34th Annual West Hollywood Creative Business Award Winners Announced

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The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (WHCC) hosted the West Hollywood Creative Business Awards 2017 on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the newly christened The Jeremy, at 8490 Sunset Boulevard.

The festivities began at 6:00 PM with a reception and silent auction sponsored by Beverly Center which raised over $24,000 from over $70,000 in valued products and services from local Weho business.

Sponsored by Cedars Sinai, Wells Fargo and Capitol Drugs, this gala is the West Hollywood Chamber’s most prestigious and longest-running event, now in its 34th year which helps to raise money for its 501c6 nonprofit business association. Each year the Chamber celebrates businesses that have shown innovation and creativity in their business model.

Alan W. Johnson, Paul Arevalo and William Karpiak, Photo credit: Jon Viscott

But the biggest winners of the night were Alan Johnson and William Karpiak of Ramada Plaza West Hollywood pictured above (with West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo) who received Lifetime Achievement Awards for their incredible contributions to West Hollywood and its hospitality industry for the past 35 years.

Each year the Chamber celebrates businesses that have shown innovation and creativity in their business model.

Twenty-one (21) nominees in seven (7) categories were celebrated at the event, chosen for their innovative approach to business and/or creative merits in product and service by the WHCC Membership, its Board of Directors and the Special Events Committee. The criterion for selection was that the business is a WHCC Member and have made significant contributions to the West Hollywood business community. Members vote for their favorite nominees via an online ballot and the winners are announced at the event.

Here are the Winners of this year’s West Hollywood Creative Business Awards 2017:

Lifetime Achievement Awards presented to Alan Johnson and William Karpiak of Ramada Plaza West Hollywood for their incredible contributions to West Hollywood and its hospitality industry over the past 35 years.

Corporate Innovation (awarded to a business that has shown creative innovation in their corporate business model), Faring.

John Chase Art & Design Award (awarded to a business that falls into the categories of art, performance art, fashion, design, architecture or any other creative arts realm) Jon Viscott Photography.

Creative Communications (awarded to a business in public relations, marketing, outdoor media, branding, televisual arts, copyrighting, technology, social media, graphic design, writing etc.) Sam Borelli, Consultant & Educator.

 WeHo Attraction Award (awarded to a business that attracts visitors to West Hollywood or caters to the visitor and tourism market) Catch LA.

Creative Community Service (awarded to a business or individual who has shown exemplary service to the community philanthropically, or as a volunteer, an ambassador, a non-profit or a representative of government) Café D’Etoile.

InnovativeSustainability Award (awarded to a business that seeks to innovate green, sustainable products/services and is environmentally friendly while striving to forward global social progress) West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation.

The Creative Business Awards (CBA) is the most important fundraiser for WHCC, a 501c6 non- profit organization. This year’s event raised a net profit of $52,500 for the Chamber. Funds raised from this event help to contribute to programming and promotions for the business community.

Gallery (Photos by Jon Viscott)

Alex Bazley, WHCHC Board Member, Karl Lott, WHCHC Chair, Genevieve Morrill, WHCC President and CEO, and Keith Kaplan, WHCC Chair
Jason Illoulian, Faring CEO, Genevieve Morrill, WHCC President and CEO, Darren Embry and Jake Steven from Faring

Genevieve Morrill, WHCC President and CEO, Tom Doherty, Cafe d’Etoile owner and Keith Kaplan, WHCC Chair

Sam Borelli and Bernard Rook

More About the WHCC

Founded in 1921, the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6, non-profit organization which supports and promotes a community environment where commerce can flourish. The Chamber fosters prosperity and champions local business by providing resources and leadership to advance activity through economic development. We advocate and represent business interests to government, while enhancing the quality of community life and promoting the uniqueness of West Hollywood.