Awards of Excellence

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of the 2023 Awards of Excellence during its 25th Annual Awards of Excellence celebration Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at the WYO Theater.

The recipients were selected by the Chamber’s membership via on-line ballot.

The awards presented and the recipients are:

Community Champion Award
This award honors a Chamber member individual, business or organization that has made a significant impact in Sheridan County. Understanding that a community thrives when those in it invest and contribute to its success, the nominees demonstrate vision, ambition and drive to address needs in the community and strive for the betterment of the local area.

2023 Recipient: Cody Sinclair
Chief Development Officer – Sheridan Memorial Hospital
Currently the Chief Development Officer at Sheridan Memorial Hospital, Cody Sinclair grew up working in his parents’ small business in Thermopolis. Interacting with the community every day, he learned to draw meaning and purpose from community involvement on the storeroom floors. Cody and his siblings worked alongside their parents, but they also learned to connect with everyone in the community and offer help whenever they could, to whomever might need it. Cody serves on the Sheridan Economic and Education Development Authority Joint Powers board, the Perkins board and as a Bighorn Mountain Trail Run volunteer. Cody was a member of the Chamber board for seven years, serving as both president and treasurer during that time. Cody also works closely with hospital volunteers and the Foundation board and staff who fundraise for various hospital projects such as the Link Partners in Pink that benefits the patients and families at the Welch Cancer Center. He also enjoys working with gift shop and surgery waiting room volunteers and those planning events for the community. 

Strength of Sheridan Award
This award honors a Chamber member business or organization that has a distinguished tenure of 20 or more years in the community. This business or organization demonstrates consistent service, continually invests in the community, meets challenges with innovative solutions and demonstrates sustained quality performance.

2023 Recipient: First Federal Bank & Trust
First Federal Bank & Trust is a community bank and the only mutual bank in Sheridan. They provide full-service banking solutions including deposit accounts, business loans, cash management services, home loans, equipment financing and wealth management services. First Federal was founded in Sheridan in 1935 as a mutual bank, meaning they don’t pay stockholders – they pay their communities. The bank’s mission is “We will support and improve the lives of our staff, customers and communities.” First Federal upholds that mission in many ways, including their Community Commitment program where the bank donated $1,000 every week to a nonprofit in the community. They contribute to many other organizations and causes in the community, and team members are encouraged to support the community through volunteering. Each employee is provided with $100 per year to use towards registration fees for nonprofit organization events, and in honor of each employee’s work anniversary, First Federal donates $250 to a nonprofit of the employee’s choice. First Federal team members serve on the boards of over 20 local organizations and the bank participates in the Adopt-A-Highway program. While banking continues to evolve and change, their mission remains constant, and they look forward to finding new and innovative ways to support our communities and local organizations as the only mutual bank in Sheridan.

Business of the Year
This award honors a Chamber member business that positively impacts the economic health of the Sheridan area through exceptional business practices, customer service and innovation. This business shows steady growth and consistent strong performance, excels in community relations, practices exemplary business conduct, responds positively to adversity and shows proven business achievement.

2023 Recipient: AlphaGraphics
AlphaGraphics of Wyoming is a locally owned and operated, full-service visual marketing and print provider. The business started in the 1930s as a small print shop called Quick Printing Company. Current owners Matthew and Nadine Gale purchased Quick Printing in 2010 making them the 3rd generation of Gales to own Quick Printing. In 2015, Matt and Nadine decided to convert the independent print shop into a member of the AlphaGraphics franchise which provided them with access to a network of other owners, increased purchasing power, training and more. The AlphaGraphics team partners with clients to provide business solutions and solve problems. Vested in their success, the team really gets to know their clients and their businesses. AlphaGraphics commits at least eight percent of its annual revenues in discounts and donations to local nonprofit organizations. Nadine serves on several boards including the Whitney Benefits Board of Trustees and the Chamber of Commerce board. Members of the AlphaGraphics team helped organize and put on the Sodfarm Festival in 2023 raising money for the Sheridan High School Marching Band and Sheridan Foster Parent Exchange. In 2021, AlphaGraphics acquired Sheridan Printing and moved to its current location on North Main Street to accommodate its need for expansion. 

Business Person of the Year 
This award honors a Chamber member business person(s) who shows outstanding business acumen and strong leadership in business and community efforts. This person is a champion for economic development, strives to exceed customer expectations, delivers industry leading standards of service and quality and exhibits innovation in business development.

2023 Recipient: Megan Cook, Java Moon
In 2021 Megan and Ron Cook purchased local coffee shop, café and bakery, Java Moon, located in the heart of downtown Sheridan. Java Moon provides customers with a warm comfortable place to gather while enjoying quality coffee and tea, made from scratch baked goods and breakfast and lunch sandwich options as well as catering and takeout orders. When the Cooks purchased Java Moon, they did so with a desire to preserve and enhance the business- making sure that it remains a favorite in downtown Sheridan for years to come. Java Moon supports the Sheridan community in many ways. Megan showcases local art and musicians and donates to and sponsors local organizations and events throughout the community. Megan currently sits on the local Whitney Benefits Board of Trustees and state-wide Make A Wish Board and is a past Girl Scout leader, Leadership Sheridan County graduate, past Downtown Sheridan Association Board member and volunteer Make A Wish wish grantor. Seeing a need in the community for a place to hold a private meeting or work quietly, Megan created The Phases by Java Moon, a conference room available for rent for business meetings and gatherings by the hour or day. Megan and the Java Moon staff are committed to providing a place for locals and visitors alike to gather and feel welcome while supporting the Sheridan community.

Each recipient is featured in the Chamber’s newly released 2024 Community Guide and Membership Directory. The guides are produced in partnership with The Sheridan Press and are available at both the Chamber’s and the Press’ offices, newsstands, the Visitor Information Center on Fifth Street and many additional locations throughout Sheridan County.

For more information about the Awards of Excellence or the Chamber’s Community Guide and Membership Directory, contact the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce at (307) 672-2485.

Chamber to Host 25th Annual Awards of Excellence

The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce will host its 25th annual Awards of Excellence celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, starting at 5 p.m. at the WYO Theater, 42 S. Main St. in Sheridan.

The Chamber will recognize all of the nominees and announce the recipients in four awards categories: Community Champion, Strength of Sheridan, Business of the Year and Business Person(s) of the Year.

The four award categories and nominees are as follows:

Community Champion Award

This award honors a Chamber member individual, business or organization that has made a significant impact in Sheridan County. Understanding that a community thrives when those in it invest and contribute to its success, the nominees demonstrate vision, ambition and drive to address needs in the community and strive for the betterment of the local area.

Community Champion Award Nominees:
Rosie Berger
Sheridan Rotary Club
Cody Sinclair
Gail Symons
The Salvation Army

Strength of Sheridan

This award honors a Chamber member business or organization that has a distinguished tenure of 20 or more years in the community. This business or organization demonstrates consistent service, continually invests in the community, meets challenges with innovative solutions and demonstrates sustained quality performance. 

Strength of Sheridan Award Nominees:
Big Horn Equestrian Center
First Federal Bank & Trust
Kilpatrick Creations, Inc.
Peter D’s RV Park
Sheridan County Fair Association

Business of the Year

This award honors a Chamber member business that positively impacts the economic health of the Sheridan area through exceptional business practices, customer service and innovation. This business shows steady growth and consistent strong performance, excels in community relations, practices exemplary business conduct, responds positively to adversity and shows proven business achievement.

Business of the Year Nominees:
AlphaGraphics
Cross E Dairy & Freedom Foods Market
Imperial Powder Coating
Sheridan Honda & Sheridan Powersports
WYO Candle Co.

Business Person of the Year

This award honors a Chamber member business person who shows outstanding business acumen and strong leadership in business and community efforts. This person is a champion for economic development, strives to exceed customer expectations, delivers industry leading standards of service and quality and exhibits innovation in business development.

Business Person of the Year Nominees:
Mike Ash, Powder River Party Rentals
Doug Carlton, Carlton Construction
Megan Cook, Java Moon
Darin & Marisa Olson, On the Rocks Jewelry, Inc.
Patrick Suchor, Harker Mellinger CPAs, LLC

The nominees were named by the Chamber’s Board of Directors, and the recipients were selected by the Chamber membership via online vote.

A reception will be held at 5 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $65 for adults, $35 for ages 12-18 and free for those under 12. Packages of five adult tickets are available for $275. Tickets are required for all levels, including free. Cash bar will be available. Online tickets may be purchased in advance here or by calling the Chamber office at 672-2485. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Awards of Excellence are brought to you in part by Nathan Hans Photography, Sheridan Media, The Sheridan Press and the WYO Theater.

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