On behalf of the Tustin Chamber of Commerce, we would like to congratulate the 2018 Tustin Area Man and Woman of the Year, Tony Wong and Erin Nielsen.
These prestigious awards honor those individuals who have made a significant impact, in a volunteer capacity, on the future of the City of Tustin and it’s surrounding areas.
Records of how the organization operated in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s have been lost. Finally in June of 1983, guidelines were written to define an autonomous organization not affiliated or connected with any other organization. The guidelines have been amended several times over the years to smooth out the methods of operation, but the intent of the award has stayed the same.
The guidelines stipulate that those individuals receiving the Man and Women of the Year award become life members of the organization. Each year in February, community organizations and life members are requested to nominate individuals who have contributed to the Tustin community in a volunteer capacity. The life members pay nominal dues to cover the costs of the operation and attend a selection meeting in April where the qualifications of the nominees are discussed before a vote is taken. It usually takes several votes to narrow the field of well-qualified candidates to the Woman and the Man who will be honored.