Community Awards: The San Ramon Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2013 Community Award winners:
Citizen of the Year: Steve Renfro, a longtime San Ramon resident who is very active in the community working as league president for the San Ramon Girls Athletic League, which serves more than 1,000 softball players per year. He also assists at California High School as the varsity assistant softball coach and coaches a highly competitive under-14 travel softball team with the NorCal Valley Stompers.
Business Person of the Year: Ian Schuste, president and founder of Schubros Brewery in San Ramon. He moved to San Ramon in 2007 after working in London and Tokyo managing Aeon's (Asia's largest retail chain) private label program and Altria's (Kraft, Miller, and Philip Morris during his tenure) brand portfolios. Before that Ian was an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Kosovo War and two Iraqi conflicts. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and London Business School.
Educator of the Year: Nicholas Zefeldt, a San Ramon educator since 2007. As a third-grade teacher, he works to bring to life the curriculum that he teaches while being a role model for students. In 2012, he began working as an instructional technology coach. He supports a staff of 50-plus educators and 1,100-plus students at Live Oak Elementary School. He teaches staff and students how to podcast, blog and use the Internet for learning at all elementary grade levels. This winter, he will co-found the Golden Eagle Coding Club, an extracurricular group at Live Oak for fourth- and fifth-grade students.
Employee of the Year: Janel Rupp. She joined the Fisher-Nickel Inc. Food Service Technology Center in 2008, as an administrative assistant to the project management team but quickly moved up to take on the responsibility of the center's education and outreach program. She is the architect of all FSTC social media and she also develops educational and outreach materials.
Green Company of the Year: Sprint. Tony D'Anna, the West Area Manager for Solution Engineering and Cloud Services, accepted the award. Sprint has made a commitment to social, ethical and environmental responsibility. Sprint is constantly seeking out ways to improve business practices in efforts to increase sustainability. Sprint ranked No. 3 on Newsweek's 2011 and 2012 Rankings of America's Greenest Companies and was also recognized as the mobile telecommunications sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2011 and 2012.
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