Celebrating our members and mission at Cheers to the Year
Posted on 03/17/2022 by Austin Chamber of CommerceView the digital program
On March 9th, we gathered business and community leaders, elected officials, and many more at the Austin Marriott Downtown to celebrate our 2021 Austinite of the Year. We took a look at our accomplishments from 2021 and learned about the Chamber's priorities for the upcoming year from our 2022 board chair. Attendees began the evening with a networking reception.
Thank you to the Huston-Tillotson Jazz Ensemble!
Thanks to our 2022 Live Music Sponsor PNC Bank, for hosting the Huston-Tillotson Jazz Ensemble as our entertainment for the evening.
Fred Heldenfels IV, 2022 Board Chair, then shared his direction for the Austin Chamber in 2022 and where he sees the organization can be a leader in finding collaborative solutions to problems faced in the region.
2021 Austinite of the Year
We were honored to recognize our 2021 Austinite of the Year, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette. Dr. Burnette is a critical player in the Austin area, and everywhere she goes. She has accomplished and continues to accomplish so much during her lifetime. The room gave a standing ovation, and there was not a dry eye in the room as we watched a video of community and family members recalling how Dr. Burnette has made this world a better place to live. Dr. Burnette gave a moving speech, which can be found here.
In recognition of the service and leadership Dr. Burnette has provided over the years, Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed March 9, 2022, as Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette Day, and Dr. Burnette was presented with the 2021 Austinite of the Year award by 2021 Board Chair, Nikki Graham.
The evening was certainly action-packed, but we ended the night with our 2022 Live Music Partner, PNC Bank, presenting a generous check of $20,000 to the Huston-Tillotson Jazz Ensemble. Oh, what a joyful night it was!
Thank you from our President & CEO
Thank you for kicking off the year with us at Cheers to the Year! It was a privilege to gather with our business leaders to honor our 2021 Austinite of the Year, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, and be inspired by our 2022 board chair, Fred Heldenfels.
The Austin region is at a high-water mark for economic and infrastructure investment in our community, but there is still work to do. I hope we will remember the words of Dr. Burnette and be intentional as we work to make the community we all know and love an even better place to live, work, and play.
As Fred mentioned during his speech, the Austin Chamber is the voice of business for our region, representing the interests of businesses of all sizes. If you aren’t already a member of the Austin Chamber, we encourage you to look at the many membership benefits we offer.
I also invite you to take advantage of the Chamber’s exciting and informative programming all year long. Sign up to stay informed about upcoming networking events, educational data and jobs reports, and more. And, of course, we would be delighted to discuss sponsorship opportunities to help your business engage more strategically to amplify your brand.
A special thank you to our premier sponsor Jacobs, 2022 live music sponsor PNC Bank, and our many sponsors and partners who made Cheers to the Year a great success. Because of your generosity, we can fulfill the Chamber’s essential mission of developing the business community, growing the economy, and strengthening our community.
President & CEO
As always, thank you Sponsors!
Exclusive 2022 Live Music Partner
|ABC Home & Commercial Services||Real Estate Council of Austin|
|Austin Habitat for Humanity||SOAL Technologies|
|Baylor Scott & White Health||Texas Mutual Insurance Company|
|Concordia University||Twin Liquors|
|Goodwill Central Texas||UFCU|
|JE Dunn Construction|
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