MORIAH - Julie A. Kramer has been named the 2009 Business Woman of the Year by the Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women's Club.
The Moriah native, who serves as vice president of Nine Platt Hospitality Group - owners of the Best Western hotel in Plattsburgh and Ground Round restaurants in Plattsburgh and Burlington, Vt.- was surprised with the recognition during a ceremony at Crickets Restaurant Oct. 27.
Kramer was in attendance for the dinner under the impression the award was to be given to her friend, Faith M. Osborne Long, regional director of the American Heart Association. As the letters of nomination were read, Kramer was still under that impression until the nominations - which are traditionally read using "this person" or "the nominee" in place of the person's actual name - mentioned her service in the Army Reserves.
"I realized then they weren't talking about Faith," said Kramer, laughing.
Kramer's name was announced and her husband, Rocky, and son, Dalton, emerged from a separate room with more of Kramer's family and friends.
"It was a surprise," said Kramer. "I was shocked. They really got me pretty good."
One of the nominations read during the dinner was actually written by Osborne Long, who credited Kramer for being "a role model for women who, through her example and leadership, makes both the business where she works and the North County community a better place for all of us."
Osborne Long also credited Kramer for her support of organizations such as the United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties and the Make-A-Wish Foundation and causes such as the Plattsburgh Heart Walk and Go Red for Women. Kramer has also been able to motivate Nine Platt Hospitality Group's more than 100 employees on both sides of Lake Champlain to get involved in their communities as well.