2018 California Family Business Award Winner

Excerpt from The Business Journal

The McCaffrey Group was selected as the top family enterprise in the Institute for Family Business's California Family Business Award program.
The McCaffrey Family - Award picture 2018

More than 200 people attended the awards event at Fort Washington Country Club in Fresno Wednesday night. The annual event is hosted by the Institute for Family Business at Fresno State.

This year 115 nominations were received for the prestigious award, which were whittled down to 20 businesses that were interviewed by local judges. From there 10 family businesses were selected as award honorees, with the McCaffrey family winning the top honor after another round of out-of-state judging. The Hobab family, owner of the Deli Delicious franchise, was honored as a "Rising Star" winner for up-and-coming family businesses.

Friday's print edition of The Business Journal is devoted to the winner and honorees of the California Family Business Award. Here are some of the highlights:

California Family Business Award winner: The McCaffrey Group, Inc.

Though the company hasn't always had the McCaffrey name, they've been building homes in the Central Valley for over 50 years and it all started with its founder, John Bonadelle.

Discharged from the army due to a back injury during WWII, Bonadelle was asked to do construction work on someone's home and found the work so gratifying that he started buying lots and building homes.

Time passed, and after having hired trade contractors to help with the work, he started building subdivisions, the first ones being near the Fresno State campus, Saint Agnes Medical Center and Manchester Center.

In 1980, after having built 10,000 homes, Bonadelle let his daughter Karen and her husband Bob McCaffrey acquire the business and they gave it the McCaffrey name.

Today, Bob is serving as president, and Brent, the couple's son, is serving as CEO.

Over 9,000 homes have been built under the McCaffrey name and the company is currently working on its biggest project to date. A 1,600-acre master planned community is scheduled to open in the fall in Madrea County that will include more than 5,100 new homes, businesses, a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school, a fire station and a sheriff's substation.

Karen credits the third generation of her family, Brent, and her son-in-law, Ash, for spearheading the new development and that she is thankful for being able to work with her family.

"As a parent, it's just deeply gratifying to work with your son and daughter and son-in-law and daughter-in-law and watch them blossom and develop," she said.

Published on May 24, 2018 - 3:06 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

2018 Family Business Award Honorees 

  • Affinity Truck Center
  • Charles McMurray Company
  • Gianni Fine Jewelers
  • Groppetti Automotive
  • Hellwig Products
  • La Tapatia Tortilleria
  • Mountain Valley Express
  • Pioneer Equipment Co.
  • Steel Structures/ Riley's Brewing
  • Whelan Financial

2018 Family Business Rising Star Award Winner 

  • Deli Delicious Franchising Inc.



Family Business Rising Star Award Winner:

  • 2018 - Deli Delicious Franchising Inc.
  • 2017 - The Brownie Baker
  • 2016 - Occu-Med
  • 2015 - Snowflake Designs
  • 2014 - David H. Salter – Salter’s Distributing, Inc.

 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

  • 2017 - Gordon Webster, The Business Journal
  • 2009 - Fred Ruiz, Ruiz Foods
  • 2007 - William Lyles, Lyles Diversified, Inc.
  • 1999 - Larry Shehadey

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