At its annual “Best of the West” awards show and dinner, WESTMARC honored several key figures in the West Valley business scene, as well as education and community leaders.
WESTMARC’s Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes “an innovative concept that attempts to fulfill a need for West Valley residents or preserve the West Valley’s assets or resources.”
Sintra Hoffman, president and CEO, presided over the event, with the President’s Choice Award going to Roberta “Bobbi” Magdaleno, executive director in the Office of Government and Community Engagement at Arizona State University. She is based at ASU’s West campus in Glendale.
WESTMARC also celebrated its 30th anniversary as a key player in West Valley economic development and advocacy during its annual awards show, held Oct. 22 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale.
Ottawa University’s Surprise campus won the Excellence in Innovation Award, beating out the city of Peoria’s autonomous shuttle “Robo Ride” that made its debut at Spring Training 2020.
The Inspiration in Leadership Award went to Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck.
After spending most of his adult life as a leader, both in city council and multiple terms as mayor of his hometown, Meck decided not to run for yet another reelection.
Julie Giese, Phoenix Raceway president, fittingly presented the Economic Engine Award, recognizing individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities or programs that have created a significant economic outcome and/or job creation for the West Valley
The Avondale Health-Tech Corridor was a finalist, but the award went to Microsoft, which is expanding data and technology centers in the West Valley.
WESTMARC awards also went to Verizon Wireless for Quality of Life Enhancement in the Community, Abrazo Healthcare’s Residency Program for Quality of Life Enhancement in Education and Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) for Regional Advancement.
“The Best of the West Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the image, lifestyle and economy in the West Valley,” Hoffman said. “WESTMARC is proud to honor these outstanding individuals and organizations making a great impact in the West Valley.”