Central Valley Entrepreneur Winners Announced

Feb 26, 2013 No Comments by

FRESNO - The Fresno Chamber of Commerce, along with the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Central Valley Business Incubator, have announced the winners of the Entrepreneur Awards at the Fresno Chamber’s Annual Valley Business Awards Luncheon.

A surprised John E. Horstmann receives a hug from his son, John Horstmann, after learning he is the recipient of the 2013 Leon S. Peters Award. Horstmann will be recognized at the Fresno Chamber of Commerce’s 34th annual Valley Business Awards in Fresno on March 5.

“Highlighting the accomplishments of driven individuals in Fresno is something we here at the Chamber are proud to do,” said Al Smith, CEO of the Fresno Chamber. “Entrepreneurs are a big part of what makes Fresno business strong and it is imperative that we acknowledge their hard work.”

Four awards will be given out at the event.  First, the Harold Zinkin Entrepreneur of the Year award (a local business for over seven years), will be presented to The Assemi Family of Granville Homes for their enormous contribution to the revitalization of downtown and Fresno as a whole. In addition to their city-wide development, the company has made a vital philanthropic investment in the valley.

The winner of Rising Star of the Year Award (a local business for less than seven years) will be presented to restaurateur Dave Fansler. This innovative entrepreneur has continually explored new avenues of serving the City of Fresno’s palette with culinary delights which have been enthusiastically received by the local market. Fansler has opened up successful ventures such as Tahoe Joe’s, Yosemite Ranch Steakhouse and Pismo’s Coastal Grill.

The winner of the College Entrepreneur of the year is Facciani Photography.  Owner Laura Facciani stands out among fellow college entrepreneurs due to her love for and dedication to advancing her business. According to Nelson Sebra of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, “Laura is an example for others to follow and she is well beyond her classmates in advancing her already successful business.”

Finally, the winner of the High School Entrepreneur of the year is Trinity Revival, a clothing company, started by Dayna Kumpe, which takes apparel from local thrift stores and revamps it into something new and improved.

The Fresno Chamber will be honoring these winners, and winner of the Leon S. Peters Award– John E. Horstmann, at the Annual Valley Business Awards Luncheon, which will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at the New Exhibit Hall of the Fresno Convention Center from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. At the event, business and community leaders will gather to celebrate the efforts of these Fresno area entrepreneurs. For questions aboutthe event, call Chamber Events Manager Angela Vasquez at (559) 495-4825.


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