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Chamber caps 2017 with individual honors

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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Three members of the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce were honored for their individual contributions of time and service to the organization. They were recognized at the recent Chamber luncheon, which also featured a performance from the Deer Park High School Swing Choir.

At this month’s Deer Park Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the organization honored its 2017 Ambassador, Young Gun and Volunteer of the Year.

This year’s Ambassador the Year is Ashton Cook of the Boulevard at Deer Park

“When she isn’t committing herself to their work family or chamber functions, you would be hard pressed to find her getting dressed up. She enjoys the outdoors including hunting and fishing,” said Chamber CEO Tim Culp.

“Those who work along side her can attest to her positive attitude and her big heart. She selflessly devotes time and energy,” he said.

The Ambassadors are the face of the Chamber, welcoming new members into the organization.

The Chamber also honored Ree Allen of the Holiday Inn Express – Houston Hobby Airport as its Young Gun of the Year. The Young Guns is a joint program with the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce to develop and mentor young leaders in the neighboring communities.

Allen personifies the contemporary young professional, said Culp.

“With a budding career, young family and a host of other obligations, she has mastered balance,” he said. Allen has been instrumental in guiding the organization through a year of change and growth.

Machell Tompkins was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year for the Chamber.

“There are so many persons that help us throughout the year. We are volunteer organization. We work on and through committees and our members volunteer help us function and succeed,” Culp said.

Tompkins, from Prime Realty Group, is one of those people. She formerly worked for the state of Texas in CPS and APS.

“She has touched many organizations with her service efforts,” Culp said. “She has a great heart for children. She is constantly trying to seek ways to help others in and around our community and gives of herself tirelessly from the heart.”

Tompkins willingly does all she can for the Chamber and anyone she can help, said Culp.

During the luncheon, the City of Deer Park honored the Deer Park Chamber with special recognition for its efforts during Hurricane Harvey. On behalf of the Chamber, Culp was on the front lines manning the shelter for displaced victims of the hurricane and assisted with finding resources needed by citizens and victims.

Councilwoman Rae Sinor presented the award on behalf of the city.

“We are honored to show our appreciation for the Chamber’s involvement in the relief effort helping our citizens and even those outside our city,” said Sinor. “They came in hungry, afraid and scared, wondering what they left behind. Tim was there practically the whole time.”

“If people don’t know your love for this city, they haven’t been paying attention,” she said.