Chamber Dinner to Honor 2013 Award Winners Paper publisher chosen business person of the year

By Kevin E. Foley

Building on its new found momentum from growing membership, a renewed commitment to unity among the business community and other organizations, and even a new website, the Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner next week on March 21 at the Dutchess Manor on Route 9D.

The highlight of the dinner will be the presentation of awards in several categories to individuals and business organizations including the 2013 Business Person of the Year, Gordon Stewart, publisher of this website and the weekly publication The Paper. “I couldn’t think of a more pleasant surprise since we moved to this wonderful community, and that’s saying a lot. I am honored by the chamber’s recognition of our organization and heartened to see the group’s newfound emphasis on unity amongst the entire business and nonprofit community, which can only serve to benefit out town and villages,” said Stewart.

In its announcement released Monday, March 11, the chamber said it has added new categories to their awards program in order to best represent what the community has to offer.

Criteria for the awards are outlined on the Cold Spring Area Chamber’s website, Contributing to the well-being of the community and having a positive social or economic impact upon the area are some of their requirements.

The 2013 honorees are as follows:

Business Person of the Year                                     Gordon Stewart

Cultural Achievement of the Year                           Gallery 66 NY

Small Business of the Year                                       Moo Moo’s Creamery

Medium Business of the Year                                  Tight Rope Interactive

Nonprofit Business of the Year                               Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Restaurant Hospitality Business of the Year        Garrison Café

Retailer of the Year                                                   Reigning Dogs and Cats Too

Sustainable Business of the Year                            Glynwood Farm

Young Professional of the Year                               Katie Robertson

Innovation in Business                                             The Living Room

Realty Business Person of the Year                        Sylvia Wallin

Katie O’Donnell Award of Excellence                   Rand Bridget Otten

Ailes refuses award

One minor upset in the Chamber’s intentions occurred Monday after the organization released its awards announcement in an email to media. In the original press release, Putnam County News and Recorder Publisher Elizabeth Ailes was listed as a co-honoree for Business Person of the Year along with Stewart. But shortly thereafter when apprised of the award, Ailes refused it, according to chamber officials, who quickly sent out a second release without her name.

The awards dinner, open to all, will start with a cocktail reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. A brief business meeting prior to the awards ceremony from 7 to 7:30 will take place to discuss Pedaling Into Spring, the May 4-5 festival, and the upcoming summer festival, both new initiatives of the Chamber.

3 thoughts on “Chamber Dinner to Honor 2013 Award Winners

  1. Congratulations to all of the honorees! I look forward to sharing this special night with you all on March 21.

  2. ” . . . growing membership, a renewed commitment to unity among the business community . . ”

    Now why would someone not want to be a part of that spirit and refuse the recognition shown her by her community?

    Since there is going to be an extra place available, I would like to attend and observe.