The rain didn’t dampen any spirits on May 15 at the Vail Valley Partnership’s 12th Annual Success Awards. A standing-room only crowd gathered on May 15th at the Eagle Vail Pavilion to celebrate the success of local businesses, non-profits and leaders.

The Eagle Chamber was well represented with six finalists in five categories, showcasing a depth of professionalism and determination to succeed. Three of those finalists brought home the top award!

 Business of the Year

Congratulations to Roadhouse Hospitality Group, owners of Luigi’s Pastahouse and The Dusty Boot.

P.J. Berg, the company’s director of staff development & business integrations accepted the award on the company’s behalf, crediting company president John Shipp for his work in building the company and its reputation.

“He’s the real winner of this,” Berg said.

Small Business of the Year and Young Professional of the Year

Bonfire Brewing, Eagle Colorado.Andy Jessen took the podium twice, once with his wife Amanda when Bonfire Brewing Company was named the Small Business of the Year, and once on his own for Young Professional of the Year.

“I skated in under the wire,” Andy joked, “I celebrated my 35th birthday right after the nomination cut-off.”

The Young Professional Award recognizes a high level of entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, perseverance and creativity. Of these attributes, Jessen say he is proudest of leadership.

Non-Profit of the Year

wm_centerThe Walking Mountain Science Center received top honors for Non-Profit of the Year. Executive Director, Markian Feduschak
brought his leadership team to the stage to accept the award.

Markian thanked the Vail Valley Partnership for their work with non-profits.

“That support,” Feduschak said, is part of the reason “it’s an exciting time to be in the nonprofit community.”

Two More Chamber Member Honored

The Cycle Effect and Colorado Mountain College were also honored as finalists in the Non-Profit categories through a short video on the merits of each award.

The next time you see one of these Chamber Members … let them know how proud we are in Eagle!