Association Recognizes Best in the West

The “Best in the West” were recognized at the Association’s annual conference last month at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

Individual Awards

• Life Members: Leron Gubler and Scott Raty.

• Russell E. Pettit “Excellence in Leadership” Award: Tom Pierson, ACE, Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Chamber.

• Executive of the Year Award: Bryan Starr, Greater Irvine (CA) Chamber.

• Gerald W. Hathaway “Staff Person of the Year” Award: Jessica Welch, Greater Irvine (CA) Chamber.

• Rusty Hammer Scholarship Award: Mandy Le, American Canyon (CA) Chamber.

• 25-Year Service Awards: Carol Crosby, Whittier Area (CA) Chamber; Melissa Fulton, Lake County (CA) Chamber; Brad Hicks, CCE, Medford/Jackson County (OR) Chamber.

• 30-Year Service Awards: Deanna Kupcik, Buckeye Valley (AZ) Chamber; Georgette Naylor, Burlingame/SFO (CA) Chamber; Judy Nelson, Long Beach Area (CA) Chamber; Kathy Tilque, CCE, Gilbert (AZ) Chamber.

Outstanding Program Awards

Chico (CA) Chamber: “Retail Watch.”

Gilbert (AZ) Chamber: “Manufacturing Month Student Bus Tours.”

Greater Irvine (CA) Chamber: “Irvine Ready.”

Salinas Valley (CA) Chamber: “City Budget Crisis Series.”

Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Chamber: “No Head Tax.”

Overall Outstanding Communications Award

Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Chamber.

Chamber Video Awards

• First Place: Redding (CA) Chamber.

• Special Merit: Greater Irvine (CA) Chamber.

• Honorable Mention: Vista (CA) Chamber.

Newsletter/Magazine Awards

• First Place: Las Vegas Metro (NV) Chamber.

• First Place: Greater Riverside (CA) Chambers.

• Honorable Mention: Billings (MT) Chamber.

• Honorable Mention: Greater Flagstaff (AZ) Chamber.

E-Newsletter Awards

• First Place: Gilbert (AZ) Chamber.

• Special Merit: Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Chamber.

• Special Merit: Carlsbad (CA) Chamber.

• Honorable Mention: Greater Riverside (CA) Chambers.

Website Awards

• First Place: Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Chamber.

• Special Merit: San Francisco (CA) Chamber.

• Honorable Mention: Carlsbad (CA) Chamber.

• Honorable Mention: Gilbert (AZ) Chamber.