Skip to content

Celebrating Excellence: Porterville Chamber’s 2023 Annual Awards and Installation Ceremony

The Porterville Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated its annual awards and installation ceremony, a hallmark event recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of our business community.

Our event was made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

Our Limelight Sponsors included:

  • J&R Meat Company
  • Valley Strong Credit Union

Our Spotlight Sponsors included:

  • Imagine Art Center
  • Eagle Mountain Casino
  • Southern California Edison
  • Porterville Unified School District

Our Greenlight Sponsors included:

  • J.J.M.I. Party Rentals
  • SheMogul Media
  • Touchstone Pistachio
  • Sequoia Christian Academy
  • Main St. Evental

Their commitment to our community's economic growth and their support for local businesses is invaluable. We extend our gratitude to each sponsor for their unwavering support and partnership.

Back Cover - Front Cover 1

This year, we honored outstanding businesses and individuals who have made significant contributions to our community. The award winners included:

  • Man of the Year: Michael Knight
  • Woman of the Year: Irene Ortega
  • Large Business of the Year: Valley Strong Credit Union
  • Small Business of the Year: J&R Meat Company
  • Community Service Project of the Year: Central California Family Crisis Center - Annual Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil
  • Male Youth of the Year: Derrick Smith, Jr.
  • Female Youth of the Year: Caitlin Plumlee

Each category saw remarkable nominees showcasing the diversity and talent within Porterville's business community. View our winner and nominee videos on our YouTube channel.

The ceremony also marked the installation of the new board members for the upcoming year. These individuals are:

  • Board Chair: Scott Bowler - Employment Connection
  • Immediate Past Board Chair: Josh Pearson - Pearson Development Co.
  • Chair Elect: Taha Saleh - T.A. Saleh Enterprises
  • Vice Chair of Finance: Dennis Ickes - Tule River Economic Development Corporation
  • Vice Chair of Community Outreach: Ryan Leasure - Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County
  • Vice Chair of Member Services: Stephanie Torres - Valley Cleaning & Restoration
  • Vice Chair of Special Events: Morganne Clark - SheMogul Media
  • Board Director: Alexandra Martin - Valley Strong Credit Union
  • Board Director: Dr. Larriann Torrez - Porterville Adult School
  • Board Director: Daren Griswold - INSURICA
  • Board Director: Emmanuel Ramos - Touchstone Pistachio
  • Board Director: Ador Cardenas - Ecovalley
  • Board Director: Carly Ladrigan - EECU
  • Board Director: Michael Warden - Culture Cannabis Club
  • Board Director: Alexander Reed-Krase - Krase, Bailey, Reed-Krase, LLP

Each member brings unique skills and perspectives that are vital for the Chamber's growth and success. We are excited to work alongside them in our continued mission to support and enhance the business environment in Porterville.

Scroll To Top