Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel Among Winners of Chamber Recognition Gala Awards

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce announced winners in a variety of categories at Friday's annual event.


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.

Runners Up

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.

Runners Up

Matthew Huss, Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel

Rick Principe, Westcord Real Estate

Business of the Year

Baxter Healthcare

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.

Runners Up


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.

Runners Up

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.

Runners Up

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.

Runners Up 

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.


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