Last Thursday, March 20, 250 attendees gathered at Northern Quest Resort’s Pavilion as the West Plains Chamber of Commerce honored outstanding members in the community at the “Best of the West” gala. Chamber president Denise Vickerman, Spokane Airport Ramada Inn general manager, told attendees that 79 nominations had been received and 319 ballots cast selecting the winners.
The award night recognized the finalists and honored the winners in several categories for outstanding support within the community.
The winners for 2014 are listed by category and name:
Community Relations for a Business or Organization, Eastern Washington University.
Innovative Practices, EWU College of Science, Health and Engineering.
Customer Service for a Business or Organization, Holiday-Inn Express in Cheney.
Customer Service for an Individual, Roger Hagenbuch at Copy Junction.
Small Business of the Year, Against the Grain.
Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Cheney Rodeo.
Medium Business of the Year, Holiday-Inn Express in Cheney.
Chamber Champion of the Year, Thomas Valdez with Paychex.
First Responder of the Year, Justin Hobbs, City of Cheney Police.
Military Persons of the Year, Senior Airman, Richard L. Narvaez; NCO, Christopher J. Marrazzo; Senior NCO, Joshua G. Daneker; and Company Grade Officer, Helen H. Park.
Large Business or Organization of the Year, Cheney School District.
Educators of the Year, Amy Violette, Snowden Elementary; Chad Powers, Medical Lake Elementary.
Business Leader of the Year, Joan Mamanakis.
Person of the Year, Kelly Hembach.
Most Uniquely West Plains, Against the Grain..
“The work of our chamber is to promote community and economic development,” Chamber executive director Kathleen Schreiber said in her opening remarks at the gala. “One of the key ways we do this is to consistently bring together people from all sectors of the community: businesses, athe educational community nonprofit organizations, the county, our cities, and the military.”