Gary Trujillo and Ellie Ziegler have been named as Valley Leadership’s 2013 Man & Woman of the Year. The pair will be honored for their long-term contribution and commitment to the community at the 65th Annual Man & Woman of the Year Luncheon on March 27.
Known for his unwavering commitment to advancing educational opportunities for Arizona’s underserved students, Trujillo and his wife, Melissa, founded the Be A Leader Foundation in 2002. In 1994, he created Roosevelt Community Technology Center (RCTC), giving underprivileged youth access to state-of-the-art computer and software. Trujillo serves on numerous community boards including Arizona State University Foundation, Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, Arizona Community College Council, Well Fargo Bank Advisory Board, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Business School Latino Alumni Association and Hispanic Business Students Association. He is chairman, president and CEO of Southwest Harvard Group Venture Capital.
Ziegler is a seasoned marketing and communications professional with a career spanning 25 years working with Valley organizations including Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Jennings & Thompson and Westcor. She is most known for her leadership with the Fiesta Bowl, providing more than 30 years of active volunteerism. Ziegler not only gives her time, but also commits resources to many worth causes. She provided the lead gift to raise funds for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and for Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s Campus for Exceptional Children in Phoenix. Currently, Ziegler is leading scholarship, after school, hunger and family support projects for Boys & Girls Clubs of Phoenix and Scottsdale, United Way and Barrow Neurological Institute.
The luncheon will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. For more information, call 602-952-6760 or visit www.valleyleadership.com.