Navigator Award winners announced |

Navigator Award winners announced

The indie rock group Paper Bird will be back in Steamboat Springs for the 2015 Navigator Awards in November as the featured entertainment for this year's celebration at the Strings Music Pavilion.

— After a call for nominations, this year’s Navigator Award winners have been announced.

Bob Dapper, director of mountain operations for Christy Sports, is the Business Person of the Year.

The Steamboat Restaurant Group is Business of the Year.

Rex Brice and his wife, Bettina Neset, own the company, which operates Rex’s American Grill & Bar, Mazzola’s Majestic Italian Diner, Big House Burgers, Lil’ House and Laundry. They will soon open a new Mexican restaurant to replace the Rio Grande in downtown Steamboat.

Glen Traylor, who owns Ski Butlers with his wife, Stephany, is this year’s Young Professional of the Year.

The awards will be presented during a celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6 at Strings Music Pavilion.

Video presentations will introduce the winners after dinner. After the awards, Denver-based Paper Bird will bring their indie folk rock sound to the venue.

Tickets for the 2015 Navigator Awards are $75 for reserved seating and can be purchased online at VIP tables for eight are available for $700.

The Navigator Awards are presented annually by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Award winners in 2014 were Ed MacArthur, Business Person of the Year, Yampa Valley Medical Center, Business of the Year, and Sarah Fox, Young Professional of the Year.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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