The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Marlene “Marti” Hollenback, dealer principal/president, Dishman Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep, has been named as the 2014 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year.
“Community Contributor” is the special title chosen to be engraved on her plaque.
Annually, past recipients of the award gather to research and select the next Citizen of the Year. The 2013 recipient, Max Spalding, and Valley Chamber President & CEO Katherine Morgan had the pleasure of surprising Hollenback as they stopped by the dealership late last week to announce that she had been chosen as the next recipient.
"I am very surprised, and extremely grateful and honored, to receive this award from the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce,” Hollenback said. “I would like to dedicate this honor in memory of my dad, the late Mark K. Hollenback, who encouraged me to leave my 20-plus-year career as a registered nurse to operate his dealership. He believed in me and apparently felt I could be successful as an automobile dealer – something I certainly wasn't sure of!"
The Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year is an individual who has demonstrated exemplary service to the business community. Nominees’ achievements must demonstrate one or more of the following:
• Improve the free and competitive enterprise system of business by creating a greater appreciation of the value of the commitment of oneself to the business interests of the Spokane Valley.
• Enhance business and community growth and development by promoting civic, social, and cultural programs designed to improve the functional and aesthetic values of the community.
• Design economic programs that strengthen and expand the income potential of the commerce arena.
The award will be presented to Hollenback at the Gem of the Valley Awards of Excellence on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel, along with other individual and business award winners revealed that night.
Other finalists include:
Charity/Cultural Services Award:
GSC Meals on Wheels
Spokane Valley Partners
Community Caring Award:
Central Valley School District
Toys for Tots
Modern Electric Water Co.
MarketPad.com (new business in our incubator)
Barry Baker (for entrepreneurial vision in improving the community)
Steve Trabun (Share Space Spokane)
Small Business of the Year Award:
Anderson, Peretti & Co., CPAs, P.S.
Large Business of the Year Award:
Horizon Credit Union
Mirabeau Park Hotel
Three additional categories to be announced are Educator of the Year from the school districts served by the Chamber, Chamber Volunteer of the Year, and Chamber Ambassador of the Year.
Members and the general public are invited to attend. Tickets are $55 per person, and reserved VIP tables of eight are available for $600. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a cocktail hour with no-host bar and a special “Gem of the Valley” silent auction. A gourmet dinner will be served followed by the awards program.
This gala event to celebrate excellence is made possible with the support of Diamond Sponsors: Modern Electric and Numerica; Sapphire Sponsor: Wal-Mart Supercenter; and Emerald Sponsor: Greenstone Corp.