Tahoe Chamber announces winners of 2016 Blue Ribbon Awards
The winners of the 9th annual Blue Ribbon Awards were announced last Thursday, Nov. 10, in front of a crowd of nearly 300 South Shore community members at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
The Tahoe Chamber event celebrated the seven award winners — selected from over 80 nominees — with a cocktail hour, three-course meal and awards presentation.
The Blue Ribbon Awards recognize businesses and employees in seven categories: Geotourism, Tourism, Experience, Entrepreneur, Customer Service (Business), Customer Service (Public Agency) and Wendall Award — for a green business or program.
“The concept was started as a result of some of the negative views that are out there in regards to the Tahoe Business community. We wanted a way to show the community that there are great businesses here that provide exceptional service and experiences,” said Emily Abernathy, events director for the Tahoe Chamber.
Winners received an award, free membership to the Tahoe Chamber and signage to display at their business.
The following are the winners for the 2016 Blue Ribbon Awards:
Geotourism Award – Sponsored by Bike the West
Winner: Taylor Creek Visitors Center, United States Forest Service
Honorable Mention: Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition
Tourism Award – Sponsored by Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Winner: The Loft
Honorable Mention: Coachman Hotel
Experience Award – Sponsored by Marriott Grand Residence Club
Winner: Alpine Sierra Tours
Honorable Mention: Treat Street, KRLT/KOWL
Entrepreneur Award – Sponsored by Getaway Reno/Tahoe
Winner: Debbie Brown, Coldwater Brewery & Grill
Honorable Mention: Cassy Burnside, FATCO
Customer Service (Business) Award – Sponsored by Heavenly & Kirkwood
Winner: Tommy Walker, Ciera Steakhouse at Montbleu Resort & Spa
Honorable Mention: Kimberly Templeton, Hard Rock Café Lake Tahoe
Customer Service (Public Agency) Award – Sponsored by Tahoe Supply Company
Winner: Jody Filgo, South Lake Tahoe Senior Center
Honorable Mention: Irma Salazar, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Wendell Award for a Green Business or Program– Sponsored by South Tahoe Refuse and Recycling
Winner: Tahoe Mountain Lab
Honorable Mention: League to Save Lake Tahoe
Bryan Vargem was also awarded the Tahoe Chamber Ambassador of the Year Award for his dedication as a volunteer to the program.
“As an active Tahoe Chamber ambassador, Bryan is the force behind Tahoe Chamber’s special events, ribbon cuttings and Connect for a Cause Mixers,” according to a Tahoe Chamber release.
The Tahoe Chamber is a bi-state organization dedicated to developing, promoting and representing Lake Tahoe’s South Shore business community.