Tri-City Regional Chamber marks 10th Anniversary with awards luncheon

Since its inception in 2006, the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce has had 10 board chairmen — a new one elected each year.

And every one of those board chairmen, even those who don’t live in the Tri-Cities anymore, attended and spoke at the Chamber’s March Networking luncheon at the Three Rivers Convention Center.

Nearly 600 people attended the special luncheon, which featured a keynote address by Sen. Patty Murray and the presentation of the Chamber’s annual Business on a Roll awards.

The luncheon, which also served as the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, celebrated the achievements of the Tri-City Regional Chamber during its inaugural decade, while observing the rapid growth and success of the local business community.

“Our 10-year celebration and annual meeting was an exciting event and a wonderful opportunity for chamber members and the Tri-Cities’ community to look back at the successes of our chamber the last decade,” said Lori Mattson, president and CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber.

Kris Johnson, president of the Washington Association of Business, was presented with an honorary “Key to the Region” award for his role in being a catalyst to the success of the region.

Johnson was the initial president and CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber when it was formed.

Cindy Fredrickson, of SERVPRO, was presented with the Ambassador of the Year Award for her dedication to the Chamber during 2015.

The Chamber’s S.T.A.R. Award, which is presented to a Chamber member or ambassador who demonstrated exceptional service, time, attitude and reliability to the Chamber during the year, was given to Derrick Stricker of NAI Tri-Cities.

Washington River Protection Solutions was presented with the Chamber’s Impact Award for corporate contributors and the Tri-Cities Cancer Center earned the Impact Award for nonprofit or community organization. The Impact Awards are based on overall support and participation to the Chamber, including membership, sponsorships and advertising.

Business on a Roll Awards were presented to: Joe Peterson Insurance, small business category; Graze, for the medium-sized business category; and Huesitos Landscaping LLC, for the large business category (more than 50 employees).

“This year’s award winners are extremely deserving businesses and leaders in the Tri-Cities,” said Mattson. “They are just a sample of the hundreds of members, volunteers and supporters that contributed to the outstanding successes of the Regional Chamber’s first ten years and will be instrumental to an even brighter and innovative future for our organization.”

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