CAMPBELL COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Annual Awards Banquet

Join us Saturday, November 2, at Cam-Plex Wyoming Center, to celebrate our 63rd Annual Awards Banquet fundraiser, honoring the local business community and community leaders.
  • ​Doors open at 6 p.m.
  • Dinner will be served from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. (No dinner service during ceremony)
  • Happy Hour starts at 6 p.m.
  • Awards ceremony starts approximately 8 p.m.

Admission: $75; Or $750 For Reserved Table

Awards Banquet Location

Floyd’s Truck Center (formerly Jack’s Truck & Equipment) – Full-service truck and equipment repairs
In 1981, Jack’s Truck & Equipment opened as an equipment repair business and was sold to Floyd’s Truck Center in December 2016. Floyd’s Truck Center has been in business since 1948, starting as a small truck and farm equipment repair shop in Scottsbluff NE. The Gillette Location employees about 21 people.
Floyd’s Truck Center now serves Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska with locations in Gillette, Casper, Rock Springs, Cheyenne, Belgrade, Rapid City, Fort Pierre, Scottsbluff and Sidney. At all nine locations you will find service departments with factory-trained technicians and the latest technology for complete diagnostics and repair of today’s equipment. Our parts departments are fully stocked, and helpful, knowledgeable staff is on hand to take care of your every need.

The Gillette location is Elite Certified, offering excellent service, free refreshments and fresh baked cookies daily along with a roomy driver’s lounge with Netflix access, free wi-fi, heavy duty equipment repair, DOT inspections, and full truck and trailer repairs.

Melgaard Construction Company, Inc. – We Shape the Earth
In 1984, Melgaard Construction Company, Inc. opened their doors. They average 80 employees.

Their Mission Statement: To be a good and faithful steward of what is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come into contact with our company. So that we will thrive wherever we go.

Melgaard Construction Company Inc. is committed to the highest standard of ethics, honesty, integrity, accountability, team cohesion, confidentiality, and professional conduct. We hold our team to these standards throughout daily tasks, events, and overall performance. Their company reputation is a result of how they conduct their business.

Melgaard Construction Company, Inc. provides the oil and gas industries with crucial aggregate, transportation, and labor solutions for construction, pipeline, and reclamation. Their service specialties include: heavy civil construction, pipeline construction, aggregate mining, transportation and hauling, erosion control and reclamation, and engineering and quality control.

Peregrine Leadership Institute, LLC – Local leadership professionals with global impact
Peregrine Leadership Institute began January 2004; In 2009, they started Peregrine Academic Services; in 2016, Peregrine Pathways; and in 2019, Peregrine Global Foundation. Employee numbers have ranged between 28-30 over the last 5 years. Currently, Peregrine employs 30 staff.

Peregrine Leadership Institute (PLI) was formed in 2004 with Powder River Coal as its first customer. The Institute employs experienced leadership consultants who provide consulting services, training workshops, coaching, and leadership seminars. PLI’s clients include both private and public-sector organizations. Their focus is on values-based leadership, workplace application, and quality.

The Peregrine Leadership Institute includes professionals with practical, real-world experience. Leadership facilitators have the right combination of professional training, practical experience, and the values-based competency needed to facilitate impactful workshops and seminars and conduct human resource management consulting.

Red Hills Veterinary Hospital – Compassionate animal care service
Red Hills Veterinary Hospital opened on March 24, 2014 with 4 employees; Currently, there are 27 employees.

The staff is well-educated and compassionate and strives to provide the best customer service with animal care. They provide the best medicine and are your animal’s first advocate. It is their goal to exceed their client’s expectations, giving them what they want and a little more. They use the latest medicine and most modern equipment available.

Sportsman’s Warehouse – Headquarters for hunting, camping and fishing
Sportsman’s Warehouse opened business in Gillette in August 2016 and consistently employs 80 staff.

Services offered include scope mounting, bore sighting, arrow cutting, sale of game and fish licenses and concealed weapons classes. They fill a niche for high quality products for hunting, camping, and fishing.

Campco Federal Credit Union – Serving the community since 1971
Campco Federal Credit Union opened In September 1971. Over the years, the staff has grown to 40 employees.

Campco Federal Credit Union, or CFCU, was started in 1971 by 10 members as Campco School Employees Federal Credit Union. Campco served only employees of the Campbell County School District, immediate family of those members, and employees of the credit union. In 1986, Campco merged with Consolidated Credit Union.

In Campco’s 20th anniversary year, it had grown to its first $5 million in assets, Campco School Employees FCU was now Campco Federal Credit Union (CFCU) and was serving all Campbell County government and City employees.

In 1996, and at nearly $10 million in assets, CFCU’s charter was amended to a community charter that would serve all those who live, work or worship in Campbell County. The Wright Branch was opened in the 90’s, giving CFCU the ability to provide increased convenience to all residents of Campbell County. Between the years of 2002 and 2008, CFCU increased assets from $25 million to $50 million.

In 2011, CFCU celebrated its 40th anniversary and again expanded the field of membership to include all of Northeast Wyoming in Campbell, Johnson, Weston, Crook, Converse, and Sheridan Counties.

In July 2014, CFCU moved into its current headquarters, located at 1110 E. Boxelder Rd. in Gillette, WY.

Coffee Beanery/Creative Beverages – Providing the community with an inviting meeting option
Coffee Beanery/Creative Beverages opened for business in July 2015 and currently have 12-16 full-time employees.

They offer excellent coffee products, food, packaged liquor and cocktails, all in an inviting environment. They fill a niche for an upper end casual lounge that is family friendly. Their intent was to take the pressure off a casual or professional business meeting, date, or just a gathering of friends by being able to offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to their patrons. Instead of your run-of-the-mill non-alcoholic drinks, they chose the Coffee Beanery franchise to take advantage of the wonderful product line of excellent drinks.

Dental Care Center, LLC – An attractive, confident smile helps you be your best you
In July 1992, Dental Care Center, LLC opened their business. They currently employ 12 people. Their goal is to make your dental experience better & your smile brighter. An attractive, confident smile helps you be your best you.

We treat patients ranging in age from 1 to 100 years. Each one is treated with respect & receives an individualized care plan. Education, prevention & treatment is where good health begins. We provide all this resulting in comprehensive, aesthetic dentistry for a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.

We know dentistry! Our team has been providing dental care within Campbell County for a combined experience of 197 years! WOW. Dental Care Center is dedicated to enhancing the overall health of our patients & delivering them the smiles they desire.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Quality food at a fair price
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened in July 2018, and currently employs approximately 15.
At Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, they aim to provide the community with quality smoked meats that are prepared on site daily. They offer quality food that is served quickly for a fair price. One of their goals is to be able to offer a reasonably priced catering option in Gillette that can accommodate anything from a large company picnic to a gathering of friends and family at one’s home.

Trends Furniture, Inc. – Locally-owned, community-focused
Trend’s Furniture, Inc. opened in April 1996, and currently employs 8.

Jerry and Sue Ristesund began with a mission to make quality furniture available at reasonable prices within the community. The business started by selling used furniture, antiques and consignment and in 1998, they moved to their current location on S. Douglas Hwy. where they expanded to carry new furniture and antiques and filled the extra space with a “Craft Mall”, renting out booths to local crafters and sellers. The business evolved to selling only new furniture, but still focused on bringing quality and affordability. Jerry passed away unexpectedly in 2008 and Sue retired in 2014. Current owners, Dan and Rebekah Bane (daughter of Jerry and Sue), assumed ownership in 2014.

Today, Trends Furniture exists to provide quality furniture at affordable prices to people in Eastern Wyoming, from all walks of life. They want to give back to the community and make Gillette a better place to live.

They are proud of the work they do to support local charitable organizations. They support many different groups and most recently were able to be a partner sponsor to the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies and the mobile food pantries they brought to Gillette. ​

Stephanie Bryce and Krissy Borcher
Red Daisy 307 was started in February 2015. During a difficult time in Gillette’s economy, Stephanie and Krissy decided to bring affordable clothing to town. For almost two years, Red Daisy 307 was a home-based business. Then they found a brick-and-mortar store that would carry their products, and during that time they expanded their services to include skin care, home décor, shoes and accessories.

When the gift store carrying their products shut down, Stephanie and Krissy decided to take it over. They rebranded as Red Daisy Gifts. After a successful year, they moved to their current location at 310 S. Miller Ave., Ste. C.

Red Daisy Gifts supports 50 small businesses and believes they fill a void in our shopping area by offering stylish clothing as well as helping other small businesses gain traction as they grow. Stephanie and Krissy believe in shopping local and partner with local businesses to give back to the community by supporting charity events.

Rob Clemow
Owner, Equipment Plus.

Angela Hartley
Angela Hartley opened Live 2 Dance, LLC In July 2011 and currently employs five to seven people.

Live 2 Dance LLC offers ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, contemporary, conditioning, and lyrical classes to ages 18 months to adults. They recently started a dance class for families with specials needs called “Chance 2 Dance”. Live 2 Dance also offers dance camps throughout the year. The business continues to grow and currently has 260 students.

Kathy Jones
Kathy Jones started Spring Creek Designs in March 2003 in her garage. From there, the business moved to the Boardwalk building, expanding their space several times. She moved to the current location at 306 W. Lakeway Rd. about 9 years ago. For the past 5 years, the number of employees has been 36.

The business provides fresh flowers for all occasions, green plants, gift and home décor, gift baskets, clothes, balloons and so much more. They provide personal service and have accounts where they go weekly to care for individual’s plants. Their niche is tropical floral design which Kathy loves. They have special coolers for them, as they need to be at a different temperature than other flowers.

Kathy and her staff attend educational training whenever possible. In 2016, Kathy was certified in American Institute of Floral Design (AIFD) and in 2018 certified in Professional Floral Communications International (PFCI). Keeping on top of current trends and best practices in the floral industry is something Kathy is passionate about.

Curtis Juby
Curtis Juby and his partner started ProElectric in November of 1993.

Curtis has worked through many ups and downs in Northeastern Wyoming’s volatile economy and has always been able to change with the good and difficult times in Campbell County.

ProElectric stands strong as a top electric contracting company in Campbell County, known for its quality work and professional services. Curtis attributes ProElectric’s success to quality employees and wonderful customers.

Curtis specializes in training young apprentice electricians and helping them grow into successful journeyman and master electricians.

Curtis loves to spend time in the Black Hills with his family, riding 4-wheelers, mountain biking, kayaking, making new trails and his favorite, riding his adventure motorcycle.

A.B.A.T.E. of NE Wyoming – Creating awareness and helping the motorcycle community
Our long-term goal is continued awareness of motorcycle legislation on the federal, state and local levels and to inform motorcycle riders of any and all changes. A.B.A.T.E. continues to seek a permanent home for the Toy Store and to ask for continued support from the community to provide toys for low income families. A.B.A.T.E. provides support for any and all motorcycle riders, members and non-members, involved in accidents that meet the established criteria.

A.B.A.T.E. of NE Wyoming also assists low income families obtain toys for their children at Christmas time. They work in conjunction with the police and fire departments, DFS and GARF to provide toys for families, regardless of income level, in emergency situations. In the event of an accident, they assist motorcycle riders with monetary support, providing the criteria has been met. They also host a motorcycle parade to help with the awareness of motorcycles in our community.

A.B.A.T.E. of NE Wyoming partners with other clubs, organizations and individuals when asked to help with benefits. Their Downed Bikers Fund provides any qualifed individuals $500 of assistance.

Campbell County Rockpile Museum – Collect. Preserve. Educate.
The Campbell County Rockpile Museum officially opened to the public on July 21, 1974. About 400 people attended on that opening day, a day that was the culmination of decades of work by the Campbell County Historical Society and its members to build a museum in Gillette. Mrs. Josephine Lucas cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the facility and State Senator John Ostlund was on hand to praise the new facility and thank the many people who played a role in its creation.

Since that opening day 45 years ago, the Campbell County Rockpile Museum has worked to collect, preserve, and share the stories, objects, photos, and documents important to the history and culture of Gillette, Campbell County, and the Powder River Basin.

The Campbell County Rockpile Museum will be an accredited regional history museum that is the go-to place for anyone wanting to learn about, study, or explore the Powder River Basin. They seek to be a leader in the museum field, to serve as a catalyst for cultural tourism, and to strengthen the economic and community development of Campbell County and Wyoming.

The board and staff of the Rockpile Museum are working hard to become an essential part of our community. They strongly believe that the Rockpile Museum is our community’s museum and they should do everything possible to provide access to the resources they manage on your behalf.

Gillette Moose Lodge #1957 / Gillette Women of the Moose #1955 – Helping Children in Campbell County and Northeast Wyoming
The Moose Lodge’s long-term goals are to continue to help Campbell County and the surrounding cities.

The Moose have been active since 1978, starting out as a small group of people and growing to around 300.

They strive to help children in Campbell County and other towns in Wyoming. The Moose Lodge is a national organization that has been active for over 100 years; they have given millions of dollars to children in that time.

The Moose Lodge holds monthly fundraisers to help the community such as DARE, Shop with a Cop, The Boys & Girls Club, and many more. They hold an annual fundraiser and raise money for scholarships for high school seniors. The Moose puts on an annual Thanksgiving dinner and feed an average of 400 people at no cost to them. They make Christmas baskets for people in need and host children’s activities during all the holidays.

Volunteers of America – Helping to rebuild lives
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Volunteers of America was established in Sheridan, Wyoming in 1985.

The organization’s Mission is to compassionately serve and strengthen individuals and their families by empowering them to build healthy and happy lives.

The strategic plan for the years of 2016-2019 includes three key initiatives: to be the top provider of human services, be a preferred employer, and have a diversified financial strategy. These initiatives are designed to strive toward our mission and to empower people in need through impactful and innovative human service programs.

Our faith-based organization is guided by professional staff and committed volunteers who create strong families and thriving communities through progressive holistic programs by lending a hand up, not a handout.

Locally, Volunteers of America Northern Rockies is involved with the local Rotary club, Chamber of Commerce and volunteers time at local community events. They are active in the community, attending meetings of the Campbell County Crisis Intervention Stress Management (CISM) Team, the Campbell County Drug Court, the Campbell County Memorial Hospital’s On-Call Chaplains group, the Gillette Express Transit System (GETS), Emergency CERT team, and other networking groups.

Y E S House Foundation – Empowering youth and families to achieve lifelong success
The Y.E.S. House was incorporated in 1976, by a group of concerned citizens who came together to help a growing number of children and youth impacted by the booming growth in Campbell County. Foster parent homes were bursting at the seams, the jail was full, and yet more children were coming into contact with child protection and law enforcement in need of safety.

From this grass roots initiative, started Youth Emergency Services, The Y.E.S. House. Similar in ways to 1976, Gillette was experiencing another boom in early 2000, the need and number of youths served was doubling every 4-5 years. The volunteer Board of Directors that oversees the programs and operations realized that while it is hard to meet the service demand during a boom, during a down turn the needs are often greater, while funding is scarcer.

The Y.E.S. Foundation was created as a fundraising arm of the Y.E.S. House to meet the needs today, while planning for and creating the means to meet the needs of tomorrow. For nearly twenty years, the Foundation has been helping to fund the Y.E.S. House and its invaluable programs which comfort, educate and empower our most vulnerable youth.

From a small modular home in the middle of Gillette, to a Center of Hope on a campus beside Burlington Lake, the Y.E.S. House has stayed grounded in its mission to “Empower youth and families to achieve lifelong success” while being responsive to the community’s needs and responsible with donor funds.

Today the campus staffs more than 100 employees that provide services to more than 1,000 children and their families annually. In 2018 a record number of 1,082 children and their families were served by the Y.E.S. House. We know we all have to work together to make Campbell County a healthy community. While there is the Y.E.S. House (operations today) and Y.E.S. Foundation (fundraising for tomorrow) there is one commitment: meeting the needs of children today and tomorrow.

Today, like in 1976, they need your support and involvement so that “our children” can achieve lifelong success. Together, we can.

Kip Junker
V.P. / Commercial Lender – First Northern Bank of Wyoming

Joshua McGrath – Giving back to the community who has given him so much
Josh McGrath was born and raised in Gillette and attended Trinidad State Junior College for two years on a baseball scholarship, finishing his bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Mary. Josh and his wife, Nachelle, lived in Denver for 3 years before moving back to Gillette to raise their three beautiful daughters Payton, Avery and Reece.

Josh is committed to and involved with the Gillette community, serving on numerous committees and board including Gillette Energy Rotary-Past President and still very involved in Cajun Night; Gillette College Booster Club-Current President helping raise funds for Scholarships and Recruiting; Festival of Trees-has been the emcee for the past four years during the live auction fundraiser; 1% Penny Power PAC; and current MLS-Chairman of the Northeast WY Realtor Alliance.

Josh has worked as sales associate at ERA Boardwalk Real Estate, Inc. and got his broker’s license in 2008. In 2014, Josh and Nachelle purchased the office from his parents and renamed the company ERA Priority Real Estate. His career has made it possible to make a living by promoting the community and all the wonderful things Gillette has to offer. He learned a saying from his mom, Sherry McGrath, “You move to Gillette for the job, the second year you stayed because the money was good and the third year you couldn’t leave because of the people.”

Josh served 6 years on the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, including a year as chairman.

John Melgaard Jr. – Family heritage is rooted in Gillette
John Melgaard, Jr. was born June 5, 1979 in the old Gillette Hospital. His family’s heritage is rooted in Gillette.

At the age of 14, John began working for the family business, Melgaard Construction, Inc. He moved up through the ranks from a floor sweeper, to roustabout, operator, superintendent, and now, as of 2014, owner of the company.

He and his wife married in 2009 and have three young sons. It is his joy to teach them how to become faithful, honorable young men. He has a daughter who is attending college to become a teacher.

After attending a faith-based men’s retreat in August 2017, his life and how he views people and business was forever changed. Since then, he has strived to help change people’s lives, by creating a culture of faith, love, respect and honor. These changes are not only within his company, but within other companies, his church family, and all his family and friends. He encourages all those around him to build their faith and change the culture of their lives and those around them.

John serves Gillette 4 Square Church on the worship team and the men’s ministry, as well as sponsoring their Men’s Bootcamp. He serves as a youth leader at Mike Morrison Ministries Church at the Barn and is treasurer for the Saddle Butte Homeowner’s Association. He has supported the Women’s Resource Center fundraising events, Gillette Edge Hockey, Camel Kids Wrestling, and Gillette Girls Fast Pitch and has sponsored the Sportsman’s Banquet and the Gillette College Foundation Dinner Theatre, co-ed softball teams, Gillette Little League teams, Revelation Wellness, SPE golf tournament, Young Life Kid Camp, and Bailey Burch to compete with the Women’s Pro Rodeo Association. He has also sponsored several racecars at Gillette Thunder Speedway as well as donating services to prep the track before races. He’s a lifetime member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a member of Ducks Unlimited.

Noamie Niemitalo – Volunteer with a servant spirit
Noamie Niemitalo was born in Frankfurt, Germany while her father was stationed there during the Vietnam War. After the war, they settled in a farming community in Western Nebraska where Noamie grew up. She is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and in 2003, she earned her Master of Science degree with specialization in Social Work and Community Service. She currently works at Campbell County Health as the Vice President of Human Resources.

Noamie has a servant spirit and has volunteered for many organizations during her time in Gillette and has served on many committees and non-profit boards including CASA, GARF, Boys & Girls Club, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Noamie and her husband, Loren, have a daughter, Carlie Anabell. Noamie enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to her daughter’s extracurricular events. In her free time, she enjoys gardening (the farmer girl in her), golfing, boating, fishing, and camping. She has a huge garden and each year is able to can enough salsa, marinara, pizza sauce, and ketchup to last until the next season. When she has the opportunity, she enjoys reading a good book. Once a year, her daughter joins her at Hart Ranch for a girl’s week of seeing who can read the most books.

Noamie and her family try to travel to some place that they have never been each year.

Mary Silvernell
In 2001, Mary and her husband, Fran, purchased land north of Recluse and moved to Wyoming from Florida and North Carolina in 2007. After enjoying “semi-retirement” while they built their log cabin, and after a short stint as a Department Manager at Office Depot, the Campbell County Lodging Tax Joint Powers Board hired Mary as the Executive Director of the CVB on February 1, 2010.

The Gillette Visitors Center was re-opened, and the Campbell County Lodging Association was established with hotel, campground, venues and attractions. With the Chamber and Economic Development as partners, meeting monthly as a group, the CVB was off to the races!

Mary was inspired to get involved with several boards and become involved with the Republican party as a result of working for one of two Joint Powers Boards in the County. She was a member of and past President of Campbell County Republican Women, a past County Precinct person, and ran for public office, unsuccessfully.

For nearly ten years the CVB team, Lodging Tax Board, and hospitality and tourism partners have worked together to grow all segments of tourism in Campbell County. The CVB advertises to leisure travelers, group and motor coach companies, hunters and other leisure sports travelers, as well as some international travelers. They are helping to put Gillette and Wright on the map for our “culinary tourism” and “energy and ag tourism” opportunities, offering coal mine and Durham Ranch tours, creating events like the Solar Eclipse Festival and PGI Sparkler Welcome, along with hosting familiarization tours for tour operators and media and travel writers.

Mary is involved with many boards and organizations including the Air Service Enhancement Committee, Devils Tower Natural History Association, Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition, and Public Land Board.

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. Past Chairs of the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors have nominated the following five business people:

Scott Cargill
In 1970, Scott Cargill was born in Xenia, Ohio. In 1992, he received a B.A. degree in Economics and Management from Albion College in Albion, Michigan.

Upon receiving his degree, he immediately started in the automobile business as a dealership controller trainee in Grand Blanc, Michigan. In 1995, he joined the White Family Dealership group as an office manager in Columbus, Ohio. In 1998, he was offered the opportunity to transfer to Casper, Wyoming. In the five years he worked for the Casper dealership, he served as the dealership controller and general sales manager.

In 2003, he was offered the opportunity to move to Gillette, Wyoming. In the 15 years he has lived in Gillette, he has served as the general manager and operating partner of both the Dodge and General Motors dealerships.

He has always prided himself on being involved in every community in which he has resided. He is President of the Wyoming Automobile Dealers Association, Vice President of the Gillette College Booster Club board and sits on the Campbell County United Way board and the Gillette College Foundation board.

Scott has been married to his wife Lori for 21 years. Scott and Lori have two wonderful children, Andrew and Abigail.

Lori Manning
For 27 years, Lori has been with S & S Builders, LLC.

Lori Manning is a female executive in the male dominated construction industry. She started her career in the hotel business and spent a short time in the oilfield industry before finding a home in the field of construction. Lori joined S & S Builders in 1992 and upon retirement of the founder of S & S Builders in 2011, Lori advanced to the General Manager position.

Since taking the reins at S & S Builders, she has navigated the company’s two locations through the up and down economies, while simultaneously dealing with a continuous state of transition as many of the long-term management members have been retiring. Through continuous training and mentoring of upcoming team members, she has been able to maintain the legacy of S & S Builders, which is to provide world-class services and craftsmanship in Wyoming.

Lori believes it is important to be a supportive member of the communities in which S & S employees live in and work in throughout the state of Wyoming; therefore, she ensures that S & S Builders gives back to the communities by supporting nonprofit organizations, as well as encourages and supports several team members from the company to be active members of the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development and other organizations that promote our communities.

Lori is the current chair of the Penny Power Coalition which educates the community about the importance of the 1% optional sales tax in Campbell County and has served on this PAC since 2014. Additionally, Lori is part of the Steering Committee for the FUEL Business Incubator through Energy Capital Economic Development. Lori participates behind the scenes through discussions of strategy with other S & S Builders team members who are involved on the NEWCA board, in supporting Next GEN, and other avenues of changing the narrative about careers in construction.

Susan McKay
Susan McKay worked for private businesses for a time when she first came to Gillette in 1981 and was always looking for something more challenging. After she finished her bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1995, graduating cum laude, she went on to obtain her degree in Business Management. After obtaining her CPA certificate, she opened her own CPA practice in November of 1999.

Since that time, Susan has helped to start over 140 new businesses in NE Wyoming. Susan believes in our community and has adopted a “shop local rule” for her business, finding nearly everything her business needs through locally owned businesses. Susan is involved in the community and has sat on numerous boards over the years including Habitat for Humanity, Library Foundation, Gillette College Foundation and Economic Development to name a few. She was a Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Energizer for 15 years, and is a 1997 graduate of the Gillette Area Leadership Institute program.

Dana Miller-Eiland
In September 2010, Dana and her husband, Rick Eiland, started SignBoss LLC. To date, SignBoss has worked with hundreds of Wyoming and national businesses to manufacture and install business signage and create custom graphic designs for companies such as: Komatsu, Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine and Black Hills Urgent Care, Petco, Jimmy Johns, Starbucks, Hobby Lobby, Verizon, Walmart, and John Deere. SignBoss now employs 8 full-time employees and does work around the state of Wyoming. The SignBoss mission is to partner with local businesses in their efforts to expand and to be a leader in our community.

Dana holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology (concentration Industrial / Organizational Psychology) and an M.B.A. in New Venture Management. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs on a regular basis to help grow their business, as well as being involved in the community’s efforts to diversify the economy. Dana and Rick have three teenage children who are avid athletes and enjoy year-round outdoor activities.
SignBoss has won the 2011 New Chamber Member of the Year Award, the 2011 City of Gillette Sustainability Partner Recognition Award and the 2013 SBA Small Business “Spirit of Wyoming” Award.

SignBoss has served and continues to serve on many different committees and organizations such as Signworld, a national sign networking organization, Treasurer for the Yes for Water PAC, the City of Gillette Sign Ordinance Revision Project, Campbell County Chamber of Commerce member and Energy Capital Economic Development, to name a few.


Lorna Slattery
Lorna Slattery has been with World Wide Travel for 29 years.

Lorna and her family moved to Gillette in 1980. She is married and has two children. Lorna loves Gillette and giving back to the community.

She has volunteered for and held board positions over the years with the following civic and youth organizations: Gillette Jaycees, Kiwanis, (Evening) Rotary, Crime Stoppers, Gillette Little League, Gillette Hockey Association, Women in Business, Campbell County Chamber of Commerce and Chamber of Commerce Energizers.

The Northeast Wyoming Contractors Association has nominated the following five businesses for their outstanding work in Campbell County in 2019:

Accent Masonry / RC Ranch: The masonry on RC Ranch 3 started by building four 24-foot tall block firewalls, 63-feet long. With the Spring wind in Wyoming, we had to brace the wall using 2500 lb. concrete block-and-steel pipe braces, 12-feet apart. Once each of the five building sections were framed, with the roof on, we were able to remove the bracing. The framers worked hard fighting the rain and mud, and section by section, they completed enough for us to begin installation of the brick and synthetic stucco veneer.

Building across the street from OSHA kept our safety men on their toes, as we did daily safety inspections on our scaffolding, equipment, and personal protection gear. The biggest challenge is scaffolding set just right to allow our craftsmen to feel confident and safe to move around without fear of injury.

Jobs this size require a lot of skilled labor, which isn’t easy to find in Gillette. We were in training mode constantly through the entire project, but overall, the project speaks for itself. It was a pleasure working with S&S Builders’ professionalism, along with the entire workforce’s determination that this building adds to the beauty of our community. We were proud to be part of the team.

G&G Landscaping / Dalbey Baseball Fields: Dalbey Park Little League Baseball Field was completed in the fall of 2018. This was a complete irrigation system replacement of over 46,000 linear feet of new underground pipe/conduit and over 950 new sprinkler heads. The thirteen acres consisted of six little league fields and two T-ball fields.

Hladky Construction/ Fishing Lake: The construction of this pathway included an elevated board walk traversing the east end of Fishing Lake, and a new concrete pathway under Highway 59. The pathway under the highway is made possible by utilizing a drain/pump system and concrete retaining walls, that allow the actual surface of the walkway to be below seasonal water levels.

S&S Builders, LLC / Marshall’s Renovations: The Marshall’s project started off as a small remodeling job for retail space. Demolition started on the old Hastings building to make way for Marshall’s. As the job progressed, there were many issues with the current state of the building that needed to be addressed. The structural engineer determined that the roof was unable to support the new roof top units which led to our crew having to strip off the old roof and reinforce the existing steel. We had welders working 6 days a week for 6 weeks straight and added upwards of 25 tons of steel to the structure. After the new roof was installed, our crews took extensive efforts to ensure that water and weather would not be an issue on the inside of the building. Our crews and the subcontractors we brought on, made this build possible to give Gillette a great new retail store.

West Construction / Area 59

​2018 Award Winners:

  • Award of Excellence: Large Business - Earth Work Solutions
  • Award of Excellence: Small Business - Gillette Optometric Clinic
  • Entrepreneur of the Year - Hand Therapy of Wyoming
  • Key Service Award - Council of Community Services
  • Spirit of Gillette Award - Trish Simonson, Project SemiColon
  • Kelly Swenson Business Person of the Year - Dave Dorson, Expresso Lube
  • NEWCA Project of the Year - Hladky Construction, Williams Law Office
  • NEWCA Friend of Construction - CCHS Skills USA

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