The Thurston County Chamber is proud to announce the 10th annual Boss of the Year honorees. Co-sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, this award recognizes outstanding individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision, and performance.
2019 Boss of the Year Recipients:
Erika Montgomery, Three Girls Media Inc.
Ben Shah, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates
Dave Wasson, Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters
2019 Honorable Mentions:
Jim Greene, Greene Realty
Melanie Matthews, Physicians of Southwest Washington
Ronelle Funk, Ronelle Funk Insurance – Allstate
Employees nominated over 40 bosses for the 2019 Boss of the Year recognition.
“For the 10th year in a row, we are recognizing outstanding leaders in the workplace. What makes this award unique is that nominations come from the leader’s direct reports. In the lab of actual workplaces, around 25 students from Saint Martin’s University are examining a dozen finalists to uncover what makes these bosses excel in leading their teams. The student’s analysis is incorporated into the selection process for the 2019 Boss of the Year Awards,” says Reid Bates, Owner at Express Employment Professionals.
Past honorees include:
Kevin Stormans, Stormans Inc.
Joseph Wadsworth, Custom Source Woodworking
Angela White, Olympia Master Builders
Zach Kosturos, Prime Locations
Heather Burgess, Phillips Burgess Law
Jim Larson, Morningside
Dave Nickerson, Tumwater Valley Golf Course
Kevin Johnston, Capital Mall
Rozanne Garman, RHD Enterprises
Ed Galligan, Port of Olympia
Ron Bruchet, GHB Insurance
Melissa Jenkins, The Olympian
Meagan Darrow, TOGETHER!
Steve Hall, the City of Olympia
Dr. Yong Liu, State Department of Agriculture
Rae-Lynn Bidon, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates
Joseph Di Santo, Panorama
Heidi West, America’s Credit Union
Dr. Terrence Hess, Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates
Steve Brooks, Lacey Fire District 3
Jessica Jensen, Jessica Jensen Law PS
Joe Ingoglia, Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County
Mariella Cummings, Physicians of Southwest Washington
Robert Coit, Thurston County Food Bank
Mike Harbour, Intercity Transit
Mike Strub, LOTT Clean Water Alliance
Bruce Cramer, O Bee Credit Union
John Setterstrom, Lucky Eagle Casino
The recognition event will take place on Wednesday, December 11 at the Hotel RL Olympia beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a lunch buffet and recognition program starting at 12 p.m. To make a reservation to attend, register online at thurstonchamber.com
When: Wednesday, December 11 at 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Hotel RL Olympia-Downstairs Ballroom- 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502
What: Forum includes lunch, and the cost is $35 for general admission, $25 for prepaid Chamber members, and $30 for members or $35 for non-members at the door.
Thank you to our sponsors, Bakala State Farm, The Firs Senior Living Community and TwinStar Credit Union.