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2017 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award Recipients Announced!
November 14, 2017
by Spirit Administrator
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Riverside, calif., November 14, 2017 — Amid an evening networking and incredible entertainment for world-renowned performance art painter Gregory Adamson, an audience of 900 business and community leaders attended the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards at the Riverside Convention Center to celebrate and honor Inland Empire entrepreneurs. The annual black-tie gala event recognizes the leadership, innovation and business acumen of successful local entrepreneurs.

This year's award recipients recognized at the black-tie gala, chosen from 27 finalists, include:

Eco Entrepreneur
Roy Dann, Cal Micro Recycling - Ontario

Family Business
Janet Steiner, Thoro Packaging - Corona

General Entrepreneur
Michael Fox, Fox Transportation - Rancho Cucamonga

Healthcare Entrepreneur
Michael Rappaport, Marketplace Physical Therapy and Wellness Center - Riverside

Manufacturing Entrepreneur
Loren Hanson and Dave Haffter, Fusion Sign and Design. - Riverside

Service-Based Entrepreneur
Chet Hitt, Sunset Hills Family of Mortuaries - Apple Valley

Small/Emerging Enterprise
Brad Trevithick, The Goat and Vine - Temecula

Social Entrepreneur
Dr. Frederick Axelrod, LifeStream - San Bernardino

Best of the Best Award (top entrepreneur of the event)
Michael Fox, Fox Transportation - Rancho Cucamonga


As part of the event festivities, the Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition was held for five future entrepreneurs to deliver a 90-second pitch about their up-and-coming venture idea to the audience and were critiqued on their overall preparation, poise and professional presentation. The top three pitches were recognized and the top student walked away with a $4,000 prize. The fast pitch, which involves students from Cal State San Bernardino, is sponsored by local entrepreneur Garner Holt of San Bernardino. Holt's company, Garner Holt Productions, is the world's leading manufacturer of Animatronics & Animatronic Figures. The top 3 finishers were:

  • Henessey Soto — Balmstrips
  • Mai Temraz — Lily Pads
  • Lisa Tucker — Sci-Art Camp
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