Three businesses and two individuals have received 2009 Pinnacle Awards from the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce.

Cottonwood Properties, Catalina / Comet Cleaners and That List Lady were named outstanding in their categories during last Tuesday’s luncheon event at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort.

Dennis Cummings was presented the 2009 Community Leader award.

The late James D. Kriegh is the Legacy Award winner.

Cummings helped build Canyon Community Bank, and in semi-retirement he remains the business development director. Cummings has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities, served on the chamber’s board of directors, and "has made major contributions to our community, helping it be a better and brighter community for all," according to the chamber.

"This is a tremendous award for Dennis, and I know he’ll be thrilled to find out he's won," said Canyon Bank president Chuck Luhtala, who accepted on Cummings’ behalf.

Cummings is "tenacious," Luhtala said, 'and he's used his tenacity in this community to help this bank, this chamber and our community in a number of ways."

Cottonwood Properties has developed more than $500 million in various real estate projects in Arizona. In the Northwest, the company is creating the 6,200-acre Dove Mountain community in Marana, with the new Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton and the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain resort.

"The irony is we have always tried to maintain the focus and the mindset of being a small business," Cottonwood Properties’ Bill Hallinan said in accepting the large business award. "We appreciate the big business award. It comes from the mindset of being a small business."

Catalina / Comet Cleaners is an environmentally aware company, a family-owned and operated business, and a supporter of many local endeavors. The business cleans law enforcement and firefighter uniforms at half price, and American flags at no charge.

"This means so much to us," said owner Karen Thomas. "'Thank you' does not begin to capture the feelings we have. This is a wonderful, wonderful award."

That List Lady, Anna Mae Wiersma-Klassa, generates mailing lists and data management tools. The business donates a number of lists to needy organizations.

Kriegh, the "father of Oro Valley," helped found the town, was the first appointed council member, served as its town engineer, was the town historian, helped found the Oro Valley Historical Society, and was "the embodiment of community involvement," the chamber said.

"Jim accepted the changes that occurred as the town grew," it continued. "Fully understanding that change is inevitable, he continued to provide proactive information, guidance and support to town officials, volunteers and applicants alike – he constantly worked to make the town a better place."

Kriegh's brother David accepted the award.

"I know how proud he would be," David Kriegh said. "The baton is now being passed to everyone here," to make Oro Valley "a success for years to come."

Tom McNamara of KVOA served as master of ceremonies.

LaTanya Sheffield, a former Olympic hurdler, provided the motivational speech.

Pinnacle Awards finalists, and winners in each category:

Large business:

Cottonwood Properties, 2009 recipient; Comcast, The Choice Care Agency.

Small business:

Catalina / Comet Cleaners, 2009 recipient; Arizona Car Care Centers, M&I Bank of Oro Valley.


That List Lady, Anna Mae Wiersma-Klassa, 2009 recipient; All About Running & Walking, Lyra Done Realty LLC.

Community leader:

Dennis Cummings, 2009 recipient; Dick Eggerding, Drs. Debra and Bob Oro.

Legacy award:

James D. Kriegh, 2009 recipient.

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