And the Winners Are…


A sell-out crowd of 450 business leaders came together at the 32nd Annual Business Person of the Year Awards Banquet Wednesday night to recognize the best and the brightest in the Whatcom County business community.

A highlight of the event at the Semiahmoo Resort & Spa was presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to local fishing-industry icon Andrew Vitaljic (vit-a-lick) of American Canadian Fisheries.

Other winners included (more videos on the way!):

  • Business Person of the Year—Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry, a hugely successful do-it yourself bath and beauty products business that she launched on her kitchen table 20 years ago;

  • Small Business of the Year—Emergency Reporting, a developer of software for first responders to medical and civil emergencies worldwide; and

  • Start-Up of the Year—1st Class Auto Body, which zoomed from zero to $2 million in auto-repair revenues in just its first year in business.

The event was emceed by Tony Larson, president of the Whatcom Business Alliance and publisher of Business Pulse magazine, co-sponsors of the awards program.

A special thank you to all who made this event possible!

Title Sponsors: Heritage Bank and Whatcom Center for Philanthropy

Co-Sponsors: Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Larson Gross CPAs, Muljat Group Commercial, Saturna Capital, Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa

Table Sponsors: 1st Class Auto Body, Alcoa Intalco Works, American Canadian Fisheries, Banner Bank, Barron, Smith, Daugert PLLC, Bellingham Cold Storage, Bellingham Technical College, Bornstein Seafoods, Bramble Berry, Care Medical Group, Chmelik Sitkin Davis P.S., CorePhysio, Cowden Gravel, Fat Cat Fish Company, Heritage Bank, InnoTech Process Equipment, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Larson Gross PLLC, Moss Adams LLP, MSNW, Muljat Group Commercial, PeaceHealth, Peoples Bank, Port of Bellingham, Saturna Capital, SaviBank, Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa, Skagit Bank, Superfeet, Tradewinds Financial Management, US Bank, VSH Certified Public Accountants, Washington Federal, Whatcom Business Alliance, Whatcom Center for Philanthropy, Whitman Holdings, Western Washington University





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