Business Person of the Year

John McCormick, 2022 Lafayette Business Person of the Year and co-owner of Lamorinda Music.  Photo by BlueGoo Photography, Craig Isaacs.

 

Business Person of the Year DINNER!!

The Lafayette Chamber is thrilled to announce John McCormick as our 2022 Businessperson of the Year. We will host the award dinner on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa.

 

 

Lafayette Social June 2022Volunteering – A Way of Life for the McCormicks

Lafayette Social, June issue

It’s evident to those who know them that they’ve done great work with the schools and community since the opening of Lamorinda Music in 2009. Many in the business community know John and Colleen for their recent service on the board of the Chamber of Commerce. John recently served as president of the Chamber Board for two years, helping to lead the small business community through the pandemic. They were also named Business Person of the Year — Colleen in 2013 and John in 2022. And while all these things are amazing, what puts the tiger in this couple’s power tank is their passion for volunteering and giving back to the community.

Read full Lafayette Social June edition HERE>

 

 

 

 

 

John McCormick, 2022 Business Person of the Year

Business Person of the Year selection hits a high note with Lamorinda Music co-owner John McCormick

By Diane Claytor, Lamorinda Weekly
January 19, 2022

Last year was a good year for Lafayette’s John McCormick. The co-owner of Lamorinda Music completed his second term as president of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. His popular store was selected by Diablo Magazine readers as the East Bay’s 2021 Best Musical Instrument Store. And he ended the year by being named the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year, an honor McCormick says was both surprising and extremely gratifying.

 

Read full Lamorinda Weekly article at https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1524/Business-Person-of-the-Year-selection-hits-a-high-note-with-Lamorinda-Music-co-owner-John-McCormick.html.

 

 

John McCormick and Diane Claytor (Lamorinda Weekly writer)

 

The Lafayette Chamber Announces our 2022 Selection for the Lafayette Marquis Business Person of the Year – John McCormick

LAFAYETTE, CA – January 6, 2021

John McCormick, co-owner of Lamorinda Music, took the reigns as President of the Lafayette Chamber in January 2020.  Little did he know what kind of year it was going to be.  We began the year with President John giving a beginner’s lesson on the Ukulele to the entire board at our annual retreat.  We agreed on all kinds of new programs along with debating social and political positions.  We had a full agenda and John was ready for the challenge.  Shortly after the retreat we found ourselves at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak.  The goals and projects changed and with John’s leadership, the Chamber was able to pivot to a new purpose, saving our local economy.

We all know the sacrifices and hurdles small businesses had to endure through nearly two years.  John was so dedicated to help our local businesses, he asked to stay on for a second year, and oh what a year it was.  During this most challenging time for our community, John not only provided leadership to our business partners, but also ran a very successful music store with his wife Colleen, and is now finishing his Master’s in History from Harvard.  During his presidency, our membership grew to over 620 members including 100 new members in 2021 alone.  The Chamber worked with the City of Lafayette and Contra Costa County to advocate for our business community. By providing loan resources and facilitating online learning gatherings, Q&A sessions and updating changing Covid protocols as well as helping our restaurants create safe outdoor dining experiences all with the mission to keep Lafayette strong during a challenging time.

John’s wife Colleen once told Jay Lifson, Executive Director of the Lafayette Chamber “He’s the smartest person I have ever met.”  We are all inclined to echo her observation.  From everyone on the chamber staff and our board members, congratulations John, and thank you for guidance and thoughtfulness.

When allowed to safely gather, we hope to host the “Marquis” Business Person of the Year Annual Dinner to celebrate John McCormick. The evening also typically includes the introduction to the Lafayette Chamber’s Board of Directors including our incoming President Fred Steingraf, Edward Jones Financial Advisor and in past year’s the State of City Address.

Photo of John McCormick and Diane Claytor (Lamorinda Weekly writer) during an interview on his BPOY announcement.

 

 

John McCormick and Jay LifsonAnnouncing the 2022 Business Person of the Year!

 
Congratulations John McCormick, co-owner of Lamorinda Music with wife Colleen McCormick, and 2020/2021 Lafayette Chamber Board President on being named Lafayette’s 2022 Business Person of the Year! John’s contributions to our community and the Chamber this past year have easily warranted this award. Congratulations John and THANK YOU for your ongoing commitment to Lafayette!
 
John has quite easily and on multiple occasions met the following criteria for the Lafayette Business Person of the Year:
  • Current Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Member;
  • Is involved with a successful business;
  • Has been involved with either the Chamber or other community based organizations;
  • Their work should support our mission: To promote and maintain a healthy business climate and to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Lafayette;
  • Someone who has given of their time, money or energy to help make Lafayette a healthy community where people will want to live, work and shop;
  • Someone who models excellence in everything they do;
  • Someone who brings this community together and/or makes us proud to be a member of the community.
 
John will join former BPOY award recipients Ed Stokes, Paul Barendregt, Dan Kelly, Barb Sorken, Dave Hill, Don Jenkins, Cynthia Murdough, Paul Bettelheim, Bob Ewen, Sereta Churchill, Ann Denny, Caesar Perales, Dennis Garrison, Scott Hampton & Wendy Tamis, Steve Cortese, Mike Heller, Mo Levich, Larry Blodgett, Tom Courtright, Larry Duson, Jay Lifson, Colleen McCormick, Brian Aiello, Leila Douglah, Andy and Wendy Scheck, Brenda Oum, Dana Green, Terry Ring and Jennifer Perlmutter.
 
Photo of John McCormick and Jay Lifson at the Lafayette Park Hotel. 

 

 

Criteria for the Lafayette Business Person of the Year includes:

  • Current Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Member;
  • Is involved with a successful business;
  • Has been involved with either the Chamber or other community based organizations;
  • Their work should support our mission: To promote and maintain a healthy business climate and to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Lafayette;
  • Someone who has given of their time, money or energy to help make Lafayette a healthy community where people will want to live, work and shop;
  • Someone who models excellence in everything they do;
  • Someone who brings this community together and/or makes us proud to be a member of the community.

Questions? Feel free to call the Lafayette Chamber at 925-284-7404

 

 

 

 

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FROM THE ARCHIVES:

 

Congratulations to Jennifer Perlmutter, the 2020 Business Person of the Year!

On Friday, January 31, 2020, the Lafayette Chamber honored Jennifer Perlmutter, the Lafayette Business Person of the Year during the State of the City Address at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa.

Lafayette's 2020 Business Person of the Year - Jennifer Perlmutter!

A little more than a year ago the Lafayette Chamber – and the community – was concerned that there were so many vacancies in the downtown core area of our business district along Mt. Diablo Blvd. Seventeen buildings sat empty with little movement for perspective business to take root in Lafayette. Discussions began to consider alternate short- term leases to allow “pop-up” business to operate, filling the empty buildings and keeping our downtown vibrant.

At the same time, just down the street, artist Jennifer Perlmutter was working behind the scenes with Steve Cortese (The Mercantile and La Fiesta Square) and his staff to consider developing a plan to do a “pop-up” art gallery in the vacant old World Savings/Wells Fargo building on the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Rd. Roughly 6,000 square feet of space was offered to Jennifer in a 6 month lease.

Jennifer already had a successful art gallery in town, The Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, located at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd. She was ready to take on a new project. Her vision took the bank space, teller’s booths, the vault and the natural light and created a place where art and community came together. The new gallery was named JPG@TheBank. From her opening day on Valentine’s Day 2019 each exhibit has highlighted a variety of media, large and small sculptures and illustrations. But what makes the gallery unique is the way other art forms are celebrated. Music, Performing Art, Poetry, and Art in Motion have all been woven into the fabric that has become a center for our community to meet, learn and appreciate art.

As her vision came into focus it not only filled the old bank, it changed the neighborhood. Most of our vacant spaces are now thriving businesses. Her generosity and inclusiveness has brought so many new people to our downtown. She connected with art students at Saint Mary’s College and has brought speakers and presenters together on an array of subjects.

Jennifer Perlmutter’s tent is large enough for all of us in Lafayette to gather and be rewarded by experiencing art. She helped make our community a better place to work, live, learn, shop and play. That is why she was named the Lafayette Chamber’s 2020 Marquis Business Person of the Year.

What interests Jennifer is the transformative power creativity and art can have on your life. Her mission is sharing creativity that touches and inspires. When you visit JPG@TheBank, you can pick up the souvenir coffee mug with some interesting questions on it.

“What is art? Where do you see art? Why does art matter?”

Just before JFK died in Dallas, he said: “We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”

The “Marquis” Business Person of the Year Annual Dinner was held on Friday, January 31, 2020, at 6:00pm at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. The evening also includes the introduction to the Lafayette Chamber’s 2020 Board of Directors, our incoming President John McCormick (Lamorinda Music) and the “State of the City” address by Mayor Mike Andersen.