TEMECULA – Each year, the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce executive board considers Lifetime Achievement nominees based on good character, longevity of volunteerism, integrity and dedication to the community for 10 or more years. The TVCC board of directors announced that Dan Stephenson will receive the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd annual Awards Gala Saturday, Feb. 24, at Pechanga Resort & Casino.
As a young man, just graduating from the University of Southern California Stephenson was ready to pursue a career and his many goals.
“When we embark upon life, it’s just life. As we set goals, find a partner, start a career, have a family, the achievements we strive for don’t seem global but personal,” Stephenson said. “How do I provide for my family? How do I build a life, a career? What does that career look like?”
At 25 years of age, Stephenson said he was ambitious and excited to excel and succeed in business, so in 1968, he moved everything to the Temecula Valley.
In 1971, Stephenson formed Rancho Consultants, a real estate brokerage and land development company, which later shortened its name to Rancon. He said he set about making his mark in the Valley, which meant not only business opportunities but providing a quality of life for his family and all the families he envisioned wanting to settle in the Temecula Valley.
Stephenson’s family consists of his wife, six children, 18 grandchildren, great-granddaughter, two sisters that live locally, a niece, two nephews, two grand nephews and a grand-niece. Family is at the core of his motivation, Stephenson said. The agents and staff at Rancon Real Estate, the management team and staff at the Rancon Group, Chardonnay Escrow, Ranch Self-Storage, as well as all the villagers at Dan’s exciting new Temecula Valley winery project – Europa Village, are also his family.
With Stephenson at the helm, the Rancon Group of companies built the first master-planned community, Alta Murrieta, in southwest Riverside County. He also built one of the Inland Empire’s first master-planned business parks, Tri-City Corporate Centre in San Bernardino. During more than four decades of “doing the same thing in the same place,” Stephenson has amassed a reputation for spearheading high-quality projects and maximizing his investors’ returns.
For more information about the 52nd annual Awards Gala, visit www.temecula.org or call (951) 676-5090.