It's All Relative: Family Business Awards

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This is the fourth year for Seattle Business magazine’s Family Business Awards, and the striking thing about this year’s winners is that they all tell essentially the same story. From multibillion-dollar enterprises to the smallest of mom-and-pops, their owners describe a sense of responsibility that guides them — not just for the sake of profits today but also for the legacy they will leave to future generations. Like all business owners, they have had to weather the worst economic challenge since the Great Depression. But for them, the stakes were higher because they are in it for the long haul. Their stories reflect common themes — decision making by stockholders who are relatives, as well as problems of succession when one generation passes the torch to the next. But they really ought to be seen as stories of inspiration. These businesses are the foundation of our economy, the glue that holds communities together, the essence of the American Dream.

Seattle Business celebrates their accomplishments on the pages that follow.

AWARD WINNERS

Special Recognition

Legacy Award: Wilcox Family Farms

Succession Award: Windermere Real Estate

Transformation Award: Dennis Company

Growth Award: North Coast Electric

Large Firms

Gold Winner: Uwajimaya

Silver Winner: Ostrom Mushroom Farms

Silver Winner: Village Concepts

Midsize Firms

Gold Winner: B.E. Meyers & Co.

Silver Winner: Goodfellow Bros. Inc.

Silver Winner: Peninsula Truck Lines

Small Firms

Gold Winner: Evergreen Beauty College

Silver Winner: Threshold Group

Silver Winner: Canopy Tours Northwest

 

2013 Family Business Awards Judges

Clarence Barnes, Dean, School of Business Administration, Gonzaga University

Dori Brewer, Partner, Perkins Coie

Steve Brilling, Family Business Director, Seattle University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

Ron Dohr, President, Dohr Family Business Consulting

Craig Nelson, President and CEO, Washington Employers

Catherine Pratt, Associate Dean, Pacific Lutheran University School of Business

Christian Schiller, Managing Director, Cascadia Capital

Rich Simmonds, Cofounder, Pacific Family Business Institute

Bart Wilson, Principal, Bader Martin

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