Quarterly BUSINESS STAR AWARDS
SANTA BARBARA REGION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Presents Quarterly Business Star Awards
Quarter Award Winners:
Businesswoman: Joanne Funari, President, Business First Bank. (Betty Hatch Award).
This award is made to a chamber businesswoman, who through her actions is a role model for the local community. Past winners have included: Renee Grubb, Karen Chackel, Julie McGovern and Vanessa Patterson.
Joanne Moved to Santa Barbara in 1991 when she joined City Commerce Bank. She is a founder and president of Business First Bank. She has more than 28 years of experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining Business First Bank, she served in executive positions at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and Bank of New York. Her education includes a graduate degree with honors and exceptional performance in Asset Liability Management and Finance from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington and University of California, Los Angeles.
Ms. Funari has been dedicated to the Santa Barbara community for over 20 years and serves the community as a volunteer in numerous capacities including ‐ Board Member for the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College, President of the SB Citizen Advisory Council for Continuing Education for Santa Barbara City College, Steering Committee Co‐Chair of the South Coast Business & Technology Awards, Past President of the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce; Board Member and Secretary of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce; Board Member of the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization, Board Member of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project; La Presidenta and Chief Executive Officer of Old Spanish Days‐Fiesta, and Board Member of the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation. Ms. Funari also serves on the Santa Barbara County Finance Corporation on behalf of the First District.
Businessman: Joe Howell, Partner, Howell, Moore and Gough LLP.
This award is made to a chamber businessman, who through his actions is a role model for the local community. Past winners have been: Ed Heron, John Indrieri, Michael Towbes and 50 others. Joe Howell has been a business and transactions lawyer in Santa Barbara since 1974. He began his career in 1973 as a Briefing Attorney (law clerk) at The Supreme Court of Texas, then moved to Santa Barbara in 1974 to join the firm of Schramm & Raddue. Joe practiced with that firm as a partner and as Managing Partner until forming Howell Moore & Gough LLP in 1996, where he continues to practice with his five partners. Joe and his wife Barbara have two children, son Ben who is a lawyer and daughter Sarah who is a teacher, both living in Los Angeles.
Joe takes great pride in his role, with Co‐Chairs Bill Cirone and Peter MacDougall, in the successful $4 Million endowment campaign for Computers for Families, as well as his ongoing service as a mentor to Jose, a high school junior whom Joe has mentored since 2006. Joe is an active Board member on the Santa Barbara County Board of Education, Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table and Santa Barbara Partners in Education, having served as President of each organization. Joe enjoys cycling and distance running and continues to compete in marathons and triathlons. In 2007, Joe was inducted into the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame as a Community Leader and was selected for the Santa Barbara News Press Lifetime Achievement Award.