Navigator Awards honor Steamboat businesses and their leaders |

Navigator Awards honor Steamboat businesses and their leaders

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Two of Steamboat Springs’ tastiest eateries, a man dedicated to creating affordable housing and a successful property management executive have been named the winners of this year’s Navigator Awards.

The Navigator Awards have been awarded to business community members for 20 years by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Steamboat Pilot and Today.

“The 2018 winners epitomize passion and hard work along with dedication to bettering the community and those around them,” Steamboat Chamber CEO Kara Stoller said. “They are the incredible people and businesses that make Steamboat Springs an amazing place to live and work.”

Winners of the awards exemplify the best in leadership. They epitomize the core values of a successful leader — strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight — values that are imperative to carving out powerful businesses in the economy.

Kristy and Scott Fox opened Freshies in 2003, serving breakfast and lunch at Trafalgar Drive and U.S. Highway 40. At the time, they also owned Winona’s Restaurant and Bakery downtown.

The Freshies building formerly housed Springs City Diner, and before that, an Arby’s.

In 2010, Freshies underwent a substantial remodel.

The business employs about 25 people, and the Foxes both work shifts at the restaurant with Kristi at the front of the house and Scott in the kitchen.

Mark Walker, this year’s Business Leader of the Year, took the reigns of Resort Group as president in 2005.

Resort Group prides itself on being the largest, privately-owned property management firm in Steamboat.

Currently, Resort Group manages more than 80 homeowners’ and commercial property associations with more than 5,000 individual units, more than 700 of which are nightly rentals and the management of the historic Hotel Bristol downtown.

Jason Peasley, this year’s Young Professional of the Year, left the city of Steamboat planning department in 2012 to focus on one of the greatest challenges facing the community.

As the executive director of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, Peasley is tasked with creating and maintaining affordable housing for the working class of people struggling to make a pricey ski town home.

When it comes to running a successful restaurant in Steamboat, there are two main ingredients. Great food and service.

Creekside Cafe owners Jason and Kelly Landers are the recipients of the Service Excellence Person of the Year award.

Creekside Cafe opened in 2004 and is one of Steamboat’s most popular breakfast and lunch spots, with a relaxing location along Soda Creek on 10th Street.

In 2014, Jason and Kelly were recognized by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation as Business Philanthropists of the Year. Their business contributes to many local nonprofits.

The Navigator Award winners will be honored at an event Sept. 7 at Thunderhead Lodge at the top of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Tickets to the event are $65 per person and $650 for a 10-person VIP table.

Tickets are available at

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

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