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"The Best of the West Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the image, lifestyle, and economy in the West Valley and WESTMARC is proud to honor these outstanding individuals and organizations making a great impact in the West Valley" - Sintra Hoffman, WESTMARC President and CEO

Program

Mobile/Online Silent Auction

Live Music - Mark Florentine

Welcome - Host Sandra Bassett

National Anthem - Patrick McDermott

WESTMARC Welcome - Jon Howard & Sintra Hoffman

Dinner Service - Levy Restaurants

Awards Presentation

Scholarship Presentation

Closing Remarks: Sintra Hoffman

Silent Auction

WESTMARC would like to thank the individuals and organizations that have generously donated to this event’s silent auction. To place bids on auction items online, please use the "Silent Auction Registration" link below. WESTMARC staff members will be present at the event to be your “Personal Shopper” if you are unable to bid via your cell phone.

Award Categories, Finalists & Presenters

West Valley Economic Engine Award

The Economic Engine Award recognizes individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities or programs which have created a significant economic outcome and/or job creation for the West Valley

Finalists

  • Avondale Health-Tech Corridor
  • Microsoft

Presenter

Julie Giese, Phoenix Raceway President

West Valley Excellence In Innovation

The Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities or programs which have demonstrated an innovative concept that attempts to fulfill a need for West Valley residents or preserve the West Valley’s assets or resources

Finalists

  • Ottawa University
  • Peoria Autonomous Shuttle (Robo Ride)

Presenter

Neil Terry, Orcutt Winslow; WESTMARC Chair Elect; West Valley Arts Council Chair

Event Sponsors

West Valley Quality of Life Enhancement Award - Community

The Quality of Life Enhancement Award recognizes individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities or programs which have enhanced the quality of life for West Valley residents.

Finalists

  • Verizon
  • White Tank Mountains Conservancy

Presenter

Libby Francisco, Chief Operating Officer at Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment

West Valley Quality of Life Enhancement Award - Education

The Quality of Life Enhancement Award recognizes individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities or programs which have enhanced the quality education for West Valley residents, including programs, facilities and leaders

Finalists

  • Abrazo West Campus
  • West Point High School

Presenter

Dr. Roger Freeman, Littleton Elementary School District Superintendent

WESTMARC Board of Directors Leadership and Economic Advancement Recognitions

WESTMARC President’s Choice Award

The WESTMARC President’s Choice Award is proposed by the WESTMARC President and CEO in 2017 to honor a WESTMARC Issue Committee Member who has served as an example of extraordinary leadership by going above and beyond in their contribution to WESTMARC. Additionally, this person has been recognized by their WESTMARC Committee peers for contributions that advanced the Committee’s work in an exceptional manner and increased member value for the organization.

Recipient

Bobbi Magdaleno, ASU Community & Government Relations

Presenter

Sintra Hoffman, President & CEO, WESTMARC

West Valley Regional Advancement Award

The West Valley Regional Advancement Award was created by the WESTMARC Executive Committee to honor a person, group or organization that has strengthened and transformed the West Valley’s position for economic growth.

Recipient

West-MEC

Presenter

Vice Mayor Betty Guardado, City of Phoenix

West Valley Inspiration in Leadership Award

The West Valley Inspiration in Leadership Award was created by the WESTMARC Executive Committee in 2013 to honor a person, group or organization which serves as an example of extraordinary leadership to others

Recipient

Mayor Jackie Meck, City of Buckeye

Presenter

Mayor Ken Wise, City of Avondale