Sunday, May 27 , 2018, 5:27 pm | Fair 65º



AppFolio’s Klaus Schauser Tailor-Made for 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year Award

South Coast Business & Technology Awards also honor MIT Enterprise Forum, Mission Linen, Ron Werft of Cottage Health System and Fred Gluck

Klaus Schauser, co-founder of AppFolio and Citrix Online, was honored with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at Thursday’s 18th annual South Coast Business & Technology Awards.

Other honorees included the MIT Enterprise Forum, which received the Excellence in Service Award; Mission Linen, recipient of the Company of the Year Award; Ron Werft of Cottage Health System, named Executive of the Year; and Fred Gluck, who received the Pioneer Award.

More than 700 guests thronged Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort for the event, which benefits the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara while honoring individuals and businesses that helped boost Santa Barbara County’s economic vitality.

The benefit also raises more than $125,000 in scholarship funding for business and technology majors at UCSB, SBCC and Westmont College. Event sponsors have helped raise $1.3 million for more than 550 students since 1995.

In accepting his Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the smartly dressed Schauser first explained his “unusual” attire.

“Getting ready for tonight, I looked in my closet and realized that my wetsuits outnumbered my business suits,” he said to laughs, before noting that he was wearing the only suit he had ever owned — one he purchased for his first job interview at UCSB. In 1993.

Calling Santa Barbara “a great community to be a startup,” Schauser shared some advice for others who aspire to follow in his entrepreneurial shoes if not his suits. He said he realized the most important lesson — market validation — after “a $10 million oops” the first time out and he’s paid close attention to that research in his subsequent ventures.

The serial entrepreneur said recruiting “a great and flexible team” is key to creating success from the inside. From the outside? “Find investors you like,” he said.

Bob Johnson, a longtime leader of the MIT Enterprise Forum, accepted the Service Award on behalf of his organization, which provides a platform for local entrepreneurs and business leaders to discuss cutting-edge technologies and network with other innovators.

“The South Coast actually breeds technology companies,” he said. “... To us, the innovation is making the inconceivable inevitable.”

Jeff DeVine, president and CEO of American Riviera Bank and co-chairman of the awards dinner’s steering committee, said the event has three objectives.

“It’s an evening to celebrate excellence in the South Coast business community, a networking opportunity with hundreds of top business leaders and an avenue to support our future business leaders through the funds raised for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara,” he said.

Danna McGrew, a partner at Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf LLP who co-chaired the event with DeVine, said the dinner is Santa Barbara’s marquee event.

“The event brings together businesses from a variety of industries to honor key innovators and executives who help drive and grow our local economy,” she said. “As a local business owner, my partners and I are proud to be part of such a dynamic event that celebrates remarkable successes and creates resources to educate and inspire future leaders.”

Click here for more information on the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, or call 805.687.6065. Click here to make an online donation. Connect with the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara on Facebook.

Check back with Noozhawk for iSociety columnist Melissa Walker’s separate report on the South Coast Business & Technology Awards reception and dinner.

Noozhawk staff writer Alex Kacik can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @NoozhawkBiz, @noozhawk and @NoozhawkNews. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Supporter

Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >

Meet Your Realtor Sponsored by Village Properties

Photo of Patricia Griffin
Patricia Griffin
"I am very hands on and feel that each transaction is special and different. My clients goals are foremost in what I do to bring about a successful transaction."

Full Profile >