Friday, February 26, 2016

SJSV Chamber Honors Distinguished Business Leaders

The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce is a 131-year-old organization with a mission to create a strong local economy and vibrant business community. Last night they honored several local business leaders during their annual membership dinner. The sold-out event was filled with Silicon Valley politicians, executives, and power players.

Matthew Mahood, the Chamber's President and CEO, reinforced the organization's commitment to economic development, protecting jobs, and regional success during this address to the guests. He also mentioned some interesting tidbits such as making a "Made in Silicon Valley" brand for local manufacturing, creating a "smart building" zone, and putting together a group called "San Joseans for Jobs" to protect the local business climate by minimizing taxes and unnecessary regulations (that last one got a vigorous a round of applause).

Given 2016 is a big election year, you can also expect the Chamber to be very active in political races and supporting candidates that are aligned with regional economic objectives. A strong economy benefits just about everyone--I know I'll be paying extra attention to their recommendations this year.

Below you can find a press release about the event, and you can learn more details about each of the winners at the SJSV Chamber website over here.

Nonprofit of the Year: Downtown Streets Team
Photo courtesy of the SJSV Chamber of Commerce
Business Advocate of the Year: Ru Weerakoon
Photo courtesy of the SJSV Chamber of Commerce

SJSV Chamber Honors Distinguished Business Leaders

San Jose, Calif.— The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2016 Distinguished Business Awards and Business Hall of Fame inductees, who will be recognized at its Annual Membership Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose.

Now in its fifth year, the Distinguished Business Awards aim at honoring those business leaders from within the SJSV Chamber’s 1,400-member organization. There are eight award categories that honored annually and their peers nominate all but the Business Hall of Fame inductees.

The highest honor of the night, the Distinguished Business Leader Award, is given to an individual who has demonstrated long-term excellence in both business and civic engagement. Nominees should have demonstrated leadership and continuous service to the greater Silicon Valley region through the promotion of business, civic engagement, community promotion, philanthropic support and quality of life enhancements.

This year’s Distinguished Business Leaders are Mike and Mary Ellen Fox from M.E. Fox & Company, Inc. Nominators highlighted the Fox’s steadfast commitment to their community throughout their many years in business.

“It is a genuine pleasure to be able to honor our business leaders in front of their peers every year. These are businesses and individuals that work day in and out to ensure that their businesses are successful, create jobs for our residents and help create a great community where we all live, work and play.” –Matthew Mahood, SJSV Chamber President & CEO

2016 Award recipients:
  • Distinguished Business Leaders: Mike and Mary Ellen Fox, M.E. Fox & Company, Inc.
  • Business Woman of the Year: Claudia Folzman, Iron Construction
  • Business Man of the Year: Mark Tersini, KT Urban
  • Small Business of the Year: 360 Payment Solutions
  • Business Advocate of the Year: Ru Weerakoon
  • Nonprofit of the Year: Downtown Streets Team
  • Volunteer of the Year: Casey Quisol
Business Hall of Fame inductees:
  • Guglielmo Winery – Founded 1925
  • Westin San Jose – Founded 1926
  • Kaiser Permanente – Founded 1944
  • KBM Workspace – Founded 1946
  • Tech CU – Founded 1960
  • Good Samaritan Hospital – Founded 1966 
About the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit business association representing nearly 1,400 employers and 250,000 employees throughout the greater Silicon Valley. Its mission is to create a strong local economy, provide premier business connections and visibility, represent the interests of business to government, promote the community and initiate political and community action.

No comments:

Post a Comment