Tualatin Chamber ‘Mardi Gras’ Excellence in Business Awards Banquet

Anneleah Jaxen became president of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Partners (WCCCP--all Washington county chamber CEOs) pictured celebrating in the middle of the group with Alicia Bermes (left), CEO of Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, who is also the new Treasurer of WCCCP...and Megan DeSalvo (right), the CEO of Tigard Chamber of Commerce.
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On Friday, March 10, 2023, The Tualatin Chamber of Commerce held the Excellence in Business Awards Banquet to honor our business leaders for 2022 at the Tualatin Country Club. Mardi Gras was the theme in colors of Purple, Green, and Yellow, and we had so much fun!

Tualatin Chamber CEO Anneleah Jaxen presents Susan Noack with the Chamber Champion award for distinguished service. Attendees of the chamber’s Excellence in Business awards banquet erupted in applause and a standing ovation upon presentation of the award.

The menu was traditional New Orleans fare: Vegetarian Gumbo, Bourbon chicken, Beef tenderloin, Red Beans and Rice, and dessert was Baby King Cakes by Nothing Bundt Cakes and sugar cookies in the shape of a mask, which were sponsored by A&I Distributors. The signature drink was the famous New Orleans Hurricane, sponsored by Republic Services. The wine was provided by Noble House and Natalie’s Estate Winery. The Wine Glass sponsor was Homestreet Bank, and Table Sponsor was Tualatin Liquor. Décor was everywhere with Balloons, Beads, and Feathers, sponsored by Unitus Community Credit Union, and Cobalt Consulting sponsored the Entertainment of DJ and dancing. Our presenting sponsor was NW Cannabis Company, and our Gold sponsors were NW Natural and Musimack Marketing. We even had purple, green, and yellow popcorn by Miss Hannah’s Gourmet Popcorn, who donated the popcorn in-Kind! Nothing Bundt Cakes and Tualatin Liquor also donated in-kind! So many businesses and volunteers came together to contribute to the festivities and the silent auction to make this event a great success. As usual, the Tualatin Country Club was stunning in its beauty and service!

The New Business of the Year went to Bart Dickson, President of Cobalt Consulting Group. Robert Kellogg presented the award, and Cobalt’s representative, Suzie Weaver, accepted the award in Bart’s absence.

The winners of Chamber Volunteer of the Year were the twin powerhouse volunteers Annie Gersch of Tualatin Auto Body and Daniel Lacy of Dr. CarCast, and OregonTollingUpdates.com. Susan Noack, Chair of the Business Advocacy Council, presented the pair with their awards. Bryan Carney of Tualatin Auto Body accepted Annie’s award in her absence.

Spirit of Tualatin awards went to Jane Larsen of Jane, Ink for the Spirit of Tualatin, Individual, and Nathan Holden of NV Photography won for Spirit of Tualatin Business. The awards were presented by Sherilyn Lombos, City Manager for the City of Tualatin.

Business Leader of the Year went to Wendy Anderson of Columbia Bank. Wendy’s award was presented by Tualatin Chamber of Commerce Board member Darrell Nelson of NW Natural.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Tualatin Chamber of Commerce Board President, Skip Stanaway to Dual winners Dave and Janet Dalton of Dalton’s NW Catering and Dave and Alex Carney of Tualatin Auto Body. Bryan Carney accepted the Award in his parent’s absence.

The Chamber Champion Award for distinguished service was awarded to Susan Noack of Meals on Wheels People, Past Chair of the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Current Chair of the Chamber’s Business Advocacy Council, and current event coordinator of the Chamber signature events. Susan’s award was presented by Anneleah Jaxen, the CEO of the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce, and was met with roaring applause and a standing ovation.

We are so happy to congratulate our nominees, our winners, and all of those who joined us to celebrate! “Laissez les bon temps rouler,”  A Mardi Gras saying translated: Let the good times roll!

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