Frank Denkins, (center shown accepting the award, along with his wife Rosemary) CEO of Office Furniture L.A., was recently named businessman of the year by State Senator Curren Price (left) during a Sacramento ceremony. Denkins opened his first business, a gasoline station, in the Leimert Park area in 1956. From there, he opened a cleaners in 1969 that eventually morphed into a chain of 12 stores. The highlight of that business was being named the official dry cleaners of the 1984 Olympics. That enabled Denkins to provide services to more than 6,800 athletes from 140 nations.

Today, his 22-year-old company sells new and used office furniture.