Chamber to Honor Members, Install Board of Directors


On June 13th, 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 Gary Nobile as Individual Member of the Year, The UPS Store #4636 as Business Member of the Year, and Lidia Blair as our Distinguished Community Leader.  Gary is an active member of our Chamber and the Santa Clara community. He participates in our Power Partners Connection Club, as well as serving on the Board as the current Treasurer.  He refers a great deal of business to other members of the Chamber and The Power Partners, in addition to running his real estate business.  He is always willing to help fellow Chamber members with tips on networking and helping them to grow their business.

The UPS Store #4636 is being honored as our Business Member of the Year for the many partnerships they’ve developed with the Chamber and various businesses and organizations in Santa Clara. In addition to what people expect of a UPS Store (packing and shipping), Ravinder and his staff provide quality customer service on a variety of products such as printed posters and business cards.  They support the business community by providing competitively priced products, local delivery service with a smile and knowledgeable staff to get their customers the product they want when they need it.  Additionally, Ravinder Lal, store owner, serves as an active Ambassador mentoring new members through their first year of membership.

New this year, we will be presenting Lidia Blair as our Distinguished Business Leader honoree.  The award was created to recognize an outstanding Chamber member/organization that has made a positive contribution to the community.  Lidia is constantly looking to create new avenues for businesses to connect in the community, through the many events and programs that she holds at her restaurant, Pizza Party.  As part of her outreach to the community of Santa Clara and Silicon Valley, she has participated as a business host for Business Experience Day and each winter she holds a warm clothing drive that provides gloves, hats and coats and other gifts for children at the EMQ Families First Orphanage. She hosts them at a special holiday party where each child receives their winter supplies as well as a gift bag of goodies.

In addition to the above awards, honorees will include the Ambassador of the Year as well as our scholarship recipients for Business Experience Day 2012.  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 Ro Khanna, attorney and author. Ro is an intellectual property attorney and author of the book “Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future”.  He recently served two years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Obama and is now a candidate for U.S. Congress.  He will be discussing his strategies for keeping the best companies, jobs, and opportunities in America.  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 13th!


Past honorees are:

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

2012-Lidia Blair

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

2012-Mission College


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