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Campbell honored for life of innovation and generosity

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Businessman Carl Campbell at his Colonial Vista Retirement and Assisted Living complex off Okanogan Ave. in Wenatchee.

If you missed the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce banquet last month, then you likely missed the premiere of a superb video tribute to Carl Campbell.

The seven-minute video, produced by Tom Williams, is definitely worth a look.

See the video at: tinyurl.com/869lshp.

WENATCHEE — Longtime Wenatchee Valley businessman and philanthropist Carl Campbell said he was humbled last month by a lifetime achievement honor that capped his nearly 60 years of determination and innovation in the local business community.

It was such a wonderful surprise,” he said. “Particularly coming from friends and associates that I’ve worked with for, let’s see — how long have we known each other? — many, many years.”

Campbell, 90, received the inaugural Legacy Award at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet held March 1 at the city’s convention center. The award was sponsored by the Wenatchee Valley Business World and the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The new award was a highlight in an evening of business-of-the-year honors that included presentations to Wenatchee’s Holiday Inn Express as Chelan County’s top business, Waterville’s Central Washington Grain Growers as Douglas County’s top business and the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society as the top non-profit in the two-county area.

Nearly 400 valley business folks attended.

Campbell earned the Legacy honor for his decades of entrepreneurship and service to the Wenatchee Valley, said Chamber Executive Director Craig Larsen.

Born and raised in Yakima, Campbell arrived in Wenatchee in 1953 with his wife Betty. Together, they oversaw construction of Parkside Sanitarium, one of the first full-service nursing homes in Eastern Washington.

The Parkside facility grew quickly — from nine beds to 156 — and was followed by expansion of nursing homes and retirement communities in nearby towns. The business has now evolved into Triple C Convalescent Centers, a locally-based company with facilities in 21 states, including Colonial Vista Retirement and Assisted Living in Wenatchee.

Campbell also followed his love of flying and aircraft to establish Executive Flight, a charter and maintenance service, at Pangborn Memorial Airport in 1982.

Chamber members also noted Campbell’s extensive contributions — in money and time — to many local nonprofits, civic organizations and other community efforts. And mostly, they said, Campbell served quietly and behind the scenes.

Y’know, I don’t usually like being in this sort of limelight,” said Campbell. “But I have to admit this feels very good. I sure thank everyone for the honor.”

Other award presentations at Thursday’s banquet noted:

Holiday Inn Express, Chelan County’s Business of the Year, went “above and beyond” to provide exceptional customer service while undergoing a complete remodel of its rooms, lobby, and expanded breakfast area, said one nomination letter. The hotel was also recognized for its donation of thousands of dollars in for local charities and nonprofits.

Central Washington Grain Growers, Douglas County’s Business of the Year, celebrated 75 years of service in 2011 to farmers and ranchers in a five-county area. The company provides storage, marketing, transportation and seed supply services to ver 1,600 members and has donated over $50,000 in support of schools and community events.

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, Nonprofit of the Year, did “great things with limited resources” during the recession of the last few years, according to one nomination letter. As hard-hit families gave up pets for adoption, the Humane Society stepped in to provide homes and care for many animals.