Annual Awards Celebration
The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards
Proudly announcing Jackson's 2021 Award Winners
Jackson Hole is fortunate to have a strong community spirit forged in the “Ride for the Brand” mindset, animated by innovation and hard work. We have an abundance of resilient business owners, creative entrepreneurs, nonprofit champions, and future leaders. On September 28th, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce's (JHCC) Annual Awards Committee proudly selected outstanding businesses and individuals to be honored for the 56th Chamber Annual Awards.
Small Business of the Year: VIM Strong & Owner Julie Guttormson
Owner of VIM, the Small Business of the Year, Julie Guttormson exclaimed, “Wow! I am truly honored, humbled, and blown away! We’re about to celebrate 10 years since we opened the studio, and the pandemic has truly proven to be the roughest stretch.” In addition to offering free classes to local workers in an effort to combat the ongoing stress of such a demanding summer, their Rock the Ride cycling fundraiser has raised over $300,000 for local stroke and cardiac patients through St. John’s Hospital Foundation since it began in 2016.
The Large Business of the Year Award was granted to Fine Dining Restaurant Group for the Quarantine Cuisine program, which delivered over 1,100 bags of free groceries, and almost 1,000 free prepared meals as many residents were forced into quarantine. The idea and much of the work was thanks to Cynthia Hogan and was so successful thanks also to Hole Food Rescue, Jackson Whole Grocer, ¡HOLA! Spanish Academy & Services, and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.
Nonprofit of the Year: Mental Health JH
The award for Nonprofit of the Year goes to the organizations and individuals of Mental Health JH whose primary goal is to reduce the stigma of mental health while providing access to resources and knowledge throughout our valley. Thanks to their efforts, over 900 residents benefited from 6 or 12 free counseling sessions. The award specifically honors St. John’s Health, Teton Youth & Family Services, Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center, Curran Seeley Foundation, Community Safety Network, St. John’s Hospital Foundation, as well as the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, individual practitioners who subsidized their services, and individual donors are also award recipients.
This award will be distributed among the committee and includes an honorable mention to the following members:
- St. Johns Health - Lindsay Long
- St. Johns Health - Katie Long
- St. Johns Foundation - John Goettler
- Community Counseling Center - Deidre Ashley
- Teton Behavior Therapy - Jen Bradof
- Elizabeth Cheroutes
- Curran Seeley - Trudy Birkemeyer Funk
- TC School District - Michelle Brown
- RainMaker Coaching - Frances Van Houten
- Three Elephant PR - Jessica Jaubert
- CFJH - Laurie Andrews
Green-to-Green: Curbside Recycling & Kelly French
The Green-to-Green award is awarded to businesses committed to the environment by prescribing innovative and effective environmentally conscious business practices. Curbside Recycling and Kelly French are precisely that. They have provided consistent recycling services to the community for over 27 years and have been instrumental in our community's efforts to divert waste from the landfill (e.g., 9,000 lbs in just one day this summer!). They are also rooted in volunteer support of numerous community sustainability initiatives, including RRR Business Leaders (Steering Committee member), BEST Program (technical support), ISWR outreach and education (board and committee member), and more. Image courtesy of JH News & Guide.
Citizen of the Year: Dr. Travis Riddell
The Citizen of the Year award is based on activities benefiting the most significant 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. This year's award is honored to Dr. Travis Riddell for acting with conviction and making difficult decisions for the greater good of the community. His strength is admired.
Rising Star: Wendy Martinez
Nominated to an individual under the age of 40, who is blazing the streets of Jackson with their innovation and service – both professionally and personally, this year's Rising Star Award is honored to Wendy Martinez. Wendy's massive positive impact is seen through her work at Habitat and her work with numerous community networks to support essential human services in our community. - Wendy serves on the board of the Friends of the Teton County Library and Immigrant Hope. Over the last year, she has shared her time and expertise on the Housing Needs Assessment Steering Committee and the Northern South Park process. Wendy serves as an inspiration for other women of color in our community and is selfless in how she gives back. Wendy is absolutely a rising star in Teton County!
Annual Awards Ceremony
All winners will be individually awarded a trophy and will be celebrated in the local News & Guide. All nominees will also be notified and congratulated.
Due to safety restrictions, there will be no in-person Annual Awards Celebration this year.
Thanks to our decision committee: Chad Sheldon (The Liquor Store of Jackson Hole) ,Heather Huhn (Huhn Insurance Agency), Larry Hartenstein (Luxury Properties Jackson Hole), Laurie Andrews (Community Foundation of Jackson Hole), Lisa Delany (Compass Real Estate), Shelby Read (Community Foundation of Jackson Hole), Stuart Lang (The Amangani), and Susan Durfee (Central Wyoming College-Jackson).
2020: The 55th Annual Awards Celebration Winners
Citizen of the Year: Wes Clarke
Ride for the Brand Award: Teton County Covid Response Team with special recognition to Travis Riddell, Jodie Pond, and Paul Beaupre
Rising Star: Anne Marie Wells
Green-to-Green Award Winner: The Shine Group
Small Business of the Year: Wilderness Adventures Base Camp
Large Business of the Year: Roadhouse Brewing
Nonprofit of the Year: One22
2019: The 53rd Annual Awards Celebration Winners
Save the Block Group - Citizen(s) of the Year
Bar J Chuckwagon - Ride for the Brand
Shelby Read - Rising Star
The Riverwind Founation - G2G: Green to Green
Jackson Hole Airport - Business of the Year (Large)
Valley Bookstore - Business of the Year (Small)
Jerry Blann - Ride for the Brand
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