2016 Family Business Awards: The List

The winners of Seattle Business magazine's annual celebration of outstanding family businesses.
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When you get right down to it, a family business will always be a mom-and-pop operation. Regardless of annual revenues or employee counts, every successful family business owner harks back to the people who started the enterprise, ever mindful of the original mission while fully aware of the difficulties that make perpetuation of the family legacy a constant challenge. This year, Seattle Business magazine celebrates 12 businesses that are navigating this road with energy, enthusiasm and creative aplomb.

Congratulations to the recipients of Seattle Business magazine's 2016 Family Business Awards!

Heritage/Legacy Award
Bartell Drugs, Seattle

Family Business of the Year, Small Firms
Gold Award: Fitterer's Inc., Ellensburg
Silver Award: Plemmons Industries, Kent
Silver Award: Morpac Industries, Pacific

Family Business of the Year, Midsize Firms
Gold Award: Decagon Devices, Pullman
Silver Award: State Roofing, Monroe
Silver Award: Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, Bellevue

Family Business of the Year, Large Firms
Gold Award: R.D. Merrill Co., Seattle
Silver Award: Peninsula Truck Lines, Federal Way

Business Innovation
Gold Award: Baden Sports, Renton

Business Transition
Gold Award: Continental Mills, Tukwila

Business Growth
Gold Award: Bellmont Cabinet Company, Sumner

 

Judges for the 2016 Family Business Awards

Clarence Barnes, professor of Economics, Gonzaga University
Ron Dohr, co-director, Pacific Family Business Institute  
Loren Lyon, president, Impact Washington
Catherine Pratt, management faculty, Pacific Lutheran University
Martha Sandoval, partner, Perkins Coie  
Christian Schiller, managing director, Cascadia Capital
Rich Simmonds, cofounder, Pacific Family Business Institute     
David Stiefel, managing principal, Bader Martin
Joseph Williams, ICT Industry sector lead and economic development director, state of Washington

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Heritage/Legacy award // Ensuring multiple generations of family leadership

Growth // Fostering a steady rise in new business

Transition // Identifying and embracing new opportunities