Corsentino wins 2004 Athena Award
Sue Corsentino brings strength, commitment and compassion to everything she does, says her friend, Ginger Watts.On Thursday, Watts and other business and community leaders honored Corsentino for those qualities by presenting her with the 2004 Athena Award. The award is given in communities across the United States, Canada and Russia to women, and a few men, who are strong role models and mentors for women in business and professional careers.Corsentino is the 11th Athena recipient in Glenwood Springs, and seven previous winners presented the award to her during the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Associations 17th annual awards luncheon, held at the Hotel Colorado.I really feel very humble to be up here with these women who have done so much, Corsentino said in an impromptu speech. She said later that she was totally surprised to receive the award.I was totally blessed to fall into Glenwood Springs, and to be able to raise my sons here. Coming from the south side of Chicago, it was really something, she said, holding a giant bouquet of flowers presented by her sons Dominic and Kirk LaGiglia, both of Denver, who made a surprise appearance at the event.Brings out the goodShe recalled two employers who served as incredible mentors in her career: Alpine Mortgage owner Molly Downs, who she called the most special woman in the world, and Alpine Bank owner Bob Young, who she called the most philanthropic man.In her 17 years at Alpine Bank, Corsentino climbed the ladder of corporate success without stepping on anyone else, Young wrote in a nomination letter. She is now the vice president for marketing for Alpine Banks from Glenwood Springs to Battlement Mesa.Watts, the 2003 Athena winner, said Corsentino is gracious with her own success, and enjoys watching her co-workers succeed.In nominating her, co-workers said Corsentino exudes sincerity and conscientiousness in all she does, has the credibility to motivate others, and brings out the good in others.She is a relentless community volunteer, organizing the senior volunteer days at Alpine Bank, when bank employees do tasks at the homes of senior citizens, winning the Kiss-A-Pig contest for YouthZone in 2000, serving as a chamber ambassador, and serving on the boards for LIFT-UP, Literacy Outreach, the Downtown Development Authority and Transportation & You.Corsentino sees all this as her own gain.Ive had the opportunity to help other people. Ive been so blessed. I just cant believe it. Thank you so much, she said.Other award winners, new Web siteThe awards luncheon honored 26 other businesses and individuals for achievements, and the chamber gave awards to outgoing board members and to members of the chamber ambassadors.Chamber Ambassador Mary Nelson and staff member Lori Hogan also gave a sneak preview of the chambers new Web site, which will go live in May at the online address http://www.glenwoodchamber.com.It opens with big, vivid photos of fun things to do in Glenwood Springs, which then pop back into place next to an explanation box. Businesses will be able to purchase the same kind of exposure, which will be linked to a pop-up box with a description and photo and a link to the business own Web site.We think Glenwood Springs will raise the bar for chambers across the country, Nelson said. Chamber board member Steve Beckley presented awards to three people departing from the chamber board: Dave Sheriff, Asa Jones and board president Ken Kranz, who got a Gary Fisher Utopia cross bicycle for his service.Ive been riding 1,000 a year, Kranz said. Now hell have no excuse to stay at home.Beckley also recognized ambassadors Steve Carter, Tonya La Frenz, Cliff Keen, Jackie Ruden, Marilyn Cummins and Mary Nelson.Cummins, in turn, recognized 10 chamber member businesses that have gone 10 years with a perfect record for on-the-job safety. They are G Electric Ltd., A&H Graphics Inc., Mountain Lawn and Weed Control, Glenwood Food & Fuel Inc., Fire Sprinkler Services Inc., Glenwood Beauty Academy, Days Inn, Prime Painting Inc., Johnson Park Miniature Golf Inc. and Glenwood Motor Inn Inc.DECA and Top Brass awardsAmanda Whiting, a Glenwood Springs High School DECA club member, announced the winner of the clubs sought-after Entrepreneur of the Year award, Dr. Dave Jensen and Valley Wellness Center.Whiting said the club received 63 nominations for 11 entrepreneurs.Nominations for Jensen cited his high ethical standards, his emphasis on making decisions that are right for employees and patients, and for his honesty, professionalism and fairness, Whiting said.The DECA Club also recognized the Glenwood Springs Chamber as a Friend of DECA for the 20-year relationship the two organizations have enjoyed.Beckley took the podium to recognize the large and small Philanthropic Businesses of the Year, an award named for the late Jim Novak. WestStar Bank won the large business award and Paul and Nancy Nelson, owners of the McDonalds franchises in Glenwood Springs and six neighboring towns, won the small business award, for their support of community nonprofits.Beckley also presented the 12 Top Brass awards to businesses for professional achievement, expansions or milestones. The winners are Abbey Carpet and Tile, All Kids Dental, Alpine Banks of Colorado, Best Value Inn and Suites, Debra Drew and Edward R. Jones Co., Glenwood Paint Inc., KDNK FM radio, Kuka Kennels, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Roaring Fork Liquors, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and Versatile Productions Inc.(For more details on Top Brass winners, go online to http://www.postindependent.com.)And Glenwood Springs Mayor Larry Emery read a proclamation designating Top Brass Week in honor of the 12 businesses.Sealed with a kissIn accepting the philanthropic business award, Paul Nelson gave his wife a kiss, starting a brief trend for award recipients. Top Brass winner Steve Weller of Abbey Carpet continued the trend, followed by Dr. Robert Henry of All Kids Dental.That left the audience wondering about the next set of winners, Alpine Bank executives Bruce Robinson and Bill Sanderson. No kiss there.And when Qdoba owner Jeff Warner and restaurant manager Jose Ramos accepted their award, Ramos said with a laugh, No beso!The kissing ended, but the good feelings continued.Nelson ended the event by congratulating and thanking chamber members and Thursdays winners for their work in behalf of making the community a good place to live, work and visit.This is Glenwood Springs, and where else would we ever want to be? she added.Contact Heather McGregor: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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