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Friday, December 1

AWB presents legislative, business leader with top awards

Association of Washington Business’ annual Legislator of the Year and Heavy Lifter awards were presented at its Evening of Excellence awards event in Seattle Nov. 29

OLYMPIA — The state's largest business organization, the Association of Washington Business (AWB), paid tribute to the year’s top state lawmaker and AWB volunteer for their work on behalf of the state’s employers at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Nov. 29. The awards were given for their work leading efforts to make the state a more competitive place to live, work and do business.

Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, received the organization’s Legislator of the Year Award for her work to fix the state Supreme Court’s Hirst water rights ruling in the 2017 legislative session as well as her strong advocacy on behalf of the state’s employers, particularly in the rural parts of the state. Warnick has also served 13 years on the AWB board of directors, helping shape policies that foster economic growth and opportunity across the state.

“Senator Warnick has been instrumental in advocating on behalf of residents in rural regions across the state – from water issues to economic growth – not just this year, but for many years as a board member and a legislator,” said Gary Chandler, AWB vice president, government affairs. “We are pleased to give her this year’s Legislator of the Year award as a way to recognize all the great work she has done to improve communities, large and small, and create economic opportunity.”

Marty Dickenson, executive vice president, marketing and communications, Umpqua Bank, received AWB’s Heavy Lifter Award for her work serving as chair of the AWB Branding Committee, leading the association’s multi-year rebranding effort. The work began in 2014 and was completed in May with the unveiling of the new AWB logo and brand language. It was the first rebranding effort in more than three decades.

“Marty’s unique combination of professional expertise and understanding of AWB’s history made her the perfect person to lead the association’s first rebranding effort in more than 30 years,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “She was integral in helping us craft brand language and a new look that reflects the evolution of the association. Marty’s work will shape the work we do for years, even decades, to come. She is more than deserving of this year’s Heavy Lifter Award.”

High resolution photos from the awards presentation are located at this link.

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