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Annual Membership Awards

2012 Chairman's Choice - Akio Suyematsu

2014 Awards Nominees

Small Business of the Year (1-5 employees) - OfficeXPats

Dr. Mark Soltys, DDS
Island Cool
Sears & Associates
SpiderLily Web Design
Steven Fey Photography

Medium-sized Business of the Year (6-25 employees) - Bainbridge Island Brewing Company

Bainbridge Disposal
Bainbridge Island Brewing Company
Hill Moving Services
Modern Collision Rebuild & Service

Large Business of the Year (26+ employees) - PHC Construction

PHC Construction
Harrison Bainbridge

Non Profit of the Year - Housing Resources Bainbridge

Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
Bloedel Reserve
Housing Resources Bainbridge
Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island

Sustainable Business of the Year - Coates Design Architects

Coates Design Architects
Ground For Change

Previous Honorees -

2013 Membership Awards

Citizen of the Year - Debbi Lester
Chairman's Choice Award -- Larry Nakata
NonProfit of the Year - Bainbridge Public Library
Small Business of the Year - Bainbridge Organic Distillers
Medium-Sized Business of the Year - The Beach House at Pleasant Beach
Large Business of the Year -- Sage
Sustainable Business of the Year -- Davis Studio Architecture & Design

 2012 Membership Awards

Citizen of the Year - Jim Chapel
NonProfit of the Year - Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island
Small Business of the Year - Shirvan Rug Gallery
Medium-Sized Business of the Year - Paper Products
Large Business of the Year -- Town and Country Market
Sustainable Business of the Year -- Asani/Grow Community
Chairman's Choice Award -- Akio Suyematsu

Business Persons of the Year

John Koval & Kit Hutchin, Churchmouse Yarns & Teas

JoAnn & Gerard Bentryn, Bainbridge Island Vineyards & Winery

Steve & Becky Mikami, Bainbridge Island Ace Hardware

CeAnn Parker & Howard Block, Bay Hay & Feed

Larry Nakata, Town & Country Market, Inc.

Steve & Debbie Hill, Hill Moving Services

John Eisenhauer, Mercury Online Solutions

Michael & Alexa Rosenthal, Island Fitness

Carolyn & Charlie Frame, CFA Northwest Mortgage Professionals

Lee & Marianne Jorgenson, San Carlos Restaurant

Support Your Nominations for the 2015 Membership Award!

Anyone can submit nominations for the following categories:

  • Non-profit/Service Organization of the Year
  • Small Business of the Year (1-5 full-time or contract employees)
  • Medium Business of the Year (6-25 full-time or contract employees)
  • Large Business of the Year (26 or more full-time or contract employees)
  • Citizen of the Year (Must live in the City of Bainbridge Island)
  • Sustainable Business of the Year

Nominees for all categories except Citizen of the Year must be current members in good standing with the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce.

A committee of respected business owners, community leaders, and knowledgeable volunteers will be the judges.

Criteria for selection will be involvement, participation, or contributions to the community, community organizations, or the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce.

The same business cannot win two years in a row.

Please complete the nomination form and submit to the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce by Friday, November 20, 2015.

Winners will be announced at the Annual Installation Dinner & Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

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 products.

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 than $4,700.

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 ages. 

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 multiple-use trails.

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.

The Community 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 Foundation.

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 bond.


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.