Club Manager Receives Award

Our very own Curling Club Manager has been named Young Professional of the Year by the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce.

Bobby Ray is a co-owner of Robert Fransua Inc., a small sport management firm through which he coordinates Tennis Club and Pro Shop operations in addition to curling club administration and event management including the Great Northern Adventure Race which is organized by his partner Fransua Rachmann.

Bobby was presented the award Monday night during the chamber’s Evening of Excellence at the Clarion Resort Pinewood Park, an annual event which helps to kick off Small Business Week

The Oscar-style awards ceremony was attended by more than 150 people and also included accolades for success story of the year, not-for-profit of the year, small business of the year, and Bell business of the year.

This year’s success story was Bioped, a pedorthic clinic on Airport Road, while the new business of the year award went to The Raven and Republic. The not-for-profit of the year award went to the Children’s Aid Society of Nipissing and Parry Sound, while Clark Marketing Communications was recognized as small business of the year. The Hampton Inn by Hilton was named the Bell business of the year.

Nominated companies were judged on a number of categories, including financial performance, marketing development, product or technology development, job creation and retention, employee relations, environmental performance and community development.

A committee narrowed down the nominations to the top three nominations in each category, with committee members and chamber executives voting for the winners.

The awards kick off a series of events this week to help mark Small Business Week – a national occasion dedicated to promoting and celebrating the development of small business in Canada.