Thurston County Chamber Announces 2018 Boss of the Year Honorees

Submitted by Thurston County Chamber

The Thurston County Chamber is proud to announce the ninth annual Boss of the Year honorees. Co-sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, this award recognizes outstanding individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision, and performance.

2018 Boss of the Year Recipients:

Kevin Stormans, Stormans Inc.
Joseph Wadsworth, Custom Source Woodworking
Angela White, Olympia Master Builders
Zach Kosturos, Prime Locations

2018 Honorable Mentions:

Lowell Gordon, The Creative Office
Jill Barnes, The Washington Center

Employees nominated over 40 bosses for the 2018 Boss of the Year recognition.

Saint Martin’s University business students played an important role in the selection process by interviewing finalists and gathering data for the selection committee.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet with exceptional business leaders in the community and to also learn more about what truly defines leadership in the workplace,” says Elisabeth Power, Ph.D., MBA. Students in Dr. Power’s Management of the Sales Force class helped interview nominees for the Thurston Boss of the Year award.

Past honorees include:

Heather Burgess, Phillips Burgess Law
Jim Larson, Morningside
Dave Nickerson, Tumwater Valley Golf Course
Kevin Johnston, Capital Mall
Rozanne Garman, RHD Enterprises
Ed Galligan, Port of Olympia
Ron Bruchet, GHB Insurance
Melissa Jenkins, The Olympian
Meagan Darrow, TOGETHER!
Steve Hall, the City of Olympia
Dr. Yong Liu, State Department of Agriculture
Rae-Lynn Bidon, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates
Joseph Di Santo, Panorama
Heidi West, America’s Credit Union
Dr. Terrence Hess, Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates
Steve Brooks, Lacey Fire District 3
Jessica Jensen, Jessica Jensen Law PS
Joe Ingoglia, Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County
Mariella Cummings, Physicians of Southwest Washington
Robert Coit, Thurston County Food Bank
Mike Harbour, Intercity Transit
Mike Strub, LOTT Clean Water Alliance
Bruce Cramer, O Bee Credit Union
John Setterstrom, Lucky Eagle Casino

The recognition event will take place on Wednesday, December 12 at the Hotel RL Olympia beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a lunch buffet and recognition program starting at 12 p.m. To make a reservation to attend, register online at

When: Wednesday, December 12 at 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
: Hotel RL Olympia-Downstairs Ballroom- 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502
What: Forum includes lunch, and the cost is $35 for general admission, $25 for prepaid Chamber members, and $30 for members or $35 for non-members at the door.

Thank you to our sponsors, TAGS Awards & Specialties, Bakala State Farm and Olympia CPA.

Featured photo credit: Dr Attila Talaber

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