Chamber presents awards for community service

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r The Payson & Santaquin Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated a year of service in the community at its 2017 Installation & Community Awards Banquet. The chamber is proud to work with so many great businesses and organizations that are dedicated to giving back to the community.

Nebo Comfort Systems was honored as the chamber’s Business of the Year for 2016. Owners Robert and Lorene Moore were recognized for the many ways they give to the community.

“We’re grateful to this community for all it has given us,” said Robert Moore. “Our business is keeping people’s homes and businesses comfortable; by giving back we hope we can make people’s lives more comfortable.”

Josh Walker of Walker Productions was honored at the chamber’s Home-Based Business of the Year.

Rory Adams Farmers Insurance received the Community Involvement Award. Adams has been a part of the chamber for several years, recently completing his term as president.

Payson Rx Express received the Customer Service Excellence Award from the chamber members for always going the extra mile in their efforts to help their customers navigate the confusing waters of their healthcare coverage.

“They are always looking out for me,” said customer Diane Sebring. “When my insulin went up almost 300 percent in one year, Payson Rx helped me find an alternative. Then they juggled calls between my doctor and insurance to make it all work for me.”

Chris Baird of Serve Daily was honored with the chamber’s Community Service Award for his dedication to serving the communities of southern Utah County. Whether it’s backpack drives for Tabitha’s Way or helping with the Kiwanis Onion Days Car Show, his Bubbles program to raise money for food pantries or his Random Acts of Kindness cards, Chris Baird lives his life by his company’s name by serving daily.

C.S. Lewis Academy was chosen as the chamber’s Partner in Education and America First Credit Union was honored with the President’s Choice Award.

Mayors from all of the cities served by the Payson & Santaquin Area Chamber of Commerce honored their Citizens of the Year for 2016 at the event. Mayor Rick Moore of Payson honored Dale Barnett, president of the Peteetneet Cultural Arts Center Board of Trustees. Mayor Kirk Hunsaker of Santaquin honored retiring Senior Citizens Director Marie Durney. Mayor Ty Ellis of Elk Ridge honored EMS Captain Heather Abbott. City Council Member Stan Judd of Genola honored retiring Fire Chief Greg Smith.

The chamber focus on businesses giving back to the community was highlighted in several awards given by organizations and businesses like the Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, United Way and more, giving awards to citizens who have dedicated themselves to serving their communities. To see a full list of the evening’s winners, visit the chamber’s website at

The mayors of Payson, Santaquin and Elk Ridge alsorassisted in swearing in the chamber’s 2017 board of directors and executive officers who are all looking forward to serving the businesses and citizens of our community.


Chris Baird
Chris Baird
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.

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