Winners Include Sharks President and CEO Greg Jamison
In March, The Silicon Valley Father’s Day Council announced the recipients of their 2007 Fathers of the Year Award. The four recipients, which included Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison, will be honored at a gala event benefiting the American Diabetes Association on May 30 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose.
GREG JAMISON, President & CEO, San Jose Sharks & Silicon Valley Sports Entertainment
Greg Jamison serves as manager of the San Jose Sports Entertainment Enterprises' (SJSEE) ownership group. He oversees the management of the San Jose Sharks hockey team, HP Pavilion at San Jose and Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment.
Mr. Jamison created The Sharks Foundation which offers resources and financial support to area youth programs. It has donated more than $3.6 million since its inception. He is a member and past president of the Board of Trustees of Ballet San Jose and is past chairman of the S.J. Convention & Visitors Bureau board. He serves on the boards of Special Olympics, KTEH and American Leadership Forum and San Jose Sports Authority.
Mr. Jamison is married to Vicki and they have a son, Spencer and daughter, Lynna.
HENRY HUONG LE, Co-Founder, Lee Bros Food Service, Inc.
After arriving in San Jose in 1979, he co-founded Lee Bros. Food Service, Inc. The company is a multi-million dollar food service provider and manufacturer. Mr. Le is also the founder of Lee's Sandwiches, one of California's most prominent Vietnamese full-service bakery and delis. He is also a general partner of several commercial development companies in California, Texas and Mississippi.
Mr. Le founded the Vietnamese American Broadcasting Co. in 1999. He is president of the Viet Heritage Society, an organization focused on the preservation and promotion of Vietnamese culture and history. He is also a founding member of the Vietnamese-American National Gala.
Mr. Le has been instrumental in the recovery of Katrina-ravaged Biloxi, Miss. Following the recent Hurricane Katrina disaster (in which he lost his home), He opened his Biloxi office to displaced victims to take refuge. Recently, he founded the Renew Hope Project to assist the Asian community of Biloxi in rebuilding their lives.
JOHN SALAMIDA, President, The Screen Shop
John Salamida, a third generation San Josean, has been president of The Screen Shop, the Salamida Family business, for the past 36 years. The San Jose Mercury News, as well as other business organizations and institutions, has recognized Mr. Salamida and the family business, for 62 years of accomplishments and awards. Mr. Salamida serves on the board of directors of two non profits and is a member and past president of several civic and cultural organizations.
He and his wife, Diane, are the proud parents of JoAnn, Julie, Sue and John Jr., all of whom work in the family business. They have 10 grand children, three of whom have begun to work there as well.
JESSE SINGH, Founder & CEO, BJS Electronics Inc.
Jessie Singh was born in 1958 in the state of Punjab, India and graduated from Punjab Agricultural University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1980.
Mr. Singh founded BJS Electronics Inc., which grew to be one of the largest independent distributors of computer components doing almost $225 million in annual sales. BJS Electronics was the first company in the USA to hire senior citizens and was recognized by Congress and ABC’s “Good Morning America” for this worthy effort.
He was the first non-resident Indian to be honored with the title “SON OF THE STATE" from his home state of Punjab. Mr. Singh has also hosted then sitting President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore while they were in office.
Other plateaus Mr. Singh has achieved are induction into the Hall of Science Museum in San Jose, the Edna McGhee Award, Distinguished Friend of San Jose State University and the only non-political invitee as a guest speaker to the first-ever Asian Political Alliance attended by 21 presidents and prime ministers.
Mr. Singh is married to Surinder and they have two sons, Sunny and Gary and one daughter, Shelly.
“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.”
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. The National Father’s Day Council was established in 1931 and holds Father of the Year Awards events in 18 cities. The organization’s previous national honorees have included John F. Kennedy, Colin Powell, Jack Lemmon, George Foreman and Wolf Blitzer.
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. 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.
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.
The 200 Father of the Year Awards dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on May 30 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. The public is invited. Tax deductible individual tickets cost $200. Tax deductible corporate sponsorships range from $3,000 to $35,000.