Folsom Chamber Honors Community Leaders

Folsom community and business leaders gathered March 25 to honor this year’s recipients of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce’ ‘Choose Folsom‘ Community Awards

Each year, outstanding businesses, entrepreneurs, volunteers and others are recognized to their contributions for the City of Folsom. 

Recipients were presented with awards sponsored by various Folsom businesses, and were given certificates of recognition by State Assemblyman Josh Hoover, County Supervisor Sue Frost, and representatives from other elected officials. 

This year’s recipients were:


SAFE CU Young Professional of the Year: Jacob Cantu – Pictured here with Alexis Fitzpatrick CFO of Safe Credit Union, along with Gail and Jeff Back, owners of the Back Bistro c Cantu Gail and Jeff Back


Dokken Outstanding Partnership Award: Bayside Church Folsom


Choose Folsom Ambassador of the Year: Sean Smith


Choose Folsom Business Hall of Fame: SAFE Credit Union  – Alexis Fitzpatrick pictured with Assemblyman Josh Hoover and Supervisor Sue Frost


Folsom Ranch Wall of Fame Award: Kerri Howell


Easton Entrepreneurs of the Year: Rachel Zillner/Anne Descalzo of Clutch Conulting


Wells Fargo Small Business of the Year: Anita Rochelle Boutique – Owner Anita Grey 

Choose Folsom Chairman’s Award: Debbie Hurst Shania DiMariano


Legends of the Rodeo: Karen West and Rich Fiutko 


Micron Outstanding Charitable Contributor: Todd Drybread


Kaiser Educator of the Decade: Curtis Gaesser – Folsom High Schools Musical Director, retiring after nearly 40 years serving Folsom students. 

SMUD Emerging Business of the Year: Symmetry for Health – Staff pictured here with presenter Adrian Blanco


Intel Volunteer of the Year: Eric Lee Adams – Owner of Bacchus House Restaurant

Other Honorees included Dignity Public Service Recognition: Jannine Harnage, and 

Rodeo Grand Marshal: Kris Keables 

The event was capped off with the installation of The Folsom Chamber of Commerce new Chairman of the Board, Steve Heard Realtor with EXP and owner of, pictured here with outgoing Chairwoman Dr. Shaina DiMariano