Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Tigard Shining Star Award Recipients and thanking them for their service to our Tigard community. Awards were formally presented at Tigard’s 2021 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, which was held virtually last Friday on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Many joined in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, getting dressed up and joining the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of their homes.
Emilio Calderon has been selected as the 2021 Tigard Youth Volunteer of the Year, named in honor of former Mayor Jim Nicoli, who passed away in 2000. Emilio has been a member of the Tigard Youth Advisory Council (TYAC) at the age of 13, serving two terms as secretary and one term as President. Emilio was appointed the Youth Councilor on the City Council. His leadership continues as he serves on the Public Safety Advisory Board, participates in discussions on COVID-19 support needs, is a voice for younger Tigard residents on issues like School Resource Officers and racial justice, promotes the role of Youth Councilor and shares the importance of city parks on the video series, “Let’s Talk… Parks!,” all while still balancing his studies and activities as a high school student.
Adrian Hinckley has been selected as the 2021 Tigard Shining Stars “From the Heart” Volunteer of the Year. Adrian is a local business owner and community activist. He has volunteered his time in support of many efforts to make the Tigard community a better place over the years, including organizing and implementing the Latino Festival in conjunction with the Downtown Tigard Street Fair, leading initiatives through his business to support and promote the local Latino community. Most recently, Adrian played a pivotal role in establishing the Los Empresarios de Tigard program, a partnership with the City of Tigard and Tigard Chamber of Commerce to provide business support for Latinx entrepreneurs. Despite his busy schedule, Adrian is a constant presence at community functions and somehow finds time to organize events and programming that is helping make Tigard a more inclusive and welcoming place to call home.
Jason Rogers has been named as the 2021 recipient of the Tigard’s First Citizen award. This award recognizes someone who has made in-depth, long-term volunteer contributions to the Tigard community over the years. Jason began volunteering for the City of Tigard in 1999 by adopting a local trail near his home in Tigard. Soon after, Jason went on to join the Parks and Recreation Board and was appointed Chair. In January of 2011, he was appointed Tigard Planning Commissioner by City Council and the Mayor and was President of the commission. Jason then transitioned his volunteer efforts to a county level. He was an EMS representative on the Suicide Prevention Council and later joined the Park and Recreation Board for Washington County. Jason has also been an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America since 2007. And if that is not enough, Jason is also a current member of The American Legion.
Ethan Frelly, Lead Buyers Agent with Beltran Property Groups – eXp Realty, has been named the first Tigard Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year. Ethan is a true standout in the Tigard Chamber of Commerce community. Not only is he making impacts in his career but also in his community locally. When Ethan first began with the Tigard Chamber nearly 8 years ago, he initiated the launch of the Tigard Young Professional program gathering like-minded young professionals around him. Ethan has held many leadership roles within the Tigard Chamber. Soon after joining the chamber, he became a member of the Ambassador team and later become Co-Chair and Chair of the team. He then joined the Tigard Chamber of Commerce board of directors and is currently the Board Chair. Expanding his impact, he is also a member of the chambers’ Government Affairs and Public Policy Committee, Candidate Endorsement Committee and recently represented the Tigard Chamber on the Metro SW Corridor Advisory Committee.
Marcia Solberg, Relationship Marketing Specialist with Send Out Cards & Greener Still, has been named the 2021 Tigard Shining Stars Chamber Volunteer of the Year. Marcia Solberg has been a Tigard Chamber member for almost 11 years. She continually brings new visitors to Good Morning Tigard. She has been a listening ear for not only the chamber staff but for the members as well. She is always one of the first people to check-in and spotlight members on social. Marcia has also been a huge help for our Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards. She has helped with auction donations and volunteering at the event. Marcia has also volunteered her time to assist the Tigard Chamber staff with our Send Out Cards account by making and sending cards for us. Overall, Marcia is a true chamber champion and superstar! We cannot thank her enough for all she has done for the chamber.
Micah Dorr, Certified Financial Planner with Inman Financial Services, has been named the 2021 Tigard Chamber Ambassador of the Year. The Tigard Chamber Ambassadors are a volunteer group of chamber members who manage weekly a.m. networking, Speed Networking and Holiday Happy Hour. They extend the capabilities of the chamber to deliver services to members in addition to paid staff. Without the Ambassadors, the chamber could not have the impact it does for its members. Micah has been on the Ambassador team for 1+ years. He always brings warm energy, a smile on his face and is really about connecting people. When the pandemic hit, he was quick to volunteer to help with check-in calls with our members. He is a wonderful emcee for our virtual weekly networking, Good Morning Tigard with his cheerful and witty personality. Micah continually contributes solid and creative ideas at the Ambassador meetings. He is a proactive member of the team that is always willing to step up and give his time.
Pride Disposal, owned by the Leichner Family, has been selected as the 2021 Tigard Chamber Business of the Year. This award recognizes a chamber business that has made in-depth contributions to the Tigard community through their business. Pride Disposal is a family-owned and operated business that has served the Sherwood, Tigard, and Washington County areas since 1986. They have been a Tigard Chamber member from the very beginning.
Pride Disposal & Recycling has supported community events such as the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival, the Sherwood Community Services Fair, the Tigard Balloon Festival, Tigard Tualatin Relay for Life sponsors and donors, Christmas tree collection events for regional Boy Scout troops, and many more. They also sponsor several local youth sports teams. They have made significant and generous donations to the Tigard Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund for the last 20 years. Pride Disposal hosts an annual holiday drive where they collect donations for a local organization. In November of 2020, the Good Neighbor Center in Tigard was the recipient of the donations that year. In 2018, they collected new and unused socks and pajamas and donated all the items to the Tigard Caring Closet.