2017 ANNUAL AWARDS
Bill Stroecker Business of the Year
The Bill Stroecker Business of the Year award honors the accomplishments in the business community of a member of the Chamber who has shown drive in leading local development with sights on the future of Fairbanks. The business is recognized for consistent community involvement, an excellent business reputation with the public, and as a leader in their own profession and/or field of business.
Past recipients include:
2017: Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
2016: Sunrise Bagel and Espresso
2015: HooDoo Brewing Company
2014: Northern Alaska Tour Company
2013: Date-Line Digital Printing
2012: Madden Real Estate
2011: Mt. McKinley Bank
2010: Chena Hot Springs
2009: Santina’s Flowers & Gifts
2008: Advance Printing Company
2007: Pacific Alaska Forwarders
George Nehrbas Volunteer of the Year
The George Nehrbas Volunteer of the Year award is presented to a member of the Chamber who has distinguished themselves as an outstanding volunteer. It is the Chamber's most visible recognition for volunteer contributions to our community. All employees of Chamber member businesses and organizations are eligible to receive this award.
Past recipients include:
2017 : Mike Richards
2016: Dr. Katherine Johnson
2015: Derek Miller
2014: Sarah Lefebvre
2013: Heather Lambert
2012: Mary Jane Fate
2011: Cindy Cevasco
2010: Lorna Shaw
2009: Joe Usibelli Jr.
2008: Billie Blanchard
2007: Val Cofield
Past Annual Award Winners dating back to 1963
Bernice M. Joseph Education Advocate of the Year
The Bernice M. Joseph Advocate of the Year award recognizes a business or individual in the business community that has consistently shown a commitment to education through sustained partnership, outreach, or career development opportunities that improve the educational experience of students and demonstrate partnership, innovation, and creativity. All employees of Chamber member businesses are eligible to receive this award.
Past recipients include:
2017: The Associated General Contractors of Alaska
2016: Dr. Cary Keller
2015: Sue Hull
ABOUT THE 2017 AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Mike Richards of RJG, A Professional Corporation is the 2017 George Nehrbas Volunteer of the Year. Mike recognizes the importance of financial health and stability for area non-profits and the people they serve. He has dedicated significant amounts of personal time ensuring the viability of the organizations he serves such as United Way of the Tanana Valley and Hockey Club Fairbanks. His encouraging and positive attitude is welcomed and appreciated by his peers, making him an excellent person to work beside.
A quote from Mike Richards- "Thank you Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce for the amazing award. This is one of the greatest honors of my life and I cannot thank you enough for everything you do for our community. Fairbanks (as well as Alaska) is a much better place because you exist. Thank you to the employees, and thank you to all of the volunteers that have made the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce such an amazing organization."
The 2017 Bill Stroecker Business of the Year Award recipient is Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Alyeska has been a staple supporter throughout Interior Alaska for years through their philanthropic support of many non-profits and community events. They maintain a robust philanthropy program, offer internships, donate to scholarships, hosts an annual United Way campaign, and encourages employee involvement and volunteerism. Focus areas include under-served populations, youth, diversity, safety, health and social services, the environment, and workforce development. They also ensure the safe retrieval of 8000 rubber duckies from the Chena River every year after the Rubber Duckie Race.
Quote from Bill Bailey, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Fairbanks Communications Manager- "This is a special and thrilling acknowledgement and we are honored. We share this recognition with the entire TAPS workforce including our contractors up and down the line and in Anchorage."
The Associated General Contractors of Alaska is the recipient of the 2017 Bernice Joseph Education Advocate of the Year Award, marking the first time an organization has received the award. They have supported scholarships, endowed over $250,000 in funds for students of UAF and UAF CTC interested in pursuing careers in the construction industry. They have mentored many engineering and business students and supported pursuits of competitions, internships, and community involvement. AGC of Alaska is committed to workforce development by providing licensing and certification opportunities that increase student’s employment options after graduation
Quote from AGC of Alaska- "On behalf of the entire membership and staff of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska, we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for honoring us with the 2017 Bernice Joseph Advocate of the Year award. We strongly believe that by investing in education we help ensure that the next generation of leaders will be prepared for the demands of an ever-evolving landscape in Alaska."