Chamber Announces Pyramid Awards Honorees

On June 14th, Chamber members and community representatives gather to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and honor Chamber members whose contributions have made a significant impact on the Chamber’s success.  This year’s Pyramid Award honorees are Lidia Blair as Individual Member of the Year, and Mission College as Business Member of the Year.  
Lidia is an active member of our Chamber and the Santa Clara community.  She participates in our Breakfast of Champions Connection Club, actively recruiting new members to not only join the Chamber, but the Connection Clubs as well.  Just over a year ago, Lidia’s business, Pizza Party, joined the Chamber and since then Lidia has not looked back.  In addition to her active participation in the Connection Club, she has joined the Ambassador Committee where she mentors new members.  As part of her outreach to the community, she has participated as a business host for Business Experience Day and this past winter, she held a warm clothing drive that provided enough gloves, hats and coats for more than 20 kids.  She hosted them at a special holiday party where each child received their winter supplies as well as a gift bag of goodies.  

Mission College is being honored as our Business Member of the Year for the many partnerships they’ve
developed with the Chamber and various entities in Santa Clara.  One such partnership was with our Convention-Visitors Bureau this past Fall.  Students in the Floristry Design Department of Mission College created hats depicting different hotels and attractions in Santa Clara, similar to those worn in San Francisco’s famous Beach Blanket Babylon.  The hats were a key component for the CVB’s presentation to more than 30 meeting planners.  Additionally, Mission  College has kicked off a new speaker series through MC2IT, where the Chamber is invited to include our members in the events.  And last year, Laurel Jones and her staff were instrumental in creating the Chamber’s first ever Annual Report, which was printed and presented at the Pyramid Awards Dinner.  To add to the Chamber’s partnerships, the college is working more with the local school districts and businesses in bridging the gap between high school and four year colleges, as well as ensuring that the courses offered are those that business needs.

Past recipients of these awards have included:

Individual Member of the Year
2004-Gary Mathews
2005-Maria Edmonds Zediker
2006-David D. Tobkin, CPA
2007-Anna Fok
2008-Andy Ratermann
2009-Dick Johnston
2010-Wil Lacro
2011-Paul Dines

Business Member of the Year
2004-Hilton Santa Clara
2005-Intel Corporation
2006-Paramount’s Great America
2007-Silicon Valley Power
2008-KeyPoint Credit Union
2009-Owens Corning Corporation
2010-The Plaza Suites
2011-Kaiser Permanente

In addition to our Individual and Business Members of the Year, honorees will include the Ambassador of the Year as well as our scholarship recipients for Business Experience Day 2011.  Outgoing board members will be recognized for their contributions and the incoming Board of Directors and Officers will be installed.  The evening will conclude with an address by Larry Gerston, PhD, Professor of Political Science at San Jose State.  He will discuss the 2012 election cycle and the results of the recent primary.  Invitations will be mailed in May; however, sponsorships are available-please see the sponsorship form included in this mailing.  We look forward to seeing you on June 14th!


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