2013 Athena Award Recipient - Anne Warner Cribbs
Anne Warner Cribbs, President/CEO of Cribbs & Co. and the CEO of Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC), epitomizes and embodies the spirit of the Athena Award. It is with pride and honor that the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce recognize Anne as its 27th recipient of the Athena Award.Ms. Cribbs, a Palo Alto native and Olympic Gold Medalist at the age of 15, has spread the Olympic Ideals “Faster, Higher, Stronger” throughout the community and lived them both in her personal and professional life. After graduating from Stanford, Anne launched a career of public relations, community service and advocacy for sports. She began at the Palo Alto Parks and Recreations Department, then joined Gary Cavalli at Cavalli and Cribbs. They subsequently co-founded the American Basketball League, the first women’s professional basketball league in the United States.Anne became President and CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC) in 1998, and organized National and International sporting events held in the Bay Area with an economic impact approaching $100 Million. Through the events, she has touched the lives of many professional, amateur, Olympians, Paralympians and weekend athletes, hundreds of coaches, thousands of volunteers and competitors. Recent events Anne led and organized include the 2009 Summer National Senior Games, along with annual Bay Area Senior Games, USA Swimming National & Junior National Championships, 40th Anniversary celebration of Ping Pong Diplomacy in San Francisco and San Francisco’s 2012 Olympic Bid.Ms. Cribbs holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University, is a past member of the Stanford Athletic Board, a Block S holder, has been inducted into three Halls of Fame (Menlo Atherton High School, San Jose Sports and San Mateo County); received the 2012 Bay Area Legacy Award from America Scores and currently serves as Chair of the California Senior Games Association and board member of USA Table Tennis.
Ms. Cribbs lives in Palo Alto, California with family.
Rebecca M. Nelson, Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at Technology Credit Union, epitomizes and embodies the spirit of the Athena Award. It is with pride and honor that the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce recognizes Rebecca for its 26th anniversary of the Athena Award.
Ms. Nelson, a Palo Alto native, has a 25-year background in the financial services industry including executive team, senior management and division leadership roles in sales, administration, trust services, and investments at national and community banks and credit unions. Prior to joining Tech CU, Ms. Nelson served as the Vice President and Senior Wealth Advisor for Union Bank’s Private Bank.
She is deeply involved in the local community, serving many Palo Alto and Silicon Valley area non-profits, community organizations and professional associations. These include but are not limited to: The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and the El Camino Hospital Foundation. She serves on the Jerry A. Kasner Estate Planning Symposium and is a sustaining member of the Palo Alto Financial Planning Forum and member of the Peninsula and Santa Clara County Estate Planning Councils.
Ms. Nelson holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has completed post-graduate executive programs at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She holds FINRA licenses for Series 7 and 66, a Life Insurance license and is designated as a Certified Wealth Strategist.
Ms. Nelson lives in Redwood City, California with her husband, John Nelson.