Congratulations to This Year's Winners!
The Chamber board and staff would like to thank everyone who attended our gala event on Saturday, March 7.
We'd especially like to thank The Island School for providing the location, Flamingo Audio for transforming the hall with colored lights, media screens and providing sound, Robert Freitag and the crew from Metro Market Catering for the elegant and delicious dinner, and Bainbridge Vineyards, Eleven Winery and Rolling Bay Winery for providing wine.
The evening would not have been possible without our major sponsors Treehouse Cafe, Elmquist Real Estate Services, Harrison Bainbridge, Kitsap Bank, Puget Sound Energy and Town & Country Market. Thanks to Harrison Bainbridge for providing flower arrangements for the tables.
2014 Membership Award Winners
Citizen of the Year - Diane Landry
Diane Landry is a founding member and the principle force
behind the Zero Waste Initiative of Sustainable Bainbridge. She is a known and
respected counselor to school officials, business leaders, restaurant and
catering owners, government officials, and event planners.
Thanks to Diane and her ZW partners and volunteers, most of
the major events on Bainbridge have "waste stations” to manage recyclable and
compostable materials. These events include the weekly Farmers’ Markets,
Bluegrass Festival, Harvest Fair, the Rotary Auction, the July 3rd
Street Dance, and the biggest of all – the Grand Old Fourth of July, produced
by the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce.
For the past five years Diane and her team and the Chamber
have worked with Grand Old Fourth vendors to encourage at first and now require
the use of compostable or recyclable plates, dishes, cups and utensils and to
help the public put items in the proper containers. And over those five years,
the total amount of non-recyclable garbage for the event has been reduced by
two-thirds.This year, Diane’s going to need a few more volunteers to
cover the time she’s featured in the parade – as the Grand Marshall.
Small Business of the Year (1-5 employees) - OfficeXPats
OfficeXpats actively contributes to economic development on
the island as a co-working space for entrepreneurs, "solopreneurs”, consultants
and remote workers, providing desk space, Wi-Fi and dependable Internet service,
printers and copiers, video conferencing and tech support. It is also a meeting
venue, hosting networking and collaboration meetings, business skills classes
and workshops, and special events such as TED Talks and Ignite Bainbridge.
For the past three years they have been a business support
community, sustainability innovation incubator, home for many Island
entrepreneurs and business start-ups, and a generous partner of the Bainbridge
Island Chamber and a dozen or so other organizations by providing meeting space
and event support. Just one example is the free meeting space and coffee
service provided for the Friday morning meetings of Bainbridge Business
Connection for three years – at a value of approximately $10,000.
OfficeXpats has offered more than 120 workshops for free or
very low cost, one of the few alternatives for regular single-session business
skills classes in Kitsap County. The workshops are given by members of the
community who have an expertise they are happy to share.
Medium-sized Business of the Year (6-25 employees) - Bainbridge Island Brewing Company
Bainbridge Island Brewing, the island’s new craft brewery,
was established in June 2012 by father and son duo, Chuck and Russell Everett.
As local islanders for the past 12 years, they have worked hard to make the new
craft brewery an integral part of our island community. In addition to a
quality product they have been conscientious about conservation and
sustainability. The spent grain by-product of brewing is recycled and reused as
livestock feed and compost. Water is conserved and waste water is carefully
screened and filtered. And the brewery has also worked with Puget Sound Energy
to help reduce energy use.
Bainbridge Island Brewing joined the BI Chamber of Commerce
in 2011. Russell Everett, Brewmaster and Co-owner, joined the Chamber’s Board
of Directors and has actively participated on the Board and its committees. Chuck and
Russell have participated in various After Hour events that included one hosted
at the brewery. In 2014 they also contributed to the Chamber’s Grand Old Fourth
celebration by running the event’s Beer Garden which raised money for the
Chamber. For this event, they donated personal and staff time and various
In addition to the Chamber, Bainbridge Island Brewing has
also supported several other local non-profit groups and community activities.
Chuck or Russell are members of the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association,
Bainbridge Island Rotary Club, and the Bainbridge Island Historical Society.
Over the past four years, the brewery has supported more
than 60 charities and non-profits. Employee time contributed was more than 300
hours and the estimated cost of brewery products and services donated was more
Large Business of the Year (26+ employees) - PHC Construction
PHC Construction is dedicated to building sustainable
projects that enhance the life in our community and support our local economy.
PHC completed two local projects in 2014 - Island Gateway,
an addition to the community that includes the Art Museum, KiDiMu, Avalara and
other local businesses, and Phase 1 of the Grow Community, a nationally
recognized sustainable residential community.
In 2014 Grow Community and PHC were given the prestigious
Platinum Award by the National Association of Home Builders in the 2014 Best of
American Living contest.
PHC’s community involvement includes support for the Frog
Auction, purchase of holiday lighting for Winslow and installation of the sun
dial for the Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park. In addition they provide
on-going volunteer support to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Annual
financial contributions are made to Bainbridge Performing Arts, Bainbridge
Island Land Trust, Friends of the Farms, Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island
Museum of Art and One Call for All.
Non Profit of the Year - Housing Resources Bainbridge
For more than 25 years Housing Resources Bainbridge has
worked to preserve the diversity and vitality of Bainbridge Island by providing
housing that individuals and families who are vital to the health of our
community can afford. They have advocated for housing policy and programs to
support workforce housing.
HRB contributes to the community by supporting affordable
housing initiatives, offering independent living solutions, managing emergency
rental assistance and facilitating Community Land Trust homeownership. They
manage 90 small and medium sized apartments rented below market value. Their
HomeShare/HomeFinder program helps match those looking for lower cost housing
with folks with extra room in their homes. Their Independent Living program
makes modifications to existing living units to remove health and accessibility
barriers, allowing people to remain safely in their homes.
Sustainable Business of the Year - Coates Design Architects
Coates Design is founded on Matthew Coates’ vision of
Responsible Architecture. The core values of the firm are based on simple principles:
do the right thing, take the long term view, and create designs that benefit
the environment, the economy and the community. Matthew opened an office on
Bainbridge after winning the prestigious international Cradle to Cradle Design
Competition that challenged entrants to create the most sustainable home of the
future. He continues to practice sustainable architecture from his home base on
Bainbridge while working for clients worldwide. In 2016 Coates Design
Architects will celebrate their 10th Anniversary.
Their design projects on Bainbridge Island include:
Harrison Bainbridge Medical Center 24/7 Urgent Care
Facility; Fort Ward Community Hall Renovation; planning and design services for
the relocation of West Sound Wildlife Shelter; Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
– targeted to be the first LEED Gold art museum in Washington State; Kids
Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) – LEED Silver certified; Ellis Residence – First LEED
Platinum home on Bainbridge and one of the first in the state.
Coates Design gives in excess of $10,000 annually to
Bainbridge Island non-profit organizations through cash contributions. The firm
also participates in the One Percent Solution Program that contributes one
percent of profits to socially conscious organizations.
Chairman's Choice Award - Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District
On August 29, 2015
the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District will
celebrate 50 years of service to the community through its stewardship of
parks, and by providing recreational and cultural programs to Islanders of all
The District manages
and maintains over 1500 acres, of which more than 90% is protected open
space. There are 30 miles
of trails that are maintained by the district in partnership with the Trails
Advisory Committee and the Trail Steward Program. An
amazing effort has been made in the past 10 year to network existing parks with
More than 1 1/2 miles
of our island's shoreline is accessible through various parks. This shoreline
is not only set aside for beach combing and swimming but without it, kayak
launching and trailered boat launching would be much more of a challenge for
islanders, disconnecting us from the Puget Sound.
The PD maintains and
manages the Aquatic Center, Camp Yeomalt, the Eagledale Pottery Studio, Island
Center Hall, the Transmitter Bldg @ Battle Point Park, the Teen Center @ BHS
and the Waterfront Park Community Center to name just a few.
Programs provided by the PD target all ages of our population from Preschool
Nature Camps to seasonal family events such as Easter Egg Hunts and a Halloween
Haunted House. There are year round sports & fitness programs
offered, not to mention outdoor classes such as hiking, mountain biking,
kayaking and sailing. Other courses include arts and culture, music and dance,
travel and foreign languages.
All of this is
provided, managed and maintained meticulously by a staff of less than 40
employees who coordinate with an amazing volunteer base. The Park
District also works in partnership with non-profit agencies such as the Bainbridge Island Land Trust and the Bainbridge Island Parks
For the past 12 years,
the Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District has been under the
guidance of its Executive Director, Terry Lande. Some of his many accomplishments include the
artificial soccer fields at Battle Point, the acquisition of the two State
Parks (Fay Bainbridge & Fort Ward) and the recent passage of the Sakai Property
Procedure for nomination for Chamber Awards:
Nominees can be nominated by anyone.
Criteria for selection will be involvement, participation or
contributions to the community, community organizations or the
Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce.
A business or non-profit nominee must be a Bainbridge Island Chamber member in good standing.
Citizen of the Year must be
a person residing in the City of Bainbridge Island and must have done
something to contribute to the betterment of the business and/or
community of Bainbridge Island.
Non Profit – Must be a 501(C)(3)
Sustainable Business - Must be a company which has demonstrated exceptional sustainable business practices in the last year.
Winners are chosen through an
anonymous judging process. Judges are Chamber members and civic
volunteers. Judges do not know who the other judges or nor the outcome
of the overall judging until the winners are announced.