Honoring the Gems of our Community

January 28, 2020
Gem of the Valley Gala honors speech

January 28, 2020 The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce held its’ annual Gem of the Valley Awards Gala on Friday, January 24th.  This ceremony honored the businesses and individuals that make our community a better place to live, work and do business.  The award winners exemplify excellence through proven growth, innovation, business and community achievements.

Our 2020 recipients of a Gem of the Valley Award include:

Chamber Volunteer of the Year—Danielle Milton, Spokane County Library District

Chamber Ambassador of the Year—Jim Reincke, Haven Real Estate Group

Heart of the CommunityPeggy Doering, Valleyfest

Entrepreneur of the Year—Ben Wick, The Splash/The Current

Lifetime Achievement Award—Wayne Frost, Frost Consulting, PLLC

Citizen of the Year—Ben Small, Central Valley School District

Nonprofit of the Year—Blessings Under the Bridge

Small Business of the Year—Movher, LLC

Medium Business of the Year—Modern Electric Water Co.

Large Business of the Year —STCU

Several years ago, educators from each of the area school districts were added to the list of award winners in order to highlight their contribution in adding to the future workforce and future business leaders. They are selected by the superintendent of their district.

Educators of the Year:

Central Valley School District—Analise McCann, Broadway Elementary

East Valley School District—Lois Musser, Trent Elementary

Freeman School District—Denise Conrad, Freeman Elementary and Freeman Middle School

West Valley School District—Suzanne Ruth-Scott, Spokane Valley High School

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

The Gem of the Valley Awards Gala was made possible with the support of the following businesses: BECU, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Inland Empire Paper Company, Modern Electric Water Co., MultiCare Valley Hospital, Spokane International Airport, and Waste Management.


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