A new award, Boss of the Year recognizes an individual who empowers their employee(s), is an example of leadership and/or management excellence. Any owner, chief executive officer, or management officer is eligible; Nominations for this catagory may be made only by current or past employees, workplace volunteers, and/or interns. The honoree’s business must be a member of the Shelton-Mason County Chamber and should be headquartered and/or conduct business in Mason County. Evaluations may be made on the following criteria: leading with vision, inspiration, and integrity; building partnerships; succeeding through people; and maintaining excellent employer-employee relations.
|Holly Cahoon of 2nd Street Design Studio was raised in a military family and lived all over the world before moving back to Shelton, where she graduated from Shelton High. She finished beauty school in 1980 and went to work in the then-second generation family business. Holly purchased both the business and the building from her parents sixteen years later and has continued to build the salon; expanding into the adjacent space and currently having 15 employees. Holly recognizes the importance of keeping pace in the ever-changing beauty industry investing heavily in professional development courses, educational opportunities for her stylists, and partnerships with trusted brands. Holly encourages her team to support the local the community and frequently donates services, products, and money.|
|Kevin & Kathy Dorcy of Urraco Coffee Co. ask much of their employees. As in, they ask for their input in the decision making process, they ask about what problems arise in the workplace and how they can remedy it as a team, and they ask that their employees be creative and introduce new ideas to the business. Both 1971 Shelton High School graduates, Kevin and Kathy have different work histories; Kathy has worked at Shelton Family Medicine for 40 years, the past 30 as the clinic manager, while Kevin has been mostly self-employed, building several homes and completing numerous remodels as a construction maintenance manager before ‘retiring’ in 2017. Kevin and Kathy encourage an open door attitude, welcoming ideas and concerns, believing that the employees are their business.|
|Mike Oblizalo of Hood Canal Communications believes that the first step in empowering his employees is to make sure they are in the correct position. If they are, he believes they will excel on their own. By challenging his employees with new tasks and giving opportunity, he believes that individual success will follow. A graduate of North Mason High School (where he simultaneously received a two-year degree in industrial electronics), Mike has received multiple degrees pertaining to the telecommunications industry and is currently the Vice President and General Manager at HCC. As a figurehead in an industry undergoing constant change, Mike continues to embed his employees with the knowledge, confidence, and trust needed for a successful workforce.|
|Jeff Slakey of iFiber One News Radio worked his way up to the position of general manager after 10 years as a part-time then full-time announcer. After graduating from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Communications and attaining his Radio Broadcasting Certification from Bates Technical College, Jeff started work at iFiber One News Radio with a goal of working his way up to a morning show in 10 years. He accomplished it in three. Currently the host of “Daybreak with Jeff Slakey,” Jeff believes in giving his employees enough direction and support for them to accomplish any goal they undertake, to instill a confidence in pushing themselves to be as good as they can be, and being the example of expressing a positive attitude and strong work ethic.|