Thurston Chamber Celebrates 2021 Boss of the Year Honorees


The Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Bob Iyall, of Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation, was recognized as one of the Thurston County Chamber 2021 Boss of the Year honorees.

The chamber announced the annual Boss of the Year recognitions and honorable mentions late last month.

“For over 11 years, we’ve recognized outstanding leaders in the workplace,” said Reid Bates, owner of Express Employment Professionals, on behalf of the chamber in a news release. “What makes this award unique is that nominations come from the leader’s direct reports.”

Reid stated around 15 students from Saint Martin’s University examined a dozen finalists to discover what made the bosses excel in leading their teams. The analysis was incorporated into the selection process of this year’s awards.

The other 2021 Boss of the Year honorees include Nicole Andres of Nicole’s Bar and Dana Hanson of Thurston County Juvenile Probation, while the 2021 honorable mentions are Ron Thomas of Thomas Architecture Studios, Gergen Robinson and Davina Clardy of John L. Scott Talent Group, and Harold Carr of the Law Offices of Harold Carr.

All recognized individuals will be honored at the Thurston Chamber’s forum at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Olympia Hotel at Capitol Lake with a lunch, followed by the official recognition at noon.

The cost to attend the forum is $25 for members and $30 for non-members who prepay, or $30 for members and $35 non-members who pay the day of the event. For more information, or to make a reservation to attend, go online to


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