Business Person of the Year

Business Person of the Year 2024 Hollie Lucas-Alcalay, photo by Craig Isaacs

2024 Business Person of the Year Dinner and State of the City Address

The 2024 Business Person of the Year Dinner and State of the City Address was held on Feb. 1, at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. Congratulations Hollie Lucas-Alcalay, owner of Hollie's Homegrown! View photos from Craig Isaacs, BlueGoo Photography HERE. Free downloads of the photos are encouraged, but no one may resell or use any of the photos in advertisements without prior approval. When posting to social media, please give credit (tag) both the Lafayette Chamber and @bluegoophotos on IG or @craigi on other platforms.

 

 

Hollie Lucas Alcalay, Hollie's Homegrown, BPOY 2024

Hollie Lucas-Alcalay, Hollie's Homegrown, BPOY 2024 along side Tom Stack and Dennis Garrison.

The 2024 Lafayette Business Person of the Year is ... Hollie Lucas-Alcalay, owner of Hollie's Homegrown!

A dinner will be held February 1, 2024 at Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa to honor Hollie. The evening will also include the City of Lafayette State of the City Address by Mayor Gina Dawson and the introduction of the 2024 Lafayette Chamber Board of Directors. Dinner registration is now closed. Please call the office for waitlist.

Stop by Hollie's Homegrown, 998 Moraga Road, say congrats and shop local!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Downtown Lafayette, CA, January 5, 2024 - Hollie's Homegrown, a charming retail store and family-owned wine tasting room located in the heart of downtown Lafayette, is owned and operated by Hollie Lucas-
Alcalay. She has been chosen by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Selection Committee as the 2024 Lafayette Business Person of the Year.  

The Lafayette Chamber was very fortunate to have several qualified candidate nominations for the 2024 Business Person of the Year. The selection committee chose Hollie Lucas-Alcalay for her commitment to our local community, and continued support of the business community, specifically her empowerment and development of small and women-owned businesses.  

In its third year of successful operation, she has created a sensational shop and a community gathering place. Hollie built her business on her passion for organic farming, cooking, and making delicious, healthy products. For years she participated at farmers markets and events before opening the store. All HH products are made onsite, where customers can observe the process of transforming locally grown ingredients (some grown on Hollie’s farm!) into seasoning salts, herbal teas, infused olive oils, vinegars, herbal infused honeys, and a line of herbal bath and beauty products.  

Hollie’s Homegrown also sells items and promotes over 40 local, original artists and artisans, giving them a unique retail space to sell their products. All complement each other and are carefully curated by Hollie, like one-of-a-kind textiles, artwork, photography, jewelry, handcrafted cutting boards, candles, ceramics, glassware, local authors, and more.  

They host classes and events for many locals and business owners as well. The calendar is always full of a variety of fun and creative classes to encourage our community to try something new and connect with others. 

Hollie is a continued advocate for local small businesses and local organizations. From her own commitment to sustainable, local products, to creating a haven for local makers with a prime location to sell, she truly represents what supporting local means to our Lafayette community. She continues to pay it forward, and has created a vibrant local artisan community, inspiring those who also have a passion for what they make or do and turning it into a business. 

Awards include: Whole Foods Market "Local Food Maker" Grant Winner and a Martha Stewart "American Made" National Food Finalist, and now the 2024 Lafayette Business Person of the Year. 

Hollie's Homegrown is located at 998 Moraga Road, Lafayette, CA 94549. Learn more at www.hollieshomegrown.com or call 925-330-9466. 

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS FACTS & INTERACTIONS

  • Hollie’s Homegrown is a successful retail business and is in its 3rd year of operation as a retail store, storefront opened in October 2021.
  • The company is in its 11th year of business, as Hollie sold successfully as a certified producer at Bay Area Farmers Markets, Holiday & Craft Fairs and online.
  • Hollie operates a Zero-waste farm. All organic materials (dead leaves, plants) are composted and then applied later to the soil or fed to adorable goats (Leo & Diego).
  • Culinary herbs, herbal teas, and medicinal herbs for bath & body products are grown to perfection in her own backyard (literally!), she keeps a watchful eye on her precious plants like part of the family.
  • Hollie is a third-generation organic farmer never using harmful pesticides or chemical fertilizers. And by employing sustainable growing practices you can feel confident everything at Hollie's Homegrown is safe and healthy for you and the environment.
  • Hollie’s family is an integral part of her business, as stated above products are grown literally in her own backyard. Her family joke is if you stick around long enough, she will put you to work.
  • Environmentally friendly materials: All Hollie’s Homegrown herbal products are in American-made glass as available.  Glass is the cleanest container and does not "off-gas" any toxic chemicals like plastic.  Plus, they are 100% recyclable and reusable.
  • All Hollie’s Homegrown products are made onsite, where customers can observe the process of transforming locally grown ingredients (some grown on Hollie’s farm!) into seasoning salts, herbal teas, infused olive oils, vinegars, herbal infused honeys, and a line of herbal bath and beauty products.
  • Hollie Lucas-Alcalay is the recipient of the Whole Foods Market "Local Food Maker" Grant Winner and Martha Stewart "American Made" Food Finalist.
  • Hollie has partnered and sold local products exclusively from over 40 small businesses. With 85% of them from Lamorinda (and the remaining, from a 20-mile radius of her store), the majority are from Lafayette and include: Fine Artists, Authors, Craft makers, glass makers, jewelry designers, bath and body products, wood workers and gourmet food producers.
  • Nearly daily, Hollie gets a request from a local maker, some established and many just starting out. She spends time with each one discussing their goals and offering small business advice and shares her personal experience and expertise on how to run and launch a successful artisan small business. She empowers local artisans to aim high in what they do and find success.
  • Hollie has built her business on her passions for organic farming, cooking, and making healthy sustainable products for her customers. She continues to pay it forward, and has created a vibrant local artisan community, inspiring those who also have a passion for what they make or do and turning it into a business.
  • Hollie is a tireless advocate for local small businesses and supports dozens of local organizations. From her own commitment to sustainable, local products, to creating a haven for local makers with a prime location to sell, she truly represents what supporting local means to our Lafayette community.
  • In a very challenging retail climate, she’s created a unique experience for shoppers, giving locals an opportunity to directly purchase one-of-kind, hand-made, high-quality items made by our friends and neighbors. The revenues they generate from selling at Hollie’s go directly back into our community, some examples include preschool tuition, soccer or volleyball jerseys, LPIE donations or supplementing their family’s income.
  • Through the ups and downs of business ownership she always finds a positive and practical spin on any challenge, and she is never afraid to pivot away from something that isn’t working to try something new.
  • It was always Hollie’s intention to create a sensational shop AND a community gathering place. She hosts classes, events, parties, and receptions for many local business owners and individuals.
  • The calendar is always packed with her sought-after classes on making her own products, the monthly ‘High Tea’ is filled with families and friends, lectures with local health and wellness experts, and many of her makers teach classes as well. Hollie’s Homegrown is always filled with a fun atmosphere, where people are encouraged to try new things, use their hands to make something, and learn something new about themselves and the importance of connecting to others in our creative community.
  • Hollie's Homegrown hosts a monthly California High Tea held every last Sunday of the month. After living in England for two years, Lucas-Alcalay, who's a tea drinker, enjoyed the tradition. Serving sweets and savories made by local bakers and caterers, she calls it "California" as opposed to "English" in order to give a nod to her California/Lamorinda sources.
  • Customers say how good it feels to come into the shop, that it’s cozy or familiar. In all of its aspects, Hollie’s Homegrown is an extension of Hollie’s spirit, wishing to share health, good food, friendship and community with all who enter.
  • Board Member of the Hacienda Foundation of Moraga since January 2014 and President of the Hacienda Foundation for 5 years. She co-produced the Hacienda Holiday Fair for 5 years (a predecessor of her current store!)
  • She was a Rheem Elementary Moraga Education Foundation Representative for 4 years. She still hosts the annual MEF Winemaker dinner at her home (her 6th year) which has raised over $50,000.
  • She participated at several farmers' markets for 8+ years, including: Moraga, Diablo Valley Shadelands in Walnut Creek, Fort Mason Center in SF, and Crocker Galleria in SF.
  • She has taught and spoken at many local organizations and events such as the Lafayette Community Garden (she also installed their herb garden), Moraga Garden Club (their herb garden too), Orinda Garden Club, National Charity League, and Girls Crushing It (Lamorinda). She also installed herb gardens at Rheem Elementary and Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School.
  • Supporter of Sustainable Lafayette and the Lafayette Art Moves Project in 2023 for Get Out the Vote as well as Trans Day of Visibility.

READ THE AUGUST 30, 2023 LAMORINDA WEEKLY ARTICLE HERE.

DINNER and STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS
A dinner will be held at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa on Thursday, February 1, 2024. The evening also includes Lafayette’s State of the City Address by Mayor Gina Dawson and the introduction of the 2024 Lafayette Chamber Board of Directors.

Criteria for the Lafayette Business Person of the Year includes: 

  • Must be a current Lafayette Chamber of Commerce member and has been a Chamber member for at least two years; 
  • Is involved with a successful business, community organization, or non-profit; 
  • Has been involved with either the Chamber or other community based organizations; 
  • Their work should support the Chamber’s mission: To promote and maintain a healthy business climate and to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Lafayette; 
  • Someone who has given their time, money or energy to help make Lafayette a healthy community where people 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. 

 

Former BPOY award recipients include:
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, Jennifer Perlmutter, John McCormick and Tom Stack. 

 
 
 
 
2024 nomination deadline was Friday, December 8, 2023 at noon. 2025 Nominations will be accepted starting November 2024, with the announcement made in December. Nominees are submitted to an Independent Selection Committee made up of five voting members: the current President, Vice-President, current recipient, and two selected Board Members plus a staff liaison to facilitate and take notes.
 
Questions? Feel free to call the Lafayette Chamber at 925-284-7404. REGISTER FOR THE DINNER ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2024 HERE.
 

Business Person of the Year 2023: Tom Stack

Tom Stack, 2023 Business Person of the Year

Tom Stack, 2023 Business Person of the Year. Photo by BlueGoo Photography

 

The 2023 Business Person of the Year Dinner Honoring Tom Stack was held on Friday, February 3, 2023.

The evening also included the State of City Address by City of Lafayette Mayor Carl Anduri and the introduction of the Lafayette Chamber’s 2023 Board of Directors.

 

View photos by Craig Isaacs, Blue Goo Photography HERE!

 

Cue the mic, drumroll please ... the Lafayette Chamber announces Tom Stack as 2023 Business Person of the Year.

As comfortable in front of an audience as any band member, the Lafayette Chamber will be calling Tom Stack to the mic once again. Not as MC which has been one of his many volunteer rolls since becoming a Lafayette Chamber member in 2007 - at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, Rock the Plaza Summer Concert Series, the Lafayette Res Run for Education, but as the 2023 Lafayette Business Person of the Year.

The Lafayette Chamber was very fortunate to have 12 qualified candidate nominations for the 2023 Business Person of the Year! The selection committee chose Tom Stack for his decades of service to our community.

A dinner will be held in his honor on Friday, February 3 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. The evening will also include the State of City Address by Mayor Carl Anduri and the introduction of the Lafayette Chamber’s 2023 Board of Directors.

Colleen McCormick, 2013 Business Person of Year, nominated Tom, "Not only does Tom excel in his business, but he has also been a tireless volunteer and ambassador for Lafayette and the Chamber. As a longtime Town Hall Theatre volunteer/board member/VP, Tom brought countless music and comedy groups to Lafayette producing +/- 75 shows, worked with Sustainable Lafayette to make Town Hall greener, and worked with Gold Star Families to support military families. He helped keep music and theatre alive in our community. He supports small businesses and has been an advocate for open space."

In 2000, Tom, his wife Kiki, and their son, Sam, moved to Burton Valley. Tom is a 4th generation San Franciscan, a 1975 graduate of San Francisco's St. Ignatius College Preparatory and a 1979 graduate of Santa Clara University with a degree in Business Management. A serial entrepreneur, Tom spent 20 plus years working with and for the Grateful Dead, first by building his own licensing and marketing business into a worldwide distribution operation, then joining the Grateful Dead as VP of Licensing and Merchandising. Tom also represented Carlos Santana and the estates of Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Janis Joplin.

In 2006, he then bridged this experience into a successful real estate practice with Coldwell Banker Realty. Tom's ability to manage expectations, communicate clearly, and be authentic with his clients has earned him rave reviews. “Tom's business style is "relational, not transactional" and relationships are very important to him.” notes Colleen. “Tom drops by our store [Lamorinda Music] to bring gifts throughout the year, writes personal notes of support, and treats everyone like a treasured friend instead of just a business contact.” His motto, “I’ll treat you like a Rock Star!” holds true for so many in our community including us at the Lafayette Chamber.

"He has been a positive, creative, passionate, energetic, and dynamic Lafayette community member as long as I’ve known him. From my humble perch in life as a musician, I initially observed him thru a lens as a performer at the Town Hall Theatre in The Sun Kings. Not only does Tom have genuine love for music and the live music experience, he also appreciates, respects, and is 100% comfortable navigating within the business of music. He’s compassionate as well as intelligent. He had the show-biz magic when bringing us bands to Town Hall Theatre and worked extremely hard to ensure every show was a success. Tom’s a rare breed in what is often a cynical, cutthroat industry - even at a community level. He loved Town Hall Theatre and took a lot of pride in seeing it revived and watching it thrive - to the obvious benefit of the community, of course. His idea of the win is “everybody happy” - the venue - the band - the fans, and the community. I am extremely confident he applies the same ethos acting as real estate agent, and in the myriad community events he wraps himself up in." Drew Harrison - Singer/Songwriter, The Sun Kings - A Beatles Tribute as Nature Intended.

John McCormick, the 2022 Business Person of the Year states, "Tom's enthusiasm, energy, and spirit are contagious. You can't help smile and feel great after talking with him. Tom is one of those special people that make Lafayette so special. We are thrilled to have Tom as this year's Business Person of the Year."

A dinner will be held in his honor on Friday, February 3 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. The evening will also include the State of City Address by Mayor Carl Anduri and the introduction of the Lafayette Chamber’s 2023 Board of Directors.

Some Rock Star facts:

Tom spent over 20 years of his early career by building a business from scratch, initially selling t-shirts in parking lots across the country at Grateful Dead shows, eventually marketing and licensing Rock and Roll merchandise to over 600 stores in the US, Europe and Japan as a licensee of the Grateful Dead. Tom also worked directly with rock legend Carlos Santana, creating and distributing Santana merchandise through his multiple channels. He then went on to work for the Grateful Dead handling worldwide sales, licensing, and product development. He became well-known for his attention to detail, his integrity, his hands-on approach and “second to none” customer service. If you are going to work with Rock Stars, you'd better treat them like Rock Stars!

Tom brings his love of music home to Lamorinda, having served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors at Lafayette's Town Hall Theatre from 2009 to 2020. As one of his many responsibilities, Tom created Town Hall's Music & Comedy Series, producing over 75 Rock and Roll and Comedy shows bringing live music and entertainment to the local community, while also introducing thousands of people to our little gem of a Theatre. During Tom’s tenure, he helped oversee the Theatre’s ascendancy as one of the East Bay’s premier entertainment venues, winning Diablo Magazine’s 2020 “Best of the East Bay” award for best venue for tribute bands.

Tom spearheaded an organization that fought for the preservation of an open space initiative in the Lafayette Community Park, keeping 68 acres of pristine parkland populated by heritage oaks, meadows, two creeks and abundant wildlife from being graded, paved and developed with redundant services offered in numerous other areas of Lafayette. The efforts of this group were a success, and the park remains untouched.

Tom's passion for coaching has been satiated by volunteering with Lafayette Little League, LMYA basketball and soccer, as well as serving as a basketball coach for many years in the local CYO programs.

He and his family are known for having presented the annual "Halloween House" in Burton Valley, from 2001-2017, where the neighborhood converged on their home to bear witness to multiple actors/actresses, smoke and fire, screams and shrieks and general spooky mayhem.

In 2006, he then bridged his experience into a successful real estate practice with the Orinda office of Coldwell Banker, serving his clients by managing the buying and selling process from start to finish. Tom has received multiple awards during this time for his annual sales production, consistently finishing in the top 1% nationally in sales among all Coldwell Banker agents.

At his core, Tom is a “relational” agent, rather than a “transactional” agent. Tom cultivates and nurtures his relationships with his clients, and he is there for them before and after the sale. Creating clients for life is his goal.

In 2009, Tom earned the prestigious EcoBroker Certification. He is educated and qualified about the choices that home and business owners have in purchasing, installing and managing eco-friendly technologies.

Tom is a Charter Member of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s Green Committee, Sustainable Lafayette and an active member of the “Try Lafayette First” campaign which encourages residents to support local businesses.

Member of The Contra Costa Association of Realtors, The California Association of Realtors and The National Association of Realtors.

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 their time, money or energy to help make Lafayette a healthy community where people 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.

Nominations were accepted through December 9, 2022. 2024 nominations will be accepted starting November 2023.

Tom 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, Jennifer Perlmutter and John McCormick.

A dinner will be held in his honor on Friday, February 3 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. The evening will also include the State of City Address by Mayor Carl Anduri and the introduction of the Lafayette Chamber’s 2023 Board of Directors.

The Lafayette Chamber is currently accepting nominations for the 2023 Citizen of the Year. Click here to learn more: https://lafayettechamber.org/coy.

 

2022 Business Person of the Year

Honoring John McCormick, 2022 Business Person of the Year

We thank all the politicos, speakers, past Marquis recipients, Chamber Board Members, Premier Members, Chamber Ambassadors, friends, and family for joining us for a spectacular evening at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa to honor John McCormick on Friday, June 24, 2022.
 
 
Special thanks to:
Supervisor Candace Andersen, CCC Supervisor, District 2; Marilyn Cachola Lucey, M.A., Deputy District Director, California State Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (AD-16); City of Lafayette Mayor Teresa Gerringer for presenting resolutions. Reception musicians Jen Carne and Julia McLeod. Fred Steingraf, Mike Zampa, Myrna Kimmelman, Kathy Merchant along with Gary Peare and The Park Theater Trust, Jay Lifson, Colleen McCormick, Emily McCormick, Scotty McCormick and of course John McCormick for the lively and entertaining speeches and music! Congrats [BIG BAD] John!

 

June 24, 2022 - Business Person of the Year Dinner Honoring John McCormick

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

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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