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A publication of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce | August 2019

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his summer has been an exciting time for the Chamber and our community. As we celebrate our past in unique ways and look toward the future, I am very proud of the work we’re doing at the Chamber to promote our community and shape that future. We were honored to host last month’s State of the City address. We heard from City Manager Alan Tandy, in what Nick Ortiz was his last State of the City speech. Mr. Tandy updated attendees on the progress the city is making thanks to the funds from the PSVS measure, the city’s sales tax initiative. Also, Mayor Karen Goh spoke to a sold-out crowd about the new narrative we’re writing for our community. That narrative is one of opportunity, community and clear-eyed realism about our area’s challenges, and it was picked up in a story published by the Washington Post that same

week. Characterizing our fair city as “booming” the article highlighted ways that Bakersfield (and other inland cities) are attracting talent and becoming a focal point for job creation and housing development as compared to coastal California cities. Also last month, Academy Award Winning Documentarian Ken Burns was in town to preview his new PBS series on Country Music. The 16-hour documentary, sponsored by Bank of America, chronicles the history of the music genre. One interesting thing is that there isn’t just a segment or episode dedicated to the Bakersfield Sound. The stories of Dust Bowl refugees, and the rise of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard are woven throughout the series. The story of our sound is the story of so many families that traveled west looking for a better life. It’s the same story that the Washington Post is telling today, with a slightly different spin, as we’re attracting people east from cities as opposed to the small farming towns of the Dust Bowl migration. That Bakersfield is seen by so many as a place of optimism and opportunity, portends exciting times indeed.

Nick Ortiz

President/CEO Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

MEET THE NEWEST CHAMBER EMPLOYEE The Chamber is excited to welcome Cathy Albyn as the new Membership & Business Development Manager.

‘Making a sale is easy … making repeat sales is the challenge.’ Every corporate buyer knows that the best sale is not always the cheapest. What they’re really after is solutions — they want a salesperson who understands and appreciates their specific needs. With over 18 years of sales experience, Cathy Albyn has differentiated herself by adhering to that one simple maxim. Both as a sales management professional and astute business developer, she is all about relationships. Up-and-down the San Joaquin Valley, a long list of clients will attest to Cathy’s willingness to go the extra mile. Whether it’s advising them how best to achieve their sales goals, or maximize their marketing campaigns, Cathy is invested in their success. Hailing from Toledo, Ohio, Cathy and her family moved to Visalia, Calif., in 1975. They later Cathy Albyn moved to Santa Rosa. She moved back to the Central Valley after graduating from Piner High School. It was not until 2018 that she and her husband made the move to Kern County. Between them, Cathy and Gary have four children and four grandchildren, with a little peanut on the way in December! In her free time, Cathy enjoys being with her family, hiking with her dog Sophie, and contributing to church life.

Cathy Albyn

Membership & Business Development Manager Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce METRO | PAGE 4



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n July 18, Alan Tandy took the stage for his final State of the City address before his upcoming retirement in December after serving 27 years as City Manager of Bakersfield. The event was the largest State of the City to date, selling out in anticipation to hear from both Mr. Tandy as well as Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh. Each gave updates on the current city outlook covering topics such as economic development, homelessness, the city’s financial status and efforts to beef up public safety. This year’s State of the City was sponsored by Dignity Health Bakersfield as well as Valley Children’s Healthcare, Chevron, Lights Camera Action Cinema, Bolthouse Properties, Cal Water, California Resources Corporation, Young Wooldridge and Mid State Development Corporation. Photos by April & Co.


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Table Adventist Health Bakersfield Aera Energy LLC Bakersfield Association of Realtors Bakersfield College Bakersfield Fire Department Bakersfield Homeless Center Bakersfield Police Department Better Business Bureau, Kern County & Inland Empire Counties Bitwise Industries Bynum Inc.

CSU Bakersfield Dignity Health Mercy & Memorial Hospitals Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. Kaiser Permanente Kern County Kern Schools Federal Credit Union Metropolitan Recycling LLC Mission Bank Rabobank Arena Theater & Convention Center The Mission at Kern County Williams Adams & Company, CPAs METRO | PAGE 7

eing able to have trust in my bank’s leadership has given me a strong sense of security.”

Kevin Small President and Chief Executive Officer KS Industries, LP KS Industries, LP (KSI) is a leading provider of engineering, fabrication, integrated maintenance and construction services. Since its founding in 1960, KSI (formerly known as Ken Small Construction, Inc.) has grown to where it is today by understanding safety, productivity, cost control and quality, surrounding itself with outstanding people who share these same principles. “Our relationship with Valley Republic Bank began because of our confidence in their leadership. That relationship continues to thrive because we know we are secure in their commitment to us.”

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Accepting Applications Philanthropy on Tap 2020


magine a room full of Kern County business professionals and other community members raising their glasses in a toast to your nonprofit’s hard work and accomplishments. Well, that opportunity could be yours through Philanthropy on Tap. From now till 5 p.m. on Aug. 30, you can apply to be a featured nonprofit through this “Visibility Grant” opportunity offered by Kern Community Foundation in partnership with the Chamber. Designed as a “Guided Q & A” in a format similar to a talk show, and held in an informal setting with complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres, Philanthropy on Tap showcases charitable organizations’ programs, leadership and needs to local working professionals, community leaders and members of the general public. Six events will be held on even-numbered months in 2020, alternating between two popular Bakersfield venues - Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant and Temblor Brewing Co. For more information, visit

September’s featured nonprofit

September’s featured nonprofit is League of Dreams, an adaptive sports league for athletes ages 5 to 22. They provide sports training, team camaraderie and competitive sporting opportunities to athletes with physical and developmental disabilities.

BYP Pub Club

Date: Thursday, August 15 Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Location: The Padre Hotel Prospect Lounge, 1702 18th St. Admission: $5 at the door


oin BYP at our next Pub Club on August 15 at The Padre Hotel Prospect Lounge! There will be cocktails, appetizers, raffle prizes and more. Admission is $5 at the door; raffle tickets are $5 for 6 tickets. Don't forget to bring your coworkers and friends! We are collecting school supplies and monetary donations for Children First Campaign. Thank you to Strata Credit Union for being our BYP Program Sponsor! For more information, please call the Chamber at 661-327-4471. To download the event flier, click here.

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 September 10 @ Temblor League of Dreams

October 1 @ Imbibe

Bakersfield Police Activities League

November 5 @ Temblor

Alzheimer’s Association & Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County

December 3 @ Imbibe

Community Action Partnership of Kern


Friday, Oct. 11

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7-11 p.m. The Park at The Mark & Wall Street Alley $20 Early Bird (Aug. 1 - 31) $30 (Sept. 1 - Oct. 10) $35 at the door Limited tickets available. Purchase tickets on EventBrite. KDA & BYP will produce Ten Tiny Dances® during the street party.

Silver Sponsor Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center For sponsorship opportunities, contact Hillary Haenes at





hank you Spectrum Reach for hosting our July 24 mixer where attendees enjoyed a variety of tasty appetizers and beverages at The Station while having the chance to meet new people. 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:



oin the fun at this year's Chamber Social - BBQ & Brews from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23 inside the Bakersfield Museum of Art. The Chamber's fundraiser promises a laid back atmosphere to connect with community members, while enjoying barbecue, craft beer, wine and whiskey tastings, dancing and live music by Nate Antwine and Truxton Mile. For more information or to sponsor this event, please email HIllary Haenes at hhaenes@bakersfeildchamber. org or call the Chamber office at 661.327.4421. Purchase tickets for $40 on EventBrite or $50 at the door. Thank you to our sponsors! Silver Sponsors Advance Beverage Co. Bank of the Sierra Carney’s Business Technology Center Chosen Payments Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock Varner Bros., Inc. Bronze Sponsors Bakersfield Hyundai California Mentor-North Hacienda Guerrero Catering Pepsi Beverages Co. Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc.


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Southern California Gas Company 35118 McMurtrey Ave. Photo courtesy of Alex Horvath

Allstate - Harpinder Singh 10606 Hageman Rd. Ste. B6

UPCOMING RIBBON CUTTINGS GRAND OPENING Mountain Pacific Insurance & Financial Services Date: Tuesday, August 13 Time: 4 p.m. Location: 2601 Union Ave.

GRAND OPENING Orangetheory Fitness Bakersfield Date: Friday, August 16 Time: 4 p.m. Location: 12838 Stockdale Hwy., Ste. 4A

MAJOR MILESTONE The Links at Riverlakes Ranch Golf Course Date: Friday, September 13 Time: 3 p.m. Location: 5201 Riverlakes Dr.

GRAND OPENING Profile by Sanford Date: Thursday, September 19 Time: 4 p.m. Location: Frugatti's Plaza, 600 Coffee Rd., Ste. W

Interested in celebrating a grand opening, renovation or major milestone with a ribbon cutting ceremony? Contact Hillary Haenes at for an application.


MEMBER • The Avo Marg Fest is happening on Sept. 7 on the waterfront in beautiful Morro Bay and is put on by the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce. To get festival tickets, order on the • The Kern Dance Alliance (KDA) is inspiring Kern County adults to dance through its pop-up summer series through dance. The Kern County dance community has come together to bring more than 20 free dance classes offered by more than a dozen instructors at a handful of locations across the valley. Put on your dancing legs and try a beginning ballet class or hop on over to Temblor Brewing Co. for a Country line dance class! To see a schedule or signup for classes, visit: JUSTDANCE/. • The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic is hosting a Back to School Summer Carnival on Aug. 9 from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Child Guidance Clinic, 2001 N. Chester Ave. There will be free backpacks and school supplies, raffle giveaways, free haircuts, games, info booths and more! For more information, call 661-322-1021. • Fight Valley Fever with us! Join us for the Eighth Annual Valley Fever Walk on Aug. 10 from 7-9 a.m. at The Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. The Valley Fever Walk brings together patients, volunteers, physicians, providers, researchers, educators and community members. Valley Fever Institute experts will be on hand to answer questions and share information about services. Tickets are available at • Basketball registration is now open for athletes and volunteers for League of Dreams. Registration for athletes is $15 through Aug. 17, and volunteer registration is free. League of Dreams is looking for team sponsors, and the deadline is Sept. 3. More information can be found at www.

• Save the date for State of the Clubs on Aug. 28 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County’s Armstrong Youth Center, 801 Niles St. Breakfast is 7:30-8 a.m.; the program is 8-9 a.m. RSVP to Maggie at 661325-3730. • Dementia resources are offered every fourth Wednesday of the month between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association office, 1401 Commercial Way, Ste. 210. Join us to learn more about the resources, education and support available in your community through the Alzheimer’s Association. Contact 661-912-3053 for additional information. • Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is hosting adolescent and children group summer sessions until Aug. 16. One group is for teens ages 13-17 and a separate group for children ages 9-12. The classes are Monday-Friday 1-5 p.m. In a therapeutic setting, BBHH will help with behavioral modifications, anxiety, depression, life skills readiness, scholastic tutoring and more. BBHH accepts most major private insurance and they can also provide transportation. Space is limited, so call 661-241-5537 for more information. • XIT Solutions is putting on Let’s Taco‘Bout Tech: Instagram for Business Training on Aug. 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 5016 California Ave. This event is co-sponsored by bridgesocial and Rand Employment Solutions. Bring your phones and laptops for a hands-on experience to learn about branding and content, engagement, advertising, tools and resources. RSVP to Cepi Willingham at 661-635-0365 or • Save the date for State of the Clubs on Aug. 28 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County’s Armstrong Youth Center, 801 Niles St. Breakfast is 7:30-8 a.m.; the program is 8-9 a.m. RSVP to Maggie at 661-325-3730.

• CSF Medical Nonprofit Foundation is putting on its second Health Fair on Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at Yokuts Park, 4000 Empire Dr. There will be free eye exams along with numerous other free exams, free fresh produce, entertainment, food, raffles and much more. • The TIL Program is putting on Casablanca Casino Night on Sept. 7 from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at the Westside Recreational & Parks District in Taft, 500 Cascade Place. Individual tickets are $150 and there are also sponsorships available. For more information, call 661-763-7769. • Register or sponsor the second annual Strides for CJD, a 2-Mile Leisure Walk & 5K Run in memory of Mayor Harvey L. Hall on Oct. 13 at Lake Ming. Last year, Strides4CJD Bakersfield was recognized as Top Fundraising Site and Team Big H was the top fundraising team in the United States! CJD Foundation raises funds to provide family support, medical educations and funding for research programs related to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Early bird rates are until Sept. 12. To register or donate, visit For more information, contact Mark Corum of Hall Ambulance at


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 Cathy Albyn at Rhino Trucking LLC 1635 James Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-695-8071 “We are a family-owned company specializing in the transportation and delivery of concrete. We also haul sand and rock.” CityServe Network 3201 F St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-632-6478 “CityServe empowers the local church to reclaim its missional mandate to overcome brokenness through kindness and compassion from the neighborhood to the nations.” Thryv 972-453-7790 “We’re here to get you more customers and keep you connected with your current customers. We know business owners struggle with the daily demands of running their business. We’ve created simple software to help them manage their time, communicate with clients, and get paid so they can take control of their business and be more successful.” Heavyn’s Treats 1707 Eye St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 310-720-4743 “Heavyn’s Treats is a home based business (Cottage Food Operation, CFO) providing you with quality fresh baked goods made from scratch and lots of love. At Heavyn’s Treats, we pride ourselves on our work ethic and great customer service.” Tacos La Villa Mexican Grill 1400 Union Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93305 661-800-5144 “Tacos La Villa Mexican Grill has been serving the City of Bakersfield the best burritos, tortas and more since 1994.”

Tacos La Villa Mexican Grill 1401 N. Chester Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-392-1352 “Tacos La Villa Mexican Grill has been serving the City of Bakersfield the best burritos, tortas and more since 1994.” Tacos La Villa Mexican Grill 4525 Ming Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-836-8677 “Tacos La Villa Mexican Grill has been serving the City of Bakersfield the best burritos, tortas and more since 1994.” Tacos La Villa Mexican Grill 2621 Oswell St. Bakersfield, CA 93306 661-873-7841 “Tacos La Villa Mexican Grill has been serving the City of Bakersfield the best burritos, tortas and more since 1994.” Tacos La Villa Mexican Grill 1501 S. Union Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93307 661-396-9169 “Tacos La Villa Mexican Grill has been serving the City of Bakersfield the best burritos, tortas and more since 1994.” Tacos La Villa Mexican Grill 1801 Union Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93305 661-633-1295 “Tacos La Villa Mexican Grill has been serving the City of Bakersfield the best burritos, tortas and more since 1994.” The Gombos Company 900 Truxtun Ave., Ste. 210 Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-327-4508 “The Gombos Company is a Hay Exporter and Processor.”

Ahern Rentals 2113 Taft Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93313 661-833-2000 “We are the largest family-owned construction equipment rental company in the country. We also manufacture our own line of forklifts and own snorkel lift company.” Applied Technology Group, Inc. 4440 Easton Dr. Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-322-8650 “Full service wireless communications; providing products & services for all industries, schools, public safety, local, state, and federal government agencies. We specialize in TwoWay Radios, Broadband Microwave systems, SCADA products, Wireless Internet, Distributed Antenna Systems Dispatch Consoles, Surveillance Systems, and numerous parts and accessories.” Orangetheory Fitness Bakersfield 12838 Stockdale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93314 661-546-6001 www.bakersfield.orangetheoryfitness. com “Orangetheory is a science-backed, technology-tracked coach inspired group workout designed to produce results from the inside out giving you a longer, more vibrant life. Try us FREE.” Mendiburu Magic Foundation P.O. Box 20687 Bakersfield, CA 93390 661-319-3081 “The Mendiburu Magic Foundation was founded on June 19, 2000 and the organization responds to the unmet needs of local children and their families that may be facing cancer and/ or other catastrophic or life threatening illness.”


A complete list of the Chamber's membership can be found on our online business directory. Visit to check it out! METRO | PAGE 16

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.



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


Beautiful Bakersfield Committee Dark


BYP Pub Club 5:30 p.m. | The Padre


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


Government Review Council Lunch Meeting Noon | Chamber

American Corporate MSP – 2017 American Red Cross - Kern & Central Valley Chapters – 2010 ARRC Technology – 1996 AT&T California – 1946 Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association – 1993 Bakersfield SPCA – 2012 Belfor Property Restoration – 2010 Big Brand Tire & Service – 2018 Blue Sky Sales, Inc. dba Famoso Nut Company Sales – 1996 Brookdale Riverwalk – 1999 CALPLY Inc. – 1993 Color Me Mine – 2004 Darlene Din Ag Land Use/Public Policy Consultant – 2011 Dr. Stephen Ratty, Optometrist – 1994 DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen – 2004 Freestyle Event Services – 2012 GEI Consultants, Inc. – 2015 Grapevine MSP, LLC – 2013 His Rosedale Auto Sales – 2004 Holiday Inn Express Bakersfield Airport – 2016 Homewood Suites by Hilton – 2004 I HEART MEDIA – 2001


Chamber Social | BMoA


Ambassador Committee Noon | Chamber


Government Review Council Dark

In Balance, Incorporated – 1992 Jamba Juice – 2018 Kern Health Systems – 2012 Kern Psychiatric Health and Wellness, Inc. – 2011 Kern Schools Federal Credit Union – 1989 La Costa Mariscos – 2017 Law Offices of Hanna, Brophy, MacLean, McAleer & Jensen – 1993 Loan Depot – 2009 Principal Financial Group – 2005 Russell D. Martin CPA – 1996 Russo McGarty & Associates – 2016 Sierra Printers, Inc. – 1993 Solstice Senior Living at Bakersfield– 2018 Stay Green Inc. – 2018 Team Busby – 2017 The Management Trust – 2009 Three-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac – 1956 WorklogicHR – 2000 Wounded Heroes Fund – 2018

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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

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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 Bynum 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



Nick Ortiz | President/CEO Jean Scheiber | Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer Cathy Albyn | Membership & Business Development Manager Patrice Black | Member Relations Coordinator Kaelyn Peterson | Manager, Policy & Public Affairs Hillary Haenes | Vice President, Member Engagement Sarah Hinzo | Executive Assistant, Leadership & Operations



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