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Kate Cooper of Truckee Surgery Center named ‘Best Boss’

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Several Truckee-Tahoe locals were honored Oct. 20 at the Third Annual Best Boss contest sponsored by The Office BOSS Truckee Mail Center.

"We had a lot of high-quality nominations this year, so it was a difficult task for our panel of judges to decide on just one winner," Carrie Ridgel, co-owner of The Office BOSS, told the audience of nominees, nominators and friends at an award ceremony at The Office BOSS Truckee Mail Center.

But the judges did finally settle on one winner and one runner-up. Five nominees were also singled out with "Honorable Mention" certificates.

Honorable Mention awards were presented to: Mike Griesmer of McClintock Accountancy, from a nomination from Sharon Fereira; Adriaan Gilis of the Truckee Border Protection Station, from nominations by Jozo Vujeva and Ernando Ortiz; Jenna Prescott, Director of Mountain Operations at Sugar Bowl, from a nomination by Dale Simerson; Anton "Toni" Standteiner of Mountain Forge, from a nomination from his whole crew; and Dave Wilderotter and Brendan Mooney of Tahoe Dave's, nominated by Chris Kelly.

As first runner-up, the judges selected John Lamoreux, nominated by his entire staff at The Auto Doctor.

"It's really more than a shopŠ," one of his nominations explains. "It's really a family! Everybody is treated with respect, and their input to the family matters."

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A second nominator wrote, "He's always fair and understanding to the needs of his crew. He goes above and beyond just giving a paycheckŠ lunches, birthday cakes, x-mas bonuses, BBQs and parties, etc. I've worked for John for nearly 10 years, and he has always been solid."

The Best Boss of 2016, and winner of lunch for six at Thai Delicacy, is Kate Cooper, Director of Truckee Surgery Center.

One of two nominators for Kate, Marilyn Willis R.N. explains: "Kate is our advocate. She stands tall and relays our issues to the owners and surgeonsŠ Kate has no ego. She works and excels in all departments and even washes the floor when necessary. Kate inspires us to do our best in everything we do. She has a way of helping us learn and succeed in our endeavors."

Another nominator for Kate, Renee F., concurs and adds: "She is the hardest working Director I have ever met, and she ensures that all of her employees, doctors, and most importantly patients receive the best medical care and treatment that there is to offer in our community. She strives for perfection every day and achieves this by being happy, kind & loving to anyone and everyone who comes through our front door."

Initially inspired by National Boss Day (Oct. 16), the Best Boss of Truckee/North Tahoe contest was created to recognize locals who are inspiring, motivating, and making a positive difference in their employees' lives, thus making our community a better place.

"It's great to have the opportunity to acknowledge some of the people that make Truckee such a great place to live, playŠ and even work," said Ridgel as she presented the awards.

This article was provided by The Office BOSS. Visit theofficeboss.com to learn more.