Two businesses and two individuals are the latest winners of annual awards presented by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce to recognize community service.
The Grand Junction Rockies Minor League Baseball organization was selected as Small Business of the Year, while Home Loan was named Business of the Year. Evan Walton won the award for Young Professional of the Year. Bill Byers was honored as Citizen of the Year.
The Grand Junction Rockies, a Pioneer League club of the Colorado Rockies, conducts baseball camps for area youth and purchases varsity baseball and softball uniforms for the four Mesa County School District 51 high schools. The Grand Junction Rockies also makes annual contributions for construction and remodeling at Suplizio Field, where the team plays. The Grand Junction Rockies recently won the inaugural John Henry Moss Award presented by Minor League Baseball in recognition of community service.
Home Loan, a banking and insurance business in operation in Grand Junction since 1898, created a foundation that has given a total of more than $1.2 million to 57 different charities and organizations.
Moreover, management and employees at Home Loan donate their time to a variety of groups and causes. Home Loan also was selected as the chamber’s Business of the Year in 1993.
Walton handles estimates, marketing and procurement for FCI Constructors, a construction contracting and management company based in Grand Junction. Walton also serves on the board of Associated Builders and Contractors and as membership director of the Grand Junction Lions Club. In addition, he belongs to Scrubs, a group that supports St. Mary’s Hospital through contributions and advocacy.
Byers has served in a variety of leadership roles over the course of a lifetime spent in the Grand Valley.
Byers has served as chairman of the board of directors of both the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and Family Health West. He remains active as chairman of governmental affairs for the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. He’s also involved in the Republican Party and his church.