December Chamber Forum: Boss of the Year

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM) (PST)


The Thurston County Chamber is proud to announce the annual Boss of the Year Recognition and Celebration. In partnership with Express Employment Professionals, this award recognizes outstanding individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision, and performance.

“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.

Congratulations to the following individuals:

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. Register today!

Please note Deschutes Parkway will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on this day, so please be sure to use an alternate route.

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 Members and $35 Non-Members who pay the day of the event. 

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

Boss of the Year nominations are now closed.

Please note, we follow Washington State Department of Health and Thurston County Public Health and Social Services guidance at our events. Please wear your mask unless you are actively dining. Thank you.


$25 Members

$30 Non-Members

The Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake (formerly Hotel RL)
2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502 United States

Downstairs Ballroom

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM) (PST)

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