Every year, Exeter Chamber of Commerce presents the awards for Exeter’s Man and Woman of the Year, Heritage, Business and Beautification. The date of the banquet will be shown in our website Calendar, posted in our Newsletter, and published in local publications.

Deadlines for nominations will also be published in our calendar. To make your nominations, please use the links below to complete the nomination forms.

Nomination Forms:

Please download and submit the Man and Woman of the Year and Heritage Awards Nomination Form, the Business of the Year Nomination Form, and the Beautification Award Nomination Form and return it to the Exeter Chamber of Commerce Office. You may also use the online forms below.

Man of the Year
Woman of the Year
Business of the Year
Beautification Award
Heritage Award

Guidelines

Award recipients shall be selected from individuals residing within the Exeter community (specifically the Exeter Union High School District) and/or owning or employed in an Exeter area business.

Honoree for either Man/Woman of the year or Heritage awards will be deemed ineligible to receive the subsequent award for a minimum of 10 years.

Man and Woman of Year Award Criteria

  • Someone who has distinguished themselves in their careers and personal lives.
  • Civic and community involvement, i.e., government, schools, etc.
  • Voluntary work on behalf of community charitable efforts (including church and nonprofit).
  • Any other special recognition in the community.

Past award winners include many of the community’s most recognizable and successful residents but nominees need not necessarily be prominent individuals, anyone doing significant and beneficial work on behalf of any segment of the community should be considered. Nominees need not be members of the Exeter Chamber of Commerce. Current Chamber Board of Directors are not eligible for consideration.

Exeter Heritage Award Criteria

  • Participating member of the community for 25 years or more.
  • Outstanding service & contributions to the community over an extended period of time.* Civic and community dedication, volunteer work on behalf of charitable organizations (including church & non profit).
  • Involvement in county and state government, which influences Exeter.
  • Contributions above and beyond the line of duty.

CENTENNIAL AWARD

David* & Phyllis Turner*

Heritage Award

2019 Kristie Brasiel
2018 Susan Gambini
2017 JoAnn Dodson
2016 Danny Boland
2015 Pamela Whitmire
2014 Felix Ortiz & Esther Baum
2013 Sally Brewer & David Nielsen
2012 Mary Scott & Dale Sally
2011 Robyn Stearns & Jon Stearns
2010 Vickie Maier & Leon Ooley
2009 Mike Sherer & Carl Corley*
2008 Pat & Joe Luiz
2007 Alana & Bruce Montgomery
2006 Barbara Myers* & John Kunkel
2005 Alex Torres*
2004 Lorene Holdsworth, Shirley Hickam & Bill Sario
2003 Georgia Coday* & Paul Verissimo

2002 Mary Lou Deathriage, Olan Valentine* and Bud Mayabb
2001 Joan Hagans & Howard Joyner
2000 Molly East & Chris Brewer
1999 Freddie McKenzie* & Mickey Hirni
1998 Mary Bradley & Ray Sanchez
1997 Barbara Fowler
1996 Lou Ann Hand & Curtis Spott
1995 Irelene Ellison
1994 Frances Kirkman & Seldon Kempton*




Woman of the Year

2019 Carole Dillon
2018 Terri Guzman
2017 Denise Albright
2016 Stefani Woods
2015 Rose King
2014 Rosemary Hellwig
2013 Valerie Agahi
2012 Marta King
2011 Judy Davenport
2010 Barbara Sally
2009 Wilma Hirni
2008 Laurie Hamilton
2007 Tricia Kirksey
2006 Kristy Alves
2005 Patty Spott
2004 JoAnn Dodson
2003 Mary Kay Cox
2002 Judy Anderson
2001 Betty Carmona
2000 Renee’ Whitson
1999 Mary Bradley
1998 Jana Botkin
1997 Sandra Bullard
1996 Irelene Ellison
1995 Carole Bethel
1994 Eileen Terry*

1993 Linda McEwen
1992 Jackie Maniscalco
1991 Charlene Nielsen*
1990 Elizabeth Dove*
1989 Ann Dungan
1988 Betsy Peterson
1987 Lois Scott
1986 Ruth Graves*
1985 Irene Sexton*
1984 Anna Marjorie McGee*
1983 Shirley Kirkpatrick
1982 Freddie McKenzie*
1981 Roberta Brown*
1980 Virginia Cosart*
1979 Alice Anderson*
1978 Nancy Atkinson
1977 Betty Hellwig
1976 Lucille Fahrni
1975 Loretta Miller*
1974 Laurene Evans
1973 Mabel Doctor*
1972 Phyllis Turner*
1971 Josephine Douglass*
1970 Betty Voelz*
1969 Lola Dahlem*
1968 Elizabeth Dobson*
1967 Rena Cary*

Man of the Year

2019 Charles Duby
2018 Johnny Carr
2017 Garrett German
2016 Bob Sperry
2015 Cliff Bush
2014 Pete Renteria
2013 Stan Dillon
2012 John McNeil
2011 Chris Brewer
2010 Sepp Becker
2009 Kevin Kirkman
2008 Mickey Hirni
2007 Ted Macaulay
2006 Wes Grim
2005 Jerry Hawkins
2004 Leamon Smith
2003 Leon Ooley
2002 Randy Cox
2001 Curtis Spott
2000 Ray Sanchez
1999 Ken Stevens
1998 Mick Cochran
1997 Seldon Kempton*
1996 Alex Torres*
1995 Steve Maaske
1994 Mark Thompson
1993 Bailey Hagar, Jr.
1992 Gary Mussen
1991 Terry Miller
1990 Alvin Miller*
1989 George McEwen
1988 Russel Weems*
1987 Jim Heaton
1986 Don Appling*
1985 Stanley Cosart
1984 Clarence Nielsen*


1983 Chuck Stanley*
1982 Al Goularte
1981 Francis Richard*
1980 Carl Landers*
1979 Chuck Botkin*
1978 Bill Huffman*
1977 Ray McCutchan*
1976 John Mangini*
1975 Floyd Brown*
1974 Jim Miller*
1973 Jack Cary*
1972 Weldon Johnson*
1971 Bill Ellis*
1970 David Turner*
1969 Norbert Mixter*
1968 Dale Eddy*
1967 Charles Wilshire*
1966 Howard Way*
1965 Morris Erickson*
1964 Joe Doctor*
1963 Ralph Wilson*
1962 Dr. Ed Feldmayer*
1961 Ivan Schelling*
1960 Ray Rivers*
1959 Sidney Schelling Sr. *
1958 Walter Smith*
1957 W.F. Cosart*
1956 H.H. Chandler*
1955 W.S. Clawson*



*Deceased

SELECTION GUIDELINES

Exeter’s Man & Woman Of The Year And Heritage Award

Annual awards shall be presented at the Annual Chamber Banquet. Award recipients shall be selected from individuals residing within the Exeter community (specifically the Exeter Union High School District), and/or owning or employed in an Exeter area business. Current members of the Chamber Board of Directors and/or their businesses are not eligible for consideration.

One Man of the Year shall be selected, one Woman of the Year shall be selected based on the following criteria: those persons who have distinguished themselves in their careers and personal lives. Civic and community involvement (government, schools, etc.), voluntary work on behalf of community charitable efforts (including church and non-profit), and any other special or recognition in the community.

One Heritage Award recipient shall be selected based on the following criteria: Participating member of the community for 25 years or more and outstanding service and contributions to the community over an extended period of time, civic and community dedication, volunteer work on behalf of charitable organizations (including church and non-profit, involvement in county and state government that influences Exeter and other contributions above and beyond the line of duty.

Honoree for either Man/Woman of the Year or Heritage Award will be deemed ineligible to receive the subsequent award for a minimum of 10 years.

Business of the Year award recognizes contributions above and beyond the norm in promoting their business, the community of Exeter and the chamber. The selection is based on the following criteria.

  1. Current Chamber Member
  2. Civic and community involvement, i.e., government, schools, etc.
  3. Voluntary work on behalf of community charitable efforts (including Church and non- profit)
  4. Any other special recognition in the community
  5. A major or one-time achievement of particular significance
  6. 6Business and professional leadership beyond the line of duty
  7. Outstanding service and contributions to the community over an extended period of time.

Beautification Award is given to the chamber member business or organization which has done the most in the last several years to improve its appearance or the appearance of the community, including using architecture and landscaping complimentary to the theme of the city.

Exeter Chamber of Commerce Bylaws, Article II; Section 6-Honorary Membership:

Distinction in public affairs shall confer eligibility to honorary membership. Honorary members shall have all the privileges of members.

The selection committee shall consist of Chamber Board of Directors, City Administrator, Mayor and two (2) of the most recent Man and Woman of the Year honorees. The Executive Director of the Chamber or his/her designee, shall serve as a non-voting advisory member.

Selection Guidelines

  1. The Chamber Executive Director shall make available to the community at large through mailings, press releases and other appropriate means the guidelines for nominations for Man and Woman of the Year, Heritage, Beautification & Business of the Year Awards starting in September/October.
  2. Nomination forms shall be made available at the Chamber office as well.
  3. Nominations must be received in the Chamber office before the second Friday in January.
  4. Only nominations that are properly completed (facsimiles are allowed) and signed by the nominator will be considered by the selection committee.
  5. Proper nominations received in the previous three (3) calendar years shall be considered by the committee.
  6. Nominations by selection committee members will not be considered. Current members of the Chamber Board of Directors and/or their businesses are not eligible for consideration.
  7. The selection committee shall be convened by the Chamber Executive Director or designee, as soon as possible after the second Friday in January with the selection process to be completed not later than fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled Annual Banquet.
  8. The Chamber Executive Director or designee, shall announce awards to the recipients and release announcements to the public as soon as possible after the selections are made. All information will be kept confidential until released to selectees.
  9. The selection committee may also select from the nominees, if desired, recipient(s) of the Exeter Heritage Award, and shall make recommendations to other agencies approved by the Chamber to make awards at this banquet.
  10. Selection Process: Nomination review, discussion & silent ballot.
  11. The recipients will be chosen by a majority vote and honored at the Annual Banquet. Any exceptions require Chamber Board of Directors approval.