Chamber Names Citizen Of The Year
Annitte Lujan and Terry Mullert, right, with the Española Chamber of Commerce present Eric Quintana with the Citizen of Year Award Friday at Ohkay Casino conference center.
By STAFF REPORTER
Over 400 community members gathered Friday, Jan. 27 for the Española Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Chamber gala where the “Citizen of the Year” award and other awards were announced for 2017.
The crowd at the Ohkay Casino & Conference Center gave Eric Quintana a standing ovation when he was named Citizen of the Year. Quintana, who with his wife owns PMI, or Performance Maintenance, Inc. was awarded the honor for his years of community service and involvement in many projects, including his role with the Española Downtown Action Team.
Quintana had a big night because his business, PMI, was also awarded the Small Business of the Year award. PMI was established in 1994 by Eric & Celina Quintana as a small mom and pop business with two employees. Since that time they have grown to currently employ more than 80 employees and deliver services and supplies in two states. PMI has earned a reputation of giving to the community and in the past few years built a large retail space on the west side of Española.
Other winners included Zia Credit Union which received the Business of the Year in honor of their philanthropic work the lending institution has done for the community, including hosting a concerto honor First Responders last summer, remodeled Ranchitos Park and operated a “Pay it Forward” program which helped community members in need during the holiday season.
The final award was for non-profit organization of the year. This year the YMCA Española Teen Center was the recipient in recognition of the work they have done in helping teens throughout the valley move past difficult situations and thrive.
The Española Valley Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization serving the business community of the valley with business advocacy, community service and assistance. For more information people may call 753-2831.
YMCA Española Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval, middle, accepts the nonprofit organization of the year award. Photo by Carol Clark\ladailypost.com