2015 Heart of Anchorage Awards

The award recipients for the 2015 Heart of Anchorage Awards were announced on March 28th at ConocoPhillips Atrium. The Heart of Anchorage Awards are a way to recognize employees of downtown businesses or organizations who go above and beyond normal job responsibilities with outstanding or unusual service to the visitor, customer and community. The awards recognize businesses, employees or volunteers for both for profit and not-for-profit businesses.

And the 2015 Heart of Anchorage Award Winners are…

DENA’INA AWARD

Presented to a team/group for their outstanding leadership, professional excellence, and contributions to Downtown Anchorage.
For-Profit
Brit Szymoniak and Katherine Jernstrom – The Boardroom
Not-For-Profit
Cody Augdahl, Brooklyn Baggett, Craig Updegrove – Anchorage Community Works

CHUGACH MOUNTAIN AWARD

Presented to an employee in an organization or business that has demonstrated outstanding customer service skills and professional excellence.
For-Profit
Mandy Garcia – Salmon Berry Tours
Not-For-Profit
Joshua Cuddy – Cyrano’s Theatre Company

SPIRIT OF ALASKA AWARD

Presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated exceptional efforts to support a Downtown business, charity, or organization.
For-Profit
Raquel Edelen – Hotel Captain Cook
Not-For-Profit
Karen Robb – Covenant House Alaska

SHIP CREEK LANDING AWARD

Presented to entrepreneur(s) who started a new, innovative downtown business (in the last 3 yrs) that has enlivened downtown.
Anchorage Community Works – Cody Augdahl, Brooklyn Baggett, Craig Updegrove

CAPTAIN JAMES COOK AWARD

Acknowledges outstanding design on a new or remodeled exterior/interior renovation or storefront of a business (in the last 3 yrs).
Large Project (There was a tie!):
1. kpb architects – Mike Prozeralik, Jeff Koonce & kpb architects design team, Criterion General, Think Office
2. Spawn Ideas – Lisa King, Karen King, RIM Design with Barbara Cash & Megan Lierman

Small Project
Flawless Gemstone Apparel – Juanetta Pulliam, Stacie Johnson, Luxe North Design, Shawn Johnson, Spartan Design

GEORGE M. SULLIVAN AWARD

George M. Sullivan was our mayor in 1975 when the Municipality of Anchorage was formed. In regards to his outstanding leadership we present this award to the manager, executive or owner who demonstrates strong leadership qualities and works well with a team.
For-Profit
Jennifer Thompson – Thompson & Co. Public Relations
Not-For-Profit
Chief Mark Mew – Anchorage Police Department

HEART OF ANCHORAGE AWARD

The Heart of Anchorage Award recipient is selected by the staff at Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. And the criterion we use in selecting a winner is simple: he or she must have a heart as big as Anchorage.
Dianne Tydings – Dianne’s Restaurant

Congratulations to ALL 2015 Heart of Anchorage Award Winners and Nominees!

For a complete list of Nominees for the 2015 Heart of Anchorage Awards, please click here!

We could not be more proud of all of our downtown Anchorage Nominees who were honored this past Saturday. Everyone in attendance deserves recognition for their hard work and efforts in making this city a better place!