2001 Inductee - Oscar A. Anzaldo

2001 Inductee - Oscar A. Anzaldo

Business/Community Service

Oscar Anzaldo has been a winner in all his endeavors and he has given much of his “winnings” to his community. As an insurance agent and owner of Anzaldo & Associates located in Tracy and Stockton, he has sold from 200 to 250 policies in each of the last 17 years. That has earned him a coveted seat at the Million Dollar Round Table. Only the top 5% of agents in the world have gotten this honor. He earned the Stuart Gibbons Life Underwriter of the year award in 1996 for “his contributions to the insurance industry and community involvement. “He has also been named Stockton’s Insurance Agent of the year.

“I believe a strong faith in God and our family’s strong faith in each other is the reason for my professional success, “Oscar said humbly. “He sets his goals a little higher than anyone else and uses the teamwork approach to lift everyone else’s goals,” stated an editorial in the Tracy Press. Recently he was named the Mexican-American Chamber’s Businessman of the Year. Tracy’s Chamber of Commerce selected him Professional of the Year in 1995. In 1999 he was chairman of Tracy’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Lincoln High School has named him “Super Booster of the Year.” “Oscar has been an inspiration to me because of his involvement in the community and on numerous occasions has helped the chamber,” said Dora Martinez, past president of the Tracy Chamber of Commerce. He was the chairman of their Board of Directors in 1999, charged with overseeing 250 volunteers and staff.

Patrick Johnston, Mike Machado and Richard Pombo jointly presented him in 1999 with a large plaque for his “contributions to family, community and the insurance industry. His most unique honor was being selected Soldier of the Year in 1978 when he was stationed with the U.S. forces in Germany. Some of his community involvement includes Stockton Girls’ Softball Association, Tarahumara Running Club, Tracy Sunrise Rotary Club, Lincoln’s Booster Club, Presentation Catholic Church, Hospice and Medic Alert charity golf tournaments, Guadalupe Society and Tracy Boys and Girls Club. In most groups, he has taken a leadership role, such as being president of the Tracy Sunrise Rotary Club. He has coached at the Special Olympics and softball teams such as the renowned Grapetts.

Oscar finds time to run 45+ miles a week and compete in races. He often speaks to clubs and youth groups. His motivational message is, “Dream big, you can. Don’t let the dream die.” He tells people “Desire is the most important aspect of one’s life” and “never forget that one more step, one more time, one more pain will get you there.”

He talks about an experience he had when he applied for a manager’s job with McDonald’s. He was denied the job because he had never worked in the fast food chain. Oscar returned with a list of 10 restaurants that would hire him to manage. McDonalds changed their corporate mind and hired him to manage. He worked for two years than started his current career. “What really motivates me most is my experience picking fruits and vegetables in the fields along with my parents, brothers and sisters. That activity helped me develop mental toughness and appreciation for the value of hard work and education.” Oscar’s commitment to helping young people may have started in 3rd grade. His brother and he went to labor camps and taught the children of farm workers how to play baseball and basketball. Why is he interested in helping young people? “The youth of this country is our retirement paycheck,” is his answer.