The 2015 Community Impact Awards

By JEANNE LANG JONES October 19, 2015


This article originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of Seattle magazine.

This years honorees in Seattle Business magazines 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 | Marlena Sessions, CEO, Workforce Development Council
of SeattleKing County | Roy Whitehead, Chairman, President and CEO, Washington Federal

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