OREM -- Business leaders from across Utah Valley gathered to honor the late Orem mayor Jerry Washburn on Thursday night.
The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce honored Washburn with the Lifetime Achievement award at their annual Arthur V. Watkins Awards dinner held at Utah Valley University. Washburn's wife, Betty, was on hand to accept the award on his behalf.
"This is such an honor for our family," she said. "I'm so grateful for the love and support we have received from the community, it means so much to us at this time."
The award was presented to Betty Washburn by Orem Mayor Jim Evans. Evans acknowledged that Washburn left him big shoes to fill as mayor.
"He was a champion for local causes," Evans said.
Evans praised Washburn for his patience and kindness to others. He mentioned that Washburn was someone who was not easily provoked and always thought good of others.
Washburn was a lifelong resident of Utah County and was owner of Washburn Motors. He also served as president of the chamber of commerce. He was the longest tenured mayor of the city of Orem, serving for 11 years. He died in September after a long battle with cancer.
As mayor Washburn worked to strengthen the community by championing programs such as city-wide street lights, swimming pools at SCERA park, recycling programs and the Neighborhoods in Action program.
A total of nine Watkins Awards were handed out during the evening, including an award to Orem residents Harold and Dana Rogers for their volunteer service. Trish Jellen, a resource teacher at Cherry Hill Elementary, was awarded the Outstanding Educator of the Year award.
"This came as a surprise to me and a shock," Jellen said. "Children are my passion, I love them."
Each award winner was given a small statue of a bald eagle.
Other winners were:
• Outstanding Educator: Trish Jellen, special education teacher at Cherry Hill Elementary
Trish Jellen teaches resource student in kindergarten through fourth grade at Cherry Hill Elementary in Orem. She has a master's degree in education administration, another master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education, mild/moderate endorsement and has completed the CPSE post-baccalaureate program.
• Good Neighbor of the Year: Roger and Sharon Scanland
Roger Scanland is a native of Wichita Falls, Texas and Sharon was born and raised in Longview, Wash. Roger has been involved in volunteer work for the City of Orem for more than 10 years, first as a block captain, then as a district chair in the Cherry Hill Neighborhood, before he and Sharon were asked to serve as Cherry Hill Neighborhood Chairs in 2010. They have concentrated on activities meant to enhance their neighborhood's livability and maintain its property values, by promoting two-way communication between neighborhood chairs and the Orem City Council, planning commission, city departments and business interests. A primary emphasis of theirs is on combating trends that would lead to neighborhood instability and deterioration.
• Business/Public Partnership: University Mall Properties, Woodbury Corporation
O. Randall Woodbury became president of Woodbury Corporation in May 2011. He has directed the company's property management department since 1981, during which time the management portfolio grew to more than 10 million square feet in 13 Western and Midwestern states. He holds active Utah real estate and insurance licenses. He is a graduate of the University of Utah having earned a B.A. in Business Finance with emphasis on real estate.
• Business of the Year: Xactware
Jim Loveland is president and chief executive officer of Xactware Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of software, analytics and business services to the property insurance industry. During his tenure as president and CEO, Xactware has nearly quadrupled revenues, expanded business operations into several international markets, broadened Xactware's customer base into new vertical markets, joined the Verisk Analytics family of companies. Today Loveland leads the Xactware business with more than 350 employees.
• Volunteer of the Year: Harold and Dana Rogers
Dana and Harold Rogers moved to Orem in 1995 from San Diego where they had lived for more than 23 years. Harold has represented the Lakeridge neighborhood on the UVU Community Relations Council since its inception in 2004. Dana volunteers for Juntos Adelante, a non-profit group focused on improving women's health in Nicaragua.
Harold and Dana enjoy opportunities to serve together and are currently part-time Spanish-speaking employment missionaries at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Provo Resource Services office. They also have helped form a hispanic networking group to serve as a resource for individuals starting their own business. They are also the Neighborhood in Action co-chairs in the Lakeridge neighborhood. They are CERT trained and served for several years as emergency preparedness coordinators for the Lakeridge neighborhood.
• Employee of the Year: Greg Stephens
Greg Stephens was born and raised in Wilmington, Del. After graduating from law school, Stephens worked in private practice for three years before being hired by Orem as deputy city attorney. He has worked for Orem for 25 years. His work with Orem focuses on civil law, where he drafts legal documents, researches legal issues, and generally tries to keep the city out of legal trouble. He loves his job at Orem, not just because of the type of work he gets to do but because of the high quality people he gets to work with.
• Entrepreneur of the Year: SecurityMetrics
Brad Caldwell is chief executive officer and founder of SecurityMetrics, Inc. Since its October 2000 founding and under Caldwell's leadership, SecurityMetrics has grown from a small security company specializing in vulnerability assessment scans to a global leader providing merchant data security solutions. SecurityMetrics has helped more than 1 million organizations, from Fortune 500 businesses and large global financial institutions to small and medium-sized retailers, manage PCI DSS compliance and/or secure their network infrastructure, data communications and other information assets.
• Business Beautification: Westco Carpets
Westco Carpets & Interiors first opened its doors in Orem in February 1988, founded by Brad and LaRicia Belliston. Westco started out as a small floor covering store with two only employees. The Bellistons began by working closely with local contractors and apartment owners with the goal of offering quality products, superior installations and unprecedented customer service.
Brad and LaRicia Belliston believe in giving back to the community and have always been generous contributors to several local charities and organizations. Westco has always strived to not just meet, but exceed their customers' expectations for professionalism, honesty, integrity and value.