Several prominent organizations and individuals were honored this year at the 2018 South Coast Business & Technology Awards ceremony, Wednesday, June 6, at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. The 24thannual awards celebrates innovation, leadership, and success in the areas of business and technology. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara.
Over 600 people attended this year’s ceremony. The event Steering Committee co-chairs again this year were Arnold Brier, vice president and general counsel for Yardi Systems and Renee Grubb, founder of Village Properties. The all-volunteer Steering Committee selects honorees and raises funds to put on the annual event. In addition to the 2018 honorees listed below, a special one-time “Heroes Award” was presented to the Santa Barbara area first responders for their efforts during the Thomas Fire and its aftermath.
2018 South Coast Business & Technology Awards honorees:
- Excellence in Service: KEYT/KCOY/KKFX
- Entrepreneur of the Year: Guy De Mangeon (The Berry Man, Inc.)
- Company of the Year: Rusty’s Pizza Parlors
- Executive of the Year: Janet Garufis
- Pioneer Award: Dr. John Bowers
- Special Local Heroes Award: Area First Responders
“Since 2001, South Coast Business & Technology Awards ceremonies have provided about 2 million dollars to more than 700 students pursuing degrees in business and technology-related fields,” says Barbara Robertson, interim president and CEO of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. “We are very grateful for such generous support from our local business and technology community.”
The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara is the nation’s largest community-based provider of college scholarships. It has cumulatively awarded a surplus of 108 million dollars to over 50,000 county students since its founding in 1962. The Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit organization and provides free financial aid advising services.
For additional information, please visit www.sbscholarship.org.