At its March 2021 virtual luncheon, the Covington Chamber of Commerce presented its 2020 Covington Business Awards – Business of the Year and the Spirit of Covington.
Red Canoe Credit Union was named Business of the Year for 2020 and Chick-fil-A was selected as a finalist. The Business of the Year award recognizes superior performance of a Covington Chamber business during the calendar year.
Chick-fil-A received the Spirit of Covington award and Red Canoe Credit Union was selected as a finalist. The Spirit of Covington Award recognizes outstanding effort and commitment to the Covington community by a Chamber member during the calendar year. Award recipients are selected via online voting in partnership with the City of Covington.
Red Credit Union
Red Canoe Credit Union has been a not-for-profit cooperative since 1937, serving the state of Washington and the Oregon counties of Linn, Benton, Lane, Marion and Polk. The credit union expanded to the City of Covington in 2017 and was the first credit union with a full-service branch in Covington. Red Canoe Credit Union is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of their neighbors. They sponsor Covington’s largest events including Covington Days, Kids Fest, Cider Fest and Ready, Set, Play. They also donate their time and financial support to various community projects and organizations.
“Being involved in the community I work in is so rewarding, and I’m fortunate Red Canoe not only supports but encourages this. Seeing our members and branch staff team flourish through teamwork, spirit and collaboration is the best part of any day,” said Paul Warrick, branch manager.
“Whether we are opening someone’s first account, helping get a family into the home of their dreams, or opening a business, Red Canoe always has our members’ best interests at heart. Being able to bring our culture of service and celebration outside our doors by being at community events, volunteering and actively getting to know our neighbors is beyond fulfilling. As Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,’” Warrick added.
Chick-fil-A opened its Covington restaurant in April 2018 with a mission to have a significant, positive impact on the community every day. Prior to opening Chick-fil-A, owner Marc Schuh had a 27-year career in the U.S. Navy, serving on both submarines and surface ships. He married his high school sweetheart, Stacey, who runs the restaurant alongside him. They have two adult children. Through Chick-fil-A, the couple partners with local organizations including Vine Maple Place, The Storehouse, Kent Food Bank and the Maple Valley Food Bank to provide hot meals. In 2020, Chick-fil-A Covington donated 7,000 meals.
“One of the great things about our business is having the opportunity to give back to the community that has been so good to us,” said Marc Schuh. “We are honored to be recognized by the Covington Chamber of Commerce and the Covington community. We are blessed.”