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A publication of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber | December 2019

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LEADERSHIP BAKERSFIELD Read the highlights on what the 2020 Leadership Bakersfield class learned on Education Day.


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CHAMBER AFTER HOURS NOVEMBER AFTER HOURS MIXER RECAP hank you Hoffmann Hospice Home for hosting our Nov. 21 mixer! Attendees enjoyed appetizers and had a chance to win holiday gift baskets. Here's a look at some of the moments captured by April & Co.


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ANNUAL HOLIDAY MIXER Thursday, December 12th 5:30-7:30 p.m. Highgate at Seven Oaks Clubhouse 13800 Pemberley Passage Ave. $5 Members $10 Nonmembers Raffle Tickets $5 for 6 Appetizers, Cocktails & Holiday Cheer Complimentary Valet Parking

ANNUAL LUNCHEON Celebrate the Chamber’s leadership


eserve your seats now to the Chamber’s 2020 Board Installation and Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. This signature event serves as the annual installation of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Derek Jeffery, of KGET TV-17, will be installed as the 2020 Chairman of the Board. The event also honors the amazing volunteers who helped make the Chamber’s high-caliber events and programs successful.


The winners of the Advocacy Partner of the Year, Chamber Champion and Volunteer of the Year awards will be announced. The event will be held at Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave. Check-in begins at 11 a.m., with the program following from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $70 per person, or $800 for a table of 10. Register online at

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Silver Sponsors Dignity Health - Mercy & Memorial Hospitals Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Bronze Sponsor Varner Bros. Inc.



he Greater Bakersfield Chamber has hosted the community’s own Academy Awards-style event – the Beautiful Bakersfield Awards Gala – for nearly three decades. The awards celebrate the people, projects, businesses and organizations that better our community each year. Eleven categories – ranging from architecture to art to education to health – will be judged by community members. Five other categories – Nonprofit, Corporation, Small Business, Business Person of the Year and Lifetime Achievement – will be judged by the Chamber’s Executive Board of Directors. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 7. Forms can be found on Awards are based on work that occurred or was completed in 2019. Winners will be announced at an awards gala on Saturday, June 6, at Mechanics Bank Theater and Convention Center.

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Things to know… Submission Deadline Feb. 7 The nomination process is simple and only takes about 5 minutes. Submit your nominations at Save the Date Beautiful Bakersfield Awards Gala Saturday, June 6 Mechanics Bank Theater and Convention Center

2020 Nonprofit line-up


he Bakersfield Young Professionals and Kern Community Foundation have announced the 2020 Philanthropy on Tap schedule.

Feb. 4

Junior League of Bakersfield Imbibe Wine

April 7

Southern Sierra Council, Boy Scouts of America Temblor Brewing Co.

June 2

Covenant Community Services Imbibe Wine

This event series connects young professionals to the nonprofit sector by allowing 8 organizations to discuss their services and volunteer opportunities.

Aug. 4

Pathpoint Temblor Brewing Co.

Sept. 1

Helping Animals Live Tomorrow (HALT) Rescue & Strength of Shadow (SOS) Dog Rescue Temblor Brewing Co.

Oct. 6

Bakersfield Pregnancy Center Imbibe Wine

Dec. 1

Be Finally Free Temblor Brewing Co.


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"On November 15, Leadership Bakersfield participants were able to hear from local Superintendents, students and school administrators about current challenges facing schools in Bakersfield. They heard how local leaders are creating an atmosphere of continuous improvement to provide an equitable education. Participants learned that local school districts analyze their data in order to identify student populations that are under performing. Resources are then provided for both educational and socio-emotional supports to help all students prepare for a transition into college and/or a career. In Bakersfield, that has meant an emphasis on serving socioeconomically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, English language learners, homeless students, and foster students among others. The day started with Superintendents Doctor Barlow, Doc Ervin, Doctor Schaefer, and Doctor Westendorf sharing their passion for education, personal leadership journey, and their thoughts on equity and serving vulnerable student populations. They highlighted the strides their districts made in closing the achievement gap, despite a shortage of qualified METRO | PAGE 10

teachers, due to an initiative called the Kern County Education Pledge. This Pledge is a community wide approach that brings schools, institutions of higher education, and employers together to prepare all Kern County students for college and career. While en route to the Bakersfield Adult School, participants rode a school bus and heard about the challenges of getting students to school in such a large geographic area; especially for students such as foster and homeless youth where long rides to their school of origin are not uncommon. At the Bakersfield Adult School, participants were able to hear from current students, tour the campus, and learned about the programs that serve adults wishing to further their education. The group then visited the Claude W. Richardson Center; a preschool for developmentally disabled children that provides school readiness services to assure students with disabilities are as prepared as possible for that first day of kindergarten. Their next stop took participants to new heights. While touring North High’s, Aeronautics Program, participants were able to test their own skills using a flight simulator. Participants then heard from a panel of foster youth leaders in the Youth Empowering Success (YES) program. YES was created to give foster youth a voice in their

school and provide additional socioemotional supports to improve student attendance and academic outcomes. Their presentation and personal stories of resilience did not leave a dry eye in the room and highlighted the power of schools providing additional support services for youth who have experienced trauma. The trip to North High ended with a panel of administrators from Kern High, CSUB, Bakersfield College and Youth2Leaders sharing their stories of leading student support programs and how their institutions serve vulnerable student groups to improve academic outcomes and provide access to higher education.

LEADERSHIP BAKERSFIELD The day ended at Bakersfield College’s (BC) Launch Pad, where aspiring entrepreneurs can come for assistance with business development matters, such as business plans and marketing strategies. Director Tony Cordova gave a presentation on the services that are available and emphasized that the Launchpad is open to anyone in the community seeking help opening their own business. Doctor Rob Arias, Kern County Superintendent of Schools’ Chief Deputy of Local and Statewide Initiatives, wrapped up the day by discussing more specifics of the Kern Education Pledge and his views on the importance of leaders bringing clarity around goals and initiatives when addressing student needs. While participants were able to visit and learn about a variety of local educational facilities and programs, one common thread ran through the day Superintendents, College Presidents, and employers in Kern are committed to the pledge and provide pathways to college and career for all students!" Curt Williams, Kern Superintendent of Schools.

The Chamber would like to thank Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Day Chairs Tamara Baker, Bakersfield College and Curt Williams, Kern County Superintendent of Schools. A special thanks to Golden Empire Transit District for providing the day’s transportation.

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Date: Monday, Dec. 16 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: 10308 Stockdale Hwy.

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• The Bakersfield Symphony

Orchestra presents “Home for the Holidays”Concert on Dec. 6 at Rabobank Theater. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $45. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 661-323-7928. • Join League of Dreams for Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. Visit Applebee’s at the Marketplace to enjoy a pancake, egg and sausage breakfast and have a photo taken with Santa. Purchase tickets online at or call 661-616-9122. • Join Log Cabin Florist for their annual Christmas Wreath Classes! Classes are on the following dates: Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. RSVP today by calling 661327-8646. • Save the date for the Ninth Annual League of Dreams Gala on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at The Links at Riverlakes Ranch Golf Course! For sponsorship information or to purchase your table, please contact Jessica Mathews at 661-616-9122. • Aera Energy and The Boys and Girls Club of Kern County present “An Evening with Cindy McCain” on Feb. 12 at the Kern County Fair Grounds. Mrs. McCain will share her thoughts on how the political environment is shaping our youth and what secondary education challenges and successes will help our children. Please contact the Boys and Girls Club of Kern County for ticket information at 661-325-3730.

• Save the date for the Alzheimer’s

Association’s RIVALZ Blondes vs. Brunettes on March 28, 2020. The event is held at the Kaiser Permanente Sports Village Football Field, 9001 Ashe Rd. For more information, contact Event Chair Brittney Skinner at 661-808-9099 or email You can also visit rivalzbakersfield. • Save the date for the ‘Best of Bakersfield’ 2020! The Global Family & The Daughter Project are gearing up for next year’s gala! They are happy to announce that the 'Best of Bakersfield' 2020 will be held on March 28. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend one of Bakersfield’s premiere events. They have lots in store for the event in support of young victims of trafficking and abuse, so let them know how you would like to be a part today by emailing or calling 661-213-3380. • Save the date for the annual Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference happening April 23, 2020 at Mechanics Bank Theater and Marriott at the Convention Center. The theme is Building The Best You. The keynote speaker will be fitness icon Jillian Michaels, a dominating force in the fitness and health industry, a notable TV trainer, New York Times best-selling author, a dedicated activist, mother of two and more! Conference tickets will go on sale in December! For more information, visit www.

• 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 661912-3053 for additional information. • The Bakersfield Sound: How a Generation of Displaced Okies Revolutionized American Music by Robert E. Price is on sale now at the Chamber office. Price “traces the Bakersfield Sound’s roots from Dust Bowl and World War II migrations through the heyday of Owens, Haggard and Hee Haw, and into the 21st Century.” Stop by to pick up your copy before they’re gone! The price is $20 plus tax. • Cuyama Buckhorn is a timeless roadside inn & restaurant, located on State Route 166 in the heart of The Cuyama Valley, where community, locally-inspired food, and artistry flourish. The historic property is undergoing a major revitalization under new ownership. Once complete the property will function as an intimate resort with 21 updated guestrooms, a new pool, lobby and plenty of indoor and outdoor event spaces, in addition to The Buckhorn Restaurant & Bar and The Buck Stop Coffee Shop, which are currently open and serving locals and travelers alike. We look forward to welcoming you to The Hidden Valley of Enchantment on your next drive by. Visit for more information.


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 Prime Medical Disposal LLC 6001 Schirra Ct. Bakersfield, CA 933013 661-588-8187 “Prime Medical Disposal, LLC helps clients manage and dispose of Regulated Medical Waste including red bag materials, sharps, out dated pharmaceuticals, trace chemotherapy and pathological waste. PMD is Kern County’s only locally owned and operated medical waste transport company and we operate within the core values of safety, compliance, and a passion for customer satisfaction.” Your CBD Store Bakersfield 3501 Mall View Rd., Ste. 104 Bakersfield, CA 93306 661-404-4436 “Our store is part of the largest, fastest growing brick and mortar CBD retailer in the country. We provide cutting edge CBD products in a retail boutique setting designed to dispel the stigma of CBD.” California Forensic Credibility Assessments P.O. Box 2570 Bakersfield, CA 93303 661-889-0068 “We treat all clients with respect and dignity. Our polygraph service covers criminal/civil law, truth to the matter, divorce, infidelity, plus many more. Call for an appointment.” Central Valley Physical Therapy 8200 Stockdale Hwy., Ste. B1 Bakersfield, CA 93311 661-827-8959 “At Central Valley Physical Therapy, our mission is simple, to provide the best car to the best communities. We are part of a group of award winning

private practice physical therapy clinics and have an accessible local clinic in Kern County. We boast highly educated practitioners. We are preferred provider for most insurance plans and even offer very reasonable self pay rates.” Simply Healthy Café & Holistic Health Center 1420 19th St., Ste. A Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-558-4777 “Simply Healthy Café & Holistic Health Center provides a superior healthy menu and specializes in Bro Magnetic Therapies that restore your health and eliminate pain.” PennPoint Dance Academy, LLC 606 18th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-324-5678 “PennPoint Dance offers many styles of dance. We specialize in “Hip-Hop” performing, and building positive self-esteem through dance. We are an inclusive dance studio with open enrollment throughout the year. We train and encourage dancers to pursue dance not only for recreation and as an outlet, but to become professional dancers and work in the industry.”

DECEMBER 2019 12.9.19

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


Beautiful Bakersfield Committee DARK


Holiday Mixer | 5:30 p.m. Highgate at Seven Oaks Clubhouse


Governmental Review Council DARK

12.24.19 - 12.31.19

Chamber Closed | Christmas Holiday


Chamber Closed | New Year's Day

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RENEWING MEMBERS Thank you to our members who have reinvested in the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Your continued support helps the Chamber continue its mission to ensure a healthy business climate for our community. Access Plus Capital – 2017 ADAKC - Alzheimer's Disease Assoc. of Kern County, Inc. – 1994 AECOM Technical Services Inc. – 1957 Aerotek – 2013 Agape In Home Care, Inc. – 2000 American General Media – 1990 Anita M. Waits, Accountancy Corporation – 1995 Anthony Vineyards, Inc. – 1994 Around the Clock Care – 2001 Arts Council of Kern – 1998 Assistance League of Bakersfield – 2004 B&B Surplus, Inc. – 1993 Bakersfield Escape Room – 2015 Bakersfield High School – 1998 Barber Honda – 1997 BARC - Bakersfield ARC – 1997 Benji's French Basque Restaurant, Inc. – 1992 Bland Company dba Bland Air Conditioning – 2015 Braun Gosling, A Law Corporation – 2010 California Fruit Depot – 2005 California Living Museum Foundation – 2000 CASA of Kern County – 1996 CCM Mortgage – 2007 Centre For Neuro Skills – 1999 Clifford & Brown, P.C. – 1990 Clinica Sierra Vista – 2018 Continental Labor and Staffing Resources – 1997 Country Inn & Suites by Radisson – 2017 Covenant Community Services, Inc. – 2017 Cushman & Wakefield/Pacific - Karen & Pat Thompson – 2017 Dale Carnegie Training – 2014 Denise Pennell – 2015 El Pollo Loco - Stockdale Hwy. – 2015 El Pollo Loco - White Lane – 2015 Employers' Training Resource – 1984 Fairfield Inn & Suites Bakersfield Central – 2018 Fallgatter-Rhodes Insurance Services – 1993 Frito-Lay, Inc. – 1995 G.H. Slack and Son Company – 1999 Garden Pathways, Inc. – 2000 Guidance Senior Care Services, Inc. – 2018 Gundlach's – 1995 Hagan Law Group, LLP – 2012 Howard's Garbage – 1997 IN GOD WE TRUST AMERICA, INC. – 2013 Infiniti of Bakersfield – 2018 JJ's Legacy – 2013

JSS Almonds – 2015 Keathley, Maxwell & Antongiovanni, LLP – 1990 Kern Citizens for Energy – 2014 Kern Community College District – 2004 Kern Community Foundation – 1999 Kern Council of Governments – 1990 Kern High School District - Career Resource Department – 1994 Kern Law Enforcement Association – 2013 KHSD - Regional Occupational Center – 2014 KMI Mechanical, Inc. – 1991 LANPRO Systems – 2009 Larry F. Pennell – 2015 Little Caesars Pizza!Pizza! – 1991 McDonald's - Olive Dr. – 2015 Mercedes Benz of Bakersfield – 1987 Mickey, Casanova & Sack, CPAs – 1989 Mission Bank – 1998 MP Environmental Services, Inc. – 1993 Nickel Family LLC – 1994 Open & Shut Enterprises – 2000 P•A•S Associates – 1990 Pacific Health Education Center – 1992 Pathpoint – 2007 Payment Systems Worldwide – 1999 Pismo Beach Hotel Partners, LLC – 2011 Premier Lighting – 1995 Providence Strategic Consulting, Inc. – 2004 Rick's Recycling, Inc. – 2002 Rotary Club of Bakersfield East – 1996

S.C. Anderson – 1990 Shady Haven RV Park and Mini Storage – 2018 SJV Agricultural Association LLC – 2011 Skarphol Frank Associates – 1995 Smith's Bakeries – 1998 Southwest Contractors – 1993 State Farm Insurance - Abir Pulskamp – 1995 Stevens Transportation, Inc. – 1990 Stockdale Podiatry Group – 1998 Sunbelt Business Brokers of Bakersfield – 2000 Sunrun Inc. – 2017 Tejon Indian Tribe – 2012 The Abbey Company – 2017 The Marcom Group Incorporated – 1999 The Mission at Kern County, formerly BRM – 1989 The Villas at Scenic River – 2008 Ticor Title Company – 1995 Tri Counties Bank – 2004 Uniglobe Golden Empire Travel DBA Uniglobe Tvl Partners – 1987 United Refrigeration & Air Conditioning – 1999 University of Phoenix – 1996 Valley Power Systems, Inc. – 1991 Vantage Property Management – 2010 Varner Bros. Inc. – 1996 Watson Realty ERA - Mike Saba – 2002 West Coast Maintenance – 2013 WZI Inc – 1990 Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation – 2018 Zee Consulting & Associates – 1991

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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

Tejon Ranch Co. (NYSE: TRC) is a diversified real estate development and agribusiness company, and the only New York Stock Exchange company headquartered in Kern County. Owner of the 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch, the largest private landholding in California, Tejon Ranch Co. has played a vital role in the history of Kern County and today continues to be a leader in the community.



BOARD MEMBERS Andy Anderson Aera Energy LLC Mary Barlow Kern County Superintendent of Schools Kristen Beall Watson 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 Frances Klingenberger | Manager, Strategic Programs


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