Carlsbad Chamber celebrates top businesses

CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce celebrated the businesses that keep Carlsbad and the surrounding region at the forefront of key industries at its annual Business Awards Dinner Feb. 28 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

At the event, the chamber presented awards in the following categories:

— Action & Sports Manufacturing: Forecast 3D

— Clean Technologies: Sullivan Solar Power

— Hospitality & Leisure: Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort and Omni La Costa Resort & Spa (tied)

— Information & Communication Technology: FMT Consultants

— Life Sciences: Thermo Fisher Scientific (formerly Life Technologies Corp.)

During the evening, the chamber also recognized the achievements of the 2013 board of directors and inaugurated its 2014 board members.

“Spirit of the Twenties: Business is Roaring” was the theme of the ceremony, which honored chamber members whose achievements exemplify the best in innovation, resilience and business excellence. In keeping with the theme, the event illustrated the industrial optimism of the 1920s — the decade during which the Chamber was formed — and the advancements in science and technology that exist today.

“The roaring ‘20s are a very appropriate theme for this evening,” said Ahmed Haque of NRG Energy, Inc., who serves as the vice chairman of economic development on the chamber’s board of directors. “They were a break from the past, exciting times with new technologies … making their way to the masses and changing our way of life — and today we’re living in very exciting times as well.”

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