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Lander Chamber announces Community Awards winners

The Lander Area Chamber of Commerce presented awards to the winners of the 2013 Lander Community Awards. The winners are:

Anchor Award - ARTERY CONSTRUCTION
     A business that has survived the challenge of time with endurance and perseverance

Artery Construction is a full service excavation company establishing in October 1983 by newlyweds Joe & Kristy Artery.  

Joe was working in the oil field and Kristy was working as a dental hygienist when they purchased a used skid loader and an old multi-colored, dump truck known as paint.  Joe continued to work in the oil field during the day while working evenings and weekends doing excavation. 

Gradually, Joe and Kristy grew their business through hard work.  As the economy got better Artery Construction grew and Joe left the oil field to work the business full time.  They have since replaced “paint” and the old skid steer but have remained true to themselves and their clients by providing an honest, quality service and by maintaining the work ethic they learned on the ranch when they were young.

Joe & Kristy had to be out of town today but wanted to let everyone know how much they appreciate this honor and regret that they were unable to attend in person.  They also wanted to express their appreciation for their customers, friends and that they are very thankful to be a part of the Lander Community.

Beautification Award - PAUL AND CARRIE GUSCHEWSKY, 4th and Main St. renovation
     A business with an outstanding storefront appearance

The buildings located at 378 and 388 Main Street were originally built in 1948 as a restaurant by the Suttor family who owned the grocery store next door.  The ida was to use the unsold perishable food items at the NuWay Restaurant.  The building was a nice addition to Main Street with its sleek deco curved lines on the store front bringing a new style to the traditional brick storefronts.  The restaurant operated through the early 70’s.  It has been repurposed a number of times since. 

When Paul and Carrie purchased the building this last summer it was important to them to try to bring back the buildings original deco character.  Creating a new Main Street storefront and a new storefront down the west side of the building brought the deco style to life once again. 

Reorienting the building to include doors and windows on the west side allows for the building to house 4 businesses instead of two.  This spring will bring about the final touches of off street parking an outside dinning patio area for the Sego Restaurant, new sidewalk and steps to the new west facing businesses and landscaping to include decorative grasses and evergreen trees.  Once the renovations are complete, the corner of fourth and main will once again be a nice addition to Main Street.

Rookie of the Year - AMERITECH EQUIPMENT COMPANY
     A business or individual that has shown innovation, enthusiasm and creativity in a new endeavor which enhances the community

Ameritech Equipment Company opened their corporate headquarters and newest facility on Lander’s west edge in 2013.  With the addition of the Lander operation – AMERITECH is now the region’s largest work truck builder- selling and installing all kinds of specialty equipment – on any vehicle –for work or play.

Ameritech General Manager, Dave King and 35 employees have a proud history of customer service, integrity and support of the communities in which they live and operate.  Lander is a special a special place and Ameritech is honored and proud to be part of the Lander Business Community.

Spirit of Lander - ROCKY MOUNTAIN PREMIX AND PIONEER CONCRETE PUMPING
     An individual or organization that promotes Lander in a positive way, has given time and energy to the community, who ignites enthusiasm with their participation, or who creates a special gift for Lander year after year

Rocky Mountain Pre-Mix Concrete has been supplying Fremont County with concrete and sand and gravel products since 1972.  Rocky Mountain Pre-Mix and Pioneer Concrete Pumping are a family owned business who attribute their success to maintaining the highest quality product and trusted experienced employees.  Randy Newman has been General Manager for 29 years and Gary Hall has been the head mechanic for 34 years.  2/3 of their employees have been with them longer than 10 years.

Brad Hulme of Rocky Mountain Pre-Mix Concrete and Chris Hulme of Pioneer Concrete Pumping have been selected this year for the Spirit of Lander Award based on their respective contributions to the new state of the art Lander Skate Park.

Both companies contributed a great deal to the skate park:  donating and pouring the sidewalk leading to the park from the parking lot, processing the concrete from the old skate park and high volume pumping.  These contributions have saved the project tens of thousands of dollars.

Rocky Mountain Pre-Mix has also donated the tee boxes for the lander Ridge Disc Golf Course located around the Lander Regional Hospital.  In addition, several years ago they provided all of the concrete and gravel products for the Veteran’s Memorial at the courthouse.

Their contributions have helped improve the quality of life for Lander residents, and truly reflect the spirit of lander.  

Lifetime Achievement - DON REYNOLDS
     An individual or business that has shown long-standing commitment to the community in the form of business leadership, philanthropic donations and/or volunteer service

Don began his career in Lander as the Assistant Director for Parks and Recreation in May 1977.  In 1985 Don became the Director for Parks and Recreation. 

In his 33 year career with Lander Parks and Rec. Don’s accomplishments were many.  Don established Lander’s Urban Forest Council and qualified Lander as a Tree City USA for the first time in 1990.  Don co-Authored with the Tree Board the “Trees and Shrubs of Lander” book and has won awards in 1991 for planting and Management and again in 1993 for Education and Public Relations.  Don served on the Wyoming Recreation and Parks Association Board from 1988-1997.  During this time Don served as President from 1993-1995.  Don worked tirelessly during his career to improve the City’s Parks and recreational opportunities for its residents.

Don’s contributions to Lander have extended far beyond that of his career with the City. 

Member of the Lander Rotary Club since the mid 1980’s; President in 1991-2; Paul Harris Fellow in 1996.

President of the Lander Community Foundation in 2009-10 

Fremont County Rec Board 1989-Present

Lander Rural Fire Department Volunteer 1981-Present

Member of the Driving Team Help for Health

Rodeo Grounds Relocation Committee

Radio Voice of the Tiger Basketball from 1978-82 and again from 2000-2005

Member Citzen’s Committee for new high school in 2000

Member One Shot since early 1980’s.

Don’s tireless energy, effort and persistence have made Lander a far better place for everyone.  Don’s service and selflessness is an example of what it means to be a part of the community, not just someone who lives in a community.

Paula McCormick of McCormick Marketing was the keynote speaker

Paula McCormick, President and owner of McCormick Marketing, Inc., has over 33 years of experience in marketing, advertising, public relations and business management. Her involvement in the business world includes working for large international corporations, small non-profit community-based organizations and operating her own marketing agency.

 Her ability to focus her marketing talents comes from a deep knowledge of how to make things work in Fremont County and Wyoming. Paula currently handles the business and marketing needs of state and county clients such as the Wind River Visitors Council and the Wyoming Economic Development Association.

 She is on the Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition Board of Directors, has served as chairperson of the Small Business Development Center Advisory Board, was recognized as the Small Business Administration’s Women in Business Advocate of the Year, and has been certified as a Wyoming Business Counselor.

 In her previous life, Paula worked for the Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware Company, The National Outdoor Leadership School and the Lander Area Chamber of Commerce.

But she'll tell you that one of the most significant accomplishments this past year was winning the Ladies Ranch Horse Buckle at the Wyoming State Fair.