Bray Real Estate CEO Robert Bray was presented with the Bill Daniels Being a Difference Award at a luncheon Wednesday at Colorado Mesa University.

The national award, presented by the NASBA Center for Public Trust, honors individuals for contributions to ethical leadership in their businesses and communities. Bray is one of three recipients this year. The other two were not named in a press release sent by NASBA, but up to four people can be chosen each year.

The award winners are selected by a national committee focused on identifying individuals who go beyond their expected personal and professional responsibilities to make a positive impact.

Bray was nominated for the award by several locals, including Morgan Bridge, assistant vice president of academic affairs for assessment and accreditation at Colorado Mesa University.

"This is a big, big deal," Bridge said. "I think it's a testament to the principles he's run his business with."

Bray was traveling late last week and could not be reached for comment.

According to the press release: "Bray earns the trust of clients with his commitment to integrity and the desire to see people achieve their dreams. Bray's company, a leader in real estate services in Colorado, instills in employees 'The Bray Way,' which believes in correcting a situation regardless of its obstacles."

Bray has served on several boards and worked with local organizations such as St. Mary's Medical Center, the Museums of Western Colorado and the STRIVE Foundation board. He's also provided yearly support to the Future Business Leaders of America.

The Bill Daniels Being a Difference Award was established in 2006.

The NASBA Center for Public Trust is a nonprofit organization with a mission to champion the public trust by advancing ethical leadership in business, institutions and organizations.

"It's wonderful to recognize a business leader who is doing a right thing, not just one day, but every day," Bridge said of Bray. "He's made a difference every day in the community and the award is a testament to this goal."

■ The town of Palisade is introducing the Palisade Sunday Harvest Market this year starting Oct. 7.

The market will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday in October on Third and Main streets.

The harvest market will be a smaller event compared to the Sunday farmers markets and will have about 30 vendors who will feature late-season produce, fall and winter merchandise, hot beverages, food, cider, live music, chef demonstrations and a kids art tent.

The first market will celebrate OktoberFest with three craft breweries pouring beer from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature German music from the Alpine Echo band. All profits from beer sales will go toward construction of the Plunge, a 35-mile mountain biking trail from the Grand Mesa into Palisade. Chef demonstrations will take place at noon each Sunday, starting with a pumpkin soup by Adam Buisker, the former chef of the Palisade Brewing Co. and owner of Biscuits Catering Co.

For more information on specifics, visit townofpalisade.org or the market's Facebook page.

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