The Winners: 2018 Seattle Family Business Awards

Congratulations to all the honorees!

This article appears in print in the December 2018 issue. See more about the winners of the 2018 Family Business Awards here. Click here for a free subscription.

One award winner in this year’s competition suggests it’s rare to pull off successful transitions of ownership over multiple generations of a family business. Much of that success rides on the factors Seattle Business magazine considers yearly in its Family Business Awards program, such as innovation, growth and business transformation. This year, we honor 11 family businesses that have shown through many years of effort and persistence the stuff that makes running a family enterprise satisfying, exhilarating and — ultimately — rewarding. Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Family Business Awards!

Large Firms (More than 200 employees in Washington)
Gold: Scharmach Enterprises
Silver: Bob's Heating & Air Conditioning

Midsize Firms (50 to 200 employees in Washington)
Gold: Sprague Pest Solutions
Silver: Torklift Central

Small Firms (Fewer than 50 employees in Washington)
Gold: L'Ecole No. 41
Silver: Mid-Mountain Materials

Taco Time Northwest

Aspen Power Catamarans

Business Transformation
Kwik Lok

Community Involvement
Westport Winery Garden Resort

Heritage/Legacy Award
Burkhart Dental Supply

Judges for the 2018 Family Business Awards

Clarence Barnes, professor of economics, Gonzaga University
Dori Brewer, partner, Perkins Coie
Hugh Campbell, managing director, Cascadia Capital
Fidelma McGinn, chief philanthropy officer, Seattle Foundation
Mary Morrow, managing director, Nelson Legacy Group
Catherine Pratt, management faculty, Pacific Lutheran University
Rich Simmonds, cofounder, Pacific Family Business Institute
David Stiefel, managing principal, Bader Martin
Bhaj Townsend, president, Northwest Family Business Advisors

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