UXL Awards

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce proudly introduced a new annual program in 2009 to honor and celebrate the exceptional businesses and individuals of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce that have made a difference in our community. Nominations are open to everyone. You may nominate yourself or another who you think is deserving of consideration. Categories include Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. Nominations for 2017 are closed. 

For the past seven years, recipients have included the following:


UXLchair2From left to right:

Citizen of the Year, Kathleen Odne

Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Vistors Bureau Chair of the Board, Linda Rimac Colberg

Business of the Year recipient, De La Housaye & Associates represented by Angela De La Housaye





Citizen of the Year:  Eric Rudney, Rudney Associates (left)

Business of the Year: Diablo Publications, Barney Fonzi accepting (right)






Business of the Year: Quickmount PV                              Citizen of the Year: Dan Ashley



Citizen of the Year:  Primo Facchini

Business of the Year: Ingrid James, James Consolidated, Inc.



Educator of the Year: Peggy Shelby

Citizen of the Year:  Janet Abrams

Business of the Year: Ron Brown



Educator of the Year:  Rita Ziga – Brown, Walnut Creek Intermediate

Citizen of the Year:  Bryan Welden, Bryan Welden Painting

Business of the Year: Bonnie Water, Changes Salon & Day Spa



Educator of the Year:  Deborah Walker, Buena Vista Elementary

Citizen of the Year:  Richard D. DuBey Jr.

Business of the Year:  Diablo Auto Specialists, Tim Stussi

Small Business Person of the Year:  Rocco Biale 

Innovator of the Year:  U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute