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04.10.2007 Innovation Awards Luncheon

2007luncheon_logo.jpgThe Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance (GWATA;, honored this year's award winners at its Annual Innovation Awards Luncheon on April 10th.





Kevin Timmons of Yahoo!The award winners were Valda Sarty, Sarty Mountain, Inc., for Entrepreneur of the Year; Erlandsen, Inc. - recipient, Roger Erlandsen for Tech Savvy Business of the Year; and Wilfred & Rufus recipients, The Woods Family, Wenatchee World for Lifetime Achievement Award.


(Kevin Timmons, Yahoo! pictured)

This year's event, attended by 200 community and business leaders, featured introductions from Dr. Gene Sharratt and Kevin Timmons, Yahoo! Vice President of Operations. Dr. Sharratt delivered a speech on Recognizing and Rewarding the Adapters while keynote speaker Kevin Timmons spoke about Innovations at Yahoo!

"Gene and Kevin shared their global perspective on innovation," said Martin Straub, GWATA's President. "They presented a wealth of facts about growth, change, world-wide competition and demand for future straub_sharratt_timmons.jpginnovation. They carried a message of genuine interest in seeing the Greater Wenatchee area prosper in this ever changing and competitive world marketplace."


(Martin Straub, GWATA President and speakers Dr. Gene Sharratt and Kevin Timmons pictured).



Photos of the winners of the 2007 Annual Innovators Awards:




2007 ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD - Valda Sarty, Sarty Mountain, Inc.

2007 TECH SAAVY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD- Erlandsen - recipient, Roger Erlandsen

2007 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Wilfred & Rufus recipients, The Woods Family


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This year's luncheon was presented by the Port of Chelan County and sponsored by Interwest, Port of Douglas County, Small Business Development Center, NTI and Chelan County PUD Fiber Optics.

pdf 2007 GWATA Luncheon Program

pdf 2007 GWATA Awards Presentation

pdf 2007 Dr. Gene Sharratt Presentation

pdf 2007 Kevin Timmons, Yahoo! Presentation