Seven local businesses honored at 2008 Business Excellence Awards

Chamber also honors three individuals at annual event
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Nearly 200 chamber and community members gathered on Dec. 2 at Whitney Oaks Golf Club for the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Excellence Awards. The gala event honored area businesses that had an impact on the community during 2008. “The Chamber is pleased to recognize these fine, local businesses,” said Todd Lowell, Lowell Development and chamber chairman. “These organizations and individuals contribute so much to the community and we are proud to have them as chamber members.” The Chamber received a record number of nominations this year from chamber and community members. The nominations were reviewed by the events committee and a record 64 finalists were chosen. The Rocklin Chamber board of directors, ambassadors and events committee then voted for their favorites in each category. The chamber recognized eight organizations and three individuals for their achievements. Businesses and individuals receiving top honors were: FRIDENLIEST BUSINESS: AIM Mail Center AIM offers a variety of more than 30 services. Being new business owners in Rocklin, Mark and Lori Jouras are proud to be active members of the Rocklin Chamber and happy to be a part of and support Rocklin's business community. Finalists: Randy Peters Catering & Event Planning and WineStyles BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (under 10 employees): Sierra AutoCare Sierra Auto Care is a family owned and operated business providing auto care since 2005. At Sierra AutoCare you will be able to get all of the perks of a dealership, plus the attention expected from a local mechanic. Finalists: Billy Radakovitz, Primera Realty and RNB Property Management BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (more than 10 employees): Five Star Auto Care Five Star Auto Care is a one-stop shop for comprehensive auto service, providing car washes, detailing and auto repair. This year the 12-year-old Rocklin business became the first car wash in the Greater Sacramento area to be nearly 100 percent powered by the sun when they installed 612 solar panels. Finalists: J4 Systems and McDonald’s Best New Business: Icing on the Cupcake Icing on the Cupcake is a boutique cupcake bakery specializing in custom cupcakes for all occasions. From their packaging and party favors to cupcake towers, T-shirts, and little gift tags, it’s all about the details. Stop by for a sweet treat because everyone deserves a cupcake. Finalists: The Fountains at Roseville and SkyZone Recreational Center BEST RESTAURANT: Mary’s Pizza Shack Founded in 1959, Mary’s Pizza Shack now has 18 locations in Northern California and is famous for its homemade Italian food, atmosphere and reasonable prices. The newest Mary’s Pizza Shack in Roseville includes an in-house brewery. Mary’s Pizza Shack is located near the Nugget Market and offers in-house dining, take-out and delivery. Finalists: The Pita Pit and Rubino’s Ristaurante NON-PROFIT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: The Kiwanis Club of Rocklin Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. This year the Rocklin Kiwanis will take 160 children on their annual Christmas shopping spree, provide scholarships to high schools, sponsor student leadership programs and continue to partner with the Rocklin Historical Society. Finalists: Acres of Hope and PEACE for Families COMMUNITY SERVICE: R.C. Willey For more than 75 years R.C. Willey has been recognized nationally for excellence. But their real goal is to be the No. 1 place to find exceptional selection, value, service and professional associates that really care. Adding the buying power of the other home furnishings stores owned by Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, helps to guarantee the lowest prices on name-brand merchandise. Finalists: Granite Community Bank and Image Outfitters Photography BEST WEB SITE: Placer SPCA The Placer SPCA is an independent, local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of companion animals and providing services to residents of Placer County. Their professional staff and more than 300 volunteers are dedicated to remaining focused on their vision that every adoptable companion animal in Placer County will have a home. Finalists: Placer Valley Tourism and Rocklin & Roseville Today BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR: Randy Peters, Randy Peters Catering & Event Planning Randy Peters not only provides great food and service to his customers, he works hard to make all of their culinary and event visions come true. He believes very strongly in giving back to the community that had done so much for him and his wife, Lisa. They donate countless hours and food to many local nonprofits, including a free dinner to the police and fire fighters in Rocklin and Citrus Heights on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Finalists: Kevin Brown, Rocklin Unified School District and Jody Dobbs, Sierra Auto Care THE CHAIRMAN’S AWARD: Bill Halldin, Halldin Public Relations Bill Halldin volunteers his services to a number of organizations, including accepting leadership roles for organizations such as the Rocklin Chamber and the Sierra College Foundation. His strong commitment and guidance helped both organizations grow in stature and his dedicated fundraising efforts led to financial growth. Halldin started his firm in 1999 and quickly gained a reputation for establishing a civic-minded company, providing volunteer support to Sierra College, the UC Davis Breast Cancer Endowment, the Jim Janssen Scholarship Foundation, William Jessup University and five area chambers. Ambassador of the Year: Brad Meacham, AIM Mail Center. In 2005, Brad Meacham and his wife Judy moved to Rocklin to retire. When their daughter and son-in-law purchased the AIM Mail Center last year, they convince him to come out of retirement to help run the store. Brad enjoys reading, golfing and working on his 1937 Graham car, as well as volunteering his time to the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce. Finalists: Anthony Luna, Town Planner Community Calendar, Cathy Mee, Your Town Monthly and Satnam Singh, New York Life. The Chamber would also like to thank the major sponsors of the 2008 Business Excellence Awards: the city of Rocklin, Clover Valley partners, PG & E, Riolo, Roberts, and Freddi, LLP, Thunder Valley Casino, and Wal-Mart.