Left to Right: Gary Blake (2021-23), Meiwen Richards (2009-10), Dennis Slattery (1991-93), Mary Gardiner (2017-19), Bob Rassmussen (1995-96), Jac Nickels (1993-94), Barbara Allen (1987-88), Ann Seltzer (1997-98), Dana Welsh (2002-04), Cindy Bernard (2013-15) and Deena Branson (2019-21).
Don was recognized with a newly titled award for Tourism Industry Leader of the Year for 2022.
For the 16 years he has been in Ashland, Don has served with the Chamber in numerous areas for the improvement of the community and especially for tourism. He has served on the Travel Ashland committee and as Chair, on the Chamber Board, and as an Oregon Tourism commissioner for Travel Oregon the past eight years recently retiring from that role. He has gone above and beyond and worked hand-in-hand with us on developing our tourism marketing, participated with every effort to garner more helpful research on smoke impacts on travel that we did in the past to the recent in-depth visitor analysis to the Travel Ashland rebrand in 2012 and our latest rebrand this past January of 2022. Read more
Jordan Pease, Greeter of the Year, is the true epitome of someone who looks around the "room" contemplative, semi-quiet and wonders, how can I help this person's business or organization survive and thrive? How do I help connect them to the right resources? How can I provide them with a place or a platform to share what they have with the community? How can I give them a voice to the broader community? How can I volunteer my time, offer my support to help this business person meet their goals? Jordan is also the "founder" of several great ideas. And he's someone who never says, I have a good idea for you to go do. He says, I have this idea, I hope it's a good one, and if you love it, how can I help make it happen? Read more
Jeff Sharpe, founder and CEO of Stracker Solar, an Ashland-based solar manufacturer and installer firm received the Sustainable Business of the Year for 2022.
Stracker Inc. was formed in January 2017, bringing together a great team of young engineers partnering with Oak Street Tank and Steel who has been manufacturing metal products for over 100 years in Ashland – our oldest Ashland business and longest Chamber member! Within 4 months, they had the first Stracker prototype built, sold, installed and producing clean solar power for Oak Street Tank and Steel. Read more
Elaine and her husband, Michael, moved to Ashland in 2016 and immediately got involved in the community wanting to engage with others, make new friends and help out wherever she could. She joined the Chamber as one of our office volunteers right after moving here. Her successful previous career in office management combined with her always professional demeanor, intelligence and humor has been an incredible asset to us. We all love working with her and are pleased to be recognizing this year – Elaine Yates as our Volunteer of the Year for 2022. Read more
Special recognition and appreciation was given to Chamber staff member, Dana Welsh, who will be retiring in the next few months from the Chamber office after 18 years. Dana worked in her family business, Chamber member Artisan Press, doing much printing business with the Chamber. Read more
The Citizen of the Year for 2022 was given to John Stromberg, Mayor of Ashland 2008-2020 for his outstanding service to the Ashland community. Beyond the list of things Mayor John Stromberg has accomplished – numbers of academic degrees, high end consulting experience, public servant, philosopher, engager in chief – all of this and so much more…but deeper still, he is about kindness and intelligent caring through to his soul combined with a strong desire to understand and serve this community. Read More
The Honorary Life Member award for 2022 was presented to Bunny Lewis. The Honorary Life Member award recognizes an individual who has given above and beyond to the Ashland Chamber of Commerce through their personal contributions to the organization and its mission. Former recipients include Cindy Bernard, Jac Nickels, Dennis Slattery, Allen Drescher, John Karns, Meiwen Richards and Bob Rasmussen among many others. Read more