Gallegos Corp. earns Business of the Year
BACHELOR GULCH — The Vail Valley Partnership keeps a pretty tight lid on the winners of its annual Success Awards, so Gary Woodworth was genuinely surprised when the Gallegos Corp. was named the Partnership’s Business of the Year for 2015.
Speaking to a full ballroom during Friday’s awards luncheon at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Woodworth quickly thanked the company culture created by founder Gerald Gallegos more than 45 years ago. He also noted the company’s community involvement, which last year put the company to work on projects ranging from a shade structure for the boat dock at Eagle County’s Roundup River Ranch to helping build a fire district substation northwest of Fort Collins.
After the ceremony, Woodworth said that the award, while welcome, won’t really alter the way the Gallegos Corp. does business.
The award will “create a great sense of pride,” Woodworth said. But it will still be “important for us to give back,” he added.
Other award winners were equally surprised by their awards.
Amy Cassidy, the marketing person for the town of Eagle, nearly leapt from her chair when her name was called as the winner of the Tourism Professional of the Year award.
“Eagle’s a pretty easy sell,” Cassidy said. “We have a great community, supportive businesses and event producers willing to take a chance on us.”
The town also won Innovation in Local Government award for its Singletrack Sidewalks program.
Program coordinator Mike McCormack said his job, essentially, was to “bug people” for support, including in the locker room at the town’s ice rink. And yes, McCormack said, that’s a weird as it sounds.
There was plenty of gratitude to go around as awards were announced.
Speaking for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, which helps locals who have been hit by staggering medical bills, board member Rohn Robbins called the nonprofit’s small staff “the best in the country.”
Accepting her business’ Actively Green 2015 award, West Vail Liquor Mart co-owner Laurie Mullins said the sustainability efforts at the store are leading to bigger things for one of the employees who helped organize the project. Former employee Ronnie Smith is now pursuing a master’s degree in environmental sustainability, Mullins said.
Announcing this year’s winners, Vail Valley Partnership CEO Chris Romer noted that a Success Award isn’t a lifetime achievement honor — at least not most of the time. Then he announced Rob LeVine as the winner of the Member of the Year award. That, he said, really is a lifetime achievement award, since LeVine is retiring this year and has been a strong supporter of the business community for more than 30 years.
“We make the rules (for the awards), so we can break them,” Romer said.
Here’s a look at all the winners and runners-up for this year’s awards:
Chairman’s Award: Glenn Davis.
Member of the Year: Rob LeVine.
Innovation in Local Government: Town of Eagle. Finalists: The town of Gypsum’s business grand program and the town of Vail’s Commission on Special Events.
Actively Green 2015: West Vail Liquor Mart. Finalists: Alpine Bank; town of Vail.
Community Impact Award: Antlers at Vail. Finalists: Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley; Vail Valley Charitable Fund.
Healthy Workplace: Vail Valley Jet Center. Finalists: East West Destination Hospitality; Vail Valley Foundation.
Best Place to Work: Walking Mountains Science Center. Finalists: Alpine Bank; Vail Valley Foundation.
Young Professional of the Year: Kristen Bertuglia. Finalists: Amy Ben-Horin; Gretchen Swanson.
Small Nonprofit of the Year: Vail Valley Charitable Fund. Finalists: Eagle River Youth Coalition; Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center.
Nonprofit of the Year: Mind Springs Health. Finalists: Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley; SOS Outreach.
Tourism Professional of the Year: Amy Cassidy. Finalists: Kristen Pryor; Kristin Yantis.
Small Business of the Year: Resort Books. Finalists: Alpine Arts Center; Malen Yantis Public Relations.
Business of the Year: The Gallegos Corp. Finalists: Crazy Mountain Brewing Company; East West Destination Hospitality.