VACAVILLE — A Fairfield business owner earned the honor Thursday of being named Ambassador of the Year for the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce.
Monte Hoover, of Gillespie’s Abbey Carpet, located at 360 Chadbourne Road, was selected by the chamber for the time he spends on chamber events. He attends ribbon cuttings, evening mixers, sells raffle tickets and spends time helping with various chamber fundraisers. He also spends a full day barbecuing at the chamber’s annual Gotcha educational event, which recognizes students who have raised their grade point averages.
Hoover said they give the students a day at Stars Recreation Center in Vacaville.
“We barbecue 500 burgers,” he said, laughing.
Ambassadors are the “goodwill arm of the chamber,” said Julie Sabbagh, community relations director for the chamber of commerce.
“Monte is an amazing ambassador,” she said. “He shows up for almost all of our events. He can always be counted on.”
Hoover, who also serves on the board at the Fairfield-Suisun City Chamber of Commerce, said he’s honored and grateful for the recognition. He’s been a member of both chambers for 36 years and has been a resident of Solano County for 44 years. He has his feet planted in both the Vacaville and Fairfield communities, having lived in Fairfield for a while and being a current Vacaville resident.
Both Sabbagh and Hoover said that the chambers share joint members. Hoover said he’s pushed for more collaboration between both chambers of commerce.
“Just because we’re the Vacaville chamber doesn’t mean we don’t have business with other communities,” Sabbagh said. “It’s not so much supporting your own town, as it is the entire community.”
Both chambers keep Hoover busy, he said.
“I don’t let the grass grow under my feet,” he said, once again laughing.
Hoover, along with the Business of the Year recipient, First Northern Bank, will be honored at the annual dinner fundraiser May 3.
Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.