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Volunteer of the Year

Roy Alvarez, Jr. - 2017

The Volunteer of the Year award is named for Roy Alvarez, Jr., is an original member of the Chamber’s Steering Committee, Founding Leadership Council, and member of the Programming & Events Committee. Roy has profoundly impacted the success of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce as a tireless volunteer, recruiter, and respected community ambassador.  Roy has dedicated countless hours to the Chamber and other community organizations in the advancement of equality in the LGBT community and throughout the Houston area.  His firm, Fortress Shield Security, is an inaugural member of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber.

Roy is the inaugural recipient of the award that bears his name.

Tiffany Tosh - 2018

Tiffany Tosh was chosen as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year for her commitment to the Chamber and the LGBTQ business community. She is an original member of the Chamber’s Steering Committee, Founding Leadership Council and member of the Marketing & Communications Committee. Since the launch of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber, Tiffany has given countless hours to raise the visibility of the Chamber through its social media channels.  Her firm, REFUGE Marketing & Consulting, is an inaugural member of the Chamber and collaborates with the Chamber as the Social Media Sponsor.  Through this collaboration, she has ensured the Chamber has a robust presence on social media and given countless hours to this goal. Tiffany has been involved with HRC as a volunteer, steering committee member, marketing co-chair, gala co-chair and board of governors.

Jill Maxwell - 2019

Jill Maxwell was selected as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year. She has gone above and beyond to support the Chamber through her work as the Membership Committee Chair and a Chamber Ambassador. Jill's dedication to the vision and mission of Chamber is why she was chosen as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year. Through her volunteer work with the Chamber, she engaged numerous new members and volunteers to support the organization. In addition, Jill has generously given of her time and talent to support the Chamber and numerous other non-profit organizations including those in the LGBTQ+ community.

Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award

Selection Criteria:

The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a Chamber member who has demonstrated outstanding participation, leadership and contribution to the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. The Volunteer of the Year recipient is an individual who has gone above the beyond the call of duty in service to the Chamber and who exemplifies the Chamber’s values through their enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to the Chamber.

A qualified nominee has made significant contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • Volunteer Hours
  • Leadership
  • Membership Development & Recruitment
  • Support of the Chamber’s Mission & Vision

To be eligible for consideration for this award, the nominee

  • Must be a member of the Chamber of Commerce for a minimum of one year
  • Served on at least one or more committees/councils during the year
  • Made a positive impact on other volunteers
  • Impacted the Chamber, its Members, and/or the Greater Houston LGBT business community