Doing business, Hawaiian style

The Englewood Historical Society’s Ida May Nicholl and Doug Cohn, a longtime city resident and volunteer recently named Englewood Citizen of the Year.

Contrary to speculation, Randy Penn, executive director of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce, did not don a grass skirt at last week’s luau-themed awards ceremony.

But the show went on nonetheless March 28 as the city’s business community honored a few of its own—clad in leis and tropical shirts—at the chamber’s annual business awards gala.

Several hundred local business leaders convened at Englewood Elks Club for the 32nd annual gala to honor newer members of the community, as well as those who have made their mark for decades.

Photos by Peter Jones

Jesse and his mom, Sabrina Lemay of Cuttn’ it Loose, take care of business.
Mike Chavez of the longtime family-run Sam’s Automotive walks to the stage to accept the chamber’s award for Lifetime Business Achievement. The 63-year-old reconditioning center was founded by Chavez’s father, Sam.
An excited Romeo Itu, husband of Colorado Business CPA’s Natalya Korobkova-Ito, celebrates his impending U.S. citizenship ceremony as chamber board member Nancy Byers and Randy Penn, the chamber’s executive director share the enthusiasm.
Brad Nixon of the expanding Nixon’s Coffeehouse brand receives the Business of the Year award from Executive Director Randy Penn and Jason Whyte, who chairs the chamber’s board of directors.
A collage of Englewood history
The business of community: Toni Arnoldy, community-relations specialist for the Englewood Police Department, accepts the Community Organization of the Year award.
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