Karen Musson is informed of her honor as the Leon S. Peters Award winner in Fresno in November 2019. Photo by David Castellon

published on February 12, 2020 - 1:39 PM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

The Fresno Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2020 Valley Business Awards Luncheon Wednesday, honoring community leaders and local entrepreneurs who have left their mark on the business community.

The luncheon’s main event was the presentation of the Leon S. Peters Award, which is given based on one’s outstanding leadership through devotion of his or her time and talents to better the greater Fresno community. This year’s recipient is Karen Musson, philanthropist and managing partner of GAR Bennett.

“Karen Musson truly exemplifies what the Leon S. Peters Award is all about,” said Chamber President/CEO Nathan Ahle. “GAR Bennett has been a leader in our ag community for decades, and Karen has been at the forefront of that leadership. She and her family also give tirelessly of their time, talent and treasure to ensure Fresno is a better place to live, particularly for the youth of our community. She is greatly deserving of this honor.”

Another highlight of the event was the recognition of several Fresno-based companies for established and growing entrepreneurial endeavors. The honorees include:

Harold Zinkin Entrepreneur of the Year – Lyles Diversified, Inc.

Rising Star of the Year – Ampersand Ice Cream

Community Champion of the Year – Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co.

Student Entrepreneur of the Year – Calvin Kammer, Next-Gen Escape


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