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CCCCD Board Member Recognized For Commitment To Community

CCCCD Board Member Recognized For Commitment To Community

October 5, 2002 - Fortino "Tino" Trujillo, founding board member and treasurer of the Collin County Community College District's board of trustees, was recognized by Plano Profile magazine as part of its 20th anniversary. According to publisher Jean Godfrey, Trujillo exemplified the city's entrepreneurial and visionary spirit and has improved the quality of life in our remarkable community.

Trujillo is the owner of Tino's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, which opened in 1976 when the city's population was 43,000, and Tino's Too in Plano. He is a charter member of the Plano Sunrise Rotary Club; director of the Craig Gilbert Foundation and the Hendricks Academy of Honor Foundation, both scholarship-granting entities. In 1988, in an effort to help raise money for the Plano Independent School District, he helped establish the "Taste of Plano" food festival; in 2001, that event hosted 42 restaurants and over 4,000 visitors. Since its inception, it has awarded 422 scholarships to PISD students.

"I feel very honored to have been recognized by Plano Profile for my community service involvement," said Trujillo. "I have been a part of this community since 1976, and I have had the opportunity to work and share ideas with many of the best leaders in business and in the community. I'd like to thank Jean Godfrey and Mike Newman of the Plano Profile magazine for honoring me with this award. I'm very humbled and appreciative."

In 1999, he received the prestigious Ohtli recognition from the government of Mexico during Diez y Seis de Septiembre ceremonies at Artists Square in downtown Dallas. The aim of the Ohtli recognition is to increase the relationships between Mexicans living at home and those who live abroad.

"I am a businessman who comes from a family of educators," he said, "Both business and education are important to me, and I have focused my work in both of those areas."