Man & Woman

Man and Woman of the Year and Founders Award

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort & Spa

6 p.m. Cocktail Reception

7 p.m. Dinner and Awards

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Greater Tucson Leadership is proud to announce the honorees for the 2016 Man of the Year, Woman of the Year and Founders Award. This year marks the 64th anniversary of the awards program. The honorees will be celebrated at a gala on Feb. 11, 2017 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.


These three honorees are being recognized for outstanding leadership, distinguished contributions and dedication to improving the quality of life in our community.

Robert “Bob” Ramirez, president & CEO, Vantage West Credit Union, has been selected as the 2016 Man of the Year.

Cristie Street, CEO and managing partner, Nextrio LLC, has been selected as the 2016 Woman of the Year.

Si Schorr, senior partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, has been selected to receive the 2016 Founders Award.

Tickets are on sale. The 2016 event sold out quickly, so purchase tables and tickets early.

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We are seeking sponsorships for the event, proceeds of which support the GTL annual leadership class and the development of leaders in our community. We welcome your participation.

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For more information, contact GTL Executive Director Kasey Hill at or call (520) 792-2250 x 141.


A special thanks to this year’s sponsors:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Raytheon Missile Systems
Thomas R. Brown Foundation

Casino Del Sol

CopperPoint Insurance Companies
Cox Communications

El Rio Community Health Center

HSL Properties
Jim Click Automotive
Long Realty
Simply Bits, LLC
Southwest Gas
Vantage West Credit Union

Clear Channel Outdoor
Konica Minolta

History of the Awards

The Tucson Metro Chamber assumed the Man and Woman of the Year Program from the Tucson Advertising Club in 1983, following a tradition established in 1952. The award program honors a man and woman who have distinguished themselves for active support of community projects at personal sacrifice, for aiding those persons less fortunate and for living in a manner which inspires affection, respect and admiration.

The Founders Award was established by the Tucson Metro Chamber in 1985 to augment the Man and Woman of the Year Awards. This separate and distinct award cites individuals who have demonstrated significant long-term community involvement and accomplishments and who have helped shape the community in a quality, positive manner.

In 2012, the Tucson Metro Chamber provided Greater Tucson Leadership with the honor of carrying on with the tradition of these awards.  The Mission of GTL is to inspire, develop, and promote leadership, as well as identify leaders who impact the Tucson region.  In line with this mission, GTL is again proud to assume the lead role in presenting the Man and Woman of the Year and Founder Awards.

 Past Recipients



2015 Honorees: Clarence Dupnik – Founders Award; Fletcher McCusker – Man of the Year; Rosey Koberlein – Woman of the Year; Bishop Gerald Kicanas – Founders Award

2014 Honorees MWF

2014 Honorees: Helaine Levy- Woman of the Year, Bob Elliott- Man of the Year, Jim Murphy- Founders Award


 2013 Honorees: Keri Silvyn- Woman of the Year, Mike Hammond- Man of the Year, Barabara LaWall- Founders Award

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 2012 Honorees: Colleen Niccum-Woman of the Year, Tom Chandler- Founders Award, Rick Meyers- Man of the Year

See a complete list of MWF Past Recipients.