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posted Friday, December 11, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 50
GSBA 2015 Business and Humanitarian Award winners announced
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GSBA 2015 Business and Humanitarian Award winners announced

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) announced their 2015 Business and Humanitarian Award recipients at the organization's Annual Meeting on December 9.

The GSBA Business and Humanitarian Awards honor top businesses and business leaders each year, recognizing business performance and contributions to the community.

According to GSBA Director of Marketing & Communications, Jason Dittmer, GSBA will honor seven individuals and businesses at their annual Business and Humanitarian Awards dinner, February 23, 2016 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront (2100 Alaskan Way).

The keynote speaker will be Gina Grahame, VP of GaymerX.

'Grahame is a highly successful professional and a member of and an advocate for the Transgender Community,' Dittmer said. 'She will talk about rising above obstacles and being true to who you are or, as she says, 'getting past your past.'

'Being recognized for business success is not new, but being honored for understanding that success in the 21st century must also include a commitment to equality, philanthropy, and sustainable business practices, is definitely unique,' said Louise Chernin, GSBA President and CEO. 'For 35 years, GSBA has stood out among business organizations, often as the lone voice for its commitment to advancing equality in business. Over 80% of GSBA members are small businesses, but the important role they play in keeping our local economy strong is huge. They are employers committed to equality, volunteers, and philanthropists, often using the limited resources they have to give back to their community.'

Chernin continued, 'The impact of GSBA's work has never been more evident as a growing number of businesses strive to create inclusive work places in order to attract diverse talent and a changing customer base.'

The 2015 Business and Humanitarian Award recipients are:

o New Business of the Year: Bulk Fr8, Wayne Levinson, Owner

o Business of the Year: Tuxedos & Tennis Shoes, David Meckstroth and David Haggarty, Co-Owners

o Business Leader of the Year: Mona Smith, Attorney At Law

o Corporate Leader of the Year: Kevin Baldwin, Northwest Managing Partner, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

o Community Leader of the Year: Tamara Murphy/Linda Di Lello Morton, Terra Plata

o Non-Profit of the Year: Ventures (formerly Community Alliance for Self-Help CASH), Beto Yarce, Executive Director

o Special Recognition - Voice for Social Justice: Ana Mari Cauce, President of University of Washington

Established in 1981, the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) is the largest LGBT and allied chamber of commerce in North America, with over 1,100 members. GSBA is widely known throughout the Puget Sound region for its work on business development, connecting community through business, advocacy on both civil rights and business and promoting LGBT tourism through its Travel Gay Seattle initiative. GSBA invests in the next generation of leaders by sponsoring a Scholarship Fund, which has given out over $2.1 million in scholarships. For more information, visit www.TheGSBA.org.

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