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

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See how the Chamber is working on behalf of you – our members.


Save the Date - March 13 Tickets go on sale Feb. 11 for the largest economic forecast event.



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The Chamber celebrated new beginnings and past achievements at our Board Installation event. See a full recap.



PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT See how our leadership programs are empowering our future leaders.


Celebrate important milestones of fellow Chamber members.


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ebruary is here, the groundhog has decreed an early spring, and the year is off to delightful, but at times dizzying, start. Our year kicked off with our Installation & Awards Luncheon in mid January, we had 350 attendees and great sponsor support. Thank you to all who attended and sponsored, a full recap is on pages 8-9. Nick Ortiz In addition to our own events and programs, the Chamber team has been out in the community supporting important initiatives and working with our partners. The Chamber sponsored the annual IREM Forecast Breakfast, an always informative forum on local real estate market trends, and the Bakersfield Association of REALTORS® annual installation luncheon. The REALTORS are one of our strongest advocacy partners, and works closely with us on issues and our efforts to elect business friendly candidates. We also attended the State of the County address, organized by our partners at KEDC, and the

GBCC Staff: Andrea Johnston, Kaelyn Peterson, Nick Ortiz, Hillary Haenes and Patrice Black at the IREM Forcast Breakfast. METRO | PAGE 4

always lively Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Installation Gala. Kern County has a vibrant business community and we were excited to support our partners in their annual celebrations! Beyond just attending events, your Chamber team has been working hard on community initiatives and issues. Our team was up early in late January to volunteer for the annual point -in-time count, also known as the homeless census. It was so rewarding to see the work of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative, and participate in this very important effort to better understand the need in our community, and help bring Federal and State resources to Kern County. On the advocacy front, we’ve impacted the City’s implementation of Measure N - the City of Bakersfield’s sales tax. Our amazing partners at Kern Tax, the Bakersfield Association of Realtors, Bakersfield police officers and Bakersfield firefighters, worked with us to nominate appointees for the Measure N Citizens Oversight Committee. We successfully lobbied for the appointment of seven of our nominees to the nine member council. We’re always here working for you, and with our partners, for the betterment of Bakersfield!

Nick Ortiz

President/CEO Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

Kiyoshi Tomono, Adventist Health Bakersfield, Mayor Karen Goh and GBCC Staff: Nick Ortiz, Hillary Haenes, Kaelyn Peterson, Andrea Johnston at the annual point-in-time count.

GBCC Staff: Kaeyln Peterson with spouse Brent Peterson and Nick Ortiz with spouse Tera Ortiz at the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Installation Gala.


Understanding the


of the local economy


ern’s economy is as diverse as the county itself. The desert is on the cutting edge of aerospace technology and the mountains are home to the largest wind farms in the nation. The county also still ranks as a leader in oil and agriculture, and is a key distribution hub for dozens of brand name companies. Other sectors, including health care are also booming. We’re even a filming location for Super Bowl commercials! To inform discussions on the local economy and projections on Wednesday, March 13 opportunities for growth, 7-11:30 a.m. the Greater Bakersfield Bakersfield Marriott Chamber partners with at the Convention Center the Kern Economic Development Tickets go on sale Feb. 11 Corporation and www.kedc.com California State University, Bakersfield each year to host the Kern County Economic Summit. Top-tiered economists and business leaders will discuss ways to sustain and advance the region's economic prosperity and how the state and national economies impact Kern County.

This year's speakers include acclaimed journalist Dan Walters, Gravity Speakers; Dr. Christopher Thornberg, Founder, Beacon Economics; Jordan Levine, Economist, CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) and Charles Simonds, Managing Director and the Market Investment Executive for Greater Los Angeles at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Other speakers include Richard Gearhart, Assistant Professor of Economics at CSUB and Nyakundi Michieka, Assistant Professor of Economics at CSUB. The 2019 Kern County Economic Summit will be held Wednesday, March 13, from 7-11:30 a.m., at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave. Ticket sales for the Kern County Economic Summit open on Feb. 11. Purchase tickets at kedc.com. There is also still time to sponsor this event. For more information, visit kedc.com.

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etworking is a vital part of establishing your company’s brand. It can lead to your next big contract or connect you to a new partnership that may not have existed before. The Chamber is committed to providing outlets for our members to socialize in a fun and February 28 inviting atmosphere. Our most popular 5:30-7:30 p.m. platform to do so is the BMW of Bakersfield Chamber After Hours 5400 Gasoline Alley Dr. Mixer series. Each event $5 members | $10 nonmembers draws more than 75 attendees. Don't miss the Chamber's ultimate mixer to kick off 2019. Join the fun at BMW of Bakersfield's beautiful showroom for appetizers, drinks and raffle prizes on Feb. 28 from 5:307:30 p.m. Parking is available in the back lot and customer area on the side of the dealership. There is also some street parking available. Cost is $5 for members; $10 for nonmembers at the door. Drink tickets are $5 each and raffle tickets are 6 for $5.



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akersfield Young Professionals (BYP) is excited to make a big impact this year. The BYP Council will focus on providing exceptional professional development resources along with networking opportunities for our YPs. This is made possible by our 2019 Program Partner, Strata Credit Union. For its first Pub Club of February 21 2019, BYP will be taking 5:30-7:30 p.m. over Eureka! for the third year in a row. Take Eureka! advantage of this social $5 @ the door gathering on Feb. 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Eureka! is located in Southwest Bakersfield at 10520 W. Stockdale Hwy. Develop valuable partnerships with other young professionals and find your next business lead. Cost is $5 at the door. Follow BYP on social media for more information.


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he Chamber hosted its 2019 Annual Board Installation and Awards Luncheon on Jan. 16. More than 300 people attended this high caliber event at Seven Oaks Country Club where attendees were able to socialize with business community leaders . The event served as the installation of the Chamber’s 2019 Board of Directors, including Darlene Mohlke, of Castle & Cooke California, Inc., as the Chairwoman of the Board. Thank you to our 2018 Chairwoman of the Board, Carla Musser, Retired, for your service and support. The volunteers and community partners who helped make the Chamber’s signature events and programs successful were also honored. Josie Martin, of DoubleTree by Hilton, was named as Volunteer of the Year. KernEDC received the Association Partner of the Year Award and Young Wooldridge LLP was honored with the Chamber Champion Award. The event concluded with a panel discussion with Chris Parlier, Vice Mayor, City of Bakersfield and Dave Couch, Chairman, Kern County Board of Supervisors. To see more photo highlights from the event, visit facebook.com/bakersfieldchamber/

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce 2019 Board of Directors

Thank you to our sponsors Premier Sponsors Carla Musser (left) 2018 Chairwoman of the Board, is joined by 2019 Chairwoman of the Board Darlene Mohlke (right)

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Program Sponsor Outgoing board members Derek Abbott, Tejon Ranch Company; Ronald Johns, McDonald's; and Tom Saba, Saba Agency stand with 2018 Chairwoman of the Board Carla Musser


Chamber Champion Award Young Wooldridge LLP– Award accepted by Frank Wooldridge (center) and Mark Bateman (right)

Association Partner of the Year KernEDC– Award accepted by Richard Chapman (right)

Volunteer of the Year Josie Martin, DoubleTree by Hilton

Chris Parlier, Vice Mayor City of Bakersfield (center) and Dave Couch, Chairman, Kern County Board of Supervisors (right)


have complete confidence in the Bank’s leadership.” TOM B ERRY, DDS Sole practitioner, Dr. Tom Berry, has served the dental needs of his clients for close to 30 years. He leads a staff of eight while providing general dentistry and orthodontic services for his patients, many of whom have been patients since he first opened his doors. Dr. Berry values these relationships, just as he values the relationships he has at Valley Republic Bank. “I have known several of the officers at Valley Republic Bank for a number of years,” says Dr. Berry. “When they opened VRB, I had so much confidence in their talent and expertise in banking, I had no hesitation in moving my business to Valley Republic. Their level of service proved as vital as the Bank’s expertise.”

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FUTURE LEADERS Leadership Bakersfield Media Day

Youth Leadership Bakersfield Leadership & Ethics Day



hether it’s fielding questions at a press conference or being interviewed by the media, professionals need to know how to work with media outlets. LB participants spent Jan. 18 interacting with local journalists and PR experts to hone their media skills. The session began at KGET-TV 17 where participants toured the studio and sat in on a morning news meeting. In addition, there was a panel discussion on the importance of social media and best practices for using social media. The class also had the unique opportunity of a behind the scenes tour of the Bakersfield Californian. The media training wrapped up with a mock press conference, where participants learned how to handle situations that could place their companies in the spotlight. Each participant answered questions from experts with the Kern Press Club about their individual scenario. The Chamber would like to thank Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Day Chairs Derek Jeffery, KGET-TV 17; and Tyler Townsend, Kern County Fire Department. Thank you to Golden Empire Transit District for providing the day’s transportation and Salty's BBQ and Catering for the delicious lunch.

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LB kicked off its 2019 program on Jan. 9, introducing 34 high school students to what qualities define a leader. Zane Smith, Executive Director of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County, started the day’s program with ice breaker activities. Students learned about their love language and how to work together. The county’s chief administrative officer, Ryan Alsop, and Mayor Karen Goh discussed what it takes to make government entities run efficiently and avenues to get involved in at the local government level. Robin Paggi, of WorklogicHR, presented the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in order for the class members to understand their personality tendencies. Based on their profiles, students completed a series of exercises. The class session wrapped up with an ethics panel, moderated by Dr. Chris Meyers, a retired CSUB professor and Dr. Steven Gamboa, Associate Professor of Philosophy. The topic centered around the future of Artificial Intelligence and students discussed the ethical concerns with this new technology. The Chamber would like to thank Youth Leadership Bakersfield Day Chairs Justin Ahart, Goodwill Industries of South Central California; Lauren Skidmore, Assemblyman Vince Fong’s office; and Robin Paggi, WorklogicHR . Thank you to our day sponsors Goodwill Industries of South Central California and WorklogicHR.



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Shady Haven RV Park and Mini Storage 250 Fairfax Rd. shadyhavenrvparkandministorage.com

Alzheimer's Association, California Southland 1401 Commercial Wy., Ste. 210 alz.org/socal

Osteostrong Bakersfield 4000 Stockdale Hwy., Ste. C osteostrongbakersfield.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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 15



MEMBER NEWS • Kern Federal Credit Union became

Strata Credit Union on Feb. 1. To celebrate this credit union’s 70th Anniversary and rebranding, there will be a ribbon cutting held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 12 at the downtown branch located at 1717 Truxtun Ave. All are welcome to attend this celebration and join in the festivities.

• The Arts Council of Kern is hosting

Stories on the Sidewalk on Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Downtown Bakersfield. This is a fun, educational walk through history, where colorful and amazing characters from Kern County’s past come alive on the streets of Bakersfield. Eleven stops will feature actors portraying some of Kern’s most famous – and infamous – residents such as Colonel Thomas Baker, Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, Madge the Madam and more. Tickets are $5 and the experience is free for Arts Council members. For tickets or more information, visit www.kernarts. org or call 661-324-9000.

• The Wildland Conservancy Wind

Wolves Preserve is looking for volunteers for Feb. 10 and Feb. 23 to work alongside rangers to help save endangered species, remove invasive plants, monitor species populations and more. This is a fun and rewarding activity that will allow you to meet new people, learn and share knowledge and make a positive difference for the plants and animals that live on the preserve. For more information or to register, email windwolvespreserve@ twc-ca.org or call 661-858-1115.

• The Bakersfield Association of

REALTORS® is hosting a YPN Lunch & Learn on Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m. with Kyle Malnati, who will be speaking about overcoming personal adversity while


building a real estate career. To RSVP, email marrisa@bakersfieldrealtor.org or call 661-635-2300.

• The Downtown Business Association will host its State of the Downtown Breakfast and 2019 Installation of Officers on Feb. 14 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave. Tickets are $75 for members; $80 for nonmembers. For more information or to attend, visit www.bakersfielddba. com/.

• Join celebrity host Mari Perez-

Dowling, president/CEO of United Way, for lunch on Valentine’s Day accompanied by guitarist Jose Reyna at The Guild House. The menu includes New England clam chowder, chicken crodon bleu with mornay sauce and red velvet heart cakes. All proceeds benefit the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic. To make reservations, call 661-325-5478.

• Ain’t no mountain high enough

to keep you away from your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Click the link: https://www.eventbrite. com/e/valentines-day-dinnertickets-55054381136 to reserve a special evening for two at the Cuyama Buckhorn from 7 to 10 p.m. on Feb. 14. For more details, call 661-766-2825.

• Tickets are on sale now for the

Bakersfield Condors’ annual Tip-ACondor Casino Night on Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. inside Salty’s Banquet and Event Center. Enjoy a fun evening interacting with Condors players and coaches while playing some of your favorite casino games to support the Kern County Shrine Club. Tickets are $40, which includes dinner and casino cash and can be purchased at any Condors game.

• Save the date for the Autism Society – Kern Autism Network’s Third Autism Seminar Series Topic, “Surfing Stress & Keeping Your Balance” with guest speaker Dr. Robert Naseef, Ph.D. on Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. This will be held at Adventist Health on 27th St. & Chester Ave. in the medical office building that is adjacent to the main hospital. To register, visit www. kernautism.org.

• The Second Annual Kern County

Career Expo will be held on Feb. 28 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Rabobank Arena & Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. The Kern High School District and its partners will focus on building career awareness for tomorrow’s workforce. The goal is to get 150 employers to participate and promote their different career path opportunities for an anticipated 5,000 to 7,000 middle and high school students, recent graduates and parents, who will attend this free event. For more information or to participate, visit www.kernhighnow.org/ careerexpo. • SoCalGas recently announced several executive leadership changes as part of an ongoing effort to align Sempra Energy’s management teams with strategic priorities and strengthen its leadership with a balance of deep operational and energy policy experience. In December 2018, Bret Lane, previously SoCalGas’ president and chief operating officer, was named chief executive officer and on January 12, Jimmie Cho was promoted to chief operating officer for SoCalGas. Lastly, Maryam Brown, Sempra Energy’s vice president of federal government affairs, will soon take on the role of SoCalGas president.

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. A-C Electric Company – 1951 ADT Security Services, Inc. – 1978 Advance Beverage Company – 1955 American Cancer Society, Bakersfield Unit – 1986 AmeriPride Uniform Services – 1957 Bakersfield Cash Register – 1976 Barbich Hooper King Dill Hoffman – 1983 Beneficial State Bank – 2017 Bill Wright Toyota – 1982 Braun Electric Company, Inc. – 1995 Buck Owens Production Company, Inc. – 1965 Business Initiatives – 2001 California State University, Bakersfield – 1968 Camelot Park – 2011 Coldwell Banker Realtors – Gail Malouf – 1992 Colombo Construction Company, Inc. – 1978 Communication Enterprises Inc. – 1990 Community Connection for Childcare/ KCSOS – 1988 Cook’s Computer Maintenance & Engineering, Inc. – 1978 Dignity Health Management Services – 1993 Eagleson Body Works, Inc. – 1970 Economic and Workforce Development – 1991 Faith Family Church – 2017 Foundation Wealth Management/Wells

Fargo Advisors – 2012 Functional Ergonomics, Inc. – 2008 GAF Corporation – 1995 Golden Empire Transit District – 1985 Golden Youth Rejuvenation Centre & Spa – 2007 Guarantee Shoe Center – 1986 Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. – 1984 Hathaway LLC – 2007 Heart Vascular and Leg Center – 2010 Houghton “Howdy” Miller – 2018 Christopher D. Jacobs CPA – 1984 JULIA – 2017 Karpe Real Estate Center – 1920 Kern County Medical Society – 1948 Kern Print Services – 1973 Kern Trophies – 1966 KGET-TV 17 – 1978 Kona Ice of Central Bakersfield, LLC – 2017 KW Plastics of California – 1994 Legacy Village, LLC – 2016 Magician – Shaaron Kinney – 2013 Mr. Tuxedo – 1991 MTS Solutions – 1998 Nile Point Veterinary Hospital, Inc. – 1966 OneLegacy – 2015 Project Clean Air, Inc. – 2017 Proximity MD Urgent Care, Inc. – 2016 Pyrenees French Bakery, Inc. – 1958 Rain for Rent – 1992 Robert Half International – 2003 San Dimas Medical Group, Inc. – 1990

San Joaquin Valley College – 1984 Jeanne Seal Bookkeeping & Accounting Inc. – 1972 Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor – 2017 Springhill Suites by Marriott – 2006 Stevens Transportation, Inc. – 1990 Stewart Title of California, Inc. – 1975 Stockdale Affairs Event Center – 2013 StructureCast – 1999 Sun World International, LLC – 1978 Target Marketing – 1994 Tarina Homes, Inc. – 2017 The Station – Kern County Fire Fighters – 2017 The Village at Seven Oaks – 2015 W.A. Thompson, Inc. – 1955 Trek Imaging – 2002 Valley Public Radio-KVPR/KPRX White Ash Broadcasting – 1985 Valley Yellow Pages – 1988 Vision Essentials by Kaiser Permanente – 2013 Anita M. Waits, Accountancy Corporation – 1995 Walker-Lewis Rents – 1988 Watson Realty ERA – 1981 Watson Realty ERA – Mike Saba – 2002 Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic – 1981 Work Force Staffing – 1981


UPCOMING RIBBON CUTTINGS 70TH ANNIVERSARY AND REBRANDING Strata Credit Union (formally Kern Federal Credit Union) Date: Tuesday, Feb. 12 Time: 10 a.m. Location: 1717 Truxtun Ave. LVL Fitness 8800 Stockdale Hwy., Ste. 190 lvl-fitness.com

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GRAND OPENING Dentists of Bakersfield/ Bakersfield Kids's Denistry & Orthodontics Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19 Time: 12 p.m. Location: 1403 Allen Rd., Ste. 1000

NEW LOCATION Century 21 Jordan Link Co. Date: Tuesday, Feb. 27 Time: 4 p.m. Location: 8500 Stockdale Hwy., Ste. 190 NEW OWNERSHIP Advanced Data Storage (acquisition of Bakersfield ARC's shredding division) Date: Thursday, March 7 Time: 3 p.m. Location: 6001 Schirra Ct.


Nineteenth Annual

March 13, 2019 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center

Presented by: Kern Economic Development Corporation, California State University, Bakersfield, and the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

The Kern County Economic Summit is an annual program featuring economists and business leaders who provide valuable information designed to educate and broaden perspectives on international, national, and regional economies. Don't miss this premier opportunity to join local businesses and government leaders in discovering ways to sustain and advance economic prosperity in our growing region.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Valley Childrens Healthcare Kern Schools Federal Credit Union Bakersfield Family Medical Center Ordiz-Melby Architects, Inc. For More Information Contact:

City of Bakersfield Tejon Indian Tribe Bakersfield College City of Shafter Grimmway Farms KIM SCHAEFER : 661-203-8500

CSUB School of Business and Public Administration Cerro Coso Community Colege California Resources Corp. Wonderful Real Estate Development EconomicSummit@kedc.com

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 ajohnston@bakersfieldchamber. Coca-Cola Bottling (Reyes Coca-Cola Positive Results Unlimited Bottling) Bakersfield, CA 4320 Ride St. 661-889-1814 Bakersfield, CA 93313 www.positiveru.com 661-396-2200 “Positive Results Unlimited has 20+ www.cokesolutions.com years’ experience growing revenue, “Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling services motivating sales teams and creating stores, restaurants, entertainment new possibilities.” venues, offices and college campuses State Farm Insurance – throughout California and Nevada. We James Banks, Agent/Owner have proudly served the Bakersfield 1528 18th St. community since 1910.” Bakersfield, CA 93301 Kern Schools Federal Credit Union – 661-872-5140 Delano Branch www.agentjamesbanks.com 1828 Cecil Ave., Ste. A&B “We help customers achieve their PO Box 9506 financial goals by providing Auto, Bakersfield, CA 93389 Fire, Life, Health, Business, and Bank 661-833-7900 products. LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR www.ksfcu.org STATE FARM IS THERE!!!!” "Residents of Kern County can bank with us and receive the benefits of an extensive loan program, including home and auto, the latest in online and mobile technology, wealth management services, and a lifelong Feeling financial partner." cramped? Klassen Corporation 2021 Westwind Dr. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-324-3000 www.klassencorp.com “Klassen Corporation is a privatelyWe have the conference owned construction and architectural room size to fit your needs. firm specializing in integrated project Call the Chamber at delivery services for over 41 years. 327-4421 for details. Klassen provides comprehensive cm, architectural, design-build, & general construction services to clients."

FEBRUARY 2019 2.7.19

Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council 7:30 a.m. | Chamber


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


Beautiful Bakersfield Committee Noon | Chamber


Government Review Council DARK


Chamber Closed | Presidents' Day


Government Review Council Lunch Meeting Noon | Chamber


BYP Pub Club 5:30 p.m. | Eureka!


Ambassador Committee Noon | Chamber


Chamber After Hours Mixer 5:30 p.m. | BMW of Bakersfield

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES Advertising in Chamber publications, website and email blasts – it’s an exclusivity that only Chamber members enjoy. Regardless of your budget or needs, the Chamber offers competitive pricing to help you determine which advertising option works best for your company.

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.


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 a your company's website. For more information, contact Jean Scheiber at jscheiber@bakersfieldchamber.org

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



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 Immediate Past Chairwoman Carla Musser Retired General Counsel Mark Bateman Young Wooldridge LLP

Formed in 1973 GET serves the Bakersfield Metropolitan area, which is 160 square miles. GET has a fleet of 90 compressed natural gas buses equipped with wheelchair lifts and bike racks. GET services 16 routes, which operate 7 days a week and transport more than 6 million passengers each year with its fixed route buses. In addition, GET operates 21 compressed natural gas GET-A-Lift buses.



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 Andrea Johnston | Business Development Manager Sarah Hinzo | Executive Assistant, Leadership & Operations Janet Ursery | Executive Assistant, Information Services


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