The Selection Committee for the 2018 Community & Business Awards met on March 29 to sift through nominations submitted by Chamber and community members for a variety of award categories. The Selection Committee is made up of representatives of the sponsors of the Awards luncheon, which will take place on April 27 at Levity Live at The Collection.
In addition to the nominations from the public, the Oxnard Chamber Board also selects a person, business, or organization to receive the Oxnard Trophy for bringing recognition to Oxnard and bettering the community.
Here are the awardees:
Distinguished Citizens of the Year – Sisters Servants of Mary
Since 1961 the Sisters Servants of Mary have been ministering to the sick day and night.
Woman of the Year – Marilyn Peake
Marilyn is the Community Outreach Officer for Ventura County Credit Union (VCCU) where she leads VCCU's financial education efforts in the Hispanic and immigrant community. She is very involved in Oxnard as a volunteer, serving on the MICOP and SEEAG boards of directors. She also donates her time at the St. John's food pantry and for the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Man of the Year – Scott Whitney
Chief Whitney has spent nearly 25 years with the Oxnard Police Department. In addition to serving as Chief, Scott stepped forward when Oxnard needed an interim city manager. Scott was born and raised in Oxnard and has dedicated his life to bettering the community.
Large Business of the Year – California Resources Corporation
California Resources Corporation has a strong dedication to the local communities where their employees live and work. CRC serves as an active and supportive community partner through impactful donations and volunteerism.
Small Business of the Year – Coastal Architects
Partners Michael Sanchez and Jeffrey Zook formed Coastal Architects ten years ago and have had quite an impact on Oxnard since then. They have been a transformative agent in Downtown revitalization and throughout the community.
Downtown Business of the Year – Xielo Artisan Desserts
The Ramirez family owns and operates their artisan Mexican café from the historical Woolworth building in Downtown Oxnard where they prepare and serve a unique variety of delicious foods using recipes passed down through generations of their family.
Innovative Business of the Year – The Annex at The Collection at RiverPark
New at The Collection in 2017, The Annex is a 16,000 square foot collection of microshops, artisan boutiques and epicurean discoveries showcasing unique local retailers, craft food and beverage purveyors.
Service Organization of the Year – Soroptimist International of Oxnard
In addition to everything Soroptimist of Oxnard does to enhance women's lives, they have added a new program called "Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls" which focuses on girls in secondary education programs who face obstacles to their future success.
Oxnard Trophy – Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau works tirelessly to promote Oxnard to both domestic and international visitors. Their efforts are paying off since Oxnard currently has the highest hotel occupancy rate and the highest average daily hotel rate of all the cities in Ventura County.
The 68th Annual Community & Business Awards luncheon will be April 27 at Levity Live at The Collection. Advance reservations are required. Call or click to sign up!