Local businesses, community members honored at chamber dinner | SierraSun.com

Local businesses, community members honored at chamber dinner

Photo courtesy Rob Retting/SNAPHospitality Award: From left, Chamber Board Director Neil Cunningham, Patty and Jeff Baird, Cedar House.

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. andamp;#8212; The Truckee Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner and Pandora’s Auction held Nov. 4 at The Resort at Squaw Creek was a great success. More than 200 people attended to share in an evening of fun, entertainment and recognition of their peers.Awards were presented to recognize local businesses or members who exemplified outstanding involvement in the community and its issues, those who contributed significantly to the economy and local labor market, or have shown staying power and growth in the business community.The Hospitality Award was given to Cedar House Sport Hotel. Breaking onto the scene in 2006, with more than five years of planning, the Cedar House changed the traditional mountain lodge with a design that melds urban chic with organic simplicity. Utilizing cutting-edge sustainable building methods including sod roofing, tankless radiant heating systems, reclaimed steel and lumber, they encourage visitors to reconnect with their environment. The November 2009 Los Angeles Magazine called them andamp;#8220;media darlingsandamp;#8221; andamp;#8212; they continue to create an intriguing product.Other nominees include: Billy McCullough, Dragonfly Restaurant andamp; Sushi; Bud Haley, JAX at the Tracks; Crux Events; Dave Wilderotter, Tahoe Dave’s Skis andamp; Boards; Earthly Delights; Florian’s Fine Wine andamp; Specialty Foods; For Goodness Sake; JD Hoss, JD Hoss Hardwood and Carpets; Jesse Hunter, Bank of the West; Jim Porter; KTKE 101.5 FM; Melody Rebbeck, Northstar-at-Tahoe; Miguel Marquez, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn; Moody’s Bistro andamp; Lounge; Plumas Bank; Tahoe Staff, John andamp; Dawn Evans; Wells Fargo Bank and Wild Cherries.The Large Business of the Year award went to Mountain Home Center. Originally formed in the mid 80s, Mountain Home Center quickly specialized in fireplaces and spas. They outgrew two locations and expanded into outdoor patio furniture, saunas, home accessories, outdoor kitchens, firepits and patio heaters, then decided to build their own showroom. In 2004, a half mile from their 16-year location, Mountain Home Center constructed one of the nation’s premier display areas with local professionals, contractors and trades people. The owners have more than 100 years of combined hearth, spa and patio retail experience. The entire staff ensures customers keep smiling during and after the sale. Other nominees: A Step Above; Bank of the West; Clear Capital; Cottonwood; Fifty Fifty Brewing Company/Drunken Monkey; Kelly Brothers Painting; Moody’s Bistro andamp; Lounge; Mountain Hardware andamp; Sports; Northstar-at-Tahoe; Porters Sports andamp;#8211; Truckee; Rock andamp; Rose; Squaw Valley USA; Suddenlink Communications; Sugar Bowl Resort and Truckee Tahoe Lumber Co.The Volunteer of the Year award was given to Tom and Pam Hobday. Tom Hobday, as a volunteer executive adviser to the Tahoe Forest Health System, is assisting the development of rural health care partnerships with the UC Davis Health System and is chairing the new Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Care Technology. The objective is to significantly improve rural health care delivery throughout the Truckee-Tahoe region. Pam Hobday, a nationally recognized business leader and business consultant, is a past president of the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. As an adviser to the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation, she chairs the Cancer Advisory Council and Endowment Committee for the soon-to-be built Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. She was recently named Woman of Distinction by Truckee Soroptomist. Other nominees: Anton Standteiner; Billy McCullough; Cheri Sprenger; Christina Stoever Young; Citizens Bank; Dan O’Gorman; Dean Schaecher; Fred Vantrease; Georgia Smith; Lisa Dobey; Leisa Peterson; Mark Estee; Norm Justesen; Pattie and Hartley Lesser; Penny Fink; Phyllis McConn; Ruth Geresy; Sally Lyon; Tad Herrington; Vicky Kerner and Victor Hernandez.The Nonprofit Organization of the Year was awarded to Truckee Downtown Merchants Association. This organization is close to four decades old, working to maintain and improve the economic well being of andamp;#8220;Old Truckee.andamp;#8221; This year, the TDMA grew in leaps and bounds andamp;#8212; while honoring its past, they burst into the future. With the help of facilitator Pam Hobday, they fine-tuned their group, putting into place structure, procedures, clear objectives, committees, and a lot of hard work, time and effort. Working with their event coordinator, Truckee Thursdays made a huge leap in the attendance and participation this year. Other organizations nominated: American Cancer Society andamp;#8211; Relay for Life of Truckee; CATT; Excellence in Education; For Goodness Sake; Girls on the Run andamp;#8211; Sierras; Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe; InnerRhythms; KidZone Museum; Project MANA; Sierra Senior Services; Squaw Valley Institute; Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation; Tahoe Women’s Services; Truckee Donner Land Trust; Truckee Donner Recreation andamp; Park District; Truckee Library; Truckee Optimist Club and the Truckee Trails Foundation.The Small Business of the Year award went to Switchback Public Relations + Marketing. Ten years ago, Brinn Wellise put her mind to creating a business to provide outstanding service to local, regional and national clients. With her roots in the Tahoe-Truckee area, outdoor recreation and a masters degree in journalism, she developed a business that has grown into the largest agency in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Committed to mentoring up and coming professionals, she often has interns on her staff, in addition to the team of seasoned PR professionals. Wellise gives back to the community serving on several boards including Truckee Rotary and InnerRhythms and dedicates both her own time and that of her staff to several nonprofit organizations. Other nominees: Brown Bear; Business Connections; Carmel Gallery; Cedar House Sport Hotel; Creative Concepts; Crux Events; Event Masters; Full Belly Deli; Mickey’s Pet Stop; Mountain Forge; New Leaders; The Office BOSS (Bradburys); The Pour House; SmallPond Studio; SnowTech; Tahoe TV; Truckee Rents; Villager Nursery; Wandamp;T Graphix; White Buffalo and Zano’s Family Italian andamp; Pizzeria.The Chamber awarded the Ambassador of the Year to Dave Wallace. It is through the help of the hard working volunteers such as the Ambassador Committee that the Chamber is able to accomplish so much. Dave has been an Ambassador for many years. A strong supporter and advocate of the Chamber, he andamp;#8220;sings the praisesandamp;#8221; of the Chamber often and is always there to help in any way needed.The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization comprised of 635 members, representing more than 7,200 jobs, with the mission to promote and develop local business and tourism, while improving the community’s quality of life.Visit http://www.truckee.com or call 587-2757.andamp;#8212;Submitted to the Sun

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