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Carlsbad Chamber Dinner Shines Spotlight on Local Businesses

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce held its 40th annual business awards dinner Feb. 22 at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara in Carlsbad.

A gathering of about 700 people sold out the event for the first time in its history, according to chamber officials.

The chamber dinner honored Carlsbad businesspeople and companies for their achievements, and the chamber presented awards in seven categories.

Tim Stripe, co-president of Grand Pacific Resorts Inc., was awarded Businessperson of the Year, and Ben Weseloh of Weseloh Chevrolet-Hummer received the Lifetime Achievement in Business designation.

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Weseloh took over his father’s enterprise in 1955 and has served as a member of the Oceanside Rotary Club for 54 years. He has also served as chairman of United Way North County and was a member of the Oceanside Boys & Girls Club board of directors for 48 years.

The two winners of the Small Business of the Year category were Solutions Business Imaging and Synergy Printing Services.

RBF Consulting won in the medium size business category, while Shea Homes San Diego triumphed in the large category.

Tina Nova Bennett, founder of Genoptix Medical Laboratory, was named Entrepreneur of the Year. She took Genoptix public in 2007.

The final honorees were Mark and Kathy Winkler of Winkler & Winkler/Keller Williams Real Estate, who took home the Community Leadership award.

“The 10 best in business were selected from a field of 81 nominees, which attests to the competitiveness of the program,” said chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Ted Owen.

Sponsors of the event included NRG West-Cabrillo Power, Grand Pacific Resorts and Tri-City Medical Center.

, Liz Wiedemann

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