Thank you to our sponsors and guests for making the inaugural Champions of Business Celebration a wonderful experience! 
Last Thursday we welcomed more than 225 guests to the Performing Arts Center at Vistamar School. During the event the City of El Segundo announced that it has surpassed its “100 @ 100" goal, an ambitious initiative to attract 100 businesses by the city’s centennial anniversary in 2017.  To date, 103 new businesses call El Segundo home.

“The Champions of Business Celebration is a great opportunity to honor our fantastic business leaders and recognize their many significant accomplishments," said El Segundo Mayor Suzanne Fuentes. “All of our honorees have demonstrated exceptional leadership in business, innovation and philanthropy, and have made outstanding contributions to economic development in El Segundo."
Congratulations to our honorees! • The Champion of Business Award recognized Richard Lundquist for setting the standard for financial performance, innovation, and leadership, and for his strong commitment to philanthropic efforts in El Segundo and beyond.
• The Key to the City & Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Don Knabe for his many years of leadership and public service, and his countless contributions to the betterment of the region. 
• The Philanthropy Award was awarded to Chevron, for their outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs and leadership in philanthropy. The award was accepted by Henry Kusch, General Manager of the El Segundo Refinery.
• The Big Idea Award was given to Kite Pharma for their innovations and advancements in life-saving cancer therapies. The award was accepted by Tim Sirichoke, Kite Pharma’s Vice President of Manufacturing.
“The individuals and businesses recognized at the Champions of Business Celebration are a testament to what makes this city great," said Supervisor Don Knabe. “I am thrilled to see my dear friend Richard Lundquist recognized for his impact on economic development and job creation, as well as for his many generous philanthropic commitments.  He and the other honorees make a difference not just in El Segundo, but across our entire region."
					- See more highlights from the event here.

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