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Excellence in Service:
Many past winners of South Coast Business & Technology Awards have shared their experience and wisdom in Enterprise Forum programs over the years, some several times as their businesses grew.
Programs have included topics ranging from the impact of technology on the music business, the wine business, the newspaper business, mobile communication, online education, ocean farming, clean energy, infrared imaging, cloud computing, technology transfer, medical devices, digital moviemaking, bootstrapping startups, and the many lessons learned by entrepreneurs.
Companies and entrepreneurs featured in past programs have created thousands of high-value jobs in the Central Coast, adding an important leg to the tourism and retail economies of the region. These new businesses and the new jobs sprang from opportunities created by change and disruption forced on mature markets.
In recent years, the Enterprise Forum has teamed with Santa Barbara Community TV (Channels 17 and 71) to film and broadcast its programs multiple times. This has broadened the audience and created an archive of past programs now available on the Enterprise Forum's website (MITCentralCoast.com).
The Enterprise Forum has also been building working relationships with other groups supporting innovation and entrepreneurial activity in the Central Coast.
Last year, the global MIT Enterprise Forum joined with MIT's Technology Review, the world's leading technology and innovation magazine. This linkage has given each local chaper access to the work of all chapters worldwide and to the substantial resources and global reach of the Technology Review.
Entrepreneur of the Year:
Klaus was a co-founder and CTO of Expertcity/CitrixOnline from 1998 through 2005 and was the visionary behind GoToMyPC, GoToAssist, and GoToMeeting. He led the teams responsible for building the products and the secure, reliable Software-as-a-Service infrastructure. He is passionate about building long lasting companies and is active in the local entrepreneur community, speaking and participating in organizations such as the MIT Enterprise Forum, Catalyst for Thought, and UCSB Technology Management Program.
As an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Klaus is a widely published research scientist with extensive experience developing scalable, highly parallel computer environments and is a frequent guest lecturer in the Computer Science Department.
Klaus holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and has received numerous academic awards, including recent recognition as a recipient of the UC Berkeley Computer Science Distinguished Alumni Award. Klaus and his wife Martina live in Santa Barbara and both of their daughters are now students at UC Berkeley. When he's not sharing his vision, validating new product offers or setting the strategy you can find him outdoors hiking or stand-up paddleboarding, enjoying the beauty of Santa Barbara.
Company of the Year:
Our 82-year history influences the way we conduct our business today - with uncompromising integrity and superior service. Our use of technology and industry expertise has earned us a reputation for anticipating and meeting our customer's changing needs. Recent technological advances include a state-of-the-art CRM system and online billing, along with virtualization and cloud products - programs that serve our customers and make our employees more efficient. In addition, our technology team builds commercial websites that offer large universities and healthcare providers an easy and efficient uniform ordering service.
Mission Linen Supply has also been recognized by two national agencies for meeting the highest quality health and safety standards. Here in Santa Barbara, our organization has been providing linen and uniform services to City employees since 1960, and we continue to broaden our offerings for other municipalities, hospitality, healthcare and industrial accounts. By staying true to Ben Page's ideals, our business remains robust - while our vendor, client and employee relations flourish.
Today we focus our efforts on maximizing profits and operating efficiencies for our customers by offering them one-stop shopping for their linen and industrial needs.
Mission Linen Supply manages more that 40 plants and employees 3,000 people in California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and Oregon. Linda Page, the founder's daughter is the company's board chair. The company relies on technology and environmentally-minded vendor partners to conserve resources and reduce waste.
Executive of the Year:
Promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cottage Health System in January 2000, Ron Werft first joined Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in 1987 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The three-hospital not-for-profit system provides acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care to the residents of the Central Coast of California. Offering an unusually broad scope of clinical services, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is both a teaching hospital for medical residents and the only Level II Trauma Center between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Prior to joining Cottage, Werft was Associate Director at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic in Minneapolis, a 586-bed university teaching hospital with which he was affiliated for seven years. Prior to that, he served a year as Administrative Fellow with the St. Thomas Health District in London, England. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, he holds a Master's degree in Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Werft currently serves locally on the boards of United Way of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Partners in Education, Fighting Back and CenCal Health. He is past chair of the California Hospital Association, and the Hospital Association of Southern California, and serves on the board of Volunatry Hospitals of America West Coast.
He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of three children.
Cottage Health System (CHS) was formed in 1996, reflecting the affiliation and merger with Santa Ynez Valley Hospital (1995) and Goleta Valley Community Hospital (1996). Today, CHS is the largest private employer in Santa Barbara County, last year caring for more than 20,000 inpatients at its three facilities and treating 65,000 people in its 24-hour emergency department. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH), originally founded in 1888, also includes the comprehensive pediatric programs of Cottage Children's Hospital and the inpatient and outpatient programs of Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital. SBCH recently completed construction on the major phase of its new hospital, moving patients and staff into the award-winning facility in February of this year. All three hospitals are complying with State-mandated requirements to meet new earthquake safety standards in California hospitals. The greater Santa Barbara community's generosity has been critically important in helping to pay for this unfunded mandate for CHS at a cost of more than $900 million.
He was a founder of CytomX, LLC in 2006 and served as Chairman and CEO during the initial two years of technology development and market definition. In 2008, the company spun off Cynvenio, LLC and Fred continued as Chairman of both companies. Cynveno recently announced its successful first-in-class development of a Liquid Biopsy system for early cancer detection and post-operative monitoring which it is in the process of launching. CytomX Therapeutics is developing Probodies - a new class of power antibody drugs with substantially reduced toxic side effects. The first Probodies are expected to be in the clinic in late 2013. Fred is also an investor and Board member of TrueVision, which develops and markets flat panel HDTV systems for computer aided microsurgery.
Fred was with McKinsey & Co. from 1967 to 1995 and led the Firm as its elected Managing Director (CEO) from 1988 to 1994, when he retired and joined The Bechtel Group, where he served as Vice-Chairman and Director. Fred retired from Bechtel in July 1998. He rejoined McKinsey & Co. as a consultant to the firm in 1998 and continued in that role until July 2003.
During his years at McKinsey, Mr. Gluck consulted extensively with U.S., European, and Far East companies, with particular emphasis in the telecommunications, electronics, heavy machinery, and health care industries, He also led the Firm's technology and strategic management practices for many years and wrote and spoke extensively on those subjects during that period. Fred's contributions to the development of the discipline of corporate strategy are featured in Walter Kiechel's book "The Lords of Strategy".
During the 6 years in led the Firm, McKinsey doubled in size and greatly expanded its internation presence, particularly in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.
Before joining McKinsey, Mr. Gluck spent 10 years with Bell Telephone Laboratories working in program management, systems analysis and engineering, and guidance systems design. At the time he left Bell Labs, he was a program manager for the Spartan anti-missile missile. In 1967, Bell labs nominated Mr. Gluck for the Eta Kappa Nu Awards at the country's "Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer".
Fred earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College in 1957 and a master's degree in the same field from New York University in 1959. In addition, he did graduate studies in operations research at Columbia University.
Mr. Gluck recently retired after 14 years of service as a director of AMGEN (Thousand Oaks, CA) [NASDAQ] and was the presiding director of HCA (Nashville, TN) [NY Stock Exchange] prior to its LBO in 2007.
He was a Vice-Chairman of New York Hospital prior to its merger with Columbia Presbyterian and recently achieved Emeritus status after 36 years of service. He is also active in eleemosynary activities in Santa Barbara, California, where he has served as a trustee of the Cottage Health Sytem, the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) Foundation, as Founding Chairman of the Advisory Council of the (Kavli) Institute of Theoretical Physics.