Business of the Year, others recognized at chamber awards banquet

Richard O’Hearn, left, Newport Chamber board president, and Patti Ferry, right the chamber’s executive director, are pictured with Diane and Lyle Mattson, of JC Market Newport, which was named the 2018-2019 Business of the Year. (Courtesy photo)

The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and awards banquet on Friday, June 21. The event, themed “Summer Solstice Soiree,” included presentations of awards and recognition of the incoming and outgoing chamber board of directors.

JC Market Newport was selected as the 2018-2019 Business of the Year, and Steve and Sonja Lovas were awarded Business Person(s) of the Year. Employee of the Year was awarded to Carmen Mendoza of the Hallmark Resort Hotel, and Beautification Award of the Year was presented to both The Medication Station and Oregon Coast Bank.

The Don Rowley Spirit of Service Award was awarded to Frank Geltner, and the Ambassador of the Year was given to Lisa Kellenberger. The President’s Award, presented by outgoing Board President Richard O’Hearn, was given to Susan Beck. The City of Newport also presented the City Employee of the Year Award to Jovita Ballentine

The chamber wishes to thank the event table sponsors: City of Newport, Most Wanted Painters, Oregon Coast Bank, Oregon State Credit Union, Rogue Ales and Newport Yaquina Cab.

Several businesses donated desserts for the Dessert Dash fundraiser: Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn, Bites on the Courtyard, Chalet Restaurant & Bakery, Clearwater Restaurant, Georgie’s Beachside Grill, Grocery Outlet, Fathoms Restaurant at Inn at Spanish Head Resort Hotel, JC Market Thriftway, Local Ocean Seafoods, Mo’s Seafood & Chowder, Ove Northwest, Pacific Sourdough, Pig ‘N Pancake, Rogue Brewer’s on the Bay, Salishan Spa & Golf Resort and the Spyglass at Otter Crest.  

The chamber also extended thanks to Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn, Columbia Distributing, Manic Botanic Design, Peak to Peak Events, Price Family Farms, Rogue Ales and True Cut Engraving.

For more information about the annual meeting and awards banquet and other chamber events, contact the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce at 541-265-8801.

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