Gala Nominations Announced [VIDEO]

Today the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce announced the nominations for the 98th Annual Chamber Gala Awards. An awards ceremony that honors the local businesses, entrepreneurs and leaders through eight different awards categories.

“We had over 80 different nominations made for our 8 different awards that we will present at the awards Gala,” says Heather Tramp. “The Gala is our way of recognizing the good things that have happened in the past year for Klamath County and celebrate our achievements. Sometimes we are so busy and where we are going in the future that we don’t pause for a second to say, hey there is some cool things going on.”

The Awards Gala offers a chance for networking and mingling in a pre-show event held inside the lobby of the Ross Ragland Theater. At 7:00 pm action will move into the theater where the recipients of the awards will be announced. During the ceremony a casino with table games will be setup in the lobby for play after the ceremony. The casino is a fundraiser for many of the activities that the Chamber is involved with, such as; Chamber Government Affairs, Leadership Klamath Youth, and Leadership Klamath Program to name a few.


Big IDEA Innovation Award
Awarded to an organization in any industry that employs new ideas or approaches to doing business. Innovation could fill an unmet need, create attention, be different or better than existing products, exceed market expectations, achieve financial success, or improve business systems.

  • Impressions Design

  • Three Rivers Mosquito and Vector Control

  • Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union

  • Nerds R Us

  • Skyline Brewery

  • Flows Up

  • ZCS Engineering

Spirit of Entrepreneurism Award
Awarded to an individual who exhibits an entrepreneurial spirit, originality, personal integrity, and influence. Awarded to an individual who has taken risks in business (could be started a new venture, expanded into a new area, taken on a difficult project, demonstrates “outside the box” thinking, or demonstrate a vision for the future).

  • Ty & Ry Kliewer, Skyline Brewing

  • Benjamin Fox, Foxy Stitches Upholstery

  • Jennifer McKoen, County Cork Collectibles

  • Karen Lynch, Poppy

  • Sue Connelly Pace, Cranberry Station

  • Mike Voight, Relax Hot Tubs

  • Pikeys Irish Pub

  • Sara Irvine, Impressions Design

  • Ryan Wheelock, Steel Sensations

  • Ed Medina, A Better Way Medicinal Alternative

  • Dr. Roberto Gutierrez, Klamath Community College

  • The Grocery Pub

  • Chad Elbert, Rudius Quest

Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional business achievement and outstanding commitment to Klamath’s business community over their lifetime. Must be a business leader in Klamath County and be a member of the Chamber. Must have participated in the Klamath business community for a minimum of 20 years.

  • Ray Holliday, Holliday Jewelry

  • Jim Chadderdon, Discover Klamath

  • Paul Stewart, Sky Lakes Medical Center

  • Rib Siems, Basin Mediactive

  • The Bocchi Family

  • Tim Steiner, Diamond Home Improvement

  • Ron House, House of Shoes

  • Alan and Neal Eberlein

Environmental Leadership Award
Awarded to any organization in any industry that demonstrates an alignment with clean energy or clean technology practices.

  • Klamath Lake Land Trust

  • Asana Yoga and Soul

  • Ross Ragland Theater

  • Klamath Trails Alliance

The Pathfinder Award
Awarded to presidents, principals or chief executive officers for devoting time and energy to strengthen and transform the organization that they lead. This includes specific situations or initiatives where the recipient's insight, discernment and ability to lead and inspire have guided their organization to a new level of growth, achievement and recognition. This individual should: actively support advancement of their organization, create a vision and inspire others, establish a positive image for his or her business while leading it to higher levels of success, encourage innovation and risk-taking among employees, and give back to the community.

  • Matt Bogatay, Bogatay Construction

  • AJ Davilla, Crossfit Hogback

  • Fabrice Dolce, Full Circle Healing

  • Dr. Mindy Brown, Shasta Family Dental

  • Debra Gisriel, Fisher Nicholson Realty

  • Tayo Akins, Cascade Health Alliance

  • Russ Carter, ZCS Engineering

Commitment to Community Award
This will be awarded to any organization in any industry that demonstrates a successful approach to corporate social responsibility and can show a positive impact on the community.

  • Ruby Blu

  • Klamath Freedom Celebration

  • Holliday Jewelry

  • Gathering Grounds

  • Shasta Family Dental

  • American Marine

  • Blooming Sol Juice Company

  • The Ledge

  • SJS Awareness Oregon

  • First Interstate Bank

  • Ace Towing

  • Fastbreak Ed Staub

  • Human Bean

  • Assistance League of Klamath Basin

  • Klamath Lake County Food Bank

  • Wood Brothers Construction

  • Elwood Staffing

  • Steel Sensation

  • Crossfit Hogsback

  • Meritts Appliance

  • Ross Ragland Theater

  • Klamath Falls Honda & Subaru

  • Holiday Market

  • Klamath Community College

  • Klamath Health Partnership

  • Impressions Design & Marketing

  • Klamath Dental Center

  • Green Blade

  • House of Shoes

  • Cascade Health Alliance

Best Place to Work (15 of fewer employees)
This award will be presented to an organization that, through its innovation and dedication, provides employees with an outstanding positive, healthy and productive workplace of 15 or fewer employees.

  • Lighthouse Yogurt Company

  • Basin MediaActive

  • Shasta Family Dental

  • Borror’s Cabinets

  • Amcom Tax and Accounting

  • Power Pac / Party Time Rentals

  • Seasons Change LLC

  • Relax Hot Tubs

  • Holliday Jewelry

Best Place to Work (16 or more employees)
This award will be presented to an organization that, through its innovation and dedication, provides employees with an outstanding positive, healthy and productive workplace of 16 or more

  • REACH Inc.

  • Klamath Basin Senior Center

  • Fisher Nicholson Realty

  • Ginos Market & Cafe

  • Cascade Comprehensive Care

Bonus Nominations / Categories

Two special categories have been added to this years Gala sponsored by the Klamath Promise.

Small Business Supporting Education

  • Holliday Jewelry

  • 12 Ranch Wines

  • Basin Fertilizer and Chemical

  • Jalapeno's Restaurant

  • Martin's Food Center

  • Power Pac and Party Time Rental

  • Stagecoach Pizza

Large Business Supporting Education

  • Cascade Health Alliance

  • Diamond Home Improvement

  • First Community Credit Union

  • Fred Meyer

  • Les Schwab

  • Subaru of Klamath Falls

  • Walmart

About the Gala

The 98th Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala will be held on January 19, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 11:30 PM at the Ross Ragland Theater. Tickets are available online at, over the telephone by calling 541-884-5193 or in person at the Chamber Offices at 205 Riverside Drive, Ste A, Klamath Falls, Oregon.



98th Annual Chamber Awards Gala

January 19, 2018. 5:30pm-11:30pm

Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Tickets:, 541-884-5193 or in person at Chamber Offices