The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce presented several Awards of Excellence at the Gem of the Valley Awards Gala last Friday at the Mirabeau Park Hotel.
The 13th annual awards program recognizes businesses, individuals and organizations. The award winners, as voted by our membership, are:
- Nonprofit of the Year, HUB Sports Center
- Heart of the Community Award, Avista
- Small Business of the Year, Signs for Success
- Large Business of the Year, Rosauers Supermarkets Inc.
- Entrepreneur of the Year, Jesse Sheldon, Inland NW Baby
The chamber also recognized two individuals for their work within our organization. Robbie Jackson was named Chamber Ambassador of the Year and Frank Tombari as Chamber Volunteer of the Year.
Three of the school districts that serve our community chose Educators of the Year for recognition: Robin Barnhart, Central Valley School District; Tim Busse, East Valley School District; and Eric Groshoff, West Valley School District.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Philip Rudy, D.D.S., retired, and 2015 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year Award to Chuck Hafner, “Leader for the Common Good,” city of Spokane Valley councilman.