Maritime Helicopters wins ‘Business of the Year’ award
• Statewide honor recognizes 36 years of service
By Naomi Klouda
Photo provided by Homer Chamber of Commerce - Julie Woodworth and Audrey Rearden nominated Don and Mary Ann Fell for the Bill Bivin's Award, noting the company has not only produced an excellent business for 36 years, but also gives extensively behind the scenes in Homer, and keeps a staff of loyal employees.
Maritime Helicopters of Homer took top business honors last week as they were presented with the Bill Bivin Award for Excellence at the State Chamber of Commerce Convention.
The Bill Bivin award was established in 1993 to pay tribute to businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics and organization. Businesses are recognized for consistent community involvement, an excellent business reputation and established leadership in their fields.
Owner Don Fell said he was surprised and pleased by the award.
“I had no idea what the competition was about,” he said.
Fell founded the company 36 years ago with one helicopter.
Today, he operates the business with seven. And, though he is based out of Homer, Maritime works statewide, handling contracts that include the Alaska Volcano Observatory and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Work on polar bear studies has kept Maritime making frequent trips to the North Slope.
Nominated by Julie Woodworth at Wells Fargo Bank, Maritime Helicopters represents the first time the award has been given in Homer. Past winners include Rusts Flying Service of Anchorage, Alaska Riverways of Fairbanks, Mack’s Sports Shop in Kodiak and Rosie’s Bar and Grill in Pelican.
Maritime Helicopters has been in business since 1973, offering transport services and support to the marine, petroleum and construction industries. It owns and operates its own vessel – the 86-foot “Maritime Maid,” – which is equipped for helicopter operations.
The vessel and helicopters have operated from Homer throughout the Arctic, Western Aleutians and Southeast Alaska.
The company also operates six-passenger Bell 407, Bell Long Ranger and four-passenger Bell JetRanger helicopters from its hangars in Homer and Kodiak.
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on Sep 30th, 2009 and filed under Business
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