PHOTO BY PAULA MULLER
Award winners at the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Excellence Awards, front row from left, are Tessa Cogliano, Joanna O’Neil, Pauline Spirito, Joanna Mills, Marioli Licardie, Audrey Jimenez; standing, from left, are Andy Giller, Keith Saunders, Peter Kane, Bill Terlecky, Sean Anderson, Peter Mikedis, Alexander Sepulveda, Kevin Coppinger, Joanne Eagan, Rick Starbard, Tom Dill, Patrick DeBoever, and Jim Reece.
By BETHANY DOANE
LYNNFIELD — New Angle Glass was awarded “large” Business of the Year, while Big A’s Home Improvement was awarded “small” (fewer than 20 employees) Business of the Year Wednesday night at the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) Annual Meeting & Business Excellence Awards.
The meeting is a great opportunity to celebrate membership and instill new officers, said LACC President Leslie Gould. “Our members contribute to the community through volunteerism, philanthropy, the tax base, and a variety of quality services,” she said.
“It’s really nice for me and my staff to get recognition, but anyone in business works hard, and a lot of people deserve this honor every bit as much” said Businessman of the Year winner Patrick DeBoever from Four Winds Pub & Grill in Lynn.
“This award is a combination of 35 years of hard work, dedication, and most importantly, team work; I wouldn’t be here without my great team of girls,” said Businesswoman of the Year winner Pauline Spirito, owner of Infinity Boutique in Swampscott.
Family & Children Services of Greater Lynn received the Nonprofit Recognition Award; Tom Dill of Lazy Dog Sports Bar in Lynn received the David Solimine Sr. Community Service Award; Sidekim Foods of Lynn received the Multicultural Business Leadership Award; Rick Starbard of Rick’s Auto Collision Inc. in Revere received the LAAC Chairman’s Award; and Jim Reece of Plumr, a plumbing and heating business out of Wakefield, received the “Carol Vasapolli” LACC Volunteer of the Year Award.
To determine the award winners, LACC members submitted nominations to the nomination committee.
Other winners spoke about what the award represented for their community.
New member and Rookie of the Year winner Alexander Sepulveda of Private Jewels Fitness in Lynn said this award is not only for him, but also for the children he trains in his after-school boxing program.
“I love what I do, and this award makes it that much better,” he said.
More than 300 attended and LACC member Seth Albaum of Upsidemedia, LLC provided entertainment.
“Everyone in the LACC is a winner,” Gould said. “Those who were awarded tonight were honored because of the extra effort that they’ve given.”
The LACC has been serving Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, and Swampscott for 104 years, and has reached 400 members representing 100 professions.