Members of the Box Elder Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as business owners and local elected officials, honored businesses in Box Elder County and included one special honor for a local hero.

The 113th annual banquet was held on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Box Elder County fairgrounds’ indoor arena and Monica Holdaway, Executive Director for the Box Elder Area Chamber of Commerce, reported that the event has grown from last year’s first ever combined Bear River Valley and Brigham City banquet.

This year the Chamber honored Dennis B. Vincent with the 2018 Total Citizen of the Year honor. Vincent passed away in October 2018. He was the Assistant Police Chief for Brigham City’s police department at the time of his death. Vincent had been with the Brigham City Police Department since 1994 and started his career in law enforcement in 1989.

Vincent was active in the community serving in many different capacities from Boys and Girls Club of Northern Utah to the Special Olympics Torch Run and many, many more organizations and boards.

Vincent’s wife, Karrie, accepted the honor on his behalf. Together they are the parents of four sons and three grandchildren.

This year Jonathan R. Grover, an attorney with a practice in Tremonton, was honored as Businessperson of the Year. Grover grew up in the Bear River Valley and continued his education receiving his law degree in 2001 from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Calif. He is currently a founding partner of Evans, Grover and Beins, P.C. in Tremonton where he practices several different areas of law. He also belongs to several boards and organizations in the community.

Brandon Broadhead was named 2018 Board Member of the Year and is currently serving as the Box Elder Area Chamber of Commerce’s President. The 2018 Ambassador of the Year was given to Karen Rustan. Rustan is an Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Tugaw Realtors and is active in community organizations including Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Club in Box Elder County.

Four businesses received recognition including Tremonton’s Intermountain Bear River Valley Hospital for Large Business of the Year. Bear River Valley Hospital’s new CEO, Brandon Vonk, accepted the award while thanking the community for being so welcoming and touching upon the importance of suicide awareness, a cause the hospital has brought attention in recent months.

Gillies Funeral Chapel in Brigham City was named Medium Business of the Year. Monarch, a tea shop located on Brigham City’s Main Street, was named Small Business of the Year and Brigham Tavaci School of Performing Arts, under the direction of Shanna Hilton Smith, was named Home Based Business of the Year.

This year the Leader newspaper did not present their annual Rytting Award for lifetime service to the Bear River Valley community. That award will be announced, and presented, later this month.