Distinguished Business Awards

The Distinguished Business Awards aim at honoring those business leaders from within The SVO’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 goes to the Distinguished Business Leader Award, 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.

2017

Distinguished Business Leaders

Bert George, Joseph George Fine Wines

Businessman of the Year

Mike Blach, Blach Construction

Businesswoman of the Year

Lara Lee, Orchard Supply Hardware

Business Advocate of the Year

Johnny Khamis, San Jose City Councilman, D-10

Small Business of the Year

Sushi Confidential

Nonprofit of the Year

Bay Area Tutoring

Volunteer of the Year

Cosme Fagundo, silicon valley IDEA

Business Hall of Fame

B.T. Mancini Co., Inc.

KLIV/KRTY

Western States Oil

National Electrical Contractors Association

 

 

 

2013

Distinguished Business Leader

Chuck Toeniskoetter, Toeniskoetter Construction

Businessman of the Year

Mike Fox. Jr., Goodwill Industries Silicon Valley

Businesswoman of the Year

Joanne Maguire, Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Business Advocate of the Year

Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Small Business of the Year

Planet Orange

Business Hall of Fame

Hoge Fenton Jones and Appel

Joseph George Fine Wines

San Jose State University

San Jose Water Company

Winchester Mystery House

 

2016

Distinguished Business Leaders

Mike and Mary Ellen Fox, M.E. Fox

Businessman of the Year

Mark Tersini, KT Urban

Businesswoman of the Year

Claudia Folzman, Iron Construction

Business Advocate of the Year

Ru Weerakoon, City of San Jose

Small Business of the Year

360 Payments

Nonprofit of the Year

Downtown Streets Team

Volunteer of the Year

Casey Quisol

Business Hall of Fame

Guglielmo Winery

Westin San Jose

Kaiser Permanente

KBM Workspace

Tech CU

Good Samaritan Hospital

 

 

 

2012

Distinguished Business Leader

Bob Kieve, Empire Broadcasting

Businessman of the Year

Bill Sherry, Team San Jose and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport

Businesswoman of the Year

 Jan Schneider, R&J Jewelry & Loan

Business Advocate of the Year

Tod Cohen, Ebay, Inc.

Small Business of the Year

Cosmopolitan Catering

Business Hall of Fame

Bank of America

Citti’s Florist

 IBM

Orchard Supply Hardware

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

The Mercury News

 

2015

Distinguished Business Leaders

Becky and James Morgan, The Morgan Family Foundation

Businessman of the Year

Joseph Nettemeyer, Valin Corporation

Businesswoman of the Year

Shelly Paiva, C.H. Reynolds

Business Advocate of the Year

Pete Constant, former San Jose City Council Member

Small Business of the Year

Crewners Barber Shop

Nonprofit of the year

Teenforce

Volunteer of the Year

Jeff Nott

Joseph Schumaker

Business Hall of Fame

Barry Swenson Builder

Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley

Buckles Smith Electric Company

Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co.

Reed & Graham, Inc.

Santa Clara University

2011

Business Hall of Fame

Normandin Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

O.C. McDonald Company, Inc.

O’ Connor Hospital

 Wells Fargo

2014

Distinguished Business Leader

John F. Hopkins, Hopkins & Carley, A Law Corporation

Businessman of the Year

Shaun Del Grande, Del Grande Dealer Group

Businesswoman of the Year

Manpreet Grover, SOAProjects, Inc.

Business Advocate of the Year

Kevin McClelland, Leeward Financial & Insurance Services

Small Business of the Year

KBM Workspace

Business Hall of Fame

Conklin Bros.

Hewlett Packard

Lockheed Martin

Micheletti Insurance Services

NFP P&C California

Original Joe’s

Ruth & Going, Inc.