Previous recipients reflect on Navigator Awards

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— This year marks the Navigator Awards’ 15th anniversary, and in recognition of that milestone, past recipients were asked to reflect on the honor and speak about the importance of the awards.


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Courtesy/Steamboat Ski Area

Chris Diamond

“Recognition is important, and anyone who won’t admit it is being a little bit disingenuous. There is nothing more motivating than to be told you are doing a good job, especially in a community like Steamboat with so many competitive people and so many successful entrepreneurial types. To be recognized in the classy way that the Chamber has always done this — with the support of the paper — it’s a real honor.”

Chris Diamond, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. president and chief operating officer

2006 Business Leader of the Year


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Rex Brice

“Being chosen to receive a Navigator Award was a milestone and a motivator for me. There are many extremely talented business people in our community who are accomplishing great things. The Navigator Awards not only recognizes them for their accomplishments, but it also pushes us all to be better leaders and members of our community. While it is important to have vision, it is equally important that we recognize our accomplishments.”

Rex Brice, restaurateur and former Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association board president

2008 Business Leader of the Year


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PJ Wharton

“In my opinion, the Navigator Award is one of the highest honors that a business and/or individual can receive. As the Navigator Award is decided by the leadership of the Chamber Resort Association and the Steamboat Pilot & Today, this honor is a real reflection of the winner’s reputation and impact to the Steamboat community. These experts and community leaders understand the contributions and challenges of our local economy and business environment. Their recognition has been a real source of inspiration and pride to our institution and has encouraged us to strive to meet the spirit and expectations of this award.”

P.J. Wharton, Yampa Valley Bank president and CEO

2010 Business of the Year


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Stephany Traylor

“The recipients of these awards are those members in our communities who truly put themselves second to Steamboat, and it’s such a humbling recognition. It’s not something anyone necessarily strives to achieve. It’s not in their nature. These leaders in our community have one shared goal in mind, and that’s to grow and nurture Steamboat.”

Stephany Traylor, co-operator of Ski Butlers in Steamboat Springs

2012 Young Professional of the Year

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