Newport Chamber Announces Awards and Incoming Board of Directors at Annual Banquet
On Friday, June 19th, 2015 the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce held its annual Awards Banquet and Meeting at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn. Nearly one hundred eighty people were in attendance at the event which was themed “The Sky’s the Limit”. Seven awards were handed out that evening and the Chamber Board of Directors for 2015-2016 was announced.
Patti Ferry of Oregon State Credit Union was awarded Chamber Ambassador of the Year. The Hospitality Committee’s Employee of the Year Award was previously announced at the Know Your Newport hospitality training seminar and trade show in May and that award went to Irma Munoz of Schooner Landing. The Beautification Location of the Year was Oregon Coast Bank and this award was accepted by Teresa Ballhorn. Judy Mayhew of Newport Parks and Recreation was presented with the Public Employee of the Year award while Jason King of Oregon Coast Aquarium received the Don M. Rowley Spirit of Service for Outstanding Volunteerism award. Last but certainly not least, the 2014-2015 President’s Award was presented to Art Ballhorn and crew of Bigfoot Beverages.
Two awards were voted on by the Chamber membership and were announced at the June 19th event. The honor of being named Business of the Year went to Local Ocean Seafoods and the award was accepted by owner Laura Anderson. The Business Person of the Year award went to Julie Hanrahan, Branch Manager of Columbia Bank in Newport.
The portion of the evening dedicated to the introduction of the incoming Board of Directors included honoring Chamber Board President Judy Kuhl for her year of service which actually began February 1, 2014 upon Don Mann’s retirement. The incoming Executive Board of Directors for 2015-2016 are as follows: President – Jim Protiva, Newport Parks and Recreation, 1st Vice President – Susan Beck, Farmers Insurance, 2nd Vice President – Lisa Ely, Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Secretary – Mark Hanrahan, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Treasurer – Doug Hunt, Lincoln County Commissioner, Past President – Judy Kuhl, Best Western Agate Beach, Past President at Large – Don Lindly, Retired Lincoln County Commissioner.
Two Year Directors serving on the Chamber Board are Daniella Crowder (Bike Newport), Al Fitzpatrick (US Coast Guard Academy), Patti Ferry (Oregon State Credit Union), Ruby Moon (OSU Extension), Melanie Sarazin (Dennis Bartoldus Law Office), and Robert Taylor (Creative Landscape and Maintenance).
One Year Directors serving on the Chamber Board are John Baker (NW Management), Rich Evans (RE Services), Charles Littlehales (Retired Circuit Court Judge), Catherine Rickbone (OCCA/PAC/VAC), Dr. Randall Teich (Newport Gentle Dentistry), and Chris Waugh (On the Fly). The Ex-Officio Board Members include the Mayor of Newport, Sandra Roumagoux and the Port of Newport General Manager, Kevin Greenwood.
The Newport Chamber congratulates each of the award recipients and would like to extend their appreciation to both their past and incoming Board members for their service to the business community.