Bay Area Council Blog: Membership Archive


Hall of Fame Honors Business, Civic & Philanthropic Leadership

A star-studded audience of more than 700 celebrated business, civic and philanthropic leadership on Thursday at the Bay Area Council’s 73rd Annual Dinner and Business Hall of Fame event presented by Kaiser Permanente and Alaska Airlines. Council Chair and Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson and Council CEO Jim Wunderman opened the evening with remarks reflecting on the tragedy of devastating fires sweeping across the state and highlighting the incredible response from many companies working to contribute money and resources to aid those affected. The gathering included CEOs and executives from many of the region’s leading companies, along with top elected leaders including state Controller Betty Yee, state Treasurer-elect Fiona Ma, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Assemblymember Rob Bonta and mayors from a number of cities, among many others.

The night was highlighted by the induction of the 2018 class of the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame, including Golden State Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, former Safeway CEO and San Francisco Giants President and General Manager Peter Magowan and the Magnin Family represented by Ellen Magnin Newman. Lacob and Guber transformed the Warriors in a short time from a perennial loser to a world champion while dramatically elevating the team’s community and philanthropic work. Magowan led Safeway through a turbulent time in the grocery industry before joining the Giants and building the team into what would become a world champion that also led in the areas of raising awareness about breast cancer, AIDs and community violence. The Magnin family was a women’s luxury clothing, retail pioneer behind the brands of I. Magnin and Joseph Magnin. The entire Magnin family, including notably Cyril Magnin and children Ellen, Donald and Jerry, also made immeasurable civic and philanthropic contributions over many decades that continue to benefit San Francisco and the region even today.

We’ll share videos and photos of the event in the coming days.


Members Making News: Sutter Health, Heller Manus

Sutter Health’s Mills-Peninsula Medical Center recently announced the launch of a new groundbreaking approach to avoid delays in treating strokes, which are the fifth leading cause of death and the top contributor to long-term disability in the U.S. In a public private partnership, Sutter Health will pilot a new specially-equipped and -staffed ambulance, called a mobile stroke unit (MSU). The goal is to test whether bringing stroke diagnosis and treatment to patients—rather than waiting for them to arrive at the emergency department—improves outcomes. From the outside the MSU resembles a standard ambulance, but inside it equipped with a CT scanner and other technology critical for diagnosing stroke. Initially, a stroke neurologist will ride in the Mobile Stroke Unit. Data gathered through the Mills-Peninsula pilot will contribute to national efforts aimed at demonstrating the mobile stroke unit’s ability.


Heller Manus Founder and President and Bay Area Council board member Jeffrey Heller recently was awarded one of the top honors in architecture, the MIT Architecture Alumni Lifetime Achievement award. Heller joined I.M Pei in receiving the illustrious honor. In making the award, MIT said: Since its beginning in 1984, Heller Manus has established a reputation for influencing architecture and urban design in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally. Heller is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Heller is a major supporter of MIT’s Department of Architecture, where his Jeffrey D. Heller Fund provides graduate student financial support and is helping MIT move the needle on its goal of making the School of Architecture and Planning tuition free for all graduate students. Congratulations, Jeff!


Member Spotlight: Claremont Club & Spa

The historic Claremont Club & Spa perched in the verdant Berkeley hills was the setting for a recent offsite retreat by the Bay Area Council’s Executive Committee as they discussed the organization’s strategic direction and policy agenda. Claremont General Manager Charles Head, who recently joined the Council’s Board of Directors, welcomed committee members and described the incredible $80 million renovation of the hotel, including updating all the guest rooms, lobby and dining spaces. The service, food and other amenities were incredible and the expansive views of the bay jaw-dropping.

Behind the scenes, the Claremont recently launched a comprehensive food waste prevention program in partnership with Alameda County’s StopWaste agency and technology provider LeanPath. Claremont Club & Spa has been a staple within the Bay Area community for over 100 years and prides itself on continuing to be a forward-thinking resort. LeanPath food waste technology will be installed in the main kitchen to track and analyze the progress over time.

By participating in this initiative, Claremont will be able to understand what food is being wasted, why and how to prevent it. The insights shared provide foodservice staff and other team members with very important information, enabling them to make changes that prevent and reduce waste by a goal of 30 percent throughout the year. Claremont will continue to work with Alameda County and the StopWaste agency on this initiative and is proud to do their part in preventing food from being wasted.

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Bay Area – Germany Dialogue on Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0

From November 7 – 9, the Bay Area hosts a German delegation of Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0 leaders, including the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leader of the Year 2017 Award. The program is organized by EIT Digital and the German American Business Association in California as part of the “Year of German-American Friendship” and includes events on November 7 and 8 that are open for BAC members as well as visits to Bay Area manufacturing sites.  Learn more and register here>>

November 8 at 4 pm, Industrie 4.0 Conference at SAP Palo Alto: REGISTER


Member Spotlight: United Airlines Flexes Economic Muscle at SFO

United Airlines recently held its SFO Family Day to show off its United San Francisco maintenance facility that includes 15 buildings on 144 acres, where 2,144 United employees work. In the last two years, United added about 300 employees at the SFO maintenance base. United President Scott Kirby and United California Regional President Janet Lamkin, who serves on the Bay Area Council Executive Committee, headlined the event, which was attended by thousands of employees and their families.

“We have such an incredible future here ahead of us. This is going to be the No. 1 airline in the world,” Kirby said. “We’re making incredible progress on being a team that works together and fulfills the potential and opportunity that we all know that United Airlines has. Here in San Francisco, this is a crown jewel for United Airlines. It’s important not only to United Airlines. It’s important to the economy here in San Francisco. As strong and robust as this (Bay Area) economy is, being able to give people connections to 100 destinations around the world— over 30 international destinations — and having 14,000 people employed here in the local community, is critical to the underpinning and support for all the things happening in Silicon Valley and across the bay in San Francisco.”

“In serving the Bay Area’s largest companies, if we didn’t have the scale and abilities that we have to go to the places we go to, that would impact their ability to grow,” Lamkin said. She also highlighted United’s service initiatives in smaller California cities to provide greater air connections from Fresno, Santa Rosa and similar markets to United’s hub cities. The airline recently said it will begin flying from Santa Rosa to its hub in Denver, starting on March 8.

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Member Spotlight: Alaska Airlines Goes Back to School

In celebration of “Back to School,” Alaska Airlines along with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) recently delighted Willie Brown Middle School students with a surprise visit from basketball superstar Kevin Durant.  Kevin’s surprise visit to the school was part of the collective group’s efforts to support these students as they begin a new school year, and encourage them that back-to-school offers an opportunity for new beginnings. To help start off the year on the right foot, Alaska Airlines announced a monetary donation of $10,000 to Willie Brown Middle School in the Bayview. The money will be used towards much-needed school supplies and classroom equipment, including the creation of a Makers’ Studio.


SF Mayor Breed Addresses Council Members at Annual Meeting

It was a double-header at the 2018 Annual Members Meeting this week (Aug. 27) as Bay Area Council members gathered at AT&T Park to hear from keynote speaker San Francisco Mayor London Breed and later fielded fly balls during batting practice. Council Chair and Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson welcomed Mayor Breed, reflected on the Council’s many accomplishment during his first year as Chair and outlined his vision for the final year of his term. Breed, the city’s first African American female mayor, shared her vision and plans for the city. Homelessness, building more housing, improving our transportation systems, and youth employment programming were among the top issue areas she highlighted.

Mayor Breed emphasized the importance of regional solutions to these challenges and the need to work collaboratively with the other big city mayors. Following the meeting, members enjoyed a private reception in “Triples Alley” as they watched the Giants batting practice from the field before cheering them on as they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks. Special thanks to Giants CEO and Bay Area Council Executive Committee member Larry Baer for hosting. Thanks also to all of our members, whose support and engagement are the lifeblood of the Bay Area Council.


Member Spotlight: UC Merced Celebrates Completion of First Phase of ‘2020 Project’

The University of California, Merced — the newest campus in the 10-school University of California system — last week unveiled the first three structures arising from its unprecedented expansion effort, the Merced 2020 Project. The $1.3 billion plan, once completed, will add a total of 13 buildings and 1.2 million gross square feet of teaching, research, residential, and student-support facilities to accommodate up to 10,000 students.

The centerpiece of the project, and the site of last week’s unveiling, is the Pavilion – an iconic 600-seat dining facility overlooking Little Lake. The Pavilion is complemented by two new residence halls that have been strategically designed to form a pedestrian-friendly corridor that blends housing with classrooms, study lounges, and student activities.

“The capacity we are building right now will enable our future,” said UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland, a member of the Bay Area Council’s Board of Directors. “We will provide world-class education to more of the best and brightest students from California and beyond. We will grow our faculty thoughtfully and strategically to have the greatest possible impact in our areas of research excellence. We will become a powerhouse of innovation and transformation for the San Joaquin Valley.”

UC Merced is leveraging the power of public private partnerships (P3) to realize its Merced 2020 vision, and the Bay Area Council’s Economic Institute has provided ongoing research that has served as foundation for the university’s P3 approach.

The UC Merced campus first opened its doors in 2005 to a class of 875 students. Designed as a gateway to a world-class University of California education in a region that has long been underserved, UC Merced is now the fastest-growing public university in the nation, and boasts a student population of nearly 8,000. The university excels in cognitive science, unmanned aircraft research and biological engineering studies, and its proximity to Yosemite National Park provides opportunities for student leadership development and environmental research. It remains the only campus to host a research station in the park.

“We believe in the power of education to change lives and change the world for the better,” UC President Janet Napolitano said. “There is no better example of that than UC Merced, and this step marks a new chapter in the expansion of that opportunity.”

Developed by Plenary Properties Merced and constructed by Webcor Builders — comprising a world-class team of architects, planners, engineers, and construction professionals — the 2020 Project is the largest public-private partnership of its kind in the U.S. higher education sector. Earlier this month, the project was featured prominently in the Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s report, “Public-Private Partnerships in California.”

“We are well on our way to meeting our delivery and sustainability goals for the UC Merced 2020 Project, and this milestone marks a tremendous occasion for the university and our PPM team,” said Dale Bonner, Executive Chairman of Plenary Concessions. “We are incredibly proud to see this project setting the standard for P3 partnerships in the higher education sector.”

In keeping with UC Merced’s ambitious sustainability objectives, each building will achieve at least LEED Gold certification for energy efficiency. This groundbreaking undertaking serves as a model for expanding public research universities to meet 21st-century challenges, and is the first — and, to date, only — $1 billion social infrastructure public-private partnership project in the U.S.

The unique partnership has garnered numerous awards and recognition from across the country, including being named Social Infrastructure Project of the year at last year’s P3 Awards. The agreement provides UC Merced with contractual assurance that the buildings will be well-maintained for decades. With 600 employees on site every day, the project is expected to generate a total of $1.9 billion in regional economic impact and $2.4 billion in statewide impact through its completion.

“This momentous milestone for UC Merced brings to light the unwavering efforts of the design-build team and the success and innovation a true P3 partnership can bring,” Webcor President and CEO Jes Pedersen said. “This project is also a great example of how Webcor seeks to improve communities and local economies. We’ve made it our mission to utilize the regional subcontracting community, provide education and on-the-job training for UC Merced students, and assist local nonprofits with various projects and support throughout the region.”

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Breakfast with Ravi Shankar Prasad

The California Business Roundtable, California Chamber of Commerce, Bay Area Council, DLA Piper, and The Westly Group, in partnership with NASSCOM, the industry association supporting the $154 billion IT industry in India, cordially invite you to an exclusive reception and presentation honoring the esteemed

Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union Minister for Electronics & IT, Law & Justice
Government of India

Union Minister Prasad will join us to discuss his vision for a Digital India and long-term partnership opportunities with American and California-based companies looking to help the Government of India with its vision to bring better access to digital technology to its citizens.

Monday, August 27, 2018

DLA Piper
555 Mission Street, 24th Floor
San Francisco, CA

9:15-10:45 AM—Breakfast Reception & Presentation
For security purposes, please plan to arrive no later than 9:00AM

There is limited space for this exclusive event, so please RSVP at your earliest convenience to Cadee Condit at (209) 756-1202 or


Bay Area Cities Approve, Deny New Taxes on Business

A number of cities across the Bay Area have been pursuing initiatives to increase taxes on businesses with stated goals of generating revenue amid mounting housing affordability, transportation, and homelessness crises. This week, the City Councils of Mountain View and East Palo Alto passed measures going on November 2018 ballots to place a head tax and parcel tax, respectively, on businesses meeting certain parameters. Meanwhile, San Francisco and Cupertino withdrew their measures to increase business taxes following collaboration with affected companies.  In San Francisco, Supervisor Aaron Peskin replaced his ballot measure to tax gross receipts of ride-hailing and autonomous vehicle companies with a per-ride fee that will be introduced through state legislation. Cupertino agreed to delay consideration of a head tax measure until 2020 after more thorough planning is completed.

The Bay Area Council shares the concerns of these cities to find solutions to our region’s problems. However, we are concerned that in an attempt to be seen as taking action on a timely issue, cities are increasingly turning to taxing businesses without sufficient analysis or stakeholder engagement. Without a thoughtful process, cities risk reducing employment and wage growth, affecting employees and constraining the region’s economic success. The Bay Area’s housing and transportation problems are regional in nature and a myriad of heavy-handed taxes on businesses across multiple cities discourages the potential for a coordinated, regional strategy needed to solve these major challenges. The Bay Area Council has written letters and testified at numerous City Council meetings on these issues, and has offered to partner with City Councilmembers and their staff to assist with their analysis. We are encouraged by the actions of San Francisco and Cupertino to work with affected companies and take the time to analyze the impact of the proposed taxes before sending measures to voters for approval.