Family Business

The Winners: 2019 Family Business Awards

Seattle Business celebrates homegrown family businesses in Washington doing big things

By Bill Conroy & Rob Smith December 1, 2019

2019 Family Business Awards magazine cover

This article originally appeared in the December 2019 issue of Seattle magazine.

Seattle Business celebrates homegrown family businesses in Washington doing big things

This article appears in print in the December 2019 issue. See more about the winners of the 2019 Family Business Awards hereClick here for a free subscription.

Family business is big business in the United States. Family-owned businesses employ 60% of the workforce and create 78% of all new jobs, according to a 2018 report by Seattle-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine’s Family Business Resource Center. But the law firm found that only 30% of family-owned businesses make it to the second generation and only 12% to the third. Those sobering statistics make the companies honored in Seattle Business magazine’s Family Business Awards program that much more impressive. From Everett-based Pocock Racing Shells — which has been family owned since 1911 — to Rowley Properties Inc. of Issaquah, which is now a fourth-generation family-owned firm, the 14 winning companies have all demonstrated grit, perseverance and tenacity to survive.

Large Companies
Gold: Village Concepts
Silver: Noble House Hotels & Resorts

Midsize Companies
Gold: Partners, A Tasteful Choice Company
Silver: Dillanos Coffee Roasters Inc.; Smeraldo Restaurant Inc., dba II Terrazzo Carmine

Small Companies
Gold: Rowley Properties Inc.
Silver: Communiqué PR

Mutiple Generations
Gold: Pocock Racing Shells
Silver: The Napoleon Co.

Business Transformation
Gold: PBS Supply Co.

Gold: Flax4Life
Silver: Kiona Vineyards and Winery

Community Involvement
Gold: Gaspar’s Construction
Silver: Pot O’Gold Coffee Service

Gold: Canlis

Judges for the 2019 Family Business Awards

Hugh Campbell, managing director, Cascadia Capital LLC 
Denise Moriguchi, president and CEO, Uwajimaya Inc.
Mary Morrow, managing director, Nelson Legacy Group
Catherine Pratt, management faculty, PLU
Shannon Riggs, partner, Lane Finn
Martha Sandoval, partner, Perkins Coie
David Stiefel, managing principal, Bader Martin
Bhaj Townsend, president, Northwest Family Business Advisors


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