The Rose Institute Award was created to recognize exceptional individuals or organizations that demonstrate an enduring commitment to exemplary public service. Honor, integrity, leadership, and a philanthropic spirit are among the characteristics defining this individual or organization.
The recipient of the 2014 Rose Institute Award for Excellence in Public Service is Kirk West, a political consultant in California. Mr.West’s distinguished career highlights include advocating for California businesses, protecting California’s competitiveness, and job climate, and supporting improvements to education, transportation, and water programs. He served as president and C.E.O. of the California Chamber of Commerce, as Secretary of Business, Transportation, and Housing in the administration of Governor George Deukmejian, and as executive vice president and C.E.O. of the California Taxpayers Association. Mr. West also was recently chairman of Goddard Claussen. Since his retirement in 2003, Mr. West has been a public affairs consultant based in Granite Bay, California.
On Friday, March 28, 2014, Mr. West will be recognized in Sacramento at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel. The reception will begin at 11:30 am, followed by a luncheon and presentations at noon.
Some of the distinguished guests on the Honorary Host Committee include former California Governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson, and Gray Davis.