LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Economic Development & Growth Enterprise (AV EDGE) has selected Lancaster Vice Mayor Marvin Crist for its 2023 Navigating Change award, which honors individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership through their community service while meeting the changing circumstances or challenges in the Antelope Valley region.
Crist will be honored during AV EDGE’s Spring Business Summit, taking place Feb. 24 at the AV Fair & Event Center.
“Honorees are individuals who reject the idea of doing things a certain way because ‘that’s how we’ve always done it;’ Rather, they challenge the status quo with determination, innovation, and creativity — overcoming obstacles and changing landscape through collaboration and strategy,” said AV EDGE Executive Director Drew Mercy.
Upon notification of receiving the award, Crist commented, “I am really at a loss for words and extremely humbled to receive this prestigious recognition. Having the countless privileges of serving this community in various ways has afforded me priceless experiences, insights, and lifelong friendships. Working with countless individuals who passionately love the Antelope Valley as fiercely as I do inspires me
Crist was first elected to the Lancaster City Council in April 2010 and appointed vice mayor on Dec. 11, 2012.
Born and raised in the Antelope Valley, Crist studied business at Antelope Valley College. A former firefighter, Crist now owns his own insurance brokerage and participates in a wide variety of local organizations. He was recently appointed chair of the Board of Directors for the North County Transportation Coalition (NCTC).
Crist also serves as president of the Antelope Valley Sheriff Boosters; director of Kids’ Charities of the Antelope Valley; co-chairman of the Fallen Heroes Ride; co-chairman of the Animal House Kiwanis Junior Livestock Auction; co-chairman of the Hank Hunter “After the Fair” Barbeque; and co-chairman of 21st Century for Kids.
Crist is also a member of the Antelope Valley College Golf Tournament Committee and Lancaster West Rotary. In 2005, he was named Volunteer of the Year for Desert Christian Schools. In 2007, he was named Lancaster Sheriff’s Booster of the Year. In addition to his
many philanthropic endeavors, Crist leads many local governing boards, including the Antelope Valley Transit Authority; the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District; and the Antelope Valley Fair’s Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors.
Crist lives in Lancaster with his wife, Cindy, and son, Ryan.
“I share this recognition on behalf of the countless people, businesses, and corporations who volunteer their time, treasure, blood, sweat and tears in protecting this community today, tomorrow and for generations to come,“ Crist said.
Past Navigating Change Award honorees include Dante Simi, founder and past CEO of Learn 4 Life; Ed Knudsen, recognized for overseeing major campus growth at Antelope Valley College; Diane Walker, honored for her work with the Antelope Valley Joint Union High School District; Pauline East, for her work in increasing and capitalizing on the Antelope Valley’s filming potential; and Scott Ehrlich, recognized for his success in rejuvenating downtown Lancaster into “The BLVD.”
In addition to honoring Marvin Crist as the 2023 Navigating Change recipient, this year’s Spring Business Summit will provide insights, practical resources, and data on the current and future regional economic climate. The event’s keynote speaker will be business entrepreneur, award winning author /journalist, and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, Steve Forbes. The event will also feature a segment led by acclaimed economist and author Dr. Robert Eyler, as well as an in-depth panel discussion that includes leadership from the city of Lancaster, city of Palmdale, Los Angeles County and Kern County.
Individual tickets start at $100 for AV EDGE members and $120 for non-members. Attendees should purchase tickets early as seating is limited. For event details, including sponsorship opportunities, and detailed ticket information, visit avedgeca.org.
[Information via news release from AV EDGE.]