Matthew deKay gives a short speech after winning the Citizen Humanitarian of the year award on Friday at the Annual Chamber of Commerce dinner at the San
Matthew deKay gives a short speech after winning the Citizen Humanitarian of the year award on Friday at the Annual Chamber of Commerce dinner at the San Juan Country Club. (Megan Farmer /The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — Farmington business and community leaders gathered at the San Juan Country Club Friday night to honor outstanding work during the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner.

The chamber announced its citizen of the year and business of the year at the dinner.

Dr. Matthew deKay received the chamber's award for citizen of the year and Process Equipment and Service Company, known as PESCO, was awarded business of the year.

DeKay is the founder of the Four Corners Foundation. The first community investment project the foundation took on was building a People Assisting the Homeless home, which deKay said will be completed in three months.

"This is not something I ever bargained for when I set out to do this project," deKay said in his acceptance speech.

Kyle Rhodes accepts the Business of the year award for Pesco, on Friday at the Annual Chamber of Commerce dinner at the San Juan Country Club.
Kyle Rhodes accepts the Business of the year award for Pesco, on Friday at the Annual Chamber of Commerce dinner at the San Juan Country Club. (Megan Farmer / The Daily Times)

He said the Four Corners Foundation is a project God gave him and he talked about the shelter, which he said he prays is never full.

"It's right on the river and it's just a really serene place where people can heal their lives," he said.

Kyle Rhodes, the president of PESCO, accepted the award for his family's company.

He said the turning point for PESCO was three years ago when it decided to focus on building an organization full of passionate employees who want to work there.

PESCO manufactures equipment for the oil fields. It currently has about 300 employees and hopes to expand in 2014, Rhodes said.

"Right now is a really dynamic time in our industry," Rhodes said.

He said while the industry is slow in the San Juan basin, elsewhere it is booming and PESCO produces equipment for those boom areas as well as the local area.

"I think 2014 is going to be a great year," he said.

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