Honoring Outstanding Businesses, Leaders in Our Community
[This article originally appeared as a “Community Perspectives” article in The Sheridan Press, January 24, 2015.]
Thank you, Sheridan’s business community, for the phenomenal turnout last week as we honored the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce business award nominees and winners for 2014.
Dozens of you took the time to nominate some of Sheridan’s finest, and more than 150 of you attended our monthly luncheon to help us honor your friends, colleagues, and employers. Fantastic!
The Spirit of Sheridan nominees included Bonnie Gregory, Richard Garber and Elaine Henry, Kim Love, and Clarke McClung – with the award going to Richard Garber and Elaine Henry. Garber’s and Henry’s nominator touted the two of them as being a dynamic duo who bring positive attitudes and fresh perspectives to every meeting and event they’re involved in. It was said they have been strong supporters of whatever community they’ve been a part of through the years.
The Strength of Sheridan nominees included ERA Carroll Realty, First Federal Savings Bank, Kraft’s Fine Jewelry, Sheridan Media, and Whitney Benefits. ERA Carroll Realty was the award winner, receiving accolades for supporting Sheridan for more than 100 years, all the while maintaining their long-standing reputation for being honest and reliable as well as for being huge community supporters.
Business Person of the Year had the highest number of nominees, which included Donna Garland, Ryan Gregory, Mark Kinner, Laura Lehan, Ryan Mulholland, Kay Roush, and Dave Wills. The award went to Laura Lehan, owner of PeAk Consulting, who has built a thriving business in both Sheridan and Seattle over the past 16 years, with clients ranging from small town shops to corporate giants. “Laura serves as an excellent business professional in our community,” her nominator wrote.
Our final category was Business of the Year, and our distinguished list of nominees included First Interstate Bank, Frackelton’s, and Sheridan Stationery. Frackelton’s, which was opened in 2013 by Kim and Mary Kay Love, was the recipient of the Business of the Year Award for making a substantial investment in downtown Sheridan, providing many additional jobs in our community, and supporting various nonprofits through its Dining for a Cause fundraising promotions.
In addition to recognizing our honorees, this year we were happy to share our luncheon with the Sheridan Jaycees as they awarded three Outstanding Young Sheridanites for 2014. Their list of award winners included Kathy Coleman for her efforts in the Political, Legal and Government Affairs category as well as Josh Law and Kristen Czaban for each of their accomplishments in the Business, Economic and Entrepreneurial category.
Prior to the start of the awards program, Ryan Koltiska shared with the audience how excited both the Chamber and the Jaycees were. “All year long you work long hours, deal with stressful situations, pursue solutions to difficult problems, and then you get to do it all over again,” he said. “Sometimes, it may seem like what you do doesn’t matter or that no one notices. But today you will see that’s not the case.”
And then he summed it all up by telling them, “It matters not that you are just doing business but how you do business. It matters not that you do business with people but how you are treating those people. It matters not that your business is located in Sheridan but that you are investing in Sheridan. That is why we are doing the business awards. People notice how you do business and how you invest in others. They notice enough to nominate you and your business for their efforts. To all the nominees, please take that as a huge pat on the back for all you do; people noticed!”
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