Each year, the Alaska Chamber recognizes outstanding individuals and business members for their accomplishments and contributions they make to our statewide economy. The awards are presented each year during the Chamber’s Top Business Awards Gala. Nominated by their peers from around our state, the awards are presented the following categories:
Rita Sholton Large Business of the Year
Established in 2018, the Rita Sholton Large of Business of the Year award pays tribute to businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics and organization.
Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year
Established in 1993, the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year award pays tribute to businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics and organization.
2017 - Denali Brewing Company
2016 - Davis Block & Concrete, Kenai
2015 - Date-Line Digital Printing, Fairbanks
2014 - Spawn, Anchorage
2013 - Madden Real Estate, Fairbanks
2012 - Cover Ups, Palmer
2011 - Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., Anchorage
2010 - Microcom, Anchorage
2009 - Maritime Helicopters, Homer
2008 - Rosie’s Bar and Grill, Pelican
2007 - Tongass Substance Screening, Ketchikan
2006 - Diversified Investments, Ketchikan
2005 - Rusts Flying Service, Anchorage
2004 - Usibelli Coal Mine, Fairbanks
2003 - Alaska Electric Light & Power, Juneau
2002 - Great Northwest Inc., Fairbanks
2001 - WebWeavers, Fairbanks
2000 - Alaska Riverways, Fairbanks
1999 - Allen Marine, Sitka
1998 - Mack's Sport Shop, Kodiak
1997 - Alaskan Brewing Company, Juneau
1996 - Dateline Copies Inc., Fairbanks
1995 - Arrowhead Transfer, Sitka
1994 - Great Alaska Bowl Company, Fairbanks
1993 - ID Variety, Bethel
Bill Bivins Small Business of the Year Nomination Example
Spawn Ideas, Inc.
Name of Nominated Business Owner:
808 E Street, Suite 100
Number of Employees:
Describe this business' internal and external reputation. What do they do to deserve this reputation?
Spawn Ideas is known for its excellent “work hard, play hard” culture that includes teamwork, fun, family friendliness (babies come to the office until they crawl), and excellent benefits that I am aware of, including those related to wellness (free health club membership, paid run/walk/ski race fees, etc.). They even offer a shared set of ski passes to Alyeska Resort, have a bike available in the office for short trips around town, and pay for annual passes to Chugach State Park. Spawn has earned its reputation through a culture of excellence, pervasive both internally and externally as I have witnessed. I believe this excellence stems from careful talent recruiting and nurturing, a culture of high expectations, accountability, responsiveness, curiosity, mentoring and continuous learning. The Agency’s clients represent dominant players in major industries, not just in Anchorage, but Alaska and nationally, including my company, publicly traded Northrim Bank among others such as The Alaska Club, University of Alaska, GCI (another publicly traded company headquartered in Alaska), Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, BP, Midas, and McDonalds. Here are client quotes from a recent survey which were recently shared with me: “Spawn is a very responsive agency with a consistently professional staff. They have excellent creative ideas, and are receptive to client input. I always know we will get a quality product.” - Julie Hasquet (BP Alaska) “Awesome. Inspiring. Engaged. Fun to work with.” - Tim McDiffett (UAA Athletics) “Creative, fun, responsive, invested, interested, genuine, thorough.” - Katie Peznecker (Alyeska Pipeline Service Company) Spawn Ideas has been named one of Outside Magazines "100 Best Places to Work in America" two years in a row and was named "Top Shop" in Alaska by AdWeek magazine last year.
How does this business demonstrate leadership:
List and describe any other deciding factors about this nominee for the committee to consider:
Other Factors to Consider: Spawn sets and achieves internal goals each year. All employees serve on goals’ committees and their personal performance is tied to these company ambitions. One consistent example is to be the “agency to work for, and with”. With this as a guide, the agency offers employees a summer hours’ schedule and flex time at holidays, in addition to the earlier benefits mentioned. It surveys both its employees and clients annually to ensure expectations are being met, relationships are positive, and all departments are delivering exceptional consulting services and products. Spawn Ideas is employee owned, which is not only a positive benefit for its employee owners, but ensures a unique accountability to which other agencies strive. Transparency and decision-making are reflected in this broad ownership.
Endorsement Letters (Minimum of 2 required.):
1. Northrim Bank Letter
2. Covenant House Alaska Letter
3. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Letter
William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year
Established in 1964, the celebrated and prestigious William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year award is presented to individuals who have made substantial and continual contributions of statewide significance while working in the private sector.
2017 - Joe Beedle, Anchorage
2016 - Jim Udelhoven, Anchorage
2015 - Charles "CB" Bettisworth, Fairbanks
2014 - Roger Burggraf, Fairbanks
2013 - Margy Johnson, Anchorage
2012 - Joe Usibelli Jr., Healy
2011 - Susan Bramstedt, Anchorage
2010 - Helvi Sandvik
2009 - John Shively, Anchorage
2008 - Marc Langland, Anchorage
2007 - Jim Jansen, Anchorage
2006 - Daniel H. Cuddy, Anchorage
2005 - Richard Wien, Fairbanks
2004 - Dr. Kevin O. Meyers, Anchorage
2003 - Jim Palmer, Anchorage
2002 - William J. Tobin, Anchorage
2001 - Carl Marrs, Anchorage
2000 - Grace Berg Schaible, Fairbanks
1999 - Jack Anderson, Anchorage
1998 - Roy Huhndorf, Anchorage
1997 - Augie Hiebert, Anchorage
1996 - Walter Shuham, Ketchikan
1995 - Dale R. Lindsey, Seward
1994 - Fred Machetanz, Wasilla
1993 - The Binkley Family, Fairbanks
1992 - Jim Johnson, Seattle
1991 - Don Abel, Jr., Juneau & Bill Allen, Anchorage
1990 - Joe Usibelli, Sr., Fairbanks
1989 - George N. Nelson, Anchorage
1988 - James O. Campbell, Anchorage
1987 - Walter J. Hickel, Anchorage
1986 - Robert B. Atwood, Anchorage
1985 - Cliff Taro, Ketchikan
1984 - William R. Wood, Fairbanks
1983 - Don & Helen Finney, Ketchikan
1982 - Frank Chapados, Fairbanks
1981 - George Sullivan, Anchorage
1980 - Lew Williams, Jr., Ketchikan & Fred Eastaugh, Juneau
1979 - Les Nerland, Fairbanks
1978 - John Kelsey, Valdez
1977 - Clarence Kramer, Sitka
1976 - Frank M. Reed, Anchorage
1975 - August F. Reetz, Jr., Anchorage & James Nolan, Wrangell
1974 - Elmer E. Rasmuson, Anchorage
1973 - H.A. “Cappy” Faroe, Anchorage
1972 - Carl Heinmiller, Haines
1971 - Phil Holdsworth, Juneau
1970 - Robert L. Jernberg, Ketchikan
1969 - A.W. Brindle, Ketchikan/Seattle
1968 - Alvin O. Bramstedt, Sr., Anchorage
1967 - Edith Bullock, Kotzebue
1966 - Don Dickey, Juneau
1965 - George Sharrock, Anchorage
1964 - B. Frank Heintzleman, Juneau
William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan Nomination Example
Nominee Last Name:
Greatland River Tours & Silverado Gold Mines
12345 Example Street
Submitter's First Name:
Submitter's Last Name:
Why is this individual an outstanding Alaskan?
I am submitting several letters of support that will demonstrate how Roger has made a difference in Alaska and for Alaskans. I would also like to share this story with you as well. Whenever an opportunity presents itself for Roger to haul out his massive rock and mineral collection to put on display for the community, you can bet he'll be there. For the past eight years, I've watched Roger haul buckets of five gallon rocks, poster boards promoting mining, his own personal collection of gold, mining tools and more out of the back of his SUV to put on display for Fairbanks' annual Golden Days celebration, and for other community events such as the Tanana Valley State Fair and more. He takes extreme pride in talking with the people of our community about the history and importance that mining played in the founding of Fairbanks. This year, I had the opportunity to go through his collection one-on-one with Roger and the excitement and pride he shared with me was both motivating and inspirational. I walked away with a greater sense of understanding for what the pioneers of our great state experienced during the gold rush days. Each rock, gold nugget, etc. had a story and you could tell by the smile on Roger's face that he loved his mining pastime. On another note, with the Chamber's role in business advocacy, we send out many calls to actions for our members to submit letters and/or testify on important issues. I've always been able to rest assured that I'd walk into the Fairbanks LIO and would not be alone in presenting my testimony because Roger would ALWAYS be right there with me. He is a tireless advocate for our community and for the state.
How has this individual made a difference in Alaska and for Alaskans?
Roger Burggraf, is an active and passionate supporter of many local and statewide organizations. He is a long-time active member of the Alaska mining community. Roger takes great pride in what he gained from his education at UAF, sharing his knowledge of the industry and his support for higher education at every opportunity. Roger Burggraf left home at an early age and worked on farms and ranches to put himself through school. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service brought him to Alaska and during the summers of 1954-1956 he worked as a stream guard and fisheries aide in Southeast. Burggraf secured a job for the next two years through the New York State Conservation Department in game management. From 1957 to 1959, he served active duty in the US Army, returning to Alaska in 1959 with the US Army National Guard as a captain, and he was commander of the Fairbanks National Guard Unit until 1963. Roger held a career in the banking industry from 1960 –1974 after his military service, working for ABC Finance, Alaska State Bank and First Federal Savings and Loan. He segued into the mining industry in 1972 and has been a strong supporter of the industry ever since. He has been a consultant with Silverado Gold Mines Inc. and Tri-Con Mining Inc. since 1977. During that time, he directed Silverado’s external relations with state agencies, ensuring the company met all environmental and safety standards. He has been responsible for obtaining permits, managing claim maintenance, and implementing safety operations for Silverado’s Alaska operations. Roger has served or is serving on many resource development advisory and advocacy groups over the past three decades, including the Alaska Miners Association, and is an active and long-standing member of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. Roger can be seen offering public testimony at just about every public hearing ranging from topics on resource development to energy to military relations. Roger holds a B.S. in wildlife management and conservation with a minor in geology from Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Both Roger and DeLois Burggraf, are generous contributors to UAF in time and financial support. Roger is an active member of the Chancellor’s Fairbanks Community Advisory Council, and a member of the Friends of the UA Museum of the North. Alaska is fortunate to have Roger Burggraf as a dedicated supporter. At almost 82 years young, I am amazed by Roger's continued civic involvement. He is an inspiration to me and I learn something new about Alaska's history, the mining community and more each time I have the opportunity to speak with him.
1. Don Young Letter
2. Rhonda Boyles Letter
3. Karen Matthias Consulting Letter
4. Avalon Development Corp. Letter
5. Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation Letter
Local Alaska Chamber of Commerce of the Year
Established in 1994, the Local Alaska Chamber of Commerce of the Year award recognizes the consistent community involvement and excellent business reputation of a local chamber of commerce in Alaska.
2017 - Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce
2016 - Wrangell Chamber of Commerce
2015 - Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors' Center
2014 - Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce
2013 - Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce
2012 - Juneau Chamber of Commerce
2011 - Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce
2010 - Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce
2009 - Kodiak Chamber of Commerce
2008 - Juneau Chamber of Commerce
2007 - Seward Chamber of Commerce
2006 - Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce
2005 - Homer Chamber of Commerce
2004 - Delta Chamber of Commerce
2003 - Sitka Chamber of Commerce
2002 - Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce
2001 - Homer Chamber of Commerce
2000 - Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce
1999 - Anchorage Chamber of Commerce
1998 - Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce
1997 - Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce
1996 - Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce
1995 - Kodiak Chamber of Commerce
1994 - Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce
Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year Nomination Example
Name of Nominated Chamber:
Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce
415 E Railroad Avenue
Names of Officers and Staff:
Quentin Algood, President
Lyn Carden, CEO
Rebecca Ratterree, Membership Director
How is the chamber involved in the community? What makes the chamber's involvement special?
The Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce, its board of directors and staff are involved in so many areas of the Wasilla and Mat-Su Borough community that it would be impossible to list more than the highlights here. The GWCC facilitates two of the best attended and most rapidly growing community events in Wasilla. Both the Independence Day Parade on July 4th and the New Year’s Fireworks on December 31st are family-friendly, free events available to every member of our community. Both events have increased in popularity and attendance over the years, making those two dates in the Wasilla area a much anticipated and planned for ‘block party’ for all of our residents. The GWCC doesn’t hire an event planner or a security team while sitting on the sidelines during these events. Each event is planned, promoted, staffed, and secured by engaged GWCC members, from board to staff, and all the committee chairs and independent member businesses in between.
Describe the chamber's business internal and external reputation. What does the chamber do to deserve this excellent reputation?
The GWCC has developed and maintains excellence in communication with our business community through relevant and informative keynote speakers at our membership network luncheons. Weekly luncheon speakers range from state and local agency updates, to distinguished members of our legislative delegation sharing insight and information on timely, and often controversial issues important to our membership and the business community as a whole. The GWCC Staff works diligently to ensure that both sides, and sometimes all sides, of an issue are presented whenever possible. Open to members, and non-members alike, the GWCC takes great pride in non-member attendance at our luncheons – this tells us our speakers and topics of discussion are indeed relevant to the business community as a whole! The GWCC has earned and deserves an excellent reputation through deliberate decision and hard work. This reputation has been built on action, the ongoing efforts of our Chief Executive Officer, and the dedication of our Board of Directors and Standing Committees.
Describe how the chamber promotes free enterprise and economic prosperity in Alaska.
In 2013, the GWCC worked closely with our area ARDOR, Mat Su Resource, Conservation & Development (MSRCD) in a Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) project, by assisting in a borough-wide “Barriers to Business” survey. This year, the GWCC has further developed that partnership through a follow-up survey of local businesses, and participation in the compilation of the 2014 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for 2014. The information gained from these BR&E surveys also provides important insight to the GWCC, specifically information from our business community that is vital in helping the Board and Staff determine resource and social issue priorities in our area.
List and describe any notable projects or achievements by the chamber for the year:
The GWCC through its Governmental Affairs Committee has led the charge for projects at Point MacKenzie for a number of years, advocating at the local level and in Juneau and resulting in GWCC Resolution 2014-01: ‘Supporting Statewide Tri-Modal Transportation Zone’ – identified as a priority of our area residents and our business community. Rather than focusing on one individual initiative, the GWCC is creating a buzz about these projects as a collective - road, rail and port development projects all provide enormous economic impact by creating jobs through infrastructure, and that make good economic sense for any business. The GWCC is extremely proud of its involvement in advocating these projects, and the progress that they are actively achieving. During the first four months of 2014, and as a direct result of living and doing business in a small, tightly knit community, the GWCC Chief Executive Officer was provided a unique opportunity to participate in the 2014 Legislative Session in Juneau as a staffer to one of our Wasilla Representatives. The GWCC Board of Directors granted a leave of absence to its CEO to facilitate this exciting opportunity, and stepped up to assist remaining staff with the CEO’s day-to-day duties. In addition to a wealth of information relating to the inner-workings of our State government, the GWCC Board felt that the Chamber would greatly benefit from the many and varied relationships that could be gained. This proved to be entirely accurate on the CEO’s return, and as a direct result, the GWCC Governmental Affairs Committee began holding its monthly meeting at the Legislative Information Offices in Wasilla, which continues to improve communication between the Chamber and the Valley’s elected representatives and their staff.
Endorsement Letters (Minimum of 2 required.):
1. City of Wasilla Letter
2. Wasilla Physical Therapy Letter
3. Mat-Su RC&D Lette
4. Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce Resolution 2014-01
North Star Award
When the situation warrants, the Alaska Chamber presents a North Star Award to an individual or organization in Alaska, who through a special project, action, or concern, developed or pursued the endeavor for the betterment of all Alaska residents. These individuals or organizations provide a significant contribution to the future of the great state of Alaska.