Jason Ball: Recognition Really Matters

Hello Chamber Investors and community leaders –

I want to begin by thanking you. You, investors in the chamber, have made it possible for our organization to do important work in our community. Your chamber plays a leading role in policy advocacy and economic development in Round Rock, and it is your investment in us that make it possible.

This week I was fortunate to attend the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation’s first ever Legacy Luncheon. I want to congratulate Executive Director, Amy Merida, her board, and her team on establishing a really fantastic event. It was an important reminder that “recognition really matters“. The simple act of a thank you is a powerful reminder of what communities can accomplish together.

The program featured three awards and recipients for the contributions they have made to the community.

  • The Nancy Rabb Business of the Year Award: Wag-a-Bag
  • The Unsung Hero Award: Dianne Howell
  • The Impact Award: Round Rock Area Serving Center

The work these people (and many, many others) have done for decades has made Round Rock a place that has thriving organizations which support all of our citizens. New residents like me are indebted to them for making this community one my family can move to, and in-time make our own contributions.

The award recipients, event sponsors, and the foundation board, are also business owners and leaders in Round Rock. The business community understands that a great “quality of life” includes healthy civic and philanthropic organizations to do important work that might not be a great fit for the government or the private sector. It is businesses that fund these organizations and programs, and that benefits all of us.

And – because recognition is so important, the chamber takes time each year to look back on the achievements of business at the Annual Awards Banquet. It will be held on January 29, 2020 and likewise feature seven awards given to leading businesses, including: Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and the Big Boy Hester Small Business of the year. For more information, or to make a nomination, click here. But hurry! Nominations are due on Tuesday,  October 1, 2019.

In closing with the spirit of recognition, I want to again thank all that made last week’s Power Lunch so special: event sponsors Ascension Seton Williamson and Chisholm Trail Financial Group, and featured speaker JJ Davis from Dell Technologies. Thank you. It was so exciting to learn more about what is in store for Dell, to remember how big things can begin in small dorm rooms, and how business and industry can shape the future of a city in amazing ways.

Have a fantastic week!