Local business leaders were awarded this past week for their excellence, innovation and resilience.
The held their Annual Business Awards Dinner last Friday evening at , with more than 550 attendants. The ceremony, whose theme this year was “The Sky is Limitless,” is held to honor businesses and individuals who have shown significance here in Carlsbad.
According to a city press release, nine awards total were given away within eight different categories:
- Businessperson of the Year – Larry Anderson, Tri-City Medical Center
- Small Business of the Year (1-15 employees) – Fish Window Cleaning and Your Ops Manager
- Medium Business of the Year (16-99 employees) –
- Large Business of the Year (100 or more employees) – Datron World Communications
- Lifetime Achievement in Business –
- Entrepreneur of the Year –
- Community Leadership – Mark King,
- Nonprofit of the Year –
In addition, three special awards of recognition were given out:
- Global Leadership Award –
- Environmental Spirit Award –
- Visionary Award – Bestowed posthumously to Ben Weseloh,
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Owen said that honoring the exemplary companies, entrepreneurs and visionaries who are finding ways to succeed in this tough economy helps illustrate for the community the importance of overcoming obstacles.
“In this sagging economy, the value of holding an awards program is magnified,” Owen said, according to the city press release. “These are the role models, the mentors and entrepreneurs who set the example and show how businesses can reach even higher heights. Others can look at them and say, ‘If they can do it, so can I.’”
The awards ceremony was also a chance to recognize the achievements of the 2011 board of directors and inaugurated its 2012 board members, as well as salute the five Marines who received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. The following Marines were honored with special plaques at the dinner:
- 1st Lt. Cameron West
- Cpl. Josue Barron
- Marcus Chischilly
- Cpl. Anthony McDaniel
- Sgt. Eric Rodriguez
Datron World Communications, NRG Energy and San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn were all recognized by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce for their support of Boots in Business, the chamber’s military mentoring initiative, which provides mentoring opportunities for Camp Pendleton-based service members who are about to leave the military.
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