Tom Engel Named 2020 Tigard Chamber Volunteer of the Year

Tom Engel, Owner of Vantage Point HR, has been named the 2020 Bert Tousey Tigard Chamber Volunteer of the Year.  This award honors a Chamber member who has volunteered many hours of time, talent and energy to the success and growth of the Tigard Chamber.  Bert Tousey and his example of Chamber volunteerism is commitment at its best.  This person is an example of an active member who has sustained their efforts on behalf of the Chamber over a long period of time.  By their efforts, they have made this organization more effective in serving the Tigard community.

Tom Engel has been a Tigard Chamber member for almost 3 years and from day one quickly engaged with the Tigard Chamber. Tom first started out by helping with the re-launch of the Professional Services Affinity Group with other members.  He has a knack for seeing a need and offering to help.  This has led to Tom increasing his volunteer activities to include serving on the Tigard Chamber Government Affairs and Public Policy Committee and more recently joining the Tigard Chamber Board of Directors in 2019.

Outside of Tom’s volunteer roles within the chamber, he is always willing to jump in and help and checks in to see where help may be needed. He is continually a sounding board for the CEO, chamber staff and other chamber members, keeping an ear to the ground for us. He approaches problem solving and complex issues with insightful, thoughtful and out of the box thinking, adding great value to important discussions within the chamber, during strategic planning, committee work and board meetings.

As another example of Tom’s commitment to the Tigard Chamber and the broader community, Tom self-selected, paid for and participated in our Leadership Tigard program in 2018.  Leadership Tigard is a community leadership program designed to help inspire and enable community members to gain a broad understanding of Tigard and create more informed invested leaders who can step in and advocate for our community on a variety of levels.

As you can see, Tom’s volunteerism has been a huge asset to the Tigard Chamber. Additionally, Tom has been an Ambassador for the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Government Affairs Committee for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. You can see his passion for helping businesses be successful is broad.   

Please join us in congratulating Tom on this well-deserved award.  His award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2020 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, held on Friday, October 23rd from 7-9 p.m. virtually on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Join in on the celebration by pre-ordering dinner from De Angelo’s Catering, get dressed up and join the conversation online while enjoying the award ceremony from the comfort of your home.

For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at  or go to our webpage at

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