Local business kudos, 12/5/13

The Building Industry Association of Washington has named Audrey Borders, the organization’s current president and owner of Borders and Son Quality Roofing Inc. in Whatcom County, as its 2013 Builder of the Year. The award honors BIAW’s builder members for their meritorious service and exemplary devotion to the homebuilding industry. Borders is the second woman in the organization’s 50-year history to receive the award.

The BIAW also named Monty Smith, the organization’s current treasurer and owner and president of M.C. Smith Construction Inc. in Whatcom County, as its 2013 Remodeler of the Year.

Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa shared 1,995 pounds of turkey with the Bellingham Food Bank and Lummi Commodity Foods in an effort to help neighbors in need celebrate Thanksgiving. In early November, Silver Reef donated 400 pounds of food to the Bellingham Food Bank as part of the ongoing effort to help those in need in the local community.

Silver Reef also announced that its Steak House and Wine Room recently placed third in a top 10 best overall restaurants ranking in the OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for Seattle and Eastern Washington. The restaurant also placed in the top 10 in three other categories: special occasion restaurants, best service and best food, as voted on by more than 429,000 diners who book reservations through OpenTable.

Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance is hosting its second annual Turkey Drive until Friday, Dec. 13. The company’s Lynden and Bellingham offices are accepting $15 donations for each turkey, and SSK will match up to the first 100 turkeys purchased. The turkeys will be delivered to Lynden’s Project Hope and to the Bellingham Food Bank. Last year, SSK bought more than 200 turkeys to donate.

Rick Anderson, former CEO of Moss Adams LLP, has received honors from the American Institute of CPAs for his decades of work to help improve the accounting profession. Anderson has served on several AICPA committees and task forces, is a former member of the AICPA Council, and is the immediate past chair of the AICPA Major Firms Group. He is an alumnus of Western Washington University.

Molly Mitchell-Mumma, vice principal at Blaine Middle School, and Dawn Cottnair, a teacher there, are the 2013 recipients of the Golden Apple Award, presented by the Whatcom County Library System. The award honors educators who have gone above and beyond to strengthen young people’s connections with books, reading, and libraries.

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