In 1993, on the eve of our 20th anniversary, we began an annual tradition of recognizing our most outstanding employees and customers, in addition to supportive businesses and organizations. The Hobee’s Achievement Awards are handed out each year to over 40 very accomplished crew members. The nominees in each award category are voted on by the chain’s 170+ employees. Winners are chosen by a blue ribbon panel consisting of one representative from each Hobee’s Restaurant. (Upper management awards are determined by using subjective data – such as cost control performance – in addition to an employee survey.)

Both winners and runners up in each category are recognized with framed certificates and prizes. Winners receive their names on the perpetual plaques which are currently on display at the Hobee’s Wall of Fame at Hobee’s Palo Alto. The most recent awards – the 22nd annual – were handed out in Winter 2016.

Here is the complete list of our exceptional honorees:

Outstanding General Manager

Co-owner Connie Durant (second from l) presented the 2008 General Manager award to the “Three Amigos”:
Felipe Zarate (Pruneyard), Jose Valencia (Stanford / Los Gatos) and Misael Morales (Sunnyvale).

  • 1993 – Diane Gordon (Stanford)
  • 1994 – Maggie Russell (Cupertino)
  • 1995 – Jennifer Boles (Palo Alto)
  • 1996 – Mary Lynn “ML” Brubaker (Palo Alto)
  • 1997 – Arnold Carvajal (San Jose)
  • 1998 – Cindy Moisa (Mountain View)
  • 1999 – Debbie Strole (Sunnyvale)
  • 2000 – Jose Valencia (Palo Alto)
  • 2001 – Jose Valencia (Stanford)
  • 2002 – Jose Valencia (Stanford)
  • 2003 – Misael Morales (Montague Expressway)
  • 2004 – Jose Valencia (Stanford)
  • 2005 – Jose Valencia (Stanford)
  • 2006 – Felipe Zarate (Pruneyard)
  • 2007 – Felipe Zarate (Pruneyard)
  • 2008 – (3-way tie!) Misael Morales (Sunnyvale), Jose Valencia (Stanford) and Felipe Zarate (Pruneyard)
  • 2009 – Sergio Gutierrez (Palo Alto)
  • 2010 – Misael Morales (Sunnyvale)
  • 2011 – Misael Morales (Sunnyvale)
  • 2012 – Felipe Zarate (Pruneyard)
  • 2013 – Sergio Gutierrez (Mountain View)
  • 2014 – Jose Valencia (Palo Alto)
  • 2015 – Melissa Talbot (Palo Alto)

Outstanding Kitchen Manager

2005, 2009 and 2011 Outstanding Kitchen Manager winner Hilario Fuentes.

  • 1993 – Javier Rivas (Emeryville)
  • 1994 – Fred Calixtro (Stanford)
  • 1995 – Fred Calixtro (Stanford)
  • 1996 – (Tie) Antonio Amaya (Mountain View) & Eduardo Sanchez (San Jose)
  • 1997 – Daniel Chijate (Sunnyvale)
  • 1998 – Filiberto Virrueta (Palo Alto)
  • 1999 – Agustin Chijate (Sunnyvale)
  • 2000 – Filiberto Virrueta (Palo Alto)
  • 2001 – Antonio Amaya (Mountain View)
  • 2002 – Javier Bracamontes (Montague Expressway)
  • 2003 – Francisco Ramirez (Montague Expressway)
  • 2004 – (Tie) Daniel Chijate (Stanford) & Francisco Ramirez (Montague Expressway)
  • 2005 – Hilario Fuentes (Redwood Shores)
  • 2006 – Javier Bracamontes (Pruneyard)
  • 2007 – Javier Bracamontes (Pruneyard)
  • 2008 – Javier Bracamontes (Pruneyard)
  • 2009 – Hilario Fuentes (Redwood Shores)
  • 2010 – Francisco Ramirez (Montague Expressway)
  • 2011 – Hilario Fuentes (Redwood Shores)
  • 2012 – Roque Marin (Sunnyvale)
  • 2013 – Roque Marin (Sunnyvale)
  • 2014 – Javier Bracamontes (Mountain View)
  • 2015 – Daniel Chijate (Palo Alto)

Outstanding Manager

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  • 1993 – (Tie) Cyndi Canic (Stanford) & Cindy Raber (Cupertino)
  • 1994 – Cyndi Canic (Stanford)
  • 1995 – Arnold Carvajal (San Jose)
  • 1996 – Karin McAuliff (San Luis Obispo)
  • 1997 – Damon Dyer (San Luis Obispo)
  • 1998 – Kristi Edwards (Mountain View / San Luis Obispo)
  • 1999 – Lizzie Lamoree (San Luis Obispo)
  • 2000 – Misael Morales (Redwood Shores)
  • 2001 – Albert Davis (Palo Alto)
  • 2002 – Serafin Fierro (Sunnyvale) and Josh Veblen (Mountain View / Sunnyvale)
  • 2003 – (Tie) Josh Veblen (Mountain View / Sunnyvale / Redwood Shores)
  • 2004 – Serafin Fierro (Sunnyvale)
  • 2005 – Melissa Talbot (Stanford / Palo Alto)
  • 2006 – Melissa Talbot (Stanford)
  • 2007 – Jose Abalos (Redwood Shores / Stanford)
  • 2008 – Ranulfo Alba (Sunnyvale)
  • 2009 – Raphael Oliveira (Los Gatos)
  • 2010 – Robert Diaz (Stanford)
  • 2011 – Ruben Alba (Sunnyvale)
  • 2012 – Ruben Alba (Sunnyvale)
  • 2013 – Adriana Bosquez (Cupertino)
  • 2014 – Mayra Nava (Mountain View / Palo Alto)
  • 2015 – Leticia Martinez (Montague Expressway)

Outstanding Server

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  • 1993 – Kelly Pett (Cupertino)
  • 1994 – Ronnie Sinagayan (Stanford)
  • 1995 – Allison Atkinson (Montague Expressway)
  • 1996 – Marijana Uhoda (Cupertino)
  • 1997 – Chris Spani (Palo Alto)
  • 1998 – Silvia Garcia (Mountain View)
  • 1999 – Sergio Carlos (Stanford)
  • 2000 – Geoff Fessenden (Stanford)
  • 2001 – (Tie) Tina Favaloro (Pruneyard) & Luz Martinez (Sunnyvale)
  • 2002 – Amanda Strole (Sunnyvale)
  • 2003 – (Tie) Rey Jimenez (Stanford) and Pablo Navarette (Sunnyvale)
  • 2004 – Elena Perez (Sunnyvale)
  • 2005 – Richard Santos (Redwood Shores)
  • 2006 – Lilia Preciado (Montague Expressway)
  • 2007 – Giovanni Mata (Montague Expressway)
  • 2008 – Giovanni Mata (Montague Expressway)
  • 2009 – (Tie) Carlos Quintero (Los Gatos) and Rafael Virrueta (Stanford)
  • 2010 – Carlos Quintero (Los Gatos)
  • 2011 – Rafael Virrueta (Stanford)
  • 2012 – Rafael Virrueta (Stanford)
  • 2013 – Juan Virrueta (Palo Alto)
  • 2014 – Sergio Carlos (Sunnyvale)
  • 2015 – Richard Santos (Redwood Shores)

Outstanding Host

Montague’s Julio Wong took Outstanding Host honors in 2008.

  • 1993 – Jorge Salinas (Stanford)
  • 1994 – Andres Angeles (Montague Expressway)
  • 1995 – Guillermo Zaragoza (Cupertino / Palo Alto)
  • 1996 – Nory DeLeon (Stanford / Sunnyvale)
  • 1997 – Julieta Moreno (Cupertino / San Jose)
  • 1998 – Jose Luis Salto (Palo Alto)
  • 1999 – Luiz Farias (Redwood Shores)
  • 2000 – Cecilia Reyes (Stanford)
  • 2001 – Alejandra Gutierrez (Stanford) & Agustin Perez (Pruneyard)
  • 2002 – Angelica Torres (Montague Expressway)
  • 2003 – Jocelyn Flores (Pruneyard)
  • 2004 – Mercedes Zepeda Lopez (San Luis Obispo)
  • 2005 – Eduardo Rodriguez (Palo Alto)
  • 2006 – (Tie) Costa Hurtado (Montague Expressway) and Modesto Villalon (Redwood Shores)
  • 2007 – (Tie) Maria Barajas (Montague Expressway) and Eduardo Rodriguez (Palo Alto)
  • 2008 – Areli Hurtado (Redwood Shores)
  • 2009 – Shawn Brady (Stanford)
  • 2010 – Alex Tafolla (Palo Alto)
  • 2011 – Maria Barajas (Montague Expressway)
  • 2012 – (Tie) Moises Hernandez (Sunnyvale) and Esperanza Juarez (Pruneyard)
  • 2013 – (Tie) Guadalupe Fuentes (Redwood Shores) and Jacob Morales (Sunnyvale)
  • 2014 – Amado Lopez (Mountain View)
  • 2015 – Esmeralda Mendoza (Palo Alto)

Outstanding Kitchen Crewmember

  • 1993 – Jose Luis Aguilar (Cupertino)
  • 1994 – Javier Chijate (Montague Expressway)
  • 1995 – Marcial Carlos (Stanford)
  • 1996 – Miguel Ramirez (Cupertino)
  • 1997 – Agustin Chijate (Sunnyvale)
  • 1998 – Rodolfo Vasquez (Cupertino)
  • 1999 – Juan Carlos Ramos (Stanford)
  • 2000 – Jesus Herrera (Mountain View
  • 2001 – Apolinar Gonzalez (Pruneyard)
  • 2002 – Marcial Carlos (Sunnyvale)
  • 2003 – Juan Carlos Zaragoza (Palo Alto)
  • 2004 – Victor Manuel Felix (San Luis Obispo)
  • 2005 – (Tie) Mario Vasquez (Redwood Shores) & Juan Carlos Zaragoza (Palo Alto)
  • 2006 – (Tie) Victor Mendoza (Cupertino), Rafael Virrueta (Stanford) & Juan Carlos Zaragoza (Palo Alto)
  • 2007 – Jose Uriostegui (Cupertino / Sunnyvale)
  • 2008 – Jesus Herrera (Mountain View)
  • 2009 – Eduardo Virrueta (Stanford)
  • 2010 – Carlos Ponzo (Pruneyard)
  • 2010 – Salvador Cervantes Vazquez (Cupertino / Sunnyvale)
  • 2012 – Jose Uriostegui (Sunnyvale)
  • 2013 – Jose Uriostegui (Sunnyvale)
  • 2014 – Juan Carlos Zaragoza (Palo Alto)
  • 2015 – Pedro Soto (Palo Alto)

Rookie of the Year

1997 Rookie of the Year: SLO’s John DeRosier

  • 1993 – Darrin Brachfeld (San Luis Obispo)
  • 1994 – Kim Smith (San Jose)
  • 1995 – Yolanda Arzate (Montague Expressway)
  • 1996 – Corie Snedaker (Sunnyvale)
  • 1997 – John DeRosier (San Luis Obispo)
  • 1998 – Gabriel Padia (Sunnyvale)
  • 1999 – (Tie) Tina Favaloro (Pruneyard / San Jose) & Rafael Virruta (Stanford)
  • 2000 – Aimee Thayer (Cupertino)
  • 2001 – Lindsay McClellan (San Luis Obispo)
  • 2002 – Josh Veblen (Mountain View / Sunnyvale)
  • 2003 – Dipti Puri (Stanford)
  • 2004 – Melissa Talbot (Stanford)
  • 2005 – (Tie) Philip Bate (Cupertino) & Salvador Virrueta (Palo Alto)
  • 2006 – (Tie) Roberto Diaz (Stanford) & Juan Manuel Vasquez (Redwood Shores)
  • 2007 – Ignacio Morales (Stanford)
  • 2008 – Julio Wong (Montague Expressway)
  • 2009 – Shawn Brady (Stanford)
  • 2010 – Mayra Nava (Stanford)
  • 2011 – Gabriel Ambriz (Montague Expressway)
  • 2012 – Mario Morales (Montague Expressway)
  • 2013 – Nohemi Castro (Mountain View / Sunnyvale)
  • 2014 – Jesus Gonzalez (Palo Alto)
  • 2015 – Oscar Ramirez (Sunnyvale)

Customer Hall of Fame

  • 1993 – Randy Curry (Various)
  • 1994 – Thomas McLaughlin (Cupertino)
  • 1995 – The Hoffman Family (Santa Cruz) & Jerry Myers (Palo Alto)
  • 1996 – Lottie Jenvey (Mountain View), Ron Decker & Bruce Levy (San Jose)
  • 1997 – David Mitchell (Mountain View); Jeanette Dudley (Palo Alto) and Barbara Scoledes (Stanford)
  • 1998 – Marc Andreesen (Stanford); “Chuck” (Santa Cruz); and Lyle and Lucy O’Connell (Redwood Shores)
  • 1999 – Mary Williams & Leslie Berke (Mountain View); Russ Bunge & Kelly Quiros (San Luis Obispo); and Suzanne & David Henriod (San Jose / Montague Expressway)
  • 2000 – Brian Cabrera & Rich McKay (Mountain View); Lance Schmidt (Montague Expressway); and Karen & Lou Steffey (Pruneyard)
  • 2001 – Matt & Max Bogumill (Stanford); Mike & Judy Green (San Luis Obispo); and Meg and Christian Juban (Cupertino)
  • 2002 – Dan Harrah (Mountain View); Lucy Saana (Redwood Shores); and Patti and Wally Summers (Sunnyvale)
  • 2003 – John & Margaret Hancock (Palo Alto); Bud Hoffman (Pruneyard); and Glenda Riddle (Montague Expressway)
  • 2004 – Nancy and Steve Fetscher (San Luis Obispo); Lorie and Sam Sinnott (Stanford); and Pete Warburton (Cupertino)
  • 2005 – Patricia and Lou Bell (Pruneyard); Tom Gandy (Palo Alto / Stanford); Jim and Susan Govorko (Cupertino)
  • 2006 – Bruce Campbell (Mountain View); Ed Campbell (Palo Alto and Pruneyard); & Paul Wright (Sunnyvale)
  • 2007 – Peggy Amstutz (Pruneyard); Alex Barna (Mountain View); and Donna Baker and Lenore Forfang (Sunnyvale)
  • 2008 – Larry Brown (Palo Alto); Leo Schwab and Leigh Ann Hildebrand (Stanford); and Stuart Palmer (Cupertino)
  • 2009 – George and Diana Mihalakis (Montague); David and Leslie Tregob (Redwood Shores); and Steve Zuckerman (Pruneyard)
  • 2010 – Rex Baumgartner (Redwood Shores); Ree and Gary Dufresne (Palo Alto); and Carol and Jim Brush (Cupertino)
  • 2011 – Cheryl Shattuck and Yvette Green (Stanford); Elva and Rich Hoogner (Los Gatos); and Laura Lysen (Mountain View)
  • 2012 – Chrystal Bougon (Los Gatos); Janet & Georges Carpentier (Pruneyard); and Ed Hudson (Montague Expressway)
  • 2013 – Julie Jagow (Redwood Shores); Cal Jeffers (Sunnyvale); and Servando Garcia and Adrian Mejia (Palo Alto)
  • 2014 – Peter and Irene Adamson (Mountain View); Sandy James (Cupertino); and Brandon Soule (Montague Expresssway)
  • 2015 – Joe Caporaletti (Palo Alto), Richard Ritchie (Sunnyvale) and Henry Schroeder (Redwood Shores)

Hobee’s Hero Award

Peter Taber (left) congratulates 2001 Hobee’s Hero Louise Aurandt, who
successfully performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a choking patron.

Recognizes a commitment to company-related volunteer projects or a heroic deed.

  • 1993 – Karen Cabello (Corporate Office)
  • 1994 – Karen Cabello (Corporate Office)
  • 1995 – Warren Ramsey (Montague Expressway)
  • 1996 – Connie Durant (Corporate Office)
  • 1997 – Camille Chijate (Corporate Office)
  • 1998 – Betty Weiner (Corporate Office)
  • 1999 – Marcelo Ruvalcaba (Redwood Shores)
  • 2000 – Crew of Hobee’s Sunnyvale
  • 2001 – Louise Aurandt (Sunnyvale)
  • 2002 – Carlos Ibanes (Corporate)
  • 2003 – Rich Hovey (San Luis Obispo)
  • 2004 – Nancy Tulich (Redwood Shores)
  • 2005 – Serafin Esquivel (Palo Alto)
  • 2006 – Julia Grant (Redwood Shores)
  • 2007 – Ranulfo Alba (Pruneyard / Sunnyvale)
  • 2008 – Carlos Ibanes (Corporate)
  • 2009 – Gabriel Pardo (Los Gatos)
  • 2010 – Janet Enciso (Pruneyard)
  • 2011 – Javier Bracamontes (Los Gatos)
  • 2012 – Tina Favaloro (Pruneyard)
  • 2013 – Ruben Alba (Redwood Shores)
  • 2014 – Antonio Amaya (Redwood Shores)
  • 2015 – Juan Carlos Zaragoza (Palo Alto)

Supportive Business or Organization

Recognizes a business supportive of Hobee’s through significant patronage or excellent service.

  • 1993 – Apple Computer (Cupertino)
  • 1994 – Cadence Design Systems (Montague Expressway)
  • 1995 – Glenn Thompson / SYSCO (Various)
  • 1996 – Linda Romine / Oat Cuisine (Various)
  • 1997 – Hyatt Rickeys in Palo Alto (Palo Alto)
  • 1998 – Hewlett Packard (Various)
  • 1999 – Cotati Eggs (Various)
  • 2000 – Stanford University (Stanford / Palo Alto)
  • 2001 – De Anza College (Cupertino)
  • 2002 – Glenn Thompson / SYSCO (Various)
  • 2003 – Kidz Love Soccer (Cupertino)
  • 2004 – Dispenser Beverages / Josh Lee (Various)
  • 2005 – De Anza Retired Teachers Association (Cupertino)
  • 2006 – Le Boulanger (Various)
  • 2007 – Campbell Kiwanis Club
  • 2008 – Drain Works Plumbing (Various)
  • 2009 – Waiter.com (Various)
  • 2010 – Stevens Creek Striders (Cupertino)
  • 2011 – Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (Stanford)
  • 2012 – Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto (Palo Alto)
  • 2013 – Sunnyvale Lions Club (Sunnyvale)
  • 2014 – The Point Collective (Various)
  • 2015 – DoorDash (Various)

Paul Taber Commitment Excellence Award

Jose Luis Salto from Hobee’s Stanford and Palo Alto won 2012’s Paul Taber Award.

Recognizes an employee(s) with vision and integrity who has demonstrated the founder’s unwavering commitment to quality and service.

  • 1993 – Eileen Smith (Santa Cruz)
  • 1994 – Camille & Daniel Chijate (Montague Expressway)
  • 1995 – Kelley DeFoor (Corporate Office)
  • 1996 – The Crew of Hobee’s Stanford
  • 1997 – Alan Duncan (San Luis Obispo)
  • 1998 – Maggie Russell (Cupertino)
  • 1999 – Allison Fessenden (Stanford)
  • 2000 – Presciliano Melchor (Stanford)
  • 2001 – Tomasa Anaya & Abedon Ortiz (Stanford)
  • 2002 – Jose Luis Aguilar (Cupertino)
  • 2003 – Leticia Martinez (Montague Expressway)
  • 2004 – Michael Lashen & Gordon von Richter (Cupertino)
  • 2005 – Felipe Zarate (Pruneyard)
  • 2006 – Timoteo Bautista (Montague Expressway)
  • 2007 – Gabriel Virrueta (Palo Alto)
  • 2008 – Rogelio Martinez (Los Gatos)
  • 2009 – Guadalupe Tapia (Sunnyvale)
  • 2010 – Sergio Carlos (Stanford)
  • 2011 – Monica Allamandola (Cupertino)
  • 2012 – Jose Luis Salto (Palo Alto)
  • 2013 – Carlos Ibanez (Corporate)
  • 2014 – Agustin Perez (Montague Expressway)
  • 2015 – Jose Valencia (Palo Alto)

Highest Annual Sales

  • 1993 – Cupertino (HFC) & Stanford (TFS)
  • 1994 – Cupertino (HFC) & Stanford (TFS)
  • 1995 – Cupertino (HFC) & Stanford (TFS)
  • 1996 – Cupertino (HFC) & San Jose (TFS)
  • 1997 – Cupertino (HFC) & San Jose (TFS)
  • 1998 – Cupertino (HFC) & San Jose (TFS)
  • 1999 – Cupertino (HFC) & Stanford (TFS)
  • 2000 – Cupertino (HFC) & Stanford (TFS)
  • 2001 – Cupertino (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2002 – Cupertino (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2003 – Cupertino (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2004 – Cupertino (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2005 – Stanford (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2006 – Pruneyard (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2007 – Pruneyard (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2008 – Pruneyard (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2009 – Stanford (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2010 – Stanford (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2011 – Stanford (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2012 – Pruneyard (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2013 – Sunnyvale (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2014 – Sunnyvale (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)
  • 2015 – Sunnyvale (3 Meal Periods) & Montague Expressway (2 Meal Periods)

Highest Annual Secret Shopper Score

  • 1993 – Palo Alto
  • 1994 – Cupertino
  • 1995 – Montague Expressway
  • 1996 – San Luis Obispo
  • 1997 – Sunnyvale
  • 1998 – Mountain View
  • 1999 – Pruneyard
  • 2000 – Palo Alto
  • 2001 – Stanford
  • 2002 – Sunnyvale
  • 2003 – Montague Expressway
  • 2004 – (Tie) Mountain View & Redwood Shores
  • 2005 – Mountain View
  • 2006 – Stanford
  • 2007 – Stanford
  • 2008 – Montague Expressway
  • 2009 – Stanford
  • 2010 – Stanford
  • 2011 – Cupertino
  • 2012 – (Tie) Mountain View & Redwood Shores
  • 2013 (Tie) Mountain View & Palo Alto
  • 2014 – Redwood Shores
  • 2015 – Mountain View

Customers’ Choice Award

Selected by Hobee’s customers; new award in 1997.

  • 1997 – Ed Dunbar (San Jose)
  • 1998 – Warren Ramsey (Montague Expressway)
  • 1999 – Ed Dunbar (San Jose)
  • 2000 – Ed Dunbar (Montague Expressway)
  • 2001 – Andres Hernandez (Pruneyard)
  • 2002 – Elena Perez (Sunnyvale)
  • 2003 – Jose Guadalupe Gonzalez (Palo Alto)
  • 2004 – Richard Santos (Redwood Shores)
  • 2005 – Richard Santos (Redwood Shores)
  • 2006 – Elena Perez (Sunnyvale)
  • 2007 – Elena Perez (Sunnyvale)
  • 2008 – Jorge Jimenez (Pruneyard)
  • 2009 – Elena Perez (Sunnyvale)
  • 2010 – Elena Perez (Sunnyvale)
  • 2011 – Elena Perez (Sunnyvale)
  • 2012 – Elena Perez (Sunnyvale)
  • 2013 – Richard Santos (Redwood Shores)
  • 2014 – Richard Santos (Redwood Shores)
  • 2015 – Richard Santos (Redwood Shores)

If you’re a Hobee’s regular, there’s a very good chance that you know one or more of our Achievement Award recipients. If so, be sure to let them know that you know they’re special!