Gilbert’s main business support organization recently tabbed two members to be its male and female business people of the year.
During a luncheon at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert Hotel on Jan. 29, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce recognized Paige Modlin and Dan Sleezer as its 2013 business woman and man of the year, respectively. The award honors people for their contributions to local business and for their work in the community at large.
“I heard this in a church sermon once, one I didn’t sleep through,” Sleezer said upon receiving the award. “Success for a man is closely tied to contentment, and contentment isn’t tied to having everything you want, but for wanting everything you have. I stand here in front of you as a contented man.”
Sleezer, owner of Maddy’s Pool Supply & Service, considered himself an underdog when compared with the other contenders for the award, calling himself a simple “pool guy.” The other nominees were Kevin F. DeRosa of Advance Paper & Maintenance Supply; San Tan Ford General Manager Tim Hovik; San Tan Learning Center Founder Kristofer Sippel; and Edward Jones Investments Financial Advisor Jim Stoes.
“Just to be recognized with this other group of men was amazing,” he said.
Sleezer took home the chamber’s first Business Man of the Year award, as the organization had previously awarded the recognition to women only. That began with the first award ceremony in 2010, making Modlin the fourth women to receive the award.
Modlin is the assistant and branch manager at the National Bank of Arizona Santan Office.
“I was just really excited to be nominated,” she said.
She took the top honor among a field of seven finalists. The other six were Owner and Chief Operations Officer at Sun Valley Medical Billing Tiffany Fisher; Synergy HR Solutions President Mai-Lin Garcia; Edward Jones Financial Advisor Shanna Tingom; Valley Women for Women OB/GYN Obstetrician Dr. Mia Van Eken; 20 Volume Salon and Spa Owner Stacey Waddell; and Gilbert Community Action Network Executive Director Christine Wetherington.
“I’ve chaired the committee, and I’ve always been on the other side,” she said.
The committee she’s referencing is the chamber’s What Women Want Committee, which picked the winner for the woman’s award. The men’s winner was selected by the Men in Action Committees, and all 13 finalists were nominated by the Gilbert business community.
Due to the nature of the award, both Modlin and Sleezer said they were both happy to just make it to the final seven and six, respectively, and said their respective awards emphasize the positive affect they have on Gilbert both on and off the clock.
“It’s wonderful to be recognized by the members of your community because we don’t do this to be recognized,” he said.
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