Make Your Vote

Voting for the Annual Awards Gala has closed. The Board will be installed and the winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on Friday, January 18, 2019.

2018 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Nominees

The company that made the most significant contributions benefiting the business community and the community at large.

Business_2018_Brady_WEB.jpg

BRADY TRUCKING & LANDSCAPE SUPPLY started as a one man operation in 1983, with co-owner Jeff Brady working around the clock hauling wood chips between various mills. Today, the company manufactures and provides dozens of wood byproducts and composts to retail landscape supply stores across the state. In 2013, they created the Helping Hands annual event donating to their customers’ selection of local non-profits, this year reaching nearly $6,500. In addition, they donate hundreds of cubic yards of landscape to support fundraising efforts throughout the county. Continuing to grow each year, Brady Trucking now employs 35 full-time workers from truck drivers and machinery operators to office staff and laborers.

Business_2018_Cali_Cutz_WEB.jpg

 CALI CUTZ is an independently owned, home-style barber shop perched near the top of Olympic Hwy South. Owned and operated by Ramon Carrion, he and his team of skilled stylists not only provide some of the best looking fades and styles, but also numerous opportunities to give back to local schools and the community at large. Having sponsored and donated to SHS cheer, baseball, and football, Cali Cutz also hosts an annual free haircut and school supply day where donations of school supplies for needy families are collected and distributed. This shop “is not just a local business, it is an example of how dreams can come true, from cutting hair out of a garage to owning a successful business and developing into a community partner.”

 

Business_2018_SPI_WEB.jpg

SIERRA PACIFIC INDUSTRIES is a family-held, family-run forest products company with numerous mills across the country, most recently opening here in Shelton. The new, advanced-technology mill and manufacturing facility, fabrication shop, and trucking division currently provide 270 Mason County residents with long term, family-wage jobs. Along with its dedicated workforce, many employees also serve on local boards, including the Chamber & EDC, advisory boards for local schools, and others. Their Foundation recently pledged to support the YMCA at a Leadership level, which adds to donations of over $75,000 made just this year to various local philanthropic organizations. SPI also provides donated lumber and construction materials for Habitat for Humanity, Homes for Our Troops, and construction classes for three local high schools.

Business_2018_Taylor_WEB.jpg

TAYLOR SHELLFISH is a local family-run shellfish farm at the center of international trade. Founded in 1890, the company has made Shelton its home for four generations and is led today by Bill and Paul Taylor and their brother-in-law Jeff Pearson. Self-described as focusing on growth, the company has succeeded in bringing tide to table. Taylor Shellfish has expanded their already broad product line to include geoduck, mussels, clams, and, most famously, oysters. The company of more than 600 dedicated employees is renowned for high-class shellfish production, cuisine, and exemplary business practices. Taylor Shellfish provides unwavering support to the Chamber, EDC, and Skookum Rotary’s OysterFest, among many other community events and organizations. They have strong partnerships with local schools and are particularly proud of their Farm Internship Program workforce development efforts.

2018 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Nominees

An individual who has largely contributed to the Chamber’s programs and activities, participating on at least one Chamber committee or event.

Volunteer_2018_Boysen_WEB.jpg

STEPHANIE BOYSEN of Bella Acres opened event venue Bella Acres after spending years as an emergency services volunteer, active parent, and a successful business venturist. As a Chamber Ambassador, Stephanie volunteers to assist new businesses as they join the Chamber and serves as the welcoming committee and cheerleader for nearly every event. With a busy calendar of her own, Stephanie never hesitates to lend a helping hand when asked. She frequently offers her time, know-how, and equipment for everything from event staging to collecting flower baskets at the end of the Chamber’s summer beautification program. Her kind heart and humble nature make her an approachable ambassador, a strong volunteer, and generous entrepreneur.

Volunteer_2018_Gilman_WEB.jpg

TERESA GILMAN formerly of Maple Glen Senior Living was longtime Mason County resident and proud SHS alum. Her career path centered on serving others, from being an x-ray technician to working with senior citizens. She loved her family and friends immensely and married the love of her life, Bob, in 2005. Teresa was a vivacious, giving person and a solid supporter of Mason County community events, including youth sports, senior activities, and many more. She served on numerous Chamber committees and was very involved in planning the Chamber’s Community Expo Street Fair and the Golf Tournament. Teresa was well known for sharing her talent and a warm smile whenever and wherever she was needed. While Teresa passed away on October 31, her example continues to inspire those who knew her.

Volunteer_2018_Owens_WEB.jpg

JENNIFER OWENS of Peninsula Credit Union has truly made Mason County home since moving here over twenty years ago. Having grown up in the hospitality industry, Jennifer transitioned well in to customer service working at Safeway for years before joining the team at Peninsula Credit Union, where she is now the Branch Manager. In her position at the Credit Union she volunteers with Bank On Mason, Asset Building Coalition, Relay For Life, and with the Financial Reality Fair at Shelton High School. A past president of the Chamber Board, Jennifer continues to serves the Ambassador Chairperson, is an active participant of Member Services, and serves on several event committees. Outside of all of that, she enjoys spending time with her family.

  2018 BOSS OF THE YEAR Nominees

An individual who has displayed distinct leadership and commitment to empowering employees.

Boss_2018_Cahoon_WEB.jpg

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.

Boss_2018_Dorcys_WEB.jpg

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.

Boss_2018_Oblizalo_WEB.jpg

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.

Boss_2018_Slakey_WEB.jpg

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.

2018 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR Nominees

An individual who has made outstanding contributions to enhance the business community and the community at large.

Citizen_2018_Beben_WEB.jpg

TOM BEBEN of Smoking Mo’s settled in Mason County in 2006 and opened the doors in 2007. Tom views his business as a platform to help in fundraising and to support community events. Just this year he spearheaded efforts to raise monies for ALS, HOST Students, SHS Booster Club, scholarship fundraisers, Shelton Rotary Club (of which he is a member), and countless others. Through his position as a Chamber board member, Tom created Blues & Brews, a festival featuring local fare, local beverages, and local talent. Tom’s humility is evident in his declaration that the thing he is most proud of is setting an example for his young daughter Grace to fully embrace her community and to give back whenever possible. 

Citizen_2018__Morrell_WEB.jpg

JIM MORRELL of Peninsula Credit Union has served members of credit unions for 25 years and serving locally as CEO for the past six years. Jim’s motivation for serving the community and members is to improve people’s financial lives. To educate himself for service, Jim participates in many civic roles with the Shelton School District, The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, the City of Shelton, and the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce. Jim has also served as a board member for Graduation Matters Shelton, Board Treasurer for The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, YMCA’s Capital Campaign Executive Cabinet, and Chair for the Shelton Skookum Rotary Foundation.

Citizen_2018_Rowan_WEB.jpg

JULIE ROWAN of Belco Forest Products & Kristmas Town Kiwanis came to Washington State for a simple visit in October 2007. By March 2008, she had moved to Mason County, started a family, and immersed herself in the community. Starting as a “data entry monkey” at Belco Forest Products, Julie rose to the position of inside sales manager while also becoming involved with Kristmas Town Kiwanis and many other local organizations. She has served as Lieutenant Governor for Division 38 of Kiwanis, volunteered with Relay for Life and Cascade Land Conservancy, and is the PTA President at her son’s school. In 2019, Julie hopes to bring Day of Champions to Mason County, a one-day, modified track and field event for kids with disabilities.

 2018 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Nominees

The company that opened a storefront or began operations within the award year and fulfilled a gap in services and provided benefit to the community at large.

Rookie_2018_Craft_WEB.jpg

CRAFT PIE & ART BAR is owned and operated by Smoking Mo's Monica Beben, whose goal is to cultivate a haven for art creators and enthusiasts of all ages to share and nurture their ideas and talents. The quaint setting serves as a backdrop for seasonally inspired sweet and savory pies, signature cocktails, and a gathering place for all things crafty. As well as frequent classes, Craft plays host to cocktail pairings, book clubs, and many more community gatherings.

Rookie_2018_NW_Clothing_Co_WEB.jpg

NORTHWEST CLOTHING CO. is a trendy, yet affordable women's clothing store featuring clothing sized Small-3X, women’s shoes, and accessories. Opened by Jessica Smith, this shop has quickly become a favorite for last minute outfits, styling, and gifts. With a sweet sitting area for kids, well-appointed dressing rooms, and racks upon racks of new clothes, this modern retail space is a gem in the downtown area. Jessica brings much longed for fashion to Mason County and is proud of the fact that everything she sells costs no more than $50.

Not what you're looking for? If you're looking for information on local elections visit our Elections Page.