Annual Award Ceremony

Dennis B. Vincent

2018 Total Citizen of the Year

Dennis was born and raised in Brigham City.  He graduated from Box Elder High School in 1983 and Weber State Police Academy in 1989.   Dennis started his law enforcement career with the Willard Police in 1990 and eventually served as Chief of Police and also worked for Perry Police. He then joined the Brigham City Police Department in 1994 and was the Assistant Chief of Police and the Emergency Manager for Brigham City. He was also the Medical Examiner Investigator for Box Elder County. Dennis also belonged to the Disaster Mortuary Operations Response Team (DMORT).

 Dennis Vincent began serving on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Utah in 2004.  At the Lincoln Center he ran community scouts, through the Club for years.  He and his wife donated time, resources and money to make sure all kids had access to the Scouting program regardless of religion.   Dennis helped with prevention programs at the club and was an advocate for youth within the police department and the community.  Dennis was the heart of the annual Night out Against Crime event, which has been going on for more than a decade, getting city departments involved, outreaching to families and helping feed the thousands of families that have participated over the years. Dennis served the community in many ways not just with his selfless work.  He served on the Utah Law Enforcement Torch Run Council, and facilitated the Special Olympics Torch Run in Box Elder County.  He was active in his local church congregation serving in a variety of callings. 

 Dennis was well known in the community; especially for his humor and great smile.  He is married to Karrie and they have four sons JD (Marissa), Cody, Nathan, and Kyle and three grandchildren, Addie, Tytan, and Axel.

Jonathan R. Grover

2018 Businessperson of the Year

Jonathan R. Grover was born in 1974 in Logan, Utah to Randy and Shelley Grover. He was raised on a small family farm with six obnoxious brothers and one spoiled sister. He grew up working (slaving) in his grandparent’s greenhouses and floral shop which was known as Flowerlane Floral and Garden Shop.  After high school, he spent several years working for his father at Bear River Fertilizer producing agricultural feed, which helped him realize the importance of obtaining a good education. In 1997, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Prelaw, with a minor in Philosophy and a Liberal Arts and Sciences Certificate from Utah State University. With such a vague degree and no employable skills, he chose to pursue a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California where he received his Juris Doctor Degree in 2001. He was lucky enough to con his way through law school and even scraped up 2 Jefferson Medals and two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards while attending Thomas Jefferson School of Law. 

 Jonathan is admitted to practice before all state courts in Utah, California and Idaho, as well as the United States District Court for the Districts of Utah, and Idaho. Jonathan is a member of the Box Elder County Bar Association, having served as president; Cache County Bar Association; Tremonton Kiwanis Club, having served as President and Secretary; Tremonton Lions Club, having served has President and Eye Glass Coordinator, and Bear River Valley Hospital Board, serving as the current Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  Jonathan also served as President of the former Bear River Valley Chamber of Commerce.

 Jonathan represents many types of clients, ranging from those handling boundary line disputes to those who want to fight over who owns a toilet seat.  He actively donates more than 100 hours of pro bono legal work to needy individuals and non-profit organizations each year.  He works vigilantly and gives 110 percent to every one of his clients, trying to use limited humor to deal with stressful issues. When you have Jonathan working on something for you, it will get done and get done right.  In the nomination letter received it stated, “I can personally see how much time and effort he puts into his business to make it run successful.”  Jonathan has worked for the Law Offices of Anh Viet Pham in Westminster, California, as well as Olson & Hoggan, P.C. in Logan, Utah. In 2004, Jonathan became a founding partner in Evans, Grover & Beins, P.C. Jonathan currently practices in several areas, including: Agriculture, Civil Litigation, Contracts, Criminal Defense, Family Law, Real Estate, and Trusts, Wills & Estate Planning.


Jonathan is married to his extremely adorable, loving, sexy, and spunky wife of 25 years, Loni; and he has 3 children ranging in age from 16 to 22, all of whom still find their ways into his pocket book from time to time. Jonathan is also active in his local church congregation, serving in various callings.  In his rare amounts of free time, he enjoys snowmobiling or ATV riding with his family, sparing with his wife, reading, and farming.

Karen Rustan

2018 Ambassador of the Year

Karen Rustan is an Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Tugaw Realtors. Since 1995 Karen has had the opportunity of helping clients obtain their dream of homeownership.   She prides herself on providing great service and developing lasting relationships.  She considers all of northern Utah a great place to live.  She is very active in the community as well as volunteers in numerous organizations.  Karen has been a member of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee since the committee began over 20 years ago.  She has served as Head Ambassador.  Through the years she has enjoyed attending many ribbon cuttings and ground breakings.  She especially enjoyed implementing and volunteering at the Summer Social for many years.  Karen is a volunteer that gives her all to the cause.  She shows up and works hard to make whatever she is working on a success.  She also volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity in the county.  This past year she also received Realtor of the Year from the Brigham Tremonton Board of Realtors and is excited to serve as a director on their board.

 Karen is married to Keith Rustan and they have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.  She loves working and living in Brigham City.

Brandon Broadhead

2018 Board Member of the Year

Brandon Broadhead is a partner at Davis & Bott CPA’s as a Certified Public Accountant. He enjoys the helping clients solve their problems and find success in their personal and business ventures. He has also been involved with the local community through various organizations. Brandon completed his Master’s Degree in Accounting at Utah State University, while at USU he played on the golf team.

 Brandon has served on the Chamber board of directors since 2015 and was elected to serve in the Executive Committee in 2017.  Brandon has served on the board during the merger and as the Chamber saw unprecedented growth, this past year while serving as President he oversaw many challenges and provided the leadership necessary for the Chamber to overcome and become stronger as an organization.  Brandon has served on the Member’s NEEDS Committee and has helped with the Peach Days Coke booths, parade, and car show.

 He currently resides in Brigham City. Brandon enjoys golfing, fly fishing and spending time with his wife and daughter when he has free time.

Brigham Tavaci School of Performing Arts

Home Based Business of the Year

The mission of TaVaci Inc. is to provide an educational program designed to teach the performing arts to children in a way that will help them develop invaluable life skills. They believe that the self-esteem, the creative abilities, the communication skills and the ultimate success of children will be enhanced through the study of music, drama and performance under the direction of trained and dedicated TaVaci instructors. Their goal is to help children be themselves, to love that person and not be afraid to show others who they are! 

 Shanna Hilton Smith is the owner/director of Brigham Tavaci.  When she was a teenager if anyone would ask her what she wanted to do when she “grew up”, she would always say, “teach music to children!” Shanna graduated from Rick’s College, then Weber State University with a degree in Child and Family Studies and minor in Vocal Pedagogy (the study of the voice). Shanna became involved with TaVaci in 1995, when she was asked to join the TaVaci staff under the direction of Tami Van Dusen.  She taught for Tami for 12 years. TaVaci then became a corporation with Tami as the co-president and she offered Shanna the chance to be the new Brigham owner/director. She accepted and has now owned Brigham TaVaci School of performing Arts for going on 12 years! She feels so blessed to have truly amazing and qualified instructors to teach with her! Her teachers are Megan Owen, who teaches the 3rd – 7th grade classes and Karalee Kidd, who teaches the preschool – 2nd grade classes.  Other staff include:  Sherrie Wayment (assistant teacher), Shalisa Elegante (assistant teacher), Denyehl Jones (assistant to director), Marci Lemke (costumes), and Lora Smith (accountant).

 Shanna is married to William Smith and has 5 children ages 24 down to 9.  TaVaci has been a “family business”, with her children all graduating from TaVaci (except her youngest who still has a few years), then student teaching, consulting, and helping with yearly concerts!

 Shanna feels like she is living her dream and loves being a part of this community.  She is appreciative of our community as it is so supportive of the performing arts! Shanna continues to be a part of theater and performing in the community and encourages all her TaVaci kids to do the same!


Small Business of the Year

Monarch is owned Michele Whitley, and they are located on Brigham City’s historic Main Street.  Monarch is more than a tea shop.  It offers more than 130 types of herbal, green, and black teas.  It is more than charismatic tea pots and charming gifts.  And it’s far more than an enchanting tea room…  It’s an opportunity to transform a moment of your life into something resplendent.  It’s a chance to breathe in beauty and exhale stress.  It’s your time to treat yourself to the peace and luxury you deserve – whether you come for a stroll or a royal tea party with friends.  Monarch will remind you of a Regency-period place you’ve never been but always hoped existed.  Not only is Monarch a shop but Michele offers an experience you are not to forget whether it’s a private tea party or paint night with friends, Michele is known for her amazing customer service and excellent products.

 Michele and her husband Eric will be celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. They have two sons, Brandon and Austin.  Married to Brandon is their beautiful daughter-in-law Breisha. And they have 3 grandchildren, Linkin, Nixon, and Mayer… who are the pure joy in the Whitley family.

 Monarch is an active participant in Historic Downtown and loves to encourage shoppers to come out to the monthly 3rd Friday live.  She also donates product to many charitable causes throughout the year.

Gillies Funeral Chapel

Medium Business of the Year

Brent and Lori Gillies purchased Gillies Funeral Chapel from Verl Peterson in 2001.  Their business offers professional and caring staff dedicated to working with your family to provide assistance in selecting high quality and affordable funeral services. They help take care of arranging funeral services, obituaries, flowers, monuments or headstones, graveside services and cremations. They ensure that everything runs smoothly, and is done right so you can worry about more important things, like family and friends. One of their services they are most proud of is the after-care they provide to each family.  This service is invaluable to the families as they navigate the paperwork burden that is associated with a death. They offer a free grief group to anyone. 

 Gillies Funeral Chapel is an active partner with many organizations throughout the community.  They sponsor many community events such as:  Peach Days, Peach Queen Pageant, Boys and Girls Club, Summer Movie in the Park, Reindeer Games, Breakfast with Santa, the Rotary Club, Box Elder High School Musical Production, the Kiwanis Club, Women’s Golf Association, Brigham City Senior Center lunches, and more.

Brent graduated from Cypress College with a degree in Mortuary Science.  He is a member of the Utah Funeral Directors’ Association and the National Funeral Directors’ Association.  He is also a member of the Cremation Association of North America. Mandy Garcia is a funeral director for Gillies Funeral Chapel and graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and is also a member of the Utah Funeral Directors’ Association and the National Funeral Directors’ Association.  She is also a certified member of the Cremation Association of North America.  Brent and Mandy have been active volunteers in the Brigham community for years serving many organizations such as:  the Box Elder Community Food Pantry, American Cancer Society’s Box Elder Relay for Life, New Hope Crisis Center, Acts VI Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, and the Chamber of Commerce.  Brent has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, and in local schools and is a member of the local Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Mandy is a member and Past-President of the Kiwanis Club and a coached for Special Olympics of Utah.  Brent has received the Governor’s Silver Bowl of Volunteerism Award for Brigham City and the Jim Davis Service Award from Brigham City.

 Brent is married to Lori and they have five children:  Elliott (McKell), Drew (Bonnie), Ryan, Megan, and Lena and one granddaughter Hadlee.

Mandy is married to John Garcia (deceased) and has four children:  Nash (Megan), Josh (Jen), Jake (Shaerina), and Quinten (Marcie) and eight grandchildren.

 Other staff of Gillies Funeral Chapel include:  Melanie Christy, Heather Walker, Heather Lichfield, Arlene Anderson, Nate Burt, Tina Phippen, LeAnn Orton, Mary Wendell, Mark Forsgren, Thomas Bingham, Lena Gillies, Steve Odenthal, Debbie Bodell, Eugene Johnson, Donna Hamson, Karen Harlow, Lavell Larsen, Lorraine Sippel, and Adam Lichfield.

Intermountain Bear River Valley Hospital

Large Business of the Year

Throughout the past year, Bear River Valley Hospital has embraced its mission of helping people live the healthiest lives possible, providing greater opportunities for providing health education, and developing healthier habits within the community.

 A few ways in which they have expanded their focus on community health include its support for suicide prevention efforts throughout Box Elder County; a commitment to help provide better mental health resources for our community moving into the future; a continued focus on the opioid epidemic and on reducing the number of opioids prescribed to our community; providing public health screenings for blood pressure, pre-diabetes, and depression; and starting a healthy living educational series.

 The hospital also became a nationally registered EMS training facility, which allows them to provide education credits to local first responders. As part of this program, they also started offering monthly trainings for local EMS agencies, and continued partnerships with other community hospitals to provide additional training and educational opportunities.

 Within the hospital, Bear River Valley Hospital has continued to work to add new specialties with the Bear River Clinic and through partnerships with additional physician groups. The hospital also remodeled its emergency room and physical therapy gym space to improve patient flow and experience, and has continued an effort with its WorkMed services to grow to better meet the needs of local employers.

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