Irvine Organizations, Individuals Recognized with Annual Business of the Year Awards at Celebrate Irvine
Friday, June 22, 2018
The Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce formally recognized organizations and individuals in Irvine for community service, volunteerism, and the best traditions of good corporate citizenship during Celebrate Irvine, hosted in partnership with the City of Irvine, on June 20 at Hotel Irvine.
Awards were given in five categories:
- Business of the Year - Antis Roofing & Waterproofing. Antis Roofing & Waterproofing is a respected leader in community philanthropy. In 2017 Antis received the 2017 US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizen Award.
- Entrepreneur of the Year - Vincit California. In addition to a successful expansion from Finland to Irvine, Vincit, a digital design and development agency, supports local schools and programs for junior developers, including Orange County Code School, UCI Continuing Education Web Development, and Learning Fuze.
- Nonprofit of the Year - Irvine Public Schools Foundation. IPSF was founded in 1996 by parents and community leaders with a goal of enriching the educational experience of each child in every school. Since then they’ve donated more than $68 million in grants, donations, and program services to the Irvine Unified School District for the benefit of the entire community.
- Business Philanthropist of the Year – The Irvine Company. The company’s long history of involvement and philanthropy includes financial gifts of more than $220 million to city schools and universities, including $45 million committed over a 20-year period to help protect and support the Irvine Unified School District’s art, music and science programs, benefiting 80,000 Irvine students; permanently preserving more than 57,000 acres of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch, more than $50 million has been donated by the company for the land's long-term stewardship and to expand public access; and in April, funded a special Earth Day outing for the Boys and Girls Club of Irvine, located on 210 acres of land north of Irvine donated by Irvine Company.
- Young Professional of the Year - Ray Ferrari, of Orange County Soccer Club. Ferrari has helped lead Orange County’s only professional athletic team to be a successful enterprise with hundreds of fans and provided a pipeline for aspiring soccer players. Outside of his official OCSC duties, he donates his time to serving Crimson Circle, Thomas House Family Shelter, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Emerging Business Leaders Advisory Council.
In front of a record 450 guests at the 2018 luncheon, Carol Wold was also recognized for a distinguished career of service to the Irvine community. Early in her career, she was the founding CEO of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce and went on to serve 20 years with the Irvine Company advancing Irvine’s Master Plan. She recently retired from FivePoint.
During his address, Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner said Celebrate Irvine highlights “the continued strong relationship of Irvine City Hall, the Greater Irvine Chamber, and the community.” He also spoke on topics of business in Irvine, the rapid development of the Orange County Great Park, transportation improvements, and the City Council’s support of Irvine’s public schools.
Greater Irvine Chamber President and CEO Bryan Starr provided an update on the Chamber’s work to advance economic development.
“The Chamber and the City partner on many fronts to ensure Irvine’s economy stays strong and continues to grow under the guidance of the city’s Master Plan,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO of the Greater Irvine Chamber. “We are proud to celebrate that and all the accomplishments being made in our community.”
For more information on how to be considered for the Greater Irvine Chamber’s business awards, contact Jessica Welch.