69th First Citizen Awards Banquet Nominees Announced
Nominees are premier examples of servant leadership. 

Salem, OR. – Since 1950, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce has honored the individuals who exemplify servant leadership in the community at the First Citizen Awards Banquet. The Banquet recognizes individuals in the categories of Outstanding Young Professional, Distinguished Service Award and First Citizen. 

Nominated for First Citizen is Ken Jundt, Regional Manager at Columbia Bank, a former Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Board President and community leader. The First Citizen is considered one of Salem’s most prestigious awards, and the individuals who have received it form an honor roll of the city’s most prominent leaders.

“Ken has dedicated his personal and professional life to making Salem a better place to live,” said Tom Hoffert, Chief Executive Officer of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. “It is an honor to know and work with him. Salem would not be the city it is today without Ken’s dedication and leadership.”

Along with Jundt, the Salem Area Chamber announced Distinguished Service Award winners Mary Louise VanNatta, CEO at VanNatta Public Relations and Elizabeth Rhoades, president of C&R Remodeling. The Outstanding Young Professional was awarded to Alvin Klausen of Vagabond Brewing. Nominees and winners are not always Chamber members, making the award representative of Salem.

Join us as we honor all award winners at the 69th Annual First Citizen Awards Banquet, presented by Pioneer Trust Bank and Nest Self Storage, a Mountain West Investment Corporation company on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Salem Convention Center. Tickets are available at salemchamber.org/firstcitizen.


The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is a privately-funded 501(c)(6) not-for-profit membership organization that advocates for business, community and economic prosperity. Led by a volunteer board of directors, the Salem Chamber is dedicated to sustaining Salem’s quality of life, and keeping the community and economy vibrant. To learn more about the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, please visit https://salemchamber.org.

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