2019 Chamber Awards

Wayne & Tracey Jensen

Wayne & Tracey Jensen

Business Of The Year - Wellington Veterinary Hospital

Drs. Tracey and Wayne Jensen are founding members of this Chamber. They opened the Wellington Veterinary Hospital 20 years ago in what is now a Cupcake shop. They tired of the small quarters and built a state-of-the-art clinic. Their clinic has been honored with national awards for their cutting edge, pioneering medicine. Wayne was elected Chair of the Board of this Chamber in 2008 and served for two terms. Tracey recently served as Chair of our Nominating Committee and helped implement our new recruiting procedures. We had a vet to vet our candidates!

Greg Schreiner

Greg Schreiner

Business Of The Year - Silver Reef Organic Farms

Greg Schreiner is a pioneer in progressive organic farming. He has been managing Silver Reef Organic Farms since 2013. He has gained a national and international reputation for his progressive farming techniques. His business also does research in seed production, crop trials and water, and wetland management. Greg is a shrewd businessperson and was a presenter at our Annual Meeting three years ago.

Kristi Cannon

Kristi Cannon

Member Of The Year - Kristi Cannon

Three years ago our community gained a new member. Yeah, she came from the east coast. Not a Coloradan or even a westerner. Still, we are fortunate to have the creative energy and drive that she gladly shares with everyone she meets. She brings out the best in people as a good leader should.

She has donated considerable time, talent and energy (and sometimes her own money) to supporting Chamber activities and last year joined our Board of Directors. Not unlike other board members, she is strong and not afraid to voice her opinions.

Our "Member of the Year" is National Business Director at Syneos Health and her management and business skills are a perfect fit for our Chamber Board. She envisioned and brought to life "Women of Wellington" our very successful networking program for businesswomen. She saw the need for the Chamber to be able to put on raffles and spent her time and money learning the rules and studying for and getting the needed license. Also, she was instrumental in arranging for our recent Strategic Planning Session and if that is not enough she was the lead on planning and implementing the Business Education Program that will offer HR and business planning and marketing skills to local business people. Kristi gives herself freely to our community and without question deserves this award...

Brian Graves

Brian Graves

Chairman’s Award - Brian Graves

Brian has donated his time, talent and resources to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the Wellington Community for years. He is a dedicated and a vitally important member of our Chamber Board. Brian chairs the Chamber Community Events Committee and promotes our Chamber events via social media. He owns Graven Images and his photos are often included in the many articles and posts about events and activities in and around Wellington.

In addition to all his countless volunteer hours for the Chamber including our Business After Hours events, Ribbon Cuttings, the circus, and most recently our Annual Disc Golf tournament, he was the President of Wellington Main Streets Program and has dedicated years of work to the town on the Community Activity Commission. Brian is also co-owner of Wellington Toy Storage.

Wendell Nelson

Wendell Nelson

Nelson Award - Wendell Nelson

This year we are adding a new award to our group of awards. It will be A Very Special Award, and I guess that is what we will call it for the moment. The idea is that this will not be given out on an annual basis but on an as-needed basis. Or on an as earned basis. Being a Very Special Award, it will not be given out frequently.

This year our Award is going to a founding member of the Chamber. It has been said before that he is the Founding Member of our Chamber. His wisdom and intellect and dedication to our town and community have helped shape this organization and its members. With his help, we have united and supported many businesses in our community and created a bond with the town. He is a remarkable man. He has traveled a long way to end up in our midst, and it is our good fortune that he made this journey. His journey began as a veterinarian. And then as an administrator and Hospital Director. And then a cook/barista. He still makes a damn good cup of coffee. (And pie!)

In 2005 a handful of us began to discuss and plan the formation of this organization. I can remember sitting across from him in a meeting of another business group and hearing him whisper: “I can fix this.” It took a while, almost a year, and a couple of years more to fine-tune all the processes, but I think his vision has been realized. We have a diverse group of businesses working together for our mutual good and the good of our town and community. We are here today largely because of him. We are his legacy.

He will be retiring from our BOD in a few months. We will miss his wisdom and gentle persuasion. And common sense. But I am sure that he will always be available for a chat and cup of coffee or perhaps a gentile kick when we need it. He is no less than the Father of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce. We are so fortunate to know him and call him our good friend.

Another friend said it so well, “What I love about Wendell is "wherever the Chamber is-- Wendell is there"! This highly educated talented man gives of himself with such selfless dedication that it is only right that we honor him and his legacy with this Very Special Award which we name after him. -The Nelson Award.