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Members of the Chamber Executive and Small Business Week committees surprise Soriya with the announcement

Soriya Estes of Estes Audiology Hearing Center is presented a banner to display at her office as the 2015 Small Business Person of the Year. The announcement was made at a surprise visit by Chamber officials on April 24, 2015. 


2015 – Soriya Estes, Estes Audiology Hearing Center

2014 – Dr. Kent Fischer, Fischer Veterinary Clinic

2013 –  Matt Kyle, The Kyle Law Firm

2012 – Ken & Lisa Brucks,  Prodigy Learning Center & Child Care

2011 – Robin Jeffers, J&R Gymnastics

2010 – Ernie Jergins, Ernesto’s Jewelry

2009 – John Guenzel, Rio Raft Resort

2008 – Dee and Terry Buck, Buck Pottery

2007 – Judi & Cecil Eager, Gruene Mansion Inn

2006 – Miles Granzin, Granzin Bar-B-Q

2005 – Donna Scheele, Property Management Professionals, Inc.

2004 – Trudy Soechting, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

2003 – Doug & Anne Miller, Miller & Miller Insurance Agency

2002 – Lester Stockhorst, PRINT IT

2001 – Adam & Karen Cork, Color Express

2000 – Don & Lynn Forres, Huisache Grill

1999 – Carol Johnson, Johnson Furniture Co./Innerworks

1998 – Randy Vanstory, Quick Align

1997 – Pam Kraft, Kraft Mobiletel

1996 – Larry Wenzel, Creative Eyewear by Larry

1995 – Rusty Brandt, ‘Tis The Season

1994 – Kyra Brandt, Comal Flower Shop on the Plaza

1993 – Cash & Dennis Hermes, Centex Office Plus

1992 – Bob Schima, Henne Hardware

1991 – Marian Benson, The Collection

1990 – Mary Jane Nalley, Gruene, Texas

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Leadership New Braunfels 25th Anniversary Gala

Mar 2, 6:00pm

Courtyard New Braunfels River Village

The Leadership New Braunfels Alumni Association is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Leadership program with a special Gala on Thursday, March 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott River Village. The evening will include dinner, drinks, dancing and plenty of socializing in the elegant ballroom or out on the beautiful patio by the river. Guests will have the chance to win the Spirit Wagon or an exquisite piece of jewelry donated by Ernesto’s Designs Jewelry. Funds raised from this event will go to supporting the LNB 25th Anniversary Project Innovate Honors Hall. The project aims to upgrade the audio visual system at Honors Hall to better serve the many Chamber and community events that take place in this unique and important meeting space.

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The 2017 class marks the 20th group of high school sophomores and juniors to go through the program, which has graduated more than 575 students. The roster includes one home school student, 11 students from Canyon High School, two students from St. John Paul II Catholic High School, two students from New Braunfels Christian Academy and 19 students from New Braunfels High School.

The purpose of the Youth Leadership New Braunfels program is to train students in leadership techniques and community awareness so they become familiar with current issues, community resources, opportunities and other factors influencing the direction of their community’s future. The class will meet monthly beginning in October, for seven school-day sessions covering topics such as leadership skills, tourism, history, arts, government, the justice system, health care, business and economic development, and education.

The program is open to 10th and 11th grade students who have at least a “B” average at New Braunfels High School, Canyon High School or a private high school within the NBISD or CISD attendance zones. More than 80 applications were submitted to the Selection Committee. All identifying information was redacted so that the applications were scored on an anonymous basis. The committee’s goal is to select a distinguished group of students who demonstrate leadership potential and are motivated, creative and interested in developing leadership skills and a sense of community.