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Member Awards

The 2021 Leadership Awards were presented at the Annual Membership Meeting held on October 28, 2021 at Isla Grand Beach Resort.  Photography was done by Chamber member Life Signs Photography.

Directors Award

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Daniel Bryant - Breakaway Cruises 
received the 2021 Director's Award.  Daniel has been a South Padre Island staple since the 1970’s.  He is an active participant in long time community events such as the Texas International Fishing Tournament. He provided much needed boat assistance during the Causeway disaster and much more.  Most recently he has been a proponent of a Deep Water Marina and has been instrumental in creating the RGV Reef.  Daniel has been a long time member and supporter of the SPI Chamber, is charitable in his community involvement, and a proponent for business growth and development.

Ambassador Award

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Lonnie Gillihan - S.O.S. Services
This year’s Ambassador’s Award recipient has promoted the benefits of the Chamber, attended numerous Chamber events and been a proponent for business growth and development for many years.  Lonnie also currently serves as the Chamber's Chairman of the Board of Directors, has been a long time Chamber member and huge advocate for the Chamber.

Community Partner Award

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Jake's Restaurant
earned the Community Partner Award for being a long-time Chamber member, through several businesses, and an active community member.  Through the years Jake Falgout and his right hand, Ginny Ossanna, have stepped up to the plate to help the community, and this year was no exception.  A last minute glitch in the planning for the Ladies Kingfish Tournament sent Chamber staff scrambling.  But Jake’s Restaurant came to the rescue providing staff and equipment to provide their services for the Friday night registration.  This was no easy task, but Jake and his crew stepped in and not a beat was missed.  We could not have done it without them!

Kukui Award


Eva-Jean Dalton
was presented the 2021 Kukui Award.  Eva-Jean has been an active member of the Chamber for many years, and is a great advocate for the Chamber, and the community.  She attends Chamber functions, and is active on the Government Affairs Committee.  Eva-Jean also serves on the City Council for South Padre Island and other associations.

Outstanding New Business Member Award


Erika Vasquez - Padre Island Cleaners
earned the honor of the Outstanding New Business Member Award.  Erika is a hard working entrepreneur, who is a strong supporter of the Chamber.  Soon after joining she brought in another business who joined the Chamber, she advertised in the 2022 Guide to South Padre Island, is marketing her business with pop-up displays in the Chamber’s lobby, and is an active member of the Gala Committee.  Who could ask for more!!

2020 - 2021 Committee Chairs

Javier CH Garza - Ladies Kingfish Tournament

Cristin Howard - Island Ambassadors

Barbara Kowalski - Business Services

Alta Monroe - Government Affairs

Welcome to the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting and Leadeship Awards Luncheon (1)
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