Press Release: Gala Honorees and Sponsors

Date: February 7, 2023
Contact: Karen Kim
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Office: (972) 335-9522 | Cell: (972) 900-9651


The Frisco Chamber of Commerce honored outstanding businesses, organizations, and citizens at its Annual Awards Celebration on Friday, January 27, 2023, at the Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel and Conference Center in Frisco. This year’s theme, “Celebrate You,” honored the entire Frisco and area business community and was attended by over 600 of Frisco’s most influential business and community leaders. The event was emceed by Christal Howard, the new COO of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, with Illusionist Zak Mirz providing the evening’s entertainment.

Nominations were accepted for this year’s business awards in late 2022. Applications were reviewed and judged by a cross-section of Frisco business professionals that comprised the review committee. In addition to the business awards, the Frisco Chamber President and Chair of the Board each recognized individuals who made a significant difference to the Frisco Chamber of Commerce during the past year.

“It is always a pleasure and even more so this year to bring businesses and citizens together to celebrate each other’s successes,” said Tony Felker, President/CEO of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. “This event allows us to showcase the many businesses and individuals that make Frisco the best place not only to do business but to live as well!”

The Annual Awards Celebration was presented by Texas Health Hospital Frisco. In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening included a cocktail hour with interactive photo opportunities and an opportunity to win raffle and silent auction items donated by the local business community. The proceeds of the auction at the gala help the Frisco Chamber continue the work they do in the community.

“Texas Health Hospital Frisco is proud to once again be the presenting sponsor for the Frisco Chamber Annual Awards Gala. The business community has much to celebrate this year, and we are honored to be a part of that celebration,” said Brett Lee, President of Texas Health Hospital Frisco. “We look forward to continuing to grow with Frisco and to serve this community for years to come.”

Three Frisco citizens were also recognized for their commitment to and enhancement of the community – Citizen of the Year, Legacy Award, and Spirit of Frisco.

Many sponsors made the event successful. “The Annual Awards Celebration would not be possible without our generous sponsors,” Felker said.
In addition to the presenting sponsor, sponsors included:
Innovator Sponsor – Altair Global;
Visionary Sponsor – CohnReznik;
Entertainment Sponsors – Chef Nic & Co, Communities Foundation of Texas; CoServ, Kaleidoscope Park, HALL Park, and Town & Country Roofing & Construction;
Parking Sponsor – Garver, LLC;
Cocktail Hour Sponsors – Omni Frisco and Plunk Smith, PLLC; and
Award Sponsors – Credit Union of Texas, Frisco Station, Lone Star Plastic Surgery, Oncor, SWYPIT, TotalCare ER, and UNT at Frisco.

Photos of the event and award winners can be found here. Photo credit goes to Ryan O’Dowd Photography.

The Award Winners are...

Ambassador Team of the Year Award – White’s Warriors
Ambassador of the Year – Chauny Shivers
Admin of the Year Award – Amy Fedele (Altair Global)
Business Excellence Award – La Finca Coffee & Bakery and Texas Health Hospital Frisco
Champion of the Arts Award – Visual Arts Guild of Frisco
Corporate Community Champion Award – Credit Union of Texas
Emerging Leader of the Year Award – Vicki Chen (Community Impact)
Employer of the Year Award – Altair Global
Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Donny Churchman (Nack Development)
Executive Leader of the Year Award – Will Pearce (New York Life Insurance Company)
Innovator of the Year Award – Makers Gym
Newcomer of the Year Award – HEB
Non-Profit of the Year Award – Melody of Hope
Volunteer of the Year Award – Amanda Lagan

Citizens Awards:
Legacy Award – Catherine Fowler
Spirit of Frisco Award – Ann Anderson
Citizen of the Year – Dick Peasley

The Chairman’s Award was chosen by the Frisco Chamber Board Chair, Mike Barber, and was awarded to PGA Frisco, which includes the PGA of America, Omni Hotels & Resorts, the City of Frisco, and Frisco ISD.

The President’s Award was chosen by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Tony Felker and awarded to Baylor Scott & White Health.

About the Frisco Chamber of Commerce

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce that consists of more than 1,100 member businesses that provide goods and services to the growing, bustling economy in Frisco and the surrounding area. The mission of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce is to protect and promote commerce through advocacy, resources, and connections. For more information, visit



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