The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce recognizes the contributions local citizens and businesses make in order to improve our community’s the quality of life. Anyone can nominate an individual or business for a breakfast award, the Gilroy Hall of Fame, or our Annual Spice of Life Awards (Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, etc.) Click on one of the categories below to see a description of the award along with a nomination form.
Gilroy Chamber of Commerce Awards
Gilroy Chamber of Commerce Monthly Awards
Nob Hill Award for Outstanding Service
- Presented at the monthly Breakfast Club meeting to a citizen, group, business or organization or outstanding involvement in the Gilroy community
- Established by Nob Hill Foods in 1979 to encourage community involvement
“High 5” Youth Award
- Presented monthly to young people making a difference in the local community
Business Beautification Award
- Recognizes business improvement efforts that generate pride in our community
Gilroy Hall of Fame Award
Acknowledges an individual who has lived or worked in Gilroy for 25 or more years and has played a significant role in the progressive development of Gilroy.
SPICE OF LIFE AWARDS
Man of the Year
- Acknowledges an individual with a history of unselfish service to the local community
- 2018 Winner: Gary Walton
- Gary Walton, has been an active member of the community for 30 years. As the current President of the Gilroy Downtown Business Association (GDBA), Gary works closely with downtown merchants to improve the “downtown experience.”
Woman of the Year
- Acknowledges an individual who has contributed to Gilroy’s welfare and betterment
- 2018 Winner: Lupe Lopez
- Lupe Lopez, owner of Arteaga’s Food Center, has received numerous awards and recognition for the work she does to create healthy habits and better educational opportunities. Lupe first opened Arteaga’s Food Center in 2001.
Large Business of the Year
- Recognizes an outstanding Gilroy Chamber of Commerce business member (with 26 or more employees) that has made a significant contribution to the community of Gilroy
- 2018 Winner: Noah Concrete
- Noah Concrete Corporation is a family owned business founded in 1996 and established in San Jose. The company’s success allowed for rapid expansion and they moved their operations to Gilroy in 2000.
Small Business of the Year
- Recognizes an outstanding Gilroy Chamber of Commerce business member (with 25 or fewer employees) that has demonstrated an extraordinary level of excellence and success
- 2018 Winner: Cafe 152 Bread Company
- Bruce and Audrey Haller opened their first Café 152 restaurant in 2005. They expanded their effort in 2012 and opened Café 152 Burger Company located on Church Street. Never settling, they decided to open Café 152 Bread Company which proudly sits at the corner of Eigleberry and 4th Street.
Gilroy Educator of the Year
- Recognizes an individual who has enhanced the learning experience in Gilroy
- 2018 Winner: Maria Walker
- Maria Walker, Principal of Solorsano Middle School, saw her pursuit of being an educator a true calling. Maria found the idea of helping a child learn and grow educationally satisfied her need to help others. She began her career in the Gilroy Unified School District in 1990 as a substitute teacher
Non-Profit of the Year
- Recognizes a community non-profit organization that has made a significant contribution to the health and livability of the Gilroy community
- 2018 Winner: Rebekah Children’s Services
- Rebekah Children’s Services’ mission is to see the community flourish by building pathways to hope, happiness and well-being. They achieve this through a myriad of programs and it’s for that reason, they are the 2018 Non-Profit of the Year.
Firman B. Voohries Volunteer of the Year
- Gives special recognition to an Chamber of Commerce volunteer who has performed above and beyond the call of duty, and who has contributed to furthering the mission of the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce
- 2018 Winner: Joyce Duarte
- Joyce has been a volunteer with the Chamber of Commerce for more than 26 years. She has served on the Ambassador Committee for the entire time. You can often see her at the monthly After-Hours Mixers and Chamber breakfasts checking people in, selling raffle tickets, and doing whatever it takes to create a successful event. She is often seen at ribbon cuttings as well.
Susan Valenta Youth Leadership Award
- Awarded to young leaders in the community who inspire others through their service and dedication
- 2018 Winner: Michael Kong
- With a desire to attend Columbia University to study biochemistry and pursue a career in the medical field in cardiothoracic surgery or psychiatry, Michael Kong is the 2018 Susan Valenta Youth Leadership Award winner.