Getting down to busi­ness

Com­mu­nity gath­ers to cel­e­brate, rec­og­nize lo­cal busi­ness lead­ers at an­nual ban­quet

The Signal - - Business - By Sig­nal Staff

About 100 mem­bers of the Santa Clarita Val­ley busi­ness com­mu­nity gath­ered Thurs­day at Va­len­cia Coun­try Club to rec­og­nize lo­cal lead­ers and or­ga­ni­za­tions at the 2018 Top Busi­nesses awards ban­quet.

The event cel­e­brated lead­er­ship and achieve­ment among the SCV’s busi­ness lead­ers.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate lo­cal busi­nesses and the lead­ers who make the Santa Clarita Val­ley a great place to do busi­ness,” said Richard Bud­man, pub­lisher of The Sig­nal, “and the event was a chance to say thanks, and rec­og­nize achieve­ments over the last year.”

The hon­orees in­cluded names and places that have played a sig­nif­i­cant role for SCV com­merce and in­dus­try in 2018.

The Busi­ness Lead­ers of the Year, for ex­am­ple, in­clude Holly Schroeder, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Santa Clarita Val­ley Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Corp., or SCVEDC, who leads an or­ga­ni­za­tion that’s cre­ated nu­mer­ous pub­lic and pri­vate part­ner­ship to help lo­cal busi­nesses.

The other hon­oree for Busi­ness Lead­ers of the Year is John Shaf­fery, who’s a mem­ber of the board of di­rec­tors for the SCVEDC, and one of the found­ing part­ners of Poole & Shaf­fery, LLP, which just cel­e­brated its 20th an­niver­sary in the Santa Clarita. The SCVEDC was also rec­og­nized as the Top Busi­nesses Growth Leader, for its ad­vo­cacy and work in at­tract­ing new busi­ness.

The Com­pany of the Year award went to FivePoint Hold­ings LLC and Land­scape De­vel­op­ment Inc. FivePoint’s mas­ter-planned neigh­bor­hoods set for Ne­whall Ranch will pro­vide thou­sands of new homes for the pop­u­la­tion growth ex­pected to hit the SCV as part of the area’s long­stand­ing “One Val­ley, One Vi­sion” plan.

And, Land­scape De­vel­op­ment has ex­panded quickly in the last 12 months, open­ing nu­mer­ous new of­fices, in­clud­ing a Las Vegas lo­ca­tion.

Scor­pion is be­ing cel­e­brated for its suc­cess and growth in 2018 as the SCV’s Em­ployer

of the Year. The internet mar­ket­ing com­pany has been rec­og­nized for its em­ployee-friendly at­mos­phere.

The In­no­va­tion of the Year award had two win­ners for 2018: Kaiser Per­ma­nente has ex­panded pa­tient care ac­cess in the SCV with a brand new, wel­com­ing fa­cil­ity; and Ad­vanced Bion­ics re­mains a global leader that con­stantly cre­ates new tech­nol­ogy and help for those with cochlear im­plants.

The Best Com­mu­nity Im­pact award went to two or­ga­ni­za­tions: Col­lege of the Canyons, which for the last decade has con­sis­tently grown its grad­u­at­ing classes, in­creas­ing ac­cess for lo­cal stu­dents. The other hon­oree, Henry Mayo Ne­whall Hos­pi­tal, is adding more than 140 pa­tient beds to its fa­cil­i­ties, and con­tin­u­ally brings new health out­reach to SCV res­i­dents.

The New Busi­ness of the Year award was presented to Sand Canyon Coun­try Club, which was re­cently pur­chased by Steve Kim.

This year’s win­ners for Ad Cam­paign of the Year award also showed of SCV’s mar­ket­ing acu­men: “Stolen,” by the city of Santa Clarita cre­atively demon­strates how res­i­dents need to be more mind­ful of the “de­signer col­lec­tion” it makes avail­able for would-be thieves; and “SCV Points Of In­ter­est,” by Va­len­cia Acura, demon­strates not only its ve­hi­cles’ curb ap­peal, but also the Santa Clarita Val­ley’s. Don and Cheri Flem­ing, co-own­ers of Va­len­cia Acura, who are in­volved in nu­mer­ous non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, also took home the Peo­ple’s Choice award.

Ed Master­son of SOS em­ceed the event, which was spon­sored by Mis­sion Val­ley Bank and Kaiser Per­ma­nente.

Dan Wat­son/The Sig­nal

Lo­cal busi­ness lead­ers were rec­og­nized and hon­ored dur­ing the 2018 Top Busi­nesses awards ban­quet.

Dan Wat­son/The Sig­nal

Don Kim­ball, left, rep­re­sent­ing FivePoint, and Gary Hor­ton, rep­re­sent­ing Land­scape De­vel­op­ment, Inc. were awarded with the Com­pany of the Year at the 2018 Busi­ness Jour­nal Top Busi­ness award ban­quet.

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