Two words often used to describe Jerry Marks are “caring” and “kindhearted.” Marks, 58, is a native of Arvada and has served the community as a volunteer firefighter, board members of the …
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The Pioneer Award is given to an exceptional leader in the community who has served Arvada for many years and contributed in ways that are unprecedented. This award is only given as needed and is regarded with the highest level of accolades for the recipient’s accomplishments. This year, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s selection committee chose Mary Jo Giddings to receive the Pioneer Award at this year’s Awards Luncheon held April 3.
Giddings is a former Arvada Woman of the Year and has impacted the community in many ways over her 49 years in Arvada. She has volunteered at the Arvada Center since it opened in 1976. She also sits on the board of directors for the Arvada Historical Society and the Arvada Vitality Alliance; and organizes Arvada’s Garden tours.
WHAT: Arvada Chamber of Commerce’s 68th Annual Awards Luncheon
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. April 3
WHERE: Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada
Two words often used to describe Jerry Marks are “caring” and “kindhearted.”
Marks, 58, is a native of Arvada and has served the community as a volunteer firefighter, board members of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, Arvada Vitality Alliance and Arvada Economic Development Association.
Marks also served on Arvada City Council filling a vacancy form 2013-2015.
“I’ve always felt like giving back is part of doing things,” Marks said. “I’m happy to give back and get involved. Growing up in Arvada, you want to see the community succeed.”
During his time volunteering with Arvada Fire, Marks studied hazmat situations, which led to him founding his business, Custom Environmental Services in 1998. The business focuses on hazmat cleanup. His business was names Outstanding Arvada Business by AEDA in 2004 and Arvada Chamber Business of the Year in 2011.
For his continued involvement in the community, Marks has been named the 2019 Man of the Year by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce.
“I think it’s overdue,” said Arvada Fire Chief Jon Greer, about the award. “When you look at Jerry’s body of work, it’s as long as anybody who has dedicated time to Arvada. I think this is a lifetime award for him that he’s earned.”
Greer served with Marks on the volunteer fire department for 15 years.
“Going back that long ago the community had been the number one thing he wanted to serve,” Greer said.
Marks said to receive the award is an honor and also humbling.
“I’d like to think I’m a caring individual who likes to help people and see others succeed,” Marks said. “But it’s really not all about me. You have to surround yourself with good people to be a success.”
Hazel Hartbarger, former director of AEDA, said Marks is the one that makes a group successful.
“He quietly invests in the community and asks for nothing in return,” Hartbarger said, “He has a kind and gracious spirit and we’re lucky he chooses to serve in Arvada.”
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