Executive Director Receives Leadership Award

Mon, 03/13/2017, The River City News

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 The Newport Business Association named its new officers, board members, and handed out honors to local businesses and individuals at its celebration in February.

“This kind of takes my breath away,” said City Manager Tom Fromme in accepting the Community Leadership Award. “The success we’ve had and the success we’re gonna have is because we all work together. This is truly a community-based award.”

City and county officials attended the event at the Syndicate, along with community members and local business leaders.

Kevin Kennedy, CEO of Mentoring Plus, was also honored with a Community Leadership Award, while Rachel Comte and Steve Mathisen were recognized as Volunteers of the Year.

Ken Lewis accepted Business of the Year for New Riff Distilling. Industry Salon was honored as New Business of the Year, an award accepted by husband and wife, Kate and Toby Moeves. Hedgehog Signs, owned by Jim and Pam Claypool, also received a New Business of the Year award.

The NBA’s officers for the next year are President Mark Ramler (Mansion Hill Properties), Vice President Bev Holiday (City of Newport), Secretary Jaime Niemczura (American Diversified Development), and Treasurer Drew Bach (Michael P. Bach, PSC). Board members are Michael Bach (Michael P. Bach, PSC), Lynne Cole (Republic Bank), Peggy Cook (Newport on the Levee), David Dalton (The Think Shop), Charlie Fry (Master Fry Defense Systems), John Marlow (Mokka and the Sunset Bar & Grill), Jack Moreland (Southbank Partners), Marvin Polinsky (retired), Tete Turner (Newport Independent Schools), Jon Salisbury (Nexigen), Larry Weber (Huntington Bank), and Tammy Weidinger (Brighton Center).

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