Approximately 140 members and guests of the Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce gathered together to celebrate the organization and pay special recognition to members and businesses in the Bullard community at the annual BACC Banquet and Awards Ceremony, held Monday, Jan. 29, at Lazy F Ranch in Bullard.
“I believe this year’s banquet was a fabulous event,” said Tiffany Fletcher, BACC Chairman of the Board. “It definitely went off without a hitch and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and have a great time at the new venue, Lazy F Ranch. I believe the lightheartedness and energy of the banquet this year was amazing and it really received a lot of positive feedback from those that attended. It was just a great night enjoying each other’s company and promoting each others’ businesses, while celebrating the great year BACC had in 2017.”
At the event, members of BACC honored two members of the Bullard community and one local business who have worked tirelessly to promote the organization and its activities, as well as the community, with Jan Hall and James Murphy honored as BACC Woman and Man of the Year, respectively, as well as Capco Construction and Engineering recognized as BACC Business of the Year.
Hill, a lifelong resident of Bullard for over five decades, currently serves the community as the Deputy Superintendent of Bullard Independent School District. She has been with Bullard ISD for 10 years, and has also filled the role of Director of Curriculum.
In addition, Hill also spent a total of 26 years with Jacksonville ISD, serving as a teacher, principal, and Federal Programs Director.
Regarding Hill’s award, Fletcher said with Hill’s willingness to work behind the scenes and help out during several community events, her impact has been noticeable throughout the community of Bullard.
“Mrs. Hill has dedicated her life to serving others in the Bullard community,” said Fletcher. “As the Bullard ISD Deputy Superintendent and longtime Bullard resident, she is both humble and kind; she is a remarkable woman who prefers to operate behind the scenes. She never hesitates to contribute and support many organizations in Bullard. Whether you know Mrs. Hill or not, I guarantee you have felt her influence here.”
Although she was unable to attend the banquet event due to a prior commitment, Hill sent a statement of appreciation that was read by BACC board member and banquet chair Laura Jones.
“I am so humbled and feel so blessed, but unworthy of such an award as this,” said Hill, in her statement read by Jones. “I love helping others and giving time to our churches, community, schools, and our families. I live to help others. Bullard is a great place to live and I’m blessed to have such a part in this community.”
Murphy, who has worked for 18 years for Republic Services and currently serves as the company’s East Texas General Manager, has impacted the community in several ways, most notably as a former board member and president of BACC, as well as a member of the Bullard Rotary Club. At present, Murphy continues to serve in a leading role with BACC as its vice president.
About Murphy’s award, Fletcher said the recipient is well known for his hard work ethic, while also making time to serve the community as a member of several organizations throughout the city.
“For those of you who have been blessed to know James as I have been, you know he is one of the hardest working individuals in this community,” said Fletcher. “He has served on numerous boards and organizations, but I have never heard that man say no to any question asked of him. He was one of the first people I met when I moved to Bullard and is still a person I think of as a mentor.”
Murphy addressed the attendees at the BACC Banquet and Awards Ceremony, saying the Bullard community has become a part of his work life, as well as his personal life.
“I’m very honored to accepted this and am very grateful to come and support a great community such as Bullard,” said Murphy. “Bullard has taken us in and has become a very integral of not only my life, but my family and my wife and kids, as well. I have to thank my company for allowing us to do the things we do and giving me autonomy to make those decisions, as well as my great staff; I couldn’t do it without them.”
Capco Construction and Engineering, named the BACC Business of the Year, is owned by Brian and Robyn Capps. In the community, Brian Capps also serves as an engineer for the City of Bullard and as a member of the Bullard Rotary Club, while Robyn Capps has served for many years as the BACC treasurer.
In her recognition of the business, Fletcher said both Brian and Robyn Capps are constants when it comes to supporting the goings-on in the Bullard community.
“Brian and Robyn are always there to support the community of Bullard,” said Fletcher. “They are members of many organizations around town such as BACC and Bullard Rotary Club. They generously give of their time and resources and are the people who give and continue to give to others. I can’t say enough about how much I love this family.”
In her acceptance speech, Robyn Capps counted the opportunity to live in the Bullard community as a blessing.
“We are very honored, and we were not expecting this,” said Robyn Capps, in her address to attendees. “We are very blessed because being part of this community is just a blessing.”
Also speaking to the crowd, Brian Capps accepte4d the award while also saying that he and his wife felt all businesses represented deserved the award, as well.
“We don’t see that we deserve this award more than anyone else here tonight,” said Brian Capps. Everyone is here because they want to make Bullard better, make the community grow better and prosper; we’re all here for the same purpose. However, we thank you all for this award.”
Also at the event was a silent auction event, with all profits going back to BACC, which will help the organization host several events throughout the year, including the annual BACC Red, White and Blue Festival in November, as well as going towards supporting the local business community.
“The amount of items donated to our silent auction was overwhelming,” said Fletcher. “We had so much support from our local businesses that were generous in offering their services or products that really showed the uniqueness of the Bullard area. Through the ticket sales and auction items, that money will help to support our events and the needs of our business community in 2018.”
The BACC Banquet and Awards Ceremony also featured a performance of the Star Spangled Banner by Bullard High School All State Choir Singers Bailey Bower, Haley Brems, Lawrence De Vera, Joshua Luper, Grace Nish, and Kaitie Woolard.
BACC’s 2018 Board of Directors was also recognized at the event, consisting of president Matthew McKeethan; vice president Murphy; secretary Heather Harvey; treasurer Robyn Capps; chairman of the board Fletcher; board members Austin bell, Zack Briscoe, Katie Clarkston, Dr. James Gardner, Jones, and Devin Roberts; marketing and membership director Peggy Jones; and city liaison Jay Abercrombie.
According to Fletcher, she is predicting another successful year for BACC in 2018, including the addition of new businesses to the organization’s roster.
“I believe 2018 is going to be a huge year of growth within BACC,” said Fletcher. “We have new business members that are coming into the organization on a weekly basis. We also have a strong board who want change and good things for the Bullard business community. We’re only a month into the year, but I can see a positive vibe and ambitious need for growth. Everyone is stepping in with their sleeves rolled up. I think this group this year will blow everyone away.”