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Chamber of Commerce Awards
updated: Mar 26, 2010, 9:29 AM

Source: Chamber of Commerce

The Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced the winners of their quarterly Business Star Awards. The businesses and individuals were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the quality of life for Santa Barbara.

1. Business Woman. Kelly Magne, founder and owner, Jensen Audio Visual. (Betty Hatch Award). This award is made to a chamber businesswoman, who through her actions is a role model for the local community. Past winners have been: Renee Grubb, Karen Chackel, and Phyllis de Picciotto Kelly's drive and determination have enabled her to build one of the largest and most respected independent small businesses in the Region. She is a role model for her staff and for women in business. She and her company play an active role in supporting the Chamber and the non-profit community. Kelly will be La Presidenta of Fiesta in 2010. She was named CEO of the year by Business and technology association. She is a board member and donor to the Zoo and CADA.

2. Innovator. Professors Richard Kemmerer and Giovanni Vigna, and assistant professor Christopher Kruegel from UCSB. This award is traditionally presented to an individual who has made a significant innovative contribution to positively impacting our world. Past winners include university chancellors, Nobel laureates, architects, researchers and inventors. This quarter's Innovation award is presented to Professors Richard Kemmerer and Giovanni Vigna, and assistant professor Christopher Kruegel from UCSB. A worldwide botnet investigation is only one of several projects UC Santa Barbara's Computer Security Group has undertaken over the last several years in its quest to make the cyberworld a safer place. Others include the development of Web sites that examine the veracity of suspicious Web programs or Web pages, and a study of electronic voting machines and their vulnerability to election-altering attacks. These professors are clearly making our world a safer place.

3. Community Collaboration. Unity Shoppe, Tom Reed, Executive Director. This award is made to a chamber business making a significant contribution to the quality of life and economic vitality of the Region. Past winners have been: Montecito Bank and Trust, Venoco and 50 others. The Unity Shoppe is a Public Benefit Corporation that encourages self-sufficiency and independence by providing education and the necessities of life to families, children, seniors and persons with disabilities during periodic times of crisis. These necessities are provided in a dignified manner without regard to political affiliation, religious belief or ethnic identity. Tom Reed, as the Executive Director of the Unity Shoppe serves thousands of poor people in Santa Barbara. Tom brings a business perspective to the world of non-profits Tom is a board member of the Vocal Jazz Foundation, Chairman of VOAD, and a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara. Tom brings a business perspective to the world of non-profits.

4. Businessman. Keith Berry, Coldwell Banker. This award is made to a chamber businessman, who through his actions is a role model for the local community. Past winners have been: Ed Heron, John Indrieri, Michael Towbes and 50 others. Keith is a native Santa Barbaran. He graduated from Santa Barbara High and later served in the Navy. He is a life long member of the Association of Realtors and ranks in the top 1% of Coldwell Banker Realtors nationwide. Keith has served on the boards of many local non-profit organizations and has always been a generous benefactor to the non-profit community. Keith annually makes contributions to more than 50 local non-profit organizations. Keith founded a small, local real estate company and grew it into a nation-wide organization. He and his wife have adopted and raised many children. His greatest reward is to see their success.

 

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