Nominations Now Open for Annual Kalispell Business Awards

Nominations Now Open for Annual Kalispell Business Awards
The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for its 49th Great Chief, Businessman, and Businesswoman of the Year awards. All nominations submitted to the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce by Friday, October 2 will be considered for recognition and all awards will be presented during the Kalispell Chamber’s 116th Annual Banquet on Thursday, November 12.
The Great Chief Award is the oldest and most prestigious award given by the Chamber, dating back to the early 1970s. The award honors an individual who has continued to create a legacy for the Flathead Valley through their civic and volunteer spirit.  
Last year, the 48th Great Chief Award was presented to Jim and Carol Bibler for their work to steadfastly preserve and protect land for recreation, ranching, timber production, and experiencing the natural world. Their interest for parks, pastures, and trails to be used by children, families, farmers, hikers, dog walkers, horseback riders, hunters, and anglers has been a consistent and driving goal, not just during their time leading the development of the Foys to Blacktail trail system but even now as volunteers.
The annual Businesswoman of the Year and Businessman of the Year awards are presented to individuals who use good management practices with their customers, employees, and vendors and are well-respected by their peers.
The Businesswoman of the Year award last year was presented to Maggie Doherty from Kalispell Brewing Company as she saw a vision for a 100-year-old building on Kalispell’s Main Street, which is now the vibrant, bustling Kalispell Brewing Company. Maggie also dedicates her time to the Kalispell Business Improvement District, Governor Bullock’s Main Street Montana Board, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation Board, and more.
The Businessman of the Year award was presented to John King, CEO and Chairman of the Board for Three Rivers Bank.
John has worked to build a successful banking career with resilience, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit while also lending a hand to numerous community organizations like the Family Forestry Expo, Kalispell Farmers Market, Kalispell Ski Club, Flathead Valley Chemical Dependency Board, Northwest Montana Fair Market Livestock Sale, Kalispell Regional Healthcare Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County, and numerous others.

All members from the greater Flathead Valley community are welcome to nominate individuals that represent the characteristics of the Great Chief, Businessman, or Businesswoman awards that will lay the foundation for success in the valley for years to come.

Nomination forms can be found at

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