95th Annual Awards Gala

2016 Klamath County Chamber of Commerce President, Todd Andres. Brian Gailey Photography.

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. 

Noah Root Newborn Portraits

Noah, Newborn Portraits. Brian Gailey Photography

On New Years Day I had the honor of doing newborn photographs for a little man named Noah.  This was the second time I met Noah. The first time was when him and his mommy and daddy came in to pick up canvas prints of the family photography they had in October. Noah was still in his mommy's tummy when we did those family portraits. So he was lucky enough to get his own special session in January first. 

I have done quite a bit of work for this family over the last few years and I am extremely appreciative of it.  They are great to work with and keep coming back for more, which is a great bonus :)

Noah's parents are farmers and ranchers in the Northern California town of Dorris.  So we wanted to have some fun with Noah and still pay tribute to his "Roots." (Pun intended). We did this by doing some of his portraits sitting on a pedal John Deer tractor.  Mom also wanted something different so we did photos of him resting in a lovely travel case.

In the end mom ordered some wall portraits of Noah and some custom made birth announcements.  

Thank you Root Family.  I cannot wait to work with you guys again. 

The Lonner Family 2015

The Lonner Family. December 2015, Running Y Ranch Resort. Brian Gailey Photography.

In early December I got a call from a gentleman in Bozeman Montana. Telling me that his family was going to be gathering at the Running Y Ranch for Christmas.  He told me him and his wife will be flying in from Montana and staying at a timeshare at the Running Y Ranch Resort. For Christmas he wanted to purchase a family photography session and gift it to his wife as a surprise. What a great idea, I thought. 

For the session we met just inside the lobby of The Running Y Lodge.  The lodge was decorated beautifully with the fireplace flanked by two Christmas trees, and an abundant amount of other decorations. The lobby was quite festive. 

We did photography next to the fireplace and even on the third floor where there is a waiting area that had minimal Christmas decor.  We even did a few photos outside in the snow on the parking lot for the pro shop. We all had a great time, including the children.  

Because they were in town for a short period, I turned the images quickly so they could see them before heading home to Montana. They opted to order three canvas wall art pieces. I delivered two directly to their home in Montana and one came here as a gift for their son and daughter in law.   

I want to give out a shout out and special thanks to the crew at the Running Y Ranch Resort for allowing us to use their beautiful facility for these portraits. If you are looking for a new place to get away, the Running Y is it.  Offering an Arnold Palmer designed golf course, relaxing spa, fine dining, vacation rentals, rustic lodge and even ice skating. The Running Y has something for everyone.  

Please note the Running Y is not a sponsor or promoting this post.  I just personally like them believe they are a great place for adventure, or a little relaxation. 

The Hodder Family 2015

The Hodder Family. Running Y Ranch Christmas 2015. Brian Gailey Photography.

The holiday season is a fantastic time for your family portraits.  The entire family is getting together for this special season. Why not take an hour and get your family portraits?  The Hodder Family did just that.  We went out to the Running Y Ranch Resort and shot inside and outside.  This photo above was their favorite and they ordered a 16x24 wall portrait for their home. 

Special thanks to the crew at the Running Y Ranch Resort for allowing us to use their beautiful facility for these portraits. If you are looking for a new place to get away, the Running Y is it.  Offering an Arnold Palmer designed golf course, relaxing spa, fine dining, vacation rentals, rustic lodge and even ice skating. The Running Y has something for everyone.  

Please note the Running Y is not a sponsor or promoting this post.  I just personally like them believe they are a great place for adventure, or a little relaxation.