San Francisco

2013 Silver SPUR Awards


2013 Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Moscone Center South, Esplanade Ballroom

The annual Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon convenes Bay Area leaders for the city's largest and most prominent annual civic awards event.

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In 2013, SPUR was proud to honor four remarkable Bay Area leaders:

Chief Judge Karen V. Clopton has been promoting active public discourse, integrity and transparency in government for more than two decades. As the chief administrative law judge for the California Public Utilities Commission, she has made its crucial regulatory work more accessible to the public and more efficient. During her second term as a San Francisco Civil Service Commissioner (1993-2000), she was recruited to serve as Chief of Operations for the Port of San Francisco and Executive in Charge of Relocation to Pier One during the renovation of the historic Ferry Building. Whether encouraging youth to get involved with government through the Junior State of America or teaching citizens how to participate in the electoral process with the League of Women Voters, Judge Cloptonhas been deeply and widely engaged in civic leadership for San Francisco.

Watch a video about Karen Clopton's work >>




Thomas C. Layton has been a dedicated philanthropic leader, seeding and supporting positive social change for almost four decades. As the president of The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation since 1975, Layton has built a track record of innovative and risk-taking grant-making that has served some of the Bay Area's most esteemed leaders, movements and institutions in their nascent stages. His leadership in the philanthropic community, encouraging foundations to courageously support the policy and advocacy work of their grantees, has made him one of the most respected leaders in the field. Prior to joining to the foundation, he was a business executive and, later, the vice president and national director of the Coro Foundation.

Watch a video about Tom Layton's work >>



Daniel Solomon, FAIA is an architect and urban designer whose career combines professional practice with teaching and writing. His commitment to the construction and reconstruction of urban neighborhoods extends beyond his renowned project work; he is a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a passionate spokesman for the cause of the city. Solomon’s work as a partner in the Mithun | Solomon San Francisco office — including the LEED Platinum David Brower Center in Berkeley and the redevelopment of San Francisco’s Hunters View neighborhood — exemplify his commitment to the evolution of community design. He is professor emeritus at UC Berkeley and Kea Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, and has published many articles and three books.

Watch a video about Dan Solomon's work >>



Senator Art Torres (Ret.), J.D. has been a life-long public servant and advocate for civil rights, healthcare, stem cell research and environmental justice. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has distinguished himself by tackling complex policy issues that affect all California residents. Sen. Torres has leadership roles in two core institutions serving the Bay Area: he is president of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and vice chair of the governing Board of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. He served 20 years in the California Legislature, both in the State Assembly and State Senate. Involved in many crucial bipartisan initiatives, he was co-author of the groundbreaking California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65).

Watch a video about Senator Art Torres' work >>









Our sponsors are important partners in honoring and celebrating our four award recipients.

Corporate sponsorships range from $1,000 - $10,000 and provide many valuable and tangible benefits. (Individuals may sponsor at the $500 level and up).


Sponsorship Information Packet

Sponsor Benefit Matrix:
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For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Vanessa Bilanceri, corporate relations manager, at 415.644.4882 or [email protected].



For greater benefits, pledge your support by these specific dates:

Wednesday, August 14 Deadline for inclusion in first event advertisements

Wednesday, September 4 Deadline for inclusion in first email invitation

Wednesday, September 4 Deadline for inclusion in printed invitation

Wednesday, September 18 Deadline for inclusion in second round of event advertisements

Wednesday, September 25 Deadline for inclusion in second email invitation

Wednesday, October 2 Deadline for inclusion in third round of event advertisements

Wednesday, October 9 Deadline for name/logo in event program

Wednesday, October 9 Deadline for inclusion in third email invitation

Wednesday, October 16 Deadline for name/logo in event signage and slide show

Wednesday, October 23 Event date and final deadline for sponsorships

Wednesday, October 23 Deadline for inclusion in final event advertisements

Weekly Sponsors added every Friday to SPUR’s event website.




SPUR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and sponsorship is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. SPUR's tax ID is 94-149-8232.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Vanessa Bilanceri, corporate relations manager, at 415.644.4882 or [email protected].


Thank you to our 2013 sponsors:


Ken McNeely
AT&T California
Event Chair







Anchor Brewers & Distillers


BRE Properties, Inc.

Degenkolb Engineers



Emerald Fund, Inc.

Forest City



Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Golden Gate University

Google Inc.

David & Jane Hartley

Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co.

Lennar Urban

MacFarlane Partners

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP


Millennium Partners

Mithun | Solomon

MJM Management Group


Perkins + Will

Port of San Francisco


Bill & Dewey Rosetti

San Francisco Giants

San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco Waterfront Partners, LLC

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Roselyne Chroman Swig

Trumark Urban

Union Bank

Webcor Builders
Westfield San Francisco Centre

Diane B. Wilsey

Wilson Meany




AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Andy & Sara Barnes

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Buchalter Nemer

Cahill Contractors

California Academy of Sciences

Cannon Constructors North, Inc.

Carmel Partners

Charles Salter Associates

Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP


Cordoba Corporation

The Coulter/Weeks Charitable Foundation

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

David Baker Architects

Rob Evans & Terry Micheau

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

David A. Friedman & Paulette J. Meyer

Gerson Bakar & Associates

Golden State Warriors

Gould Evans

Anne Halsted & Wells Whitney

Handel Architects

Hanson Bridgett LLP

Vince & Amanda Hoenigman

The John Stewart Company

Kilroy Realty Corporation

John Kriken & Katherine Koelsch Kriken

Lend Lease

Richard & Marilyn Lonergan

MBH Architects

Mission Bay Development Group, LLC

Moscone Emblidge Sater & Otis

Nibbi Brothers General Contractors

Sergio Nibbi

Larry Nibbi


NRG Energy Center

Northern California Carpenters Regional Council


Ogden Contract Interiors, Inc.


Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.


Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Plant Construction Company, L.P.

Polaris Pacific

Prado Group

Presidio Trust

Related California

Reuben, Junius & Rose, LLP

ROMA Design Group

Sack Properties
San Francisco Association of Realtors

The San Francisco Foundation

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

San Francisco State University

San Francisco Travel

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Paul & Lynn Sedway

Sedgwick LLP

Seifel Consulting Inc.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Suffolk Construction

Sutter Health/CPMC

The Swig Company

Swinerton Builders

Tishman Speyer

TMG Partners/Avant Housing

Tom Eliot Fisch, Inc.

V. Fei Tsen and Chinatown Community Development Center

Turnstone Consulting Corporation

UC San Francisco

Union Square Business Improvement District

Universal Paragon Corporation

URS Corporation

WRNS Studio

WSP Group

1481Post Street - an ADCO Project


A.R. Sanchez-Corea & Associates, Inc.

Backstrom McCarley Berry & Co., LLC
Bogdan & Frasco, LLP

The Boldt Company

Boston Properties

BRIDGE Housing

Brown and Caldwell

Carollo Engineers

Caruso Affliated

Jim Chappell

Christiani Johnson Architects


City CarShare

CMG Landscape Architecture

Cubic Transportation Systems

Greg Dalton

Jean Fraser & Geoffrey Gordon-Creed

Rod Freebairn-Smith and Janet Crane

Geoffrey Gibbs

Goodyear Peterson

Stanley Herzstein & Lynn Altshuler

Hunt Construction Group

Jones Hall

Jurika, Mills, and Keifer - Wealth Management

Keyser Marston Associates, Inc.

Laborers Local 261

Jim & Ann Lazarus

MacKenzie Communications, Inc.


Claudine Cheng

Paula Collins

Emilio Cruz

Bernard Deasy

Gillian Gillett

Patricia Klitgaard

Michael Kossman

Thomas LaTour

Tom Lockard & Alix Marduel


McKesson Corporation
Mercy Housing California

Carol and Ezra Mersey

Beverly Mills

Moss Adams LLP

Municipal Executives' Association

Murphy Burr Curry

NicholsBooth Architects, Inc.

Presidio Bank

Price Architects, Inc.

Public Financial Management, Inc.

N. Teresa Rea

Red and White Fleet

Jeanne & Sandy Robertson

Kirby Sack

Safeway, Inc.

San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council

Shartsis Friese LLP

Sierra Maestra Properties
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Strada Investment Group

Sun Light & Power

TCA Architects

The Unity Council
University of San Francisco

Vassar Properties LLC

Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation

Wilbur-Ellis Company
William McDonough + Partners

Woods Bagot Architects


Peter & Caryl Mezey

Adhi Nagraj
Charles R. Olson

Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, PhD

Christopher Roach
Toby & Sally Rosenblatt

Bill Stotler

Irene Lindbeck Tibbits

Chuck Turner

Jacqueline L. Young

Media Sponsors:


Sponsor list as of 10/22/13


For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Vanessa Bilanceri at 415-644-4882 or [email protected].

Refund Policy

Sponsorship payments: Will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

Auxiliary Services

If, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to [email protected] or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two business days before the event.