The 2015 Community Impact Awards


This year’s honorees in Seattle Business magazine’s Community Impact Awards program understand that giving gives back. Large or small, for-profit or nonprofit, all are committed to making their communities better places for their employees and their business operations. Their contributions range from helping the homeless to teaching life lessons to reducing hazardous waste.

“The relationship goes both ways,” says Roger Levesque, community outreach director for Seattle Sounders FC.

Indeed, employees take pride in the good they do, and the good works help employers attract and retain a committed workforce.

“People feel good about working for an organization that cares so much for the community,” Levesque adds. “That draws talented people to come to work and feel passionate about what they do.”

Business of the Year: Small Companies                      

WINNER: Pacific Continental Bank

SILVER: Windermere Real Estate

SILVER: CFO Selections    


Business of the Year: Midsize Companies  

WINNER: Seattle Sounders FC

SILVER: El Gaucho Hospitality                        



Business of the Year: Large Companies     

WINNER: Holland America Line

SILVER: Symetra

SILVER: The Puyallup Tribe of Indians              


Nonprofit of the Year                      

WINNER: ArtsFund

SILVER: Childhaven

SILVER: Seattle Neighborhood Greenways  


Sustainability in Business Operations                         

WINNER: Canyon Creek Cabinet Company

SILVER: Precor Inc.

SILVER: Edifecs        


Green Products/Services                 


SILVER: Element 8                             



Social Entrepreneurship                 

WINNER: Second Use

SILVER: Community Sourced Capital            



Pro Bono Services                            

WINNER: Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson




Youth Development                          

WINNER: YouthCare

SILVER: The First Tee of Greater Seattle

SILVER: Juma Ventures                    


Job Creation and Workforce Development               


SILVER: Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound

SILVER: Evergreen Beauty College


Lifetime Achievement                     

Joni Earl, CEO, Sound Transit 



Judges for the 2015 Community Impact Awards
Kevin Baldwin, Pacific Northwest Market Managing Partner, PwC  |  Joseph Gaffney, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney  |  Deborah Jensen, former President and CEO, Woodland Park Zoo Society  |  Joe Lawless, Executive Director, Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility, University of Washington  |  Michael “Luni” Libes, Managing Director, Fledge  |  J. Shan Mullin, Partner, Perkins Coie  |  Marléna Sessions, CEO, Workforce Development Council
of Seattle–King County  |  Roy Whitehead, Chairman, President and CEO, Washington Federal 


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