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    Join SBEMP for the 5th Annual SBEMP Awards, recognizing and honoring individuals who are making significant contributions to the growth and development of the Coachella Valley Business Community!

    Nominees by category

    Impact Award
    Darla Burkett – Coachella Valley Rescue Mission
    Ron Celona – CV Repertory
    Jessica Enders, Amanda Phillips, Katie Cartier – COD EDGE
    Sam Heaton – CODA Gallery
    Jeff Grubbe – Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
    Bob Kambe – Avid Physical Therapy
    Lindsay Kaufman – Dance with Miss Lindsay
    Jack Srebnik – Desert Restaurant Group

    Entrepreneurship Award
    Monica and Tim Bradley – Haus of Poke
    Dr. Stefie Ribeiro – Perspective Optometry
    Danny Zhou – Dosooz

    Leadership Award
    Dirk Alton – Best Beverage and Catering
    Carrie Babij – Desert Insurance Solutions
    Greg Barton – Barton CPA
    Todd Blue – Indigo Auto Group
    Lowell Elg and Jen Anderholt – Dishwater Blonde
    Tim Esser – Esser Air Conditioning and Heating
    Stephen Little – Claro Pool Services, Inc.
    Matt Naylor – Architectural Blue
    Michael Pheil and Dave Welty – Xpress Graphics
    Denise Wilson – Desert Jet

    Environment Award
    John and Nicole Criste – Terra Nova Planning and Research
    George Gonzalez – Conserve LandCare
    Kristi Hanson – KHA Architects
    Lorraine Ornelas – Luscious Lorraine’s


    SBEMP 2018 Annual Business Awards


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    (From left) Blair Merrihew, Siria Vidal, Alanna Udcoff, Toni Merrihew, Nachhattar Chandi, Susanna Chandi, Peggy Sue Lane and Erick Delgado.
    PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAN ESLINGER

    More than 160 of the Coachella Valley’s business leaders gathered Oct. 10  at Colony 29 in Palm Springs to celebrate the nominees and award winners at the Fourth Annual SBEMP Business Awards.

    Founded by the law firm Slovak, Baron, Empey, Murphy, and Pinkney (SBEMP) in 2015, the SBEMP Business Awards celebrate people who actively contribute to the economic growth of the Coachella Valley in unique and impactful ways.

    This year’s award winners were Sheila Thornton of OneFuture Coachella Valley (Impact Award); Chris Pardo of Chris Pardo Design (Entrepreneurship Award); Gerry and Casey Washack of Fit in 42 (Leadership Award); Vincent Battaglia of Renova Energy (Environmental Award), and Nachhattar Chandi of Chandi Group USA (Legacy Award).

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    Guidelines

    SBEMP BUSINESS AWARDS – SELECTION COMMITTEE GUIDELINES 2018

    Congratulations and thank you for participating on the Selection Committee for the SBEMP Business Awards.

    Please save the evening of October 10, 2018 to attend the Awards Ceremony and be honored for your contribution to this year’s Awards.

    The purpose of these awards is to recognize individuals who are making significant contributions to the Coachella Valley’s business community.

    The SBEMP Awards departs from other business awards programs in several significant ways:

    • Innovation and “out-of-the-box” thinking are paramount
    • Recipients should be individuals who have made recent and momentous contributions to the Coachella Valley business community
    • Emphasis is to be placed on the concept of “recent” as these awards should not be given for “lifetime achievement”
    • Candidates whose contributions are primarily philanthropic should not be considered
    • We’re particularly interested in recognizing individuals who would “fly under the radar” in other awards programs. Popularity and/or prominence in society should not be a factor in your decision-making
    • In evaluating candidates, particular scrutiny should be given to the relative merit of the contribution(s) and adverse consequences that would undermine the value of those contribution(s). These consequences might include creation of minimum wage jobs, “burst” (one time, quick staffing) employment, seasonal employment, significant adverse environmental impact, ethical issues and so on.

    The Awards

    • SBEMP Entrepreneurship Award

    This award honors the individual who has created a new business in the Coachella Valley that has experienced significant financial growth and quality job creation. This award is exclusively given to individuals working in for-profit enterprises.

    • SBEMP Leadership Award

    This award goes to the individual who has grown an existing business (2+ years) in the Coachella Valley that has resulted in significant financial and/or quality job creation. This award can also recognize an individual in a non-profit or government agency that has addressed a critical economic issue.

    • SBEMP Impact Award

    This award honors an advocate, educator, journalist, consultant or government official who has contributed in a significant way to an economic initiative which has positively affected the local business economy (without adverse unintended consequences).

    • SBEMP Environmental Award

    This award honors an individual who has implemented one or more innovative solutions in their business that protects or enhances the environment. (This is not intended as an award only for “green” industry businesses. Any business that innovates with environmentally friendly solutions can be considered here).

    The Nomination Process:

    • Each committee member should nominate a minimum of 1 candidate for each award by May 16, 2018.
    • Once the nominating period is over, judges will be provided with all nomination forms.
    • Judges will be able to meet nominees in person during the Nominee Reception in June.
    • Judges should equally weight the merit of each candidate presented, without being influenced by multiple nominations or their own nominations. The contribution with the greatest merit should be the leading factor, without regard to popularity.
    • Members will meet mid-summer to discuss the nominees in each category and to determine the winner of each award.

    Nomination Requirements & Considerations:

    • Recipients must be full-time Riverside County residents
    • Recipients must be engaged in business with an office in Riverside County.
    • Only individuals can receive and be named on the award. These awards are not for businesses or institutions.
    • There are no age restrictions for recipients. Awards can be given to minors.
    • Where the contribution is of social service nature, greater weight should be given to efforts that help people help themselves over those that are merely a maintenance solution.
    • It will be helpful to try to put dollar value on each contribution to assess its real value.
    • When considering a candidate involved with a “big box” enterprise, caution should be exercised to ensure their contribution is not merely the result of a corporate initiative.

    To nominate, visit here.


    2018 SBEMP Business Awards judges

    Adam Ochoa
    The Practice
    44651 Village Court
    Suite 125
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    aochoa@thepracticecpa.com


    Kristi Hanson
    KHA Architects
    72-185 Painters Path, Ste. A
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    kristi@kristihanson.com


    Paige Skip
    78365 Highway 111
    PMB 508
    La Quinta, CA 92253
    paigeskip@gmail.com

    Antun Barbato
    Family Development
    73081 Fred Waring Drive
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    antun@fdgroup.us

     

    Stephanie Greene
    FG Creative
    74020 Alessandro, Suite E
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    stephanie@fgcreative.com

    Marcie Madain
    Fresh Juice Bar
    73030 El Paseo #104
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    Marcie.madain@aol.com

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