Past President 2020-2021
Cestra ‘Ces’ Butner joined the Rotary Club of Oakland in 1992. Upon graduating from the University of Missouri in 1975 and working in Minneapolis and Chicago for Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Butner settled in Oakland in 1981, working for a local beverage distributorship. By age 33, he became the youngest owner of an Anheuser-Busch wholesale operation in the country. Through acquisitions and expansions, Mr. Butner more than tripled the size of his business, Horizon Beverage Company, placing it among Black Enterprise's "Top 100 Black Owned Businesses" nationally. Mr. Butner sold his business in 2015 and funded his charitable foundation – the “CesTRA Butner Family Foundation.” The foundation is dedicated to funding educational efforts and opportunities for underserved African American and Hispanic youth in Oakland.
Ces currently is President of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of Oakland, having joined that Board in 2012 and served a prior term as president from July 2013 to July 2014. He also has served on the boards of the East Bay YMCA, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and as president of Sequoyah Country Club. Ces lives in Oakland with his wife Teresa and two daughters.