The Greater Seattle Business Association announced the recipients for their 37th annual Business & Humanitarian Awards to be presented in a gala event on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is scheduled to give the opening remarks at the event. Tickets may be purchased here for this major community event.
The most familiar name to the general public, being honored: beloved Seattle performer and hostess, community leader and program supervisor at Seattle Counseling Services, ALEKSA MANILA will be presented with the “Community Leader of the Year Award”.
More info and list of all winners and the runners up for this year’s awards:
The GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards honor businesses and business leaders who are successful, exemplify the highest standards of their profession, promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrate leadership and invest time and resources into their community.
We flourish as a community. We value our local and independent businesses, support our nonprofits, and come together to recognize, value, and celebrate the strength we have when we all work together. Together We Rise.
The Business & Humanitarian Awards recipients are…
BUSINESS OF THE YEARPrecision Garage Door ServiceKevin Spratt & Kurt Sarchet, Owners BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEARPeter Shalit MDPeter Shalit MD & Associates NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEARDiverse City LLCCheryl Ingram, Owner
CORPORATE LEADEROF THE YEARRené NeidhartGeneral Manager,Renaissance Seattle Hotel COMMUNITY LEADER OF THE YEARAleksa ManilaProgram Supervisor,
Seattle Counseling Service
GREEN/SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sara Nelson, Owner
NONPROFIT OF THE YEARPlanned Parenthood ofthe Great Northwest andthe Hawaiian IslandsChristine Charbonneau, CEO SPECIAL RECOGNITION:
VOICE OF SOCIAL JUSTICEBob FergusonWashington State Attorney General
THE PRESIDENT’S AWARDTo be announced during the awards dinner!
And, the other finalists in each category:
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Marination, Roz Edison, Co-owner
TomBoy X, Fran Dunaway, Founder & CEO
BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Kate Beck, Mortgage Consultant, HomeStreet Bank
Dani Cone, Owner, Cone & Steiner General
Michael Scott, Attorney, Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S
NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Aluel Cellars, Alex Oh and Samuel Hilbert, Owners
House of Ruff, CJ Tomlinson and Crystal Jacobson, Owners
The Riveter, Amy Nelson, CEO
Wag N’ Wash Natural Food & Bakery – Seattle/Queen Anne, Bill Wolfe and Andrew Held, Owners
CORPORATE LEADER OF THE YEAR
James Hing, Category Manager, Global Sourcing and Supplier Relations – Supplier Diversity, Starbucks Coffee Company
Shaunta Hyde, Managing Director, Community Relations, Alaska Airlines
COMMUNITY LEADER OF THE YEAR
Monisha Harrell, Equal Rights Washington, Chair
Seth Kirby, Oasis Youth Center, Executive Director
GREEN/SUSTAINABLE LEADER OF THE YEAR
InterChange Media Art Productions, Jenny Ting and Michelle Gomes, Co-Owners
Soaring Heart Natural Beds, Michael Schaefer, President
NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR
Ethnic Coalitions of the Chambers of Commerce, Martha Lee, President
Gender Justice League, Danni Askini, Executive Director
Q Youth Resources, Maggie Rich, President