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  • In Recognition of Sacra-Mento’s Business Leaders

    by Representative Doris O. Matsui

    Posted on 2015-02-03

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    MATSUI of california in the house of representatives Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Ms. MATSUI. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the many outstanding Sacramento business leaders being honored at the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce's 120th annual dinner and business awards ceremony. Those being honored are dedicated to the success of the Sacramento Region and have worked tirelessly to advance the region's economic vitality. I ask all my colleagues to join me in honoring these fine Sacramentans.

    Mark Friedman, President of the Fulcrum Property Group, has been named [[Page E156]] ``Sacramentan of the Year.'' An accomplished businessman, he has led many community oriented projects throughout the region, including the current transformation of Downtown Plaza into the new sports and entertainment complex that will help revitalize the core of our city. He is also a civic leader and an active supporter of the arts and higher education. Mr. Friedman is part of the UC Davis Chancellor's Cabinet for the $1 Billion Comprehensive Capital Campaign and serves on the boards of the UC Davis School of Education and the M.I.N.D. Institute.

    Mary Rotelli, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Teichert, Inc., has been named the ``Business Woman of the Year.'' Ms. Rotelli is very involved in the community and was recently appointed by Governor Brown to the California Public Works Contract Arbitration Committee. She is also a member of the California Transportation Foundation and the National Readymix Concrete Association. Ms. Rotelli helped found the Capital Region Family Business Center, an organization that helps family businesses meet their unique needs.

    Eric Stille, President and CEO of Nugget Markets, has been named the ``Businessman of the Year.'' The local, family-owned chain is a grocery industry leader and the company has been recognized as being one of the ``100 Best Companies to Work For'' by Fortune Magazine.

    California Clothing Recyclers, a company that exports used clothing thereby reducing landfills, has been named ``Small Business of the Year.'' Erica Taylor, Vice President and Communications and Community Relations Director for Five Star Bank, who holds leadership positions in various organizations and was one of the Sacramento Business Journal's ``Top 40 Under 40'' in 2012, has been named ``Metro Edge Young Professional of the Year.'' Emilie Cameron, Senior Public Relations Manager for 3fold Communications, is being recognized for her many philanthropic endeavors as ``Volunteer of the Year.'' Ellie Shaw, President of Shaw Media Consulting, whose company helps guide online communication for small businesses and who is an avid volunteer for the Chamber, is being named ``Ambassador of the Year.'' Warren Smith, President of Sacramento Republic FC, is being honored for his efforts to infuse professional soccer in the Sacramento area with the ``Peter McCuen Award for Civic Entrepreneurs.'' These awards could not go to more deserving Sacramentans.

    Dignity Health, Los Rios Community College District, and the Van Vleck Ranch are the inductees into the ``Sacramento Business Hall of Fame'' for their significant contributions to the Sacramento Region.

    Mr. Speaker, I am honored to recognize these individuals and businesses for their contributions to the Sacramento Region. I ask all my colleagues to join me in honoring them for their unwavering commitment to our region.


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