Pleasanton Senior Man of the Year, Lee Ricks, Jr.

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Our Senior Man of the Year shares his birth year with such notables as Sonny Bono, Woody Allen and Elvis Presley. The Year? 1935.  This artist was born and raised here in Pleasanton. He graduated from the Pleasanton school system in 1954, where he participated in football, basketball and track. He honed his artistic skills by illustrating the high school […]

Pleasanton Senior Woman of the Year, Linda Ramey

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Linda Ramey has been an independent insurance business woman since 1982. Linda started her insurance business from her home while working at Pleasanton High School as Secretary to the Counselor up until 1995. This is when she opened up her office in Pleasanton full time and has been in the same location for 25 years.  In addition to running a […]

Pleasanton Teacher of the Year, Sharon Kotzur

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This bit on Sharon’s Facebook page was the perfect introduction to her as a teacher. Sharon: Doing Art, using your hands, weaving makes your mind more peaceful. The next day a sophomore boy who is weaving on a loom: “This is peaceful. I don’t feel like hitting anyone right now.” Sharon Kotzur provides a place and time in the stressful […]

Business Person of the Year, Noel Wilkerson Holmes

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Our Business Person of the year nominee has been a part of this community for over 40 years. And while she wasn’t born here, her early years were spent in a small town much like Pleasanton where her family-owned and operated the local newspaper. Her background in marketing and media, her thirst for knowledge and her spirit for community involvement […]

Pleasanton Teenager of the Year, Robert Rutherford

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Our Teenager of the Year started his education at Poteet elementary enrolled in their dual-language program. He conquered Spanish and in third grade was awarded the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award of Excellence from the Poteet Masonic Lodge. At age of six, his musical talents began  with the fiddle and taking lessons, he soon began entering fiddle contests at Poteet Strawberry […]

Pleasanton Teenager of the Year, Mackenzie Pilgrim

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Our Teenager of the Year is enthusiastic about community service, has shown dedication and commitment to education, excellence in school pride, exemplary leadership abilities and strong academic achievements.  But beyond all the achievements an impressive trait that she consistently demonstrates is that she is a friend to all – teens, teachers, administrators, parents, pastors and to co-workers. She leads her […]

Pleasanton Couple of the Year, Matthew and Sarah Franklin

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Matt and Sarah met when they were quite young, but never gave that encounter they had at a Farm Safety Camp in Pleasanton when they were in elementary school much thought.  Though they were less than an hour apart, their paths never seemed to cross.  Then, they got together again while in college and well, this time the meeting held […]

Pleasanton Young Citizen of the Year, Erica Lopez

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Our 2019 young citizen attended school in Pleasanton.  When she was young her Grandma opened Cafe Chris, a hometown restaurant that people of this community-supported and loved eating there. She became very interested in the cafe and the way it operated. She worked there whenever she could, to learn as much as she could, about this business. She graduated from […]

Pleasanton Express, Business of the Year

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Editor’s Note: The following is Publisher, Noel Wilkerson Holmes’, Local Matter Column on winning Business of the Year The Pleasanton Express won Business of the Year at the 69th Annual Awards Gala hosted by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce. While the award was for 2019, winning this honor in 2020 made this year feel a lot better. For several years, […]

Pleasanton Woman of the Year, Jessica Tom

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The Woman of the Year award symbolizes excellence in philanthropy and community involvement.  Our 2019 Woman of the Year is an individual who has volunteered her time and talent to make the Pleasanton community an outstanding place to live. The nominee has contributed a significant amount of time, energy and spirit as a volunteer and an advocate without regard for […]


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