Lighting Designer Michael Sestak is 2016 Rainbow Chamber Business Leader of Year

2016 Business Leader of the Year Michael Sestak (2nd from left) with Chamber President Richard Hernandez, Board Member Fred Palmer and Immediate Past President Paul Weubbe

2016 Business Leader of the Year Michael Sestak (2nd from left) with Chamber President Richard Hernandez, Board Member Fred Palmer and Immediate Past President Paul Weubbe. Photo: Monica Neumann Lunardi photo artist

The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce has named Michael Sestak, founder and owner of Sestak Lighting Design, as its 2016 Business Leader of the Year.
Sestak is a former Chamber board member and president who initiated a partnership with the Sacramento Kings to facilitate contracting opportunities for small, local businesses during construction of the Golden 1 Arena. As a Chamber leader, Sestak also played an important role in garnering support for AB 1678, which requires companies regulated by the California Public Utility Commission to include LGBT-owned businesses in their supplier diversity efforts.

“I am extremely proud of Michael Sestak and his selection as Business Leader of the Year for the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce,” said Chamber President Richard Hernandez. “Michael and I both had the opportunity to open the Hyatt Regency Sacramento in 1988. Through the years it has been a pleasure to see Michael grow into the successful business person that he has become in Sacramento. In addition, Michael has contributed in so many charitable ways to support our LGBT community. Congratulations, Michael.”

“It’s a real honor to be chosen as the Business Leader of the Year for 2016,” Sestak said. “Through leadership and community activism for our LGBT community, I accept this award and look forward to promoting our fellow members and their businesses.”

The Business Leader of the Year is selected by a panel of Chamber and community leaders and recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership success within his or her business and the business community as well as within the Sacramento LGBT community and who has and will continue to serve as a role model for the Greater Sacramento community.

Sestak launched his lighting design business in 2000 following a successful culinary career, beginning at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and later serving as pastry chef at Sacramento’s then newly opened Hyatt and at Mace’s, Biba’s, and Ettore’s European Bakery. After obtaining his California Contractors C-10 license and developing his technical skills through courses provided by SMUD and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, he built his business creating custom-designed installations for high-profile clients in the Sacramento area, such as Mark Friedman, Michael Lyon, Lina and Ken Fat, Jeanne Reaves, Cecilia Delury and Vince Jacobs.

Sestak’s commercial and residential lighting projects include the award-winning exterior lighting design for the California Governor’s Mansion, the interior lighting at Badlands nightclub, and the red-blue glow lighting at the top of the L Street Lofts. Most recently Sestak designed the colored lighting features in the UPRR underpass entryway and Clubhouse at the newly opened McKinley Village development in East Sacramento.

Established in 2001, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber serving LGBT business owners and professionals in northern California, as well as straight allies who support its mission of fostering a prosperous, diverse and inclusive business climate.

Get Your Tickets Today! Annual Gala September 15 2016

In just a little over a week, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner–Thursday, Sept. 15, 6 to 9 p.m., at Dante Club–and you don’t want to miss it!

Our keynote speaker, Sacramento Mayor-Elect Darrell Steinberg, will present his vision for Sacramento’s future, as well as swear in your newly elected Chamber Board of Directors. You will be entertained by the dulcet tones of cabaret singer Gayiel Von, accompanied by Jim Jordan on piano. We will announce the recipient of the 2016 Business Leader of the Year Award, with long-time Chamber member and community statesman Dennis Mangers serving as our emcee. As with all Chamber events, it will be a party to be remembered!

In 2008, the Rainbow Chamber Foundation awarded its first two academic scholarships to LGBTQ and allied students, totaling $2,500. We are proud to announce that on September 15 the Foundation will award a total of 10 scholarships, totaling $10,000, each one of which is an investment in the future of our community. Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors and all of you who have attended our annual galas, purchased raffle tickets at our mixers, selected Rainbow Chamber Foundation when you made purchases on Amazon Smile, and bid on auction items over the past nine years–all of you have contributed to the growth and success of our Rainbow Chamber scholarship program; all of you have contributed to the achievements of our deserving scholarship recipients.

This year once again, all proceeds from our live auction, presented by benefit auctioneer Jerry Goldstone, BAS, will support the Rainbow Chamber Foundation and our scholarship program. We can’t wait for the party to start, and we hope to have all of you there with us as we work to make the Sacramento business and LGBTQ communities better for all of us!

Business Leader of the Year Nominations

The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is seeking a high-level performer who has had leadership success within his or her business and the business community as well as leadership success within the Sacramento LGBT community.  This person has served as a role model and will continue to serve as a role model for the entire community.

The strongest nominee will be selected by the Business Leader of the Year Committee, which will consist of leaders from the Business and Local Community.

Completed Nominee Applications are due by August 15, 2016, and the selection will be made prior to September 15, 2016.

The 2016 Business Leader of the Year will be honored at the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Gala on Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Dante Club in Sacramento.

Rules of Application for Business Leader of the Year:

  1. Member in Good Standing with the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
  2. Nomination Application, with Picture and One (1) Letter of  Reference
  3. Signed Letter of Commitment by Nominee

Awardee will be asked to make a 3-minute acceptance speech at the RCC Gala on September 15th, 2016, and ride on the Rainbow Chamber float in the 2017 Sacramento Pride.  In addition, the Awardee may be asked to participate in photographs to be used on the RCC Website and other RCC promotion materials or promotional video. 

Nominee Application

 

Nominations being accepted for Business Leader of the Year

The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is seeking a high-level performer who has had leadership success within his or her business and the business community as well as leadership success within the Sacramento LGBT community.  This person has served as a role model and will continue to serve as a role model for the entire community.

The strongest nominee will be selected by the BLY Committee, which will consist of leaders from the Business and Local Community.

Completed Nominee Applications are due by September 10, 2012, and the selection will be made prior to September 14, 2012.

The 2012 Business Leader of the Year will be honored at the 2012 Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Gala on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento.

Rules of Application for Business Leader of the Year:

  1. Member in Good Standing with the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
  2. Nomination Application, with Picture and One (1) Letter of  Reference
  3. Signed Letter of Commitment by Nominee

Awardee will be asked to make a 3-minute acceptance speech at the RCC Gala on September 18, 2012, and ride on the 2013 RCC Sacramento Pride Float.  In addition, the Awardee may be asked to participate in photographs to be used on the RCC Website and other RCC promotion materials or promotional video. Complimentary 2012 RCC Gala Dinner for 2 is included.

The application is available here:

https://www.rainbowchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Business-Leader-of-the-Year-Application-2012.pdf