Two Arvada young business leaders were honored during the Chamber of Commerce’s 62nd annual Award Luncheon March 28.
Allison Trembly, the marketing specialist for the Arvada Economic Development Association, and Anna Schafer, manager for Three Sons Italian Restaurant, 14805 W. 64th Ave., were given the Arvada Young Professionals Leadership awards.
“It’s an honor to know that I was voted by my peers and how they see me as a professional,” Schafer said. “It feels real good.”
Schafer and Trembly have worked together for various projects and said they are happy they were chosen to win together.
“It feels like you’re making a difference and going in the right direction,” Trembly said. “This is like a high-five — you’re doing great stuff and just keep doing that.”
While both women stay busy with their professional duties, they are also involved in a slew of groups and activities in the community as well.
Schafer is a member of the Arvada Chamber, AYP, the Arvada Rotary, with which she has helped with numerous events, including the inaugural Oktoberfest, and is involved with the Jefferson County Business Alliance to help prepare students for the workforce and is also an accomplished vocalist.
“Anna has participates in the Arvada community through music and social functions,” said AYP Chairman and 2012 Leadership award winner Josh Ingram.
“Her professional vocal ability, business savvy and technical knowledge of the music production industry and community involvement makes her the ideal candidate for the AYP Leadership award.”
Schafer also often hosts fundraisers at Three Sons for local nonprofits and organizations, including the Two Ponds Schoolhouse fundraising kickoff recently.
“She has the ability to identify the local community’s needs and bring individuals together to help strengthen Arvada,” Ingram said. “She finds a need in the community and wants to fill that need.”
The best way to get involved in the community is to support those who support the business,
“That’s why working with nonprofits, I believe, is so important,” she said.
“It’s hard to come in day to day and you do normal things and you’re around people you like, but that effort can go out to others who dine and enjoy your food.”
While Trembly is always present on social media, having increased AEDA’s audience by 150 percent, she finds time to serve the community in many ways outside of her marketing duties.
Allison said she is on the Ralston House Development Committee, which helped grow this year’s Pinwheel Gardens program, as well as being involved with the Economic Development Council of Colorado, the Colorado State University Alumni Association and more.
“Her service as a committee member, advisor and board member with several nonprofit organizations, including Ralston House, Arvada Visitors Center and Young Philanthropist Foundation, showcase her leadership skills and commitment to the community in which she lives and works,” said Chamber president and 2011 Leadership award winner Dot Wright.
Trembly also helps businesses throughout the city with promotions and marketing and helped host a class for businesses to learn about healthcare reform.
“Small business is the foundation of our economy and so, as part of being with AEDA I support all businesses, small businesses are usually just starting out,” Trembly said.
“They need the support and with the right support and guidance and if given the right tools, they can expand and grow into bigger businesses and hire more people which creates more jobs which creates revenue and does all these great things for the community.”
Trembly’s professional and personal commitment made her stand out about the candidates.
“Her ability to unite the community through social media and marketing efforts, her can-do attitude and volunteerism made her an outstanding candidate for the Arvada Young Professionals Leadership award,” Wright said.