by Frank Bucholtz, Langley Times
Rod Wainwright of Lantrax North America Logistics received the George Preston Business Person of the Year award at Wednesday’s Business Excellence Awards, put on by Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce last week (Oct. 22).
The event took place at Cascades Casino and Convention Centre.
Wainwright started his logistics business from a home office in 2003, and it has grown to now have 17 employees. In addition to his business, he has been a longtime volunteer in many activities in Walnut Grove.
Otter Co-op was named large business of the year, and also won the community impact award (for-profit businesses). General manager Jack Nicholson accepted the awards for the co-op, which has been in business in Langley for 92 years.
Entrepreneur of the year was Deanna Whissell of Vanilla Clothing.
Medium business of the year award went to Genesis Restorations Ltd., started by Graham Dick as a carpet cleaning business.
Small business of the year award went to Storage for Your Life.
Service excellence award went to Duolynx Design and Print.
Environmental leadership award went to Vancity Credit Union.
The community impact (non-profit) award went to Langley Hospice Society.
The event was emceed by Michele Brunoro, CTV anchor and reporter, who is a longtime Langley resident and former Times reporter.
Other nominees were: Jack Nicholson, Otter Co-op; Milt Kruger, On Line Collision and Chris Davies, Chris’s Sign Service (business person of the year);
Campbell, Burton and McMullan and Cascadia Windows Ltd. (large business);
Cactus Club Cafe; Magellan Law Group LLP; Nufloors Langley and Tamlin International Homes (medium business);
Fit Ortho Studio; Foremen’s Integra Tire Centre and Rustic Roots Health Food Store (small business);
Cascades Casino Resort and van der Zalm and Associates(environmental leadership);
Seyem Qwantlen Business Group and The Fat Cow & Oyster Bar (entrepreneur of the year);
Campbell, Burton and McMullan; Clover Towing; Ears Hering Clinics Langley; Erikson’s Daylily Gardens; European Deli and Catering Corporation; Express Computer Service Centre; Fernridge Automotive; Go Security Systems; Langley Keg Steakhouse and Bar; Magellan Law Group LLP; Storage For Your Life and Transformation Orthodontics Langley (service excellence);
Aldergrove Financial Group; Frosting Cupcakery and Bake Shop; Mountain View Veterinary Hospital and Vancity Credit Union (community impact, for-profit);
Aldergrove Fair Days; Homeless on Hastings; Kimz Angels; Langley Community Support Groups Society; Langley Pos-Abilities Society; Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities; and You’ve Gotta Have Friends (community impact, not-for-profit).