The Salida Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of their 2021 Community Awards.
The annual community awards are centered around recognizing those who give back. Nominations for Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, From the Heart and Cornerstone awards are provided by the community and are then voted on by past awardees and representation from the chamber.
Nominated for his commitment to serving the largest youth serving organization in the County with academic support, safety, and wellbeing of our kids, as the Executive Director for the boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County, the 2021 Man of the Year is Brian Beaulieu.
Nominated for her vision for an informed community that promotes the conservation of the unique natural, cultural, and historic resources of our area as Executive Director of the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, the 2021 Woman of the Year is Dominique Naccarato.
Recognized for his service as a retired school superintendent and state representative, his commitment to education and betterment of our community, the 2021 From the Heart recipient is Jim Wilson.
Nominated for a lifetime of contributions to the community with talent, resources, and hands on work with never seeking praise or recognition as the retired owner of Y&K Excavation, the 2021 Cornerstone recipient is Don Kaess Sr.
Selected by the Salida Chamber Board of Directors for their tireless work and community support, Chaffee County Public Health is the 2021 Business of the Year.
Selected by the Salida Chamber Board of Directors for their impact in our community over a short period of time while embodying the spirit of innovation, the 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year is Anita Kudasic, owner of American Classic Inn. Selected by the Vaqueros for their dedication to serving the community, the recipient of the Wanted Award is the Salida Sunrise Rotary Club.