Your Chamber's Annual Business & Leadership Awards Event, Live-streamed on September 22, 2020
It is important to continue celebrating and thanking our fellow business owners and business leaders for the choices and changes they are making to contribute to the success around SW Washington. We want your work to be highlighted, your efforts to be recognized, and your growth to be honored. When we work together, great things happen! The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce along with Presenting Sponsor, the Port of Vancouver USA are taking a new approach to recognition, and we hope you'll join us. Livestream is complete.
The Chamber’s Business & Leadership Awards event will be live-streamed to the public on Facebook and Youtube Live. Those tuning in this year will be able to watch this event from across the region.
Thank you to Presenting Sponsor, Port of Vancouver USA; Supporting Sponsors, Airfield Estates, Allen Gabriel, MD, PeaceHealth; Media Sponsor, The Columbian; Virtual Venue Sponsor, ilani; and Awards Sponsors, Riverview Community Bank, PacificSource, HAPO Community Credit Union, Mackenzie., Perkins & Co., and PeaceHealth.
Recognizing Local Businesses & Individuals:
During the Livestream, out of the three finalists in each category listed below, one winner will be announced. Please keep in mind that only Chamber Members are eligible to win. Finalists are listed in no particular order.
John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award
Award Sponsored by Riverview Community Bank: 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.
• Paul Christensen, President of Realvest Corporation
• Stacey Graham, Executive Director of the SW Washington Humane Society
• Barbe West, Executive Director of the SW Washington Accountable Communities of Health
2020 Winner: Paul Christensen, President of Realvest Corporation
Statesperson of the Year Award
Award Sponsored by PacificSource: 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.
• Jane Van Dyke, Clark Public Utilities Commissioner
• Ron Onslow, City Counsilor for the City of Ridgefield
• Lynda Wilson, Senator for the 17th Legislative District
2020 Winner: Lynda Wilson, Senator for the 17th Legislative District
Community Champion Award
Award Sponsored by PeaceHealth: 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 (company or individual) that is not only actively contributing int he community but also acting as a role model like only a Champion can.
• Columbia Bank
• WellHaven Pet Health
• NW Association for Blind Athletes
2020 Winner: WellHaven Pet Health
Start-Up To Watch
Award Sponsored by Mackenzie.: 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.
• Killa Bites
• Dr. Allen Gabriel
2020 Winner: Allen Gabriel, MD
Small Business of the Year Award
Award Sponsored by HAPO Community Credit Union: 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.
• Wager Audio
• NW Personal Training
• Peninsula Glass
2020 Winner: Peninsula Glass
Large Business of the Year Award
Award Sponsored by Perkins & Co.: 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. We will recognize a business with over 25 employees that has made positive changes in SW Washington within the past year.
• Beacock Music
• Vancouver Mall
2020 Winner: ilani