Chamber of Commerce honors outstanding businesses, individuals

The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce recognized outstanding businesses and individuals from Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, and Des Moines at the Annual Recognition and Awards Luncheon at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Tukwila on Jan. 10

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014 1:31pm
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The following individuals and the businesses they represent were honored at the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Recognition and Awards Luncheon Jan. 10. They are

The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce recognized outstanding businesses and individuals from Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, and Des Moines at the Annual Recognition and Awards Luncheon at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Tukwila on Jan. 10

The chamber’s Board of Directors recognized the efforts, commitments and achievements of businesses and organizations that help make the Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila communities viable places to work and live.

There were awards for Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, Business Advocate, Outstanding Community Service and Outstanding Leadership.

The following information was provided by the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce.

Ambassador of the Year

Winner: Steve Emery

Steve Emery with Prime America is someone you can call and he will do what he can to help.  When he received a last minute request to drive a parade car for the Burien 4th of July parade, he was more than happy and excited, to help the Chamber.  Steve also volunteers his time to visit new and renewing members of the Chamber.  He served as a Golf Tournament Golf Chair and spent endless hours making sure Chamber Members were taken care of.

Business Advocate of the Year

Winner: Scott Ostrander

Scott Ostrander has gone above and beyond in demonstrating outstanding commitment to advocacy on behalf of business rights in Southwest King County.  For the past several years Scott has been on the Hotel Steering Committee working with the cities of SeaTac and Tukwila to establish a Tourism Promotion Area (TPA).  With Scott’s continuous efforts and support, the hotel community is excited to potentially have this in place in the near future, so the Seattle Southside Visitors Center can build upon its already existing programs of building and promoting the area where all businesses and communities benefit.  Scott has been fully committed in advocating for the business community.  His strong values and vision to improve the overall business community in Southwest King County is priceless.

Large Business of the Year

Winner: Baker Commodities

Baker Commodities has shown their full support of the Chamber by Sponsoring Chamber Golf Events, Luncheons and Today’s Business Awards and have continued to achieve excellence in staying engaged and active in making sure our communities stay vibrant.  They also support international community efforts through The Jerome Foundation and The Andreoli Family Foundation.  Baker Commodities plays an essential role in protecting the environment.  Their manufacturing facilities help to alleviate the nation’s problems of over-burdened landfills.  They utilize state-of-the-art technology to preserve a clean and safe environment.

Small Business of the Year

Segale Properties

Small business of the year winner Segale Properties is a locally owned real estate holding company that has been extremely supportive of the Chamber through Executive Board service, event sponsorships and promoting activities to benefit Chamber Members.  The company has recently constructed a brand new transportation link that will help to stimulate the local economy.  Segale Properties has a legacy of community commitment since the Chamber’s inception 25 years ago.

Outstanding Community Service

Costco Wholesale – Tukwila

Costco Wholesale has been part of the Tukwila community since September 1986, dedicated to giving back to the community in many ways.  Costco partners with many charitable organizations such as The United Way, Children’s Miracle Network, cities and donating hundreds of pre-filled Backpacks to area schools.  Costco is dedicated to minimizing hunger by making daily donations of bakery goods to the City of Des Moines Food Bank.  To help keep the communities safe, warehouse manager Todd Young is a volunteer on the Seattle Police Foundation Board of Directors.  Also, to assure that the Chamber is widely connected to the business community, two Costco employees volunteer as Ambassadors to the Chamber.

Outstanding Leadership of the Year

Winner: Louise Strander

Louise has spent countless hours serving the Southwest King County Chamber.  Her dedication has been a huge asset to our region with her outstanding leadership in her City of Tukwila Planning Commission role.  Louise is the Secretary of Southcenter Rotary, Chair of the Southwest King County Chamber.  Louise has sponsored numerous Tukwila Government and Community affairs holiday luncheons and served as Chair of the Committee.

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