Sunder Ramani is the recipient of the 2007 Woodbury University Movers and Shapers Award that recognizes those who have demonstrated leadership and have made significant contributions to the Burbank community. During his more than 20 years of involvement in Burbank civic and business life, Ramani has been instrumental in bettering the city.

Ramani will be honored Sunday, October 14 during a special ceremony from 1 to 3 p.m. at Woodbury University, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank.

"This award is for people who have made Burbank a better place to live. Sunder has moved Burbank forward and shaped our citizens and institutions in positive ways both by giving his time to the institutions that play a such an important role in the daily lives of Burbank citizens. Woodbury respects and values Sunder's contributions our community and is proud to honor him with this award," says Kenneth R. Nielsen, Ed.D., president, Woodbury University.

Ramani serves on the Burbank Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, Burbank Community YMCA, Community Foundation, Burbank Healthcare Foundation, and Burbank Rotary Club. He has served on the Burbank Mayor's Economic Roundtable as well as the city's workers comp task force. He worked with the local chambers of commerce and the California Small Business Association (CSBA) on workers' compensation reform, as well as serving on the National Federation of Independent Business Summit (NFIB) board in Washington, D.C.

Ramani is also active in surrounding communities, chairing the annual Youth Leadership Conference hosted by the Character and Ethics Project of Glendale and serving on the boards of Glendale Educational Foundation Advisory, Oakmont Country Club, La Canada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. In the public sector, Ramani is a member of the Public Safety Commission in the city of La Canada.

His past service include work as chair of Mayor's "Run for the Hungry;" past president of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce and the Sunrise Rotary Club; board positions for the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Providence St. Joseph Medical Foundation, Colony Theatre, Character & Ethics Project, La Canada Educational Foundation, and Associated Builders and Contractors. He also volunteered by leading campaigns for Verdugo Hills Boys Scouts, March of Dimes, and New Horizons Center of Glendale.

His consulting firm, Penta Resources, focuses on business development and real estate acquisitions and development. Additionally, he has an interior finish firm specializing on large-scale building renovations. Ramani and his wife Mandy are the parents of a daughter, Kira, 15, and son, Collin, 11.

For more information about the Movers and Shapers event or to purchase tickets to the awards reception, please call 818.252.5102. Tickets are $25 per person and include refreshments.