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(PHOTOS) Campbell Chamber of Commerce awards community leaders

The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce recognized several community members at its Nov. 4 awards banquet in CAM-PLEX's Energy Hall Ballroom.

Mike Shober, left, and Alison Gee, former coworkers, take a photo before the ceremony begins. Gee received an award on behalf of Lubnau Law, and Shober presented an award to his father. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce recognized several community members at its Nov. 4 awards banquet in CAM-PLEX’s Energy Hall Ballroom.

Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Chair Jared Green, left, and Executive Director Gail Lofing at the awards banquet. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

Chamber members nominated businesses and individuals for a slew of awards, and 2022 award winners presented most of the awards.

From left: Trends Furniture owners Dan and Rebekah Bane receive the Award of Excellence: Small Business from 2022 winner Sam Clikeman. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

  • Trends Furniture received this year’s Award of Excellence: Small Business. BKS Environmental Associates, ERA Priority, Real Estate and Powder River Surgery Center were runners-up.
Dr. Nitan Bahnson, left, and Dr. Holly Schamber receive the Award of Excellence: Large Business on behalf of Powder River Dental. (Mary Stroka/County 17)
  • The Award of Excellence: Large Business went to Powder River Dental. The runners-up were Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Dry Fork Station; Collins Communications; Healing Hearts Home Health and Navajo Transitional Energy Company.
Campbell County Chamber of Commerce recognizes Legacy Award winners. (Mary Stroka/County 17)
  • The Chamber recognized Gillette Optometric Clinic, Lubnau Law and First National Bank with awards for their legacy.
Mike, left, and Micky Shober hug as Micky receives the Jerry Boles Lifetime Achievement Award. (Mary Stroka/County 17)
  • Micky Shober received a standing ovation as he received the Jerry Boles Lifetime Achievement Award. His son Mike presented the award.
Van Ewing Construction receives the NEWCA Project of the Year award. (Mary Stroka/County 17)
  • The Northeast Wyoming Contractors Association, or NEWCA, Project of the Year award went to Van Ewing Construction. Van Ewing Construction said in a Facebook post today that Dave Langley was the project superintendent for the Hoskinson Health & Wellness Project, which the award recognized. Powder River Construction, G & G Landscaping, Powder River Heating & Air Conditioning and DRM were recognized as runners-up. NEWCA is a chamber committee that advocates for local contractors and annually nominates five projects it believes showcase quality workmanship, according to a chamber Facebook post. NEWCA members vote on the projects.
Rocky Mountain Discount Sports receives the Business Excellence in Customer Service award. (Mary Stroka/County 17)
  • Rocky Mountain Discount Sports received the Business Excellence in Customer Service award. Big Horn Dental Clinic, Pinnacle Bank and Campbell County Rockpile Museum were runners-up.
Lance Walker, with Powder River Construction, receives the Sherry McGrath Spirit of Gillette award. (Mary Stroka/County 17)
  • Lance Walker, with Powder River Construction, received the Sherry McGrath Spirit of Gillette award. Lorna Slattery with Bursch World Wide Travel, Nachelle McGrath with NE Wyoming Community Health Foundation, Olin Oedekoven with Peregrine Global Services Corp. and P.J. Burns with Wyoming SBDC Network also received recognition.
One of Dee McClure’s daughters, left, receives the Kelly Swenson Business Person of the Year award on Dee’s behalf from Matt Walker, who won the award in 2022. (Mary Stroka/County 17)
  • The Kelly Swenson Business Person of the Year for 2023 is Dee McClure, who owns Ice Cream Cafe. Don McKillop with DRM, Toni Bell with A.B.C. CPA PC, Ron Rye with Wyoming Beverage Pepsi–7-Up of Gillette and Joe Maycock with Gillette Optometric Clinic PC also received a significant number of nominations.

Erik Bergquist was the emcee at the event, which had a “Fire and Ice” theme.

The Chamber of Commerce is moving this week to a new location: 409 W. 2nd St., Gillette. To learn more about the move, click here. To see the full gallery of County 17 photos from the awards banquet, click here.

Erik Bergquist emcees the event, which highlighted Chamber of Commerce history in addition to the award winners. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

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