On May 30, San Jose Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison was named as one of four recipients of the 2007 “Father of the Year” Award from the Silicon Valley Father’s Day Council which helps raise funds for the American Diabetes Association.
Joining Jamison as honorees at the gala held at the Fairmont Hotel were Henry Huong Le, co-founder, Lee Bros Food Service, Inc.; John Salamida, president, The Screen Shop; and, Jesse Singh, founder and CEO, BJS Electronics, Inc.
|Sharks President and CEO Greg Jamison. |
Formed in 1931, the Father's Day Council identifies and honors fathers who have demonstrated the ability to balance their personal lives with their professional careers, to serve as role models for their children, and to help make a positive difference in their communities. Since 1999, the Father's Day Council has joined the American Diabetes Association to host the Father of the Year Awards dinner, benefiting the research, education, and advocacy initiatives of the American Diabetes Association. It holds Father of the Year awards events in 18 cities and past national honorees have included former President John F. Kennedy, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, actor Jack Lemmon, boxing legend George Foreman and journalist Wolf Blitzer.
“This is a tremendous honor,” said Jamison. “I am happy to be recognized, but more importantly am pleased to be helping to increase awareness of diabetes and assisting in raising resources to help in diabetes research. It was a special night that I was able to share with my family.”
The Silicon Valley chapter of the National Father’s Day Council is a volunteer organization that annually recognizes individuals who exemplify outstanding commitment to children, family and community.
“We are proud to honor these four exceptional fathers who have demonstrated the ability to balance their personal lives with achieving high levels of success in their chosen careers, all the while serving as outstanding role models for our community,” said Christopher Wilder, chairman of the Silicon Valley Father’s Day Council. “They deserve recognition, not only as fathers and community leaders, but for the fight they are leading to prevent and find a cure for diabetes.”
Over 20 million Americans, 1.5 million in California have diabetes and 54 million more have pre-diabetes. More than one-third of those with diabetes are undiagnosed. Diabetes is a serious, life-threatening and incurable disease that can lead to loss of life or complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations if untreated. It is the fifth-leading cause of death by disease.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization concerned with diabetes and its complications. Founded in 1940, the Association provides services in communities nationwide. The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Jamison serves as manager of the San Jose Sports and Entertainment Enterprises' (SJSEE) ownership group and provides direction and leadership to the San Jose Sharks hockey team, HP Pavilion at San Jose Management, L. P. and Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, Jamison oversees all aspects of the day-to-day business operations of the organization, serves on SJSEE's ownership board and handles all major company decisions.
During his tenure, Jamison has overseen the transformation of the Sharks into one of the National Hockey League's most respected and successful franchises. In his nine seasons as president, the team has advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs eight times and is only one of three teams to have appeared in seven playoff rounds over the past three seasons.
He created The Sharks Foundation — established to meet the educational, social and cultural needs of the local community by offering unique resources and financial support to those in need. Last year, The Sharks Foundation donated nearly $100,000 in cash to seven beneficiaries and a total of $3.6 million since its inception.
Jamison is an active participant in the endeavors of several local community organizations, including serving as past board president and now a member on the Board of Trustees of Ballet San Jose and past chairman of the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau Board. He's a member of other boards — including Special Olympics, KTEH and American Leadership Forum and San Jose Sports Authority.
The entire Sharks Organization congratulates Greg on receiving “Father of the Year” honors.