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.
Legacy Award: Wilcox Family Farms
Succession Award: Windermere Real Estate
Transformation Award: Dennis Company
Growth Award: North Coast Electric
Gold Winner: Uwajimaya
Silver Winner: Ostrom Mushroom Farms
Silver Winner: Village Concepts
Gold Winner: B.E. Meyers & Co.
Silver Winner: Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
Silver Winner: Peninsula Truck Lines
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