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Pacific Lutheran University

PLU Family Enterprise Institute


Washington Family Business of the Year Awards

Previous Winners - 2006

Small Business co-winners:


Another Source Inc.
is a Seattle-based family owned business that has been offering employers a choice in how they recruit since 1991.  The company was founded by the Scott family and now involves two generations.  As Puget Sound’s only employment referral service, Another Source Inc. created a unique business model to bridge the gap between employment agencies and job boards.  They offer a subscription-based service that saves time, identifies talent and creates choice.  They value doing business by old fashioned handshake and taking advantage of current technology and industry trends.  Another Source seeks to create an environment in which employees trust and are trustworthy, balance life’s priorities and continually improve the community. CONTACT: Marcie Glenn, 206-241-8906 or erinm@anothersource.com
 

The Bodeau Brothers J.V. farm was founded in 1882 by Theodore Bodeau.  In 1889 he married nearby homesteader Catherine Ney in one of the area’s first weddings. The farm lies northwest of Wilbur and has been farmed by the Bodeau family for 125 years.  It is a five-generation business managed currently by third-generation brothers Dean and Donald, and Dean Bodeau’s sons and fourth-generation brothers, Brian, Todd and Brad.  The farm originally produced wheat, barley, sheep and cattle, and is currently a world supplier of wheat and barley.  The love of family and farming has kept this farm alive, and will continue to do so for future generations. CONTACT: Dean Bodeau or Todd and Joyce Bodeau, 509-647-2302 (Dean) or 509-639-0155 (Todd & Joyce) or boco@odessaoffice.com


Medium Business:


Wray’s Inc. d.b.a. Wray’s Food & Drug
was founded in 1955 on the principles of great service and great values for customers.  For over 50 years, Wray’s has served the people of Yakima.  The third generation of the Brown family is now running the business with the same goals in mind:  “Take care of our customers better than anyone else, give back to the community, do what is right for all.” CONTACT: Chris Brown, 509-966-1808 or chris_brown@agsea.com


Large Business:


The Bartell Drug Company began serving the Puget Sound community in 1890.  From the moment the company’s doors opened, founder George H. Bartell Sr. envisioned a drugstore that not only gave good service to its customers, but good value as well.  Over the last 116 years, the original values have continued to hold true and Bartell Drugs prides itself on these values, as well as a commitment to giving back to the communities in which it does business.  The founder’s grandchildren, George D. Bartell (CEO and President) and Jean Bartell Barber (CFO), currently oversee operations of Bartell Drugs’ 54 stores in the central Puget Sound Area. CONTACT: Rebecca Siegmund, 206-767-1395 or jeanb@bartelldrugs.com

 

Heritage Business:


Petersen Brothers Inc.
of Sumner was officially founded in 1953 but traces its roots back to 1905 when Gustav Peterson came to the area and began working on highway construction projects.  Today, the firm specializes in highway guardrail and concrete median barrier installation.  Fourth generation family member Ronald Gary Petersen and his wife Robin run the firm today.  For Petersen Brothers Inc., integrity is the most important of many factors in the family business.  They stringently follow ethical bidding practices and do not tolerate shortcuts in installation, material used on job sites or in safety practices. CONTACT: Ronald Petersen, 253-863-8136 or ron@petersenbrothers.com