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Carlsbad Chamber recognizes business leaders

CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce celebrated the best in business among its membership at its annual Business Awards Dinner, held March 6 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

The awards ceremony honored businesses that the chamber believes are forging the future, making new discoveries and charting new courses for their industries, and lifting the name of Carlsbad.
During the evening, the chamber presented awards in the following eight categories:
— Businesspersons of the Year –  Peter M. MacLaggan, Poseidon Water, LLC
and Tim Stripe, Grand Pacific Resorts, Inc. (tie)
— Clean Technologies Award: NRG Energy, Inc.
— Information and Communications Technology Award: 5D Robotics
— Nonprofit Association: Kids For Peace
— Action Sports Award: Spy Optic
— Manufacturing Award: Carlsbad Technology, Inc.
— Life Sciences Award: Alphatec Spine, Inc.
— Hospitality & Leisure Award: The Alps Group of Hotels (Holiday Inn Express & Suites Carlsbad Beach
In addition, the evening offered a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award to Keith Kennedy of Kennedy and Associates, who helped the chamber grow the Carlsbad Village Faire into a major, one-day street fair.
Chamber officers also presented The Phoenix Award to Sound (formerly Sound Eklin), a company that provides veterinary digital imaging. The company’s headquarters was destroyed by the Poinsettia fire of May 2014. Within 13 days of the fire, the company rebranded itself and moved into a new facility that allowed it to increase its manufacturing by more than 200 percent.
During the evening, the chamber also recognized the achievements of the 2014 board of directors and inaugurated its 2015 board members. For more information, call (760) 931-8400 or visit