Becky Otwell, who has been a fixture in the Hesperia real estate business for decades, was named "Hesperian of the Year" by the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce during its annual awards event last week at the Hesperia Golf Course and Country Club.


The Chamber's other three major awards went to Hitech Signs & Graphx, which was named "Business of the Year," Cindy Shattuck of Shattucks Automotive, who won the Business Person of the Year, and Darrell Troxell, the consummate ambassador who was given the Lillian King award for volunteerism.


Formerly the longtime owner of ERA Stanford Realty, Otwell and her husband Leroy have owned four Shear Realty offices since 1996. She is the past president of the Victor Valley Association of Realtors and has served on numerous other boards and organizations. Otwell has been a Victor Valley resident since 1951. The couple has six adult children.


Owned by Dick Freeborg, Hitech Signs & Graphx creates indoor and outdoor signage and wrap-around graphics for vehicles. Freeborg's daughter Alison Johnson serves as the company's vice president and operations manager. Also on hand to accept the award was Freeborg's son Scott.


A relatively new member to the Chamber, Shattuck was described as having "enthusiasm and desire." Shattucks Automotive is located on Hesperia Road.


Described by Chamber President Mark Austin as "priceless to the chamber," Troxell was given the Lillian King for his hours of devotion as a Chamber Ambassador. Know for his wit and talent, he and his country music band also regularly performs at Chamber functions.


At the end of the luncheon, Troxell called Ernie Gibeault on his cell phone and led Chamber members in a spirit greeting. Gibeault has been battling health issues.


Gibeault and his wife Jan, who were previous Lillian King award winners, volunteered more than 100 hours each, according to Dawn Serbus of Citizens Bank, who also had more than 100 hours last year. Altogether, the Chamber Ambassadors volunteered more than 1,000 hours, Serbus added.


Chris Ackerman of Sunset Hills Mortuary and Memorial Park and Shannon Shannon of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage made presentations to committee members. Additionally, several representatives of elected officials also presented awards of commendation.