Phoenix Community Alliance
Center City Starr Award
Since 1993, Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) has honored individuals who have contributed to the leadership and vision of Central Phoenix. On Tuesday June 8th, PCA is honoring its 2009 award recipients, David Krietor, Deputy City Manager with the City of Phoenix, Cindy Gentry, Founder of the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, and Kurt Schneider, President of L.D. Schneider & Associates.
The Center City Starr Award is given to men and women from the public and private sectors who have made outstanding contributions to advance the quality of life and further the renaissance of Phoenix’s Central City. Former recipients include Jerry Colangelo, Lattie Coor, Valerie Manning, and The Honorable Phil Gordon.
This prestigious award is named in honor of the late Barry Starr, who had an illustrious government and civic career. Starr was a Phoenix City Councilman, assistant to Governor Rose Mofford, the founding president of Valley Big Brothers, and a Phoenix Police Officer.
Like Barry Starr, the three 2009 recipients show the same commitment for the quality of life in central Phoenix.
David Krietor has been with the City of Phoenix for 16 years and served in many capacities including Aviation Director and Chief of Staff to Mayor Phil Gordon. Krietor serves on several professional and civic boards on behalf of the City including Downtown Phoenix Hotel Corporation, Phoenix Conventions and Visitors Bureau, Heard Museum, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, and Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
Cindy Gentry is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Food Connections, a non-profit established in 2002. She was instrumental in establishing the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, and oversees the Market’s management and operation. The Market showcases the products of local farmers and artists, revitalizing both community and economic development.
Kurt Schneider is President of L.D. Schneider & Associates and serves as the chairman of the PCA Central Avenue Committee. As a property owner on Central Avenue for 19 years, Schneider’s generosity has contributed to the success of the area including the Downtown Phoenix Public Market.
There will be a champagne toast and award reception in honor of the recipients on Tuesday June 8, 2010 at Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall at 4:00pm.
Congratulations David Krietor, Cindy Gentry, and Kurt Schneider and thank you for preserving the rich heritage of the Central City.