Jake Redfearn, NAI 1st Valley, receives the Las Cruces Young Professional of the Year Award

Chamber marks the best of Las Cruces at annual gala. Hundreds of Las Cruces businesspeople, nonprofit organizers and community leaders gathered at the Las Cruces Convention Center for the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Chamber Choice Awards & Gala Friday night.

In addition to welcoming the incoming board and reviewing plans for the upcoming year, outstanding businesses, organizations and residents were recognized for their contributions to every aspect of life in Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley.

“We are very proud to again be recognizing the best and brightest from our community,” said Bill Allen, chamber president. “Included this year for the first time we are recognizing someone in the young professional category, which coincides with our Las Cruces Young Professionals group. It was a great evening with 400 people from our community in attendance.”

Those taking home well-deserved acknowledgement of their efforts in 2014 were:

• Volunteer of the Year — Janet Acosta, MountainView Regional Medical Center

• Conquistador of Year — Rick Jackson, American Documents Services

• Las Cruces Young Professional of the Year — Jake Redfearn, NAI 1st Valley

• Citizen of the Year — Pat Sisbarro

• Firefighter of the Year — Lt. Cody Haver

• Police Officer of the Year — Detective Sebrero “Frank” Torres

• Assistant Principal of the Year — Karen Hite, Highland Elementary School

• Teacher of the Year — Raymundo Montes, Central Elementary School

• Early Career Teacher of the Year — Nicole Harder, Sonoma Elementary School

• 2014 Non-Profit of the Year — Jardin de los Ninos

• 2014 Small Business of the Year — Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant

• Large Business of the Year — Cracker Barrel Old Country Store


Source: Las Cruces Sun News