January 2020 Metro

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A publication of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber | January 2020

Here's to a Prosperous 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR Wishing the Best

for You and Your Family

in the Coming New Year

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The Chamber welcomes Derek Jeffery, KGET-TV 17, as our incoming Chairman of the Board for 2020.


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





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Last chance to reserve your seats! Celebrate the Chamber's past year's accomplishments and usher in new leadership for 2020.


New laws took effect for California on Jan. 1. Keep up-to-date on potential impacts to your business.

BEAUTIFUL BAKERSFIELD Honor those who exemplify the community's generous spirit. Now is the time to nominate for the Beautiful Bakersfield Awards.

RIBBON CUTTINGS Celebrate important milestones of fellow Chamber members.


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OF THE BOARD Greetings and Happy New Year! I am very excited to be the Greater Bakersfield Chamber’s 2020 Chairman of the Board. The Chamber serves as the conduit for community, collaboration and commerce. 2020 is the Chamber’s Centennial year, which is really something to celebrate for our local business community – it is an amazing achievement to have Derek Jeffery that type of longevity and to maintain an organization’s influence over that time. The Chamber’s 100th Anniversary is possible only though the support of our members and the leadership of our volunteers. As I look back on the Chamber’s history, and reflect on those who have come before me, I am honored to join the ranks of the Board Chairs who have guided the Chamber. Notable local business leaders with last names like Burke, Barbich, Bynum, Clayton, Dezember, Martin, Rojas and Stinson. I’m also thrilled to be in the same club as one of my predecessors at KGET, Ray Watson, Sr. KGET and the Chamber have a shared commitment to this community. Both organizations have an important role in civic life, KGET serves as a broadcast (and now

digital) town square, and the Chamber is instrumental in harnessing the power of the local business community to make positive change. At KGET we are very proud of our history supporting local nonprofits and causes. At the end of last year, we formally declared the parking lot at 22nd and L streets as Compassion Corner. At the location we have hosted at least one nonprofit fundraiser a month for more than 25 years. Those fundraisers aren’t just barbecues and boot filling – they are providing resources to the organizations that are improving the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors. I don’t know of anywhere else BUT Bakersfield where that type of generosity isn’t just celebrated, it’s expected. As I embark on this new role, I want to focus on celebrating the achievements of our member businesses, continuing the unapparelled excellence in advocacy and continuing the work of improving Bakersfield’s external image and economy. I hope that you will continue supporting the Chamber and join us in Building Something Better.

Derek Jeffery Vice President & General Manager KGET-TV 17



Annual Board Installation & Awards Luncheon

State of the City Luncheon Forum

Kern County Economic Summit

BYP Downtown Street Party

3.11.20 6.6.20

30th Annual Beautiful Bakersfield Awards Gala




As we enter our centennial year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the many community leaders who have had a role in the century-long success of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. I have a deep respect and gratitude for our past Board Chairs, our founding members, former staff members, and especially my predecessors as the Chamber’s chief executive. Nick Ortiz As you may have noticed, we have a new logo, a new look, and a new tagline. “Building Something Better” isn’t a statement about where we want to go, it accurately reflects what the Chamber has always been to local businesses and the community of Bakersfield. Building something better illustrates how business leaders decided in 1920 to form a local business organization and how that organization shaped how the city rebuilt after the devastating 1952 earthquake, marketed “America’s Newest City”, became an All American City, looked forward to Vision 2020, and recently declared that our area is both Boundless and Better. The strength of the Chamber doesn’t come from me, or anyone that has sat in my chair – it comes from the

continued support of the business community. Thank you for 100 years of your trust and support, thank you for being champions of private enterprise, and thank you for caring so much about this community that you’ve given your time and resources to ensure its betterment.

Nick Ortiz President & CEO Greater Bakersfield Chamber




ast chance to reserve your seats for the Chamber’s 2020 Board Installation & Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 15. This 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 recipients of the Volunteer of the Year, Community Partner of the Year and Chamber Champion 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, while a table of 10 is $800. Register online at bakochamber.com. Audio Visual Sponsor Freestyle Event Services Program Sponsor Deprigo

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsor Chevron Silver Sponsors Dignity Health - Mercy & Memorial Hospital Pacific Gas & Electric Company Bronze Sponsors Bakersfield College Grimmway Farms Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc. Varner Bros, Inc.

LEADERSHIP CHANGES New 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 local business and develop the community’s next leaders. Ambassador Committee social connectedness, professional Leadership Bakersfield development and philanthropic Advisory Council Chair – Concepcion Willingham awareness. The council also plans the Chair – Amanda Frank KGET-TV 17 popular Downtown Street Party and This advisory council coordinates This committee is the heart of the and manages the area’s premier Chamber. Acting as the public relations other events for young professionals. leadership development program, arm, this committee participates and Beautiful Bakersfield Committee Leadership Bakersfield. Council assists with ribbon cuttings, mixers and Chair – Christina Springstead members recruit applicants, interview other networking events that allow and select class members and develop members to connect and promote their Kwik Signs Inc. Tasked with planning the “Oscars of the programming that participants businesses. Bakersfield,” this committee plans will experience during the 10-month BAKPAC the Beautiful Bakersfield Awards program. Chair – Keith Brice Gala, which celebrates the best in Mid State Development Corporation the community. The committee seeks Youth Leadership Bakersfield As the Chamber's political action nominations and plans the annual Advisory Council committee, BAKPAC endorses and dinner gala held in June. Chair – LaMeka Ross funds business-friendly candidates for Aera Energy LLC Government Review Council office. All PAC funds are separate from Modeled after Leadership Bakersfield, Chair – Jacob Panero the Chamber's. Its separate governing this program provides high school Varner Bros, Inc. board does include representation students with the connections GRC is the Chamber’s legislative and from the Chamber’s Board of Directors. and experiences to become the regulatory committee, and meets community’s future leaders. The Bakersfield Young Professionals almost every week to discuss and advisory council works directly with Council debate issues affecting the local school representatives to recruit Chair – Mitchall Patel business community. With an active Kern Behavioral Health & Recovery election year, the committee also takes applicants, interview and select the class members and develops the Services the lead on statewide and local ballot programming for the six class days. This council’s goal is to provide young initiatives. professionals with opportunities for


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Admission: $25 for members $50 for nonmembers Greater Bakersfield Chamber Office 7:30-10 a.m. A 2020 Labor Law Poster will also be mailed to each attendee. The January 16th Labor Law & HR Forum will address the key employment law changes in 2020, including new legislation signed by the Governor and important decisions from state and federal courts.

The following topics will be included: - AB 5: Significant Changes to Determining if a Worker is an Independent Contractor - Mandatory Arbitration Agreements - Lactation Accommodation Requirements - Sexual Harassment Training for Small Employers - More Paid Family Leave Benefits

A panel of local legal experts, including Jerry Pearson from Young Wooldridge LLP; Jay Rosenlieb from Klein, DeNatale, Goldner; and Dan Klingenberger of LeBeau-Thelen LLP, will discuss what laws to watch for and potential impacts to local businesses. Speakers

Jerry Pearson

Jay Rosenlieb

Dan Klingenberger

A light breakfast will be provided. Cancellation notices must be received 24 hours in advance to preclude billing. To register, call the Chamber at 661-327-4421 or visit www.bakochamber.com. Presenting sponsor





A program of

Saturday, June 6, 2020


A Better Bakersfield Architecture/Design Arts and Culture Education Health Humanitarian (Individual) Humanitarian (Group) Renovation/Tenant Improvement Youth Young Adult Young Professional TO BE JUDGED BY THE GBC EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Business Person of the Year Corporation of the Year Nonprofit Organization of the Year Small Business of the Year Lifetime Achievement (55+)

Click here to submit a nomination.


A program of

CATEGORIES A Better Bakersfield An annual event or project that enhances the quality of life in the community. Architecture/Design The completion of a brand new interior and/ or exterior building design integrating the environment with space and materials. Arts and Culture Efforts by a group or individual to improve and/or enhance the arts and culture within our community. Education Efforts by an educator, project or school/ college that promotes or benefits education in our city at all levels. Health An individual, group or organization impacting healthy living in Bakersfield above and beyond their normal scope or activities - through education, prevention or medical services. Humanitarian (Individual) An individual whose personal volunteer efforts have made a significant impact in the community.

Humanitarian (Group) A group whose personal volunteer efforts have made a significant impact in the community. Renovation/Tenant Improvement The completion of a renovated design that upgrades an existing structure and/ or incorporates the use of landscaping to enhance the aesthetic value of the property. Youth An individual or group from kindergarten to eighth grade that, through personal involvement and endeavors, has answered the challenge of good citizenship. Young Adult An individual or group from 14 to 20 years old that, through personal involvement and endeavors, has answered the challenge of good citizenship. Young Professional An individual from 21 to 40 years old whose efforts truly impact and enhance the quality of life in the community.

To be judged by the GBC Executive Board of Directors Business Person of the Year A local business owner/manager whose efforts truly impact and enhance the quality of life in the community. Corporation of the Year The recognition of a corporation whose volunteer hours and/or financial donations have made a meaningful difference. Nonprofit Organization of the Year Efforts of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that impacts the community.

Small Business of the Year A small business (25 employees or less) whose contributions and/or products and services instill community pride. Lifetime Achievement (55+) A local long-time community leader who has made a lasting impact to Bakersfield and its residents.

Please Note:

Nominations must be for work completed in 2019 to be eligible for consideration.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020


hank you Highgate at Seven Oaks for hosting our Dec. 12 holiday mixer. Attendees enjoyed appetizers by Chef Lino's Grill, drinks by Cocktail Concierge, sweets by Nothing Bundt Cakes, cookies from DoubleTree by Hilton and many raffle prizes. Thank you to our sponsors! Providence Strategic Consulting, Inc. Bakersfield Hyundai Emser Tile

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LEADERSHIP BAKERSFIELD “In December, the Leadership Bakersfield Class of 2020 had the pleasure of visiting several of the organizations that make up the diverse and historic arts and culture community of Bakersfield. The class began their day at the Bakersfield Museum of Art where curator Rachel Mangus encouraged everyone to share the role that art plays in their lives before they embarked on a tour of one of the museum’s exhibits. Then, retired teacher Art Sherwyn gave the class a lesson about art and leadership and put them to the test with an activity about how art reflects life. The class then ventured through downtown on a tour led by David Gordon, stopping at several historic sites. Gordon reflected on the architecture of the area and the subtle, yet intentional, artistic components of downtown’s buildings. Next, the cast of Ovation Theater’s Christmas show gave the class a sneak peak of their current musical production. After Ovation Theater, the class got a guided tour of the Portrait

of a Warrior Gallery by retired Sgt. Maj. Jason Geis and Lili Marsh. For lunch, the class had a traditional Basque family-style meal at Sandrini’s and enjoyed a presentation on Kern County’s rich history and culture from Robin Paggi. Finally, the class ended their day with a trip to the Empty Space Theater where they saw scenes from their upcoming show, "It’s a Wonderful Life," a performance from a Carmen Diaz’s mariachi group, and a performance by the Kern County Boys and Girls Club students. The Leadership Bakersfield class and Advisory Council would like to thank the Arts and Culture Day sponsors, the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Boys and Girls Club, as well as all of the organizations and businesses that volunteered their time and leadership insights for Arts and Culture Day.” - Grace Martin, GEI Consultants, Inc.




Yard House Restaurant

Young Wooldridge LLP

Bella at The Marketplace

22nd & L Streets www.kerngoldenempire.com

1800 30th Street, 4th Floor www.youngwooldridge.com

10308 Stockdale Hwy. www.yardhouse.com

9000 Ming Ave., Ste. K www.shopatbella.com

UPCOMING RIBBON CUTTINGS GRAND OPENING Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers Date: Tuesday, Jan. 14 Time: 11 a.m. Location: 4025 California Ave.

Rand Employment Solutions 5016 California Ave., Ste. 5 www.randemployment.com

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

GRAND OPENING Bratcher Home & Design Date: Thursday, Jan. 16 Time: 11 a.m. Location: 1219 18th St. GRAND OPENING Southern California Gas Co. Date: Thursday, Jan. 30 Time: 10 a.m. Location: 35118 McMurtey Ave.

NEW OWNERSHIP Heidi's Brooklyn Deli Date: Friday, Jan. 31 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location:2900 Calloway Dr # 200


• The Income Property Association

of Kern presents the Winter Blues Fundraiser in support of the 2020 Landlord’s Summit on Homelessness. Come out on Jan. 11 to see Orphan Jon and the Abandoned along with Western Medicine at Patino Hall from 2-6 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at ipakblues.eventbrite.com. • The Women’s Business Center is offering a 10 week entrepreneurial training course, “Start, Run & Grow Your Business,” starting Jan. 23 through March 26. This in-depth course will teach the fundamental principles of operating, managing, and growing your own business. Attend the orientation on Jan. 16 from 6-7 p.m. at the Weill Institute or call 661-567-0410 for more information. • 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. • Join us at the Inaugural Mayor’s Ball on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. This black tie event will benefit CityServe, a local nonprofit and community wide effort to support the needs of people and families who are hurting and facing extreme hardships. There will be remarks from Mayor Goh, Senator Shannon Grove, dinner, dancing, live music and powerful testimonies from families who have been directly helped though the generosity of CityServe. Tickets: $100 each, $1,200 Table of 8 For more information, call 661-3712650 • 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. 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 brittneyskinner1313@gmail. com. You can also visit www.act.alz. org/rivalzbakersfield. •The Global Family & The Daughter Project 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 info@myglobalfamily.org or calling 661-213-3380. • Save the date for the annual Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference happening April 23 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.bakersfieldwomen.org.

• 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 www.cuyamabuckhorn.com for more information.

Networking. Nonprofits. Nosh.


First Tuesday of the Month 5:30-7 p.m. | Free to attend Learn how to get involved with these nonprofits and enjoy complimentary beer, wine and appetizers.


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


Imbibe Wine 4140 Truxtun Ave.

Temblor Brewing Company 3200 Buck Owens Blvd.

Don’t Miss These 2020 Events!

Beautiful Bakersfield Committe Noon | Chamber


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


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


February 4 @ Imbibe

Junior League of Bakersfield

April 7 @ Temblor

Southern Sierra Council, Boy Scouts of America

September 1 @ Temblor

Double-Header Featuring Helping Animals Live Tomorrow (H.A.L.T.) Rescue Strength of Shadow (S.O.S.) Dog Rescue

October 6 @ Imbibe

June 2 @ Imbibe

Bakersfield Pregnancy Center

August 4 @ Temblor

December 1 @ Temblor

Covenant Community Services PathPoint

Chamber Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Ambassador Committee Noon | Chamber


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

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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 Cathy Albyn at calbyn@bakochamber.com. Urbane Cafe 2658 Mt. Vernon Ave., Ste. A Bakersfield, CA 93306 661- 542-9090 www.urbanecafe.com “Urbane Café crafts unique fire-baked sandwiches and farm fresh salads. We are inspired to bring you the freshest ingredients, sourced locally when possible, free of GMO’s, nitrates and all those big words. We craft everything each morning in our scratch kitchens, watch our bread rise and bake it before your eyes in our hearth oven. Come in hungry! Leave happy!” Bratcher Home and Design 1219 18th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661- 549-0024 “Home décor & furnishings with a custom design studio for residential projects in the Downtown Bakersfield area. We would love to help you create a space that is everything you have dreamed of and more."

The UPS Store #7140 4605 Buena Vista Rd., Ste. 600 Bakersfield, CA 93311 661- 735-7231 www.theupsstore.com “We are a full-service shop along with shipping. We offer a wide variety of services for our customers including, USPS, DHL, UPS, Mailbox Services, Notary and Livescan.” Hunter Ranch Golf Course 4041 Highway 46 - East Paso Robles, CA 93446 805-237-7444 www.hunterranchgolf.com “Set atop the highest point in Paso Robles, overlooking vineyards and rolling hills, our 18-hole course features world-class golf and a stellar restaurant in a truly beautiful setting.” Nestle 7301 District Blvd. Bakersfield, CA 93313 661-623-2479 “Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Factory has been part of the community since 1976. Our goal is to spread the joy of ice cream throughout the world!”

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. 1C13 Medical – 2018 Aaron Companies – 1991 American Jewelry Company – 1958 Bakersfield Art Association – 2013 Bakersfield Cash Register – 1976 Bakersfield Country Club – 1991 Belmore's Building Maintenance Company – 2011 Blueprint Service Company – 2000 Braun Electric Company, Inc. – 1995 Buttonwillow Raceway Park – 1996 Chester Avenue Brake LLC – 1925 Clifford & Bradford Insurance Agency – 1946 Coffee-Brimhall LLC – 2008 Darling & Wilson, PC – 1948 Diamond Ridge Roofing, Inc. – 1994 Electric Motor Works, Inc. – 1971 Emporium Western Store – 1987 Enterprise Rent-A-Car - Gasoline Alley Dr. – 2012 Explorer Travel and Tours – 2017 Express Employment Professionals – 2013 Frank St. Clair Management – 1992 GAF Corporation – 1995 Gary Icardo Farms, Inc. – 1999 Golden Empire Youth Tackle Football – 2010

Golden Walk – 2016 Gottstein Corporation – 2013 Haddad Dodge – 1987 Hardwood Floor Company – 2001 Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary – 1963 J.D. Rush Company, Inc. – 1994 Jim Burke Ford Lincoln – 1951 KABI LLC – 2014 KBAK-TV / KBFX-TV – 1953 Kern County Family Magazine – 1996 Kern County Public Works Department – 1996 Kern Electric Distributors – 1968 Kern Print Services – 1973 KIA Insurance Associates, Inc. – 1971 Law Offices of Robert H. Brumfield, PC – 2010 Little Red School House – 1972 McIntosh & Associates Engineering, Inc. – 1990 Motor City Auto Center – 1972 Nelms Surveying, Inc. – 2010 Newby Rubber, Inc. – 1964 Nighbert Group – 1972 Olivieri Commercial Group, Inc. – 2003 OneLegacy – 2015

Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy – 1990 Parsons – 1991 Pat Callahan Ceramic Tile, Marble & Granite Fabrication – 1992 Personal Express Insurance – 2014 Petro Travel Plaza – 2006 Raymond's Trophy & Awards – 1994 Sally A. Herald Accountancy Corporation – 1988 San Dimas Medical Group, Inc – 1990 Skyline Cabinet & Millworks – 1998 Southern California Orthopedic Institute – 1999 Springhill Suites by Marriott – 2006 Stockdale Ceramic Tile Center, Inc. – 1990 TERRIO Physical Therapy & Fitness, Inc. - Admin – 1998 The Station - Kern County Fire Fighters – 2017 Ultrex Business Products, Inc. – 1999 Urner's Inc. – 1920 Valley Steel Construction – 1958 Vital Signs of Bakersfield – 1991 W. Michael Chertok – 2008 Walker-Lewis Rents – 1988 Walters & Associates – 2003 METRO | PAGE 15



Chairman of the Board Derek Jeffery KGET-TV 17 Chairwoman Elect of the Board Kristen Beall Watson Kern Community Foundation Vice Chair Public Policy & Political Action Rob Duchow Southern California Gas Company Vice Chair Economic Vitality Andy Anderson Aera Energy LLC 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 Rick Jhaj Countryside Construction/ Countryside Markets General Counsel Mark Bateman Young Wooldridge LLP

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