2018 Annual Banquet Award Winners

Published by: Jennifer Hetzel | Published on: 21 Sep, 2018
2018 Annual Banquet Award Winners

The Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce 85th Annual Membership Banquet was Thursday, September 20 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. The following awards winners were recognized:


Roy J. Smith Award: Charlie Watts.
The Roy J. Smith award is given for outstanding community leadership. This award is dedicated to an individual for lifelong contribution to improving the Central Texas area. Our community was blessed with the leadership efforts and outstanding work done by the late Roy J. Smith. The area’s most prestigious award has been named in his honor.


Large Business of the Year: SolixThis award is given to the major business in the Killeen area that has had the greatest positive impact on the area and the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce. Businesses with more than 50 employees are eligible. The selected business will have displayed the spirit of teamwork and will be active in projects benefiting the greater Killeen area. 


Small Business of the Year: Great Escape of Central Texas
This award is given to one of the small businesses in the Killeen area that is a member in good standing with the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce. Businesses with less than 50 employees are eligible. The selected business will have contributed greatly of their time and talents on many of the projects benefiting the chamber and the greater Killeen area.


Public Education Council Individual of the Year: Angenet Wilkerson, Killeen Independent School District
Awarded to an individual who has participated in Public Education Council sponsored events and supports community education activities. Their commitment to excellence and demonstrated leadership is an inspiration to others.


Public Education Council Business of the Year: Texas A&M University-Central Texas
Awarded to a member in good standing with the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce that has actively participated in Public Education Council events, supports community education activities, and allows employees to volunteer time at educational events.


Welcome Council Member of the Year: Cathy Sweem, 
Ameristor Self StorageAwarded to a Welcome Council volunteer who has shown exceptional initiative and dedication to the organization. This individual has actively participated in Welcome Council events, mentored new chamber members and served as a model representative of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce.


Non-Profit of the Year: Operation Phantom Support
Awarded to a not-for-profit member in the Killeen area that has a positive impact on the area and the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce. The selected organization will have shown a history of dedicated impact and mission to serving the community’s needs.


Greater Killeen Young Professional of the Year: Ally Torres, First National Bank Texas
Awarded to a Greater Killeen Young Professionals member who exhibits dedication and service toward the Greater Killeen Young Professionals, is an example of the qualities the organization stands for, and is a member in good standing or an immediate past member.