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Voting for the 2023 Business People of the Year Awards will open on Sept. 18th and close at 5PM on Sept. 30th.  Winners will be announced at our Business People of the Year Awards Luncheon on October 19th.

One vote is allowed per IP address – multiple votes by the same person will be deleted.

Congratulations to all of the nominees.

Description and links to all nominees are located below – scroll down to read the descriptions and the voting form is below.

If you are NOT seeing the Voting Form below the nominee descriptions it is because you are on the same IP address as someone who has already voted.  Try using your cellphone without wifi (using cellular data) or use a different wifi network.  This allows us to limit voting to one per person – thank you for understanding! 

Thank You to Our Title Sponsor:

Man Of The Year:

David Cassera – Cassera Gallery

Dave is one of the best art dealers in the country let alone locally. His gallery routinely offers museum-quality pieces in the tribal, modern, and classic art genres at extremely reasonable prices.

Bryan Cooper- Camano Island Health System

Dr. Cooper goes out of his way to sacrifice his time, money, and energy to help the people of Camano improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Kevin Flynn at Windermere Real Estate/CIR

Kevin Flynn is an extremely respected business man, as well as an honest, hard working human being, dedicated to his profession, who goes above and beyond, in every endeavor.

Tanner Merritt- Merritt Builders

Tanner has the unique ability to lead in a way that allows for his employees to have the leader they need but also have the flexibility and freedom to learn and expand their skill set. He takes pride in the work his team delivers and does his best to make sure to produce a high quality result.

Brian Radford, Tapped Camano and Primal

Brian is an amazing person, business leader and entrepreneur. He has now opened two businesses on Camano Island and is helping bring new vitality and dining options to our community.

Joel Sauve, Sauve and Sons Tree Work

He started this business in January 2023 and has taken off. Ensuring his employees are well taken care. Always putting them first. And he always makes sure his customer are left completely satisfied.

Woman Of The Year

Mary Bredereck Stanwood Camano Resource center

Mary works tirelessly as director of the Camano Resource Center. She creates programs that are inclusive to all, a safe space for all ages, and supports our low-income and unstably housed. Noone is ever judged by Mary. 

Amy Bush, Loyalsmith jewelry

Besides creating beautiful jewelry, I nominate Amy because of her remarkable volunteer work in our community. Amy is the Camano Arts Association President. She volunteers countless hours and talents to promoting the Arts and Artists in the Stanwood and Camano communities.

Laura Finsen – Nail Flare LLC

Laura is an amazing woman who opened her business originally when she was a single mom. She is always putting her customers & employees first. She supports the local community & also has taken all the steps to offer a state accredited nail tech apprenticeship program.

Carol Mason- Movement Arts

She has run Movement Art Studio for a few years now. She has continued many of the things that Kara (The previous owner started) but has implemented new things such as online classes, and has continued to grow her community.

Beth Newton – Windermere Real Estate

Beth has amazing customer service skills and is always thinking about others. Her clients needs always come first.

Amy Paden- Windermere Real Estate

Amy is extremely motivated with helping her community and making a difference in the lives of others.

Amber Welte- Dance Project NW

Amber gives her heart and soul to the families in our community through dance and community outreach by helping teach kids to be strong and honorable and proving a place for them to learn and grow!

Business Of The Year

American Cremation and Casket Alliance

This business is amazing at what they do. They take afterlife care with patience and respect. They listen to the wants and needs of all families, and wants to make the process of making hard decisions easy. They truly are a caring business.

Arrowhead Ranch

 Concurrent with the Arrowhead Ranch Foundation who makes it possible for any child in the community to participate in the Soap box Derby, learn skills and compete for scholarships. Establishing community festivals and events, at very low rates or free to create a sense of community and philanthropy building strong connections and a sense of belonging.

IRG Physical Therapy – Camano Island

Treating patients since January 2017 with the utmost respect and care for their patients. 

Pub 282

They bring smiles to the community and help sponsor many events and raise money for charities and contributes to free pantry food bank for years.

Stone Age Construction

With over 20 years of hardscaping & landscaping experience, Stone Age brings quality, tested and expertly chosen materials and techniques to bring to life the visions of the communities they serve.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Ashley Palmer, Flora & Fauna

This business brings some fun activities to the island in addition to plants and home decor. Ashley is always friendly has a great shop and gives back to the community.

Jami Solid at Just James

Just James Boutique is more than a retail store to just shop at, it’s a place where friendships are made and evolved for many. A store for women & men & all ages. Jami and her staff strive to make customers feel good about themselves and find purchases that make them or others happy.

BriAnn Boots & Erik Boots, Eco Sound Car Wash

Excelled at providing top notch car wash services, always going above and beyond to ensure costumer satisfaction. They have implemented eco-friendly practices, foster a sense of belonging and community among patrons, sets an all around standard of business excellence for our community.

Michelle Huntley – PFLAG Stanwood Camano

Michelle has organized and ran Pride for the last 2 years. She has taken initiative to make our community a more inclusive and loving place.

Melissa Overbeck – The Camano Shop

As the owner of The Camano Shop, Melissa creates a great sense of community by hosting events with other local businesses and local residents. Alongside her retail store she also operates a home staging business and co-hosts a podcast on the topic.

If you are NOT seeing the Voting Form below the nominee descriptions it is because you are on the same IP address as someone who has already voted.  Try using your cellphone without wifi (using cellular data) or use a different wifi network.  This allows us to limit voting to one per person – thank you for understanding! 



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