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2011 Craig Calkins Memorial Executive of the Year Award

Every year PEA awards one of their members the prestigious Craig Calkins Executive of the Year award.  This award was named after one of PEA’s founding members, Craig Calkins.  Leading up to the announcement of the 2011 winner, PEA members shared some background and stories about Craig.

Dr. Chuck Fulonovich, Palo Alto Chiropractic read this piece by Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler that he thought captured Craig well.

Craig Calkins, one of our founding members, set us all a humbling example of what a PEA member should be. Craig arrived early at every meeting with the goal of learning more about one of his fellow members. He never sat with the same group each week. He always assumed that there was something fascinating about each individual, and about their business, that he would benefit from learning. He made sure to make every new member feel welcome, greeting them by name each week. He carried the PEA roster with him during every working day, knowing he might have the opportunity, in talking with a client, to help both the client and his fellow PEA member by making a referral. He regarded meetings and open houses as business appointments, and realized the importance of giving back to the organization by serving on the board and on committees. Craig represented the heart and soul of the organization. He would be proud to see the energy and dedication in the room every Thursday morning, so many years after he and his friends first got together to help each other do more business.

In his honor, PEA’s Executive of the Year award is named for him, recognizing members who embody Craig’s dedication, energy and professionalism.

Craig was Chuck’s sponsor and Chuck still remembers Craig very fondly.

Don Miller, Honorary Member also spoke to the group about the Craig Calkins Executive of the Year award and Craig Calkins the person.  Don was the 2nd recipient of the award back in 1989.  Don noted that 14 of the past recipients are still coming to PEA (out of a total of 23).  Don encouraged members to try to be more like Craig by staying for the entire meeting – everyone has commitments and he encourages members to tweak their schedules so that they can stay until 8:30.

Finally, Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler spoke to the group.  Georgie is another long-time PEA member who knew Craig personally.  The qualities of a Craig Calkins Executive of the Year winner do indeed describe what Craig was like.  He was a consummate lead-giver and believed that lead-giving is the life blood of the organization.  His attendance was superlative and he always stayed for the entire meeting.  The criteria for the Craig Calkins award are:

  • Leads – quality, quantity, follow-through
  • Networking – meeting and participating with other firms, helping them to develop business
  • Service – serving on the Board of Directors or on committees and on other community projects
  • Attendance – making an effort to attend every meeting
  • Deportment – projecting a self-image beyond reproach
  • Professional Attributes – integrity, support, enthusiasm, consistency, inspiration, dedication, and commitment.

This year Erik Jacobsen, Threestory Studio presented the 2011 Executive of the Year award.  The winner is a dedicated member of PEA.  Some of the ways the nominating committee described the winner was a helpful person, good leads-giver, no-nonsense and professional.  This person does the little things that make PEA better.  This person helps with panel discussions, set-up and clean-up, and even modeled at the auction as an elf!  This person is the Chair of a committee (and Chair of the omelets station!) and goes above and beyond at PEA.  The winner is open, giving, cheerful, and enthusiastic.

The 2011 Craig Calkins Executive of the Year award was presented to…

Karen Bowne, Sheraton Palo Alto!

Congratulations Karen!!

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