show how remarkable Brawley Chamber is, they repeatedly win this for their assistance to their business community and the work they do to assist their members.”
Chamber president, Misty Lee, turned the gavel over to Darren Smith who will preside as president for the 2014-15 term.
Chamber CEO, Jason Zara, gave a short presentation of the past year’s work of the chamber. He also looked forward to the coming year. A few changes he mentioned was next year’s Cattle Call Theme, ‘Red, White, and Blue’ a tribute to our younger veterans, and the Brawley Farmer’s Market will drop the May date and change times from 12-4 p. m. to 10 to 2 so as to take advantage of cooler weather.