Winners List: Gem of the Valley Awards of Excellence

The Gem of the Valley Awards Gala held on Friday was lively celebration with a full house! We were proud to honor many outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals, who have made a significant impact in our community.

Congratulations to our 2016 Gem of the Valley Award winners, as voted by our members:

Ambassador of the Year:
Jim Reincke, Modern Woodmen of America / Fraternal Financial

Volunteer of the Year:
Todd Kiesbuy, Avista

Non-Profit Organization:
Union Gospel Mission

Heart of the Community:
HUB Sports Center

Small Business:
Brewz on Barker

Medium Business:
Spokane Gymnastics

Large Business:

Entrepreneur of the Year:
Chef Adam Hegsted, Eat Good Group

Educators of the Year:
Central Valley: Brandon Dunn, Opportunity Elemen.
East Valley: Misty Snyder, Otis Orchards Elementary
West Valley: Carol Preston, West Valley High School

Citizen of the Year:
Frank Tombari, Banner Bank

Special thanks to our sponsors for their generous support: Modern Electric Water Co., Valley Hospital, Graham Construction, Spokane International Airport, and Horizon Credit Union, and media partners, QUINN and The Splash/The Current.

Chairman of the Board Greg Repetti, Valley Hospital, presents 2016 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year Award to Frank Tombari, Banner Bank, with Katherine Morgan, President & CEO, Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.