Unfortunately the 2021 – 9th Annual Business After Hours Dinner Event has been cancelled due to the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
We look forward to gathering again next year (2022) and appreciate the generosity of our sponsors continuing to support ESBA and The Carl Maxey Center during these trying times.
2021 ESBA Honorees
Spokane International Airport (GEG)
East Spokane Business Association recognizes Larry Krauter for his outstanding service to air transportation for the Inland Pacific Northwest Region. Under Larry’s leadership, the Spokane region has gained nonstop service to an array of key cities. The operation of Spokane International Airport has been improved in many ways that benefits citizens and business. Travelers now find that service at Spokane International is exceptional. Larry was recognized nationally as Airport Director of the Year for his leadership and management. A large number of major product improvement projects have been completed and many are underway during Larry’s tenure. Air transportation is key to business success in improving the standard of living for the Spokane region citizens. In every way, Larry has met this challenge in an exemplary fashion.
Lillan “Sug” Villella
Southeast Day Care Center
Sug Villella has played many roles during her lifetime. A daughter, a sister, a veteran, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, a devout Christian, and a community leader. When Sug became the director of the historic Southeast Day Care Center in 1987, it was facing financial difficulties. She and the League of Women for Community Action Non – profit, credit the Lord for the donations and other financial resources, that kept the lights on and the daycare operational year after year. The daycare has now been operational for 53 years, thanks to her strength, empathy, compassion, dedication, and faith in the Lord. She has left her mark on the hearts of hundreds of children and families that she has nourished and supported throughout the Spokane community.
Community Assembly Representative
East Central Neighborhood Council
As the Community Assembly Representative and treasurer, Debby works closely with the East Central Neighborhood Council. A member of East Spokane Business Association. Former COPS volunteer and graduate of the Citizens Academy. Her professional career was spent in Public Health. Six of those years were at the East Central Community Center, with the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program. She serves on the boards of East Central Community Organization, East Spokane Kiwanis and the Washington State AARP Executive Committee.
ESBA Accomplishments over the Last 5 Years Working with the Government
(a) Prostitution Down 95%
(b) Streetscape Improvements on Sprague
(c) Coordinating Transportation Issues with WSDOT
(d) Creation of Business Improvement District
(e) Working on Homeless / Vagrant Issues
The 2019 Annual Business After Hours Dinner was presented by the East Spokane Business Association (ESBA) as an evening to share information, promote awareness of development activities and strengthen partnerships among businesses in the East Central Neighborhood of Spokane. It took place on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Playfair Commerce Park.
The 2020 Annual Business After Hours Dinner was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.