CONGRATULATIONS to these award winners from Thursday's Chamber Annual Awards Gala! From left are Mark Kowalske, Sally Roselli Business Leadership Award; Patrick Patoka of Boyne Mountain, Large Business of the Year; Sharyn and Doug Bean, Chamber Champions Award, Todd Millen and Matt McLeod of Boyne Country Propane, Small Business of the Year; Mary Ann Lippe and Christi Mahaney of Boyne Valley Vineyards, Rising Star Award; Bob Earl and John Schneider of Bay Area Management/Boyne Avenue Properties, Project of the Year Award. Missing from the photo is Nathan Bates, the Community Impact Award winner.
Photo by Kim Mettler of Michigan Barefoot Memories Photography.)
Chamber honors community leaders, installs board
A crowd of 300 people attended the Boyne Area Chamber Annual Awards Gala at Boyne Mountain Thursday night, presented by KorthaseFlinn Insurance and Financial Services. The attendees enjoyed great food and drink, entertainment from Nelson Olstrom and the presentation of awards to community leaders. The Chamber Board of Directors was installed by Mayor Tom Neidhamer with Mike Doumanian of Boyne Mountain taking over as board president for the year ahead. John Cool of Charlevoix State Bank was honored for serving as president for the past year, and retiring board members Kelly Woodard of Bella Vita and Shari Culver of Great Lakes Energy were thanked for serving on the board in recent years. Full board.
Here are the award winners:
Large Business of the Year - Boyne Mountain Resort
, accepted by Avalanche Waterpark Manager and chamber board member Patrick Patoka. Award presented by Chris Staub of Gold Sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. This award is presented to a business with over 30 employees that has exemplified excellence in all fields including community service and customer service, has been an example to other businesses in the community, and is a leader in their industry and in the community as a whole.
Small Business of the Year - Boyne Country Propane, accepted by Matt McLeod and Todd Millen. Award presented by Pat Little of Gold Sponsor Boyne City Public Schools. This award is presented to
a business with less than 30 employees that has exemplified excellence in all fields including community service and customer service, has been an example to other businesses in the community, and is a leader in their industry and in the community as a whole.
Project of the Year - Boyne Avenue Properties LLC (Bay Area Management), accepted by Bob Earl and John Schneideer. Award presented by Mike Doumanian of Gold Sponsor Boyne Mountain. This award is presented to a brick-and-mortar improved, rehabbed, or new project that serves to improve the economic vitality and beauty of the community and enhances the quality of life in the Boyne area.
Rising Star Award - Boyne Valley Vineyards, accepted by Christi Mahaney and Mary Ann Lippe. Award presented by Bob Greenman of Gold Sponsor Family Fare. This award is presented to a business that has been open for less than two years and has brought something new, stimulating and valuable to the community, while working hard to become involved and immersed in the culture of the Boyne Area.
Community Impact Award - Nathan Bates (pictured), Food Service Director of Boyne Falls School. Award presented by Shari Culver of Gold Sponsor Truestream Powered by Great Lakes Energy. This award recognizes those among us who best exemplify the Boyne values of community service, innovation, collaboration, integrity, and Boyne Pride. Nominees can be any business, organization, club, or individual who best represents our community.
Chamber Champion of the Year - Doug and Sharyn Bean. Award presented by 2018 Ambassador of the Year Brian Kozminski of True North Trout Fly Fishing Guide Service. Doug and Sharyn Bean have been active chamber volunteers and Ambassadors since they retired and moved to Boyne City more than a decade ago.
Sally Roselli Business Leadership Award - Mark Kowalske of Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors. Award presented by Jeff Wellman of North Harbor Christie's International Real Estate. This award is named after Jeff Wellman's late sister-in-law, Sally Roselli, who was an active and involved business owner and chamber board member. The award recognizes the leadership of a business or individual who has the same qualities as Sally Roselli.
The Chamber Board of Directors for 2020 was installed at the Gala. From left are Trent Stark of KorthaseFlinn Insurance, Matt Rader of Pat O'Brien & Associates, Patrick Patoka of Boyne Mountain/Avalanche Waterpark, Lacey Matthews of Great Lakes Energy, Michelle Cortright of Harbor House Publishers, John Cool of Charlevoix State Bank, Elizabeth Looze of Challenge Mountain and James Richman of Edward Jones. Missing from the photo are Mike Doumanian of Boyne Mountain and Sarah Schraw of Schraw & Associates.
Scott MacKenzie asks for bids in the Live Auction.
|The Bucket Raffle table displayed 20 great prize packages.
> Visit the Chamber Facebook page for more 18 photos from the Gala, and more will be posted next week
from Kim Mettler.
Thanks to our Awards Gala sponsors!
- 4Front Credit Union
- Boyne Area Management
- Boyne City Hardware
- Boyne Valley Lions Club
- Challenge Mountain
- Charlevoix County Community Foundation
- Charlevoix State Bank
- Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors
- Kammermann & Bascom
- Kiwanis of Boyne City
- North Harbor Christie's International Real Estate
- Pat O' Brien & Associates
- Raven Hill Discovery Center
> Thursday's full
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