Philanthropist Greg Hind is SLO’s 2010 Citizen of the Year

The Performing Arts Center. The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum. The Dana Adobe in Nipomo. The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum.

San Luis Obispo philanthropist Greg Hind’s charitable donations have spanned the county for more than a decade.

At its annual dinner Saturday, the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce honored Hind for his generosity, naming him the 2010 Citizen of the Year, the Chamber’s most prestigious honor.

“Although Hind has given so much to better the San Luis Obispo area, he does not seek out public glory and recognition,” the chamber wrote in a news release. “Instead, he humbly thrives behind the scenes, which is why the chamber chose to honor him this year for his outstanding and unselfish role in the community.”

In July 2006, Hind and his wife, Jane, established the Hind Foundation, which has provided funding for countless projects throughout San Luis Obispo County.

In 2010, the foundation awarded more than $1 million to Central Coast projects, including the Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation and Central Coast Economic Forecast.

Hind, who has lived in San Luis Obispo County for 38 years, founded Hind Inc., which was once one of the top privately owned sportswear manufacturers in the nation. At its height, Hind employed 500 people.

He holds a master’s degree in physical education from Cal Poly and founded the sports apparel company in 1971. In 1996, he sold the Hind name and trademarks.

He now owns sportswear company GH Sports and is a managing member of Hind Properties. He is also co-founder and co-owner of DocuTeam and Uptown Espresso.

Business partner Tom Brown nominated Hind for the chamber award.

“The recognition is so well deserved,” Brown said. “This is an individual who has participated in his community, become involved in the community, put his money and time behind it — he really is there. ... He is just a wonderful guy, and I feel blessed to be a partner with him.”

The chamber recognized Hind on Saturday for all of his roles — as a businessman, an employer, a builder, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist.

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