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Tigard Tire named Chamber's business of the year

If you ask members of the Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce, this year’s Business of the Year winner should come as no surprise.

RichmondThis month, the Chamber named Tire Tire & Auto its Chamber Business of the Year.

The award recognizes Chamber businesses that work to make Tigard a better place, and that work is done every day at Tigard Tire, said Debi Mollahan, the Chamber’s CEO.

Steve Richmond has owned Tigard Tire & Auto since 1986, and Mollahan said he works to make sure customers feel appreciated.

“He believes in building trust, keeping his customers' best interests in mind, and doing good work, all while keeping a relaxed, low-pressure atmosphere,” the Chamber said. “He never recommends a repair a customer doesn’t need and he always does his best to tell his customers the right thing to do.”

Richmond volunteers with the Chamber and the Farmer’s Market, as well as Portland Police’s Sunshine Division, Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America and Tigard/Tualatin Relay for Life.

Chamber members nominated Richmond’s business for the award because of his passion for customers, Mollahan said.

“Most people don't trust auto repair shops for a good reason. There are some bad apples out there,” wrote one person who nominated Richmond. “Tigard Tire and Automotive outshines them all, not just because they do great work, but because you can trust them. They have solved several puzzling problems I've had with my work rigs and my family van, and even given me some valuable free advice over the phone.”

Richmond’s award will be presented with other Shining Stars awards at a special dinner and ceremony on April 24 at Embassy Suites, 9000 S.W. Hall Blvd.

The Oscars-themed award ceremony includes dinner and silent auction for the Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets cost $35 per person and can be purchased at www.tigardchamber.org.

Read more about all the Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce's 2015 Shining Stars award winners


Community awards

Tigard’s First Citizen: Bruce Kaiser

• ‘From the Heart’ Volunteer of the Year: Angel Gnau

Youth Volunteer of the Year: Olivia Paulson

Shining Stars Scholarship winners: Jaime Gensley, Renee Padia and Tyler Walker


Chamber of Commerce awards

Outstanding Chamber Volunteer: Megan DeSalvo

Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Ashlee Vance

Chamber CEO Shooting Star: Ethan Frelly

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