Robert T. Matsui Community Service Award Honorees

2019 Award Honoree

Vivek Ranadivé,
Owner, Sacramento Kings
and The Sacramento Kings

Vivek Ranadivé is the owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings. He is an entrepreneur, technology visionary, New York Times best-selling author and philanthropist recognized for his innovative thinking.

As a technology entrepreneur, he pioneered the use of real-time event processing software and created TIBCO, a multibillion dollar software company. In addition to digitizing Wall Street, his software became the central nervous system for most of the world’s largest companies and government agencies. He is known as “Mr. Real Time” which defines his belief that by getting the right information to the right place at the right time, you can make the world a better place.

Ranadivé is a longtime basketball fan, which started when he coached his daughter’s middle school team. His coaching success was highlighted in a New Yorker magazine article by Malcolm Gladwell, as an example of innovators who win big by doing the unexpected and breaking the rules.

He started his foray into professional basketball when he became the co-owner and vice chairman of the Golden State Warriors NBA franchise in 2010.

In 2013, he became the first Indian majority owner of an NBA team when he purchased the Sacramento Kings, securing the team’s future in California’s capital city. Under Ranadivé’s leadership, the Kings have invested $1 billion in the downtown area, creating thousands of jobs, revitalizing the region and building the next great American city.

At the heart of the investment is the award winning Golden 1 Center, the home of the Sacramento Kings. This 21st-century coliseum is the greenest and most technologically advanced arena in the world. Golden 1 Center is 100 percent solar powered and is the first sports venue in the world to earn LEED Platinum certification making it a model for innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

The award is presented annually to an outstanding community member who exemplifies the essence of Dr. King’s dream.

2019 – Vivek Ranadivé,Owner, Sacramento Kings and The Sacramento Kings

2018 – Susan Savage, Chief Executive Officer and Owner of the Sacramento River Cats

2017 – Scott Syphax, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Nehemiah Companies

2016 – Chet P. Hewitt, CEO and President, Sierra Health Foundation

2015 – Darrell Steinberg, Former Senate President Pro Tem, California State Senate

2014 – Vance W. Raye, Presiding Justice of the Third District Court of Appeal

2013 – Dr. Alan Rowe, Founder the United College Action Network

2012 – Grantland Johnson, Former Sacramento County Supervisor

2011 – Carlotta Walls LaNier, President, Little Rock Foundation

2011 – Bishop Emeritus Francis A. Quinn

2010 – Velma Stokley Flournoy, Founder of the Miss Black Sacramento Scholarship Pageant

2009 – Derrell and Tina Roberts, Co-Founders, Roberts Family Development Center

2008 – Honorable James Long, Superior Court of Sacramento County

2007 – C.C. Yin, President, Yin-McDonald’s

2006 – Allen Warren, President, New Faze Development

2005 – Fahiza Alim, Journalist (co-recipient)

2005 – Fran Barker, Community Activist (co-recipient)

2004 – Angelo Tsakapoulos, Chair, AKT Development Corporation

2003 – Dr. William Lee, Founder and Publisher of THE OBSERVER Newspapers

2002 – Fred Teichert, Executive Director, Teichert Foundation