Bruce D. Beach and Lisa M. Lovallo are the 2010 Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Man and Woman of the Year, while Joel D. Valdez is the Founders Award recipient.
The honorees were notified Monday during surprise visits by chamber representatives.
The 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 honors a man and a 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 that inspires affection, respect and admiration.
An advocate for literacy, Beach was one of the founders of the Tucson Festival of Books, which debuted in March 2009. The festival has grown into the nation’s fourth largest literary event and has raised more than $350,000 to advance literacy in Southern Arizona. Beach is the festival’s sponsorship committee chair.
Beach is chairman and chief executive officer of BeachFleischman PC, the largest accounting and business advisory services firm in Southern Arizona. Active in numerous community and civic organizations, Beach is chairman of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and involved in the Southern Arizona Health Information Exchange, and the Eller College of Business and Public Administration National Board of Advisors. He is past chairman of the board of the Carondelet Health Network, the YMCA, the United Way, and Child & Family Resources.
Woman of the Year Lovallo was described as a “dynamic and effective leader” in her nomination. She is an advocate for women and their families, low-income residents and economic development.
Vice President and Systems Manager for Cox Communications, Southern Arizona, Lovallo’s multi-interest involvement has included raising $2 million for the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault, serving as chair of the Governor’s Work Force Policy Council, and serving as a Champion for Arizona Assurance, which raises grants for low-income Arizona students to attend the University of Arizona. Lovallo holds key leadership positions on the Downtown Tucson Partnership, San Miguel High School and Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO).
Valdez, former UA Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and Tucson City Manager, is the recipient of the Founders Award, which was established by the Chamber in 1985 to augment the Man and Woman of the Year Award. The 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.
As city manager for 16 years, Valdez developed structures and protocols that are the foundation of city management systems. He shepherded and managed the UA finances and business systems for 20 years. The Mariachi Conference, United Way, Diocese of Tucson and the UA Foundation are just a few of the organizations that have benefited from Valdez’s long-time community and civic involvement.
The 2010 Man & Woman of the Year and Founders Award recipients will be honored at a gala luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the Westin La Paloma. To reserve a spot, visit the chamber’s Web site at www.tucsonchamber.org or contact Shirley Wilka at the Chamber by calling 792-2250, ext. 132.