Chamber announces 54th Annual Member Award winners

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – This year’s Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce 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 year, the Chamber sets aside one evening to honor the best of our business community, chamber members who are making an impact in Jackson Hole. Each winner will receive their award in person at the Annual Award Celebration at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar on Friday October 25 from 5-7:30 p.m.

“We look forward to recognizing leaders, coworkers, 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.”

2019 Annual Chamber Awards Winners

Citizen(s) of the Year: Save the Block Contributors with special recognition for Jackson Hole Land Trust Executive Director Laurie Andrews

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.

Chamber: “An amazing combination of citizen action and leadership from strong business and nonprofit 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.”

Ride for the Brand: 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.

“They have always represented the western culture of Jackson Hole and have put so much into this community, economically and culturally,” said board member Danny Shervin. “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 conventions 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 locals 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: 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,” said Adam Meyer, member of the Chamber board.

G2G: Green to Green: 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, Chamber board member, said.


Business of the Year (Large): 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): 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-plus 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,” stated John Frechette, neighbor and Chamber board member.

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