La Verne Chamber of Commerce Honors Excellence in Local Business

 The La Verne Chamber of Commerce kicked off 2020 by honoring the recipients of its inaugural Excellence in La Verne Business Awards. Through the awards, the Chamber recognizes businesses and individuals that have demonstrated the principles of community service, a positive economic impact, civic leadership and the best traditions of good corporate citizenship. The event was held Jan. 22 at Wedgewood Sierra La Verne Country Club.

Business of the Year La Verne Brewing Co. was selected based not only on its popularity, but the fact that it has created nine full and part-time jobs with more on the horizon. Owner Russ McKnight also maintains a robust internship program for students at local universities and supports both local and national nonprofits.
Family Owned Business of the Year M.K. Stark Co. is a member of the Old Town Improvement District, and is a sponsor of Taste of La Verne, the Chamber’s biggest fund raiser, as well as Teacher of the Year. Owner Marianne Stark is past treasurer on the La Verne Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and is currently treasurer of Rotary Club of La Verne. She and her staff are renowned for being caring, knowledgeable and professional.
Mathnasium, which tied for New Business of the Year, was recognized for its individualized approach to learning, which helps students gain a confidence in math that they didn’t have before. Additionally, owner Tim Walton is part of the Chamber of Commerce’s Education and Workforce Development Committee, which is responsible for the Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet, the Principal for a Day event, and the new Chamber Scholarship Program.
Rockstars of Tomorrow La Verne, which shared New Business of the Year honors, is exemplary for its community spirit and passion for making a difference in young children, and adults, who want to develop their musical skills. Instructors are dedicated in their teaching methods and believe in a supportive, positive, encouraging, and collaborative approach. Owner Brian Pim and franchise founder Michael Anderson are also actively involved in city events, using them to showcase their young students.
Pomona Valley Habitat for Humanity, headed by Executive Director Christine Charland, is Nonprofit of the Year. Serving 16 cities including La Verne, its volunteers build homes, do home repairs, and help teach the value of donating time and talent, in addition to money.
Ambassadors are members who volunteer their time to represent their chamber in the community, and as such are near and dear to the heart of any Chamber of Commerce. Juan Fuentes, a Farmers Insurance Agency owner and agent, was selected by his peers as Ambassador of the Year. He joined La Verne Chamber of Commerce about two years ago and quickly became active, calling on his 25 years of experience helping people with problem solving, plan execution and follow up.
For information on the La Verne Chamber of Commerce, visit or call (909) 593-5265.