The Merced County Chamber of Commerce will present its Community Awards at its third quarterly luncheon Oct. 19 at Fernando’s Bistro in Merced.
Shay Lopez will receive the Volunteer of the Quarter Award. Lopez is employed by MERCO Credit Union and has been there for more than 10 years as a marketing director. He has volunteered with such groups as the Atwater Fourth of July Committee, Atwater Chamber of Commerce, the Atwater Drug Store Project, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced, Kiddieland Beer & Wine Fest Committee (chairman), Applegate Park Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and others. He is the past president of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced and is also a committee member for the annual MERCO Credit Union Cycling Classic.
Receiving the Good Business Citizen of the Quarter Award is Dave Luna. Luna is the vice president of Marketing and the primary radio personality at Radio Merced. He volunteers hundreds of hours to Merced College and officiates community fundraisers and events.
Guests and keynote speakers will include Loren Gonella from Gonella Realty, Peter and Doug Fluetsch from Fluetsch & Busby Insurance and Ric Kirby from Kirby Manufacturing. They will speak on a panel about the business perspective on how the economy is affecting the county and the state.
Gonella will present the perspective from the development and real estate industry, Peter and Doug Fluetsch will present insights from the established small business community and new business attraction and creation efforts and Ric Kirby will speak about the local manufacturing and competitive world of product exporting.
The discussion and luncheon will be from noon to 1:30 p.m.--Sun-Star staff