Monteray Bay Hall of Fame

When: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Where: The Inn at Spanish Bay: 2700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93593

Join us for the 14th annual induction ceremony honoring outstanding Monterey Bay entrepreneurs, business professionals and community leaders who have made a significant contribution to the economic and social development of the Central Coast. Through business excellence, innovative leadership and community involvement, these exceptional honorees serve as role models to their peers and to the next generation of business leaders- our Junior Achievement students.  

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2019 Laureates:

Tonya Antle

Co-Founder and EVP, Organic Produce Network

A driving force in farming and produce for more than 30 years, Tonya Antle is the Co-founder and EVP of the Organic Produce Network (OPN), which launched in January 2017. She is among the true advocates and trailblazers in organic produce, helping to propel it from the fringe to mainstream grocery retailers.

For more than 13 years, Tonya led the organic charge from her role as vice president of organic sales at Earthbound Farm, the country's leading brand of organic vegetables and salads. She was instrumental in helping to build the brand to its half billion-dollar sales level. Tonya has also consulted for leading U.S. venture capital firms about investments in the organic category.

Tonya's achievements have been recognized with an abundance of industry awards. She is the 2016 co-recipient, along with her husband, Rick, of the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award; the 2003 recipient of the Women in Produce achievement award; and the 2017 Ag Against Hunger Agricultural Woman of the Year Award.

In 2010, she joined the Ag Business Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, as an adjunct professor in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Marketing. She also guest lectures at Hartnell Junior College's Ag Business Department and at California State University Monterey Bay's (CSUMB) School of Business. She currently is a member of the Women's Fund Leadership Council which is a field of interest fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County, where she recently completed a $1.5 million endowment campaign for this fund. Tonya also serves on the Panetta Institute Foundation Board.

Tonya grew up on her family's table grape and citrus farm in Delano, California. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from the University of California at Irvine. Her time is well-balanced among her entrepreneurial role in the organic produce industry, community volunteerism, and family.

Janine M. Chicourrat

General Manager, Portola Hotel & Spa

Janine Chicourrat's career has encompassed successful tenures at some of California's most renowned hospitality companies, including Pebble Beach Resorts and the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group. She now brings nearly 20+ years of operations and management leadership to her position as general manager of the Portola Hotel & Spa, where she spearheaded their U.S. Green Building Council LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification.
Chicourrat spent eight years at the world-famous Pebble Beach Resorts, rapidly moving up through the ranks from room division manager to general manager of Casa Palermo & The Spa at Pebble Beach, and later The Lodge at Pebble Beach.
She led the opening team for Casa Palermo, and in 1999 was tapped to take over the operations for the 22,000-square-foot Spa at Pebble Beach. While serving as general manager of The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Chicourrat was involved in all aspects of running the Lodge Division as well as assisting in the coordination of such high-profile events as the AT&T Pro-Am and Concours d'Elegance car show. Under her guidance, The Lodge was touted as the Top Resort in Mainland U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler's 2003 Readers' Choice Awards Poll, one of the most prestigious honors in the hospitality industry.
Chicourrat began her career in the hospitality industry in 1993 as a sales manager for the Kimpton Group's Monticello Inn. Seeking to establish herself at the San Francisco-based hospitality management company, she worked in several capacities across various properties before moving up to general manager of Monticello Inn. After seven years with the Kimpton Group, Chicourrat moved to Lake Tahoe to take on the role of director of lodging operations for Northstar at Tahoe, where she oversaw the operations of 260 privately-owned homes and condominiums.
Along with her responsibilities at the Portola Hotel & Spa, Chicourrat currently serves on the board of the Monterey County Hospitality Association, the board for the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Foundation board for CSU Monterey Bay, and on the board of the Carmel Residents Association. She also served as a hospitality representative for the United States Agency and International Development (USAID) program, working with the City of Monterey, Country of Croatia and The City of Dubrovnik on economic development. Janine was awarded the Monterey County Hospitality Association's 2015 Hospitality Professional of the year.

Ron Elliott

Founder and CEO, Excelligence Learning Corporation (retired)

Ron founded Discount School Supply, the flagship customer-facing business brand of Excelligence Learning Corp, in 1985 in Aptos using $40,000 of credit card debt. He led the company as CEO through 2007 and remained after as Chairman through the company's sale in 2011.
Today, Excelligence is a leading, nationwide provider of products that generate $350M+ of annual revenue and employs more than 1,000 total employees across the country, of which approx. 200+ work out of Monterey headquarters in Ryan Ranch. Excelligence continues to be a leading provider of high quality, value-priced products, materials, and services for child care centers, preschools, elementary schools, and teachers. These products include popular brands such as Crayola, in addition to the company's private label Colorations brand. Through acquisition, Excelligence has a total of eight customer-facing brands in addition to Discount School Supply, including Really Good Stuff, Children's Factory, Angeles, Learning Carpets, Frog Street Press, and Educational Products Inc.
Ron was a visionary in the educational products marketplace. Discount School Supply was the first "value-price" distributor to base product selling prices on MRSP/SRP, with a "below retail" approach that allowed schools/centers nationwide to save money when purchasing regular, everyday supplies like crayons, markers, finger-paint, and glue. The value-pricing concept was established in hopes of lowering student tuition, hiring more teachers, and/or paying teachers more. Today, Discount School Supply and all other Excelligence customer-facing brands are among the largest and most popular suppliers in the marketplace, serving more than 250,000 customers nationwide.

Steve Goldman

Principal, SSB Construction

Steve Goldman has spent over 25 years in the construction industry, and works in every aspect of the business. As a young man growing up in Salinas around the construction business, he understood the importance of developing long-term relationships with clients. It's one of the things that make his job rewarding. Over the course of his career, he has dedicated himself to focusing on the needs of the client first and understanding the latest innovations and emerging trends within the construction industry.
Mr. Goldman currently sits on the boards of the Natividad Medical Foundation and the Hartnell College Foundation. The Natividad Foundation is dedicated to assisting women, children, and families receive quality health care regardless of their ability to pay. Hartnell College, and the Hartnell College Foundation, are pillars of the educational community in Monterey County. Preparing students for a variety of jobs, from health care, to farming and engineering, contributes to the growth and vitality of our region.
Mr. Goldman is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Andrew and Phyllis D'Arrigo Charitable Foundation. Andy's vision for helping the children in this community thrive, particularly those who have faced adverse circumstances in their life, has been an inspiration to Mr. Goldman and the entire SSB team. They are honored to help carry out Andy's legacy of giving back to this community.
In addition, Mr. Goldman is dedicated to feeding the homeless, regularly volunteering with with Pass the Word Ministries of Monterey. His desire to help people in need is closely aligned with SSB's values.
Mr. Goldman is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute.