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A publication of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce | May 2018

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Voters will hit the polls in a few weeks for the June primary. See how we're working to ensure a healthy business climate for all.


The Chamber is committed to working for you. Meet our new staff member and check out two promotions that will help us better serve our members.



From networking opportunities to the city's must-attend business event, the Chamber has your chance to connect.

LEADERSHIP 12 YOUTH BAKERSFIELD Thirty students have spent four months learning what it takes to be a future leader. See what's next for our recent YLB grads.



RIBBON CUTTINGS Celebrate important milestones of fellow Chamber members.




MEMBER NEWS Discover the latest news and happenings with other members.

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Your voice matters on



he Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce PAC (BCCPAC) today announced that it has endorsed the following candidates to represent Kern County in state legislature: Incumbent Vince Fong for the 34th Assembly District; former Assemblywoman Shannon Grove for the 16th Senate District; and Senator Andy Vidak for the 14th Senate District. "Shannon, Andy and Vince have been great partners for the Chamber and our member businesses,” said Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Nick Ortiz. “They understand Kern County and the San Joaquin Valley, and champion policies that address our unique issues and keep our local economy strong.” “We are confident that our legislative delegation will fight for common-sense policies which support job development and economic growth in the Greater Bakersfield area and Kern County," said Chamber Board Chair and BCCPAC Member Carla Musser, of Chevron. “This slate of legislative candidates is the right choice for this election and the citizens of Kern County.”

Vince Fong


Shannon Grove is a small business woman who was elected in November 2010 to the State Assembly before stepping down in 2016 due to term limits. Vince Fong is a former aide and advisor to Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He has served in the Assembly since his election in November 2016. Andy Vidak is a farmer and businessman who serves in the State Senate since he was elected in a 2013 special election. BCCPAC expects to be very active in the upcoming election cycle, and looks forward to announcing additional endorsements in the near future. BCCPAC was started in 1999, and endorses and funds business-friendly candidates for office every election cycle. All PAC funds are separate from funds of the Chamber. BCCPAC has a separate governing board, which does include some representation from the Chamber’s Board of Directors. BCCPAC may also support issues with funding.

Shannon Grove

Andy Vidak


A new way to serve



he Board and Leadership of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce new staff additions and promotions designed to enhance its mission and serve its membership. These changes are part of a multi-year strategic plan to increase capacity, organizational efficiency and member satisfaction. These efforts will ensure that the Chamber remains the preeminent voice of business and a catalyst for positive change in the community. The Chamber is excited to welcome Kaelyn De Leon as its new Manager, Policy and Public Affairs. De Leon most recently served as an aide in State Senator Jean Fuller’s Sacramento office. De Leon will lead the Chamber’s comprehensive government affairs and political action programs.  A Bakersfield native, she graduated from Independence High School and Taft College before receiving her B.A. in Kaelyn De Leon Communication Studies from UCLA. “We’re confident that Kaelyn will help us amplify our advocacy program,” said Chamber President & CEO Nick Ortiz. “Her experience in the state capitol, combined with a perspective on local issues, will supercharge our efforts to fight job-killing legislation and elect business-friendly candidates.” Effective immediately, Jean Scheiber will be the Chamber’s Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. Scheiber currently serves as Director of Administration and Operations. A 13-year veteran of the Chamber, she currently oversees Leadership Bakersfield, serves as the Board Liaison and manages administrative and marketing Jean Scheiber staff. Scheiber is a graduate

of the Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) Academy, a multi-year professional development program for Chamber of Commerce professionals. Hillary Haenes, currently the Manager of Member Programs & Engagement, will become Vice President, Member Engagement. Haenes oversees the successful Bakersfield Young Professionals program, Ambassadors Committee and the coordination of many of the Chamber’s signature events. In her new role, Haenes will ensure that Chamber programming and initiatives are relevant and Hillary Haenes responsive to the needs of its members.  Haenes is a graduate of CSU Bakersfield with a B.A. in Communications. “Jean and Hillary are tremendous assets, both to the Chamber team and our entire membership,” said Chamber Chairwoman of the Board Carla Musser, of Chevron. “They are passionate about the Chamber’s role in our community and dedicated to the organization.” 2 0 1 8



The Chamber’s 2018 Business Directory and Street Map are now available. See what the Chamber is doing in our community and check out the extensive listings of our 1,100+ members.

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OPPORTUNITIES to learn & connect


he Kern Law Enforcement Association not only represents the interests of more than 500 local deputy sheriffs and district attorney investigators, but it is also extremely involved in the community. KLEA donates thousands of dollars to local causes and organizations. KLEA will share its mission when it opens up its beautiful banquet hall for our next After Hours Mixer on May 24. With a lush backyard and live May 24 music, the venue is the perfect place to enjoy an Kern Law Enforcement evening establishing your Association next business lead and 3417 Pegasus Drive re-connecting with old 5:30-7:30 p.m. friends. Centro 18 Cuisine $5 members | $10 nonmembers & Lounge will serve delicious small bites to pair with beer, wine or cocktails, and be sure to save room for dessert by Nothing Bundt Cakes. Cost is $5 for members; $10 for nonmembers at the door. Drink tickets are $5 each and raffle tickets are $5 for 6. For more details, visit


Empire Eye & Laser Center 4105 Empire Drive


Bakersfield Hyundai 5300 Wible Road


Wells Fargo 10610 Stockdale Hwy., Suite A

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ith constantly-changing regulations, it can be hard to stay up-to-date on how to keep your business in compliance. It’s the main reason the Chamber hosts its quarterly Labor Law & HR Forum series, which brings in some of Bakersfield’s top legal experts to discuss new employment laws and the HR topics you need to know about. Join us on June 14 to have your June 14 questions answered Check-in | 7:30 a.m by employment Program | 8-10 a.m. law attorneys Jerry $25 members | $50 nonmembers Pearson, of Young Wooldridge, LLP, and Dan Klingenberger, of LeBeau Thelan LLP, as they discuss what new laws you should be aware of, amended laws that could impact you or your employees and proposed laws that might affect your business in the future. Cost is $25 for members; $50 for nonmembers. A continental breakfast will be provided. Register at Cancellations must be received within 24 hours in advance to preclude billing.

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WHAT'S SHAPING Bakersfield


t’s the must-attend event that brings together top business, government and community leaders for a discussion on Bakersfield’s accomplishments and challenges as well as plans to enhance its future. The Chamber will host the 2018 State of the City Luncheon Forum on Wednesday, July 11. Featured speakers will include Mayor Karen Goh and other top city officials. “The Chamber is proud to host this marquee business event each year,” said Chamber President/CEO Nick Ortiz. “This event gives city leaders a platform to share insight with the business community on what issues are facing Bakersfield, the progress that has been made over the past year and where the city is heading in the future.” This year’s event will be held at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m., with the program following from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 for members; $65 for nonmembers. Tables of 10 are $650. Tickets are now on sale at Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, call Jean Scheiber at 661-327-4421 or email


JULY 11 Check-in | 11:30 a.m. Program | Noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets available at

Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy shares an update on the city at last year's State of the City address.


Silver Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center Valley Children's Healthcare

Bronze Pacific Gas & Electric Company

City Councilmember Andrae Gonzales answers a question during a panel discussion at last year's address. METRO | PAGE 7

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PROTECTING & SERVING the community


ocal law enforcement officials have a mission to protect the safety and welfare of its citizens. On April 20, the Leadership Bakersfield Class of 2018 saw first-hand that public safety includes more than just responding when calls come in. The Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Day began with a tour of the Bakersfield Police Activities League. Formed in 1994 by police officers and local citizens, BPAL allows officers to establish positive relationships with local youth through mentoring and activities with the goal of keeping them safe and off the streets. Bakersfield Police Assistant Chief Greg Terry and District Attorney Lisa Green discussed important topics impacting the criminal justice sector. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Bakersfield Police Department showcased their special operation units. Class members toured the Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit, where they learned how vital helicopters are to tracking suspects and helping in other situations. Dangling from a helicopter, law enforcement officials participated in a rescue demonstration to highlight the maneuvers they use to save lives. The day wrapped up at BPD’s training facility, where participants met with the bomb squad, SWAT team and K-9 officers. Using a training simulator, they were challenged to make the split-second decisions officers face daily. The Chamber would like to thank Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Chair Lt. Jeff Burdick, Bakersfield Police Department; and Day Chair Lt. Bobby Woolard, Bakersfield Police Department. A special thank you to day sponsor Bakersfield Police Officers Association and to Golden Empire Transit District for providing the day’s transportation.

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B ETH H OFFMANN Hoffmann Hospice Tom and I think of the professionals at Valley Republic Bank as our wingmen. From inception of the new, home-like inpatient setting of hospice care, they’ve been by our side. This new residence care will augment existing hospice programs that include services in the privacy of an individual’s own home, an assisted living facility, or in the hospital. As the only nonprofit hospice care facility in Kern County, we feel a responsibility to continue to provide the most advanced care options to local families. We’re grateful for the support we’ve received to make this dream a reality.

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Ending a journey of a



he 2018 Youth Leadership Bakersfield program brought together 30 students from 14 area high schools for a journey they’re likely to never forget. Over the course of six class sessions, they connected with key decision makers in the community, took exclusive tours and participated in hands-on experiences. The accomplishments and dedication of the YLB Class of 2018 was celebrated at the graduation ceremony at the Four Points by Sheraton. KGET-TV 17 morning anchor Maddie Janssen served as the event’s emcee. Keynote speaker Ken Beurmann, CEO of TERRIO Physical Therapy & Fitness, shared how hard work, networking and always accepting every opportunity that came his way helped lead him to a successful future. To see highlights, visit

MEET THE GRADUATES Nadia Arancibia – Highland Adrianna Campos – East Bakersfield Miguel Castillo – Ridgeview Cory Chianello – Garces Memorial Sammy Cortez – South Sydney Damo – Frontier Michael Doten – East Bakersfield Abigail French – Valley Oaks Charter Yadira Galindo Salazar – Independence Grant Gardner – Frontier Aubree Gonzalez – Stockdale Madden Henry – Liberty Crystal Heredia – Highland Amaya Lawton – Highland Catherine Macias – Garces Memorial

Tanner McClain – Bakersfield Christian Alexis Mireles – Independence Christian Munoz – Centennial Darren Nguyen – Highland Ethan Park – Stockdale Clarisse Quintero – Ridgeview Zachary Rigby – Liberty Jazmin Rodriguez – West Allen Ronk – Bakersfield Christian Catherine Rush – Frontier Alexis Russell – Bakersfield Christian Angie Salguero – South Selena Serna – East Bakersfield Monique Staub – Foothill Chase Thompson – Frontier

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Arts & Culture Day

flash mob isn’t the typical thing you expect to see in the middle of Downtown Bakersfield on a Wednesday afternoon. For YLB students, it was just another way to learn about the city’s bustling art scene on April 11. Students began the session at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, where they received a personal tour from its curator, Rachel Magnus and discussed various techniques used by the artists in the museum’s current exhibits. Students then channeled their artistic abilities in a perspective drawing exercise. Retired high school art teacher, Art Sherwyn explained how art and leadership are intertwined, and lead students through an art activity. David Gordon, of the Arts Council of Kern, took students on a walking tour of the Downtown art scene, where they learned how architecture is designed to evoke certain feelings. They also viewed the area’s many murals and galleries. Nina Ha lead the students through an etiquette lesson during lunch at The Padre Hotel. In a basement dance studio at the Ovation Theater, students spent about an hour learning a dance routine they later performed in public near 19th and Eye streets. The Chamber would like to thank Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Day Chairs Vin Dang, Empire Eye & Laser Center; Robin Paggi, WorklogicHR; and Laura Wolfe, Kern Literacy Council. Thank you to day sponsor Houchin Community Blood Bank.


Agriculture Day

he low 90s temperatures didn’t keep the YLB Class of 2018 from gaining a first-hand experience of Kern’s agriculture industry on April 25. Local water expert, Harry Starkey, of the West Kern Water District, provided a crash course in its importance to county farmers, and what it takes to get water to local ag fields. Students also learned the various career opportunities available in the industry from Aaron Flores, JG Boswell. Just outside Arvin, students toured Tasteful Selections’ facility. Started in 2010, the company is known for its line of small, bite-sized potatoes. Students took a guided tour of how the company farms, processes, packages and ships its potatoes to stores nationwide. Murray Family Farms was the final spot of the day. Owner Steve Murray explained proper growing techniques and the dozens of fruit varieties that grow on the farm. Students also picked their own blueberries, strawberries and cherries. The Chamber would like to thank Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Day Chairs Justin Ahart, Goodwill Industries of South Central California; Steve Murray, Murray Family Farms; and Lauren Skidmore, Office of Assemblymember Vince Fong; and Day Assistants Josh Finney, Bakersfield Police Department; and Amy Smith, Bakersfield Museum of Art. Thank you to day sponsors Justin Ahart and Murray Family Farms.



Starting the conversation on



he second annual BYP Summit brought together some of Bakersfield’s up-and-coming leaders for an afternoon of thoughtful conversation on the city’s business scene. The event, held at Elements Venue on April 12, featured nearly a dozen local entrepreneurs, providing a platform for them to share advice on all aspects of launching a business. “The level of energy and desire to listen and learn from the crowd was great. This group represents not only the young leaders of today, but also those of the future,” said Tom Maxwell, of Temblor Brewing Company. Maxwell spoke on a panel that showcased entrepreneurs who built a brand to fill a need that they saw in the community. Moderated by City Councilmember Andrae Gonzales, the panel also featured Don Bynum, of Temblor Brewing Co.; Sarah Kuhlmann and Tarin Meadows, of Fit Pantry; Heather Laganelli, of Locale

Farm to Table; and Amanda Klawitter, of House of Flowers. During another panel, Austin Llach, FitClub app developer; Krista Horton, Instagram Influencer; and Kevin Edwards Jr., online content creator, explained how they utilized a digital platform to develop their businesses. David Milazzo, founder and principal of Macroscopic and cofounder of FormForce, served as moderator. The individuals behind the new “Be In Bakersfield” campaign also explained their goal to share stories of the city’s interesting, creative and captivating side to show what value, talent and opportunities exist locally. Bakersfield native, Ebrahim “EB” Bhaiji closed out the event as the keynote speaker. Bhaiji co-founded Castifi, a platform solution that uses technology to streamline the casting process for production companies worldwide. Keynote speaker EB Bhaiji

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MAY RIBBON CUTTINGS GRAND OPENING Better Bowls May 4 | 11 a.m. 1818 G St. GRAND OPENING Happy Whole You Wellness May 9 | 2 p.m. 2611 F St.  GRAND OPENING Core Chiropractic + Wellness May 10 | 11 a.m. 9730 Brimhall Road, Suite 3


RENOVATION Bakersfield Community Health Care May 17 | 1:30 p.m. 3400 Calloway Drive, Suite 100 RENOVATION McDonald's May 25 | 11 a.m. 1000 Real Road

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MEMBER NEWS The Bakersfield Art Association will hold various workshops and exhibits throughout May. For more information, visit Beladagio will host a free artful arranging workshop on Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m., at 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 705. Learn how to put your personal stamp on your home’s interior. For more information, call 661-829-2288. Enjoy dips, salsa and margaritas at Beladagio’s Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 705. For more information, call 661-829-2288. CASA of Kern County will host the 2018 CASA Boot Scootin’ Derby Party on Saturday, May 5, at 4 p.m., at the Gardiner Ranch. Watch the Kentucky Derby while enjoying mint juleps, dinner, dancing and unique auction items. Purchase tickets at Tickets are now on sale for the Tacos, Margaritas and Beer Festival on Saturday, May 5, at 6 p.m., at the Links at Riverlakes Ranch, 5201 Riverlakes Drive. Proceeds will benefit the League of Dreams. Purchase tickets at CALM is seeking volunteers to serve as California Coast Room Interpreters. Those interested in this opportunity must attend two training sessions that are scheduled May 6 and 24, from 2-4 p.m. Download applications at The Kegley Institute of Ethics and Department of Teacher Education at California State University, Bakersfield will launch the SEEDE (Social-Emotional, Ethics, and Democratic Education) Summer Institute for local K-4 educators. The

institute will be held July 23-25 and 27, and will feature sessions that will cover ethics education, socialemotional learning and democratic pedagogy. Interested teachers must submit applications by May 8. For more information, visit The Kern Autism Network will host the next workshop in its seminar series on Tuesday, May 8, at the Chamber office, 1725 Eye St. Author Emily Rubin will present the research behind the social emotional engagement with autistic students within general education classroom settings. Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m., with the program following from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register, visit Garden Pathways will host its 16th annual High Tea on Wednesday, May 9, at Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave. The event celebrates outstanding “Women with a Heart for Bakersfield.” This year’s honorees include Beverly Camp, Robin Fleming, Lili Marsh, and Janis Varner. A social begins at 11 a.m., with the program following at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available at The CSUB Small Business Development Center will host a free webinar on Wednesday, May 9, from 3:05-4 p.m. Restaurant consultant Tom Bruce will provide tools and expertise on what it takes to start a successful restaurant. To register, visit and enter webinar code 342-854-512. The Assistance League of Bakersfield will host a BBQ fundraiser on May 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the corner of 20th and R streets. A lunch of a deep pit sandwich, chips, cookie and water will cost $10. Proceeds benefit Operation School Bell. Pre-order your lunch by texting 661-549-5012.

Join Beladagio on Sunday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 705, for a Mother’s Day Celebration. Enjoy special refreshments and giveaways for Mom. For more information, call 661-829-2288. The Guild House will host a Mother’s Day Tea on May 12, at noon, at 1905 18th St. Enjoy special menu items along with one complimentary mimosa per adult. To make a reservation, call 661-742-0750. The Taft College Foundation will host the Taft College Grad Summit on May 12, from 4:30-8 p.m., at Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave. This event is a chance to network with industry partners and hear inspiring stories from TC alumni. Email RSVPs to The Junior League of Bakersfield will host an information open house on Thursday, May 17, from 6-7 p.m., at 1928 19th St. Learn more about becoming a member of this service organization. For more information, email memdev@ The Downtown Business Association will host its Third Thursday event on Thursday, May 17, from 5:308:30 p.m., at Mill Creek Park, from 18th through 21st streets. The event will feature a free concert, vendor fair, food trucks, games and more. For more information or to become a vendor, visit Discover quick and simple tips at Beladagio’s free class on entertaining in your home on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m., at 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 705. Learn easy appetizer ideas just in time for summer gatherings. For more information, call 661-829-2288. CONTINUED ON PAGE 19 METRO | PAGE 17

NEW MEMBERS We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the companies who have joined the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Thank you for investing in our mission to provide a healthy business climate in Kern County. If you know of a company interested in joining, please contact Andrea Johnston at Bellissima Medical Aesthetics 6001 Truxtun Ave., Ste. 320 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-634-9200 “We improve the aesthetic appearance of our patients through the hands of highly trained medical professionals with cutting-edge methods, techniques and technology.” Better Bowls 1818 G St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-496-1533 www.betterbowlsbako. “We are an all-vegan restaurant that serves ‘Buddha Bowls’ along with other vegan breakfast items and snacks.” Big O Tires 3648 Coffee Road Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-588-1920 “Big O Tires is your headquarters for tires, custom wheels, oil changes, auto maintenance and repair services.” Big O Tires 3215 Mall View Road Bakersfield, CA 93306 661-872-4600 “Big O Tires is your headquarters for tires, custom wheels, oil changes, auto maintenance and repair services.” Big O Tires 2502 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93304 661-831-3349 “Big O Tires is your headquarters for tires, custom wheels, oil changes, auto maintenance and repair services.” Big O Tires 6911 White Lane Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-827-9888 “Big O Tires is your headquarters for tires, custom wheels, oil changes, auto maintenance and repair services.” Darlene Denison State Farm Insurance & Financial Services 5701 Young St., Bldg. B, Ste. 303 Bakersfield, CA 93311 661-665-6565 "We now have two locations to serve our clients and future clients to help METRO | PAGE 18

them to make sure life will go right." Groups Recover Together 3550 Q St., Ste. 101 Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-418-2864 “Groups is a medical practice whose mission is to provide affordable, high quality treatment for opiate addiction. We use two evidencebased approaches considered to be the gold standard for treatment of opiate addiction – group therapy and suboxone.” Happy Whole You 2611 F St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-337-0261 “As Bakersfield’s only human upgrade center, we help individuals decrease body inflammation and increase function using technology, relaxing therapies and practices by Dr. Amen. Say goodbye to brain fog, insomnia, depression, anxiety and addiction.” Hire Up Staffing Solutions 4900 California Ave., Tower B, 2nd Floor Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-379-8807 “Hire Up is a full-service staffing firm that partners with Central Valley businesses to provide the best possible candidates for permanent and temporary positions.” JH Real Estate Partners, Inc. 520 Newport Center Drive, Ste. 780 Newport Beach, CA 92660 949-723-8989 "JH Real Estate Partners, Inc. (JHREP) is a privately-held real estate operating company that specializes in the ownership, management, construction, reconstruction and development of retail shopping centers, multi-family housing and mixed-use developments in California." Kern County Chapter of the American Payroll Association (KCCAPA) 661-401-8706 “The Kern County Chapter of the American Payroll Association offers monthly educational meetings, certification study groups and expert support for payroll professionals.”

Kern County Society for Human Resources (KCSHRM) PO Box 2802 Bakersfield, CA 93302 661-364-8716 “The Kern County Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management is dedicated to providing education and training on various human resources topics.” Pacific West Sound 521 E. 21st St. Bakersfield, CA 93305 661-395-1448 “Since 1986, Pacific West Sound has provided expert audio/video design services to the Central Valley and beyond, including concerts, installations, sales and service.” Real Property Management Bakersfield 5201 California Ave., Ste. 440 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-379-6923 “Real Property Management strives to provide the best Bakersfield property management services with trusted professionals and tools that you can rely on. We provide a smart solution to those that have grown tired of managing their own properties.” Sears Valley Plaza 3001 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93304 661-833-5399 “The Sears in Bakersfield is a reliable source for appliances, apparel and home goods. With a wide array of products, we have everything you need for your home.” Unitek College 333 Palmer Drive, Ste. 200 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-473-2457 “Unitek College provides health care education in Bakersfield, Calif. Taught by experienced professionals, Bakersfield offers three in-demand programs: vocational nursing, medical assisting and medical office administration.”

RENEWING MEMBERS Thank you to our members who have reinvested in the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Your continued investment helps the Chamber continue its mission to ensure a healthy business climate for our community.

MAY 2018 5.4.18

Government Review Council 7:30 a.m. | Chamber


Beautiful Bakersfield Committee Noon | Chamber


Government Review Council 7:30 a.m. | Chamber


Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council 11:45 a.m. | Chamber


BYP Council Noon | Chamber


Government Review Council 7:30 a.m. | Chamber


Ambassador Committee Noon | Chamber


Chamber After Hours Mixer 5:30 p.m. | Kern Law Enforcement Association


Government Review Council DARK


Chamber Closed | Memorial Day

For more information about any of our events, committees or councils, visit

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HealthSouth Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital – 1989 Income Property Association of Kern – 2009 Kern Medical – 2014 M.H. Wolfe & Associates Environmental Consulting, Inc. – 2005 Russell D. Martin CPA – 1996 Moneywise Wealth Management – 2004 National Cement Company – 2009 Neira’s Collision Centers Inc. Kern – 1995 Personal Express Insurance – 2009 Principal Financial Group – 2005 Red Lion Hotel Bakersfield – 1987 Royal Palms – 1996 SA Recycling, LLC – 1997 San Joaquin Valley Mortgage – 2015 SERVPRO of NW Bakersfield – 2017 John F. Stovall – 2005 Sunpower by Quality Home Services – 2017 Tangram Interiors – 2016 Too Fat Sandwiches – 2011 Union Bank – Stockdale Village Branch – 1993 Historic Union Cemetery – 2013 Westrock – 1970 Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill – 2013 WOW Pest Control, Inc. – 2017 Young Wooldridge LLP – 1993


The Water Association of Kern County will host an urban water update seminar on May 22, at 11:30 a.m., at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. Regional water experts will provide insight into the 1, 2, 3 TCP issue. RSVP by May 17 at The Kern County Taxpayer Association will host its Spring Conference and Donna Carpenter Memorial Golf Classic on Thursday, May 24, at the Bakersfield Country Club, 4200 Country Club Drive. For more information, visit kerntaxspring-conference-donnacarpenter-memorial-golf-tournament. Dress For Success – Bakersfield will host the In Her Shoes Empowerment Breakfast on Thursday, June 7, from 7-9:30 a.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. Kern County District Attorney Lisa

Green will be the event’s keynote speaker. Tickets are available at The Golden Empire Transit District is hiring for several open positions, including maintenance supervisor, maintenance trainer, mechanic D, servicer A, servicer C and coach operator. For more information, visit Adventist Health Bakersfield has been awarded an “A” by The Leapfrog Group for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards. The award is given to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. This is the second time Adventist Health Bakersfield has received the award.




Chairwoman of the Board Carla Musser Chevron Chairwoman Elect of the Board Darlene Mohlke Castle & Cooke California, Inc. Vice Chair Public Policy & Political Action Don Bynum Temblor Brewing LLC Gregory D. Bynum & Associates, Inc. Vice Chair Economic Vitality Susan M. Benham Dignity Health Memorial Hospital Vice Chair Member Engagement Tasha Clayton Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc. Vice Chair Leadership & Workforce Development Paul Anderson BetterPlan, LLC Treasurer Andy Paulden Brown Armstrong Accountants Member-at-Large Pritesh Patel Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center Immediate Past Chair Derek Abbott Tejon Ranch Company General Counsel Mark Bateman Young Wooldridge LLP Dan Klingenberger LeBeau-Thelen LLP

Kern Medical proudly serves as our community’s only academic teaching hospital, trauma center and safety net facility, caring for all regardless of ability to pay.



Mary Barlow Kern County Superintendent of Schools Kristen Beall Kern Community Foundation Dr. Sonya Christian Bakersfield College Rob Duchow Southern California Gas Company Leslie Golich Kaiser Permanente Kern County Derek Jeffery KGET-TV 17 Ronald Johns RA Johnsfam dba McDonald’s Denise Newton Pacific Gas & Electric Company G Riar Deprigo Tom Saba Saba Agency Ricardo Villarreal Wells Fargo


CHAMBER STAFF Nick Ortiz | President/CEO Jean Scheiber | Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer Patrice Black | Member Relations Coordinator Kaelyn De Leon | Manager, Policy & Public Affairs Hillary Haenes | Vice President, Member Engagement Andrea Johnston | Business Development Manager Melissa Rossiter | Manager of Marketing & Communications Sarah Hinzo | Executive Assistant, Leadership & Operations Janet Ursery | Executive Assistant, Information Services



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