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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 29, 2019
TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, in partnership with Tacoma Rotary Club #8, recognizes an outstanding military citizen for civic contributions to resident military personnel with the John H. Anderson award. Anderson, a military veteran and former Tacoma mayor, was an accomplished civic leader, successful local business owner, and past Chair of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Board of Directors.
This year’s Military Affairs Committee announces Technical Sergeant Joel Johnson as the 41st John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award recipient.
TSgt Joel Johnson is an experienced servant-leader who embodies the Air Force Core Values of integrity, service, and excellence through active community service and simultaneous execution of his roles as a Unit Deployment Manager, one of 61 elite members of the Prime Nuclear Airlift Force maintenance team, and as one of 43 Flying Crew Chiefs. In the past year, Sergeant Johnson served as the Joint-Base Lewis McChord Team 5/6 Airmen Against Drunk Driving President.
During his time as president, he organized 16 Airmen to volunteer for 130 hours. preventing 100 Airmen from driving under the influence of alcohol. During this time, he also volunteered at a Pierce County elementary school where he judged 90 science projects, boosting community and installation relations. In the 62d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, he headed the deployed Key Spouse program, serving 260 deployed families. He led 11 Airmen to provide landscaping services and yard waste removal. easing families' burdens and raising morale.
TSgt Johnson organized his seven-member workplace to volunteer on a weekly basis at Pierce County Food Bank, where they distributed 1.000 food items to less fortunate families. Finally, he liaised with the Tacoma Rainiers' owner, coordinated game tickets and game-time recognition. ultimately raising morale for 100 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airmen and their families.
Join the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber and members of Tacoma Rotary #8, at the award reception Thursday, November 7th – 11:45am to 1:00pm at the Tacoma Yacht Club. Rotary members that served in the Armed Forces will also be honored during this monthly luncheon. For more information and registration, click here or visit the Chamber’s calendar.
PICTURES COURTESY OF CHELSEY KNAUSS, JOEL'S WIFE
TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber annually recognizes local businesses that have set the standard for exemplary business practices at the Spotlight on Business Awards. This year’s recipients are being recognized the week of October 21-25th.
Through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, the Chamber will elevate the recipients’ exposure to the Tacoma-Pierce County business community and provide a widespread and sustained recognition.
In addition to the recipients, the Chamber invites staff, board members, Chamber Ambassadors, event sponsors, and media to join in on the celebration.
Congratulations to this year’s Spotlight on Business Award recipients:
Small Business (1-25 employees) – Theory Real Estate
Theory Real Estate partners with local organizations like the Tacoma Rescue Mission and Habitat for Humanity to help provide housing and basic necessities to low income families in the Puget Sound area. When you buy or sell a home with Theory, you aren’t just completing a business transaction; you’re also helping someone in need.
Medium Business (26-50 employees) – SEA Black Car by Shuttle Express
SEA Black Car creates the best experience they can for their guests offering professional ground transportation to any destination they travel.
Large Business (51+ employees) – Heritage Distilling Co.
Heritage Distilling Co. is expanding their product nationally, while celebrating the heritage of their local community through experiences of innovative programs, so customers become family everywhere.
Non-Profit Organization – Nourish Pierce County
Nourish Pierce County provides nutritious food and support services to people in need of compassion, dignity, and respect. Through their network of seven food banks and two mobile food banks serving eighteen additional sites, they provide food directly to people in need across Pierce County.
Minority-Owned Business – Ace Autobody
Mrs. McKernan, as a female, minority business owner in the auto body repair business, is unusual. Yet Mrs. McKernan demonstrates to anyone considering starting their own business that it can be done, and be profitable, regardless of the normal barriers new business owners encounter.
Veteran-Owned Business – South Sound Productions
Jennifer of South Sound Productions is a Navy Veteran & an Army spouse. She organizes local events to support her community and bring people together. She believes that fun, collective activities create a sense of community, and her motto is “a community together achieves more!”
Business Supporter of the Military – Homes for Heroes, Emerald Real Estate Group
Emerald Real Estate Group is affiliated with the Homes for Heroes program, the largest nationwide network of affiliate real estate specialists and local business affiliates; committed to providing easy ways for the heroes of our nation to save on a home, and on everyday home-related purchases.
Tune in to the Chamber’s Facebook and Instagram pages for this year’s Spotlight on Business Awards recognition and visit the official event page for more details.
TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber annually recognizes local businesses that have set the standard for exemplary business practices at the Spotlight on Business Awards. Through both marketing and the Chamber’s social media channels, the Chamber will be elevating the recipients’ exposure to the Tacoma-Pierce County business community and providing a widespread and sustained recognition digitally.
The Chamber will be recognizing the following categories with nominees to each category:
Small Business (1-25 employees)
Recognizing entrepreneurs and groups who are willing to make an imprint on the Tacoma-Pierce County business community.
Medium Business (26-50 employees)
Helping promote and encourage local economic expansion and quality life in Tacoma-Pierce County.
Large Business (51+ employees)
Supporting small and medium business to expand and maintain a healthy economic future for our region.
Dedicating their time to making a difference to our local community through their mission statement.
Ensuring that Tacoma-Pierce County remains a diverse and vibrant experience for all of those who live, work, and visit.
Celebrating veteran service members that continue to invest locally by choosing to plant and grow their business in Tacoma-Pierce County.
Business Supporter of the Military
Recognizing companies that choose to support and invest in our military.
Follow the Chamber’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for Spotlight on Business Awards recipient announcement and visit the website for more information. Recipients will be announced soon!
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