Nominees sought for Navigator Awards

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— Nominees are being solicited for this year’s businessperson, business and young professional of the year.

The annual Navigator Awards are presented by the Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

“By recognizing and showing support for exemplary business leaders, the Navigator Awards encourage the entire community to come together, show appreciation for the accomplishments achieved by the honorees and in turn motivate future business leaders to follow in those footsteps,” Steamboat Chamber Public Relations Manager Nikki Inglis said.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 9. To nominate an individual or business, visit www.navigatorawards.com.

The winners will be recognized Oct. 30 during a luncheon at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

The cost is $35 per person or $300 for a corporate table of 10. Registration is available at www.steamboat-chamber.com/chamber/educational-events/navigator-awards.

There will be a keynote speaker who will address the business community. Short videos also will be shown featuring the winners. The luncheon also serves as the Chamber’s annual meeting, and a new board president will be installed.

Navigator winners receive plaques, and the business of the year receives a Steamboat Pilot & Today advertising package worth thousands of dollars.

Last year’s business of the year was Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus, which recently had completed an $18 million state-of-the art 60,000-square-foot building.

Outgoing Yampa Valley Medical Center CEO Karl Gills was recognized for his contributions to the health care community.

Stephany Swinford, co-owner of the Ski Butlers franchise in Steamboat, was named the Young Professional of the Year.

Lyn Halliday with the Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium chose PostNet as the Sustainable Business of the Year.

Any Steamboat Chamber member in good standing is eligible for the Business of the Year award. Business owners of general managers employed by Steamboat Chamber members are eligible for the Business Person of the Year award.

These are the Navigator Awards criteria:

• Is actively involved in community projects that enrich the Steamboat Springs economy and community.

• Fosters a work atmosphere which encourages and supports employee development.

• Possesses a progressive management philosophy.

• Exhibits leadership among Steamboat businesses.

• Demonstrates positive support of business community.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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