Carson Valley Accounting owner Drew Aguilar was named citizen of the year by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and The Record-Courier on Monday.
Aguilar was nominated by Carson Valley Medical Center Director of Marketing Shannon Albert for the award.
“You’d be hard pressed to find a worthy cause or event in the Carson Valley that doesn’t include Drew Aguilar,” she wrote. “Either through volunteering his time and talents, or supporting the cause financially, Drew’s commitment to improving the Carson Valley for businesses and residents is unmatched.”
Aguilar said he was stunned when told the news on Monday.
“I love this community,” he said. “This is very cool.”
Aguilar has lived in Carson Valley since 2004, when he purchased Carson Valley Accounting.
He volunteers for the Carson Valley Boys & Girls Club, the Austin Kirby Foundation, Carson Valley Medical Center Hospital Foundation, and the Carson Valley Sertoma Club, where he works the beer wagon.
Volunteer of the Year Carol Sandmeier is a key member of Main Street Gardnerville and was nominated by Jan Kris.
“Everywhere I look or turn, I see Carol’s name or hand involved in a worthwhile project that enhances the beauty and joy of living here in Carson Valley,” Kris wrote.
Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park’s Mark Jensen was named employee of the year.
Jensen was an employee with the Nevada State Parks Division when the state decided to close the home ranch and lay him off in 2011.
Jensen volunteered until the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch was in a position to rehire him.
Minden’s Bently Enterprises was named business of the year.
The company includes Bently Biofuels, Bently Ranch, Romadyn and soon, Bently Heritage.
Work is underway to convert the Minden Farmer’s Bank into a LEED headquarters, among other plans.
The Knights of Columbus were named service club of the year for their work supporting City of Refuge, the Boys & Girls Club, Suicide Prevention, Triad and Kids and Horses with donations of a minimum of $1,000.