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2013 Membership Awards

2012 Chairman's Choice - Akio Suyematsu

2013 Awards Nominees

Small Business

Bainbridge Island Brewing Company LLC
Bainbridge Organic Distillers
Cavu Networks
Harbor Square Wine Shop and Tasting Room
Inside Bainbridge
Intentional Table
Kitsap Office Supply

Medium Business

The Beach House Restaurant at Pleasant Beach

 Large Business

Avalara, Inc.
Fairbank Construction Company
Harrison Medical Center
Sage

Sustainable Business

Davis Studio Architecture and Design
Soup’r Burger

Non-Profit

Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation – Stephens House
Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge Island
Bainbridge Public Library
Hope House of Bainbridge Island
Housing Resources Board

Citizen of the Year

Patty Christensen
Matthew Coates
Debbi Lester

Previous Honorees -

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

2011
John Koval & Kit Hutchin, Churchmouse Yarns & Teas

2010
JoAnn & Gerard Bentryn, Bainbridge Island Vineyards & Winery

2009
Steve & Becky Mikami, Bainbridge Island Ace Hardware

2008
CeAnn Parker & Howard Block, Bay Hay & Feed

2007
Larry Nakata, Town & Country Market, Inc.

2006
Steve & Debbie Hill, Hill Moving Services

2005
John Eisenhauer, Mercury Online Solutions

2004
Michael & Alexa Rosenthal, Island Fitness

2003
Carolyn & Charlie Frame, CFA Northwest Mortgage Professionals

2002
Lee & Marianne Jorgenson, San Carlos Restaurant

Congratulations to This Year's Winners!

The Chamber board and staff would like to thank everyone who attended our gala event on Saturday, January 25. We'd especially like to thank The Island School for providing the location, Flamingo Audio for transforming the hall with colored lights and providing sound, Robert Freitag and the crew from Metro Market Catering for the elegant and delicious dinner, Jeff and Ron Twieten of Harbor Square Wine Shop for providing wine, and jazz duo Rio Con Brio for live music. The evening would not have been possible without our major sponsors Treehouse Cafe, Kitsap Bank and Town & Country Market. Thanks to our board of directors' banquet committee of Arnie Sturham, Rhonda Brown and Linda Lincoln for their work in planning the event and providing decorations and flowers for the tables.

 

 2013 Membership Award Winners

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 (Far Bank)
Sustainable Business of the Year -- Davis Studio Architecture & Design
NonProfit of the Year - Bainbridge Public Library
Citizen of the Year - Debbi Lester
Chairman's Choice Award -- Larry Nakata, Town & Country Market
Small Business of the Year - Bainbridge Organic Distillers

Keith and Patrick Barnes and their team have been an integral part of the Bainbridge community since they opened in 2009, helping local non-profits raise awareness and money. They have donated to almost every event held on the island in the past year, including more than 35 charity auctions. He donated more than 50 hours of professional design services, plus printing and shipping cost for the brochure for Chamber’s summer Frog Hopper bus service. He created and hosted fundraising events for West Sound Wildlife Shelter, Friends of the Farms and local livestock producers, and the Puget Sound Restoration Fund.

Bainbridge Organic Distillers, Washington State’s first licensed distillery, also sponsored events for the Historical Society, Bainbridge Arts & Humanities, Salish Sea Expeditions, Bainbridge Kiwanis Bike Event, Port Townsend Film Festival, and Save A Forgotten Equine. The Wounded Warrior Project, KUOW/NPR, National Wildlife Federations, ASPCA, Humane Society of the U.S have all been recipients of his generosity.

Keith’s favorite is his "Thanks For Your Service” program. When a military service person visits the distillery, their first bottle of spirits is on the house.

 

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Medium-Sized Business of the Year - The Beach House at Pleasant Beach

Bainbridge Island’s new gem of a restaurant on the south end. One of the anchor businesses of the new Pleasant Beach Village, the Beach House offers a warm, cozy and friendly place for family and friends to gather in Lynwood Center.

Open less than a year, they have already garnered rave reviews for fine food and excellent service and have amassed a loyal following. Hosts Erin Renfro and Chef Dan Miller are excited to be on Bainbridge and look forward to serving the community for many years to come.

 

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Large Business of the Year -- Sage (Far Bank)

Founded in 1980 by legendary rod designer Don Green, Sage was created with one idea in mind -- to build the world's finest performance fly rods. Using state-of-the-art materials and his years of experience gained while working with Fenwick and Grizzly rod companies, Don revolutionized the fly fishing world.

During its 30+ years on the island, Sage has been active in the community, partnering with island educators and donating product to local non-profit auctions. Their employees have volunteered many hours of their time to local projects.

In 2013 Sage teamed up with Sakai Middle School to help educate the 5th and 6th graders in subjects related to STEM curriculum (science, technology, engineering & math). In the "Salmon in the Classroom” program, Sage employees worked with students in several projects including testing water quality in Murden Cove and releasing salmon in the streams.

Company volunteers also continued their activity with Kitsap County Parks, helping to complete the trail at the North Kitsap Heritage Park.

Sage donated equipment to the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks & Recreation’s Outdoor Program to share the sport of fly fishing with all people.

Sage also offers internship opportunities to students in the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, giving them a chance to work on a variety of real-world, at-work business issues.

 

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Sustainable Business of the Year -- Davis Studio Architecture & Design

Davis Studio is the winner of the 2013 AWB Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Innovator. Founded in 2002 by Jonathan and Mary Jo Davis, the firm is the principal architect for the Grow Community on Bainbridge Island, the award-winning community that has been put forth as "the Most Sustainable Neighborhood in the U.S”

Since 1985 Davis has been incorporating sustainable technologies into the buildings he has designed, as well as ensuring that the buildings are suitably located within their environment to take advantage of passive solar and natural ventilation and, more importantly, having as small an impact on the environment as possible.

Davis Studio projects have been built to LEED, BuiltGreen and One Planet endorsement. The firm provides architectural and interior design for residential, retail, commercial, institutional and public buildings as well as urban planning, throughout the U.S.

Jonathan Davis has been a board member of Sustainable Bainbridge since 2012 and has taken a very active role in community engagement for the re-design of Winslow’s Waterfront Park.

 

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NonProfit of the Year - Bainbridge Public Library

Bainbridge Public Library embodies the spirit of public-private partnership.

The building and grounds are owned by the people of Bainbridge Island. An all-volunteer board manages the building on behalf of the citizenry and strives to ensure a vibrant community hub dedicated to the joy of reading, the discovery of ideas and the power of information. Private individuals, local businesses and institutions donate funds, time and expertise to maintain the grounds, manage facilities operations, and plan for improvements and expansion. Kitsap Regional Library provides the holdings, programs and staff.

Community built and owned for over 50 years, the Library serves more than 250,000 patrons a year. Over 250 volunteers help run the library. The Bainbridge Rotary Club contributed the entire income from its very first Rummage Sale - $5,6613.15 - to the original building fund.

The Library offers dozens of events and activities each month and connects with the community through outreach to various locations, including the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. In addition to participating in and providing staging space for the annual Fourth of July parade, BPL is also a core partner with the Bainbridge Chamber, Sustainable Bainbridge and Bainbridge Graduate Institute in the successful Building a Successful Economy (BASE) lecture series.

 

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Citizen of the Year - Debbi Lester

Sitting on City Council for the past four years, Debbi Lester has set an example for community leadership, professional discussion and has encouraged political involvement from others. She is a model for young women aspiring to become involved in business, the community and the arts.

Debbi is the founder and publisher of Art Access, the quarterly guide to the arts in the Puget Sound area. She has been a community activist championing green spaces, community gardens, public art, historic tree preservation, and the arts.

In 2013 she contributed more than 500 hours of time beyond her general city council member responsibilities to community issues and projects, contributing to the completion or forward motion of many projects, from non-motorized transportation improvements, solar panels on City Hall and the settlement with Washington State Ferries to the planting (with the help of friends) of 7,000 daffodils in downtown Winslow.

As Citizen of the Year, she will be the Grand Marshall of the 2014 Grand Old Fourth of July parade.

 

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Chairman's Choice Award -- Larry Nakata, Town & Country Market

Larry Nakata is the third generation of Nakata entrepreneurs on Bainbridge Island. His grandfather came in 1899 and opened a barber shop. His father Mo and uncle John teamed up with Ed Loverich and opened Town & Country Market in 1957 and the store has been an anchor business in downtown Winslow ever since. 

Growing up on Bainbridge Island, Larry picked strawberries on the Koura family farm and loved to play basketball. He started working in the family business when he was still in school, and went on to earn a degree in Urban Development from the School of Business at the University of Washington.

He was drafted into the Army and was stationed near Washington, D.C. He married his high school sweetheart Sandy Naylor and has two children and a grandson. His son Reid works in the produce department at the company’s Shoreline Central Market. Larry and his wife now live on the Nakata family homestead on Weaver Road.

Larry was the manager of the Poulsbo Market Place store in the 80’s and 90’s and when his cousin Don Nakata passed away suddenly in 2000, Larry took the helm as President/CEO with assistance from his brother Ron and the board of directors. He has led the company over the past decade, tending to the heart and soul of the organization – its people – as well as making sure that the business stays operationally healthy.

In 2011 Larry became the Chairman of the Board of the company, which now has additional markets in Poulsbo, Shoreline and Mill Creek.

Larry has been recognized as a leader in his industry, serving on the board of directors of Associated Grocers and being named Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year in 2007, the same year that T & C celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Over the years Larry has been involved in many community groups and projects including being a member of the City of Bainbridge Island Winslow Tomorrow Task Force and Downtown Property Owners Group, a member of Leadership Kitsap, honorary co-chair of the Bainbridge Community Foundation Campaign, and member of the board of Harmony Hill Retreat Center in Union, WA.

Larry continues to embody and promote the concept that his grandfather Jitsuzo Nakata and other Issei immigrants brought with them: "kaizen” or continuous improvement. Wikipedia explains: "Kaizen is a daily process, the purpose of which goes beyond simple productivity improvement. It is also a process that, when done correctly, humanizes the workplace, eliminates overly hard work ... and teaches people how to perform experiments on their work using the scientific method and how to learn to spot and eliminate waste in business processes. In all, the process suggests a humanized approach to workers and to increasing productivity: The idea is to nurture the company's human resources... People at all levels of an organization participate in kaizen, from the CEO down to janitorial staff, as well as external stakeholders when applicable."

It’s a practice that will serve him well as he guides the Bainbridge Island T & C through the challenges of its extensive remodel this year.

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