This event honors a person or business for their contribution to making Brentwood a better place to live and work, according to the Chamber’s website. Winners will be announced publicly and invited to the Chamber’s Celebrating Brentwood Gala to be honored for their contribution. You are not eligible if you have received this award in the past.
The eligibility criteria for Citizen of the Year are as follows:
- The candidate does not have to be a member of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce.
- Applicant must have been involved in community service for 3 or more years.
- A candidate’s commercial or political success will not be the primary consideration.
- The prize will be awarded to a resident or residents of the Brentwood area.
- The nomination must list at least three accomplishments of the nominee that have resulted in recognizable benefits to the community.
- Estimated number of years the applicant has resided in Brentwood.
Nominations must be submitted electronically by the person or organization nominating the nomination, include information supporting the nomination, and include the nominator’s address and telephone number.
Along with Citizen and Business of the Year, other nomination categories include Nonprofit of the Year, Employee of the Year, and Youth of the Year.
“It really is the event of the year for the city,” said Tom Santamorena, president of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce.
Event organizer Olga Vidriales said the event honoring those whose deeds have benefited the city is a tradition.
“At a time when there is so much angst, uncertainty, hostility and wickedness, it is more important than ever to honor those who have given their all to their community,” Vidriales said. “These are citizens who are also full-time employees, business owners, parents, coaches, mentors who find the time somewhere in their busy schedules and lives to make a difference. This is the group elite, the best of the best, who understands the importance of sharing their wealth (no matter what it looks like) and giving back to others.
Seana Fippin was named Citizen of the Year for 2021, and Red Box Solutions, the business she and her husband, Brett, run together, won Business of the Year. Rounding out the awards last year were Working Wonders Nonprofit of the Year, with Handydad’s Adam Martinez receiving Chamber Manager of the Year and Tom Santamorena winning Chamber Ambassador of the Year. the year. Employee of the Year went to Eric Kinnaird of The Press.