Awards celebrate top business people

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— A side dish of business humor will be on the menu Oct. 28 when the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Steamboat Pilot & Today host the annual Navigator Awards.

The occasion is the chamber's 98th annual meeting. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Three Peaks Grill.

The featured speaker will be Craig J. Zablocki, whose topic will be "Changing Times Demand Innovation -- Using Humor and Creativity in Business." Zablocki believes progress can be attributable to the application of human creativity and humor to bring about change. Business people in the banquet audience will run the risk of being called on to participate.

Another highlight will be the presentation of Navigator Awards to the businessperson and business of the year. Nominees for businessperson of the year include Kelly Landers of Creekside Cafe, Tom Ptach of Pilot Office Supply and John Kerst of First National Bank of Steamboat Springs. Nominees for business of the year include F.M. Light & Sons, Ace at the Curve and Strings in the Mountains.

The businessperson of the year in 2004 was Steve Dawes. PostNet, represented by owners Kathy and Terry Stokes, was named business of the year. Dawes was recognized for his civic contributions, including successfully advocating for a Local Marketing District. It was approved by the voters near the base of the ski area to create a stable funding source for commercial airline service.

The Stokes were recognized for the creativity they've shown in making the local PostNet store the sales leader for the chain.

Zablocki's speaking style has been described as a cross between the spontaneous humor of Robin Williams and the spirituality of author Wayne Dyer. He has shared podiums with President George Bush, Al Gore and author Tom Peters.

Tickets for the chamber's 98th annual meeting and luncheon are $25 a person. For reservations, call 879-0882, ext. 201.

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