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Eric Poliak Award

Eric Poliak Award

This award was founded in memory of Eric Poliak, a past governor and president of the American Society (AmSoc), community member, and friend. After Mr. Poliak’s untimely death in May 1984, the Board of Governors established this tribute to be given annually to a person in the São Paulo community who has unselfishly contributed his or her time and effort for the good of the entire community.

 The Eric Poliak Award represents AmSoc’s highest honor. Nominations for this award are submitted annually, during the month of March, by the AmSoc membership. All nominations are sent to the office staff, and distributed to the selection committee at least 1 week prior to meeting. The recipient must be American, but doesn’t need to be a member of AmSoc. A special committee, comprised of AmSoc executive committee members and previous award winners, chooses the final recipient.

The award is presented at the AmSoc annual General Meeting in April.

2016 Award Recipient

Judy is a native New Yorker, and studied Hotel Management at Cornell University. She met her perfect match, Gil, while working in Washington D.C. Their grown daughters, Nicola and Alessandra, living in Seattle and New York respectively, are their pride. Living in São Paulo for over four years, Judy has become a cherished friend of everyone around her.

Why Judy? You would only ask this if you didn’t know her. From the moment she arrived in São Paulo, she has been a leader and helping hand in everything our community proposes. Vice President of AmSoc for four years, she has been chair and co-chair of the Gala every year.

This in itself is an incredible achievement, as the successful Gala is responsible for the financial health of AmSoc, as well as making our charitable commitment possible. She is part of every single AmSoc activity. One of her many talents is that she gets new people involved and works with everyone. If she doesn’t get enough new volunteers, no problem! No one refuses to help and work with her. Her dedication is unsurpassed.

Actually, there is only one negative thing one can say about Judy. She will not be in São Paulo forever. Eventually, she will be following her Gil on through the hotel world. The committee did not want to pass up the opportunity to honor her here and now!!

Previous Winners for Outstanding Community Service

2016 Judy Zanchi
2015 Kelly Maurice
2014 T. David Warren
2013 Elieen Tasso
2012 Marlene Rubeiz
2010 Sister Angela Mary

2009 Theresa Mary White
2008 Sonya Querido
2007 Bert Frost
2006 Susan Banman Sileci
2005 Alan Blau
2004 Mark Abrams
2003 Deborah Riveros
2002 Jean Smith
2001 Father Thomas Brown
2000 Marilyn Mangels
2000 Delora B. Tuthill

1999 Jane Hayes
1998 Jo Ann Ivy
1997 Eric Street
1996 Jose M. Arana
1995 Cathy Koepke
1994 Lynne S. Couri
1993 Steve Hanson
1992 R. Christopher Lund

1991 Alonzo B. Shattuck
1990 John E. Burns

1989 Carmen Kennedy Lund
1988 Anne F. Pereira
1987 Frances Van de Putte
1986 David E. Ivy
1985 Mary Clifford Poor