Coupeville Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet and board installation last week.
The big awardees of the night were Sarah Richards of Lavender Wind, who received Business Person of the Year, and Knead & Feed, which received Business of the Year.
Other awards included Penn Cove Tap Room earning an entrepreneurial spirit award and the Penn Cove Water Festival earning an Arts & Culture Award.
A new award this year for Lifetime Achievement, given to Marshall and Jan Bronson of Compass Rose B&B.
“Marshall and Jan Bronson are examples of what makes Coupeville special,” said Lynda Eccles, executive director of the chamber.
“Their generosity by opening their home for events is amazing, they are gracious hosts to everyone and their donations and gifts are above and beyond what is expected of them.”
The Bronsons were also recognized for all their involvement in the community including with Friends of Ebey and Soroptimists. Marshall Bronson has also previously served on Coupeville Town Council, Port of Coupeville and the Island County Economic Development Council.
The new 2018 Board of Directors was also installed by Mayor Molly Hughes and includes: president Janet Burchfield, Front Street Realty; vice president Chris Renfro, Edward Jones; financial officer Dawn Hesselgrave, Branch Business Services and secretary Jennifer Roberts, Windermere Real Estate.
Directors are: Matt Iverson, Iverson Insurance; Mary Alice Sterling, community volunteer; Chris Michalopoulos, Port of Coupeville; Lisa Bernhardt, Pacific Northwest Art School; Erick Harada, Harada Physical Therapy and Eric Marshall, Whidbey Weekly.