Bush, Lennard earn kudos at Riverview chamber dinner
More than 200 people turned out for the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce's annual awards dinner Jan. 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Business of the Year went to S&S Taco's & Stuff/Pizza's & Stuff, owned by Mike Self II. A very surprised Donna Lee Fore of P.F. Auto Glass Inc. was named Business Person of the Year; Krista Jerome of New York Life & Casualty, Ambassador of the Year; Tonya and Andy Walsh of Walsh Commercial Cleaning Service, the Margy Watkins Volunteer of the Year; and Earl Lennard, Hillsborough County supervisor of elections, Riverview Citizen of the Year. Highlighting the evening was the naming of Jeannie Bush of Serenity Meadows Memorial Park, Funeral Home & Crematory as the new Greater Riverview honorary mayor. She and runner-up Dayman Baker of American Plumbing Solutions Inc. raised $4,378 for the chamber and their respective charities. Chamber President Jill Andrew of Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care said the race was "very close." In a generous gesture, Bush asked Baker to be vice mayor.After installing herself in a comedic manner, Andrew installed the 2010 chamber board: Sherri Walker of Crane Technical Training & Inspection, president-elect; Fore as treasurer; Larry Brooks, A & A Mortgage Funding; Bush; Joe Eletto, Pure 4U Inc.; Ryan Esto, Pioneer Tire and Auto; Jennifer Hart, Send Out Cards; Jim Johnson, Mosaic Fertilizer LLC; Rich Rohde, R Processor Inc.; Sharon Roush, South Bay Hospital; Self; Carol Todd, Valrico State Bank; and Walsh. The chamber also presented a check for $153 to Melanie Meyer of the Johnnie B. Byrd Alzheimer's Center & Research Institute.