This September, the Pearl District Business Association (PDBA) opened nominations for its second annual Pearl District Business Awards to recognize individuals and businesses that are making a difference within Portland’s flourishing Pearl District. The award winners were then honored at a luncheon on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Benson Hotel.
Congratulations to the 2016 Award winners!
Ana Dugan, Aveda Institute
FINANCIAL SERVICES CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Individuals who assist businesses through advocacy efforts to increase the usefulness and availability of accounting or financial services may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be business owners.
Sponsored by the Brewery Blocks
TECHNOLOGY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
This award honors a business that has contributed significantly to technology by products or services offered to the community.
Sponsored by KIN Living
Ciara Pressler, Pregame
WOMEN IN BUSINESS CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Individuals who have fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be business owners. Reasons for nominations could include: active support for legislative or regulatory action designed to help businesses, efforts to increase business and financial opportunities for women, legal financial or managerial assistance provided to enhance women’s business ownership, volunteer efforts to strengthen the role of women business owners within the community, advocacy of the women-owned business community as a whole, not solely for individual personal advancement or other accomplishments demonstrating effectiveness in improving the environment for the creation and expansion of business owned and operated by women.
Award sponsored by (W)here Real Estate
Nam and Kim Huynh, Adore Day Spa
MINORITY BUSINESS CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Individuals who have fulfilled a commitment to support minority entrepreneurship may be nominated. Nominees may or may not be business owners.
Sponsored by Express Employment Professionals
Jessi Duley, BurnCycle
BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR
Any individual who owns and operates an established, business. Reasons for nominations could include: growth in number of employees, increased expansion, steady growth in net worth, increase in sales, innovativeness of product or service offered, response to adversity or contributions to the community.
Award sponsored by Bodywise Physical Therapy
Ramzy Hattar, River Pig Saloon
COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR AWARD
The Community Ambassador Award is given to an individual or individuals who go above and beyond in their community. This individual is a role model for others, showing the best of bringing individuals, organizations and/or businesses together.
Award sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association
Joyce Attar and John Attar, World Foods
FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
This award honors a family-owned and operated business which has been passed on from one generation to another. The owner must also serve as a majority owner, operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a business in the Pearl.
Award sponsored by Columbia Bank
Marcus Harvey, Portland Gear
FRIEND OF THE PEARL AWARD
The Friend of the Pearl Award is given to an individual or company who has an active Friend of the Pearl membership and goes above and beyond in promoting the Pearl and is an active member of the community.
Award sponsored by Veracity
DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR
This award is given to one developer who best exemplifies leadership and innovation in the commercial real estate market. The following criteria is used to evaluate entries: outstanding quality of projects and services: size, quality and sustainability of portfolio, financial consistency and stability: strategies for economic sustainability and success, ability to adapt to market conditions: including economic, demographic and environmental conditions, and support of the local community: charitable and philanthropic activities within your market.
Award sponsored by Portland Streetcar
Jaclyn Mason, Wood Residential
PROPERTY MANAGER OF THE YEAR
This award is for one manager who has exemplary personal conduct and adherence to the property management Code of Ethics, strong personal achievements in the profession, pursuit of personal improvement and education, involvement in and support of other property management-related associations and significant interest in and contributions to community and civic activities.
Award sponsored by SWAG’R
Erika Wrenn, (W)here Real Estate
REAL ESTATE SALES PERSON OF THE YEAR
This award is given to one salesperson who has shown sound moral character, high ethical professional behavior, excellent leadership, and has provided exemplary service to clients. Evaluation will be based on the history of past production and personal initiative, including listing activities and selling activities in his or her local board.
Award sponsored by Peak Mortgage
Jeff Hanneson and Jeff Tandy, Cider Bite
EMERGING RETAILER OF THE YEAR
This award is open to any retail business in the Pearl District that has: been in business for three years or less, describes the market served and creative communications to its customers, provides clear goals for the future (Example: increased revenue, jobs created, franchising).
Award sponsored by Sagacity Media
Davide Filippini, Gallo Nero
RETAILER OF THE YEAR: RESTAURANT
This award will recognize that restaurant that has a proven ability to deliver what the customer wants and maintains high customer satisfaction with their food. It is an establishment that has proven themselves through diverse or creative menus, excellent customer service and the ability to respond to the ever changing expectations of the customer.
Award sponsored by Garden Bar
Greenleaf Juicing Company
RETAILER OF THE YEAR: RETAIL MERCHANT
This award will recognize the retailer who has had an exceptional year. This retailer will have demonstrated innovation through its product/retail location and have a proven high customer acceptance.
Award sponsored by Pearl Hardware
Portland Center Stage
RETAILER OF THE YEAR: SERVICE PROVIDER
Any establishment that sells a service rather than a product, such as banks, brokerages, financial services, hair salons, spas, business service centers, travel agencies, and generally speaking, telecommunications retailers.
Award sponsored by Mark Spencer Hotel
Alex Hughes, CENTRL Office
YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
To be considered a young entrepreneur, the individual must serve as a majority owner and operate or bear principle responsibility for operating a business with a three year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 40 by November 2, 2016.
Award sponsored by Fat Head’s Brewery
Thanks to Venture Portland for their generous support!