Business Leadership Awards nominees due this Saturday

The deadline for nominating business leaders and rising stars for the annual Business Leadership Awards is this Saturday, Nov. 15.

Nominations for the 2003 awards, presented by the University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business, Heritage Bank and the Business Examiner Newspaper Group, can be submitted online (at or at the Milgard School of Business. Nomination forms are also available at any Pierce County Heritage Bank location.

Up to 10 individuals will be recognized with Business Leadership Awards for their accomplishments and competencies in their field of business, support of the region’s business climate, and contributions to the community. One from among those recognized will be named the Business Leader of the Year during a reception Jan. 28, 2004.

Judges will also present a Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing an individual’s many years of contributions to their field of business and the community, and a Rising Star Award to an individual who is new to the area or their field of business and has potential to influence the community for years to come. Those receiving nominations will also be honored during the awards event.

Winners of the Business Leadership Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award and Rising Star award will be made public in early January. The Business Leader of the Year award will be announced at the event.

A panel of judges comprised of Milgard School of Business faculty,members of the school’s Business Advisory Board and representatives from Heritage Bank and the Business Examiner will review nominations and select the awardees.

Business leaders are nominated and evaluated according to the competencies emphasized in the Milgard School of Business curriculum, developed in response to the feedback from the region’s business community.

These competencies include integrated business knowledge, strategic thinking, communication, teamwork and professionalism. In addition to private-sector business people, the awards program recognizes non-profit and government managers who demonstrate outstanding business competency or support development of the regional business climate.
The awards are designed to recognize the achievements of Pierce County business leaders and strengthen the relationship between the business community and the UW Tacoma, Milgard School of Business Director Patricia Fandt said.

“The awards program recognizes the work that a number of very successful individuals are doing in our community,” Fandt said. “It also extends information and knowledge about the range of contributions people are making in Pierce County.”

In 2002, eight people were given Leadership Awards. Mark Crisson, director of utilities for the City of Tacoma, was named Business Leader of the Year in recognition of his remarkable work steering the agency through tremendous operations challenges created by the energy crisis.

Gary Milgard, founder and CEO of Milgard Manufacturing, Inc., was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his company’s 45 years of growth and dedication to education, health and art in the community.
Josi Callan, director and CEO of the Museum of Glass, was the Rising Star Award recipient.

The 2002 Business Leadership Award recipients were Crisson; Don Anderson, president of Washington Architectural Hardware Inc; David Graybill, President and CEO of Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce; Ross Hjelseth, Headmaster of Life Christian Academy; Jeffrey Lyon, President and CEO of GVA Kidder Mathews; David Morris, CEO of Dillanos Coffee Roasters; Tom Seigel, Superintendent of Bethel School District; and Michael Wallingford, Vice-President and Regional Manager of Wells Fargo.

For more information, contact the Business Examiner at 253/404-0891 or the Milgard School of Business at 253/692-5630, or submit a nomination online at