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Milpitas Chamber of Commerce presents awards & swears in new Board of Directors

On Friday, October 21, at the Sonesta Silicon Valley Event Center, The Milpitas Chamber of Commerce presented its 2022 Awards Banquet, the first event of its kind since before the pandemic…

Milpitas Citizen of the Year 2021 was awarded to Jennifer Cullenbine. Police Officer of the Year 2020 was given to Kevin Jackson. Chamber Ambassador of the Year 2021 went to Francisco J. Hernandez Jr.

Bayview Golf Club took home Corporate Citizen of the Year 2021. Fire-Fighter of the Year 2021 went to Dave Hendrickson aka Hendo. Gino Lepe was awarded Police Officer of the Year 2021. Hope for the Unhoused took home Non-Profit of the Year 2021. And Business Person of the Year 2021 went to Rhoda Shapiro, the founder of The Milpitas Beat. 

In a statement, Chamber President Warren Wettenstein wrote, “Having served past 2 1/2+ years as Chamber President and received honor of Business Person of the Year 2019, I was pleased to have the Chamber present current Awards to the Community. This year we have around 200 attendees and, from the feedback we got, everyone was super impressed by the event.”

A new Chamber Board of Directors was also sworn in during the event, with Larry Ciardella, Francisco Hernandez, Anu Nakka, Warren Wettenstein, and Kelly Yip-Chuan beginning fresh 3-year terms; John Agg, Frank Cancilla, Juliette Gomez, Inderjit Mundra, and Victor San Vicente in for new 2-year terms; and Chris Horton and Suraj Viswanathan starting off 1-year terms.



 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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