Cal Maritime and President Cropper among 2017 "Spirit of Solano" Awardees
(Vallejo, California – December 19, 2017) – California State University Maritime Academy and President Thomas Cropper were among the organizations and individuals recognized at the 22nd Spirit of Solano awards earlier this month. The awards are given by Solano County's Chambers of Commerce, honoring businesses and organizations which "embody the true spirit of Solano County."
The Vallejo Chamber of Commerce selected Cal Maritime and President Cropper in recognition of the Academy's dedication to community service and Cropper's visibility and involvement in area organizations.
"President Cropper has been instrumental in bringing community leaders together," said Marisela Barbosa, Vallejo Chamber of Commerce board chair and owner of Green Hive Spaces. "He organizes monthly breakfast meetings to engage community leaders in an open forum to discuss current issues and concerns."
Cropper is also directly involved with many area organizations, including the Vallejo Education and Business Alliance, which he currently chairs. He is also on the boards of Leadership Vallejo, the Navy League, and the San Francisco Marine Exchange.
Cal Maritime cadets have been setting new records for year-over-year increases in community service hours – a key component of leadership training at the Academy. This year, they logged more than 9,000 hours working with local schools and community organizations.
President Cropper and Cal Maritime have been strong proponents for promoting and advancing Vallejo as a "College Town." Cropper has led the University during a period of change and growth. The campus is in year two of a 15-year comprehensive strategic plan covering athletics, student life, academics, technology, fundraising, strategic enrollment, human capital, and a bold campus physical master plan.
Other honorees at the Spirit of Solano awards program included:
•Amy Lawson and Pam Englund of Genentech were honored by the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce.
•Tamer Totah, owner and operator of Rockville Corners, was recognized by the Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
•Lionel Bohanon, owner/broker of L.B. Unique Properties Inc., was selected for recognition by the Solano County Black Chamber of Commerce.
•Wes and Cindy Stewart, owners of NAPA Auto Parts-Stewart Industrial Supply, were acknowledged by the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce.
•Noel Gallejo, owner of Allstate Insurance Agency in Vallejo, was recognized by the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Solano County.
•Steve Lessler of the Lessler Group, was selected as the Suisun honoree by the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce.
•Kelly and Sherry McLean and Ray Erk from Servpro of Fairfield were selected by the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce as the Fairfield recipients.
•Derek Wensky and Dawn Jamison accepted the award for Walmart Supercenter as the Dixon Chamber of Commerce awardee.
•Steve McClure of State Farm Insurance was selected as the Benicia Chamber of Commerce awardee.
The Spirit of Solano Awards Luncheon was sponsored by WestAmerica Bank and the Solano Economic Development Corporation.