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June 26, 2014

Local business owner receives community leadership award

Dairy Queen Owner Tom Tierney received the 2014 SEWASA (Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators) Community Leadership Award.

“This award is only one small way we can acknowledge all that big ways you have made our community a better place to live, work and go to school,” stated Superintendent Dave Bond.

Tierney and his brother Kerry, who lives in Walla Walla, are co-owners of seven locations in the Tri-Cities, Yakima, West Yakima, and Walla Walla.

As a hands-on business leader, it is not uncommon to see Tierney at the Kennewick location replacing light bulbs, greeting customers and talking to high school students who stop by after school for a treat.

He also takes a keen interest in his employees encouraging them not just to be average, but to be exceptional in everything they do. He has provided many first job experiences to Kennewick youth and employs parents who have children in Kennewick schools.

As a business leader, Tierney sees that his first and foremost role is to teach young people work skills, worth ethics, emphasize integrity, honesty, and accountability. He does not hesitate to hold workers accountable on the job and is passionate about teaching young people what it takes to be successful.

Tierney donates thousands of free blizzards and ice creams to students in Kennewick each year as incentives to achieve their learning goals. He also stepped forward this year to help United Way’s initiative, Attendance Matters, by donating 5,000 free blizzards.