The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber presented its annual recognition awards on Friday at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village.
Since 1963, the gala has honored a Man of the Year and Woman of the Year, selected from the chamber’s membership.
Other categories the chamber honored were Business of the Year, Corporate Sponsor of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, as well as the outgoing chamber Chairman of the Board John LaRocca of Sage Bankcard.
Winners are as follows:
Woman of the Year
Eloise Cohen, Photography by Eloise
A Conejo Valley resident since 1963, Cohen has a strong connection with the Alliance for the Arts, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Board of Governors and California Lutheran University and is also a photographic artist. A member of the Alliance’s Founders Circle, she worked with the American Association of University Women and KCLU FM to bring the first Jazz Concerts to the Civic Arts Plaza.
Sara Miller McCune, Co-Founder of Sage Publications
Lynn Hogan, Co-Founder of the Hogan Family Foundation
Man of the Year
Lee Ladd, Retired Business Owner
As the owner of several local companies over the years including Laddco Financial Services and Leeco Leasing, he has been a quiet and tireless supporter and mentor of countless entrepreneurs and their dreams throughout the community.
Matthew Huss, Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel
Rick Principe, Westcord Real Estate
Business of the Year
Baxter Healthcare develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma and other chronic acute medical conditions.
Brendan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Corporate Sponsor of the Year
Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel
Located in the rolling hills of the Santa Monica Mountains, the newly renovated Sheraton hotel puts you far enough from the hustle and bustle of the Los Angeles area for a peaceful escape, but close enough to easily take pleasure in popular California attractions.
Alcoa Fastening Systems
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center
Volunteer of the Year
Tania Garcia, California State University Channel Islands
As the Director of Alumni Relations and Development, Garcia has been a significant contributor to the chamber’s Education Committee, honoring outstanding educators in our local school districts and is currently an active member of the chamber’s young professional group, Emerging Leaders.
Greg Taylor, HUB International
Rangu Mandyam, Mathnasium
Ambassador of the Year
Don Phillipson, WSI ePro Marketing
Phillipson has been a chamber Ambassador for more than five years, and is currently serving his second year as Consul General leading the Ambassador group.
Bob Crusoe, Nu Skin
Paul Dryman, Informed Decision
The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce is the official chamber for the cities of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills.