Honorees Announced for the 2020 NEXTies


 | February 18, 2020

February 17, 2020
Matthew Swinnerton, Event Santa Cruz

The annual event highlighting local movers and shakers returns March 20.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Last week, Event Santa Cruz announced this year’s NEXTie honorees. The event is celebrating its 11th year and will take place on Friday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Hotel Paradox, 611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz. Tickets are on sale now for $25 at

This year’s honored recipients include:
Entrepreneur(s) of the year – Jamileh and Tim Cannon
Musician of the Year – Lindsay Wall
Band of the Year – The Carolyn Sills Combo
Artist of the Year – Taylor Reinhold
Writer of the Year – Jacob Pierce
Give Back Person of the Year – Gina Orlando
Foodie of the Year – Akindele Bankole
Athlete of the Year – Layla Ruiz
Under 18 person of the Year – Tamarah Minam
Non-Profit of the Year – SC Playground Project
Mentor of the Year – Alexandra Navarro
New Business of the Year – Fruition Brewing
TECH Business of the Year – Joby Aviation
Green Business of the Year – Ethos (Formerly The Zero Shop)
Innovative Business of the Year – Terroir in a Jar
Wildcard – GO Santa Cruz
Life Time Achievement Award – Cathy Calfo

Established in 2013, Event Santa Cruz is an organization that produces monthly happenings showcasing thriving local businesses and the people behind them. For more information about Event Santa Cruz and future events visit or

Press release prepared by Jill Stone.

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