Navigator Awards

Fri. Nov. 7, 2014

5:30 PM

Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road

Join the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Steamboat Pilot & Today for an incredible night of stars.

Kick your cowboy boots up to the sounds of renowned Nashville session guitarist, Brent Rowan and chart-topping country star special guest, Joe Nichols while celebrating the 2014 Navigator Award Winners. This is a Navigator Awards like you’ve never experienced before.

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Event ticket includes drink ticket and appetizers. $70 general admission and $90 for seated.

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About the 2014 Event

The Navigator Awards distinguishes and honors leaders who have contributed and shaped the Steamboat Springs economy, and are visionaries behind today's outstanding businesses.

Strings Music Pavilion

The prestigious Navigator Awards are presented annually in the following categories:

  • Business of the Year
  • Businessperson of the Year
  • Young Professional of the Year

The awards are an opportunity to review the best business practices of successful entrepreneurs and set a benchmark of excellence for the years to come.

This year will mark the first event hosted at the world-renowed Strings Music Pavilion which will serve as the location of the awards presentation and the concert. See our 2014 award winners below.

Navigator Award WinnersListen to the Performers

Rowan is a longtime session guitarist deeply rooted in the Nashville country scene. He was once named Guitarist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music, and has appeared on recordings by Alan Jackson, Chris LeDoux and Alabama. He’s produced albums for Blake Shelton and Nichols, the latter of which he’s bringing along to the Navigator Awards for their first ever public duo performance in Steamboat Springs.

It was Rowan who helped rising country artist Joe Nichols secure a recording contract and produced Nichols’ first album, released in 2002. The album’s second single “Brokenheartsville” was Nichols’ first of four Billboard chart-topping hits. Nichols’ name is once again splashed all over the charts this year with No. 1 hit singles “Sunny and 75” and “Yeah” hot in country radio rotation.

Click below for more videos of artist performances.

Joe Nichols

Brent Rowan

Nominations for 2014

Winners of the Awards exemplify the best in leadership. They epitomize the core values of a successful leader - strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight - values that are imperative to carving out powerful businesses in the economy.

The deadline for nominations was October 15, 2014.


  • Any Chamber member in good standing is eligible for the Business of the Year Award.
  • Business owners or general managers employed by Chamber members are eligible for the Business Person of the Year Award.

Navigator Awards Criteria

  • Is actively involved in community projects that enrich the Steamboat Springs economy and community.
  • Fosters a work atmosphere which encourages and supports employee development.
  • Possesses a progressive management philosophy.
  • Exhibits leadership among Steamboat businesses.
  • Demonstrates positive support of business community.

Past Navigator Award Winners

See below for the past five years of Navigator Award Winners below.

Business of the Year

2013 Ski & Bike Kare
2012 Colorado Mountain College
2011 Alpine Bank
2010 Yampa Valley Bank
2009 BAP

Businessperson of the Year

2013 Jim Schneider
2012 Karl Gills
2011 Grant Fenton
2010 Dave Nagel
2009 Chuck Porter

Young Professional of the Year

2013 Chris Tamucci
2012 Stephany Swinford
2011 Sara Ferris
2010 Ryan Marsden
2009 Stacy Huffman