2013 Small Business of the Year, Nonprofit "Making a Difference" Community Service Award, and "Best of the Chamber" Award Winners
The finalists and winners are as follows:
Financial Services Industry Excellence Award
Finalists: Icon Credit Union, Mountain America Credit Union
Winner: Idaho Central Credit Union
Idaho Central Credit Union, founded in 1940, is the largest credit union in Idaho and offers 21 full-service locations throughout the Treasure Valley, Magic Valley, and Eastern Idaho. Idaho Central’s CEO is Kent Oram. Idaho Central has been a Chamber member since 1994.
Healthcare Industry Excellence Award
Finalists: eHealthApp, Primary Health Medical Group
Winner: Healthwise Incorporated
Healthwise, founded in 1975, develops health content and patient education solutions for the top health plans, care management companies, hospitals, and consumer health portals. Each year, millions of people use their content and tools to manage their health, make better health decisions, and live healthier lives. Healthwise’s Founder and CEO is Don Kemper. Healthwise has been a Chamber member since 1991.
Travel Industry Excellence Award
Finalists: Boise Airport, Rocky Mountain Companies
Winner: Bogus Basin
Bogus Basin, founded in 1942, is a local mountain with an international reputation for providing affordable recreational opportunities. Bogus Basin’s goals are for skiers and riders of all ages, ability levels and interests to experience the joy of winter sports and recreation; to provide opportunities for world-class alpine and nordic skiing, snowboarding, competition, and recreation; and to promote healthy lifestyle choices in a safe, clean mountain environment. Bogus Basin’s President and General Manager is Alan Moore. Bogus Basin has been a Chamber member since 1976.
“Making a Difference” Nonprofit Community Service Award
Finalists: Children's Home Society of Idaho, Idaho Youth Ranch
Winner: Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers
Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers was founded in 1988 to strengthen families with children through quality early care and the education of young kids and their families, as well as parent support, education, and food. Giraffe Laugh offers care through two full-year centers and one center located at a high school for pregnant and parenting teens during the school year. Giraffe Laugh’s Executive Director is Lori Fascilla. Giraffe Laugh has been a Chamber member since 2011.
Small Business of the Year (Micro-size company)
Finalists: Anderson Plumbing, Catapult3, Inc., Cross Town Movers, Red Sky Public Relations
Winner: MetaGeek, LLC
Founded in 2005, MetaGeek’s industry-leading hardware and software have helped network professionals more efficiently deploy and maintain wireless networks. With a complete line of portable USB spectrum analyzers, more than 10,000 customers worldwide rely on MetaGeek solutions to isolate, identify, and troubleshoot wireless interference. Metageek’s CEO/Chief Geek is Ryan Woodings. MetaGeek has been a Chamber member since 2012.
Small Business of the Year (Small-size company)
Finalists: A1 Plumbing & Perfect Air, CTR Cleanup & Total Restoration, TitleOne Corporation, Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate
Winner: Fisher's Document Systems
Founded in 1936, Fisher's Document Systems is the largest Idaho-owned document technology provider. In addition to hardware solutions such as copiers, printers, scanners, and fax systems, Fisher's provides software solutions and professional services to streamline business processes and enterprise-wide document management challenges. Fisher’s Document Systems’ President & CEO is Chris Taylor. Fisher’s Document Systems has been a Chamber member since 1936.
Legislative Advocate of the Year
Finalists: Blue Cross of Idaho, Hawley Troxell, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, WhiteCloud Analytics
Winner: Micron Technology, Inc.
Founded in 1978, Micron is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions for computing, networking, and communications products, including computers, workstations, servers, cell phones, wireless devices, digital cameras, and gaming systems. Micron’s CEO is Mark Durcan and their Government Affairs Manager is Mike Reynoldson. Micron has been a Chamber member since 1995.
The Chamber also honored KTVB News Group President & General Manager Doug Armstrong with the Chamber’s first Hall of Fame Award. Doug was recognized for his sustained, positive contributions to the betterment of the Chamber and support for its mission to advocate for economic well-being, regional development, and quality of life.
Request for nominations for next year's awards begins in February 2014.