Brock Roby, a civil engineer, chairman of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and for many years a church ministry leader, was named Friday as the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Mayor's Award.
Mayor Jerry Thorne announced the award at a dinner for several hundred community volunteers, held in conjunction with a ribbon-cutting officialy reopening the renovated Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center.
"Many of you in the business community know him as the current chairman of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, where he brings a high level of perception and energy," Thorne said at the award presentation. "He hit the road running, and, under his direction, the Chamber has launched a new young professionals group for Chamber members in the 21 to 40-year-old age bracket."
"The program will provide opportunities for educational and professional development, create and cultivate future leaders, and enrich the community through special projects," Thorne added in his praise of Roby's leadership. "I think it's a great idea that offers benefits to everyone involved."
Besides serving as this year's chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Roby also chairs the city's Human Services Commission, serves on the Pleasanton Advisory Board for Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and on the East Pleasanton Specific Plan Task Force.
He served on the Pleasanton Youth Master Plan Implementation Committee from 2008 to 2010.
Roby is a civil engineer with BKF Engineers and holds degrees from both Princeton and Stanford universities. He is a frequent speaker at high school career events for students interested in a career in engineering.
He served as ministry leader and administrator of the International Church of Christ for 19 years before returning to his engineering profession, joining BKF Engineers in 2005. In his church work, he and his wife Anne led ministries in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hawaii.