AUSTIN, Texas – The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce announced that Bobby Jenkins, owner and CEO of ABC Home and Commercial Services, has been named “Austinite of the Year” for 2017.
Over the last 30 years, the highly respected small business owner’s unparalleled commitment to serving our local community alongside a strong and successful business record has helped shape Austin’s success as a region brimming with innovation, growth and generosity.
“Bobby Jenkins is an authentic Austin treasure. He’s an exemplary business leader who truly cares about our community and prioritizes giving back. Bobby also leads through personal example often rallying others around a wide variety of issues that are good for Central Texas,” said Ellen Wood, Chairman of the Greater Austin Chamber and CEO of vcfo. “He embodies the philosophy that “Good Community is Good Business.”
The prestigious Austinite of the Year Award represents the highest honor of the Chamber. It will be presented during ceremonies at the Chamber's Annual Meeting scheduled for February 6, 2018.
Due to his core philosophy to be a servant for the community, Jenkins is often sought out to lead and provide guidance to various boards, committees and volunteer efforts. Most recently, the owner of ABC Home and Commercial Services stepped in to supply emergency resources to save the Zilker Kite Festival, an 88-year Austin tradition and one of the area’s best known annual events.
In 2014, Jenkins and his family created the Moss Pieratt Foundation after the tragic loss of their grandson, one-year-old John “Moss” Pieratt, Jr., from a condition known as Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). During the summer of 2017, Bobby and his two brothers held a nationwide fundraiser and awareness builder by riding bikes over 52 days and 3,500 miles, from Seattle, Washington to New York City. The trip also helped raise funds for A Child's Hope, which is helping hundreds of orphaned or abandoned children in Haiti.