George & Donna Burdick Business Award
Recipient of George & Donna Burdick Business Award

University Electric - The Heintz Family is the 2016 Recipient

University Electric has very deep roots in Santa Clara, and is one of the oldest active businesses in our community. When Jacob "Jack" Heintz and his wife Ruth established the business 97 years ago, he started out wiring local homes for electricity, and supplied homes with lighting fixtures and electrical appliances. They eventually passed the business to their son Walter "Bud" Heintz. Like his parents, Bud still comes into the store every day, even though his son Mike has taken over general management.

University Electric has served generations of Santa Clarans and other regional, national and repeat customers with integrity and professionalism, first at their 942 Main Street store, then 1176 and 1391 Franklin Street, and now at 1500 Martin Avenue.

Today, University Electric continues to serve Santa Clara, the greater Bay Area, and the western United States as one of the most complete distributors of kitchen and laundry appliances.

The store is still run by the Heintz family, and together all the family members who work there have over 400 years of combined experience in the home appliance business. Their business is built on handshake deals, guaranteeing the lowest price and the best service. Along with Bud, we recognize Mike, Jack, Jim, Adam, Jacob, Matt, Cathy, Patty, and Eric Heintz and Gregg Tomascheski.

The Heintz family members are active in our community and give generously to local charitable causes. Bud and Mike are active members in local service clubs. Matt is actively involved in Santa Clara's youth soccer leagues as a coach and organizer. University Electric supports public and private schools and also Santa Clara University with donations of goods and services, and has contributed to affordable housing programs such as Habitat for Humanity.

The Mission City Community Fund congratulates University Electric and the Heintz family as the 2016 recipient of the George and Donna Burdick Business Award.

George Burdick was a co-founder of the Mission City Community Fund. He also founded Burdick Painting which grew to one of the largest commercial and residential painting companies in the County. George always found time to offer his assistance to the community through clubs, church and volunteer organizations. His reputation was that of a "get it done now the right way" kind of person and was a motto he lived by. The vision and generosity of the Burdick name was a cornerstone in the success of MCCF.

Each year, MCCF now honors a local business which has demonstrated the qualities of community service, philanthropy and constructive contributions to a better way of life for our citizens. This award is presented each year at our annual Dinner Dance, which this year is held at the Santa Clara Convention Center Mission Ballroom. If you would like to nominate a business which reflects the values of service and vision of George Burdick, please download a Nomination Form.


2008 - Richard Rossi (Master Precision Machining)
2009 - Gary Gillmor (Gillmor & Associates Realty)
2010 - Michael Blach (Blach Construction)
2011 - Dave DeLozier (Peterson's Insurance)
2012 - Tony Avelar (Santa Clara Realty)
2013 - Lou Pellegrini (Mission Trail Waste Systems)
2014 - Lou Mariani (Mariani's Inn)
2015 - Ravinder Lal


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