6 years ago Aaron started the Sunrise Engineering Vernal office after having worked for Sunrise Engineering in Washington, Utah for 8 years. Aaron was very impressed with the sense of community and service-oriented people in Vernal which made it very easy to jump right in and get involved.
From being involved in a number of community service projects to being willing and able to contribute to grant applications for a number of local entities, Aaron has enjoyed being able to be involved in many different aspects of helping Vernal and Uintah County grow and be successful. An active member of the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce, Aaron has served on the Chamber Conservation Committee since 2012 where he was able to work with Dale Gray and Steve Sjoroka to get a $200,000 grant for solar panels that offset the power needed to run the Utah Fieldhouse Storage facility. Aaron was also able to assist Uintah County in obtaining grant funding for the Ashley Valley Nature Park. More recently, Aaron helped Uintah County, Vernal City and the TriCounty Health Department to reorganize the DinoTrails Committee and obtain grant funding for planning and project grants. Aaron currently serves on the Whiterocks Irrigation Board, and works with the 16-18 year old young men in Tridell.
As a family the Averetts love spending time outdoors which often includes hiking, camping and backpacking in the Uinta’s or elsewhere and spending a lot of time in their way-too-big garden that produces the produce they sell at the Ashley Valley Farmers market. Speaking of all these opportunities to serve, Aaron points to his supportive wife who puts up with his attending late night meetings and Saturday events, and his very, very supportive Company, Sunrise Engineering, whom he has been able to convince more than once to participate in and sponsor various projects and events. Through Sunrise Engineering, Aaron has been able to support the 5th to 5th Revitalization Committee, be a part of the Passport to Summer program and is working on online mapping for Holly Days, which he hopes will be up and running for this year’s event. Aaron would also like to thank the many local entities that have given Sunrise Engineering a chance to be successful and allow him to give service, including the Uintah County Travel and Tourism and Economic Development Offices, the DinoTrails committee, UTSSD and others.
For his many and continued contributions to our community, the Public Relations Committee of the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce would like to present to Aaron Averett the Quarterly Outstanding Public Service Award.