For More Information: Susan Harris
For Immediate Release
December 21, 2011
Sutter Health CEO and Pacific McGeorge Dean announced as Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year
Pat Fry and Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker to receive the Metro Chamber’s top honors along with Sacramentan of the Year Michael Ziegler of PRIDE Industries
SACRAMENTO—The Sacramento Metro Chamber is proud to announce this year’s Businessman and Businesswoman of the year: Sutter Health’s Pat Fry and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, respectively. Fry and Parker will be presented with the honors on Jan. 27 at the Metro Chamber’s 117th Annual Dinner & Business Awards ceremony with nearly 1,000 business and civic leaders in attendance.
Businessman of the Year 2011 Pat Fry has served as president and chief executive officer of Sutter Health since 2005. Fry joined nonprofit Sutter Health in 1982 as an administrative resident at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. Over the years he held increasingly responsible administrative positions—both at the local affiliate level and region level—with responsibilities covering the breadth of Sutter Health's services. Other positions include regional president for Sutter Health’s affiliates in the greater Sacramento region, president of the organization’s eastern operations, executive vice president of the western division, and in 2000, Fry became Sutter Health’s second-in-command, serving as chief operating officer and executive vice president.
The California Hospitals Association elected Fry as their board of trustees chair for 2010. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in public health administration from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in health services administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, the Medical Group Management Association and the Leadership Institute.
Businesswoman of the Year 2011 Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker became the eighth dean in the history of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2002. Prior to this role, Parker had a diverse legal career that included a decade in civil rights litigation and service between 1984-1995 as the senior career lawyer at NSA, the Department of State and the CIA, along with private practice focused on international arbitration, trade and technology development and transfer.
Immediately prior to arriving in Sacramento, she served as the general counsel of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System. A noted expert on national security law and terrorism, early in her career Dean Parker argued successfully twice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
At Pacific McGeorge Dean Parker is recognized nationally for her efforts to strengthen the law school’s international and advocacy programs, both now regularly ranked in the top 20 of all U.S. law schools, and the “Globalizing the Curriculum” law book series, widely seen as transforming legal education in a time of rapid globalization. She led a campus-wide $16 million remodeling program, culminating in 2011 with the opening of a state-of-the-art legal studies center, which now serves as the temporary home of the official Supreme Court portrait of Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy until his retirement from the court.
An active supporter of greater higher education opportunity for Sacramento, Dean Parker has worked to increase the presence of the University of the Pacific on the McGeorge campus and looks forward to welcoming the University’s Eberhard School of Business in early 2012.
In 2005, eager to foster greater diversity in the legal profession, Dean Parker was instrumental in forming Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep, or NP3, a law-themed private charter high school designated a California Distinguished School in 2011.
Committed to community service, Dean Parker has chaired the steering committee of the Sacramento World Affairs Council since 2003 and serves on the boards of directors for the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the California International Relations Foundation and Valley Vision; she is also a member of the American Leadership Forum’s Class VIII. With an AB and JD from the University of Michigan, she has taught at Case Western Reserve Law School and Cleveland-Marshall State School of Law.
Here is a complete list of the Metro Chamber’s 2011 Business Awards:
Sacramentan of the Year: Michael Ziegler, PRIDE Industries
Businessman of the Year: Pat Fry, Sutter Health
Businesswoman of the Year: Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Small Business of the Year: 3fold Communications
Al Geiger Memorial Award: Tina Reynolds, Uptown Studios
Peter McCuen Award for Civic Entrepreneurs: John Finegan, Beck Ag
Centennial Business Hall of Fame: Hefner, Stark & Marois, LLP
Business Hall of Fame: FM NewsTalk 92.5 and AM 1530 KFBK; Kaiser Permanente; The Sacramento Observer; and STL, Ltd./Sacramento Theatrical Lighting
Volunteer of the Year: Maggie Townsley, ICF International
Ambassador of the Year: Ellie Shaw, Shaw Media Consulting
The 117th Annual Dinner & Business Awards will held 5-9 p.m., Jan. 27 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento Ballroom. Tickets cost $175 for Metro Chamber members and $250 for nonmembers. Purchase tickets at metrochamber.org/events or contact Chantal LeFevre at 916-319-4260 or email@example.com. For sponsorship information, contact Susan Harris at 916-321-9144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1895, the Sacramento Metro Chamber is the largest, oldest and most prominent voice of business in Northern California. The Metro Chamber represents more than 2,000 of the premier businesses and business organizations employing nearly 180,000 workers in the six-county Sacramento region. For 116 years, the Metro Chamber has served as the region’s leading proponent of regional cooperation and is a primary advocate on issues affecting business, job growth, business prosperity and the quality of life. With more than 100 free networking events a year, the Metro Chamber offers the best venues for making new business connections. Visit us at metrochamber.org.