George & Donna Burdick Business Award


Gary Filizetti of Devcon Construction is the 2020 Recipient

Raised in Santa Clara, Gary Filizetti attended St. Clare School, Santa Clara High School and Santa Clara University and has been an active member of the community since his earliest days. As President and CEO of Devcon Construction, he and Devcon have been consistently ranked the largest contractor in Santa Clara County and they have completed some of Silicon Valley's most notable and innovative structures including Levi's Stadium, home to the NFL 49er's and changing the landscape in north Santa Clara; building Bay Area megaprojects & landmarks like the Santa Cruz Breakwater (Walton) Lighthouse, San Jose City Hall, robust data centers, institutions and corporate campuses including the world-class triangular headquarters for NVIDIA Corporation in Santa Clara, dedication to sustainable green buildings, big tech and improvement jobs for the likes of Adobe, Cisco Systems, LinkedIn and Netflix; and proudly providing the design & building of the capital program at Santa Clara University.

"Gary Filizetti is a lifelong Santa Claran with a deep commitment to our community," shared Chris Shay, MCCF Board member. "Mission City Community Fund is proud to recognize Devcon's demonstrated qualities of integrity, honesty, trust and teamwork that Gary brings to customers, partnerships, employees, community relationships and his unique ability to go beyond the call of duty."

Gary is a philanthropist with a continued priority of giving back while growing Devcon, funding numerous nonprofit efforts far and wide including the City of Santa Clara Fireworks, Huey Lewis concert for the community at the 50th Super Bowl, the iconic SCU bronze Bronco statue, the Flame of Liberty Memorial to honor service members, veterans, first responders and local 9/11 heroes, Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School to help break the cycle of poverty with education, and the new Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House to provide a "home away from home" for patients and families receiving critical medical care, making Gary Filizetti and Devcon Construction especially deserving of the 2020 George & 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
2016 - The Heintz Family (University Electric)
2017 - The Holder Family
2018 - China Stix
2019 - Applied Materials
2020 - Gary Filizetti of Devcon Construction


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