Embassy Suites/La Vista Convention Center was again the venue for the SCCC’s Annual Awards Celebration. The event highlights the best and most progressive businesses and non-profits in Nebraska’s fastest-growing county.
Following a warm welcome from Chamber President Karen Gibler and invocation from John Collard, attendees enjoyed a delicious meal with hosted wine from Soaring Wings Vineyards.
Following dinner, the Board of Directors of the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce were recognized, as were Chamber President Karen Gibler and staffers Annisa, Michelle & Lisa. Thanks were also directed at departing board members Lori Bickford and Sue Mohr.
Outgoing board chair, Alan Kennedy, shared remarks about his tenure, goals and progress, including 84% membership renewals (80% is industry standard) and introduced Ben Harms from Archrival. Archrival was hired to do a chamber and county assessment, and Ben’s report on current trends and culture was eye-opening and fascinating.
Following the detailed presentation from Archrival, this year’s Chamber Excellence Honorees were called to the stage and recognized for their dedication and work on the Chamber’s behalf. Honorees included Allison Malone, Greg London, Jason Olson, Karissa Williams, Keri Kasun, Lance Beasley, Lois Erickson, Matt Roarty & SignIT, Sarah Bernhagen & John A Gentlemen and Tom Kerfoot.
The evening then focused on awards to be presented for New or Emerging Business of the Year (Twisted Vine), Non-profit of the Year (Tri-City Food Pantry), Business of the Year 1-24 employees (Microtel Inn & Suites), and Business of the Year 25+ employees (Fareway Stores).
More awards followed, including a tie for Business Leader of the Year (Chris Johnson and Jolene Roberts) and the Chamber Excellence Awards (Matt Roarty and Tom Kerfoot).
Incoming Chair Lowell Ferguson graciously thanked the Chamber staff and congratulated all involved with SCCC groups and events like TIPs groups, monthly networking events, the Golf Tournament and The Grand Giveaway.
Midwest Sound & Lighting was again proud to partner with the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce and provide crystal-clear, feedback-free audio for the Awards Celebration. We congratulate SCCC for another great year and look forward to 2017.