The Moab Area Chamber of Commerce honored this year’s business and citizen of the year during its annual banquet, held Nov. 16 at Red Cliffs Lodge.
Aarchway Inn and Zax Restaurant, owned by Mike Bynum, were named the 2013 Business of the Year. The award is given to a local business that has made “outstanding contributions to our community and is a member of the Moab Chamber of Commerce,” according to a news release from the chamber.
“Aarchway Inn and Zax consistently help the community through sponsorships and volunteerism,” said Moab Chamber Director Jodie Hugentobler.
Hugentobler noted that Aarchway Inn hosts the kick offs for many community events such as the Skinny Tire Festival, Moab Century Tour and the Canyonlands Half Marathon. Aarchway also provides community sponsorships for the PRCA Canyonlands Rodeo Club and other community events, she said.
“Zax is readily available to step up when the chamber, school district, or senior center is in need,” Hugentobler said, noting that Zax held a costume drive to collect Halloween costumes for foster children in the Moab community, and offers a special discount at certain times of year for those who show their school spirit by wearing the Grand County High School Red Devil colors.
Mike Bynum, who owns both businesses, serves on the hospital board and is involved with the Utah State University Education Foundation, she said.
Danette Johnson received the award for the 2013 Citizen of the Year. That award is given to individuals who “have had a significant impact on the community through volunteer and charitable activities,” chamber officials said.
“Danette is a very active board member of the Moab Free Health Clinic … and chairwoman of the Grand County Education Foundation,” Hugentobler said. “For the past seven years she has been a mentor in the Grand Mentoring Program, active in the Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo Club, and volunteers her time with the Moab Sea Devils swim team.”
“We congratulate this year’s winners and thank them for their contribution in making Moab the best place to live,” Hugentobler said.