Welcome to Valley Biz Seen, a new reader-driven feature. Send us your photographs of Valley business people being feted, awarded, commended or just taking part in interesting regional events. Don’t forget to include the names of the people in the pictures, a brief highlight of the event including when and where the picture was taken and contact information in case we have any questions. Photos should be a minimum resolution of 200 dpi and at least 4″ x 4″ in size. Pictured at the 80th Americanism Educational League awards gala on Feb. 16 are 2008 honorees Michael J. Miller (State Farm Insurance, honorary mayor of Woodland Hills) and Jane Boeckmann (Valley Magazine, Galpin Motors). Miller, a decorated Vietnam veteran, was honored for his military service with the “Duty, Honor, Country” award. Boeckmann, was the recipient of the “American Spirit” award for her lifetime commitment to community service and philanthropy. From Left: Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, EVP and artistic director of OPI; Councilwoman Wendy Greuel; Felipe Fuentes, state assembly member; George Schaeffer, OPI president and CEO; Senator Alex Padilla; and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, at the presentation of a letter of commendation to North Hollywood-based OPI Products, Inc. on Feb. 22. Past and present honorees at the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 reception Feb. 6 at Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn, from left: David Ackert; Ackert Advisors; Darnell Taylor, NBC Universal; and John Bwarie, district deputy for Councilman Greig Smith. From Left: Linda Peitzman, Barbara Erekson, Andrea Garfield, Karen Weinerman, members of That New Network, a women’s networking group at Zach’s Italian Cafe in Studio City on Feb. 20.
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