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The Annual Installation Reception took place at the Great Basin College’s beautiful Solarium and Theatre. Over 150 Chamber member businesses, elected officials and local community representatives were in attendance. We are blessed with, so many wonderful community leaders and it was our pleasure to introduce the 2018 Board of Directors.

Executive Board

Molly Popp, AnyDay Dental-Chair of the Board

Brady Shippy, Montrose Glass-1st Vice Chair

Jaymie Donovan, Newmont Mining Corporation-2nd Vice Chair

George Kleeb, Great Basin College-Treasurer

Tyler Gunter, Priority Plus Insurance-Past Chair


Byron Smith-Lombard Conrad-Nevada, LTD

Tino Ayala-Plumbline, Inc.

Shirley Alen-Kellerman-Nevada State Bank

Casey Gallagher-Gallagher Ford

Brenda Claiborne-Lostra Realty

Christine Whetten-Kinross Gold Bald Mountain

Dr. Todd Wendell-Ruby Mountain Chiropractic

Jared Martin-Elko Sanitation

Michelli Leedy-Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Zach Gerber-Gerber Law Offices, LLP


Included in the Installation Reception was the recognition of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to our community. They embody the spirit of the Elko Area Chamber in all they do, and their collective work in our community is continuing to make the area strong. Their passion for the causes they serve, their mentorship of others and their dedication to create a brighter tomorrow are an inspiration. It was an honor to highlight their achievements and celebrate their leadership and vision. Congratulations to the following individuals that were selected as this year’s Award Winners:

Male Volunteer of the Year-Charlie Myers

Female Volunteer of the Year-Shabonya Dutton

Youth Volunteer of the Year-Megan Dwyer

Male Business Leader of the Year-Jon Karr

Female Business Leader of the Year-Molly Popp

The Gardner/Gunter family was honored for their service and commitment to the Chamber. This family has given back to the community and specifically supported local business owners along the way, not only through their own family owned companies but also as leaders with the Chamber Board. D Ray Gardner served as Chairman of the Board in 1977 & 1978, his son, Paul Gardner in 2002, and grandson, Tyler Gunter in 2017. Tyler has given almost ten years of service and leadership to the Chamber.

To add to family tradition, D Ray’s daughter Laura Gunter committed several years to the Chamber as the front office coordinator and bookkeeper, and Tyler’s wife Tamra also worked at the Chamber before attending college. Thank you to these individuals who have committed so much to the service of not only the Elko Area Chamber, but also the City of Elko and have continued the family tradition of giving back.

The Chamber would not be able to provide such high-quality events to our community without the support of our members. Thank you to Plumbline Inc., Kinross Bald Mountain, Elko Sanitation, Newmont Mining Corp. and Elko Veterinary Clinic for sponsoring our event.

Thank you to Karen Rogers and the Elko High School Choraliers, High Desert Dance Company, Ghost Light Productions and Straight to Eden for your outstanding performances, Sandy Beeler and Delmo Andreozzi for entertaining us, Great Basin College for the use of your facility and Dreez for the amazing food.


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