Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 Business & Leadership awards recipients

Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle receives 2019 Community Statesman awar

VANCOUVER – The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) announced the award recipients of the 2019 Business & Leadership Awards at the Annual Dinner & Awards Recognition Ceremony “Set Sail for Success,” presented by Port of Vancouver USA and supported by PeaceHealth, on Sept. 25.

The following award recipients were announced at the ceremony by the award category sponsors. Information below:

2019 John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award Recipient: Arch Miller, Air & Hospitality Academy, retired. Presented by Kim Capeloto, Riverview Community Bank.

Recipient Bio: In 1979, Miller founded what was then the International Air Academy to train workers for careers in the travel and airline industries. Miller was the GVCC’s board chairman in 1987 and is a longtime chamber member. He has dedicated countless hours of service to the Vancouver community for more than three decades. Miller has been a leader for several local charitable groups, including Identity Clark County and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is also a former president of the Port of Vancouver USA, Vancouver Rotary Club, and Vancouver Tourism Office.

2019 Community Statesman Award Recipient: Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Mayor of Vancouver. Presented by Sean Gregory, PeaceHealth SW Medical Center and PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center.

Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle receives 2019 Community Statesman award at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Awards Recognition Ceremony. She is shown here at the State of the City Address earlier this year. Photo by Mike Schultz
Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle receives 2019 Community Statesman award at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Awards Recognition Ceremony. She is shown here at the State of the City Address earlier this year. Photo by Mike Schultz

Recipient Bio: Anne McEnerny-Ogle was originally elected to Vancouver City Council in November 2013 and took her first oath of office on Jan. 1, 2014. She became the first woman to serve as mayor of Vancouver on Jan. 1, 2018, where she has helped to lead efforts in economic development, regional community relations, and transportation. Mayor McEnerny-Ogle’s current assignments include serving as the vice-chair for the C-TRAN Board of Directors, chair of the Southwest Regional Transportation Council, member of Metro’s Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, and member of the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization Policy Committee. The mayor also serves on the board for Greater Portland Inc. (GPI), is a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Ad-Hoc Consortium and the Association of Washington Cities and has active memberships in numerous business associations. McEnerny-Ogle’s heart for Armed Forces is evidenced by her faithful presence and participation in local events honoring their bravery and sacrifice.

2019 Community Champion Award Recipient: Corwin Beverage Company. Presented by Jennifer Rhoads, Community Foundation for SW Washington.

Recipient Bio: Corwin Beverage Company is a Ridgefield-based food and beverage distribution company serving retail clients since 1941. From their humble beginnings with one truck and three employees nearly 80 years ago, to over 100 trucks and more than 100 employees today, Corwin has established a long tradition of award-winning sales and service. Corwin has been a positive force within the greater Vancouver region and provides tremendous community support through generous contributions and partnerships that go beyond supplying beverages. They are proud supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of SW Washington, the Clark County Food Bank, Share Vancouver, NW Association for Blind Athletes, YMCA, YWCA and more. Corwin Beverage Company actively hires U.S. veterans, which makes up almost 10 percent of their workforce. You will find a Corwin representative (or several) at just about any event held in the community.

2019 Start-Up to Watch Award Recipient: WellHaven Pet Health. Presented by Alex Hinshaw, Insperity.

Recipient Bio: WellHaven was launched as a national veterinary practice in the Fall of 2017. They built 12 de novo AAHA veterinary hospitals (4 local), acquired 30 quality veterinary practices (4 local), and are poised to have 50 facilities nationwide by the end of 2019. WellHaven’s corporate offices and its first branded location are in downtown Vancouver and they have created over 100 jobs in the SW WA/Portland market. Even before the company officially began operating, WellHaven’s founding team had built a strong and focused platform that intentionally connected their long-term strategy for growth and success with the community’s long-term growth and success. WellHaven support includes: local school career days, Farmers Market participation, Clark County Fair Veterinary booth volunteers, Ridgefield Raptors, and Ryd mobility sponsor. They also sponsor and are active volunteers with Humane Society of SW WA, Mostly Mutts, People United for Pets, West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, and Pet Peace of Mind.

2019 Small Business Award Recipient: NOM NOM Restaurant & Bar. Presented by Jeremy O’Niel, HAPO Community Credit Union.

Recipient Bio: Opening in 2016, Nom Nom’s culinary blend of rich Vietnamese and Thai heritage using only the freshest ingredients combined with the energetic charisma of owner Bobby Ras quickly made it a downtown favorite for lunch and dinner. This solid fan base contributed to the 2018 expansion of Nom Nom Express in the Hudson Building. Nom Nom’s menu has landed it on many “Best of” lists, including Best Pho, Vancouver’s Top Restaurants, and Share’s Annual “Soup’s ON” Chef’s Choice AND People’s Choice. Nom Nom contributes to the community through school cooking program sponsorships, cooking for shelters, and generous donations to local nonprofit organizations.

2019 Large Business Award Recipient: Ginn Group. Presented by Paris Powell, Perkins & Co.

Recipient Bio: Ginn Group has developed more than $230 million worth of residential land, encompassing nearly 1,500 lots in more than 50 developments with a market value of more than $1 billion. Ginn Group has grown from 13 employees in 2016 to 63 in 2019. Today, the Ginn Group has several operating divisions, including Ginn Design, Ginn Development, Ginn Multi-Family, Ginn Homes, Ginn Property Management and Ginn Realty Group. The launch of a new operation division, Ginn Multi-Family, also happened in 2019. Ginn Group is looking at target revenues of $75 million, 10 new development projects and 2,000 housing units in the pipeline for 2019. Ginn Group is committed to giving back to Southwest Washington through its Ginn Gives program. Also initiated in 2019, Ginn Gives includes the donation of time, resources, and funds to various non-profits that are so important to the fabric of Southwest Washington. Every Ginn employee is provided 8 hours of work time to give back to an organization of their choice.

With more than 300 guests in attendance, the Annual Dinner & Awards Recognition Ceremony began with a cocktail hour featuring entertainment like “Go Fish!” sponsored by ilani Casino; a photo booth featuring a mermaid and Aquaman sponsored by NW Personal Training & WHY Racing Events, and an airbrush tattoo parlor sponsored by Port of Vancouver USA. The Chamber introduced the 2019-2020 Board of Directors, led by incoming Chair of the Board Kevin Getch, Webfor, who replaced former Chair of the Board, Amy O’Hara, When the Shoe Fits. The evening also made Chamber history with their Dessert Dash that helped raise more than $11,500 in funding for their Small Business Saturday Grant Program in November.

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1890, aimed at advancing and strengthening the regional business community through member services, public affairs advocacy and community building. The Chamber is a supportive alliance of diverse member businesses, individuals and organizations, working together toward long-term business prosperity. GVCC is the heart of Clark County’s business community, advocating for sound, sensible and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Southwest Washington’s infrastructure and quality of life. For more information, please visit

Information provided by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

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