POST FALLS — She is a leader, business owner, dedicated community supporter and role model for young women around the world.

That’s why Eve Knudtsen is the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Citizen of the Year.

Knudtsen was honored at the annual community recognition gala at Red Lion Templin’s on the River on Thursday night.

“My sister, Eve Knudtsen, is a donor, mentor, teacher, advocate, leader, and warrior,” said Eric Knudtsen, chairman of the chamber’s board of trustees.

Knudtsen is the third generation to own and operate Knudtsen Chevrolet, which was founded in 1939. In this capacity, she has broken through the glass ceiling of a male-dominated company that has earned national respect in the industry. . Knudtsen Chevrolet employs 115 people and celebrates 20 years in Post Falls.

The selection committee, made up of past recipients, hails Knudtsen as “a giver, mentor, teacher, advocate, leader and warrior.” She is also a wife, mother and recently added the title of grandmother to the list.

Idaho Central Credit Union‘s green team received the Business of the Year award. ICCU has been a member of the Post Falls Chamber since 2015. Its employees represent their company at many local events including the Business Fair, Reverse Job Fair, Annual Golf Tournament, Post Fallidays and more. ICCU provides financial education and support to local nonprofits and food banks, showcasing a corporate culture of community engagement and giving back.

The 2022 Volunteer of the Year is Jim Koester. Koester went from student to leader in a short time; as a member of the River City Leadership Class of 2021, he was enthusiastic and active in community projects and fundraising. After graduating, he assumed the role of vice-chairman of the chamber’s executive committee, leading the retreat and orientation of new students.

Avista Corporation received the Heritage Award. Avista easily exceeds a quarter century of community impact, having begun its dedicated impact in 1906. Its 40 years of chamber membership is also noteworthy. Formerly Washington Water Power, with the construction of the Post Falls Dam, the company provided power to support mining and railroad operations and Post Falls families more than a century ago.

The Avista Foundation supports local education through scholarships in electrical engineering and line construction. Avista remains committed to continuing the legacy of its partnership with Post Falls through its Economic and Cultural Vitality Program, which helped in part to create the brand new Post Falls Community Park and Amphitheater east of the dam. .

“This year, the number and quality of nominees was exceptional,” said former Citizen of the Year Kerri Thoreson.

Other winners:

Spirit of Post Falls: Newby-ginnings of Northern Idaho

Small Business of the Year: Guardian Angel Homes

Board of Trustees Significant Impact Award: Scot and Nicole Frazer