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Chamber Honors Outstanding Achievements During "The Big Picture"

Wyoming State Senator Tara Nethercott was honored as Person of the Year during the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Celebration presented by Halladay Motors Auto Group.

The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce gathered - virtually and in-person - to honor local businesses and professionals for outstanding achievements during "The Big Picture" Awards Celebration Friday, October 30th. The event was made possible by an array of sponsors, including Gold Sponsor; Wyo Dent Co. and Silver Sponsors; ANB Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming, Bouquets Unlimited, Coldwell Banker the Property Exchange, Memorial Monuments Inc., Taco Johns International Inc., Tyrrell Chevrolet, and Wyoming Bank & Trust.

The most prestigious award of the evening was the Person of the Year Award. Previous award recipient, Linda Weppner, had the honor of unveiling the 2019 Person of the Year, Wyoming State Senator Tara Nethercott. Nethercott is a Partner with Woodhouse Roden Nethercott, LLC and has served in the Wyoming Legislature since 2016.

The award recognizes leadership not from one day or a year, but a lifetime. The business community presents this award to an individual who has passion, drive, dedication and knows how to achieve results. Nethercott was recognized for her exceptional achievements and contributions to the greater Cheyenne community.

"She is a very engaged leader who is a strong advocate for the business community. Whether, in the middle of the night or early in the morning, she has given her time to defend our State. We have so much to thank her for," shared Dale Steenbergen, President & CEO of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber also recognized Wyoming House District 11 Representative Jared Olsen as the Business Advocate Award recipient. Mayor Marian Orr, the 2018 Business Advocate winner, presented the award.

Olsen has worked tirelessly to advance talent development efforts within the greater Cheyenne area. The award recognized his work to add a Bachelor of Applied Science program to Wyoming’s higher education curriculum. The degree has the potential to reshape our community and ultimately, the State of Wyoming.

Additionally, the Military Affairs Committee was named the Committee of the Year. This committee maintains a harmonious and productive relationship between the community and all military units in the area, through education and troop support.

Six other categories were also celebrated and included:

CHAMBER SPIRIT: The Chamber Spirit Award recognizes individuals that are highly engaged in the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and our community. They demonstrate leadership and are strong ambassadors of the business community.


Tracy Wilson, Century 21 Bell Real Estate


Mick Finnegan, Western Vista Credit Union

Tara Nelson, RE/MAX Capitol Properties

EMERGING LEADER: Nominees are ambitious young professionals who are instrumental in the Cheyenne community, the Chamber, and other community organizations. Young professionals must be 35 and under.


Kirsten Malm, First American Title


Shaina Case, Hirst Applegate

Derrek Jerred, Cheyenne LEADS

COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Community Service Award honors businesses that make a difference through exceptional community initiatives and contributions. These businesses generously put others first and offer support for charitable organizations.


Thrivent Financial



Capitol Roofing

NON-PROFIT: Non-profit of the Year Award finalists make a difference through outstanding initiatives and contributions to the region.


Laramie County Library


Boys and Girls Club

Habitat for Humanity

LARGE BUSINESS: The Large Business finalists have made a great impact on the Cheyenne area with their specialized services and are engaged in the Cheyenne community (26+ employees).


Blue Federal Credit Union


Advanced Comfort Solutions

Wyoming Bank & Trust

SMALL BUSINESS: The Small Business Award Finalists exemplify a strong entrepreneurial spirit and provide a unique culture for our community (Less than 25 employees).


Alexis Drake


First American Title

Lynn Buys Houses

Annually, nominations for the Annual Banquet Awards are collected during the month of January. Be sure to look for the opportunity to nominate those who are deserving of these accolades.

Special thank you to all event sponsors who made the evening possible:


Halladay Motors Auto Group


Wyo Dent Co.


ANB Bank

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming

Bouquets Unlimited

Coldwell Banker the Property Exchange

Memorial Monuments Inc.

Taco Johns International Inc.

Tyrrell Chevrolet

Wyoming Bank & Trust

BRONZE #1 Properties Advanced Comfort Solutions ALIGN Banner Capital Bank Blue Federal Credit Union Capitol Roofing Century 21 Bell Real Estate Charles Schwab Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority Cheyenne LEADS Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Dyno Nobel First American Title First State Bank High West Energy Companies Lynn Manages Houses Magic City Enterprises, Inc. Mechanical Systems, Inc. MHP, LLP Midas Auto Service Experts National Property Inspections Nuvision Federal Credit Union RE/MAX Capitol Properties RW Baker Wealth Management Group Spradley Barr Motors, Inc Steil Surveying Services, LLC Townsquare Media Trihydro Corporation Tromba Technologies UniWyo Federal Credit Union Western States Bank Western Vista Credit Union Woodhouse Roden Nethercott


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