Accepting the Business Leader of the Year Award on behalf of developer Kris Mailman is his son Kris Mailmain (right).

Kris Mailman named Business Leader of 2012

The awards ceremony Saturday at the Tidemark Theatre was attended by more than 250 guests

“Perfectionist and visionary” Kris Mailman has been named Campbell River’s “Business Leader of the Year” at this year’s Chamber of Commerce Business Awards of Distinction.

The awards ceremony Saturday at the Tidemark Theatre was attended by more than 250 guests.

This year’s event included live street theatre performances and a multimedia presentation honouring the Chamber’s 80th anniversary and highlighting key events in Campbell River’s business history.

Chamber President Colleen Evans said: “Kris Mailman is the visionary who started Seymour Pacific Developments more than 25 years ago, a perfectionist who led by example and a man of integrity who built a business through honest and old fashion hard work.”

Mailman, whose award was accepted by his son Kris Jr., was just one of a dozen entrepreneurs and businesses to receive awards in categories ranging from micro businesses to large.

Special categories this year included diversity leadership and environmental sustainability. For a complete list of awards and winners see our special section in today’s paper.

Evans said the call for nominations this year resulted in “a record number of deserving nominees, representing the outstanding contribution that individuals, businesses and not for profit organizations make to Campbell River.”

Chamber Board Chair Gary Thulin said: “The Business Awards of Distinction recipients exemplify the qualities of business success.

“Each of the award recipients brings their entrepreneurial spirit, risk taking, ideas and innovation into our community to grow and shape a prosperous and healthy Campbell River.”