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  • Recipients of the 2018 Business & Leadership Awards

  • On Tuesday, September 25, 2018 GVCC honored six award recipients at the Annual Dinner, themed "Under the Big Top," presented by the Port of Vancouver USA. 

    The six Business & Leadership Awards Categories are: Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Start-Up to Watch, Community Champions, Statesman of the Year, and The John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award.

    Business of the Year (Large Business): Silicon Forest Electronics (SFE) / Frank Nichols, CEO  
    Frank Nichols started Silicon Forest Electronics in 1999. As Founder, CEO, and President, he has grown SFE to over 96 employees. He has created a Human Management style that focuses on making a positive and profound impact to all employees, customers, communities, and shareholders through the implementation of Listen. Connect. Improve. Frank is a member on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance; Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, and a Member of the Governor’s Aerospace Pipeline Committee. As President/CEO, he is currently focusing the company’s efforts to move from a national presence to a global presence in manufacturing of mission critical electronic assemblies. Silicon Forest Electronics (SFE) invests in its employees' training and education, youth career exposure events and promotes community knowledge and awareness of opportunities in the manufacturing and aerospace industries. Silicon Forest has hosted hands-on activities for youth for STEMfest, Manufacturing Day, and the Business After School Engineering Week. Silicon Forest invests in its own employees and is committed to continuing education and working with youth. www.siliconforestelectronics.com

    Business of the Year (Small Business): Matrix Roofing / Wendy Marvin, CEO 
    Matrix Roofing's identity is built on giving back to the community and building a solid reputation with high standards. Matrix started just over 10 years ago with a small crew and has grown to 25 employees. Southwest Washington is a better place because of many contributions made by Matrix Roofing.  First, Matrix participates in the Oregon Tradeswomen Career Fair to educate school-aged girls and adults to learn about debt-free career education and training. Trade industries are a vital part of our local economy and participation educates people of options available after high school.  Secondly, No Roof Left Behind is a nationwide program designed to help homeowners who have fallen on bad times. Matrix is Southwest Washington’s community partner for NRLB.  Members of the community nominate their neighbors for the program and then finalists are selected.  After the winner is announced Matrix goes to work to provide a top notch roof and the community comes together to celebrate. Lastly although I could go on, Matrix offers business mentorship for junior golfers through the LPGA.  Matrix does this to support events in our community and advocate for women owned businesses.  In addition, Matrix is a member of the National Women in Roofing whose mission is to value all types of people in the industry and advance the careers of women in roofing. https://www.matrixroof.com/

    Statesman of the Year: Greg Kimsey, Clark County Auditor 
    Greg Kimsey first took office in 1999 and believes his responsibility is to work to improve citizens’ confidence in their government. While the County's population has grown by nearly 40%, and government employees have increased by more than 12%, the total number of Auditor’s Office employees has decreased by 14%. The 2018 legislative session resulted in the most significant changes to Washington’s elections system since 1993. In the future, people will be allowed to register to vote on Election Day. Certain groups of citizens will be automatically registered to vote and 16 year old citizens may pre-register. In addition, the Auditor’s office is working with the Secretary of State to replace and improve the state-wide voter registration system. Kimsey will work to implement these changes in a way that ensures the integrity of our elections system is maintained. Kimsey has been recognized by Washington’s Secretary of State as the “County Auditor of the Year”, and by the Mainstream Republicans of Washington as the “Local Government Official of the Year.” During each of the last four years the Auditor’s Office has received the highest awards given by its national peers for its performance audits.

    2018 Start-Up to Watch (defined as first five years in business):  Why Racing Events / Sherri McMillian, CEO  
    Why Racing Events Inc. offers athletes of all abilities, from the elite level to first-timers, the chance to successfully train for and complete various types of races including fun runs, triathlons, adventure events and more while raising awareness and funds for important community causes. Why Racing provides people with the guidance, support, resources and various types of training programs to help inspire you every step of the way. Why Racing believe in fitness, family and fun! They work hard to give purpose to your training and help you get into great shape. In addition, they focus on including great music, live bands, a party atmosphere, fun post-event festivities and awesome swag bags to make sure your experience is a blast. On September 15th the team hosted their inaugural APPLETREE Boston-Qualifying Marathon, Half Marathon & Sunset 5K. This "Run Through History" took participants on a flat, fast and scenic course through Fort Vancouver, Officer's Row, the Army Barracks, Pearson Airport - the oldest operating airport in the USA, the Historical Old Apple Tree, along the majestic Columbia River and many other historical vantage points. So far, they’ve grown from four events to twelve over three years. They’ve raised over $300K for the community in two years and offer free race entries to groups like: Kids, military, breast cancer survivors and those going through alcohol and drug therapy. www.whyracingevents.com

    Community Champion (individual with outstanding community contributions): Dellan Redjou / Share, Director of Volunteers
    Dellan Redjou has spent decades generously giving back to our community. She sports an impressive resume, over 30 years as a successful business owner, 26 years as an active member of Hazel Dell Salmon Creek Business Association, 25+ years as a member of the Greater Clark County Rotary Club (serving as president twice), she served 10 years as a member of the Greater Clark County Rotary Foundation Board (serving twice as president), 15 years as the chair of the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands and the list goes on. In 2014, Dellan Redjou accepted the position of Director of Volunteers and Community Resources for Share. Her co-workers describe her as pure ENERGY! As the Director of Volunteers, she manages almost 4,000 volunteers a year. She goes above-and-beyond the typical shift, letting church groups into Share to volunteer at night. Often, if a child in one of Share's shelters is having a birthday, Dellan will make certain that a birthday box is delivered that night. The next day is absolutely not acceptable. This year, she was co-chair of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County’s annual Rummage Sale; and she, along with her late husband Wayne, were inducted by the Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise into the Clark County Hall of Fame. Dellan also was a competitor in the Dancing with the Local Stars competition, supports Habitat for Humanity, Open House Ministries, American Red Cross, Friends of the Carpenter and more.

    John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award: Brent Grening / Port of Ridgefield, CEO   
    Brent Grening, the CEO of the Port of Ridgefield is this year's John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award recipient. His positive attitude, can-do spirit, participation, leadership, and visibility in the community, has positively impacted business in Clark County. For nearly two decades as the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Ridgefield, Brent has played a critical role in the responsible growth and economic development in Ridgefield and North Clark County- but also across the county and the Portland-Vancouver metro area. He is the on-the-ground leader behind the concept of the Discovery Corridor (1-5 from NE 134th Street to NE 319th Street) and the transportation infrastructure improvements that have occurred to position Discovery Corridor for its past, present and future in Ridgefield. Among many other additional projects he was instrumental with Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife Regional Headquarters building on Port of Ridgefield, and the Pioneer Street Rail Overpass to Ridgefield Waterfront. He was/is part of the planning and development of many intersections at I-5, like Ridgefield junction, SR 502 at I-5, NE 139th St, NE 179th St.  Grening is also part of the development team of Dark Fiber Optics Infrastructure in the Discovery Corridor. He's a long-time participation on the CREDC Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and on the Lands for Jobs Committee. He is also part of the Advisory Council at Washington State University Vancouver. Overall, he's an innovative thought leader that is changing the port industry in the county and the state. His work has resulted in the completion of a 20-year, $90 million environmental cleanup of 40-plus acres of waterfront property. This cleanup is regarded as the largest non-Superfund remediation in the history of the state. He's also been on the front of other economic development issues, like envisioning and working towards the Clark College Boschma Farms campus in Ridgefield.

  • Past Award Recipients:

    Large Business of the Year:
    2018 - Silicon Forest Electronics (SFE)
    2017 - The Columbian
    2016 - Waste Connections
    2015 - Columbia Credit Union
    2014 - New Seasons Market
    2013 - Riverview Community Bank
    2012 - The Nutter Corporation

    Small Business of the Year:
    2018 - Matrix Roofing
    2017 - Chappelle’s Towing
    2016 - Sweet Spot Skirts
    2015 - Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
    2014 - Mill Creek Pub
    2013 - Pritchard Orthodontics
    2012 - Northwest Personal Training

    Start-Up to Watch:
    2018 - Why Racing Events
    2017 - Tri Star Chiropractic & Family Wellness Center
    2016 - High End Market Place
    2015 - Trek Global
    2014 - Fringe Digital Marketing Agency
    2013 - Pangea Motors *Award debut

    Statesman of the Year:
    2018 - Greg Kimsey
    2017 - Brandon Vick
    2016 - Commissioner: Neil Kimsey
    2015 - State Senator: Annette Cleveland
    2014 - Freeholder: Nan Henriksen
    2013 - County Commissioner: Steve Stuart
    2012 - State Representative: Tim Probst

    Community Champion:
    2018 - Dellan Redjou (Share)
    2017 - Mark Matthias & Ali Novinger (Beaches / Warehouse ‘23)
    2016 - Ben Bagherpour (SEH America)
    2015 - Scott Campbell (Waste Connections)
    2014 - Tom Hagley Jr. (Vancouver Public Schools)
    2013 - Billy Henry (Northwest Association for Blind Athletes)
    2012 - Ben Hoskins (1-800 GOT JUNK / You Move Me)

    John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award
    2018 - Brent Grening
    2017 - Lee Rafferty (inaugural year)

    Excellence in Leadership Award:
    2016 - John McKibbin
    2013 - Bill Barron

  • Photos by Kate Singh Photography