Chamber of Commerce announces 2016 citizen and business of the year awards
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Chamber of Commerce awards
Chamber board member Norm Knapp joins Chamber Director Jodie Hugentobler and board member Jared Anderson in presenting the Business of the Year award to Monica Hansen of Emery Telcom.
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Bob Hawks has been named the Moab Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Citizen of the Year, and Emery Telcom is the 2016 Business of the Year. The awards were presented on Saturday, Nov. 19, during the Moab Chamber’s annual banquet, which was held at Red Cliffs Lodge.

“Hawks has served many businesses and citizens in the Moab area for over 45 years,” Chamber officials said in making the announcement.

Hawks owned and operated Bob’s Sanitation until Jan. 1, when he sold the business. Early on, Hawks drove truck for a mining company. He decided he wanted to own his own truck but didn’t want to be away from home so he bid on the city’s garbage service contract, was granted the contract and launched Bob’s Sanitation.

“Customers always came first, it didn’t matter the time of the day or night. Didn’t matter what kind of garbage he had to dig through to find valuables such as retainers from the school lunch food tray or dentures or just about anything, he was always dedicated to the customer,” Chamber officials said in the announcement, adding, “As long as the sun was up so was he. You could always find him working to serve our community. He made sure our community was clean and if it took him picking up after people he did and never an additional service charge attached.”

Hawks was described as always shopping locally, and feeling it is important to support the local people that supported him.

“You can always find him smiling and waving when he passes you on the street or just about anywhere,” the announcement stated. “Serving the community of Moab was his expertise!”

Business of the Year, Emery Telcom, is a cooperative telecommunications service provider located in Southeastern Utah. The company has been providing service to Emery County since 1950, and has since expanded into Carbon, Grand and San Juan counties. Emery Telcom employs approximately 100 people, and offers digital voice, high-speed broadband internet and cable TV services. The company began deploying fiber throughout its network in 1990. Since then, it has connected all of the communities within its service area with state-of-the-art fiber optics.

“In Moab, Emery Telcom has donated over $8,000 to community programs and events over the years and offers free [wireless service] to several festivals and events,” Chamber officials said, noting that the company also gives three $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors to further their education.

“Emery Telcom has brought a good value with the best products available along with support to the Moab community at a local level,” Chamber officials said in announcing the award. “Emery Telcom appreciates its customers, and is proud to serve the Moab area.”

The Chamber banquet also included a live auction, dancing and music by the Jeff Keele Band.

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