Chamber Resort Association 19th annual awards luncheon |

Chamber Resort Association 19th annual awards luncheon

More than 180 local business leaders gathered at the Hotel Colorado for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s 19th annual awards luncheon last Wednesday.

Twenty-two individuals and businesses were honored for personal or professional achievement during 2005.

Every year the Chamber honors outstanding people who have expanded their businesses, hit a milestone, excelled in their respective fields, or made significant contributions to the community.

Over the past year, all of them, in their own way, set exemplary standards of contributing time, energy and money to the community.

Citizens who nominate outstanding individuals and businesses to the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association nominate Top Brass Awards.

The afternoon’s top honor, the Athena Award, was given to Bob Young, Chairman of Alpine Bank, who has forged paths in the workplace for women.

The spirit of the Athena Award is one of steadfastness and is given to an individual who extends leadership and vision to the community in a way that allows others to fulfill their potential.

The Top Brass Awards recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Chamber members to the economic success and stability of Glenwood Springs.

Ted Churchill earned the Large Business of the Year Award for turning Village Inn into one of the top grossing Village Inn’s in the nation. Locally, he donates to nearly every charity in the community.

While local business professionals are required to meet the constant, daily demands of the ever changing business climate, Young believes simple rules still apply.

“To whom much is given, much is expected.” He said.

Other winners said that good business means more than the bottom line.

It means giving back to others.

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