Fitness buff named Surrey’s Business Person of the Year

Gala awards event held Thursday at Sheraton hotel in Guildford

Curtis Christopherson of Innovative Fitness with Anita Huberman

Curtis Christopherson of Innovative Fitness with Anita Huberman

SURREY – An Oscars-style awards event celebrated Surrey’s best businesses on Thursday evening (Nov. 3).

The 18th annual Surrey Business Excellence Awards were held at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, with more than 400 people in attendance. Global TV’s Jay Janower emceed the event.

CLICK HERE to see photos posted to the website of event host Surrey Board of Trade.

Curtis Christopherson was named Business Person of the Year for his work as owner of Innovative Fitness in South Surrey and also for running Reflex Supplements in Surrey.

“Although he still owns the most successful Innovative Fitness location (in South Surrey), he also founded and owns a Denver, Colorado company called RAD and has become a partner in a 24-year-old business called Reflex Supplements in Surrey,” the board of trade stated. “Since his involvement with Reflex Supplements, the company has almost doubled in size and is now the most successful supplement retail chain in Western Canada.”

Additionally, Innovative Fitness won the award for best business in the 11-40 Employees category.

The New Business of the Year award went to Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, located at Guildford Town Centre.

The third annual Corporate Social Responsibility Recognition Award was presented to Bottom Line Ventures Ltd., a multi-unit Subway franchisee owner-operator that currently owns 14 restaurants in the Lower Mainland.

In the 41+ Employees award category, Bottom Line Ventures Ltd. was also a winner.

Peninsula Strata Management Ltd. was the winner in the 1-10 Employees category.

Options Community Services earned the Not-for-Profit of the Year award.

“The Surrey Board of Trade focused on the strength and innovation within every entrepreneur to take an idea and use it as the foundation for building a business,” stated Anita Huberman, CEO of Surrey Board of Trade.

“They are inspirational – from the very small business to the large business to the not for profit service organization to the very innovative student entrepreneurs.”

The judging team’s evaluation was based on organizational profile, leadership, strategy development and planning, customer focus and market knowledge, employee learning and people focus, process management, supplier/partner focus, community involvement and overall business performance.

Award sponsors were Port of Vancouver, Mansonville Plastics Group of Companies, MNP, Century Group, Copytek Print Centre and Hamilton Duncan.

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com