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  • Recognizing Our Community:

    The 2019 Business & Leadership Award Recipients

    Each year, we ask the SW Washington business community to take a moment to nominate outstanding individuals and businesses in our community, who exemplify Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce's motto: Moving Business Forward. At our Annual Dinner in September 2019, we recognized these six award winners in front of 300+ attendees. Below the categories of each award are listed with information on what it means to be an award winner in this field, followed by the 2019 Award Recipient. For a link to the entire event's photo album, visit our Facebook.




    2019 John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award Recipient:

    Arch Miller, Air & Hospitality Academy (Retired)

    In 1979 Arch founded what was then the International Air Academy to train workers for careers in the travel and airline industries. Miller was the GVCC’s board chairman in 1987 and is a longtime chamber member. He has dedicated countless hours of service to the Vancouver community for more than three decades. Arch has been a leader for several local charitable groups, including Identity Clark County and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is also a former president of the Port of Vancouver USA, Vancouver Rotary Club, and Vancouver Tourism Office. Award Presented by Kim Capeloto, Riverview Community Bank.

    About This Award: Former President/CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, John McKibbin, did not restrict his leadership efforts to one single endeavor. Over the course of his professional life he rose to leadership roles in elected office, business, and in the nonprofit community. This award recognizes an individual each year who similarly demonstrates a positive influence across many sectors of our community.


    2019 Community Statesman Award:

    Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Mayor of Vancouver

    Anne McEnerny-Ogle was originally elected to Vancouver City Council in November 2013 and took her first oath of office on January 1, 2014. She became the first woman to serve as Mayor of Vancouver on January 1, 2018, where she has helped to lead efforts in economic development, regional community relations, and transportation. Mayor Anne’s current assignments include serving as the vice-chair for the C-TRAN Board of Directors, chair of the Southwest Regional Transportation Council, member of Metro’s Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, and member of the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization Policy Committee. The Mayor also serves on the board for Greater Portland Inc. (GPI), is a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Ad-Hoc Consortium and the Association of Washington Cities and has active memberships in numerous business associations. Anne’s heart for Armed Forces is evidenced by her faithful presence and participation in local events honoring their bravery and sacrifice. Presented by Sean Gregory, PeaceHealth SW Medical Center and PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center.

    About This Award: Working collaboratively with our local, state, and federal elected officials is critical to provide the best possible business-friendly environment. This award honors the memory of Bill Fromhold, former Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce President/CEO as well as State Representative, by recognizing an elected official who represents the interest of business along with their overall community priorities.



    2019 Community Champion Award:

    Corwin Beverage Company

    Corwin Beverage Company is a Ridgefield-based food and beverage distribution company serving retail clients since 1941. From their humble beginnings with one truck and three employees nearly 80 years ago, to over 100 trucks and more than 100 employees today, Corwin has established a long tradition of award-winning sales and service. Corwin has been a positive force within the greater Vancouver region and provides tremendous community support through generous contributions and partnerships that go beyond supplying beverages. They are proud supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of SW Washington, the Clark County Food Bank, Share Vancouver, NW Association for Blind Athletes, YMCA, YWCA and more. Corwin Beverage Company actively hires U.S. veterans, which makes up almost 10% of their workforce. You will find a Corwin representative (or several) at just about any event held in the community. Presented by Jennifer Rhoads, Community Foundation for SW Washington.

    About This Award: Leadership is a critical success factor whether for a business, a membership organization, or a community. Donna Cantonwine demonstrated her Community Champion skill-set while at the helm of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Her "can do" attitude set an example for the rest of us for making sure surrounding business priorities are accomplished. Honoring that unique style, we single out a community member who is not only actively contributing in the community but also acting as a role model like only a Champion can.



    2019 Start-Up To Watch Award:

    WellHaven Pet Health

    WellHaven was launched as a national veterinary practice in the Fall of 2017. They built 12 de novo AAHA veterinary hospitals (4 local), acquired 30 quality veterinary practices (4 local), and are poised to have 50 facilities nationwide by the end of 2019. WellHaven's corporate offices and its first branded location are in downtown Vancouver and they have created over 100 jobs in the SW WA/Portland market. Even before the company officially began operating, WellHaven’s founding team had built a strong and focused platform that intentionally connected their long-term strategy for growth and success with the community’s long-term growth and success. WellHaven support includes: local school career days, Farmers Market participation, Clark County Fair Veterinary booth volunteers, Ridgefield Raptors, and Ryd mobility sponsor. They also sponsor and are active volunteers with Humane Society of SW WA, Mostly Mutts, People United for Pets, West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, and Pet Peace of Mind. Presented by Alex Hinshaw, Insperity.

    About This Award: Our piece of SW Washington has been blessed these last few years with a host of new businesses. Businesses started by enterprising, enthusiastic, and passionate business people. This award looks at those businesses that are up to their first five years and recognizes one that is emblematic of tenacity, vision, and strong business practices.



    2019 Small Businesses Award:

    Nom Nom Restaurant & Bar

    Opening in 2016, Nom Nom’s culinary blend of rich Vietnamese and Thai heritage using only the freshest ingredients combined with the energetic charisma of owner Bobby Ras quickly made it a downtown favorite for lunch and dinner. This solid fan base contributed to the 2018 expansion of Nom Nom Express in the Hudson Building. Nom Nom’s menu has landed it on many “Best of” lists, including Best Pho, Vancouver’s Top Restaurants, and Share’s Annual “Soup’s ON” Chef’s Choice AND People’s Choice. Nom Nom contributes to the community through school cooking program sponsorships, cooking for shelters, and generous donations to local nonprofit organizations. Presented by Jeremy O’Niel, HAPO Community Credit Union.

    About This Award: Moving Business Forward has been the motto of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce for some time. It's fitting, then, for us to recognize individual businesses that are in fact Moving Forward. To celebrate the achievements of a business that is growing quickly in our community, while still maintaining a team of fewer than 25 employees, we recognize them with the Small Business of the Year Award.



    2019 Large Businesses Award: 

    Ginn Group

    Ginn Group has developed more than $230 million worth of residential land, encompassing nearly 1,500 lots in more than 50 developments with a market value of more than $1 billion. Ginn Group has grown from 13 employees in 2016 to 63 in 2019. Today, the Ginn Group has several operating divisions, including Ginn Design, Ginn Development, Ginn Multi-Family, Ginn Homes, Ginn Property Management and Ginn Realty Group. The launch of a new operation division, Ginn Multi-Family, also happened in 2019. Ginn Group is looking at target revenues of $75 million, 10 new development projects and 2,000 housing units in the pipeline for 2019. Ginn Group is committed to giving back to Southwest Washington through its Ginn Gives program. Also initiated in 2019, Ginn Gives includes the donation of time, resources, and funds to various non-profits that are so important to the fabric of Southwest Washington. Every Ginn employee is provided 8 hours of work time to give back to an organization of their choice. Presented by Paris Powell, Perkins & Co.

    About This Award: The Large Business of the Year Award is given to an organization growing in market share, growing in sales, creating more jobs for our community, and giving back in a way that helps make our community thrive. Today we will recognize a business with over 25 employees that has "made waves" in SW Washington within the past year.



  • 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