Inland Empire Economic Partnership Announces 2020 Annual Award Recipients

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA (Jan. 07, 2020) — The Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) is pleased to announce its 2020 honorees. The IEEP Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary leadership in bettering the business climate and quality of life of the Inland Empire. By using their talents, expertise and influence, these honorees stand out among those who make the area a better place to live for the 4.6 million people of the region. Past recipients of this award include Hasan Ikhrata previously with Southern California Association of Governments; San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan; Sheriff John McMahon of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department; Supervisor Janice Rutherford, San Bernardino County; Supervisor Marion Ashley, Riverside County and Loma Linda University.

“The people we are honoring contribute every day in making the Inland Empire a better place to live and a better place for businesses to thrive,” said IEEP’s President & CEO, Paul Granillo. “This year’s winners really impressed the judges by going above and beyond their expectation and all of our winners should be immensely proud of what they have achieved.”

The 2020 winners are:

Non-Profit of the Year

Southern California Partnership for Jobs

Business of the Year

Ontario International Airport

Educators of the Year

Julie Pekhonen, Chair, Inland Empire Desert Regional Consortium


Dr. Ron Carter, Provost, Loma Linda University

Chairman’s Award

John Mura, General Manager/CEO, East Valley Water District

President’s Award

Dr Raymond Wolfe, Executive Director, San Bernardino County

Transportation Authority

Public Partner of the Year

City of Moreno Valley

The Larry Sharp Inland Empire Leader of the Year

Carole Beswick, CEO, Inland Action

The winners will be recognized at IEEP’s Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony, which will take place Jan. 16, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport. For ticket information please visit

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