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The West Chamber Honors Outstanding Contributors for 2013 and First Ever Jefferson County Hall of Fame Inductees
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – February 25, 2014 – The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County kicked off 2014 by honoring several significant contributors to Jefferson County at its 67th Annual Chairman’s Inaugural Celebration lunch on Friday, February 21, 2014 at Terrace Gardens Ken Caryl Event Center. The events theme, “Stronger Together – Connecting Businesses in 2014” helped nearly 300 people from the Jefferson County business community recognize the first inductees to the Jefferson County Hall of Fame Recognizing Business, Government and Philanthropy and welcome incoming board chair, Joni Inman of Joni Inman Consulting, LLC.
The event celebrated the amazing contributions made by Charlie Church McKay, Dr. Jack Newkirk, Dr. Cindy Stevenson and Gary Wink as the first inductees to the Jefferson County Hall of Fame Recognizing Business, Government and Philanthropy.
“Jefferson County is enriched by the many contributions from each of the four Hall of Fame inductees. The incredible work that Charles, Jack, Cindy and Gary have done has certainly made Jefferson County a richer place to reside and do business,” said Joni Inman, 2014 board chair for The West Chamber – Serving Jefferson County’s Board of Directors. “The West Chamber is honored to recognize the numerous accomplishments of each of these great community leaders.”
The Jefferson County Hall of Fame Recognizing Business, Government and Philanthropy Awards recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses and/or organizations from the past and present who have had significant impact through their leadership and contributions to Jefferson County’s economy, community and legacy. Each of the four recipients has made a significant and long standing economic, civic or social impact within Jefferson County.
Steve Burkholder was also recognized for his many accomplishments as a community leader and Chamber member over the years with the first annual Steve Burkholder Diamond Legacy Award. This award will be given annually to an individual who is recognized as a “shining star” due to their leadership and contributions in making Jefferson County a better place to reside and do business in.
“The West Chamber and Jefferson County have both benefited greatly from Steve’s leadership,” said Brian Willms, president and CEO of The West Chamber. “Many people know about his vast accomplishments while serving on as Mayor for the City of Lakewood but he has also positively impacted Jefferson County while in serving on the Chamber’s board in the late 1980’s.”
Burkholder served as board chair for the Chamber in 1986. During his tenure on the Chamber board and as board chair, the Chamber partnered with the City of Lakewood, Jefferson County and other organizations on initiatives that had great influence on the development of C-470, Belmar and Lakewood City Commons. He also helped establish Leadership Jefferson County in 1985.
The event also honored local businesses and individuals for their performance in 2013. Awards were given to the Large Business of the Year (more than 50 employees), Small Business of the Year (50 employees or less), Nonprofit of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Ambassador of the Year and the Chamber’s Unsung Hero.
St. Anthony’s Hospital received Large Business of the Year, EcoGraphics Printing, Inc. was awarded Small Business of the Year and Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC) was honored as the Nonprofit of the Year. Chamber member Shane Robert, owner of Green Vine Marketing was the Chamber’s Young Professional of the Year, Bj Hambleton of Steps and Wings Healing Arts, LLC was given the Ambassador of the Year award and Kay Ehalt of Colorado Dream Baskets and Gifts was recognized as the Chamber’s Unsung Hero.
About The West Chamber
The West Chamber is a regional Chamber of Commerce and serves Jefferson County. The Chamber started in 1947 as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. In 1990 the group merged with the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce to be The West Chamber – ServingJeffersonCounty. Comprised of more than 850 local companies, the Chamber offers a vast array of educational and networking programs to help its members, both large and small, gain the skills and resources necessary to thrive and prosper in today’s economy. As a founding member of the Jefferson County Business Lobby (JCBL), the Chamber also serves as an advocate for business, working on behalf of entrepreneurs to lead and influence local, state and federal policy on issues affecting the unique interests of business in JeffersonCounty. For more information on The West Chamber, please call (303) 233-5555 or visit www.westchamber.org.
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