Tammy Holmberg Named Brandon's 2011 Key Citizen of the Year (VIDEO)

Chick-fil-A owner Tammy Holmberg paid tribute to her husband and partner, Paul, in accepting the 2011 Key Citizen of the Year Award at the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce dinner Feb. 3 at HCC at The Regent.


Brandon paid tribute to Tammy Holmberg and, by association, her husband, Paul, at the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce membership dinner at HCC at The Regent.

Holmberg received the 2011 Key Citizen of the Year Award, for her tireless work as a community minded business owner, with a slew of testimonials to her credit for the countless number of events she has supported through the years.

Holmberg, a former honorary mayor of Brandon, with her husband, Paul, are the owners of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Lake Brandon Village on Causeway Boulevard.

"I didn't expect this," Tammy Holmberg said, in receiving her award, as noted in the video attached to this posting. "I just want to say thank you, and from the bottom of my heart. I just do what I do because I love people and I love my community."

Holmberg talked about the early days, when she and her husband moved to Brandon, in 1998.

"We didn't know a soul," she said. "We opened a little Chick-fil-A and we didn't know if it would be successful or not because it was on Lumsden, and who [at the time] ever heard of that road. And there were still cows, still grazing next door, when we opened."

Holmberg said she remembers that while her husband was out and about in town talking up the anticipated opening of the restaurant, she was back at the hiring trailer when Tom Reagin, then with the chamber, knocked on her door and asked if she'd like to join the organization.

"I said, 'Okay, sign us up,' " Tammy recalled, and when her husband returned, she said she wondered if she had done the right thing.

" 'Oh, that's all right,' " Holmberg said her husband told her. " ' That will be a good thing.' "

Indeed, it was, on many fronts. As Holmberg put it: "To have someone in your back corner saying it's okay to give away 1,000 sandwiches, or it's okay to do this [and that], it makes me look good," she said. "I'm up here getting the recognition but he should be along with me."

With those words, Holmberg got more than the award in hand; she got a rousing round of applause.


Laura February 05, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Way to go Tammy (and Paul)!! Tammy is one of the nicest people you could ever want to meet. She goes above and beyond on anything she does. I remember 1998 & the trailer they called 'home' while the store was being built, visited her there while watching their dream take form. Still some 14 years later they have the BEST service, the BEST food and one of the cleanest fast food restaurants in town! Congrats Tammy & Paul - here's to many more!! Thanks for all you've done for this community. And a personal thanks for the BEST chicken salad sandwiches - especially that bread!
Tom Reagin February 05, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Congrats, Tammy! A very well-deserved award indeed; our community has truly been blessed to have you and Paul in it.
Susan Saunders February 05, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Congratulations, Tammy (and Paul). It was good being there to share your shining moment. Of course, so many people were congratulating you I couldn't even get close. So I hope you felt the hug I was sending your way.
Betty Huth February 06, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Tammy, you and Paul so deserved that award. You have given so much to our community. Thank you for all you do.


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