Facebook24Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Thurston County Chamber of CommerceThe Thurston County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the seventh annual Boss of the Year honorees. Co-sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, this award recognizes outstanding individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision, and performance. Port of Olympia Executive Director Ed Galligan is one of the 2016 “Bosses of the Year”.The 2016 honorees are: Kevin Johnston, Capital Mall; Rozanne Garman, RHD Enterprises; and Ed Galligan, The Port of Olympia.Honorable mentions include: John Doan, City of Tumwater; Dr. Ricord Torgerson, Joint Animal Services of Thurston County; and Winfried Danke, CHOICE Regional Health Network. Over 40 bosses from non-profit organizations to state agencies to private sector companies were nominated by their employees.Again this year, Saint Martin’s University business students played an important role in the selection process by interviewing finalists and gathering data for the selection committee. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet with exceptional business leaders in the community and to also learn more about what truly defines leadership in the workplace,” says Richard Beer, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business.Johnston, Garman, and Galligan join a group of past honorees, including:Ron Bruchet, GHB InsuranceKevin Johnston is the general manager of the Capital Mall and one of the 2016 honorees for Boss of the Year. Photo courtesy: Kevin Johnston.Melissa Jenkins, The OlympianMeagan Darrow, TOGETHER!Steve Hall, the City of OlympiaDr. Yong Liu, State Department of AgricultureRae-Lynn Bidon, Olympia Orthopaedic AssociatesJoseph Di Santo, Panorama Heidi West, America’s Credit UnionDr. Terrence Hess, Foot & Ankle Surgical AssociatesSteve Brooks, Lacey Fire District 3Jessica Jensen, Jessica Jensen Law PSJoe Ingoglia, Boys & Girls Club of Thurston CountyMariella Cummings, Physicians of Southwest WashingtonRobert Coit, Thurston County Food BankMike Harbour, Intercity TransitMike Strub, LOTT Clean Water AllianceBruce Cramer, O Bee Credit UnionJohn Setterstrom, Lucky Eagle CasinoThe recognition event will take place on Wednesday, December 14 at the Hotel RL Olympia beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a lunch buffet and recognition program starting at noon. To make a reservation to attend, register online at www.thurstonchamber.com.