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Annual Dinner Award Winners!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


February 9, 2012

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Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony

The East and South Des Moines Chambers of Commerce hosted their Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony Saturday, February 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Prairie Meadows Events Center, 1 Prairie Meadows Dr., Altoona. Networking started at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the awards presentation at 7:15 p.m..

The public was invited and over 240 people attended the event. The Chambers celebrated with a recap of 2011 and presented the Businesses of the Year, Citizens of the Year and the Jim Goodman Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards.

Sponsors of the annual event include Platinum Sponsors: Accelerated Physical Therapy, Prairie Meadows; Gold Sponsor: Iowa State Bank; Silver Sponsors: Anderson Erickson Dairy, West Bank, Affinity Credit Union, Waste Management,  Financial Plus Credit Union; Bronze Sponsors: Bank of the West, Visionary Services, Greater Iowa Credit Union, Jasper Winery, Copy Systems, Trixies Aveda Concept Salon, Grand View University.

Jim Goodman Entrepreneurial Spirit Award 
Tricia Rivas                               

East Des Moines Citizen of the Year     
Nadine Hogate, Chairwoman of the Neighborhood Revitalization Board

South Des Moines Citizen of the Year 

John Irving, Baker Electric

Business of the Year Award Winner Pulley Chiropractic Health Center
East Des Moines              


Business of the Year Award Winner Baker Electric, Inc.     
South Des Moines                                                              


Jim Goodman Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

Tricia Rivas, Trixies Aveda Concept Salon

Tricia Rivas had dreamed of owning her own salon since beginning her career as a hairstylist. It was important that her salon be on the south side of Des Moines, where she was born and raised. Trixies became a reality in March of 2007. Since then Tricia has grown her business from one person to a staff of 7. Tricia and her Image Consultants bring a new atmosphere to the south side and what it means to be a Aveda Concept Salon. In addition to offering hair services, Trixies offers a new salon concept — spa services. Tricia also serves as the Iowa coordinator for Postpartum Support International, where she helps families find resources while suffering from postpartum depression. Tricia is also the founder of Saint Monica’s Meals at Christ the King Church, where volunteers take home-cooked meals to families with a new baby.

Citizen of the Year, East Des Moines

Nadine Hogate, Chairwoman of the Neighborhood Revitalization Board

Longtime city activist and east-sider, Nadine Hogate recently finished 21 years of service on the Des Moines’ Neighborhood Revitalization Board, which advocates for and assists the city’s 58 neighborhood associations. Nadine has long been known for her hard work and determination to improve the quality of life in the city’s neighborhoods. She was concerned about low property values throughout the city, and wanted to be involved in improving her hometown. She loved the idea of the formation of neighborhood associations and the concept of residents giving the city and county input on their needs. Over the years, Nadine has worked as a neighborhood advocate with many city officials, and she has praised Des Moines’ elected leaders for their support of residents.

Citizen of the Year, South Des Moines

John Irving, Baker Electric, Inc.

John Irving is a past President of the South Des Moines Chamber and is employed at Baker Electric, Inc. as the Director of Business Development. He is a past chair of both the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Affiliate Chamber President’s Council and Government Policy Council. He currently serves on the boards of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, National Electrical Contractor’s Association, Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center, Rotary Club, Des Moines Embassy Club, and the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. John also serves on the Blank Park Zoo’s Capital Campaign Cabinet, Blank Park Zoo Foundation Finance Committee, and the Advisory Board of Rebuilding Together.

Business of the Year, East Des Moines

Pulley Chiropractic Health Center

Dr. Braxton Pulley and his wife Abra opened Pulley Chiropractic Health Center in the East Village of Des Moines on February 2, 2004. Pulley focuses on providing the best musculoskeletal care through effective chiropractic care and the use of referrals to the many resources available in Des Moines. As a result of the growth of business, Dr. Quentin Huston was added as a second chiropractor in 2007. While not providing care, the doctors are active in the community supporting a variety of causes: health matters (specifically children with cancer), workforce development and education.

Business of the Year, South Des Moines

Baker Electric, Inc.

Baker Electric, Inc. has been in business since 1946 and has grown to be one of the largest electrical contractors in the Midwest, employing over 400 people. They provide complete electrical and communication services for all types of commercial, residential, industrial, utility, and institutional new construction, remodel, and restoration projects. Baker’s service and repair division is open 24/7. Investing in and giving back to the community has always been and will continue to be part of Baker Electric’s culture.


About East & South Des Moines Chambers of Commerce

In an effort to better serve our members, the East and South Des Moines Chambers of Commerce have forged a strategic alliance essentially giving our current and prospective members the benefit of two memberships for the price of one. Together the Chambers presently serve over 300 business members. The Chambers are an affiliate of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. For more information about the East & South Des Moines Chambers of Commerce, please visit



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