Congressman Chris Stewart, R-Utah, visited Tooele County Saturday night and shared four principles of prosperity with the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce.
Stewart delivered the keynote address at the chamber’s annual officer installation banquet, which was held at the Miller Motorsports Park Club House.
“Allow a country access to entrepreneurship, the rule of law, private property rights, and free trade and they will pull themselves out of poverty,” Stewart said. “Deny a people these principles and they will remain in poverty forever.”
Stewart also extolled the value of faith, family, community, and work as the building blocks of personal happiness in his keynote address.
The dinner was attended by over 200 chamber members and guests, according to the chamber’s Executive Director Jared Hamner.
Alison McCoy, escrow officer and title insurance agent with Tooele Title Company, was installed as the chairwoman of chamber’s board of directors for 2014.
Along with McCoy, Bill Upton, pastor at Tooele First Assembly of God, was installed as first vice chairman; Chris Sloan, broker for Group 1 Real Estate Tooele was installed as second vice chairman , Rich Western, controller for Miller Motorsports Park was installed as the chamber’s secretary-treasurer.
McCoy outlined three goals for the chamber to strive towards in 2014.
“Our board will be active and engaged, we will have a financially responsible chamber, and the chamber will continue to show value in membership to local businesses,” she said.
Kris King, outgoing chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, said 2013 was a challenging year for the organization.
“We experienced leadership changes and a shake up in our funding that reduced our staff,” King said. “However, we ended the year with 486 business members, including 56 new members.”
The chamber’s successes in 2013 include the production of a business resource directory, and development of a dialogue with the county’s hospitality industry. The chamber also got involved with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah in efforts to sell Tooele County as a good location for doing business, King said.
The chamber also presented nine awards during the installation banquet.
Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall was recognized as the chamber’s citizen of the year.
“Mayor Marshall was instrumental in brokering a settlement of the long-standing lawsuit between Tooele and Grantsville cities,” said Dean Johnson, chairman of the chamber’s awards committee.
Jay DeLaMare, retired Tooele dentist, was recognized with a lifetime achievement award.
Other recognitions were Tooele Macey’s Food and Drug – Customer Service award; Cargill Salt – Business of the Year; Sandy Critchlow – Volunteer of the Year; Tooele Applied Technology College – Come Together Award; Karen Christiansen – Ambassador of the Year; Ed Hanson – Tooele County Community Service Award; and Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department – Grantsville Community Service Award.
The 2014 Tooele County Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors includes Jake Johnson from JL Johnson CPA; Clay Campbell from Stockton Miners Cafe; Marc Taylor from Shellimark Entertainment; Carrie Cushman from Holiday Inn Express; Sandy Critchlow from the Kiwanis Club of Tooele; Kris King from Mountain America Credit Union; Tye Hoffman from Edward Jones Investments; Frankie Harris from Wells Fargo Bank; Chad Fullmer from Denny’s Restaurant; and Keith Bird from the Tooele-Transcript Bulletin.