Chamber pays tribute to members

By Tony Parra

Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce officials took the time to recognize those who have worked hard in the progress of Portales during the chamber banquet on Tuesday evening.
It’s been a year which has seen many businesses expand and open. New stores such as Dollar General, American Eagle Tattoo, Buena Vista Realty and Garden Source which are up and running.
There are also the new businesses which will be opening within the year, Portales Inn, Webbdirect2U.com Children’s Apparel and Specialty Store and The Holiday Inn Express, which will have it’s ground-breaking ceremony today at 11 a.m. at the site of the new hotel.
There have also been some businesses which have expanded which were recognized on Tuesday. Steven Hudson Certified Public Accountant, Trader Horn True Value and Creighton’s Town and Country feed store were all rewarded with plaques on Tuesday for the expansion and success of their businesses.
Hudson, one of the winners of the Harley and Faye Borden Memorial Award for business of the year, said there was a 30-year-old house located on the site where the new Steven Hudson CPA building is located. He said he had the house sold and moved.
“When I originally wanted to put my accounting practice, the location happened to be up for sale,” Hudson said. “It’s in a prime location.”
Hudson said he started his business in June of 1991 and the new building opened on Sept. 1.
Leslie Creighton, co-owner of Creighton’s Town and Country, said the business’ building was remodeled during an expansion to the north side of the property. Creighton said there are still plans to remodel the outside and add a porch.
Trader Horn True Value hardware store moved from a 30,000-square-foot building on 701 S. Ave. C to a 50,000 square building a few blocks away. Max Merrick, owner of Trader Horn True Value, previously said it would be possible to expand merchandise by 40 percent because of the additional.
Megan Merrick, a True Value employee, accepted the award.
“We’ve tried to keep up with the growth of Portales,” Megan Merrick said. “It’s been a lot of work. We definitely needed to expand. It was perfect. Everything fell into place.”
Roosevelt County chamber officials awarded Mickie Williams with the Workhorse of the Year award. Williams, who takes over in January as the chamber president, said she looks forward to working with chamber representatives on the Ag Expo and Heritage Days.
“It was a real surprise,” Williams said about the award. “I enjoy working with the chamber. They make it pleasurable to work with. The main event I enjoy is Heritage Days. I enjoy helping to put it together.”
Williams said she moved to Portales seven years ago and currently works with the Roosevelt County treasurer’s office. She said she is also on the Golden Acres board. Rick Hauptmann was also recognized for the work he has done as president of the Roosevelt County Chamber board.