Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce honors businesses, individuals

Judy Coovert of Printcom, left, accepts an award for Business Advocate from Randy Coplen during the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce recognition and award luncheon Jan. 13. - Sarah Kehoe, The Reporter
Judy Coovert of Printcom, left, accepts an award for Business Advocate from Randy Coplen during the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce recognition and award luncheon Jan. 13.
— image credit: Sarah Kehoe, The Reporter

Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce members honored chamber member businesses for outstanding efforts at its January Membership Luncheon Jan. 13.

The purpose of the luncheon was to recognize the efforts, commitments and achievements of businesses and organizations that help make the Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines communities a viable place to work and reside. The chamber also introduced new board members for 2012 and provided an annual report on the chamber; filling attendees in on projects, programs and initiatives undertaken during the past year.

CleanScapes won the Large Business of the Year, which is given to a business with more than 10 employees achieving excellence through innovative business practices, products and/or employee programs and community commitment.

CleanScapes has grown to become a $40 million-year operation with more than 250 employees. The employees and company served on committees and boards throughout the county committed to help the public cut down on waste and recycling.

Small Business of the Year award went to a business with 10 or less employees that demonstrating community involvement. The family owned business, AAAA Mini Storage, took the prize for supporting education for employees and others in the community.

Ambassador of the Year went to Chuch Riess of Riess Insurance Agency for volunteering and brining an upbeat attitude to every Ambassador meeting. The award is presented to an outstanding Ambassador who has served on the committee for at least one year.

Judy Coovert of Printcom, Inc., took home the Business Advocate award for demonstrating outstanding commitment to advocacy on behalf of business rights. Coovert is an active member of the Burien Economic Development Partnership and AWB named an award after her for Coovert’s volunteer work.

The Outstanding Leadership award went to an individual or organization that has demonstrated leadership through turning an idea into a reality, which benefits the community at large. Lynnyetta Keller of Allied Waste Services took the prize for leading her team to reduce Tukwila’s multifamily sector’s recycling rate to 98 percent. Keller also conducts outreach with schools and businesses throughout southern Puget Sound.

Carol Kolson of HomeStreet Bank took home the Outstanding Community Service award for enhancing the community through an outstanding demonstration of community service and volunteerism. Kolson is an advocate, supporting the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network, the Tukwila Historical Society and Habitat for Humanity.

Any business or non-profit that is a member in good standing of the Southwest King County Chamber was eligible to be nominated by the public. Chamber members could also self-nominate or nominate other members.


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