Saint Martin’s business students assist in “Boss of the Year” award

October 7, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University business students will play an important role in this year’s new “Boss of the Year” award process. The “Boss of the Year” award is sponsored by the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and Express Employment Professionals and recognizes exceptional leadership in the workplace. “While Thurston County has several awards where businesses are recognized, this [Boss of the Year award] is unique because nominations are put forth by employees for a boss who they feel exemplifies exceptional leadership,” says Reid Bates, owner of the Express Employment Professionals offices in Washington state. This is the first year for this competition.

Riley Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of economics at Saint Martin’s, explained that the award process begins with a month-long nomination period, from which a shortlist of finalists will be determined. The finalists will then be interviewed by a selection committee to determine the winners. Saint Martin’s University business students will be developing a critical survey for the interviews to help the selection committee assess the finalists.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet with exceptional business leaders in the community, but to also learn more about what truly defines leadership in the workplace,” says Richard Beer, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business.

Nominations for the “Boss of the Year” award will be accepted through October 31 at The winning recipients will be announced on December 8 at the Worthington Center at Saint Martin’s University. For more information about the “Boss of the Year” competition, contact David Schaffert at or Reid Bates at Reid Bates at For more information about the School of Business at Saint Martin’s University, contact Dr. Richard Beer at

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 22 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

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Genevieve Canceko Chan
VP, communications & marketing
Saint Martin’s University