A publication of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce | April 2019
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APRIL MIXER Celebrate the opening of The Regency Club in the all-new active adult community of Highgate Regents at Seven Oaks.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP See what this year's class explored on its latest session.
GIVE BIG KERN The county's largest local giving day will happen soon. Find out how you can donate to the local nonprofit sector.
RIBBON CUTTINGS Celebrate important milestones of fellow Chamber members.
Cover photography by April & Co.
MEMBER NEWS Discover the latest news and happenings with other members.
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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO They say that March comes in like a lion, but boy did it exit that way too! Your Chamber has been a hub of activity and action over the past month. From committee meetings, to ribbon cuttings, luncheons and signature events - our activities ran the gamut. The energy and dedication of our volunteer leaders, ambassadors and staff team was exceptional and energizing. Nick Ortiz Many of our members attended the 2019 Economic Summit, an event we co-produce with the Kern Economic Development Corporation and Cal State, Bakersfield. The Summit attracted a 400-plus crowd of business, community, and educational leaders to hear directly from experts on the macroeconomic issues shaping the state and nation, as well as a look into trends in our region. The summit was kicked off by economist Christopher Thornburg who schooled us on “miserabalism” or the belief that the economy is worse than data suggests. The event closed with the dean of the Sacramento press corp, columnist Dan Walters, updating the crowd on the state of Sacramento and the new administration. The Summit is always informative, but our 2019 program was especially thought provoking and really highlighted how important Kern County is to California’s economy.
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We hosted freshman congressman TJ Cox for a Report from the Capitol luncheon. Our members got to hear directly from Congressman Cox about his background, career, and policy priorities. Thanks to our sponsors, especially presenting sponsor Valley Children’s Healthcare. We ended the month celebrating the centennial anniversary of one of the Chamber’s founding members - Urner’s - with a ribbon cutting and mixer. The Urner family story is inspiring and heartwarming, and in many ways is analogous with the growth of our city and the grit of our small businesses.
President/CEO Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
LEADERSHIP & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
oin a 32-year tradition that brings together a group of individuals from across the city and immerses them in the issues and assets that are essential to Bakersfield’s future. Leadership Bakersfield will equip today's leaders with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to adapt to and lead in our rapidly changing and interconnected world. Each class session is tailored to educate participants on a key community issue. Class sessions include leadership, health & human services, energy, arts & culture, media & communications, government, education, law enforcement and agriculture. A combination of top-tiered speakers and panels, access to high level executives within key industries, exclusive tours and hands-on activities provides understanding into that day's particular industry.
Things to know… Deadline to submit applications: Wednesday, June 19 Download your application at bakersfieldchamber.org Participants are also tasked with designing a project that fulfills a need in the community. Each year, LB teams create programs and projects that funnel in thousands of dollars into our community that impact the lives of hundreds of individuals.
LEADERSHIP BAKERSFIELD'S 2018 COMMUNITY IMPACTS Team 2 Team 3 Team 1
The Mission at Kern County ensures that Bakersfield’s homeless do not go hungry by providing more than 500 meals each day. Team 1 renovated the Curt Kennedy Community Center’s dining hall with new cabinets, storage and paint. They also donated funding and kitchen supplies to The Mission.
M.A.R.E. Therapeutic Riding Center uses equine therapies to help children and adults with special needs and disabilities. Team 2 designed and built a new ramp to help clients get onto the horses, installed new lighting and painted railings.
Team 4 launched a research project into the feasibility of respite care options for Kern’s homeless population. Their research found that these programs allow homeless patients a chance to recuperate fully from medical issues, and allows them better access to other services, like transitional housing and mental health options. The team presented their findings and branding effort to key stakeholders at a luncheon at The Padre Hotel.
A program of the Kern County Probation Department, Pathways Academy is an in-custody rehabilitation treatment program for female youth offenders. Team 3 completely transformed the facility’s main living space into a warm, inviting environment. They painted, hung new curtains and blinds as wells as added books and other resources to its library.
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hank you Urner's Appliance and TV for hosting our March 28th mixer. Attendees enjoyed delicious small bites by Cafe Med and celebrated Urner's 100 years in business. Here's a look at some of the moments captured by April & Co. To see all of the photos, visit the Chamber's Facebook page. Hosted by:
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HIGHGATE REGENTS & BAKERSFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE present
A N E V E N I N G AT
REGENCY CLUB Celebrate the opening of the Highgate Regency Club in the all-new active adult community of Highgate Regents at Seven Oaks, the latest in a growing family of lifestyle-oriented communities by the original creator of Seven Oaks. Explore the Regency Club's many amenities and the model homes of Highgate Regents while enjoying a variety of refreshments, appetizers, fun, prizes and more.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 5:30 PM â€“ 7:30 PM The REGENCY CLUB at
2100 Highbury Street in Highgate Regents at Seven Oaks
GENERAL ADMISSION $5 Members $10 Non-Members DRINK TICKETS $5 Each
From the intersection of Ming Ave. and Allen Rd., go west on Ming Ave. to Highgate Park Blvd. Turn left on Highgate Park Blvd., left on Highgate Heath Ave. Clubhouse is straight ahead. Complimentary Valet Service Available
WINE - BEER - SOFT DRINKS - APPETIZERS - RAFFLE PRIZES For More Information Call Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce - 661-327-4421 Please drink responsibly.
A Few of the Reasons We Celebrate
COMMUNITY BANKING MONTH
MOLLY & BRUCE BUSACCA Owners, Secure Systems
othing beats banking local. Our friends at Valley Republic Bank feel like family who share our philosophy — for years they’ve provided the support, products, and services we need to grow. They’re accessible, transparent, and in touch with Kern County. We’re grateful.”
BRIJESH BHAMBI, MD Centric Health
e let Valley Republic Bank know that we were looking for a banking partner who understood what was needed in our community. They welcomed us with open arms and earned the account through the spirit of understanding us, and Kern County – they’re an important resource as we grow.”
JEFF EITTREIM Woodbridge Pacific Group
STACEY & DENNIS JOHNSTON Johnston Farms
e applied for a loan on a new project and were funded within 30 days.Try that with a national bank.”
e’re so happy to be building in Bakersfield – and so grateful for the warm, local welcome we got from Valley Republic Bank.”
Local. Responsive. Reliable. 5000 California Avenue, Suite 110 | 4300 Coffee Road, Suite A6 11330 Ming Avenue, Suite 400 500 Woollomes Avenue, Suite 101, Delano
valleyrepublicbank.com | 661.371.2000 Valley Republic Bancorp
LEADERSHIP & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
A hands-on approach to
ne of Kern’s largest industries was the focus of the recent Leadership Bakersfield class session. Students connected with top oil professionals and took an exclusive tour of one of the county’s largest oil fields – Elk Hills field. The day started off at Aera Energy LLC, where participants toured Aera Academy to learn the many facets of oil production, Aera’s company history and more. The energy sector relies on a wide array of skill sets and expertise to manage its daily operations. A panel of local experts discussed the current challenges and opportunites in the oil industry. Representatives from PG&E, Southern California Gas Company and Southern California Edison discussed how utility companies are contributing to the local energy sector. LB Alum, Michael Dixon, explained a new solar project that partners Aera Energy with GlassPoint Solar. The solar thermal facility will be built at the Belridge field and will be the largest solar energy project in the state once it is completed. Participants received a behind-the-scenes peek at how California Resources Corporation manages its daily processes at Elk Hills through a tour of the field operations and Consolidated Control Facility. CRC’s Regulatory Director Joe Ashley provided an overview of the innovative environmental safeguards and conservation program the company incorporates within its operations.
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The Chamber would like to thank Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Day Chairs Gloria Williams, California Resources Corporation; Amanda Frank, Dignity Health; and Day Assistant Jamie Swetalla, Aera Energy LLC. A special thank you to day sponsors: Aera Energy LLC, California Resources Corporation and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.
LEADERSHIP & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
The intricate workings of the
rom first responders rushing to a call, to lawyers and judges in a courtroom, Youth Leadership Bakersfield students saw firsthand how the legal system works to protect public safety during its March 6 class day. The Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety class session started in a courtroom at the Kern County Superior Court. Students observed individuals convicted of crimes receive their sentences from Judge Michael G. Bush. After the fast-paced courtroom session, the students participated in a question and answer session with Andrea Kohler, assistant district attorney and Pam Singh, public defender. At police headquarters, Bakersfield Assistant Police Chief Demestihas shared how he became a police officer and what career opportunities the department offers. Bakersfield Police Department also opened its training facility to showcase the resources it uses to keep the city safe. Students met with the Bomb Squad, SWAT team, Negotiators, Explorers and K-9 officers. The day wrapped up at the Olive Drive Fire Training Facility where Bakersfield Fire Department put on a demonstration using hydraulic rescue tools that are used to assist vehicle extrication of crash victims, as well as other rescues from small spaces. The Chamber would like to thank Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Day Chairs Joshua Finney, Bakersfield Police Department; John Frando, Bakersfield Fire Department; and Jeff Warren, Klein, DeNatale, Goldner et al. A special thank you to our day sponsors: Bakersfield Police Officers Association and the Bakersfield Professional Firefighters.
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PROMOTING OUR COMMUNITY
& making a difference
Nonprofits “Dream B-i-i-i-g!” as they fundraise through Give Big Kern By Louis Medina Kern Community Foundation Following a successful Give Big Kern 2018 campaign that raised $231,000 and 52,000 pledged volunteer hours for 119 local nonprofits — earning the effort a Beautiful Bakersfield Award nomination — Kern Community Foundation is leading 130 nonprofits in another strong online fundraising charge again in 2019. Observed on the first Tuesday in May since 2016 as, “One Day to Celebrate the Giving Spirit of Kern County!” Give Big Kern falls on May 7 this year and has adopted the theme, “Dream B-i-i-i-g!” as mascot Billy the Give Big Goat might say. Nonprofits have been encouraged to challenge themselves by setting fundraising goals that are just a little ambitious and working hard to meet them; engaging board members, partners, and networks in peer-to-peer fundraising efforts; and procuring matching gifts from corporate sponsors or philanthropic supporters to help multiply dollars raised. These strategies — goal-setting, peer-to-peer fundraising, and matching gift commitments — are proven ways to maximize fundraising, said Charlie Mulligan, CEO of GiveGab, which designs and powers the givebigkern.org donation platform, as well as 200 other giving day websites across the country. Give Big Kern is now where longer-lived giving days that are surpassing the $1 million mark were five years ago, Mulligan said. “You have much room to grow,” he told a group of nonprofit leaders during a recent visit to Bakersfield from GiveGab headquarters in Ithaca, New York. With tools that include online and in-person training on social media and online fundraising, free marketing materials, connections to CSUB student interns and more, Kern Community Foundation is helping local nonprofits realize their fundraising dreams through Give Big Kern. Questions? Contact Louis@kernfoundation.org. The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a Give Big Kern sponsor. METRO | PAGE 12
How can YOU help make fundraising dreams come true for nonprofits participating in Give Big Kern? • Visit givebigkern.org April 7 - May 8, search for an agency/agencies to support monetarily or by volunteering, find your passion, and “Give B-i-i-i-g!” Minimum donation is just $5. • Sponsor a matching gift for one or more of the many agencies participating. Matches are a great way to multiply donations received by nonprofits. • Check out givebigkern.org/info/events for promotions from local businesses that will donate a portion of proceeds from sales to Give Big Kern starting in April. • Test drive a Lincoln at CALM on Sat., May 4, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.: $20 per test drive will be donated to Give Big Kern at this “Driven to Give” Charity Event from Jim Burke Lincoln.
2018 Give Big Kern Press Conference at the Padre Hotel
2018 Give Big Kern Media Press Conference
Networking. Nonprofits. Nosh. First Tuesday of the Month 5:30-7 p.m. | Free to attend Learn how to get involved with these nonprofits and enjoy complimentary beer, wine and appetizers.
Imbibe Wine 4140 Truxtun Ave.
Temblor Brewing Company 3200 Buck Owens Blvd.
Don’t miss these 2019 events June 4 @ Imbibe
October 1 @ Imbibe
Bakersfield Museum of Art
Bakersfield Police Activities League
July 9 @ Temblor
November 5 @ Temblor
Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue
August 6 @ Imbibe
Kern County Superintendent of Schools’ Community Reading Project
September 10 @ Temblor League of Dreams
Alzheimer’s Association & Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County
December 3 @ Imbibe
Community Action Partnership of Kern
PROMOTING OUR COMMUNITY
Victor's Mexican Grill
2509 Mt. Vernon Ave. www.victorsmexicangrill.com
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bakersfield 5001 Commerce Dr. www.encompasshealth.com/bakersfieldrehab Photo courtesy of April & Co.
Hagan Law Group LLP
Urner's Appliance and TV
2031 F St. www.hagan-law.com Photo courtesy of NYFotography
APRIL & MAY RIBBON CUTTINGS GRAND OPENING Centric Health Urgent Care April 11 | 4 p.m. 4531 Buena Vista Rd., Ste. 100
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4110 Wible Rd. www.urners.com Photo courtesy of April & Co. GRAND OPENING The Palms at San Lauren April 17 | 4 p.m. 5300 Hageman Rd. GRAND OPENING Kern River Transitional Care April 18 | 4 p.m. 5151 Knudsen Dr.
LEADERSHIP BAKERSFIELD TEAM 2 PROJECT Dream Center - Bakersfield April 29 | 4 p.m. 520 Union Ave. GRAND OPENING dot x ott May 2 | 10 a.m. 930 18th St.
PROMOTING OUR COMMUNITY
MEMBER NEWS • On April 6, the Cuyama Buckhorn will have live music from 12-3 p.m. by Sam Marine, a singer/songwriter specializing in Americana-style rock songs. For more information, visit https://www.cuyamabuckhorn.com/. • The Third Annual Kern County STEMposium, presented by the Kern Economic Development Foundation will be held April 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kern County Fairgrounds. For more information or for businesses to participate, contact Cheryl Scott at Cheryl@kedc.com or visit www.kedf.org. • CSUB Entrepreneurship Club Recruiting Fair is happening April 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SRC Gym on the CSUB Campus (Building 67). It is the club’s hope to have 50+ small businesses and entrepreneuriallyminded larger businesses at the event. For more information, or to participate or attend the event, please contact Dr. Jeremy Woods, faculty advisor for the CSUB Entrepreneurship Club at email@example.com or call 213-400-0829. • Has your household spring cleaning begun? Do you have large items you want to get rid of? Kern County Public Works and Kern Refuse Haulers will be hosting a Bulky Waste Collection Event on April 13 from 8 a.m. to noon. Three locations will be accepting residential bulky waste items such as unwanted refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, mattresses, water heaters, etc. All items will be accepted at no charge, and the Salvation Army will also be available to accept donations of items that can be reused. For more information, contact Heidi CarterEscudero at 661-862-8823 or visit our www.kernpublicworks.com.
• On April 20, the Cuyama Buckhorn will have live music from 12-3 p.m. by Tim Hill, a Los Angeles based musician, most recently known as the touring keyboardist for the Allah-Las. His own unique brand of songs echo the folk and root traditions of Neil Young and Bob Dylan, while simultaneously distinguishing themselves with a wise and soulful sound all his own. Also opening in April, The Buck Stop Coffee Shop, featuring Verve Coffee Roasters and Teapigs. For more information, visit https://www.cuyamabuckhorn.com/. • The keynote speaker at the 30th Annual Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference is actress Shannen Doherty, who is best known for her roles in a variety of popular TV shows, including “Little House on the Prairie,” “Our House,” “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Charmed.” The conference’s opening speaker is local businesswoman and community leader Raji Jhaj-Brar. The closing speaker is Jay Shetty, a gamechanger in the world of media. In two years, Shetty has amassed more than 3 billion views on his videos with 20 million followers across social media and has started three multimillion dollar businesses. The conference will be held on April 25. For more information, visit www.bakersfieldwomen.org. • The Autism Society-Kern Autism Network would like to invite you to attend the Autism Island Social on April 27 at 5 p.m. hosted at Deprigo, 2324 Chester Ave. This is a tropical night of Autism awareness and networking with local community supporters, along with raffle baskets, a DJ, appetizers and drinks! All proceeds to support Summer Camp Scholarships 2019. The donation fee is $25 per person (adults only). Tickets will be available at the next Chamber Ambassador Meeting. You can also visit the Autism Society
office, 2920 H St., #107 or call 661-489-3335. • Six Flags Magic Mountain is having a Private Party on May 3. You, along with friends and family, are invited to participate. For tickets visit www. SixFlags.com/MagicMountain and enter promo code MAY1 and parking is FREE for this event! • The Bakersfield Museum of Art is calling all California artists to submit work for the 2019 Visual Arts Festival. The theme is sublime, which has long been understood in the arts to mean a quality of greatness or grandeur that inspires awe and wonder. Enter up to three new or recent works of art following this year’s theme for a chance to have them on display and on consignment during the festival from May 9 to Aug. 18. The entry fee is $40 for BMoA members; $50 for nonmembers. All entries must be digitally submitted by Apr. 25 at 11:59 p.m. For registration and eligibility information, visit www.bmoa.org/ VAfestival. • The Village at Seven Oaks is excited to be the new home to the Annual Kern County Senior Games. The games will be held on May 8 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spread the word and stay tuned for more information! For more information, visit https:// villageatsevenoaks.com/. • Wounded Heroes Fund is hosting an event on June 1 at a private residence highlighting the active duty life of a local Marine Corps Veteran, Casey Schaubschlager. Mr. Schaubschlager will discuss his life in the Marine Corps, his time fighting the war on terror, and his transition into civilian life. For ticket information, contact Wendy Porter at 661-328-8600 or email her at wendy@ thewoundedheroesfund.org. METRO | PAGE 15
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. AJ’s Tuxedo Junction 2527 F St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-325-2044 www.ajstuxedo.com “AJ's Tuxedo Junction - we are the best of the best. We carry the largest selection and the best styles in men's formal wear in all of Kern County. If you need it fast, we offer same-day rentals. Service in Kern County since 1970 and still going strong.” Central Valley Business Forms PO Box 5237 Pine Mountain Club, CA 93222 559-967-1884 www.cvbf.com “Providing 40 years of service and quality, CVBF is a one-stop printsource provider. We not only offer high-quality printing and graphic design, but promotional products, too. Let us save you time and money.” CTS Reporting, Inc. 155 W. Shaw Ave., Ste. 102 Fresno, CA 93711 559-374-2484 https://cts-reporting.com “Locally owned and operated court reporting firm, operating in the Central Valley, specializing in providing court reporters for depositions and arbitrations. We also provide legal transcription, which is certified for use in court proceedings.” El Clasificado 2419 Brundage Ln. Bakersfield, CA 93304 888-435-0196 www.elclasificado.com “El Clasificado,s purpose is to connect sellers of various products and services within the Hispanic community, while also providing Latinos with educational resources
and how-to lifestyle improvement articles that were not widely available in Spanish.” Engineering for Kids South Kern 5131 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-401-7330 x700 www.engineeringforkids.com/ bakersfield “At Engineering for Kids, our STEM educational enrichment classes provide a fun and engaging opportunity for students to explore and experience science, technology, engineering and mathematics.” Frugatti’s Italian Restaurant 600 Coffee Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-836-2000 www.frugattis.com “Frugatti’s Wood-Fired Italian specializes in Southern Italian Family dining. Wood-fired steaks, chicken, fish, lasagna, pizzas and calzones. Along with a variety of pastas, salads and homemade desserts like cannoli, tiramisu, Italian lemon ricotta cheesecake and more.” Krispy Kreme 9410 Rosedale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93312 661-383-0007 www.krispykreme.com “Our mission is to make the most awesome doughnuts on the planet every single day.” Pactiv LLC 2024 Norris Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-392-4020 www.Pactiv.com “We produce PS disposable containers. We produce all hefty items sold at Costco and Sam’s Club. Also produce FS items for the West Coast
which include disposable plates, bowls, and hinge lid containers.” Sharing Spaces, Inc. 1200 Truxtun Ave., Ste. 200 PO Box 9441 Bakersfield, CA 93389 833-557-4273 www.sharingspaces.net “Sharing Spaces is a co-housing, roommate matching and housing placement service. We provide personalized matching, all of the necessary background, credit and legal paperwork and take the hassle out of finding a roommate and sharing a space.” The Palms at San Lauren 5300 Hageman Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-599-4500 www.thepalmsatsanlauren.com “We are committed to making all our residents comfortable in their new home. As members of the Bakersfield community, we are invested in the long term.” The Plumbing Doc 1805 Lawson Rd. PO Box 1512 Bakersfield, CA 93302 661-836-1620 www.plumbingdoc.net “We offer CIPP, trenchless line replacement, video inspections, drain and line cleaning, line and leak detection, water heater repair and replacement, lift stations, horizontal boring, general plumbing needs, and tile, drywall, concrete and painting.”
HOW WE WORK FOR OUR MEMBERS Trusted Advocacy
A Strong Brand
We fight job-killing legislation and work hard to maintain a favorable business climate in Bakersfield and Kern County.
Near universal name recognition and the highest positive rating among similar business organizations.
Includes notary public services, marketing opportunities, certificates of origin, ribbon cuttings and more.
We provide the tools, resources and access to keep members in the know about California’s always-changing laws and latest HR topics.
Bridge the gap between nonprofits, small businesses and large corporations with mixers, procurement events and our Ambassador Committee.
We receive hundreds of inquires and we only refer our members. Your listing in our online and annual printed directories is also seen by thousands.
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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.
APRIL 2018 4.5.19
2019 Leadership Bakersfield Application Process Open
Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council 11:45 a.m. | Chamber
Beautiful Bakersfield Committee Noon | Chamber
Government Review Council 7:30 a.m. | Chamber
Ambassador Committee Noon | Chamber
Chamber After Hours Mixer 5:30 p.m. | Castle & Cooke Highgate Regents Clubhouse
Youth Leadership Bakersfield Graduation 6:30 p.m. | DoubleTree by Hilton
Accelerated Urgent Care – 2012 Bakersfield Christian High School – 1999 Bakersfield Heart Hospital – 1998 Bakersfield Racquet Club – 1965 Bank of America – 1920 Barbich Consulting – 2005 Brown Armstrong Accountants – 1985 S.A. Camp Companies, Investments – 2003 Canteen Vending – 2011 Children’s Advocates Resource Endowment – 2006 Chevron – 1920 Cushman & Wakefield/Pacific – 1991 The Daily Report – 1995 Dowling Aaron Incorporated – 2004 Eagle Mountain Casino – 2004 Elwood Staffing – 2008 Empire Eye and Laser Center – 2017 Environmental Waste Minimization, Inc. – 2015 Four Points Hotel by Sheraton – 1983 Jack Gotcher – 2013 Granite Construction – 1977 Greer’s Banner Air – 1999 Hacienda Guerrero Catering – 2012 The Hampton Inn Bakersfield Central – 2006 Andrea R. Hill, CPA – 2017 Hilton Garden Inn Hotel – 2003 IntegriTech IT Services – 2017 Kelly Services – 2013
Kern County Builders Exchange – 1957 Meridian Pacific, Inc. – 2012 Metropolitan Recycling LLC – 2011 Ming Around the Corner – 2000 National Cement Company – 2009 Neira’s Collision Centers Inc. Meany Ave. – 2014 North of the River Recreation & Park District – 2013 Pacifica Senior Living – 2009 Post Net – Coffee Road – 2016 PROforma Solutions for Printing LLC Becky Diltz – 2010 Lynn E. Rickard, ARA – 1998 The Links at Riverlakes Ranch – 2018 Sage Equities – 2016 Seven Oaks Country Club – 1991 SOS Recycle LLC – 2016 South Valley Solutions – 2010 Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, LLC – 2000 Union Bank – Stockdale Village Branch – 1993 Valley Achievement Center – 2003 Valley Bible Fellowship – 2017 Valley Republic Bank – 2009 Western Nutrients Corp. – 2012 Western States Petroleum Association – 1990 WOW Pest Control, Inc. – 2017 Yankee Communications, Inc. – 2013
Government Review Council 7:30 a.m. | Chamber
Government Review Council Lunch Meeting Noon | Chamber
ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES Advertising in Chamber publications, website and email blasts – it’s an exclusivity that only Chamber members enjoy.
MEMBER TO MEMBER EMAIL BLASTS Member to Member email blasts are paid advertisements that the Chamber sends out on behalf of our members. With a reach of more than 4,300 email contacts, it’s the perfect option to promote your brand.
For more information about any of our events, committees or councils, visit bakersfieldchamber.org.
A staple of news and informative for members, METRO is sent out monthly to our members. This digital publication features Chamber programming and events as well as regulatory changes that can impact our members' bottom lines. All advertisements will link back to your company's website. For more information, contact Jean Scheiber at email@example.com METRO | PAGE 17
CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE FOCUS 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairwoman of the Board Darlene Mohlke Castle & Cooke California, Inc. Chairman Elect of the Board Derek Jeffery KGET-TV 17 Vice Chair Public Policy & Political Action Rob Duchow Southern California Gas Company 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 Denise Newton Pacific Gas & Electric Company Treasurer Andy Paulden Brown Armstrong Accountants Member-at-Large Pritesh Patel Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center General Counsel Mark Bateman Young Wooldridge LLP
Founded by Harvey L. Hall in 1971, Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. is the 9-1-1 paramedic provider for 88 percent of Kern County, California’s population, serving the cities of Bakersfield, Arvin, Tehachapi, California City, Taft, Shafter, Wasco; and the communities of Lamont, Frazier Park, Mojave, Rosamond and Boron.
CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE MEMBERS
BOARD MEMBERS Andy Anderson Aera Energy LLC Mary Barlow Kern County Superintendent of Schools Kristen Beall Kern Community Foundation Sharlet Briggs Adventist Health Bakersfield Don Bynum Temblor Brewing LLC Gregory D. Bynum & Associates, Inc. Dr. Sonya Christian Bakersfield College Leslie Golich Kaiser Permanente Kern County Rick Jhaj Countryside Construction/Countryside Markets Ken Keller Dignity Health Memorial Hospital Jacob Panero Varner Bros. Inc. G Riar Deprigo
EVERYTHING FOR YOUR OFFICE
CHAMBER STAFF Nick Ortiz | President/CEO Jean Scheiber | Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer Patrice Black | Member Relations Coordinator Kaelyn Peterson | Manager, Policy & Public Affairs Hillary Haenes | Vice President, Member Engagement Andrea Johnston | Business Development Manager Sarah Hinzo | Executive Assistant, Leadership & Operations Janet Ursery | Executive Assistant, Information Services
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