June 13, 2024


Future Depends on What You Do

South Coast Business enterprise & Technological innovation Awards Event Positive aspects Scholarship Foundation

On June 7, about 500 people today collected at the Hilton S.B. Beachfront Resort for the annual South Coast Enterprise & Know-how Awards, which honored community entities and people today and elevated funds for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. The celebration grossed a file $310,000. 

Guests appreciated a networking reception in the Rotunda adopted by meal and the plan in the Grand Ballroom, wherever they have been welcomed by Event Co-Chairs Kirsten McLaughlin (Cox Communications market place vice president) and Janet Garufis (Montecito Financial institution & Trust chair and CEO).

Scholarship Basis Board Chair Matt Rowe expressed gratitude for everyone’s support, but noted that there is more to do. Even while the Foundation has come to be the nation’s most significant community-centered supplier of scholarships, Rowe mentioned, deserving candidates are still turned away due to insufficient resources. Very last year, 1,300 deserving pupils did not get funding. 

Scholarship receiver Diego Curiel shared how he overcame alcohol and drug dependancy as a teenager in the S.B. Rescue Mission’s Men’s Restoration Software and is now finding out pc engineering at Cal Poly. His powerful tale, eloquence, and gratitude to the Scholarship Foundation led to a standing ovation.

The Entrepreneur of the 12 months Award went to Guillaume de Zwirek, founder and CEO of Artera (formerly Effectively Wellness), a chief in electronic client communications. Its system is utilized by much more than 500 well being devices, which includes Sansum Clinic. Zwirek has a BA in classical guitar from the College of Southern CA and is a 6-time Ironman athlete.

The Firm of the 12 months Award went to Yardi, which supplies assets management software package and services. A privately held business established in 1982 by Anant Yardi, it has grown to make use of more than 8,500 people today in 45 offices throughout the world. 

Yardi is remarkably regarded not only for its items, but also for its high quality of life for workers and its philanthropy. In accepting the award, VP Kevin Yardi pointed out the company’s guiding rules of having care of its clientele, its staff members, and its communities.

Yardi demonstrated its concentrate on employees and the local community that night by bringing about 70 employees to the occasion. Yardi supports hundreds of nonprofits, such as extra than 50 in the Santa Barbara location.

The Government of the Yr Award went to Elizabeth Cholawsky, CEO of HG Insights. She earlier led Assistance.com and held govt positions at Citrix Devices, Go.com, and Valueclick.

Foodbank of S.B. County obtained the Excellence in Assistance Award. In accepting the award, CEO Erik Talkin emphasised that Foodbank not only distributes foods to one in 4 people in the county, but also runs food literacy applications at the pre-school through large school degree, trying to find to empower youth with skills for their dietary health and fitness.

The Pioneer Award receiver was John Greathouse, a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, writer, and UCSB Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies. As a enterprise capitalist, he has deployed approximately $100 million on behalf of 60 ventures. He at the moment serves as govt chair at CLIQ Products and solutions, BuyerCaddy, and Cadense.

Parker Clay received a Climbing Star Award. For the manufacture of its luxurious line of leather bags, it employs at-risk gals in Ethiopia, pays dwelling wages and advantages, gives teaching alternatives, and takes advantage of sustainable sources.  

Sun & Swell was another Rising Star Award recipient. A accredited B Corp, it helps make natural and organic, plant-based mostly food items in compostable packaging. CrossnoKaye also gained a Rising Star Award.

Award recipients were preferred by the 31-member South Coast Business & Technological innovation Awards Committee, co-chaired by McLaughlin and Garufis.

The Scholarship Foundation of S.B. has awarded a lot more than $150 million because its founding in 1962. This yr, it awarded approximately $7.2 million to 1,864 students. The Scholarship Basis also delivers cost-free economic help advising products and services, which generate substantial extra cash for college students.

Honoree Yardi staff members: Receptionist/HR Cristina Cruz, Design Team Chief Rosemary Kelley, VP Kevin Yardi, and Technological Account Supervisor Mariana Vega | Gail Arnold
Honoree Parker Clay Co-Founder and CEO Ian Bentley with Co-Founder and Resourceful Director Brittany Bentley | Gail Arnold
Scholarship Basis Interim President and CEO Mary Dwyer with Honoree Guillaume de Zwirek | Isaac Hernandez de Lipa
Honoree John Greathouse (centre) with Event Co-Chairs Kirsten McLaughin and Janet Garufis | Isaac Hernandez de Lipa