Visalia Chamber announces 2018 Man and Woman of the Year

Visalia Chamber of Commerce will announce Small, Medium and Large Business of the Year at June 14 Awards Celebration


VISALIA – The better parts of any community do not spontaneously appear. They are the result of hard work and coordination of community members driven to leave the place they call home better than they found it. And for 65 years Visalia has come together to honor the difference makers in their community.

This year, 2018, marks the 65th year that the Visalia Chamber of Commerce will honor individuals and businesses consistently going above and beyond to support and give back to their community. More than a dozen individuals were nominated by the community for these prestigious awards. Different from years past, the selection committee requested the Chamber announce the winners of Man, Woman and Young Professional of the year in advance of the Annual Awards Celebration on June 14, 2018. 

“While announcing the winner in advance takes away some of the suspense during the Annual Awards Celebration, it provides the family and friends of the recipients the opportunity to make arrangements to attend the celebration to support their friend or loved one who is being recognized” stated Gail Zurek, president and CEO, Visalia Chamber of Commerce.

The following individuals have been selected as the 2018 honorees: Man of the Year, Sam Logan; Woman of the Year, Dena Cochran; and Young Professional of the Year, Cody Stephens.

In addition to the above mentioned awards, the Visalia Chamber will announce the winner of the Business of the year awards at the Annual Award Celebration.

Small business finalists are: 2 Market Visuals; Gross & Steven Inc.; Momentum Broadcasting; Store-It; and Zeeb Commercial Real Estate.

Medium business finalists include: 4 Creeks; Best Buy Market; and Park Visalia Assisted Living.

Large business finalists are: Rabobank; Tucoemas Federal Credit Union; VF Outdoor; and VWR.

Non-Profit of the Year finalists are: Able Industries; CSET; Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings Counties; Happy Trails Riding Academy; and ProYouth.

The Visalia Chamber will host the 65th Annual Awards Celebration on June 14 at the Visalia Convention Center. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails begin at 6  p.m. followed by a formal dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the Annual Awards Celebration are $75 or you may reserve a table for $600. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Chamber at 559-734-5876.

For more information about the Annual Awards Celebration go to

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