Innovators and Business Leaders to be Celebrated
GWATA ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR INNOVATOR AWARDS LUNCHEON
WENATCHEE, WA – GWATA will host the Innovator Awards Luncheon on Thursday, March 30th at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Doors will open at 11:30am with the program from 12:00 – 1:30pm. This event is presented by Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward (JDSA Law), Peoples Bank, Stemilt Growers, and Mission Ridge.
During the luncheon, awards showcasing entrepreneurship, innovation, and education will be presented. GWATA will present the award for STEM Educator of the Year. The nominees for STEM Educator of the Year are:
- Tina Nicpan-Brown, Lincoln Elementary School
- Steve Stedanides, Wenatchee Valley College
- STEMest, Lincoln Elementary School
- Selina Danko, Wenatchee Valley Museum
- Kim Anderson, Wenatchee Valley Tech Center
- Dale Blair, Wenatchee High School
- Sally Knipfer, Pioneer Middle School
- Ray Birks, Wenatchee School District
- Patty Betzing, Eastmont School District
- Karen Rutherford, STEM Volunteer at Wenatchee Valley Museum
- Dan Myers, Orchard Middle School
- Dan Ellwood, Wenatchee High School
JDSA Law will present the award for Tech Savvy Business of the Year at the luncheon. Jasen McDaniel, Executive Director for the firm stated “We at JDSA law are thrilled to support GWATA once again this year at their Annual Innovators Luncheon. GWATA brings out the best we have in the community with the idea of sharing solutions to improve the way we innovate in our great city.” The nominees for Tech Savvy Business of the Year are:
- Confluence Health Rehabilitation Department
- Fibro Corp
- Link Transit
- Pacific Aerospace & Electronics
Peoples Bank will present the Problem Solving Innovator award to a college student from NCW. “Peoples Bank is supportive of GWATA because of the commitment they make to promoting education and access for youth in both technology and entrepreneurship” said Ann George, VP/Real Estate Loan Manager for Peoples Bank. The nominees for Problem Solving Innovator are:
- Giselle Gomez, Washington State University
- Rachel Crow, University of Washington
- Edwin Fonseca, Wenatchee Valley College
- Jared Harris and Nataliia Piestrup, Wenatchee Valley College
Stemilt, 2016 Tech Savvy Business of the Year winner, will present the Future Technology Leader award to a K-12 student. The nominees for Future Technology Leader are:
- Nolan Gavin, Orchard Middle School
- Moses Lurbur, Wenatchee High School
- Miguel Gomez-Rivera, Sterling Intermediate School
- Elisha Glantz, Wenatchee Valley Tech Center
Mission Ridge will present the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the event. The nominees for Entrepreneur of the Year are:
- Vicky Scharlau, 501 Consultants, Inc.
- Matt and Chelsey Bowen, Leavenworth Community Workspace
- Jonathan Baker, eqpd
- Kelsey Dew, The Dilly Deli & Sweetwood BBQ
- Derry Fitzsimmons, SmartSign2go
- Dave Carlson, Giga Watt, Inc.
- Blaine Davidson, Actualize Sports & Fitness
- Tom Arnold, PetHub
- Drew Zabrocki, Centricity/ApRecs
- Malachi Salcido, The Salcido Connection
This year’s luncheon theme is outdoor recreation. In addition to the awards, GWATA will feature a keynote presentation. GWATA’s keynote presentation is a panel of new Pacific Northwest companies who specialize in creating outdoor recreation gear: CuchCore, eqpd, and Lithic Skis.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.gwata.org or by calling 509.661.9000. Join us!
GWATA's mission is to bring people and technology resources together to create a thriving community. As a 501(c)3 our focus is on technology, entrepreneurship, and STEM Education. GWATA serves 100+ business members and hosts over 3,000 attendees through our various events annually. In addition, GWATA serves as Co-Director of the Apple STEM Network which is focused on developing pathways for students in STEM, therefore opening the doors to new opportunities and careers in our valley.