CBE Companies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Penaluna has earned the Fulfilling the Vision of One award from the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance recently for continued leadership in the Cedar Valley area.
Penaluna has led CBE for 35 years, growing the company from 25 employees to more than 1,600 today. Along the way, Penaluna has been instrumental in growing leaders both inside CBE and in the greater community.
The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance award recognizes an “outstanding contribution by an individual in the private sector for leadership in creating and strengthening regional collaboration and cooperation for economic and community development.”
“Tom is one of those special people who doesn’t just want to give back to his community, he wants to do something significant enough to leave our people better off because of his efforts,” said Steve Dust, CEO of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance.
Penaluna’s influence runs deeps in both the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area and Iowa as a whole. Penaluna served eight years on the Waterloo City Council, as well as on the Alliance and Chamber of Commerce Board since 2005. He is also a board member on the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress. The Alliance noted, “Tom is a visionary who works tirelessly for the good of this company and the community.”
Of particular note, the Alliance cited his passion for bettering the community as he helped form Leader Valley. The program’s Leader in Me component brings The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to students in Cedar Valley schools.
Dust noted that Penaluna not only built a successful and growing company, but sought out an opportunity to make a powerful change in the community. “Tom Penaluna is a business leader who is contributing to the success of every student in our schools – and the future of the Cedar Valley – through the Leader Valley initiative,” Dust said.
Source: CBE Companies