Best in the Business

This Friday, I’m hosting the first ever Mayor’s Long Beach Business Awards. 50 business leaders will be recognized for outstanding contributions to Long Beach. 

For the past several years, we’ve honored community members for their contributions with the Go Long Beach Awards. But, because our business community is so unique and important to our city, I wanted to single out some of the most innovative, hard-working, creative people who are running a business for recognition. These people are making tremendous contributions not just to our economy, but to the social and cultural fabric of the city.

Among the winners this year are small business owners, executives, and neighborhood organizers, including newcomers to Long Beach as well as longtime members of the business community. My congratulations to all of them!


This year’s winners are:


Mario Molina and John Molina - Molina Health Care

Michelle Molina- Millworks

Steve Goodling – Convention and Visitors Bureau

Vivian Shimoyama – Long Beach City College, Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative

Julia Huang - Intertrend Communications

The Walker Family – Farmers & Merchants Bank

Tracy Ames - East Anaheim Street Business Alliance, President

Andrew Vonderschmitt - East Anaheim Street Business Alliance, Vice President

Kourosh Davatolhagh - East Anaheim Street Business Alliance, Secretary

Alisa Admiral - East Anaheim Street Business Alliance, Treasurer

Cameron Crockett - East Anaheim Street Business Alliance, Directors

Michael Shafer - East Anaheim Street Business Alliance, Directors

Kristine Hammond - East Anaheim Street Business Alliance, Executive Director

Becher Neme - East Anaheim Street Business Alliance, Community Liaison

Ted Hiatt – Small Business Development Center at Long Beach City College

Joe Mendez - LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Danny Vong - Midtown board

Gary Ung - Midtown board

Kenneth McDonald - Midtown board

Laura McMillin - Midtown board

Lisa J. Patton - Midtown board

Monorom Neth - Midtown board

Pasin Chanou - Midtown board

Peter Kong - Midtown board

SakPhan Keam - Midtown board 

Jeff Williams - Leadership Long Beach

Dina Amadril - Long Beach Creamery

Jeff Beasley – Bundts on melrose

Michael Dene - Michael’s Pizzeria

Rosita Wang - Aji Peruvian Cuisine

Mina Hernadez and Luis Hernandez - Deli News Pizza

Dale Warner - Hamburger Mary’s

Becky Teter - 5000 Pies

Feon Cooper - Shoreline Comics

Isa Rached, Josie Rached and Rocio Rached - The B Room

Giovanna Ferraro - Groundwork Fitness

Richard Leighton - Richie's Toys & Gifts

Jeff Baughman (Manager) - Pet Food Express

Anthony Otto - Long Beach Container Terminal

Chris Wacker  - Laserfiche

Mike Haynes - WeLabs

Kolin Bernard - WeLabs

Ted Sieving - WeLabs

Robbie Brown - WeLabs

Curt Castagna - Aeroplex/Aerolease Group


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