2016 Top 10 Business People

As is our tradition, Kootenay Business greets the new year with its annual Top 10 Business People list—the 18th in its history. These East and West Kootenay business leaders are garnering awards and recognition for their achievements and their commitment to serving the communities, and we want you to know who they are.

Gina Medhurst is the owner of Kootenay Forge.

Gina MedhurstGina and Cory Medhurst succeed at the unique challenge of running a 21st century blacksmith shop.


Atma Sandher is the owner of Golden's Ponderosa Motor Inn.

Atma SandherMeet the man behind the green hotel out on the highway

by Nowell Berg

(L to R) Angelina, Ryan, Lori and Wayne: the Haynes family of southeastern B.C.

The Haynes familyThe Haynes family, independent grocers in southeastern B.C., are expanding their scope of business.


Dawn Torgerson in the vitamin aisle at Nutter's Bulk & Natural Foods.

Dawn TorgersonThe owner of Nutter’s Bulk & Natural Foods and co-owner of Home Hardware Building Centre in Cranbrook is a bit of a risk-taker.


Father-and-son team John Urquhart Sr. And John Urquhart Jr. operate Valley Firearms together in Trail, B.C.

John Urquhart Sr. and John Urquhart Jr.At Valley Firearms, a father and son make sure they can offer the best service to local hunting, shooting and fishing enthusiasts


Rauni Naud – Co-owner Naud Lester Insurance and Investment Solutions Inc.

Rauni NaudRauni Naud stays on top of financial trends so her clients can secure their financial futures

by Nowell Berg

Kara Clarke exhibits and sells her handmade jewelry at markets, online and at her home studio in Kimberley.

Kara ClarkeKara Clarke has a business head, a creative mind, and a heart full of love for her family and her community.


Sonia Ratté and Olivier Dutil own and operate La Baguette Catering and Le Marché Gourmet specialty food store in Revelstoke, B.C.

Sonia Ratté and Olivier DutilTheir catering company has grown to employ 60 people in Revelstoke, B.C., and is garnering accolades in the business community.


Ted Murrell is the general manager of Save-On-Foods in Nelson, B.C.

Ted MurrellThe right elements came together to make Save-On-Foods the top pick for Business of the Year in Nelson, B.C.


Lindsay Reynolds is the owner of Three Sisters Day Spa in Fernie.

Lindsay ReynoldsAfter she found a home in Fernie, Lindsay Reynolds discovered a passion to bring the business of beauty to town.


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