Valley Vision Announces the 2013 Legacy Feast Award Winners
SACRAMENTO, May 7, 2013 – Every year the all-volunteer board of Valley Vision selects three business or civic leaders who have made an indelible impact on the quality of life here in the Capital Region. Over 50 nominations were considered in threeaward categories: economic, environmental, and community impact. Valley Vision announced the winners today:
Dale Carlsen, founder and CEO of Sleep Train, Inc. won the 2013 Award for Economic Leadership. He founded his employee-owned business in 1985 shortly after graduating from Sac State. Today Sleep Train is the largest retailer of mattresses on the West Coast, and one of the top three in the United States. Beyond his business success, Carlson and his company have focused on improving the lives of foster children and have made central investments in vital civic spaces like the Kings arena and the Sleep Train outdoor Amphitheater in Wheatland.
John DiStasio, the General Manager and CEO of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), won the 2013 Award for Environmental Leadership. He manages the nation’s sixth largest publicly owned utility, leading a team of 2,000 employees that provides reliable, low cost electric service to 900 square miles of the Capital Region. John is active in state, national and international energy issues, currently serving as president of the Northwest Public Power Association and as a delegate to the United States Energy Association that is assisting in electrification of countries including Bangladesh, Botswana, and India.
Beth Hassett, the Executive Director of Women Escaping A Violent Environment (WEAVE), won the 2013 Award for Community Leadership. She leads a team of advocates, counselors, educators, and volunteers who share the common goal of bringing an end to domestic violence and sexual assault in our community. Established in 1978, WEAVE provides crisis intervention and prevention services to women, men, and children in Sacramento County who are victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
In a special category this year, McClatchy High student Tionne Johnson won a $2,000 college scholarship provided by the family of Miles Treaster, a local business and civic leader who passed away last year. Valley Vision worked with Treaster’s family to identify a college-bound senior from Miles’ high school who demonstrated his qualities: a commitment to community service, entrepreneurism, creativity, progressive values, and team-based leadership. Johnson is a budding entrepreneur who plans to major in Business Administration and enjoys organic farming of fruits and vegetables as a creative outlet.
In a unique twist, Valley Vision is providing Carlson, DiStasio and Hassett a $3,000 grant that they can direct to causes they believe in to cultivate the next generation of leadership.
The 25-minute awards ceremony is set for 7 pm on Thursday, May 16, in the auditorium of the California History Museum. This year’s Master of Ceremonies is Jim Pelley, a former writer for the Saturday Night Live comedy show and leader of Laughter Works Seminars. The awards are part of Valley Vision’s annual “Legacy Feast” dinner and leadership tribute, now in its 7th year. Valley Vision is a nonprofit consultancy that tackles economic, environmental, and community issues in Northern California. It provides collaboration, leadership, and research services.
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