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Chamber presents Man and Woman of Year awards
by Holly Coombs Iron County Today
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CEDAR CITY--The Cedar City Chamber of Commerce awarded two prestigious members of the community awards for Woman and Man of the Year during its Jan. 19 banquet. Becki Bronson and Mike Phillips were the recipients

Becki Bronson, a Cedar High School graduate, who moved to Cedar City from Kanab with her family in 1988, is currently Cedar City Hospital’s public relations manager. She was Miss Iron County 1994, Miss SUU 1996 and a two-time Miss Utah finalist.

Bronson received her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications from Southern Utah University. She has worked for 18 years as a professional news producer with every major publication in the world, including CNN, ABC News, The CBS Early Show, The New York Times and NBC News.

According to the video presentation at the banquet, Bronson became part of the Iron County School Board and is now in her second term. Bronson has been involved with the youth in the community, and presented one of the best studies and campaigns against the choking game within schools as well as being a part of the Domestic Violence Coalition and many other community efforts.

Bronson is married and has three children. As she accepted her award she spoke of her gratitude for Cedar City.

“If you’ll indulge me just a moment. A lot of acceptance speeches have been very short,” she said. “If you will give me just a minute. This is such an incredible opportunity to talk to so many people that I love and it's more than I can express.”

She spoke of the time her mother, with no college degree, brought her and her family to Cedar City, following a divorce. Bronson, then 16, said she was excited to see a whole pool of cute boys that she wasn’t related to. Her mother went to SUU, then Southern Utah State College, and Bronson felt she was in a big metropolis.

She continued to say that Cedar City gave her education, her career, her family and “so much more. So, as we talk about the magic of Cedar City, allow me to share my experience of this town. Little did I know what moving to Cedar City would do for me. It gave me everything. This town has given me everything . . . I want to express how much this town means to me and I keep hearing about giving back, and that is exactly the magic of Cedar City,” Bronson said. “That is exactly why this town is special and different and you can feel it in the air when you’re here.”

She gave thanks to her family, her twin sister Jennifer in particular, and to the Chamber of Commerce for its service and award she was given.

“When I think about giving back, the Chamber of Commerce does that perfectly,” Bronson said. “Thank you for what you do to give back to our community and thank you for this kind award.”

Mike Phillips, Cedar City Fire Chief, received his education at the Utah Valley University, as well as the Utah Valley National Fire Academy, according to the video presentation. Since 1994, Phillips has worked for the Cedar City Fire Department, starting as a firefighter, then as a fire marshal and now as the fire chief. He was honored for his work with the fire department and city to protect and serve. City Manager Paul Bittmenn presented the award to Phillips.

Phillips has three children and a wife, whom he thanked for support in his job.

“Thank you this is a great honor,” he said. “I wouldn’t be here without the firemen behind me. A special thanks to my wife and has supported me through all the missed anniversaries and birthday parties.”

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