Awards

2018 Medium Business of the Year

Brent and Lori Gillies purchased Gillies Funeral Chapel from Verl Peterson in 2001. Their business offers professional and caring staff dedicated to working with your family to provide assistance in selecting high quality and affordable funeral services. They help take care of arranging funeral services, obituaries, flowers, monuments or headstones, graveside services and cremations. They ensure that everything runs smoothly, and is done right so you can worry about more important things, like family and friends. One of their services they are most proud of is the after-care they provide to each family. This service is invaluable to the families as they navigate the paperwork burden that is associated with a death. They offer a free grief group to anyone. Gillies Funeral Chapel is an active partner with many organizations throughout the community. They sponsor many community events such as: Peach Days, Peach Queen Pageant, Boys and Girls Club, Summer Movie in the Park, Reindeer Games, Breakfast with Santa, the Rotary Club, Box Elder High School Musical Production, the Kiwanis Club, Women’s Golf Association, Brigham City Senior Center lunches, and more.

Brent Gillies has received both the 2013 Businessperson of the Year and the 2013 Jim Davis Award. You can read more about each award below.

2013 Businessperson of the Year

Brent Gillies has lived and worked in Brigham City since 1994. He is the owner of Gillies Funeral Chapel which he purchased from Verl Peterson in 2001. Brent graduated from Cypress College with a degree in Mortuary Science. He is a member of the Utah Funeral Directors’ Association and the National Funeral Directors’ Association. He is also a member of the Cremation Association of North America. Brent’s business offers a grief group to community citizens to help them through the grieving process. This is at no cost for the attendees.

Brent is always giving of his time, talents, and resources throughout the community. He has served on the Chamber Board of Directors for more than six years, including three years on the Executive Board. He has served as President of the Board, and as the President he served the Chamber over 70 hours during the Peach Days event week.

Brent also volunteers his time and has been a past board member for the Box Elder Community Pantry. He has served on the board for the American Cancer Society’s Box Elder Relay for Life. He has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, and in local schools. Brent is a member of the local Rotary Club. He is also an active member of his church and has served in a variety of callings.

Brent sponsors many community events such as: Peach Days, Peach Queen Pageant, Band during the Peach Days Parade, Boys and Girls Club, Summer Movie in the Park, Breakfast with Santa, the Rotary Club, Women’s Golf Association, Brigham City Senior Center lunches, and more.

Brent has received the Governor’s Silver Bowl of Volunteerism Award for Brigham City and the Jim Davis Service Award from Brigham City.

Brent is married to Lori and they have five children: Elliott (McKell), Drew, Ryan, Megan, and Lena.


Monica Holdaway
Executive Director
Brigham City Area Chamber of Commerce
435-723-3931
www.brighamchamber.com
6 North Main Street
Brigham City, UT 84302

 


2013 Jim Davis Award

Mayor Fife presented the Jim Davis Extraordinary Service Award for 2013 to Brent Gillies. He was nominated by Monica Holdaway, Director of the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Gillies served on the Chamber Board of Directors for more than six years, including three on the Executive Board and served as President. He has served on the Events and Fundraising Committees and has organized many events.

During the 2011 Peach Days, Mr. Gillies was like another full time employee for the Chamber. He volunteers his time and has been a board member for the Box Elder Community Pantry. Mr. Gillies’ business, Gillies Funeral Chapel, has been a great sponsor of many community organizations and events. His business also offers a grief group to community citizens to help them through the grieving process. He has served on the Board for the American Cancer Society’s Box Elder Relay for Life and volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America and in local schools. He is a member of the local Rotary Club and an active member of his church.

Mr. Gillies not only serves his community but his family as father of five by influencing their lives by his example of service. Even though Mr. Gillies no longer serves on the Chamber Board he is still a great supporter. He is a platinum member and still serves on committees, volunteering at Peach Days and other events.

Mayor Fife presented Mr. Gillies with a clock in recognition of this award. Mr. Gillies expressed appreciation to his family for their support and his employees for allowing him to volunteer. He spoke of his love for Brigham City and his desire to make it a better place to live.

 

Following is the nomination letter:

To Whom it May Concern, I would like to nominate Brent Gillies for the Jim Davis Service Award. Brent continually goes above and beyond for the Brigham City community. He has served the community in the following ways:

● He has served on the Chamber Board of Directors for more than six years, including three on the Executive Board. He has served as President of the Board. Brent has not only fulfilled his requirements as President of the Board but has attended many of the functions and ensured that the Chamber office is running smoothly. At times this meant him coming to the office to help with mailings and answering phones. Brent has served on the Events and Fundraising Committee has organized many events including: Annual Banquet, Golf Tournament, Movies in the Park, End of Summer Bash, and Bringing Santa to Town.

● During the 2011 Peach Days Brent was another full time employee for the Chamber only he didn’t get paid! He went to all of the Peach Days events as a representative of the Chamber including the Jr. Peach Queen Pageant and the Channel 2 News Taping. In 2011, he even welcomed the Jr. Peach Queen Pageant so I wouldn’t have to since my youngest was in the pageant. My only role that night was to be a mom and that was thanks to Brent for taking on my responsibilities that evening. During the week of Peach Days Brent easily volunteered over 70 hours. He not only gives of his time but also sponsored a Peach Queen contestant and the Post Office Marching Band fee for the parade.

● Brent also volunteers his time and has been a past board member for the Box Elder Community Pantry.

● Brent’s business is a great sponsor of many community organizations and events. He has sponsored: the BE Community Pantry, the Boys and Girls Club, Summer Movie in the Park, Peach Days, Peach Days Car Show, Chamber Golf Tournament Peach Queen Pageant, Breakfast with Santa for Brigham City, the Rotary Club, Women’s Golf Association, Brigham City Senior Center lunches, Pumpkin Festival, and more.

● Brent’s business also offers a grief group to community citizens to help them through the grieving process. This is at no cost for the attendees.

● He has served on the board for the American Cancer Society’s Box Elder Relay for Life. He has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, and in local schools.

● Brent is a member of the local Rotary Club.

● Brent is an active member of his church and has served in a variety of callings. Brent not only serves his community but his family. As the father of five he has been able to influence their lives by his example of service. His wife Lori is very supportive and allows Brent to continually serve the community that he loves.

Sincerely,
Monica Holdaway
Brigham City Chamber Executive Director


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