Brian Forth Honored at 8th Annual Business Leadership Awards

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By Sarah Champion

BLA  ReceptionOn April 29th, Brian was awarded Small Business Leader of the Year by the UW Tacoma Milgard School of Business. The Annual Business Leadership Awards is in its 8th year, and is considered one of the premiere events for businesses in the area.

Brian was was joined by family, friends and staff and was one of four business leaders receiving awards for excellence in leadership. Other honorees included David Ottey, of the Emergency Food Network (receiving the Non-Profit Leadership Award); Bill Matthaei, of Roman Meal (receiving the Business Leadership Award); and James Milgard, of Milgard Windows & Doors (receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award).

We were in good company, as the event brought together exceptional business leaders around Western Washington. Opening remarks were provided by Shahrokh Saudagaran, Dean at Milgard's School of Business, as well as David Zeeck President and Publisher of the News Tribune. We were privileged to hear a keynote address from William Ayer, chairman and CEO of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group that touched on the economic situation and winning principles during challenging times.

Brian was given the opportunity to speak as he accepted his award. Proud to finally have a reason to use his philosophy degree, he provided the audience with the following:

About 2600 years ago, a Greek Philosopher named Heraclitus uttered the following which applies not only to fly-fisherman like myself, but to all of us. He said, "You can never step in the same river twice".

You can view his introduction by Peter Comfort of Propel and his speech here:

As one of SiteCrafting's staff, I can testify that this recognition only furthers the pride the staff has about the company and it's future.  We're proud to have winning leadership, principals and strategy that are seeing us through hard times. We're proud to be a part of community that fosters growth for a company like ours. We're proud to have the opportunity to be part of something that's bigger than the sum of its parts. And, as for our future, I think Brian summed it up nicely this tidbit of advice:

We have to approach each day, confident that we can handle whatever changes come our way because we adhere to timeless, changeless principals.

Thanks to Denise Ploof for nominating Brian for this honor. And Congrats, Brian! This award is well deserved.

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