Beach Cities’ Bakaly, KTLA’s Jimenez named Man, Woman of the Year 

Larry Halvorsen, left, Chamber of Commerce board chair, and board member Tonya Mckenzie, right, honor KTLA meteorologist Vera Jimenez as its 2022 “Woman of the Year.” Photo courtesy of Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce

The Redondo Bach Chamber’s “Man of the Year,” Tom Bakaly, Beach Cities Health District CEO, was not in attendance Nov. 17 due to sickness. Photo courtesy of BCHD

by Garth Meyer

The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce held its 115th Community Awards Nov. 17 at Shade Hotel Redondo.

Tom Bakaly, CEO of the Beach Cities Health District, was named “Man of the Year,” and Vera Jimenez, KTLA meteorologist,“Woman of the Year.”

“Volunteer of the Year” went to Mary Hornickel, who works as a director for Melaleuca, the Wellness Company, an online seller of health products. Chamber of Commerce “Ambassador” honors went to Edward Jones financial advisor Mark Van Vorman.

Andy Winje, city engineer, was named “City Employee of the Year.” He was nominated by Redondo Beach city manager Mike Witzansky.

The Redondo Beach Rotary, of which Jimenez is a member, was deemed “Non-profit Business of the Year,” and finally, the Chamber presented an honorary “Special Chairman Award” to Dr. Steven Keller, who will retire at the end of December after 16 years as superintendent of the Redondo Beach Unified School District. 

Special Chairman’s Award recipient Steven Keller with Larry Halvorsen, Chamber of Commerce board chair, left, and Dominick Knoll, right, Chamber president and CEO. Photo courtesy of Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber’s yearly winners are chosen from nominations by its members and the public.

“It is truly an inspirational event, celebrating business leaders who have demonstrated success in both civic and professional areas, specifically in the areas of growth, leadership, achievement, and their service for the community,” said Mara Santos, Chamber of Commerce vice president. 

Recipients do not need to be Chamber members, and political figures are not eligible. ER


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