Chamber announces business award nominees

Recipients will display significant and sustained commitment to positive business development, economic growth and diversity

The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce announced the nominees list for the 28th annual Business Excellence Awards sponsored by Britco.

These awards recognize businesses and persons in Penticton and area that have achieved excellence in the community through their own abilities, efforts and initiatives. Recipients of a Business Excellence Award are businesses or persons that display a significant and sustained commitment to positive business development, economic growth and diversity within the region.

“There is an incredible mix of nominees this year,” said John Devitt, executive director of the chamber.

“We have a great deal of businesses who have been nominated for the first time, and a number who continue to demonstrate excellence year after year.”

The Business Excellence Awards saw record attendance last year and organizers expect to meet or exceed those numbers this year at the gala on Feb. 21.

“The Business Excellence Awards Gala is an opportunity for businesses and individuals to come together and have an evening to celebrate and recognize each others’ accomplishments,” said Devitt.  “This is the largest event the chamber hosts each year, and we make sure it is a fun experience and a great night out for everyone.”

The winners from this list of nominees will be announced at the gala held at The Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.  Tickets are available by contacting the chamber.

The event will feature live music, silent and live auction, and much more, and is open to the general public.

Up for Business Leader of the Year are: Cary Schneiderat (Pearce Taylor Schneiderat), Mark Melissen (Wildstone Group of Companies), Max Picton (Barefoot Beach Resort), Tarik Sayeed (Basanti Interactive Media) and Tim Hodgkinson (Penticton Hospitality Association).

Nominees for the Business of the Year Award include Burger 55, Greyback Construction, Lake City Casinos, Moments Under Frame Photography, Penticton Collision, Save-on-Foods, Rona, White Kennedy Chartered Accountants and Wildstone Group of Companies.

The 2015 Award Nominee List is:

Community Support Excellence Award Sponsored by White Kennedy Chartered Accountants

Auxiliary Gift Shop (Penticton Regional Hospital)

Basanti Interactive Media

CoWork Penticton

Downtown Penticton Association

ET2 Media

Heiress Salon & Boutique

Hoodoo Adventures

JCI Penticton

Lake City Casinos

Marketplace IGA

Moments Under Frame Photography

Nufloors Penticton

OSNS Child & Youth Development Centre

Penticton Farmer’s Market

Penticton Search & Rescue

Peters Bros. Construction Ltd

Salty’s Beach House/Black Pearl Oyster Bar

Save on Foods

Sirf Marketing

SO Country Radio

South Okanagan Shop & Save

Sun FM/EZ Rock


Hospitality/Tourism Excellence Award Sponsored by Tourism Penticton

Barefoot Beach Resort

Burger 55

Benchmark Bed & Breakfast

The Bench Market

The Coconut Express

Flambe Catering

Grape Escapes Wine Tours

Hillside Winery & Bistro

Hoodoo Adventures

Mona’s Coffee House

Penticton Hospitality Association

SS Sicamous Marine Heritage Society


Professional Service Excellence Award Sponsored by BMO Financial Group

ABK Restoration Services

Classic Leisure Lifestyles

Eggert Energy

Larson’s Excel Tire & Service Station

Flambe Catering

L & L Signs & Neon Ltd

Lisa Haywood Photography

Moments Under Frame Photography

Morpheus Graphics

Next Level Marketing

OSNS Child & Youth Development Centre

Pathways Addictions Resource Centre

Penticton Health Centre

Penticton Laser & Skin Care


Industrial & Manufacturing Excellence Award Sponsored by Greyback Construction Ltd.

Guardian Heat & Air Conditioning

Waycon Manufacturing

Zep Okanagan


Retailer Excellence Award Sponsored by the Penticton Herald

The Bench Market

Chic Clothing Co.

City Centre Fitness

Freeride Boardshop

Government Street Liquor Store & Wine Shoppe

Marketplace IGA

Moments Under Frame Photography

The People’s Crafthouse

Save on Food


The Soulfull Project

Something Pretty Boutique

Teas & Weaves

Vitamin King Health Products


Home-Based Excellence Award Sponsored by Sun FM/EZ Rock

Basanti Interactive Media

Chic Clothing Co.

Grape Escapes Wine Tours

Progressive Elite Personal Training

Tickle Me Paws

Taylormade Ideas


Family Friendly Excellence Award Sponsored by the Downtown Penticton Association

Get Bent Yoga, Dance & Wellness Centre

Loco Landing Adventure Park

OSNS Child & Youth Development Centre

South Okanagan Learning for Little People


Sustainability Excellence Award Sponsored by Penticton Toyota

The Bench Market

Heiress Salon & Boutique

Okanagan Custom Homes

Penticton Farmer’s Market


Workplace Culture Excellence Award Sponsored by South Okanagan Immigrant Community Services

CoWork Penticton

Penticton Ramada

Salty’s Beach House/Black Pearl Oyster Bar

Tumbleweed Gallery

White Kennedy Chartered Accountants



Agricultural & Agri-Business Excellence Award Sponsored by Parker’s Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep

D’Angelo Winery Bed & Breakfast

Penticton Farmer’s Market


New Business Award Sponsored by Valley First Credit Union

Barefoot Beach Resort

Basanti Interactive Media


Jiffy Lube

Moments Under Frame Photography

Mona’s Coffee Shop

People + Space

Soulfull Project


Business of the Year Award Sponsored by Britco LP

Burger 55

Greyback Construction

Lake City Casinos

Moments Under Frame Photography

Penticton Collision

Save on Food


White Kennedy Chartered Accountants

Wildstone Group of Companies


Business Leader of the Year Sponsored by TD Canada Trust

Cary Scheiderat, Pearce Taylor Schneiderat

Mark Melissen, Wildstone Group of Companies

Max Picton, Barefoot Beach Resort

Tarik Sayeed, Basanti Interactive Media

Tim Hodgkinson, Penticton Hospitality Association

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