Vail Daily column: Success Awards celebrate business community
The Vail Valley Partnership is celebrating the success of the Vail Valley business community with our 9th Annual Success Awards on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort.The Success Awards honor local businesses in seven categories including Non-Profit of the Year, to which a portion of the evening’s silent auction proceeds are donated. The Success Awards are the main feature of the night with video clips and recognition of all finalists. Success Award categories and finalists include:Business of the Year• Organic Housekeepers • R.A. Nelson & Associates• Vail DermatologySmall Business of the Year• Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame• Turtle Tubing• Vail Valley Dental CareEntrepreneur of the Year• Ana Carolina Forsat-Moss of Caro Creative• Kevin Selvy of Crazy Mountain Brewing Company• Liz Rackoff of Batter CupcakesSpirit of the Valley Award (formally known as Corporate Citizenship Award) • Holli Snyder of NRC365 Mountain Broadcasting• Rob LeVine of Antlers at Vail Condominiums and Conference Center• Vail Police DepartmentNonprofit of the Year• Bright Future Foundation• Steadman Philippon Research Institute• Vail Valley Charitable FundNew to this year’s Success Awards were the Young Professional of the Year and New Business of the Year award. The Young Professional of the Year award was open to applicants who are permanent residents under the age of 35 years old. Only businesses that have been open for 12 months or less qualified for the New Business of the Year category. Young Professional of the Year• Sarah Franke of Group 970• Megan Gilman of Active Energies, Inc. • Jamie Gunion of Vail Recreation DistrictNew Business of the Year• Four Seasons Resort Vail• Matsuhisa Vail• SneakPEAK VailLast but certainly not least, the Partnership will recognize Jorge Umana from Steammaster as our first ever “Member of the Year” for his efforts to promote the Partnership in the community and to be an advocate for our chamber programing, destination sales efforts and Steammaster’s participation in various Partnership events.The Partnership would like to extend an invitation to all members of the community to attend the Success Awards on February 10 to help celebrate and recognize the business community. We are also actively soliciting donations for our silent auction to support the Bright Future Foundation, our Non-Profit of the Year winner. Proceeds of the silent auction help to benefit this important nonprofit organization. If you have not yet done so, please consider an auction donation to help us raise funds for this important non-profit.For more information on the Vail Valley Partnership’s Success Awards or to RSVP to the event, please visit http://www.VailValleyPartnership.com or contact Jennifer Weintraub at 970-477-4001.As always, I encourage all member businesses to get engaged with the Partnership and to contact us with any suggestions you may have to help us better serve you. Call us at 970-476-1000 or stop by our offices in Avon at Traer Creek Plaza to share your feedback.
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