Steve Tate to Receive Leadership Excellence Award at 2019 Summer Gala

Steve Tate - 2019 Leadership Excellence Award Recipient

MORGAN HILL, CA – Leadership Morgan Hill (LMH) proudly announces that visionary community leader and former mayor Steve Tate is the 2019 recipient of the Leadership Excellence Award. Tate will be honored at an outdoor gala fundraiser at Guglielmo Winery on Saturday, July 20.  The annual award recognizes people whose vision and leadership advance community service and philanthropy, reflect courage and insight, and inspire others to lead in a like manner.

According to LMH Board President Byron Kelley: “The Board is excited to honor Steve Tate, a man whose admirable track record of community leadership and service has had a significant and lasting beneficial impact on Morgan Hill. Steve is an LMH alumnus and previous Board Chair who continues to support and advocate for our mission.” 

Steve Tate’s 27 years with the City of Morgan Hill includes seven years on the Planning Commission, eight years on the City Council, and twelve years as Mayor. He retired at the end of his sixth term in December 2018. During his service as a commissioner and councilmember, he was working as a software planner with IBM. During his 38-year career with Big Blue, he also worked in sales, and as a product planner and a planning manager. 

While Tate didn’t set out to be a political leader, his love of Morgan Hill and passion for balanced growth inspired civic involvement from the time he and his wife Jennifer moved to the city in 1977. He played a key role in guiding Redevelopment Authority projects that will benefit Morgan Hill for years to come. They include the MH Community & Cultural Center, MH  Centennial Recreation Center, MH Aquatics Center, Morgan Hill Library, and construction of Butterfield Boulevard. Current City Manager Christina Turner characterized Tate’s mayoral service as one of “respectful and ethical engagement with city staff, local educators and business leaders, and residents, while maintaining focus on protecting the community’s best interests.”

His commitment to young people is evident in his long involvement with Rotary Interact Clubs at local high schools, the Youth Action Council, and the El Toro Boys and Girls Club, as well as the implementation of Project Cornerstone’s developmental assets for youth in Morgan Hill.  Morgan Hill Rotary Club honored him with the Allan McLeod Award in 2012, and the YMCA recognized his service with the Project Cornerstone Lifetime Asset Champion Award in 2017. For more than a decade he has mentored and advocated for local youth through community service projects.

Currently, Tate is a member of Rotary Club of Morgan Hill, of which he was a past Board President; and a Board member of Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley. Tate served as Board President of Leadership Morgan Hill in 2004-05 and is a recipient of its Distinguished Alumnus Award (2016). He is also a past Board President of the Santa Clara County Library Joint Powers Authority, the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, and the Peninsula Division of the League of California Cities. The Morgan Hill Community Foundation honored him as an Outstanding Philanthropist and Volunteer in 2018.

Like other Leadership Excellence Award winners, Steve has an attitude of willingness and enthusiasm when asked for support of a good cause.  He says: “Morgan Hill is a very special place and Leadership Morgan Hill does a great job of grooming leaders to keep it that way.  I am honored to be selected for this award and look forward to a great celebration that supports the Leadership program’s ongoing focus on excellence.”

Steve and Jennifer Tate have two adult children and two grandchildren.  Their close-knit family enjoys spending time together. The Tates have an annual tradition of spending a month in Arizona to watch the San Francisco Giants during their annual spring training.

Steve will receive his Leadership Excellence medal at the gala summer tribute dinner at the historic Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill. Community leaders, supporters of LMH and friends of the honoree will attend this community celebration to honor Steve and to raise funds for the community leadership programs of LMH, a nonprofit public benefit corporation. Dinner and the award program will be followed by music and dancing.  Dress casual attire is suggested.

The Honorary Committee will include all previous medal winners, with Roger Knopf as chair. The Event Committee Chair is LMH Board member Cinda Meister.   

Honorees are selected by a blue-ribbon panel of community leaders that include former Leadership Excellence Award recipients. Funds raised will benefit Leadership Morgan Hill, now in its 24th year of building community engagement, and leadership. The annual LMH program provides training and connections with leaders and organizations throughout Morgan Hill including government, education, business and nonprofit sectors. Its purpose is to inform and inspire others to give back to the community through service. LMH graduates are found in leadership positions throughout the community. 

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