An insurance agent has received the Fernando Award – one of the highest honors for volunteerism in the country.
Paul Davis, of Paul Davis & Alberta Bellisario Insurance Services, of Northridge, was presented the award at a black-tie dinner event that was attended by numerous civic leaders and their guests. The event was held at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Performing Arts Center at California State University – Northridge.
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According to San Fernando Valley Business Journal, Davis has been active in civic affairs for three decades. He began in 1986, when a high school friend introduced him to what is now known as the Greater Van Nuys Rotary Club. Davis went on to hold a variety of positions within the club, eventually serving as president.
Davis has also been involved with other non-profits, such as New Horizons (which helps special needs individuals work and live in the community) and ONEgeneration (an organization that helps children, seniors and families). He has also lent his support to the Valley Community Healthcare community clinic.
Both Davis and his partner have been members of six chambers; Davis has taken leadership roles in three of them.
In a speech at the event, Davis said that his insurance business could have been more successful if he had spent less time volunteering. However, he also said that it was important to serve the community.
He was nominated to be one of the award’s finalists by the Encino and Northridge chambers of commerce.
Source: Insurance Business Mag