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4 CHAIRWOMAN'S MESSAGE

A long-time Chamber member will lead the Board of Directors in 2018. Check out how the Chamber will work for members in the new year.

5 NEWSLETTER REDESIGN

You've probably noticed Metro's new look. GBCC President/CEO Nick Ortiz explains the reason behind the change.

COUNTY 6 KERN ECONOMIC SUMMIT

Find out how to attend the region's largest economic forecast event.

INSTALLATION & 6 BOARD AWARDS LUNCHEON

Help the Chamber celebrate the past year's accomplishments and usher in new leadership for 2018.

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STAYING IN COMPLIANCE

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LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD

California welcomed new laws on Jan. 1. Keep up-to-date on potential impacts to your business.

See how our lawmakers supported local business during the last legislative session.

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MEMBER NEWS

Cover photography by April & Co.

Celebrate important milestones of fellow Chamber members.

Discover the latest news and happenings with other members.

#YourBusinessAdvocate 1725 Eye St. • PO Box 1947 Bakersfield, CA 93303 661.327.4421 bakersfieldchamber.org

Metro is the official publication of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce. This publication is produced and digitally distributed to the Chamber’s membership on the first business day of each month. Every effort has been made to ensure the information in this publication is correct and accurate as of the publication date. Metro does not warrant the accuracy or claims of its advertisers. The Chamber President/CEO has the sole right to refuse any advertisement. Please send any comments, questions, article suggestions or advertising inquiries to mrossiter@bakersfieldchamber.org. © Copyright 2018. All rights reserved. Reproduction by any means of the entire contents portion of this publication without written permission is prohibited. METRO | PAGE 3


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WORKING FOR YOU in 2018

As a long-time member of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, I am excited to serve as the 2018 Chairwoman of the Board. The Chamber has been a driving force in the local economy since its founding in 1920, and as we head into our 98th year, the support of our members is more important than ever. Our organization is a cornerstone of the Bakersfield community, Carla Musser and our volunteers are amazing. Our member involvement allows the Chamber to celebrate ribbon cuttings and anniversaries, plan enlightening class days for our Leadership and Youth Leadership Bakersfield programs, and review ballot initiatives and legislation amongst many other things. One thing I want all of our members to know is that even if you are not as actively engaged in the Chamber as you’d like to be, the Chamber is always working for you. We will continue to champion initiatives and policies that support economic growth, highlight the great partnerships and projects happening in our community and develop the next generation of business and community leadership. Here are just a few of the initiatives we will be working on: A priority in 2018 will be assisting our small business members with labor law compliance and connecting them with procurement opportunities. The Chamber will expand our Labor Law and HR Forum series, and include more compliance tools. As a former HR professional,

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2018 SIGNATURE EVENTS

Board Installation & Awards Luncheon

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I can attest how important it is for businesses to stay current on California’s ever-changing labor laws. The Chamber will be producing our second annual BizClimate Survey. The survey’s first composite results provided valuable intelligence on how our membership views the economy, barriers to growth and the priorities the Chamber should focus on in the coming year. This year, we hope to dive deeper on challenges identified in 2017, including workforce development and health care. Through a partnership between the City of Bakersfield, the County of Kern and many local companies, work has begun on a Regional Branding Initiative. The goal is to improve the external image of Bakersfield and Kern County. We believe this effort will be integral to driving economic growth and the recruitment of highly-skilled workers. The Chamber is serving as a fiscal agent and facilitator for this important project. We are proud of our reputation as an unabashed advocate for the business community and for aggressively working to elect pro-business candidates. With 2018 serving as an election year, there will be challenges and opportunities for businesses on local and state issues. BCCPAC, the Chamber’s Political Action Committee, will continue to support businessfriendly candidates and work with other local business associations to amplify our collective voice. As we enter 2018, the Chamber is committed to serving our membership. On behalf of the board of directors, I want to thank you for allowing us to be stewards of the Chamber, and we are here to work for you – our members.

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Happy New Year, Bakersfield! On behalf of our Board of Directors and the staff at the Chamber, we all hope 2018 is a great year for our beloved city and the local economy. As the Chamber celebrates 98 years serving the local business community, we’ve decided to take stock, to update some of our programs and communications, and honestly, try to live the mission of being Your Business Advocate. One thing that has obviously changed significantly is our monthly publication, METRO. METRO’s change is not just about its appearance. Going forward, the content and delivery will be very different as well. Instead of blurbs about this program or that event, we will be doing more long-form stories. Perhaps the most significant change will be how this magazine is published. Beginning in February, METRO will become an all-digital publication. I know for some this may be an unwelcome change, especially those who want to feel something tangible in their hands as they read it. However, after polling our membership and advertisers, we felt that this was the right decision, and a necessary one to continue providing our members with a monthly publication. Starting this month, you can check out METRO on the digital publishing platform ISSUU, where it will read and flip just like a magazine. I’d like to take a moment to thank my team members who lead our communications – our Marketing Manager Melissa Rossiter who created the new design and Jean Scheiber and Hillary Haenes who assist with shaping our print and digital messaging. A big shout out to Valley Republic Bank who is now the presenting sponsor of METRO and our weekly email blast – Trending@ theChamber. The sponsorship support of Valley Republic Bank is what made us comfortable in taking this leap. A big

Why choose Leadership Bakersfield? “In the span of this wonderful program I gained a sense of who I am truly meant to be. Not just who I’m meant to be in the workplace, but at home, with my friends, at my church, in my community and to people in need. Class by class it became clear to me that once I acknowledged I was a leader, the next step was to pick up the responsibility waiting for me. This leadership is a quality I will forever carry through in every aspect of my life.”

Cindy Lyday Bakersfield Homeless Center “Having lived in Bakersfield for the past 20 years, Leadership Bakersfield exposed me to different areas in the community I had no knowledge of. I am not only thankful for the rich experience, including working on a team project to better our community, but also the wonderful relationships I built in the process. I highly recommend Leadership Bakersfield to anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of the community, build meaningful relationships or have an impact in the city we work and live in.”

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conomic challenges from the past year have impacted all industry sectors, causing businesses to make tough decisions or restructure their operations. Despite this, Kern County’s economy, fueled by oil, ag, health care, manufacturing and more, remains one of the most influential economies in the nation. To help keep members informed about current economic forecast, the Chamber partners with the Kern Economic Development Corporation and California State Wednesday, March 14 University, Bakersfield DoubleTree by Hilton to host the Kern County For more info Economic Summit. This EconomicSummit@kedc.com annual event brings in top-tiered economists and business leaders to provide insight into how to sustain and advance the region's economic prosperity, and the impacts for the future. Dr. Victor Davis Hanson will be this year’s keynote speaker. As an author, Hanson has written hundreds of articles, book reviews and editorials on matters ranging from ancient Greek, agrarian and military history to foreign affairs, domestic politics and contemporary culture.

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he Chamber will also celebrate its 2018 leadership and the success of the past year at its annual Board Installation and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 11. Carla Musser, of Chevron, will be installed as the 2018 Chairwoman of the Board. 2018 Our high-caliber events and programs would not BOARD be successful without the INSTALLATION support of volunteers and community partners. Find & AWARDS out who will be awarded LUNCHEON Ambassador of the Year, Advocacy Partner of 1.11.1 8 the Year and Chamber Champion. The event will end with a panel discussion on the 2018 election that will feature Dan Walters, Columnist, CalMatters; and Rob Lapsley, President/ CEO, California Business Roundtable. The event will be held at the 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 $65 per person; a table of 10 is $800. Cancellation notices must be received within 24 hours to preclude billing. Register online at bakersfieldchamber.org. A PROGRAM OF:

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ew chairs have been appointed to lead the Chamber’s advisory councils and committees. These chairs serve as the driving force behind the Chamber's high-caliber programming and services. They allow our members various outlets to build connections, advocate for the good of the local business and develop the community’s next leaders.

Ambassadors Committee Chair – Jonny Perez Deprigo This committee is the heart of the Chamber. Acting as the public relations arm, this committee participates and assists with ribbon cuttings, mixers and other networking events that allow members to connect and promote their businesses. BCCPAC Chair – Keith Brice Mid State Development Corporation As the Chamber's political action committee, BCCPAC endorses and funds business-friendly candidates for office. All PAC funds are separate from the Chamber's. Its separate governing board does include representation from the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Bakersfield Young Professionals Council Chair – Austin Smith Sage Equities This council’s goal is to provide young professionals with opportunities for social connectedness, professional development and philanthropic

awareness. The council also plans the popular BYP Street Party and other events for young professionals. Beautiful Bakersfield Committee Chair – Ramona Puget Autism Society – Kern Autism Network Tasked with planning the “Oscars of Bakersfield,” this committee plans the Beautiful Bakersfield Awards Gala, which celebrates the best in the community. The committee seeks nominations, judges and plans the annual dinner gala held in June. Government Review Council Chair to be announced GRC is the Chamber’s legislative and regulatory committee, and meets weekly to discuss and debate issues affecting the local business community. With an active election year, the committee also takes the lead on statewide and local ballot initiatives.

Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council Chair – Andy Stanley Bank of America/Merrill Lynch This advisory council coordinates and manages the area’s premier leadership development program, Leadership Bakersfield. Council members recruit applicants, interview and select class members and develop the programming participants will experiences during the 10-month program. Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council Chair – Amy Smith Bakersfield Museum of Art Modeled after Leadership Bakersfield, this program provides high school students with the connections and experiences to becoming the community’s future leaders. The advisory council works directly with school representatives to recruit applicants, interviews and selects the class members and develops the programming for the six class days.

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alifornia ushered in the start of the New Year with legal changes that will impact how local employers oversee their daily operations and employees. To make sure our members have the information they need to stay in compliance, the Chamber hosts quarterly Labor Law & HR Forum events. These events bring some of the area’s top legal talent to provide insight on employment law changes and key HR-related topics. “Employers are constantly dealing with new labor How to attend laws they must comply Labor Law & HR Forum with each year,” said Thursday, January 18 GBCC President/CEO Nick Registration 7:30 a.m. Ortiz. “This series ensures Program 8-10 a.m. our members have a Chamber Office platform to find out the 1725 Eye St. latest information and how it will impact their daily $25 members operations.” $50 for nonmembers At the next Labor Law & HR Forum on Thursday, Jan. 18, a panel of local legal experts, featuring Jerry Pearson, Young Wooldridge LLP, and Dan Klingenberger, LeBeau-Thelen LLP, will discuss what laws to watch for and potential impacts to businesses. There’s an added bonus for anyone who attends the January event. All attendees will receive a free mandatory labor law poster, a $35 value. Register online at bakersfieldchamber.org. Cancellation notices must be received 24 hours in advance to preclude billing.

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New noteworthy legislation The New Parent Leave Act requires small businesses with 20 employees or more to provide up to 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected parental leave for baby bonding. New Ban-the-box legislation restricts employers with five or more employees from asking about criminal history on job applications. A new law bans all employers from asking job applicants about their prior salary history. The Immigrant Worker Protection Act shields workers from immigration enforcement while on the job. A new law expands mandatory sexual harassment prevention training. Source: CalChamber

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HOW THEY VOTED – 2017 Legislative Scorecard

Senator Jean Fuller

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Our 2017 vote record reflects only those bills that made it to the floor of at least one house of the legislature. Though the Chamber took positions on additional bills, because they failed to pass or were held in committee, they were not scored. Please see the legend below.

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MEMBER NEWS The Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development will host a series of online webinars about the California Competes Tax Credit program in January. Businesses will receive step-by-step instructions through the application process. For webinar dates, visit business.ca.gov/ Programs/California-Competes-TaxCredit/California-Competes/Webinars. The Kern Community Foundation will host a series of workshops to help local nonprofits prep for the 2018 Give Big Kern campaign. Nonprofit registration begins on Jan. 8. Nonprofits must attend either a mandatory webinar on Jan. 17 or one of two mandatory workshops on Jan. 18 or 19. For more information, visit givebigkern.org. The Downtown Business Association will host its Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Total Woman Fitzone, 5329 Truxtun Ave. For more information, visit bakersfielddba.com.

The Autism Society – Kern Autism Network will host a “Painting for the Cause” event on Friday, Jan. 19, from 7-9 p.m., at Colorful Strokes Art Studio, 1811 Oak St., Suite 160. Tickets are $35 per person, and include all paint supplies, appetizers and beverage. To register, visit kernautism.org. The United Way of Kern County will host A Chocolate Affair on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 6-10 p.m., at The Petroleum Club, 5060 California Ave. Ste. 1200. For more information, visit achocolateaffair.social. Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire will host Coming Home: An Evening with Gregory Porter on Saturday, Jan. 20, at CSUB Doré Theater, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., with the show following at 6:45 p.m. For ticket information, contact Tony Miranda at tony@habitatbakersfield.org. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

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6515 Panama Lane, Suite 106-107

JANUARY RIBBON CUTTINGS GRAND OPENING Entruity Wealth Date Wednesday, Jan. 17 Time 4 p.m. Location 11601 Bolthouse Drive, Suite 120 GRAND RE-OPENING Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital Date Thursday, Jan. 25 Time 4 p.m. Location 5201 White Lane

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RENEWING MEMBERS Thank you to our members who have reinvested in the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Your continued investment helps the Chamber continue its mission to ensure a healthy business climate for our community. A-C Electric Company.............................. 1951 American Cancer Society, Bakersfield Unit ................................................................... 1986 American Heart Association................... 1998 Associated Builders & Contractors, Central CA Chapter.............................. 1998 M.D. Atkinson Company, Inc................... 1994 Bakersfield Art Association.................... 2013 Bakersfield Association of REALTORS ® ................................................................... 1955 Bakersfield Cash Register....................... 1976 Bakersfield City School District............. 1979 Bakersfield College.................................. 1974 Bakersfield Electric Motor Repair, Inc.. ................................................................... 1967 Bakersfield Family Medical Center....... 1983 Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation ................................................................... 1982 Bakersfield Racquet Club........................ 1965 Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House ................................................................... 2009 Bike Bakersfield/Biking for Fun............. 2007 Blueprint Service Company.................... 2000 Braun Electric Company, Inc.................. 1995 Braun Gosling, A Law Corporation....... 2010 Buttonwillow Raceway Park................... 1996 Gregory D. Bynum & Associates, Inc. ................................................................... 1985 Calcot, Ltd................................................... 1953 California Aeronautical University........ 2016 California State University, Bakersfield ................................................................... 1968 California Water Service.......................... 1943 Pat Callahan Ceramic Tile, Marble & Granite Fabrication.............................. 1992 S.A. Camp Pump and Drilling Company ................................................................... 1955 CAMS Juniper California......................... 1988 CBIZ MHM, LLC.......................................... 1998 Chester Avenue Brake LLC.................... 1925 Chicago Title Company........................... 1962 Clark Pest Control..................................... 1951 Clean Harbors Buttonwillow LLC.......... 1990 Colombo Construction Company, Inc..1978 Communication Enterprises Inc............ 1990 Community Connection for Childcare/ KCSOS..................................................... 1988 Comprehensive Care Systems.............. 1997

Continental Labor and Staffing Resources ................................................................... 1997 Copper Beech Consulting LLC.............. 2017 Diamond Ridge Roofing, Inc................... 1994 Douglas Truck Bodies.............................. 1958 DSJ Insurance Services, LLC.................. 2013 Eagleson Body Works, Inc...................... 1970 Electric Motor Works, Inc......................... 1971 Enterprise Drilling Fluids, Inc.................. 1997 Epic Jet Center, Inc................................... 2008 Eric A. Merz Consulting........................... 2006 Fallgatter-Rhodes Insurance Services. ................................................................... 1993 Four Points Hotel by Sheraton.............. 1983 GAF Corporation....................................... 1995 Garden Pathways, Inc.............................. 2000 Gary Icardo Farms, Inc............................. 1999 Griffith Company....................................... 1930 Haddad Dodge.......................................... 1987 Hall Ambulance Service, Inc................... 1984 Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield – Hwy 58 ................................................................... 2009 Hathaway LLC............................................ 2007 Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary.1963 Honey Baked Ham Company................ 1998 Insight Environmental Consultants, Inc. ................................................................... 2000 KABI LLC...................................................... 2014 Kern County Fair and Event Center...... 1958 Kern County Family Magazine............... 1996 Kern County Medical Society................. 1948 Key Properties dba Intrados Inc............ 1982 KIA Insurance Associates, Inc................ 1971 Legacy Village, LLC.................................. 2016 Little Red School House.......................... 1972 Log Cabin Florist....................................... 1962 Mazzei Injector Co., LLC.......................... 1996 Metro Record Storage and Shredding. ................................................................... 2006 Mid Cal Labor Solutions Inc.................... 2014 Mid State Development Corporation... 1990 Motor City Auto Center............................ 1972 Multi Business Systems........................... 1975 Nelms Surveying, Inc................................ 2010 Newby Rubber, Inc.................................... 1964 Nighbert Group.......................................... 1972 Nile Point Veterinary Hospital, Inc........ 1966 Nothing Bundt Cakes............................... 2015

O’Dell Cross, A Professional Corporation ................................................................... 1991 Open & Shut............................................... 2000 Pacific Shore Stones................................. 2016 PAS Associates.......................................... 1990 Pat Brown System/Lifetime Fitness...... 2016 Pepsi Beverages Company.................... 1956 Petro Travel Plaza...................................... 2006 Plains LPG Services, L.P........................... 1992 Primetime Signs Inc.................................. 2013 Rand Employment Solutions.................. 1982 J.D. Rush Company, Inc........................... 1994 Sally A. Herald Accountancy Corporation ................................................................... 1988 San Dimas Medical Group, Inc............... 1990 HP Sears...................................................... 1926 ServiceMaster at Bakersfield................. 2008 Six23 Media................................................ 2017 Skyline Cabinet & Millworks................... 1998 Jess Smith & Sons Cotton LLC.............. 1958 Smith’s Bakeries........................................ 1998 SOS Recycle LLC....................................... 2015 SOS Recycle LLC....................................... 2016 Southwest Contractors............................ 1993 Stevens Transportation, Inc.................... 1990 Stewart Electric Supply, Inc.................... 1994 Stinson’s....................................................... 1953 Stockdale Ceramic Tile Center, Inc...... 1990 Subway........................................................ 1986 Sullivan Petroleum Company................. 1947 Tejon Ranch Company............................. 1956 tempSERV................................................... 1993 The Pointe at Summit Hills...................... 2014 Turk’s Kern Copy, Inc................................ 1987 Ultrex Business Products, Inc................ 1999 Vickie Martinez.......................................... 2013 Vital Signs of Bakersfield........................ 1991 Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division................................... 1957 Anita M. Waits, Accountancy Corporation ................................................................... 1995 Wallace & Smith Contractors, Inc.......... 1963 Walter Mortensen Insurance.................. 1946 White Wolf Land Service......................... 2001 Wilson, Paves & Associates Insurance Agency.................................................... 1988 WZI Inc......................................................... 1990

The Girl Scouts of Central California South is offering four scholarships to scouts who have earned the Gold Award. Applications must be turned in by Jan. 30. For more information or to apply, visit girlscoutsccs.org. The County of Kern will host the 20th annual State of the County Dinner and Address on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. The reception begins at 5 p.m., and dinner and program begins at 6:30 p.m. Get your tickets by Jan. 24 at kedc.com.

The Kern Community Foundation is looking for applicants to fill two positions – a donor and foundation services coordinator and a scholarship coordinator. For more information, visit kernfoundation.org. Six Flags Magic Mountain offers affordable and customized group packages for groups of 100 or more in its private picnic pavilions with various options available. For more information, contact Jackie Rieth at 661-255-4739

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Fallgatter-Rhodes Insurance Services will host a BNI Mixer on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 5:30-8 p.m., at the Links at Riverlakes Ranch, 5201 Riverlakes Drive. CASA of Kern County will host its 2018 Kick-Off Party on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 6-8 p.m., at The Gardens at Monji, 9401 Shellabarger Road. Have the opportunity to sign up for any of CASA’s 2018 fundraiser parties. Cost is $50 per person. To register, visit kerncasa.org.

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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.org.

JANUARY 2017 1.1.18

Chamber Closed – New Year's Day

1.4.18

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

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Government Review Council Dark

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

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Beautiful Bakersfield Committee Noon | Chamber BYP Council 4 p.m. | Chamber Philanthropy on Tap 5:30 p.m. | Imbibe Wine

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Board Installation & Awards Luncheon 11 a.m. | Seven Oaks Country Club

1.12.18

Government Review Council Dark

1.15.18

Chamber Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1.18.18

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

1.19.18

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

1.23.18

Ambassador Committee Noon | Chamber

1.26.18

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

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

American Corporate MSP 661-436-1800 www.acorpmsp.com “We are a full-service managed service provider company based in Bakersfield. We handle network security, server administration, workstation management, maintenance and business continuity solutions.” Entruity Wealth 11601 Bolthouse Drive, Suite 120 Bakersfield, CA 93311 661-368-8994 www.entruity.com “An independent financial advisory firm that specializes in helping our clients build and reserve their wealth, and ultimately create a legacy for the next generation.” Greecian Pools 6751 McDivitt Dr. Bakersfield, CA 93313 661-832-0991 www.greecianpools.com “Greecian Pools is an outdoor environment design/build company that specializes in pools, landscape, patios, water features, etc. All things custom – commercial and residential with more than 40 years in business.” HearUSA F Street – Bakersfield 2530 F St., Suite 100 Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-633-2934 www.hearusa.com “HearUSA is committed to providing the highest quality hearing health care. We offer the best-in-class hearing products to meet your hearing needs, budget and preferences. We have two locations in Bakersfield to serve your needs. Call today for your free hearing screening.” HearUSA White Lane – Bakersfield 8040 White Lane, Suite F Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-847-7470 www.hearusa.com “HearUSA is committed to providing the highest quality hearing health care. We offer the best-in-class hearing products to meet your hearing needs, budget and preferences. We have two locations in Bakersfield to serve your needs. Call today for your free hearing screening.”

IntegriTech IT Services PO Box 436 Bakersfield, CA 93302-0436 661-491-5035 www.myintegritech.com “IntegriTech IT Services draws upon more than 15 years of experience to provide businesses with trusted IT support, secure cloud products, data recovery and consulting services.” Red Roof Inn 889 Oak St. Bakersfield, CA 93304 661-336-0475 www.bakersfield.redroof.com “We offer clean and comfortable new rooms; free Wi-Fi; free parking. All rooms have micro-fridges, hair dryers, HBO and iron and ironing boards. We are also pet friendly, and offer 24-hour staff.” Rio Bravo Cancer Center 4500 Morning Drive, #105 Bakersfield, CA 93306 661-491-5060 www.riobravocancercenter.com “We are dedicated to providing the latest advancements in cancer treatment to improve the lives of our patients. We are committed to restoring hope through honest and compassionate care.” Sam Lynn Ballpark/ Bakersfield Train Robbers 4009 Chester Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-520-1714 www.bakersfieldtrainrobbers.com “The Bakersfield Train Robbers are a professional baseball team that plays at Sam Lynn Ballpark. They also lease Sam Lynn for special events.” The Abbey Company 5500 Ming Ave., Suite 180 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-398-8400 www.theabbeyco.com “The Abbey Company owns and leases the Ming Office Park at 5500 Ming Ave. The local landmark features a park-like, two-story multi-tenant office campus situated on 10 acres in the heart of Bakersfield’s business district.”

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2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chairwoman of the Board Carla Musser Chevron Chairwoman Elect of the Board Darlene Mohlke Castle & Cooke California, Inc. Vice Chair Public Policy & Political Action Don Bynum Temblor Brewing LLC Gregory D. Bynum & Associates, Inc. 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 Paul Anderson BetterPlan, LLC Treasurer Andy Paulden Brown Armstrong Accountants Member-at-Large Pritesh Patel Valley Republic Bank Immediate Past Chair Derek Abbott Tejon Ranch Company General Counsel Mark Bateman LeBeau-Thelen LLP Dan Klingenberger LeBeau-Thelen LLP

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce 1725 Eye Street • PO Box 1947 Bakersfield, CA 93303

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CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE MEMBERS

BOARD MEMBERS

Mary Barlow Kern County Superintendent of Schools Kristen Beall Kern Community Foundation Dr. Sonya Christian Bakersfield College David Dobbs Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant Rob Duchow Southern California Gas Company Leslie Golich Kaiser Permanente Kern County Derek Jeffery KGET-TV 17 Ronald Johns RA Johnsfam dba McDonald’s Denise Newton Pacific Gas & Electric Company G Riar Deprigo Tom Saba Saba Agency

CHAMBER STAFF Nick Ortiz | President/CEO Jean Scheiber | Director of Administration & Operations Patrice Black | Member Relations Coordinator Hillary Haenes | Member Programs & Engagement Manager Andrea Johnston | Business Development Manager Melissa Rossiter | Manager of Marketing & Communications Sarah Hinzo | Executive Assistant, Leadership & Operations Janet Ursery | Executive Assistant, Information Services

EVERYTHING FOR YOUR OFFICE

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