2008 Business Award Nominees Announced

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The selection of finalists has been completed for the 2008 Rim Country Business Awards.

In the award category of Small Business of the Year the finalists are PostNet of Payson, Fossil Creek Creamery of Strawberry and Rim Country Gazette of Star Valley.

Selected to contend for Large Business of the Year are The Door Stop and Payson Regional Medical Center.

Finalists for Businessperson of the Year include Gerald Cruz, manager of Main Street Grille in Payson; John Naughton, publisher of the Payson Roundup; and Jan Parsons, manager of Arizona Public Service.

The top award-winners in each category will be announced during a luncheon on May 29, 2008 at the Best Western Payson Inn.

Payson Mayor-Elect Kenny Evans will present the awards and join master of ceremonies Dan Haapala in honoring the eight finalists.

Tickets for the lunch -- which will be prepared by Gerardo's Bistro -- are available for $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at the Rim Country Regional Chamber Commerce, or by calling (928) 474-4515. Additional information is also available from the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation at (928) 468-6659.

The awards are sponsored by the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Town of Payson Department of Tourism and Economic Vitality. They are designed to recognize outstanding accomplishments and community service of business in Rim Country.

This is the second year the awards have been presented. Cari Day, Chris Wolf and Kaibab Industries were named Payson's Businesswoman, Businessman and Business of the Year for 2007.

Each business or individual being recognized was nominated on the basis of three or more distinguishing attributes.

The criteria: Consideration of each candidate's contributions that positively impact or stimulate the economy of northern Gila County; contributions made by businesses or individuals to the area's economic vitality, either through the production of its goods/services or the impact to the economy by such things as creating or retaining jobs in northern Gila County or bringing a significant investment from outside the area or helping to develop the work force; community involvement, which included trade or business associations, as well as support of local community-based associations.

Day is the owner of Macky's Grill. Day has also played an active role in the community through the School Beautification program, which is an event that rounds up other local businesses to help donate funds or materials to beautify Payson schools.

Wolf is chief executive officer of Payson Regional Medical Center. He was unable to be at the 2007 awards luncheon because he was accepting an award naming PRMC as one of the top 100 small hospitals in the United States.

Kaibab Industries owns the Sawmill Crossing shopping center and has been a business icon in rural Arizona for many generations, operating originally in the forest production industry and harvesting timber.

Kaibab Industries has maintained and sustained employment in Payson for nearly 50 years. It was the primary employer in Payson when the sawmill was operating.

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