The silicon valley organization is pleased to announce the 2017 Distinguished Business Awards and Business Hall of Fame inductees, who were recognized at its Annual Membership Celebration on Thursday, April 20 at the San Jose Marriott.
Now in its sixth year, 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 are honored annually and their peers nominate all but the Business Hall of Fame inductees.
- Distinguished Business Leader: Bert George, Joseph George Fine Wines
- Business Man of the Year: Mike Blach, Blach Construction
- Business Woman 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
- Non-profit of the Year: Bay Area Tutoring
- Volunteer of the Year: Cosme Fagundo, silicon valley IDEA
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.
“Simply put, I was floored when I got the call. I love this city and I respect the amazing businesses we have here. To be named among the best of them is just fantastic. It’s important for The SVO to showcase our local business community. It gives validation to all of the hard work, sweat and tears it takes to run a business today.” –Bert George, President, Joseph George Fine Wines
Along with the Distinguished Business Awards, The SVO inducted four local businesses into its Business Hall of Fame. Business Hall of Fame recipients are companies that have made the Silicon Valley region their choice for business operations for more than 50 years. This year’s Business Hall of Fame inductees are:
“The Silicon Valley economic engine would stall and our quality of life would falter if it weren’t for those business leaders who we recognize as part of our Distinguished Business Awards every year. These businesses represent what all businesses in Silicon Valley should strive for: tenacious growth and true commitment to the community.” –Matthew Mahood, The SVO President & CEO