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Civic Leaders Urged To Take Off Their Masks

Feb 27, 2015 03:26PM ● By James Luke

Speaker Armistead Anderson of Moving Forward Solutions dons a mask for the South Jordan Chamber of Commerce Annual Vision and Awards Dinner. The theme that evening was “Masquerade: Unmasking the Future of Your Business.” Photo courtesy of Bryn Randall, Black Hat Media

At the South Jordan Chamber of Commerce Annual Vision and Awards Dinner Feb. 18, host Darin Adams enjoyed a laugh with Mayor David Alvord about which forbidden substance the mayor had accused the animated MC of using to get his energy at last year’s event. Despite the fact that South Jordan is the only city in the world with two LDS temples, the men weren’t talking about Diet Coke or energy drinks.

Featured speaker Jennifer Armistead Anderson of Moving Forward Solutions urged the civic and business leaders in attendance to be true to themselves and others. She encouraged everyone to “take off the mask and reveal your most true self to those around you.”

Adams got into the spirit of the event that’s theme was “Masquerade: Unmasking the Future of Your Business” as he donned a flamboyant pirate hat and mask combo. He soon followed Anderson’s advice, though, and unmasked himself publicly.

Honored for achievement and efforts that exemplify the spirit of the Chamber of Commerce, two young people will each find their path to college smoother with a $500 scholarship. Alan Weintraub moved to Utah with his mother as a teenager and with no English skills. In his first year at Bingham High School, he earned a grade point average of 3.89 while participating in music and more. Alisha Benitez Gomez has played music in many forms for more than 10 years, including being part of the marching band at Bingham. For her career, she intends to continue her education in the field of medicine.

The awards for 2014 Chamber of Commerce businesses included: Best Small Business - Elements Massage; Best Large Business - America First Credit Union; 2014 Chamber Partner - Sagewood at Daybreak; Community Hero Award - Gordman’s and the Jordan Education Foundation; and for Best Service to Chamber - Jared Johnston and Mountain America Financial Services.