Jamis MacNiven

The San Mateo County Historical Association is pleased to announce that Jamis MacNiven is its 2023 San Mateo County History Maker. Some refer to him as the “Wizard of Skyline,” others call him the “Unofficial Mayor of Silicon Valley.”

Mr. MacNiven is best known as the founder and face of Buck’s Restaurant in Woodside, known internationally for over three decades as the place entrepreneurs meet venture capital. He has watched as firms such as Hotmail, eBay, Netscape, PayPal, and Tesla were born over discussions at his establishment.

The San Mateo County History Makers Dinner will take place at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel in Burlingame on Friday, September 22.  The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a hosted cocktail reception, followed by dinner, a brief live auction, and a special film created by the Historical Association describing the life and times of Mr. MacNiven.

San Mateo County History Makers Sponsors

Museum Master

Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy

Grand Historian

Cypress Lawn

Franklin Templeton


Borel Estate Company

Bobbie and Joe Carcione

Chonita and Michael Cleary

Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle LLP

Redwood General Tire

Taube Philanthropies


Asset Management Company

Dani Gasparini and Alyn Beals

Cathy Brisbin

Collection Bureau of America

Donna and Eric Colson

Gonsalves and Stronck

Hannig Sail It Forward

House of Values

Susan Flint and Susan Lang

Karen and John LaTorra

Suzanne Legallet

The MacNiven Family

PC Gentleman, Lioness, Mr. Chips, BeeBeard, Sasquatch

Donna Petersen

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Bill and Connie Ring

John Shroyer

Joe Welch and Family

W.L. Butler Family

Woodside Capital Partners


Abbey Carpet and Floor

Tom Ames

Karen Seiko Arimoto Peterson

Keith Bautista

State Senator Josh Becker

Audrey Bojack

Judge and Mrs. Gerald Buchwald

Dale Djerassi

Bill Draper

Dee and Rich Eva

Heritage Bank of Commerce

Jerry Hill

Elaine and Don Horsley

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

Ray Iverson

Leif and Carol Langensand

Linda and Sid Liebes

Dr. Tom and Kitty Mullooly

Assemblywoman Diane Papan

Barbara and Jerry Pierce

Kristie and Mitch Postel

Don Postel and Kate Hoosac

Scott Postel

Don and Sandie Pugh

Juan Raigoza

Cristina Roces and Blake Sullivan

Adolph Rosekrans

The San Francisco Peninsula

San Mateo Credit Union

Mary Anne Sayler

Randall Schwabacher

Kristine Elliott Schwabacher

Virginia Howard Siegman

Sims Metal

Therese Smith

Wall and Ceiling Alliance

San Mateo County History Makers

Celebrating San Mateo County’s

Greatest History Makers

For 22 years, the Historical Association has hosted the San Mateo County History Makers Event, which highlights an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to our regional history and beyond.

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