The Arvada Chamber of Commerce will pay tribute to community leaders and entrepreneurs at its 62nd Annual Man and Woman of the Year awards ceremony. Luke Heesacker of Arvada Rent Alls was named Man of the Year and Connie Zimmerman of Colorado Homeless Families was named Woman of the Year.
Award winners were nominated for their involvement with service or volunteer organizations, their length of community involvement and their personal dedication to strengthening the Arvada community.
"The Arvada Chamber of Commerce is honored to award these outstanding and diverse Arvada leaders and entrepreneurs at the Man and Woman of the Year luncheon,” said Arvada Chamber president Dot Wright. "These winners truly exemplify the integrity, character, and personality of what makes Arvada a great place to work, live and play."
Luke Heesacker of Arvada Rent Alls is often described by his fellow Arvada peers as an individual of integrity and strong supporter of the community. He has been an active member of the Apex/North Jeffco Park and Recreation District Foundation and served on the Board of the Sooper Credit Union Community Foundation since 2009. He also serves on the Arvada Economic Development Association Retention Committee and has contributed to the Arvada Food Bank, Boy and Girl Scouts, Arvada Police Department and to a variety of other school, church, and civic events and programs. From donations for community events like the Arvada West Alumni Homecoming dance to contributions to the Arvada West scholarship fund, Luke is committed to Arvada.
Connie Zimmerman, founder and executive director of transitional housing organization Colorado Homeless Families, has a heart for the homeless in Arvada. Connie works to provide families with the resources and tools they need to be self-sufficient and empower them to succeed in life economically, financially, and spiritually. Her work at Colorado Homeless Families has even been highlighted on ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition television program. Connie is tireless in her efforts to help those less fortunate, and changes lives everyday.
Awards will also be presented to the following community leaders:
- Image Award - Luella Teter, VOA volunteer
- Pioneer Award - Craig Kocian, former Arvada City Manager
The award winners will be honored at the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s annual Man and Woman of the Year and AYP Leaders luncheon, taking place March 28th at the Arvada Center.
About the Arvada Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1925, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization committed to growing and supporting the Arvada business community. Through educational programs, networking opportunities, business resources, strategic partnerships and legislative advocacy, the Chamber empowers businesses to succeed. The Chamber provides leadership and support to members through its leaders' collective expertise in the areas of business ownership, sales and marketing, finance and public outreach. To become a member or learn more, call 303-424-0313 or visit www.arvadachamber.com.