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2022 Business Achievement Awards Winners

The Brandon Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Business Achievement Awards!

Business Person Of The Year – Bernie Whetter
Lifetime Business Builder Award – Paul Crane
Community Impact Award – Westman Communications Group
Outstanding New Business Award – Resurrection Auto Detailing – Tint & Protection
Business Excellence Award – Small Business – GEM Services
Business Excellence Award – Large Business – Kim’s Asian Restaurant

*New Awards this year

Young Entrepreneur – Marcel Kringe
Top 4 Under 40 – Cassandra Jamieson, Ty Worthington, Amber White, Nirmal Thakar

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR RECIPIENTS!

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD - Bernie Whetter

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BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR | This Award recognizes a business person that exemplifies outstanding business practices and achievements, that demonstrates leadership, vision, and the creation of economic growth, while contributing to the community. This award recognizes individuals who are at the peak of their career.

Bernie grew up on a family farm at Dand, Manitoba and attended school in Dand and Deloraine. After attaining his degree in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba, Bernie was employed for a short time at Manitoba Pool Elevators before joining the partnership at Wheat City Seeds Ltd in Brandon. When the company was sold, Bernie returned to school and earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Manitoba. He then purchased The Green Spot Inc in 2007 and has been operating it since that time.

Bernie has two adult children and two grandchildren. He is active at Knox United Church and sings in Prairie Blend Men’s Choir.

LIFETIME BUSINESS BUILDER AWARD - Paul Crane

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LIFETIME BUSINESS BUILDER | This award recognizes those who have successfully achieved, toiled and contributed to Brandon’s success through a lifetime commitment to business and community service. Recipients of this award are determined by the Selection Panel and are not part of the nomination process.  The Awards Nomination Committee is responsible for managing the overall search by identifying potential nominees according to the criteria.

Long before Crane Steel, Paul knew building.

Paul Crane and his wife, Gail, first arrived in Brandon in 1973 when he was hired to manage the Westman regional office of a national engineering firm. After spending almost 10 years at the consulting firm, Paul decided it was time to start on his own. Founding Crane Steel Structures in 1981, the business focused mainly on the construction of agricultural buildings such as steel bins and shops. Its focus later expanded to include commercial, industrial, and institutional spaces. Today, its new builds include everything from car dealerships, municipal halls to water treatment plants, recreational facilities, and offices.

Since Crane Steels inception, Paul has watched the business outgrow its original 400 square foot office that housed a dozen employees to its current 40 experienced and dedicated employees in their two service centers located in Brandon and the Winnipeg area. His sons, PJ and Jarod, have joined the business, making Crane Steel a true family company. Earlier on Paul believed ‘The strength of our company has always been its people…’ hence why Crane Steel has an active employee share purchase plan.

For his dedication to the business community and the Westman region the Brandon chamber of commerce is proud to present Paul Crane with a Lifetime Business Builder Award.

COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD - Westman Communications Group

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COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD | Recognizes an individual or business for outstanding community service to business and community endeavors and have contributed to the well-being of the community as a whole.

For over 40 years, Westman Communications Group has been proudly supporting the development of the communities they serve. With a focus on youth, women, education, and technology, Westman’s partnerships, sponsorships and donations provide both the financial aid and human resources needed to help create sustainable communities across Manitoba. Westman Communications Group credits their impact to Westman Comm employees who call Westman home and have made serving their community a priority.

OUTSTANDING NEW BUSINESS - Resurrection Auto Detailing - Tint & Protection

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OUTSTANDING NEW BUSINESS AWARD | This award recognizes the accomplishments of a business owner who has succeeded through innovation and risk-taking or achieved success in introducing new products or services or growing an existing product line through a unique approach

Resurrection Paint Correction & Auto Detailing has been offering a unique service of Ceramic Coatings, Tint and Paint Protection services since October 2018. Their primary key to success is the time and effort they spend to educate their clients on not only the importance of keeping a clean and maintained vehicle but also the importance of protecting their primary mode of transportation and investment. With 6 full-time staff and 1 part-time staff, Darren credits their growth to work ethic, social media, exceptional customer service and their dedicated team of employees who go above and beyond for each customer.

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD - SMALL BUSINESS - GEM Services

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BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD – SMALL BUSINESS | Honors a business with fewer than 15 employees that demonstrates continual business excellence through positive business growth, exemplifies superior customer service and embraces an outstanding commitment to quality.

Specializing in Commercial, industrial, and agricultural pest control, GEM Services has been making Safety, reliability and integrity the core principles and mission of their business. By taking time to determine the needs of each customer while providing solutions safely and in a timely manner has proved to be the cornerstone to their success. Even during the unpredictability of COVID-19, Brad McConnell credits their growth to his dedicated team of employees and their customers in the Westman Area.

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD - LARGE BUSINESS - Kim's Asian Restaurant

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BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD – LARGE BUSINESS | Honors a business with more than 15 employees that demonstrates continual business excellence through positive business growth, exemplifies superior customer service and embraces an outstanding commitment to quality.

Over the past three decades, the only goal of Kim’s Asian Restaurant has been to delight and nourish their customers with quality, delicious food, and excellent service. From establishing their first restaurant in the Town Center in 1988 to opening their second location on Victoria Avenue in 2018, By offering this wide range of cuisines, Angie Nguyen (Nu-Ang) is not just proud of her family’s Vietnamese history, but also finds exceptional joy in getting to share and celebrate her family’s culture and history with this community.

YOUNG ENTREPRENUER OF THE YEAR - Marcel Kringe

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YOUNG ENTERPRENEUR OF THE YEAR | This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual aged 18-40 who is either the Director/Owner of a new or existing business and has successfully built or built-up the organization. The nominee must have ultimate control over the entire endeavour with all risk of success or failure lying in their hands.
* Nominees must be 18 – 40 years of age (at the time of the nomination).

Marcel Kringe grew up on a family farm in Germany, where he pursued an AG Engineering degree. Work & travel studies in Canada, Russia and Brazil led him to move to Canada.

He has learned English on the go while working on different farm operations all over Canada, before settling in Brandon MB for a job as a Cargill Agronomist. In 2017 Marcel left his corporate career and focused full-time on his hobby, Bushel Plus. Today, the Agricultural products of Bushel Plus are sold in 28 countries and Marcel has since co-founded another manufacturing, as well as a custom software development company.

Marcel works tirelessly to develop a great working environment for his teams and new products in pursuit of ensuring the safety and profitability of farmers!

WESTMANS TOP 4 UNDER 40 - Cassandra Jamieson

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WESTMAN’s TOP 4 UNDER 40 | This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual under the age of 40 who works in a leadership role in any size organization from the private, public or non-profit sector. The ideal candidates will be active and engaged in work and community, a creative problem-solver, disciplined in performance, and generous in spirit; a real contributor to the fabric of our community.
* Nominees must be 39 years and younger (for the entire calendar year for which they are considered). This award is open to Chamber and non-Chamber members and their employees

Cassandra is the proud owner of McPhail Travel Brandon, a well-established business that has been operating since 1980. With an extensive background in tourism and through her worldwide journeys, she is the visionary of Moonlit Canopy, a newly established glamping business. Cassandra has a Diploma in Travel Consultancy & Tourism and is responsible for business strategy, online presence, sales, marketing, communications and other aspects of the business. Together with her husband, she lives on an acreage near Glenboro and is a mom to two young children.

WESTMANS TOP 4 UNDER 40 - Ty Worthington

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WESTMAN’s TOP 4 UNDER 40 | This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual under the age of 40 who works in a leadership role in any size organization from the private, public or non-profit sector. The ideal candidates will be active and engaged in work and community, a creative problem-solver, disciplined in performance, and generous in spirit; a real contributor to the fabric of our community.
* Nominees must be 39 years and younger (for the entire calendar year for which they are considered). This award is open to Chamber and non-Chamber members and their employees

Ty was born and raised in Brandon. He started his first business at the age of 19 with the purchase of 12 laser tag guns to rent for birthday parties and now owns Pinnacle Event Rentals, Limitless Events, VIP Portable Restroom Rentals, as well as, Clara Clear Top Venue.

As someone who is passionate about the event industry, Ty is consistently looking for ways to expand and enhance the way events are hosted and produced in Westman. From one full-time staff in 2019 to 15 in 2022, his greatest accomplishment to date has been growing his businesses exponentially during a global pandemic.

With community at the heart of why they do what they do, Ty and his team serve on multiple boards within Brandon including Brandon First, Brandon Chamber Events Committee and most recently, Family Visions.

WESTMANS TOP 4 UNDER 40 - Amber White

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WESTMAN’s TOP 4 UNDER 40 | This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual under the age of 40 who works in a leadership role in any size organization from the private, public or non-profit sector. The ideal candidates will be active and engaged in work and community, a creative problem-solver, disciplined in performance, and generous in spirit; a real contributor to the fabric of our community.
* Nominees must be 39 years and younger (for the entire calendar year for which they are considered). This award is open to Chamber and non-Chamber members and their employees

Amber and her husband own and operate two Anytime Fitness locations in Brandon (2013) and Souris (2020). Always locally owned, Anytime Fitness is a welcoming, friendly, non-intimidating fitness facility that is open 24/7 with member access to over 4700 locations worldwide. We are a coaching facility with certified personal trainers and create a community and culture that supports you in every way. Not only do our members have support in the gym, but they are also a part of community. Amber has also expanded her services to include Champion Digital Promotions, a photography services company. Working with local charities Amber and her team have been able to give back to Westman and beyond in many ways over the years.

WESTMANS TOP 4 UNDER 40 - Nirmal Thakar

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WESTMAN’s TOP 4 UNDER 40 | This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual under the age of 40 who works in a leadership role in any size organization from the private, public or non-profit sector. The ideal candidates will be active and engaged in work and community, a creative problem-solver, disciplined in performance, and generous in spirit; a real contributor to the fabric of our community.
* Nominees must be 39 years and younger (for the entire calendar year for which they are considered). This award is open to Chamber and non-Chamber members and their employees

Nirmal Thakar is the President of Shreem Systems & Solutions who comes from an electrical engineering background and have technical expertise for industrial automation, electrical and controls. He is a young and passionate entrepreneur who started his company from his garage and created multi million dollars of organization who offers unique services to industrial clients. His customers Include Koch Fertilizer, Roquette Pea Processing Plant, Maple Leaf Foods, Saputo, Simplot Portage and DMS Industrial. He proudly employs 10 full time employees and expanded employment to 45 staff during peak season. Nirmal and team are expanding company’s operations in Saskatchewan and Alberta market this year.