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Annual Awards Celebration

Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Announces 54th Annual Member Award Winners!

Each year, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce sets aside one evening to honor the best of our business community, chamber members who are making an impact in Jackson Hole. This year’s Annual Award Winners represent a diverse group of individuals and businesses that exemplify everything from employee recognition, to leadership style to overall lasting effect on the community. Each winner will receive their award in person at the Annual Award Celebration at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar Friday October 25 from 5:00-7:30 P.M.  

The Chamber invites the community to come and join the winners in an evening of celebration. “We look forward to recognizing leaders, co-workers, friends and family at this great time of the year when we can take a moment to look around and appreciate the great community we live, work and play in.” stated Anna Olson, President/CEO Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. “Congratulations to all of our 2019 winners and a special thank you to all the members who took time to nominate someone” Olson added.

Annual Award Celebration tickets and sponsorships are now available: There will be a Cocktail Hour VIP event from 5:00-6:00pm to kick off the celebration with hosted drinks, followed by the Award Presentations, served hors d’oerves and cash bar from 6:00-7:30pm. We encourage participation in the entire event.

2019: Annual Chamber Awards Winners 

The Chamber would like to thank the 2019 Review Committee made up of the Executive Committee as well as members of the Young Professionals of the Tetons, Membership, and Business Development Committees.

Citizen (S) of the Year Award - Save the Cafe Genevieve Block Contributors 
  • Special recognition for Jackson Hole Land Trust Executive Director Laurie Andrews, including the Land Trust board and staff, as well as “The Family” aka Café G LLC, Persephone Bakery, Café Genevieve, Healthy Being Juicery, Historical Preservation Board and Board Chair Katherine Wonson, Jackson Hole Historical Society, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance's Conservation Leadership Institute, Orijin Media, Adam and Austin of Northwork Architects, Amberley Goodchild-Baker of Wylie Baker, Robbin Levy of Levy, Coleman, Brody, LLC, George Putnam of Cirque Consulting and the thousands of donors!

This award is based on activities benefiting the greatest number of people in the area, a singular accomplishment of great benefit to the community, or continuing service to the community over a period of time. Recipients of this award have been widely respected in the community for their personal qualities as well as their contributions.

“An amazing combination of citizen action and leadership from strong business and non-profit organizations representing historical preservation, green space protection and community character resulted in an opportunity to safeguard and preserve critical elements of a property just one block off the town square. Thoughtful, modest development and working in tandem with existing business will allow the beloved character of this block such as green space and historic easements to remain in perpetuity.” Kris Shean, JH Chamber Board of Directors Chair.

Ride for the Brand Award -  Bar J Chuckwagon

This award is for those individuals and families with long-term “demonstrated respect for the place we call Jackson Hole through dedicated, effective and exceptional action to ensure the vitality of our economy, community, and environment, our triple bottom line. Ride for the Brand”, reflecting the new Chamber Brand Promise of integrity, commitment, leadership, impact and balance.

“The Bar J Chuckwagon has always represented the western culture of Jackson Hole and have put so much into this community, economically and culturally” Danny Shervin, JH Chamber Board of Directors. For over 40 years, the Humphrey family has entertained visitors from around the world at the Bar J Ranch. They have entertained local, regional and national conventionas throughout the west and the world, taking the Jackson Hole brand with them. Founded by Babe Humphrey in 1977, the Bar J Ranch and Bar J Wranglers provide a western experience that families, friends and lcoals have enjoyed. Babe taught his sons, Scott and Bryan, the importance of family values and western hospitality for which the Bar J has become renowned. By providing an authentic, western, family experience at an extraordinary value, Scott and Bryan ensure that their family tradition is honored and preserved." 

Rising Star Award - Ms. Shelby Read

This award is for the individual, under the age of 40, who is blazing the streets of Jackson with their innovation and service – both professionally and personally.

“Shelby represents an exciting new generation of nonprofit leadership in our community. With her focus on developing the Young Professionals of the Tetons group, she continues delivering the highest level of professionalism in all aspects of work and volunteering. This community needs more great rising stars like Shelby.” Adam Meyer, JH Chamber Board of Directors.

G2G: Green to Green Award - Riverwind Foundation

This award is for the business that has shown a commitment to the environment by prescribing to innovative and effective environmentally conscious business practices.

“Tim and the Riverwind Foundation have been leading Jackson Hole on a path to sustainability and recognition for those achievements for years. Through their new BEST program they are helping Jackson Hole businesses develop sustainable practices in line with the world's most rigorous standards.” Jason Williams, JH Chamber Board Member

Business of the Year (Large) Award - Jackson Hole Airport

This award recognizes a large business or entity that has achieved excellence in all areas of operations and contributed to the Jackson community. 

The Jackson Hole Airport has been part of the foundation of Jackson Hole for over 50 years. They have grown their programming and service while reducing impacts and being fully integrated with the community's efforts and goals. They take care of their employees with excellent benefits and providing a great place to work. The Jackson Hole Airport and the Airport Board has taken great steps to be an environmental leader in our community. Commitments to 100% Green Energy, lower emissions vehicles, hydrating refilling stations, and recycling and composting are only some of the steps the Airport has taken to be a leader in sustainability. In 2019, they received the BEST Certification from Riverwind Foundation along with completing the stormwater filtration system, which will filter all runoff water at the airport saving our Class 1 watershed.

Business of the Year (Small) Award -  Valley Bookstore

This award recognizes a small business (10 or less employees) or entity that has achieved excellence in all areas of operations and contributed to the Jackson community. 

“Steve Ashley and Valley Bookstore have been a cornerstone in the business community for 30+ years. He and his staff have always shown and shared their love of books while weathering tough economic headwinds and changes in reading cultures. It is still a joy to experience the interior of their store and they should be recognized for their cultural commitment and service excellence.” John Frechette, Neighbor and JH Chamber Board Member.

For Sponsorship

  • $1000 – Logo placement in promotional items & 10 tickets to the VIP Event from 5:00-6:00pm
  • $500 – Logo placement in promotional items & 4 tickets to the VIP Event from 5:00-6:00pm

Contact Director of Events and Community Affairs Mo Murphy.

Thank you to our sponsor Rocky Mountain Bank!


Purchase Tickets

  • $65.00: Individual VIP ticket (allows access to the 5:00-6:00pm VIP Event)
  • $35.00: General admission tickets from 6:00 pm onward
2019 Annual Awards Tickets


Question about our Annual Awards Celebration?

Email Special Events Manager, Britney Magleby, at

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Heather Overholser - Citizen of the Year

Jerry Blann - Ride for the Brand

Kendra Heimbuck - Rising Star

Grand Teton Lodge Company - G2G: Green to Green

Fine Dining Restaurant Group - Business of the Year (Large)

Sweet Cheeks Meats - Business of the Year (Small)

2017: The 52nd Annual Awards Celebration Winners 

Rich Ochs – Citizen of the Year

Clarke Nelson – Power of Place

Crista Valentino – Rising Star:

Slow Food in the Tetons – G2G: Green To Green

Jackson Hole Rodeo – Business of the Year

Terry Ray – Distinguished Service

2016: The 51st Annual Awards Celebration Winners 

Power of Place – Steve Duerr

Citizen of the Year – Dr. Heather Carleton

Business of the Year – Snow King Mountain Resort

Green to Green – Local Restaurant and Bar

Rising Star – Chase & Cody Lockhart

2015: The 50th Annual Awards Celebration Winners 

Citizen of the Year - Katharine Conover

Business of the Year - The Wort Hotel

Green-to-Green - Hole Food Rescue

Rising Star - Dick Stout

Power of Place - Pete Karns

Howdy Pardners Western Hospitality Award - Craig and Cliff & Loretta Kirkpatrick

2014: The 49th Annual Awards Celebration Winners 

Citizen of the Year - Mayor Mark Barron

Business of the Year - Snake River Brewing Company

Green-to-Green: Terra Firma Organics

Rising Star - Ali and Kevin Cohane

Howdy Pardners Western Hospitality Award - Mike and Claudia Schrotz

Power of Place - Manuel Lopez

2013: The 48th Annual Awards Celebration Winners

Business of the Year (New for 2013) - Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Citizen of the Year – Bob McLaurin

Green-to-Green – Blue Spruce Cleaners

Rising Star – Tom Fay

Howdy Pardners Western Hospitality Award – Jackson Police Department Citizen's Mounted Unit

2012: The 47th Annual Awards Celebration Winners 

Power of Place - Old Bill’s Fun Run

Citizen of the Year - Herb & Amy Brooks

Rising Star - Joe Madera

Howdy Pardners Western Hospitality Award - Jackson Hole Jaycees

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