“This year we received over 30 nominations and the way I look at it is that every boss who was nominated is a winner – they each have made a difference to someone’s life,” Carrie Ridgel, co-owner of The Office BOSS told the audience of nominees, nominators and friends at an award ceremony on Saturday, October 16 at The Office BOSS Truckee Mail Center.
The event’s judges included three of our community’s long-time leaders. President of Mountain Hardware and Sports, Doug Wright; Truckee Fire Protection District Battalion Chief, Laura Brown and CEO of Visit Truckee-Tahoe, Colleen Dalton. After individually considering each of the 30 nominations, the judges aligned their ideas of who to choose as this year’s winners.
Honorable Mention awards were presented to: Shanna Kuhlemier of Truckee Donner Public Utility District, Joanna Mitchell of North Tahoe High School, Ryan and Shannon Parrish of Truckee Grocery Outlet, Rachel Graff of TreMigo, Mayumi Elegado of Moonshine Ink, Russ Jones of Truckee River Winery, Diane White of Donner Lake Realty, Brian Marsh of Marsh Ventures Inc. (TNT Materials and Rock Garden), William Reid of Como Restaurant, Brett Williams of Agate Bay Realty, Sarah Fey of Design Bar and one of our very own dedicated employee’s Jackie Moritzky of Lakeside Office Boss Mail Center.
As first runner-up, the judges selected Kristin York of Sierra Small Business Development Center, nominated by Erika Harvey, Project Manager and Jessica Perry Carr, Associate Director at Sierra Small Business Development Center. Jessica wrote “Kristin leads us by example, truly demonstrating an impressive work ethic but always encouraging us to work hard and play hard.” As second runner-up, the judges selected, Joshua Ruppert of Johnson Iron, Inc. and Josh Ruppert Construction. Nominated by Lesley Nordahl and the entire team, Lesley wrote, “Josh has contributed significant time, materials and labor to local beautification projects, such as the new train station at the Truckee River Railroad. Josh has a reputation for giving people first, second and third chances.”
Jamie wrote, “She has been an amazing leader through all of the new Covid guidelines which made me feel safe when I returned back to work.” Haley concurs, and adds, “Dr. D is a very caring soul. She gives back to our community and beyond each quarter with monetary donations. I genuinely look up to her, not only as my boss but as the generous & hilarious individual that she is. I admire her professionalism, talent, and dedication to our team and patients (and even her perfectionism)!”
Initially inspired by National Boss Day (October 16), The Office BOSS created the Best Boss of Truckee/North Tahoe contest to recognize locals who are inspiring, motivating, and making a positive difference in their employees’ lives, thus making our community a better place.
“Even with this being our 5th year of sponsoring the Best BOSS competition, we are continually amazed at the depth of appreciation shown by each of the well thought-out and carefully crafted nominations that convey the wonderful qualifications of our community’s great bosses.” said Ridgel as she presented the awards. Visit TheOfficeBOSS.com to see a full list of the awesome bosses nominated for Truckee/ North Tahoe’s Best BOSS.