Murray Smith

Murray Smith

Greater Vernon honours next generation of entrepreneurs

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 2016 Top Twenty Under 40 award program

Greater Vernon’s rising stars have been recognized.

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce and KPMG announced the Rising Star Award winners Thursday as they celebrated the 2016 Top Twenty Under 40 award program. The three recipients are David Hamm, Danny Robert and Kristina Sidorczuk.

“The Rising Stars program was a new initiative this year that was developed as a means to recognize some of our youngest entrepreneurs,” said Dan Rogers, chamber general manager.

“These next generation of leaders certainly deserve recognition and by doing so it is our hope that we can encourage others to dream big and understand anything can be accomplished with vision, passion and determination.”

Hamm owns Coldstream Mechanical while Robert is a chartered accountant at KPMG and Sidorczuk owns Cracked Pepper Catering and EATology.

The event also saw the 2016 Top Twenty under 40 award recipients honoured by civic officials and representatives from the chamber, KPMG and other program partners.

The recipients include:

Josh Dueck, Paralympian alpine skier

Lindsay James – Owner of the Scarlet Studio

Dawn Lypchuk – enterostomal therapist and RN, Interior Health and Nightingales Medical

Ryan Rhodes – vice-president, Western Water Associates

Max Russman – lawyer and partner, Nixon Wenger

Dora Anderson – partner, MQN Architecture

Leah Campbell – social media and marketing manager, Davison Orchards.

Taylor Dedora – professional appraiser, Schoenne and Associates.

Deanna Fester – owner, CrossFit Vernon

Sherrilee Franks – property manager, Keystone Property Management

Terence Giesbrecht – owner, Skyride Bike and Board

Dustin Griffin – lawyer, Kidston and Company

Daniel Healey – senior manager, KPMG

Morgan Higgins – founder, Smooth Effects

Tracy Knight – lawyer, Nixon Wenger

Trinity Smith – veterinarian and partner, Central Animal Hospital

David Sturgeon – owner, CK Design Kitchen and Bath Cabinetry

Peter Solymosi – general manager, White House Mortgages

Brad Swanson – Educator, Kala Star Academy and Outdoor School

Tanner Udenberg – Optometrist and partner, Vernon Optometry

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