For 95 years the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce has produced an awards gala to honor the best companies and business people of the Klamath Basin. For the past several years the gala has been modeled after a Hollywood-style awards ceremony. With entertainment, socializing and of course the presentation of the awards.
This is my first gala as a member of the Chamber Board of Directors. I also had the privilege and distinction of being on the selection committee for the award winners. Let me tell you, selecting the winners from the pool of nominees was not an easy job. We had a record number of nominees for the categories awarded this year and all were deserving of winning an award.
The award categories of this year’s gala were: Big Idea Innovation Award, Green Business of the Year, Commitment to Community, Best Place to Work Under 15 Employees, Best Business to Work Over 15 Employees, Spirit of Entrepreneurism, Pathfinder Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Chamber Ambassadors held their own award for Ambassador of the Year.
Big Idea Innovation Award – Gaucho Collective
Awarded for creating a co-working atmosphere and employing new ideas and approaches to doing business.
Green Business of the Year – Oregon Tech
Awarded for demonstrating a commitment to the environment and an alignment with clean energy or clean technology practices.
Chamber Ambassador of the Year - Victoria Hailey
Each year the Chamber Ambassadors look at their elite group and review the best, most outgoing and personable Ambassador and reward them for their performance and commitment to the group.
Commitment to Community – Millard Dental
Awarded for going above and beyond in supporting the community by approaching social responsibility with passion and making a positive impact on the community. (Not Pictured)
Best Place to Work with 15 or Less Employees – Monte Johnson Insurance
Awarded for the outstanding commitment and recognition to their employees.
Best Place to Work with 15 or More Employees – Running Y Ranch
Awarded for creating a family atmosphere for a large company and a place where everyone looks forward to returning to work.
The Spirit of Entrepreneurism – Darren and Jen Roe, Crater Lake Zipline
Awarded for exhibiting an entrepreneurial spirit, originality, personal integrity and influence.
The Pathfinder Award – Kat Rutledge, Klamath Community College / SBDC
Awarded for strong leading, devoted time and energy to strengthen and transform those around them.
The Lifetime Achievement Award - Dan & Susan Beach, Beaches Jewelers
Awarded for exceptional business achievement and outstanding commitment to Klamath’s business community.
Hats off to all the business and people nominated and congratulations to all the winners.