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Riverview chamber hosts awards dinner fit for fun-loving royalty

RIVERVIEW - It was a regal night at the Regent.

Outfitted in aristocratic attire, attendees were treated to a royal feast, compliments of assorted sponsors for the evening's festivities.

The Jan. 11 event marked the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce's annual membership and awards dinner.

Michelle Mosher, sworn in as 2019 president of the chamber's board of directors, filled the evening with frivolity and fun while honoring members and businesses that last year made a positive but serious impact within the chamber and throughout the community.

The chamber named Janet Noah, community relations liaison for the Bridges Retirement Community, Ambassador of the Year; Margy Watkins, an independent It Works! distributor, received the Volunteer of the Year; Isabella Rosal of Tea, Bowls and Desserts, was given the Shining Star award; and Marie Gilmore with the Osprey Observer garnered the coveted Citizen of the Year award.

Bill Andrew, of Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care, was recognized as the 2019 Honorary Mayor of Riverview.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 2018 Business of the Year awards, broken down into three categories according to the company's number of personnel.

Each of the winners was chosen from among three finalists in each category, in a contest that drew a total of 63 nominees.

. P.F. Auto Glass, Inc. took top honors as 2018 Business of the Year among businesses with up to five employees. The other finalists were Preservation 1st Financial Group, LLC and Thatcher Properties.

. Bryan Hindman Electric, LLC was named 2018 Business of the Year among nominees with up to 20 employees. The other finalists were Brandon Family Law Center, LLC and Mary and Martha House, Inc.

. The 2018 Business of the Year with more than 20 employees award went to the Alley at Southshore. FirstLight Home Care and Shapes Fitness for Women were the other two finalists.

P.F. Auto Glass, a mobile auto glass repair and replacement company that opened in 1994 and is owned by Donna and Timothy Fore, has a total of four employees, one they hired last year. It maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and serves clients throughout the Tampa Bay community.

"To be nominated by our business peers put us on a high, and to know we won this award is just overwhelming," Donna Fore said. "I am just so excited and very grateful.and I also have to say we have two of the most awesome employees and I have to give kudos to them."

Bryan Hindman Electric, a full-service electrical company providing residential and commercial services, is owned by Bryan and Heather Hindman. Based in Ruskin, it's been in business five years and has 11 employees.

Last year they added four new employees plus 1,000 new clients to their data base.

"We've grown a lot and we're also very involved in the community so receiving this award is really like the greatest pat on the back to get," Heather Hindman said. "We weren't expecting it. It was an honor just to be nominated."

The Alley at SouthShore in Riverview is a 42,000-square-foot family entertainment center featuring bowling, billiards, arcade games, food and a bar. It has been open 11 years and employees a staff of 65.

"It's such a compliment to be recognized, and to be voted by friends I know means a lot," said Faith Hanaway, the business's events and sales manager who also serves on the chamber's board of directors.

The Riverview chamber has more than 700 members and welcomes an average of 20 new members a month, according to executive director Tanya Doran.

Last year it conducted 55 ribbon cuttings in recognition of new and expanded businesses.

Contact Joyce McKenzie at hillsnews@tampabay.com.

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