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

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And the winner is... See who was honored with a 2019 Beautiful Bakersfield Award.


Apply today! Find out how Leadership Bakersfield is providing participants with a new outlook on our city.


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Celebrate important milestones of fellow Chamber members.


Seventeen winners were recognized at the 2019 Beautiful Bakersfield Awards Gala on June 1. Photo courtesy: April & Co.

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9 Awards ceremony honors 17 winners for community contributions

Photos courtesy of April & Co.

And the 2019 Beautiful Bakersfield Winners are… A Better Bakersfield Give Big Kern

Humanitarian – Individual Janelle Capra

Architecture/Design Valley Children’s Healthcare Eagle Oaks Specialty Care Center

Renovation/Tenant Improvement David Nelson Pocket Park, Children First

Arts & Culture Bakersfield Music Theatre and Stars Theatre Restaurant

Young Adult – Individual/Group Jim Burke Education Foundation – Dream Builder Team “Hidden in Plain Sight”

Education Bakersfield College Dual Enrollment Program Health Valley Children’s Healthcare Eagle Oaks Specialty Care Center Humanitarian – Group Bakersfield Condors

Corporation of the Year Dignity Health Mercy & Memorial Hospitals Harvey L. Hall Lifetime Acheivement (55+) Gloria Williams – California Resources Corporation Nonprofit of the Year The Mission at Kern County

Youth – Individual/Group Cody Tiede

Small Business of the Year Moneywise Wealth Management

Young Professional (21-40) Tiara King

Chairwoman’s Award Portrait of a Warrior Gallery

Business Person of the Year Raji Brar – Countryside Corporation

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he application process for the 2020 Leadership Bakersfield Class closes June 19. Every year, LB brings together a group of 32 individuals from across the city and asks them to step out of their daily lives and imagine how they can help create a better Bakersfield. The class of 2019 is getting ready to graduate in the next couple of weeks and a few of the class members would like to share their experiences about the program and encourage others to apply. "I have wanted to be a part of the Leadership Bakersfield program for a few years. I finally had the opportunity and it far exceeded what I ever imagined. I have lived in Bakersfield my whole life, and been involved in community events for the past 12 years as both a volunteer and a professional. There was not a single class that I did not learn something new and valuable about our community, find networking opportunities, or spark new ideas of how the work I do can connect to the various industries we are submerged into. I am sad for this program to end, but hope to return as an advisor one day because I truly believe in this program. It is beneficial for nonprofits, government organizations, private businesses, local business owners, or simply community members looking for a way to expand their knowledge about our amazing community. I have made life-long friends in this program, and our team project will always be one of the best ventures I have ever been a part of. I have a newfound respect for Bakersfield, and am leaving this program proud to call myself a Bakersfield native. If you have the opportunity to apply, do not pass it up!" Kelsey Brackett Bakersfield Police Department "I think the LB Program was life-changing professionally and personally! I met amazing new friends for life and got to know the different industries in Bakersfield that I had no idea about. Got to meet senior management or the CEO’s of these companies and network! Best program ever for new and existing people of Bakersfield who want to make a difference in the community!" Deekay Fox Golden Empire Transit District


APPLY TODAY Deadline Wednesday, June 19 Submit your application at bakersfieldchamber.org “Being a 35-year resident in Bakersfield I thought that I knew all there was to know about my city. Leadership Bakersfield taught me I was extremely mistaken. Describing Bakersfield as a conservative Oil and Agricultural community grossly misrepresents our loving and caring nature where, as a whole, we show up in numbers to lend a hand. Leadership Bakersfield showed me that our small town feel stays true even as we expand in business, technology and social responsibility.� Andrew Miles Bakersfield Homeless Center 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. 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. Don't wait! Apply online today at www.bakersfieldchamber.org.

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Agriculture Day

ern County’s ag fields provide food on a global scale and fuel the local economy. On May 17, Leadership Bakersfield class members received a first-hand look into Kern’s agriculture industry and the challenges it faces. The day began at the D.M. Camp private ag museum north of Bakersfield. Then participants took a tour of Southern Cross Dairy where the group learned the high tech procedures and processes being used in the dairy industry and the many challenges faced by dairy farmers to ensure safe, healthy milk products. The class then traveled to EFI Farms in Shafter and saw pistachios, almonds, grapes and other crops in the field. The group met with Mr. Espericueta, a small family farmer, who talked about the intense management required to keep a small farm afloat in California. At Semitropic Water Storage District, class members learned about the important role water plays in agriculture and what impacts the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) will have on the industry. As much as a third of Kern's farmland could be fallowed.

The afternoon included a tour of Wonderful Nurseries where the group saw large scale grapevine grafting, production and distribution processes and learned how new grape varieties are created. At Sunworld International, discussion included the breeding techniques and science used to find new varieties of fruit and the group tasted new peach varieties being tested at the company. The day wrapped up at D.M. Camp & Sons with a discussion with Lucas Espericueta, an ag lender, and Jim Gardiner, a farmer, about the future of farming in Kern County. The Chamber would like to thank Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Chairs Beth Pandol, Water Association of Kern County; and Beatris Sanders, Adventist Health Bakersfield. A special thank you to day sponsor: The Wonderful Company and to Golden Empire Transit District for providing the day’s transportation.

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ach year the California legislature considers employment law changes that can have a significant impact on employers. This year is no exception. It’s the main reason the Chamber hosts its 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 13 to have your questions answered by employment law attorneys Jerry Pearson, of Young Wooldridge, LLP; Jay Rosenlieb, of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner; and Dan Klingenberger, of LeBeau-Thelen LLP. A few of the key bills that have been proposed and which will be addressed during the Labor Law & HR Forum, are as follows: • AB 5 – Codifies into California law the 2018 Dynamex court decision that created a new set of factors to determine when a worker can be classified as an independent contractor rather than an employee. • AB 9 – Extends the statute of limitations from one year to three years for all claims for violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The bill would create new document retention periods and could revive stale claims. • AB 51 – Prohibits mandatory arbitration agreements for FEHA and Labor Code claims. • AB 555 – Increases statewide paid sick leave from 3 days to 5 days.

How to attend Labor Law & HR Forum Date: Thursday, June 13 Time: Registration 7:30 a.m. | Program 8-10 a.m. Location: Chamber Office, 1725 Eye St. Cost: $25 members | $50 for nonmembers Register online at bakersfieldchamber.org or call the Chamber at 661-327-4421. AB 170 – Creates shared legal responsibility and civil liability for client employers and labor contractors for unlawful harassment as defined in the FEHA. The presentation will also address the status of the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed changes to determine whether an employee is exempt from federal overtime compensation rules. In addition, important court decisions that continue to change the employment law landscape in California will be discussed. Cost is $25 for members; $50 for nonmembers. A continental breakfast will be provided. Register at www.bakersfieldchamber.org. Cancellations must be received within 24 hours in advance to preclude billing.


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REPORT FROM THE CAPITOL Melissa Hurtado (SD-14) n May 17, the Chamber was joined by recently elected Senator Melissa Hurtado for a special Report from the Capitol Series Roundtable. Report from the Capitol is sponsored by Valley Children’s Healthcare, as well as Castle and Cooke, Chevron, Aera Energy and California Resources Corporation. This is a Chamber members only event and offers our members the exclusive opportunity to hear directly from our representatives in Sacramento and Washington D.C. Senator Hurtado addressed an intimate room of Chamber members and discussed questions relating to many of Bakersfield’s top industries such as agriculture, oil and gas, education and health care. This was the first time the Chamber has hosted the Senator and one of the first appearances that the Senator has made with business groups in Bakersfield. She addressed the importance of advocating on behalf of her district and the important role that we play when we engage in issues that affect Kern County business. Senator Hurtado also discussed her bill, SB 559, that would significantly help the Friant-Kern Canal.


From left to right: Adam Alvidrez, Chevron; Tim Curley, Valley Children's Healthcare; Senator Melissa Hurtado (SD-14); Nick Ortiz, GBCC; Darlene Mohlke, Castle & Cooke California, Inc.


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ur city is flourishing. We’re experiencing incredible growth and investment on the boundaries and a Renaissance in the city’s core. Wherever you live or do business, you can feel the excitement and engagement. So much of the energy driving this growth is a product of young professionals in our community realizing their dreams and driving change. At the third annual BYP Summit, we invite you to activate your curiosity, discover new ways to grow personally and professionally, foster connections, and dig your roots deep into the thriving community of Bakersfield. This event is planned by young professionals for young professionals. Join more than 100 other young professionals in this halfday event, fueled by inspiring speakers, insightful panels, messages that motivate, and opportunities to connect with the leaders of today and tomorrow. For 2019, the summit will focus on the importance of mentorship, activating your leadership potential, learning about the importance of emotional intelligence in business, and the success stories of local executives. The event will open with Robin Paggi from WorklogicHR with a workshop on the power of emotional intelligence and how

it can impact your career and relationships. The summit will close with Cherese Grell, owner of Positive Results Unlimited – a leading local executive and business coach – on the power of leadership. The Summit will feature two panels of local executives sharing their stories of success and challenges. Our nonprofit executives panel includes Amy Travis from CASA; Brad Bryan from Houchin Community Blood Bank; Ariana Joven from the Kern County Farm Bureau; and Nick Ortiz from the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Appearing on our business owners and executives’ panel are Derek Jeffery from KGET-TV 17; G Riar from DEPRIGO; Heather Abbott owner of Bella at The Marketplace and Allie Mae Perkins owner of The Beautiful Life LLC. The Summit will also include presentations on the mentor programs at Cal State University, Bakersfield and Bakersfield College. The 2019 BYP Summit is planned for 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 at the Aera Energy Conference Center. Sponsorships are available by contacting Hillary Haenes at hhaenes@ bakersfieldchamber.org. Tickets are available on EventBrite, the cost is $25 by June 6 and $35 after.

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his is already a landmark year for the City of Bakersfield, from the City’s work to improve services and add resources, to the community focus on addressing the issue of homelessness, to the efforts to enhance the City’s brand – Bakersfield’s future has never been brighter. Join Mayor Goh and City Manager Alan Tandy at the annual State of the City luncheon forum – as they report on their progress on key initiatives and their priorities for the future. It’s a must-attend event bringing together top business, government and community leaders for a discussion on what’s next for our community “The Chamber is always proud to co-host this annual event, but especially this year” said Chamber President/CEO Nick Ortiz. “as we demonstrate how the business community and our partners in government are working together to build a stronger, better Bakersfield.” 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 $65 per person. Tables of 10 are $750. Tickets are now on sale at www.bakersfieldchamber.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, call Jean Scheiber at 661-327-4421 or email jscheiber@bakersfieldchamber.org.


JULY 18 Check-in | 11:30 a.m. Program | Noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets available at bakersfieldchamber.org

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he Central Valley matters. This was the theme throughout our annual Capitol Summit trip to Sacramento as we heard from top California trade associations, business leaders, legislators and the Governor’s office. Throughout the year, Chamber staff is advocating on behalf of your business in Sacramento, but once a year, we take a group of our members to join us in the Capitol to talk about policy that directly affects our local economy and businesses for our annual Capitol Summit trip. We join the CalChamber and hear from their top policy advisors on upcoming and pending legislation that will affect California business as well as hear from their guest speakers — this year the keynote speaker was CalMatters’ Dan Walters, who spoke on the current California legislative climate. In addition, for the 11th year in a row, the Greater Bakersfield Chamber won the “President’s Circle” Award from CalChamber for our outstanding work in political advocacy and compliance. This year, we traveled with a group of 10 of our volunteer Chamber leaders who had the opportunity to sit down and talk with all of our local state representatives. We kicked off our trip with our annual legislative reception. During the reception, we were joined by Assemblyman Vince Fong and Senators Shannon Grove and Melissa Hurtado. We also had a meeting with Lenny Mendonca, the Director of the Governor's office of Business and Economic Development. This meeting focused on economic development in the Central Valley and the administration’s push to focus more on the San Joaquin Valley. From rebranding, to jobs, to economic impact, we advocated and expressed the importance that our region plays throughout the state. Furthermore, the Chamber also met with John Kabateck, State Director with the NFIB (National Federation

Chamber CEO Nick Ortiz, Senator Shannon Grove, Mayor Karen Goh, Assemblyman Vince Fong and GBCC's Kaelyn Peterson at our Sacramento Legislative Reception.

Senator Shannon Grove giving Chamber members a tour of the Assembly Speaker's balcony.

of Independent Business) where we discussed the importance of small businesses for the local economy. Our members also sat through two panels we hosted — the first with trade association executives Catherine ReheisBoyd (WSPA), Dave Puglia (Western Growers) and Rob Lapsley (CBRT). The second with Senator Shannon Grove, Senator Andreas Borgeas, Assemblyman Rudy Salas and Assemblyman Jim Patterson, who each discussed the importance Central Valley business plays not only in our region but in the state. We closed out our trip with a private dinner with Assemblyman Fong where we got to discuss what we could be doing to further advocate for business friendly policy. Lastly, we attended the Sacramento Host Breakfast, where we heard from Governor Gavin Newsom, who emphasized the importance of a city like Bakersfield is to the rest of the state of California. Moving forward, we plan to continue meeting with the administration to ensure the voice of the Central Valley is heard and matters.

Private dinner with Assemblyman Vince Fong.

Chamber delegation meeting with John Kabateck with the NFIB. METRO | PAGE 15

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UPCOMING RIBBON CUTTINGS GRAND OPENING Lifestyle Home Care Date: Tuesday, June 18 Time: 10 a.m. Location: 4560 California Ave., Ste. 110 GRAND OPENING Allstate - Harpinder Singh Date: Friday, July. 26 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: 10606 Hageman Rd. Ste. B6 Fuzion Home Services dba Fuzion Energy 4003 Terracotta Ct. www.fuzionenergy.com

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


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 Patrice Black at pblack@bakersfieldchamber.org. Allstate- Harpinder Singh 10606 Hageman Rd., Ste. B6 Bakersfield, CA 93312 661-364-9883 www.allstate.com/hsingh “Allstate is an insurance agency in Bakersfield. We offer auto, home, life and commercial policies.” Cruise Planners- My Dream Vacationz Bakersfield, CA 832-930-4519 www.mydreamvacationz.com “We specialize in travel ranging from cruises to land tours and completely packaged vacations. We can arrange a family reunion, African safari, or a girlfriend getaway, just to name a few.” DB and Company 2001 G St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-324-2222 www.dbandcompany.com “Printing and marketing company dedicated to help companies and people grow through design and innovation.” Health Net of CA 6013 Niles St. Bakersfield, CA 93306 661-321-3907 www.healthnet.com “Our purpose at Health Net Medicare Programs is to transform the health of our community one person at a time. We achieve this by focusing on individuals, achieving whole health and actively being involved in our community.” Independence Through Grace 1830 Truxtun Ave., Ste. 101 Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-747-8570 www.itsgrace.org “A Christ-centered enrichment program that enhances the lives of adults with developmental disabilities; where each day is filled with exciting opportunities for learning and growth.” James N. Clark D.D.S., Inc. 1805 28th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661- 325-5751 www.jamesnclarkdds.com “There's never been a better time to improve your selfimage; you can trust your smile to us. A beautiful smile can change your life.” Lifestyle Home Care 4560 California Ave., Ste. 110 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-479-7270 www.lifestylehomecare.com “Lifestyle Home Care provides premium in-home care services that enhance your loved one's lifestyle with Care that Inspires Confidence. We provide compassionate care and advocacy for our aging adult community.”


Mountain Pacific Insurance and Financial Services 2601 Union Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93305 661-633-9900 www.MTN-PACIFIC.com “With roots back to 1986, Mountain Pacific Insurance & Financial Services has been providing protection for what’s important to you, your family and business.” Mountain Pacific Insurance and Financial Services 5330 Office Center Ct., Ste. 33 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-873-4780 www.MTN-PACIFIC.com “With roots back to 1986, Mountain Pacific Insurance & Financial Services has been providing protection for what’s important to you, your family and business.” Mountain Pacific Insurance and Financial Services 2026 17th St., Ste. 103 Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-873-4780 www.MTN-PACIFIC.com “With roots back to 1986, Mountain Pacific Insurance & Financial Services has been providing protection for what’s important to you, your family and business.” Pediatrics for All 2700 F St., Ste. 210 Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-631-2229 www.pediatricsforall.com Sagaser Watkins & Wieland 5260 N Palm Ave. Ste. 400 Fresno, CA 93704 559- 421-7000 www.sagaserlaw.com “Labor and employment law. Employment advice and defense, labor relations and collective bargaining, wage and hour class action and business litigation.” Sharing Spaces, Inc. 1200 Truxtun Ave., Ste. 200 Bakersfield, CA 93389 833- 557-4273 www.sharingspaces.net “Sharing Spaces provides personalized co-housing, roommate and housing placement services. For companies seeking housing for employees, we also provide temporary and long-term housing options.” Teen Challenge of Southern California - Kern County 301 E. Roberts Ln. Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-399-2273 “Teen Challenge helps people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive. We are a faith-based one-year residential recovery center for adult men and women.”

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.

JUNE 2019 6.7.19

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


Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council Dark


Beautiful Bakersfield Committee Noon | Offsite


Government Review Council Lunch Meeting Noon | Chamber


Labor Law & HR Forum 7:30 a.m. | Chamber

Advanced Center for Eyecare – 2016 Alpha Media, LLC – 2015 AltaOne Federal Credit Union - Ming – 2007 Sizzler Restaurant - Real Road – 1997 Sizzler Restaurant - Mt Vernon – 1997 Dunkin' Donuts – 2017 Brooklyn's BBQ – 2016 Cantelmi Engineering Inc. – 2009 Big O Tires - Coffee Rd. – 2018 Columbus Estates – 2014 Community Action Partnership of Kern – 1995 Crest Bar and Grill – 2016 State Farm Insurance - Stitt Agency – 2017 Distinguished Young Women of California – 2018 Employers Depot, Inc. – 2014 Emser Tile – 2015 EnviroTech Consultants – 2004 Galbraith Van & Storage Company – 1972 GEO Reentry Services – 2011 Groups Recover Together – 2018 Hislop Photography – 2009 Hospital Council of Northern & Central California – 2018 Jersey Mikes Subs – 2009

Jersey Mike's Subs - Stockdale – 2011 Junior League of Bakersfield – 2003 Kern County Cancer Fund – 2017 Labor Finders International, Inc. – 2013 Lamar Advertising – 2011 Links for Life – 2003 New Life Medical – 2016 Owens Valley Career Development Center – 2012 PCL Industrial Services, Inc. – 2011 Kern County Society for Human Resources (KCSHRM) – 2018 Proforma Progressive Marketing – 2004 S.T.E.P.S., Inc. – 2002 Sawyer Petroleum – 2017 SERVPRO of NW Bakersfield – 2017 Skateland – 2015 Snelling Staffing Services – 2008 sPower – 2015 SpringHill Suites by Marriott – 2014 Surestay Plus by Best Western – 1987 Tangram Interiors – 2016 The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bakersfield – 1989 The Patio Place – 2017 Urner's – 2018 XIT Solutions – 2002


Report from the Capitol 11:30 a.m. | Stockdale Country Club


LB Advisory Council 7:30 a.m. | Chamber


BYP Summit 10:30 a.m. | Aera Energy Conference Center


Ambassador Committee Noon | Chamber


Chamber After Hours Mixer 5:30 p.m. | Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center

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


Tree Foundation of Kern PO Box 2871 Bakersfield, CA 93303 661-323-8733 www.urbanforest.com “Since 1994, the Tree Foundation of Kern has helped beautify and clean our air here in Bakersfield and Kern County by planting trees.” Upstart Village, LLC 201 New Stine Rd., Ste. 300 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-832-2500 www.upstartvillage.com “A kindness co-working community where ‘we have a lot of work to play’. Flex space for companies, freelancers and entrepreneurs open 24/7.”

Well Analysis Corporation, Inc. Dba. Welaco 5500 Woodmere Dr. Bakersfield, CA 93313 661-589-0760 www.wagloc.com “Well Analysis Corporation has been in business for 30 years, we pride our service to delivering a quality service to our customers.”

DID YOU KNOW? A complete list of the Chamber's membership can be found on our online business directory. Visit bakersfieldchamber.org to check it out!



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

Ordiz-Melby Architects, Inc. was established in 1993 and is a full-service architectural design and planning firm. The firm specializes in the programming, planning, and design of facilities for commercial, health and institutional clients. Because of their expertise and seasoned staff, they have an established reputation for providing quality architectural services.


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


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 Sarah Hinzo | Executive Assistant, Leadership & Operations Janet Ursery | Executive Assistant, Information Services


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