2009 – Gerrit Van Huisstede, Regional President, Wells Fargo Bank

Gerrit van Huisstede is the senior executive in charge of Wells Fargo in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Southwest Washington, including nearly 630 Wells Fargo and Wachovia banking stores in the states.

The Maricopa County Community College District and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation have benefited greatly from Gerrit’s community service. Wells Fargo is a very generous donor to the Foundation’s ACE (Achieving a College Education) fundraising campaign. As a member of the campaign’s leadership cabinet, Gerrit was responsible for a number of its largest gifts.

Dinner Chairs—Rich Boals, Barry Broome and Mayor Phil Gordon

Over 500 people attended our fourth annual tribute dinner on April 16, 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore.  The event raised over $163,000 in scholarship funds to support the Maricopa ACE – Achieving a College Education – Programs, Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) matching scholarship fund and the general scholarship fund.