USF Honors Henry’s House of Coffee and Aunt Ann’s In-House Staffing with 2015 Family Business Awards

SAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 2015) – The University of San Francisco (USF) School of Management is proud to announce Henry’s House of Coffee and Aunt Ann’s In-House Staffing as recipients of its 2015 Gellert Family Business Awards. The annual Gellert awards recognize extraordinary business achievement and community service. The awardees will be honored during a reception on Wed., May 27 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Handlery Dining Room on USF’s Lone Mountain campus (2800 Turk Blvd., San Francisco 94117). 

“Henry’s House of Coffee and Aunt Ann’s In-House Staffing are exemplary small businesses that practice social responsibility by serving their community, an important core value of the university,” said Elizabeth B. Davis, dean of the USF School of Management. “The lifelong relationships they build with their patrons support their thriving presence in San Francisco.”

Since 1965, Henry’s House of Coffee has been a fixture in San Francisco’s Sunset District, serving loyal customers from around the Bay Area, and as far as Hawaii and Florida. At age 12, Henry Kalebjian learned the art of coffee roasting from his father in Lebanon. After considering the family’s coffee legacy, Henry’s son Hrag decided to leave the corporate world to work with his dad in 2013. Hrag’s decision proved a positive one and his hardworking father inspires him daily. In addition to a thriving coffee business, the Kalebjians are working with San Francisco’s Office of Economics and Workforce Development to build a sense of community in the Sunset. They are also collaborating with SF Beautiful to invest in streetscape improvements along Noriega Street.

Aunt Ann’s In-House Staffing is California’s oldest referral agency specializing in the staffing of baby nurses, nannies, family assistants, housekeepers, cooks, private chefs, household managers and more in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1958, Ann Collins, her son Tom and daughter in-law Sophie Collins founded Aunt Ann’s Agency as a babysitting and nursing registry in San Francisco. Still thriving today, the business is owned and managed by the third generation of Collins women, Denise and Sue, who have expanded the agency’s offerings to include eldercare, private chefs, household managers, and more. Throughout the years, they have earned the trust of thousands of families—building long-term relationships with generations of clients. They work diligently to provide trusted, exceptional service at reasonable prices without the red tape of a large corporation.

“What is unique to independent, family owned businesses is that they make it a point to focus on the individual,” said USF Professor Monika Hudson, director of the Gellert Family Business Resource Center. “Henry hand roasts coffee beans in the shop and pays special attention to the quality and customers’ tastes. Aunt Ann’s In-House Staffing’s bottom-line is not about profit or satisfying their shareholders, but rather ensuring the satisfaction of their clients and employees.”

As part of the recognition, USF School of Management faculty and students will work with Henry’s House of Coffee and Aunt Ann’s In-House Staffing to facilitate a comprehensive, individualized assessment of potential business assistance USF can provide. Previous awardees have received marketing or operational aid, secession planning, or applied research and analytical strategies. The goal is to create a mutually beneficial partnership where USF faculty and students learn from local, successful family businesses and concurrently, provide these businesses with resources and targeted technical assistance to help them continue to prosper.  

Since 1994, the USF Gellert Family Business Resource Center’s approach is to recognize excellence, keep family businesses informed, and develop family business leadership.  The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation’s mission is to promote educational, charitable, scientific, literary, or religious programs in the nine counties of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.  The Gellert Foundation is the primary contributor to the USF Gellert Family Business Center. For more information, please visit

Members of the media interested in covering the May 27th event, or to request interviews with this year’s recipients, should contact Anne-Marie Devine Tasto, USF’s senior director of media relations, at 415.422.2697 or

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