Campbell County Chamber of Commerce

Annual Awards Banquet

Join us Saturday, November 7, at Cam-Plex Energy Hall, to celebrate our 64th Annual Awards Banquet fundraiser, honoring the local business community and community leaders.

Admission: $100*; Or $1000 For Reserved Table of 8

*includes the price of a $25 raffle ticket

Thank you to this year's banquet sponsors:

Here are our nominees for 2020:

Coach USA; Powder River Transportation Inc. – Community and Chamber Supporter

Originally Powder River Transportation opened their doors in the early 1980’s to meet some of Gillette’s transportation needs. They joined the Coach USA family in the late 1990’s.  In the mid-2000’s, Coach America was created. They were once again acquired by Coach USA in 2012, who remains the parent company today.   Around 100 people are employed, year over year.

Primarily Coach USA contracts to transport mine employees to and from their respective mines. They also provide private charter services for tour groups, schools, local government, and for the military. 

They hold safety above all else and invest heavily in their employees, training, equipment, and its technology to provide the safest service possible. They are dedicated to the communities that support us. By reinvesting in the community, we all grow stronger together. 

Coach USA has been a Chamber member for years. They believe the Chamber is a great central place for local business and community leaders to come together and collaborate in supporting our community and building for the future. They appreciate opportunities to provide services to help achieve these goals. 

 

Powder River Construction, Inc. – Proud Community Member

 

Powder River Construction, Inc. opened in December 2003, and for the past 5 years averaged 47 employees.

Powder River Construction started as a small material hauling and trucking company, quickly realizing an opening for a mid-sized general contractor in Gillette focusing on site dirt work and concrete work. They have grown from a small local contractor to a regional general contractor tackling everything from large complex airport and sports field projects to small pole buildings and home construction.   Currently one of two slipform paving contractors in the state of Wyoming, they offer a wide range of services including; concrete slipform paving, curb and gutter, site concrete work, foundations, site development and dirt work, material sales and recycling, industrial, commercial, and residential building construction.

 

Their success is because of two main driving forces; their employees and our town. Matt Walker has created an atmosphere around the company to bring the best out in their employees. From the top to the bottom they are encouraged to buy into what we are building as if it was our own.  

The community of Gillette is amazing, we are a big little city. Powder River Construction has built projects all around Wyoming, Western South Dakota, Northern Colorado, even Utah, but never has seen a community who is so willing to invest in itself, growing, improving, and donating to bring a better tomorrow for the people in Gillette. It has become a fairly regular response from people outside the community who are amazed at the opportunities the people of Gillette have given themselves by investing in Gillette.

 

They have been an avid supporter of NEWCA since starting Powder River Construction, often having an employee on its board of directors. Supporting the annual Home Show in March and indirectly supporting the downtown area of Gillette by bringing people together to help clean up Main Street while the City was shut down during April. They plan to make that an annual event.

 

Record Supply – Long-time Chamber Member with Deep Community Roots

Record Supply started as a Ford tractor dealership and industrial parts store. In the early 80s, they branched out into auto parts. We were a John Deere tractor and lawn and garden dealer for 21 years. On April 1999, they bought the NAPA Auto Parts Store and moved from their original location, 100 Ross Ave. to the current location at 101 Carey Ave. in 2001.  Kevin Record bought the business from his dad in 2010 and opened a heavy-duty truck store just east of the NAPA store. In the past 5 years they have had 53 employees. To have more room for their growing paint business, they recently moved their automotive and industrial paint store to a larger location at 111 E. 2nd St.

They pride themselves in providing great customer service, knowledgeable people and having the inventory on hand to take care of their customers. They provide hot shot delivery to their commercial customers as well as outside sales personnel to call on customers for anything they might need so they can concentrate on running their business.  

They have been a member of the Chamber for about as many years as they have been in business.  Record Supply was a vendor at the Home Show for many years and can be counted on to donate prizes for the NEWCA silent auction and Annual Awards Banquet.  

 

White’s Frontier Motors – Customer Care is Important

Opened in November 2003, White’s Frontier Motors has averaged 55 employees over the past 5 years.  They started by selling and servicing all makes and models from General Motors.  Currently, they sell and service Chevrolet, GMC, and Buick.

Their goal is to take care of the customer the way each individual employee would like to be taken care of.

They have supported the Chamber by hosting business after hours mixers and supporting an employee as an Energizer for many years. White’s Frontier Motors also participates in the Chambers’ Gold Gift Certificate program.



Wyoming Beverage Pepsi-7-Up of Gillette – Forming Relationships in the Communities They Serve

Wyoming Beverage opened in September 1997, and for the past 5 years, they have had 52 employees, including 10 based in Sheridan and 2 in Newcastle.

Wyoming Beverage is a Wyoming based company started in 1947, in Worland, Wyoming. They are a distributor for a wide variety of beverages from carbonated soft drinks to non-carbonated beverages, isotonic, and alcoholic beverages.  They provide and install fountain equipment, vending machines, merchandising coolers, and tap systems for draft beer. 

Their customers always come first. They stay active in the communities (five counties) they conduct business in. The longevity with their employees is an asset in building relationships within their communities.  Our products were considered essential by the US Government, so we were able to continue our business during the pandemic.

We send new residents to the Chamber for local information and find the Chamber to be a good avenue for new business contacts.

Accent Masonry – Pride in Workmanship

Accent Masonry opened its doors in September 1990 and employs 11 to 19 individuals.

 

Accent Masonry is a masonry contractor working on brick and stone veneers and block building; commercial and residential structural masonry, residential veneers, retaining walls, and outdoor hardscapes and patios. They are certified Dryvit EIFS installers.  Some of their more recent projects are; Williams Law office brick veneer, Mt. Pisgah Cremation gardens, Hobby Lobby, Ulta Beauty, Shoe Dept, Harbor Freight, Energy Capital Sports Complex (block buildings and dugouts), Wyoming Rib & Chop stonework, and a number of residential projects. 

 

They work hard on creating quality workmanship that reflects the beauty of brick and stonework. They take pride in finishing projects on time, keeping the jobsites clean, and servicing their customers. They custom design many of their residential projects, especially patios and hardscape outdoor living areas. They support community sporting activities such as Little League, Slow Pitch Soft Ball, and the Cowboy State Games.

 

Accent Masonry has been a Chamber member for over 25 years; active on the NEWCA board, 

representation on the Next Gen Board, participates in career days at the local schools, helped to plan the inaugural NEWCA bus tour, and Home Show participant for over 7 years, helping to get donations for the silent auction to support the Skills USA program.

 

First Northern Bank of Wyoming – Proud Community Bank

 

In the Fall of 2005, First Northern Bank of Wyoming loan production office opened.  On October 2015, First Northern Bank of Wyoming Gillette Branch opened its full-service bank.  First Northern Bank of Wyoming was founded in 1885 in Buffalo Wyoming.  They currently have three banks located in Buffalo, Sheridan, and Gillette.

When the full-service bank in Gillette opened, 5 years ago, they had 15 full time employees working at the new location.   The number of employees has never dropped below 15 and currently there are 22 employees at the Gillette Branch. 

First Northern Bank was founded in 1885 on the bedrock principle that their success would be solely dependent on that of the community and customers. From their origins in a humble, wood frame building to their continuous growth throughout the last century and to the present, they have never shifted from that perspective. Being known as a community bank is a badge of honor because there is no better place to be than in a position to serve friends, neighbors and businesses in an area that is home to us all.

First Northern Bank has been a member of the Chamber since 2006.  The employees of the bank are active in participating in Chamber sponsored events such as luncheons, ribbon cuttings, mixers, award banquets, and many other events.  First Northern bank has put at least one employee through the Chambers’ GALI program for the past six years and plan to continue to support this program for many years to come.  First Northern Bank has hosted its own ribbon cutting and mixers.  

 

Karl’s TV Audio Appliance and Furniture – Service Done Right

 

Karl’s has been in operation since 1956 and for the past 5 years, have averaged 8 employees at the Gillette store.

Karl’s now has 24 locations in 7 states.  The kicker at Karl’s is simple: they truly service what they sell with a dedicated staff of technicians, who are equipped to get the job done right.  Their staff is trained and friendly and they have a delivery and service team available and are here to assist their customers.  Karl’s offers the regions broadest inventory of in-stock name brand TVs and appliances. In addition, they have a comfortable selection of seating and an exclusive line of mattresses. Through their expansive buying group relationships, they are priced competitively daily.

They have been involved with the Chamber since 2006.  During their Annual Banquet, they provide support by supplying TVs for use during the program.

 

Medicap Pharmacy – Providing Personal and Efficient Medication Service

On December 1, 1999, Medicap Pharmacy opened with the goal of personal service and efficient medication service.  They average 12 employees and offer compounding services (making medications not commercially available) and deliver a more personal approach to pharmacy.

Medicap’s motto is “We’ll always make time for you” and they truly believe that and strive to do that with all customers and the community.

Medicap Pharmacy has been a member of the Chamber since 1999.  Their support to the community comes through youth sponsorships, employee participation in $5 Jean Day donations to many local non-profit organizations, their annual Christmas jar project with funds coming from their customers, employees serving on local and state boards, and participation in many local events.

 

Pat’s Hallmark – Promoting “Shop Local”

Pat’s Card & Gift was opened in 1976 by Pat Edelman, was located in the rear of their current building and over the years has grown to take over the entire building.   In the past five years they have averaged six employees.  

Over the past 44 years they have seen lots of ups and down and changes in trends, but one thing has remained constant, their loyal customers.  Pat’s Hallmark is the largest Hallmark Gold Crown Store in the tri-state area.  They pride themselves in having a diverse array of inventory including baby items, wedding, home décor, clothing, jewelry, handbags, fashion accessories, bath and body, kitchen gadgets, stationary, gift wrap, albums, Keepsake Ornaments and a huge selection of Hallmark greeting cards.  

They strive to offer any customer that enters the store exceptional customer service.

They have made many adjustments over the past year to acclimate to the changing retail environment. They have increased their presence on social media, including a weekly Facebook Live sale, and live updates when new inventory arrives.  When customers needed additional ways to shop, they offered curbside delivery and phone shopping.  One of their biggest strengths is being able to adjust to the changes in retail very quickly.  They are fortunate to have a large loyal customer base and have become a destination for many shoppers, not only in Wyoming, but also the surrounding areas

Pat’s Hallmark has been a member of the Chamber since 1977.  They participate in the Chamber’s shop local promotions, accept Gold Certificates, and continually promote shopping local.  They participate in Small Business Saturday and promote shopping in their business and neighboring businesses.

Campbell County Healthcare Foundation – Partnering in the Health and Wellness of the Community

The Campbell County Healthcare Foundation began with big dreams and a vision for the people of Gillette and Campbell County. A group of community leaders came together to discuss funding the education of people interested in healthcare. From those discussions, the Healthcare Foundation was born. Over the years, many volunteers have shared a common goal and spirited dedication in improving healthcare in our community. The Campbell County Healthcare Foundation is celebrating 45 years this year and over the last 4 ½  decades has provided the following, all while being 100% community funded;  1975 to present, over $2M in healthcare scholarships, 1990 $1.9M Linear Accelerator Capital Campaign – Heptner Cancer Center, 2010 $7M capital campaign for Close to Home Hospice Hospitality House, 2015 to present, provides free flu shots to all school-aged kids in Campbell County, 2018 $750k raised to partner with CCH in PET/CT Scanner Capital Campaign and ongoing Umbrella organization for: Cancer Care, Festival of Trees, Hospice, The Legacy, Youth Programs.

 

The Campbell County Healthcare Foundation, partnering with you in the health and wellness of your community, is dedicated to improving healthcare in Gillette and Campbell County. The organization’s long-term action plan is simply improving healthcare through partnerships and raising funds to provide necessary enhancements to be the healthiest community in Wyoming.   Our Goals:  Continue Positive Partnerships, Grow Community Programs, Steward Relationships with Investors Enhance Committee Relationships.

 

Everything the Campbell County Healthcare Foundation does is focused on improving the health of our community members. We work with every demographic, from youth, to cancer patients, hospice patients and their families, and patients and families needing assistance during medical treatments to our senior population at The Legacy. We help solve healthcare challenges by offering to raise funds for new equipment, facilities and even individual grants to help those facing financial healthcare burdens. The Healthcare Foundation is 100% community supported and governed by volunteers. We value our community and because of YOU, will be here for another 45 years.

 

Campbell County Historical Society – Preserving Campbell County History

Their goal is to preserve the history of Campbell County and educate residents and visitors about Campbell County.  In a normal year, they try to have educational presentations and tours on a regular monthly basis.  Members of the Campbell County Historical Society are also members of the WY State Historical Society, so they encourage their participation in state events also such as the annual trek and annual business meeting.  The state events can take place anywhere in the state which inspires people to learn more about the state.  They try to make learning history fun through ghost tours, community dinners and celebrations of our fascinating ancestors.  

There are four members on the Executive Committee:  Jane Gebhardt, Sandra Holyoak, Charlene Busk and Mary Kelley.  Mary’s community involvement includes the Chamber’s GALI steering committee, Energy Capital Habitat for Humanity; Gillette Historic Preservation Commission; Campbell County Public Land Board; Gillette Convention & Visitors Bureau; Chamber Energizers; Campbell County Centennial Committee; Festival of Trees committee; Women in Business; WY State Historical Society and Campbell County Historical Society.  

 

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming – Building Courage, Confidence and Character

 

Girl Scouting was founded in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia by Juliette Gordon Low. Six years later, in 1918, the first Girl Scout troop in our council area was started in Laurel, Montana. In 2008, three Girl Scout councils merged to create Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming (GSMW), serving more than 9,200 girls in an area of 245,000 square miles. They have nine local offices, one of which is in Gillette. Through our Gillette office, they can partner with other local youth organizations, such as the Campbell County Boys and Girls Club, to make Girl Scouting available to any girl who wishes to participate. This office is staffed by Avery Kerman, who joined the team in December 2019. She works closely with the Gillette Service Unit, a team of dedicated volunteers who work to build the presence of Girl Scouting within their community by providing excellent events and day camps for the Girl Scouts of Gillette.  

 

As stated by their mission, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. GSMW is dedicated to ensuring that Girl Scouting is available for any girl who wishes to be part of their organization. With this in mind, they have experienced 9 straight years of membership growth within their council and continue to strive to meet a 3% membership growth year over year. This will be achieved by continuing to meet girls where they are at and engaging them through activities they enjoy. This includes programs that are focused on STEM and civic engagement, such as exploring the universe in the StarLab and taking a look at history and nature through their partnership with Wyoming State Parks. At the heart of their organization are volunteers, these individuals make what they do possible. GSMW is focused on serving these individuals, broadening the scope of how to deliver effective training, support, and appreciation; because they know that they best serve their girls by serving the volunteers.

The Girl Scouts in Gillette and Wright have a variety of short-term and long-term community involvement projects to help continue to make the community and the world a better place.                                                            They do these projects at both the Service Unit and the troop level to help get everyone involved. Some of the short-term community service projects include; City Wide Clean Up Day, food drives, flower beds in front of local businesses, making dog treats for the animal shelter, birthday party bags for GARF residents, etc. The long-term projects are ongoing, and generally relate to the girls Take Action projects. One example of these include their work with the Boys & Girls Club of Campbell County such as painting, cleaning, bulletin boards, and painting flower bed tires. Other long-term projects they do are Blessings in a Backpack, Salvation Army cleaning, and doing flag ceremonies for various community events and organizations. 

 

Gillette Main Street – Revitalizing Downtown Gillette

Great downtowns don’t just happen – they are created! Downtown Gillette is not only the heartbeat of our community – providing interesting, dynamic spaces for friends, neighbors and colleagues to interact with one another – but Downtown Gillette businesses also provide a far greater return on investment than typical large stores because revenue generated in Downtown Gillette STAYS right here in Gillette! Now more than ever, our money needs to be kept LOCAL! Making our community aware of all the shopping, businesses and activities available downtown, they encourage community spirit and continue to turn our central engine of commerce. In addition to promoting Downtown Gillette year-round, GMS hosts over 25 events throughout the year to promote our downtown and entertain our community. 

 

The Gillette Main Street program is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide economic and social opportunities by promoting and strengthening the viability and historic preservation of Downtown Gillette. Since 2015, the Gillette Main Street Program has been helping our community revitalize the economy, appearance, and image of our Downtown. Gillette Main Street has an incremental approach to revitalization built around our unique heritage and attributes. Working closely with their partner organizations within Campbell County, they continue to stimulate long-term economic growth and pride in the heart of our community – Downtown Gillette! 

 

If you have been to Downtown Gillette in the past five years, then you have seen first-hand what Gillette Main Street does for our community. Since 2015 when they became a certified Main Street Community, the Gillette Main Street Program and Downtown have had: 18 new businesses open; $5.4 million in building rehabs and improvements; 12,404 volunteer hours which equates to $298,000 in investment; 58 new jobs created; $145,000 in fundraising efforts; $147,000 in grants and contractual funding; $24,000 in donations; over $136,000 through in-kind support; and over 26 events/promotions in 2019 alone! During the recent COVID-19 situation, they continued to provide much needed support to our vibrant Downtown Gillette Community. They have created new opportunities for businesses and the community to engage through promotions and activities, both Downtown and online in the comfort of their own homes included: LIVE Virtual Shopping Series, Curbside Pickup Locations, Downtown Friday Cruise Nights, and a Downtown Bear Hunt to just name a few! 

Campbell County Public Health – Protecting the Health of Gillette & Campbell County

In 1977 Campbell County Public Health became a county agency.  From 1970-1977 it had previously been a state agency. Since 1977, Public Health has grown from a 3-nurse agency to one with 13 nurses, 3 administrative assistants, 1 Public Health response coordinator, and 1 community prevention specialist. The county health officer is also part of Public Health. Public Health has a governing Board of Health which consists of 5 members; a physician, a dentist, and 3 community members. Public Health provides services to both adults and children at the office, in the community, and in patient’s homes. 

Campbell County Public Health is involved with numerous community committees and coalitions. A few we participate in include: COVID-19 Economic Task Force, Community COVID-19 Task Force, Child and Adult Protection Teams, DUI Task Force, Suicide Coalition, Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Misuse Coalition, Tobacco Coalition, Mental Health Task Force, School District Crisis Team, Region 1 Health Care Coalition, and NWCCD School of Nursing Advisory Board. 

Campbell County Public Health has a long-standing relationship with community agencies, facilities, and businesses.  While continuing to provide routine services, to the community, most of the day for Public Health is spent receiving test results, contact tracing and quarantining patients who are positive for the virus, along with their close contacts. Public Health has been integral in helping businesses receive approval for variances submitted to the Wyoming Department of Health, reviewing organization’s re-opening plans, attending meetings, and providing presentations regarding the virus. Also, we assist facilities, businesses, and schools, develop plans to keep their staff and patrons safe. Public Health staff have worked tirelessly and courageously during this time with the single goal of protecting the community from this disastrous disease.

Campbell County Public Health has always been a supporter and partner with the Chamber. Staff from both agencies interact at various meetings and task forces. Both are part of the Campbell County DUI Task Force. Interaction between Public Health and the Chamber has increased since the beginning of the pandemic.  COVID-19 has posed unique problems to our community’s health and economic status, which has enhanced the two agencies working relationship. Staff from both entities were part of an Economic Task Force for Campbell County. The focus of this group was to help businesses re-open and get the economy of Campbell County back on track, while working within the guidelines set forth by the Wyoming Department of Health. Public Health has provided presentations and educational information to the Chamber during the pandemic regarding not only how to protect their staff, but also the best way for businesses to protect their staff, patrons, and event attendees. Public Health has assisted the Chamber in obtaining appropriate PPE for businesses. The Chamber has taken the pandemic seriously and has joined with Public Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  

Good things happen when the community works together.

 

Campbell County School District – Caring for Kids in the Crisis

Campbell County School District serves over 8800 students in 24 schools, including 18 elementary schools and 6 secondary schools.  The District covers 4761 square miles and encompasses the entirety of Campbell County.  

 

They are involved with the following community organizations or committees; Board of Cooperative Higher Education Services (BOCHES), Northeast Wyoming Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Campbell County Community Public Recreation District, Juvenile Support Partnership, Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving, Community Behavioral Health Committee and United Way Annual Workplace Campaign.

 

Our community involvement includes; Senior Send Off fundraiser, immunization and flu shots clinics, Jingle Bell fun run (past donations to Council of Community Services and GARF), United Way Helping Hands (food and hygiene product drive), Blessings in a Backpack, partner with CCH to provide space and support for the Kid Clinic, breakfast and lunch program.  During the COVID-19 event, meals were made available for all Campbell County children while school buildings were closed and into the summer months.

 

Campbell County School District has been a long-standing member of the Chamber.  The partnership with the District includes the celebration of new facilities through support of the Energizers and by attendance at Chamber-hosted events. 

 

 

Katrin Wagner – Involved Community Member

Katrin was born and raised in a small town in Germany with roots going back to the year 948.  In 2004, she got married to her husband, Jeremiah, who was serving in the US Army and they moved back to his hometown, Gillette, in 2009. Over the years they became proud parents to their daughters Sophia and Alina, and their son Johannes. They see Gillette as the perfect place to raise children and foster their careers.   

In Germany, Katrin graduated with a degree in finance and banking and picked up her career in banking once she settled in Gillette. After eight years in the banking industry where the last position she held was VP for Pinnacle Bank she was presented with the opportunity to run her own office as a financial advisor with Edward Jones.  She has always been committed to providing customers the expertise to fulfill their financial goals and needs. 

Katrin has given back to the community by staying involved, serving on boards and volunteering comes natural to her.  Katrin truly believes that Gillette has become a great place to live because of the endless commitment of many great people in this town.  She is currently involved with: Energizers and Y.E.S. House Foundation (board member).  She was formerly involved with:  Next Gen as a sector business champion, member of Women in Business, 5 years of BNI (president and VP), board member of Energy Capital Habitat for Humantiy, Rotary member, board member of Gillette Main Street, host family for Pronghorn girls soccer, and soccer coach for the Rec center.

In June of 2015, Katrin graduated from GALI and served on the GALI steering committee for about 3 years.  She is currently a member of the Energizer’s and has served on the executive committee. 

 

Levi Kissack – Live Gillette Love Gillette 

Levi was born and raised on a ranch just outside of Gillette and is forever grateful for his childhood and life on the ranch with his parents and two older brothers.  In 2009, upon graduating from CCHS, Levi attended the University of Wyoming and majored in Marketing. That is where he met his wife, Taylor, and were married at the ripe old age of 21.  They moved back to Gillette in the summer of 2017, and the plan was to work on the ranch and flip houses in town. After their first purchase and first flip, they were hooked, and Levi quickly pursued real estate as a full-time endeavor.  In 2018, he got his RE license and hasn’t looked back! Their life is now insanely busy as they try to balance their flipping and investing company, K&M Properties, as well as his job as a real estate agent for Team Properties Group. Levi loves his job because it’s never the same thing on any given day, and he gets to wake up to fresh opportunities every morning. 

As soon as Levi got his RE license, he thought, “If I am going to sell people homes here, I need to be the biggest advocate as possible for the community that has treated me so well.” That’s where he got the idea for “Live Gillette, Love Gillette”; it was just an opportunity to highlight local businesses and people that make Gillette such a great place to live. Taylor and Levi lived all over the country before they settled down in Gillette, and it is by far Levi’s favorite place he has ever lived. 

Levi is new to the Chamber and his goal is to go through GALI.  He is a member through Team Properties, and he was the speaker for one of the Chamber Chats, talking about Social Media Marketing.

Levi is involved as president of the Northeast Wyoming REALTOR Alliance, Creator of  Live Gillette, Love Gillette and is on the Board of Administration at New Life Church.

 

Railyard – Love and Respect all Facets of the Community

The Railyard has been a thriving business in downtown Gillette for the 3 ½ years; we currently employee 16 well-trained staff members.  If you want an amazing cocktail, Trey’s knowledge in the art of mixology is the key to crafting a delightful drink.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, they spearheaded the free meals and drinks for all the laid off Black Jewel employees.  They also organized and were a part of the downtown clean up along with several other downtown businesses.

They have been a part of several events and organizations. They are heavily involved with the Main Street Board, Brewfest Committee and are also very involved with the Chamber.  Over the years we have participated in and donated to several events such as, the Festival of Trees, Chuckles for Charity, Dances Through the Decades, not to mention the amounts of money we have raised and donated to the hospital.  The No Place Like Home No Kill Shelter is also near and dear to their heart.

They support the Chamber by attending their functions and have hosted several luncheons for the Chamber and provided catering.  

They love and respect all facets of the community and love being a part of its continued growth.

Ken Barkey – Prime Rib Restaurant and Wine Cellar

At the restaurant, one of their intentions they express to their staff is, simply they want to say YES.  They want to give their customers what they want and how they want it.  This is also representative of how they serve our community.  When people and organizations have asked for their service, they say YES.  They have always tailored their food and policies to serve Gillette.  This has helped them to stay the course over 37 years and thrive throughout the ups and downs of the economy.

They share, it is their intention to be friends with other people in their business as well as any other business in our town.  They share ideas and goods with our neighbors.  They donate when asked and to also be included in charitable giving (i.e., the 4th of July celebration this year, they called them).  They have always wanted to do more in our community and that will continue. Maintaining a nice-looking building and landscaping to show pride in our community is a priority.

Ken has been a due paying member of the Chamber since 1983.  The Prime Rib has never missed a year.  They support the Chamber publicly and recently for example have participated in the county’s and Chamber’s Zoom calls to get our town moving again and back in business.  Ken has been a Board member of the Campbell County Convention and Visitors Bureau and was the chair when their first building was acquired (at the Flying J).  Ken has also participated in the fund raising for the PAC to pass the lodging tax for three election cycles.  

Tom Brantz –  First Interstate Bank

Tom started working for First Interstate Bank in Sheridan, Wyoming in 1983 as a Management Trainee.  He moved to Gillette in 1985.  He worked his way through various work positions and became the Bank President in July of 2016.  Tom has prided himself in taking care of their clients and our community over the 35 plus years that he has lived here.  First Interstate Bank strongly encourages their team members to be involved in educating our community members as well being involved in various service clubs and boards to help our community thrive.  They also stay strongly involved in the Wyoming Bankers Association and, at their request, Tom has served as a contact banker for some of our state and local legislators.

Some of the clubs and organizations Tom has been involved with are: past Gillette Energy Rotary Club member; past Campbell County Chamber Retail Committee board member; past Energy Capital Kiwanis board member; past Gillette Golf Club board member; current Energy Capital Economic Development board member, Executive Committee member and Treasurer since 2012.

They strongly encourage and track their team members’ involvement in Chamber functions.  As a graduating member, he continues to support the Gillette Area Leadership Institute and encourages his team members to be involved.

Andy Fitzgerald – Campbell County Health

As the CEO for Campbell County Health (CCH), Andy is the primary healthcare business expert in Campbell County. As such, he was required to maintain expertise in healthcare law, finance, clinical issues, information technology, and general business acumen. He is recognized in the State of Wyoming as the second longest tenured CEO, a member of the Wyoming Hospital Association Board of Directors, the delegate for Wyoming to the American Hospital Association, and a Board member and Treasurer for the Mountain States Healthcare Risk Reciprocal Retention Group, which is a healthcare insurance company insuring 19 hospitals in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and New Mexico. He has served Governors Freudenthal and Mead as a member of the Wyoming Healthcare Commission, and the Wyoming Health Exchange Commission. 

Andy has been an ardent supporter of the Gillette Community College Nursing program. CCH has contributed millions of dollars to the nursing program during his tenure, including over three million for the Health Science Center, and the Pronghorn Center. 

The construction projects (e.g., 2nd floor expansion, Legacy Living Center, Physician Clinics, and radiology expansion) at CCH have been done largely with local contractors supporting the local workforce. They have directed their contractors to use local labor and talent when available. These dollars have flowed back into the community to support other jobs and industries. 

CCH has been a long-standing member of the Chamber. Under his leadership, CCH invested more heavily in the Chamber by becoming a President’s Circle member. He has always supported one of their executive members to be on the Board when possible. They have always had at least two of their up and coming leaders as a part of the GALI program, including the current CEO Colleen Heeter. They have always hosted the Chamber mixer in November, and this past year, had a great turnout in our Rehab department at the Stocktrail building. He has always believed the Chamber is the primary business organization to promote and encourage business in Campbell County, and always wanted to be a part of supporting that effort, both monetarily and by participating in the Chamber’s many programs. 

Kalina Petersen – Alignment Pros Point S Tire & Auto Service

Campbell County has been a great place to live and participating in its growth has been rewarding.  Over the years, Kalina has watched Gillette grow and blossom into a beautiful family-oriented community. Alignment Pros was created in Gillette 30 years ago and they have been proud to sponsor a variety of events such as the Gillette Main Street events, the Razor City Motor Sports Demolition Derby, and many others.

After Alignment Pros joined the Tire Factory Co-Op, Kalina had the pleasure of joining the Top Flight Management Team. She also served as the marketing liaison for the Wyoming co-op members. Continual growth with the industry and customers is crucial to staying in business. After they added Nitrogen to their services, they now offer free Nitrogen to our first responders.

Over the years, Kalina has served on the Board of Directors for Campco Credit Union, Treasurer for the BNI Chapter, and Secretary for the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. She has been a member of a variety of organizations including the Purchasing Management Association and currently the Kiwanis Club.

Her love for the business world started with FBLA in high school. Alignment Pros has sponsored several COE students from the high school over the years.

They joined the Chamber of Commerce over 25 years ago. Since becoming a Chamber board Her appreciation and knowledge of how the Chamber and Campbell County functions has grown. Since joining the Chamber Board, she has graduated from GALI, class of 2016-17, joined the Energizer family, served on both the Chamber Finance and Executive Committees, and recently served as Board Chair.

Having the opportunity to assist in creating the FUEL Business Incubator was enlightening and educational. As they say,  great minds think alike … As the business incubator was being established, some others were creating and building the amazing maker’s space at Area 59. Just another great example of how people and businesses in Campbell County want all of us to succeed and grow. Alignment Pros is a member of Economic Development and supports the growth of current and new business.

Jason Tystad – S & S Builders, LLC

S & S Builders, LLC has been in a state of transition for the last decade as long-time leaders in the company entered retirement.  Jason willingly stepped up and is happy to be a part of the continued transition while S & S Builders navigates the constant fluctuations of the construction industry.  He is proud that S & S Builders, LLC continues to be recognized as an industry leader in the State of Wyoming.     

As a proud partner of a Gillette business, he recognizes the importance of shopping locally and supporting our neighbors.  He encourages shopping local, as both a businessman and a family man.

Jason is involved and committed to many local non-profits such as the Council of Community Services, GARF, Campbell County Chamber and Gillette College Foundation.  He feels strongly that businesses must do their part to support these local organizations.

As a Business Champion, Jason was instrumental in getting the Next-Gen Construction program launched in Gillette.  They were successful in getting local educators to engage with industry.  Our Next-Gen team helped organized the first annual Bus Tour in Gillette.  The school bus visited various construction projects in the area and was filled with representatives of Campbell County School District and Gillette College.  This gives industry the opportunity to showcase new technology and speak directly to the need of skilled labor.  The tour was well received, and the next bus tour is being planned.

He was the Chamber Board Liaison to NEWCA for the seven years he served on the Board of Directors.  After his final term, he stayed engaged with the committee.  In the last year, he helped organize Career Day at both CCHS and TBHS.  These were all-day events where NEWCA representatives went into each of the schools and spoke directly to students about careers in construction.  Students were also able to spend time on equipment simulators.  Career days are now going to be annual events.  

The Northeast Wyoming Contractors Association has nominated the following five businesses for their outstanding work in Campbell County in 2020:

Big Game Electric – St. Matthews Church Remodel

Hot Iron – 8 Mile Rural Water District

S&S Builders, LLC – Campbell County Road and Bridge Office Remodel

Simon Contractors – Garner Lake Road / Northern Drive extension

Van Ewing Construction, Energy Hall Renovations

The Chamber’s Award of Excellence is given to a large and small business that provides an outstanding product or service in Campbell County. Nominees must:

  • Be an active and involved Chamber member in good standing within the past year
  • Large Business: Employ more than 25 employees
  • Small Business: Employ fewer than 25 employees
  • Be an established business in Campbell County

Note: Businesses based outside of Campbell County or the businesses of our current Board of Directors are not eligible for nomination.

The Key Service Award is given to a non-profit agency in Campbell County that has demonstrated excellence in carrying out the mission of the organization.  Nominees must be actively involved with the Chamber.

The Sherry McGrath Spirit of Gillette Award is given to an individual that makes a difference in the Campbell County community by volunteering their services or time. Nominees for the Sherry McGrath Spirit of Gillette Award must be an active Chamber member in good standing, give time and talent to community projects, and must not have held a public office in the last 12 months.

The Kelly Swenson Business Person of the Year Award is named in honor of the Chamber’s first manager/president – Kelly Swenson –
who was a Champion of the Chamber. This award is given to an individual in Campbell County who, just as Mr. Swenson did, believes in the mission and services that the Chamber provides to the Community.

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