Annual Award Ceremony
Sarah S. Yates
2016 Total Citizen of the Year
Sarah S. Yates was born in Gary, Indiana. Her family moved to Utah in 1943, when her father was sent to help open Geneva Steel as a wartime defense plant. She attended school in American Fork, graduating from American Fork High School. She then graduated from the University of Utah in 1959.
Sarah and her husband William moved to Brigham City in 1959 (3 days after their marriage) with the Thiokol expansion and she got involved early, helping her children and the community with PTA, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She started working at the News Journal in 1959 in advertising, and reported from home on social events, clubs, engagements and local activities, which led to her becoming a full time reporter covering crimes, accidents and city news. She tells stories of occasionally showing up to an accident scene with her camera, before the police and sheriff got there. She continued working at the paper for many years including nine years as editor of the Box Elder News Journal. She has also written local history and biographies. Now that she’s retired, she still uses her camera and computer to record local events and writes articles and notices for the paper for the many clubs that she represents. She is currently an author for the Brigham City History Project.
She has been a very active member of the faith community, as an Elder and Deacon at Community Presbyterian Church. She was one of the founders of Acts Six Soup Kitchen, volunteers as a cook, and serves on the board of directors. When Lincoln School closed, she wrote a proposal for its use for Soup Kitchen, Community Pantry and a youth program. She is a driver for Meals on Wheels. If you want to know what is happening in the community, she knows dates, times and places and is usually on the board that is putting the event together.
Sarah is involved with the American Association of University Women, Civic Improvement Club, Spade & Hope Garden Club and Quilt Set. She has served in leadership positions in most of these groups and is still an active member. She has served as Box Elder InterAgency Council secretary for many years. Sarah has always chaired the Meet the Candidates night, and usually acts as moderator. She worked hard for several years trying to save and restore the Baron Woolen Mill. She writes articles for the Civic Improvement Club’s Holiday Home Show.
Sarah and William have three children: Kathryn Y. Shupe, J. Gregory Yates,
Bradley N. Yates; 3 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren.
2016 Businessperson of the Year
Steve Vincent was born and raised in Brigham City. Graduating from Box Elder High School and then attending Utah State University graduating in Business Administration. He has worked in the Brigham City banking community for over 35 years. Steve loves what he does for a living and believes he has the best job in town. He is currently the Brigham City Branch Manager and Utah Area Manager for Mountain West Bank a Division of Glacier Bank. He began his career in banking with First Security Bank as a commercial lender in Ogden Utah and began his employment with Mountain West in 2003. He has been surrounded during this period with very talented and personable employees who have helped him triple the size of the local branch which is historically been one of the best preforming branches in the system and have been the recipient of the Branch of the Year award.
Steve is active in many community organizations. He is currently on the Governmental Affairs Committee and the Ambassador Committee for the Chamber of Commerce. He has been on the Board of Directors as well. He delivers Meals on Wheels to home-bound seniors. He is a Past-President of the Brigham City Rotary Club, and is still an active member. He is a member of the Brigham City Economic Development Board. He is serving on the Bear River Mental Health Board of Directors and has for the past 25 years. He is active in his religion and has a passion for working with the youth. He has previously served on the boards of the Red Cross, United Way of Northern Utah, Historic Downtown Brigham City and President of the Jaycees,
Steve and his wife Nancy reside in Brigham City and are the proud parents of four children, Julie, Todd, Lisa and Katie and five grandchildren.
2016 Board Member of the Year
Marcie Powell has been employed at Autoliv North America for the past 21 years. She is currently the Plant Administrative Assistant at the Promontory facility, directly supporting the Plant Manager, Human Resources and Finance. Marcie received an Associates Degree in Office Systems Support in 2006 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 2008.
Marcie has worked with the Autoliv Community Involvement team supporting many local activities including Angels for Christmas, Meals on Wheels, Soup Kitchen, Relay for Life and Peach Days. She is also an advisor on the Boys and Girls club board.
She has been a director on the Brigham City Area Chamber of Commerce Board two times serving for a total of six years. During this time she has been on the Community Events committee helping to organize the Summer Movies, Golf Tournament, Annual Banquet, Play Unplugged, and the Christmas promotion. During Peach Days, Marcie has been Coke Booth Chair, overseeing all the Coke booths and is also served as the Chair of the Peach Queen Pageant Committee in 2016 after serving on this committee for many years.
Ivy’s Music Studio
Home Based Business of the Year
Ivy Andreasen began Ivy’s Music Studio in 2007. She is proud to offer piano, cello, voice, and 5 Piano Team lessons to the children (and adults!) in Brigham City. She has built a strong music business and is a respected music teacher. She has had many students that have gone on to receive scholarships to college. She was also student teacher of the year in Utah as she was graduating from Weber State with a degree in Piano Pedagogy. After graduation she received a National Piano Studio award. When buying their home, she made sure that it could accommodate 5 piano’s, an organ, and still have space for recitals in the living room. After graduating from college she has continued to take piano lessons, to always be improving in her own performing and teaching.
Ivy was Brigham City’s Peach Queen in 2004 and loved serving her community. After fulfilling her year’s commitment Ivy has stayed involved in helping the community. She has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for over six years, she has chaired the Peach Queen Pageant, and continues to serve on the pageant committee. She has helped many girls with their talent as they run for Peach Queen and other performing groups. Ivy has also served on the Events and Fundraising committee helping with the banquet, movies in the park and the golf tournament.
Ivy is married to Traver Andreasen and together they have three children Lincoln, Lydian, and Aria.
Frank May SkiDoo & ATV Inc.
Small Business of the Year
In 1968, Frank May Sr, his wife, Sally, and their sons, Frank Jr and Steve, opened their family-owned-and-operated business as Frank May Ski-doo Sales in a small, pot-belly-stove heated building behind their home in Honeyville, Utah.
Now owned by Frank Jr. and his brother, Jim, the business has grown to include Can-Am Off Road vehicles, which compliments the Ski-doo brand of snowmobiles. A full line of parts, accessories and clothing is now available for both Ski-doo and Can-Am customers. Frank Jr’s daughter, Salli, has also been brought into the business as Office Manager and Customer Care Representative.
The entire staff of Frank May Ski-doo and ATV, Inc. continue to be avid snowmobilers and off-road riders. They are active in local snowmobile clubs, frequently sponsoring popular snowmobile events. The business has also been recognized as a Platinum BRP dealer.
Frank May Ski-doo and ATV, Inc. has some exciting things happening! They are so excited to be in the building process of their new location. They donate use of machines at Peach Days and donates to the Chamber silent auction.
Idle Isle Cafe
Medium Business of the Year
The Idle Isle was established in May of 1921. Originally, P.C. Knudson and his wife, Verabel, opened as an ice cream and candy shop. Verabel’s brother, David Call, and his wife, LaRita, later joined the Knudson’s to form the partnership that quickly evolved into a full service restaurant and candy store. The Idle Isle Cafe still remains in the original location, and maintains the unique decor and atmosphere from the 1920’s and following decades. The handcrafted wood booths, marble and onyx soda fountain, grandfather clock, coffee maker, and coke dispensers remain notable items that display the history of the Idle Isle Cafe.
The history of the Idle Isle includes survival of the Depression Years, World War II, and many other significant historical events that impacted the population and economy of the region. The early location along the main highway was ideal for local residents as well as travelers. With the construction of the Interstate, much of the flow of traffic was drawn away from the Main Street area. The determination to persevere saw the business through many challenging times.
The family establishment passed on to later generations well acquainted with its vision. In 1994, when the challenge of running a well-known candy store and a full service restaurant grew, Richard H. VanDyke sold the restaurant portion of the Idle Isle. Kim and Ann Jeppsen bought the establishment and accepted the challenge of owning and operating the restaurant. It became a significant part of their family, and the tradition of a family run business continued. In 2004, events were set in motion that allowed both the candy store and the cafe to expand. Idle Isle Candy moved to a location just across Main Street, and the Cafe was able to add additional seating.
The next chapter of the history of the Idle Isle Cafe started early in the year of 2015. Travis R. Porter, who had managed the family business from 1998 through 2007, returned to the business with the tremendous opportunity and responsibility to carry on this great legacy. In July 2015, Travis and his wife, Jana, took over the ownership of the building and the business. The history, vision, and legacy of the Idle Isle was one of the key factors that brought Travis back to the business. The Idle Isle Cafe remains a relative diamond in the rough, and the determination to let others know about this remarkable business remains a significant source of motivation for the owners and the staff of the Idle Isle Cafe.
The Idle Isle Cafe supports many local non-profits with donations of food and gift certificates for many events. Travis sits on the board of the Historic Downtown Brigham City Association. Jana participates and is involved with the youth with the Lakeview PTA.
Idle Isle Cafe owners, Travis Porter and his wife Jana live in Brigham City with their 5 children.
Brigham City Community Hospital
Large Business of the Year
Brigham City Community Hospital has been the primary center of medicine for Box Elder County since it opened in 1976. Throughout the years it has remained committed to ensuring that quality medical care is provided to the residents of northern Utah by utilizing the most up-to-date technology available. Currently, the hospital has 249 employees and more than 30 volunteers working at our facility.
The hospital is currently building a 30,000 square foot Medical Office Building. At this time they are planning on expanding their physical therapy and cardiac rehab departments, as well as starting a sports medicine department. The hospital is in the beginning phase of a major surgical services expansion this will include a fourth OR suite and new recovery area as well as a complete remodel of the third OR. The final phase will be the construction of a designated C-Section suite. Brigham City Community Hospital has spent $1,201,702 in capital expenditures this year.
The hospital received the Joint Commission Accreditation and the hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The hospital laboratory is CAP certified. The radiology department is ACR accredited for Mammography, Nuclear Medicine and MRI. Their Cardiac Rehabilitation department was recently certified for the first time by the American Association of Cardo Vascular and Pulmonary Rehab (AACVPR). They are one of only nine hospitals in the state of Utah with this certification. The hospital is certified by the Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness and the Utah Hospitals and Health Systems Association as a Stroke Receiving Facility. They have been designated by the Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services as a Level IV Trauma Center. They also received a LeapFrog A Rating in Patient Safety in 2016. They were awarded as a Truven Health Top 100 Hospital in 2016. They have been given this award four years in a row.
The hospital has provided or sponsored the following community events: free community health fair, employer health fairs, Brigham City’s July 24th celebration – mash fun run, free pool party, concert in the park, Pickleball tournament benefiting Meals on Wheels, Women’s Forum, concerts in the park, tough enough to wear pink sponsor, Northern Utah trauma systems conference sponsor, Box Elder trauma conference sponsor, Peach Days sponsor, Peach Days first aid station, Diabetes ride for life first aid station, Box Elder Employer Committee, Red Dress Concert. Healthy Conversations, Giving Tree Christmas help for local families, and Drive by flu shot clinics