Lander Chamber Highlights 2021 Rookie of the Year Award Winner

(Lander, WY) — The Lander Chamber of Commerce has released the latest video in its 2021 Community Awards Video Series, highlighting Rookie of the Year Award winner Lander Labs.

“Annie is spunk and hustle personified,” said Lander Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Owen Sweeney, speaking of Lander Labs CEO Annie Cook. “She’s done such a great job, not simply opening the laboratory, but getting out into the Lander community to spread the word about her new business, that I knew before we even sent out the nomination forms that people would vote Lander Labs Rookie of the Year.”

In this third installment of the Lander Chamber’s 2021 Community Award Video Series, Cook explains how COVID-19 accelerated her original plans for opening Lander Labs and describes the services the laboratory provides. “We were able to provide a lot of COVID-19 testing throughout the pandemic, and we’ve now expanded to any type of clinical diagnostics you need,” she said. The overall goal of the company is to serve the underserved rural needs of the community at an affordable price with a fast turnaround. On receiving the Rookie of the Year Award, Cook said, “It was very humbling; I was very touched by the community. I’ve been completely supported, and I hope to support the community back.”

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Lander Labs provides a big chunk of that support by opening its doors to the youth of Lander. “We really want to spark a love of science in our youth, so we offer free tours to student groups,” explained Cook, a wife and mother of two boys. Observed Sweeney, “The Lander Chamber recognizes the Rookie of the Year for innovation and creativity, and Lander Labs has exhibited both. Tours and experiments for kids and a regular science radio show on KOVE are just two things Annie has done. She and her company have been inspirational additions to the Lander business community; we’re thrilled she’s here!”

More Videos on the Way
“We’re delighted at the reception these videos are receiving,” said Sweeney. “We wanted to provide more exposure for our winners and our sponsors, too, and we think we’ve achieved that. They’ll never permanently replace our annual in-person Community Awards Luncheon, but we do anticipate similar videos becoming part of the broader yearly celebration in the future.” Two more videos will be released in the coming week, highlighting Spirit of Lander Award winner Kendall Hayford and Lifetime Contribution Award winner Andy Gramlich.

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