Thurston Chamber Celebrates 2021 Boss of the Year Honorees

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The Thurston County Chamber is proud to announce the annual Boss of the Year Recognition and Celebration.

“For over eleven years, we’ve recognized 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 15 students from Saint Martin’s University examined 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 2021 Boss of the Year Awards,” says Reid Bates, Owner at Express Employment Professionals.

This year, Boss of the Year Honorable Mentions are

2021 Honorable Mentions:

  • Ron Thomas, Thomas Architecture Studios
  • Gergen Robinson and Davina Clardy, John L. Scott Talent Group
  • Harold Carr, Law Offices of Harold Carr

Congratulations to the 2021 Boss of the Year Honorees:

  • Nicole Andres, Nicole’s Bar
  • Dana Hanson, Thurston County Juvenile Probation
  • Bob Iyall, Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation

All six individuals will be recognized at the Thurston Chamber’s Forum on Wednesday, December 8 at the Olympia Hotel at Capital Lake beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a plated lunch and recognition with the official program starting at 12 p.m. To make a reservation to attend, register online at

Past Honorees include:

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

What: Boss of the Year Recognition and Awards

When: Wednesday, December 8 at 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Where: Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake Ballroom- 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502

What: Forum includes lunch, and the cost is $25 for Members and $30 for Non-Members prepaid, or $30 for Members and $35 Non-Members who pay day of the event. To make a reservation to attend, register online at

Thank you to our sponsors, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, Express Employment Professionals, Accelerate Growth Coaching and South Sound Behavioral Hospital.

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