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Making luxury the standard for nearly 80 years



As the Central Valley’s premier local home builder known for “Building Value for Generations,” Bonadelle Neighborhoods has made luxury the standard for nearly 80 years. The tradition began when a young John Bonadelle, Sr. built his first Fresno neighborhood near Manchester Center for first-time home buyers — many of whom were soldiers returning from World War II.

Today, John Bonadelle and his family continue his father’s tradition and have created a legacy of offering custom quality homes with luxurious features, superb craftsmanship and exceptional attention to detail that goes into each home they build.

By forming relationships, building loyalty, and growing their business with generations of Bonadelle family members and families who have worked with them for decades, Bonadelle Neighborhoods is not just building homes— they are building value for generations.

A home built by Bonadelle Neighborhoods is a home built to be uniquely yours, where you can establish your own family traditions for generations to come.

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Santé’s annual event, which benefited Valley Caregiver Resource Center, was a spectacle of fabulous masks and live entertainment.



The Fresno’s Phil’s beloved musical dinner party returned for a second year with a farm-fresh menu and an enlivened string performance.



The annual UHC gala serves higher education by supporting the Dr. Robert Shankerman College Scholarship Program at CSU, Fresno.



Exceptional Parents Unlimited’s yearly fundraiser returned for the first time since the pandemic and was recognized for a milestone anniversary.



The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s famous campaign has a new name, yet this year’s efforts yielded record-breaking numbers.

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Summertime is upon us, as is summer fun. Whether you’re eager to get out in the sunshine or already seeking refuge from the heat, there’s plenty to occupy your social time.



This special advertising section features men in business who strive to make their community better and better.



Even after over four decades of practicing, consulting, and publishing, ophthalmologist Dr. Andrew Maxwell has no plans to retire anytime soon.



The men of McCaffrey Homes share about their passion for building the place you’ll call home for years to come at Tesoro Viejo.



On this Men of Influence cover are three multi-hyphenates with an athletic common denominator. José Ramírez, Terrance Tumey, and CJ Wilson have each made the greater Fresno area their home, yet their impact extends far beyond the San Joaquin Valley.



The legacy of Fresno-founded gentlemen’s clothier Patrick James lives on and continues to evolve with Mon Pere’s sons, Patrick Jr., Mike, and Clay.


Gemini encourages a period of heightened duality.

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For the June Edition, CVLUX features José Ramírez, Terrance Tumey, and CJ Wilson for the Men of Influence issue.
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Publisher’s Perspective

Men of Influence

Three dynamic gentlemen are on this cover. José Ramírez, Terrance Tumey, and CJ Wilson are all athletes with an outstanding drive to improve upon their roles as business and family men for a higher purpose. Each are making this community more incredible every day. Their stories are inspiring, full of hope, and will leave you grateful that they chose to call the greater Fresno area their home. Read all about them in Good Sport (page 44).

Father’s Day is this month and I cherish the time I still get to spend with my own dad. Take some time to recognize the men in your life who have impacted you in the best ways possible. Happy Father’s Day!



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Classic Country, explained.

It’s Garth Brooks. Reba McEntire. Randy Travis. Alabama. George Strait. Alan Jackson. Waylon, Willie & the Boys. A little Hank, Merle & Buck. And more. A lot more.

It’s the Music your parents warned you about. Love, romance & heartbreak all in a single song with lyrics that tell the unblinking truth about life.

We invite CV Lux readers to take a walk on the wild side.

Finally. Fresno has a Classic Country Legend.

Welcome to the Issue

Men of Influence

Guy Time

For our Men of Influence cover, José Ramírez, Terrance Tumey, and CJ Wilson open up about more than just their shared backgrounds in professional athletics, as each of them embodies what it means to be a good sport (page 44). Local men in business are profiled in the special advertising section (page 32). Summertime community calendar items are yours for the taking Around Town (page 18). Social Affair covers the Santé Health Foundation Masquerade Ball (page 22), the Farm to Fiddle Dinner Party 2023 (page 24), the United Health Centers Foundation Spring Gala (page 26), the 30th Annual Fiesta de los Niños (page 28), and Visionary of the Year (page 30). Dr. Andrew Maxwell has his eyes on anything but retirement (page 38). The men behind McCaffrey Homes talk about their collective passion for homebuilding (page 42). “West Coast Classic” style is being carried on by the next generation of Patrick James (page 60). Amplified duality is in the air with Gemini in the sky (page 64).

Suit Up

Armor today takes on many different forms. Every routine, lifestyle, and line of work requires something unique, yet amidst the many roles we play, clothing acts as a uniform as much as it is an expression of self. Suiting up, literally and figuratively, is the act of preparing for what’s next. So, look your best.



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Men of Influence

Samuel is the owner of Studio Shadows and Dust (S.A.D.) located in Fresno, California, which he opened in October 2021. He has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2016 and specializes in men’s hair and style. His passion is to take care of his clients, helping them feel and look their best. Samuel’s goal is to create a space focused on embracing one’s creativity and increasing self-confidence, which is exactly what his salon in North Fresno offers everyone who walks through its doors.

Don is a portrait and still-life photographer based on Fresno, California. He was a nursing major from Fresno City College, and while waiting to get in the nursing program, he continued to take photography classes. There he fell completely in love with photography. Capturing the right moment only takes one shot. But it is much more than that! You need to have the right lighting, angle, and expression to get the perfect photograph. Over the years, Don has mastered the art of capturing the moment.

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Around Town

June 3rd

Kingdoms of Asia

Grand Opening

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Experience the newest addition to Fresno Chaffee Zoo! Guests of the Kingdoms of Asia are immersed in the culture and wildlife of Southeast Asia with new exhibits for Malayan tigers, Komodo dragons, sloth bears, Asian songbirds, and much more. For the best visitor experience, both members and non-members must reserve a timed ticket for entry to Kingdoms of Asia.

June 6th to 12th & 19th to 23rd

Summer 2023 ArtAcademy

Fresno Art Museum

The first two of FAM’s four Summer 2023 ArtAcademy visual art workshops for kids and teens will take place during June. Included are a variety of half-day workshops, many of which are inspired by the museum’s exhibitions. Students will explore the elements of art and how they apply to design principles through a variety of media. Youngsters between the ages of 8 and 17 may participate.

June 8th

2023 Annual Awards

Visalia Chamber of Commerce

Visalia Fox Theatre

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce has come together to recognize goodness in the community for over six decades. The 2023 Annual Awards event includes Small, Medium, Large, and Non-Profit of the Year honors. The Man & Woman of the Year honor acknowledges local individuals who have made outstanding contributions or have served Visalia in important ways over a number of years.

June 9th to 11th Yosemite Photography


Château du Sureau & The Ansel Adams Gallery Yosemite National Park

In partnership with Château du Sureau and The Ansel Adams Gallery, this first-of-its-kind experience will be held again in November. Offered as a weekend package, it includes accommodations at the Château, all meals, and transportation to and from the park. Participants will follow in the footsteps of Ansel Adams and learn his techniques, which have been adapted for digital cameras.

June 10th

PRIDE Walk Visalia 2023

The Source LGBT+ Center

Valley Strong Ballpark

Presented by Family Healthcare Network, this year’s PRIDE Walk benefits The Source LGBT+ Center’s HIV department. The event starts and finishes at Valley Strong Ballpark with both a one-mile walk and a 5k run option. Register as an individual, start or join a team, fundraise, or be a sponsor to help promote greater access to community healthcare.

June 11th

Birds of a Feather Artist Market

Quail Sings Creations & Vanduck Art Studios Moravia Wines


The first Birds of a Feather Artist Market is a family-friendly event that is taking place from noon to 4:00PM at Moravia Wines. Artist and crafter tables will be on display, and those aged 21 and over will have the chance to enjoy wine tasting. A kids’ activities table will offer arts, crafts, games, and prizes for the little ones. Food and drink vendors will also be present.

June 11th

Beethoven’s Ninth Fresno Philharmonic Saroyan Theatre

This season’s closing commemorates the 60th anniversary of JFK’s Address on Civil Rights via Damien Geter’s Symphony No. 1: The Justice Symphony in conjunction with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Choral, which highlights contemporary social engagement challenges with the help of the Fresno Master Chorale and special guests Karen Slack, Sarah Mesko, Adam Diegel, and Damien Geter.

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For more information, contact event organizer as events may be subject to change.

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Around Town

June 11th

Dive into Summer Pool Party

The Darling Hotel

Summer Pool Parties are back at The Darling Hotel! The first of the four pool parties will take place in June. No room reservations are required. Hosted on the boutique hotel’s Pool Terrace, the event will run from 1:00PM to 4:00PM, featuring music, drinks, food, and plenty of good vibes. Tickets are limited and expected to sell out fast, with prices ranging from $25 to $45.

June 16th

2023 Central Valley Heart & Stroke Ball

American Heart Association Sunnyside Country Club

In more than 150 communities across the country, Heart & Stroke Ball supporters unite with a shared purpose to raise the critical funds needed to ensure that the American Heart Association’s work continues. The Central Valley event begins at 6:00PM and includes a social reception, a silent and live auction, and an engaging dinner program with an opportunity to make an impact.

June 17th

Legends of Motown Tribute Show

Visalia Fox Theatre

The Legends of Motown Tribute Show, with “Ceddie the Entertainer” as MC, features tribute artists Marvin Gaye, The Spinners, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and Barry White. The event is presented by Perico Productions and sponsored by Ed Dena’s Auto Center and ERA Valley Pro Realty. Doors open at 7:00PM with showtime at 8:00PM. Ticket prices range from $45 to $55.

June 23rd

Sun Kissed Summer Festival

Chukchansi Park

It’s the dawn of a new season and a flawless summer in Fresno awaits at the Sun Kissed Summer Festival. Featuring San Holo (DJ set), William Black, Haliene, and Amidy, this year’s lineup will be lighting up Chukchansi Park. Come take part in this celebration of music, life, and summertime fun. Join the festivities and experience another unforgettable night in the open air!

June 23rd to August 6th

Pride & Prejudice 2023

Good Company Players

2nd Space Theatre

Watch the Good Company Players bring a beloved Jane Austin classic to life on stage at the 2nd Space Theatre. Outspoken Lizzy Bennet vows never to marry, despite mounting societal pressure. But can she truly resist love when a very handsome and imposingly aggressive Mr. Darcy pops up at every turn? Come see for yourself at this rated PG show.

June 24th

John Crist: The Emotional Support Tour

Saroyan Theatre

John Crist is one of today’s fast-rising stand-up comedians, with more than one billion video views, over five million fans on social media, and sold-out shows from coast to coast. In 2019, he made Pollstar’s Top 100 Global Tours list with over 197,000 tickets sold. He has performed all over the world, and this year, he has launched his multi-city national Emotional Support tour.

June 25th

Audra McDonald in Concert

Warnors Theatre

Audra McDonald is returning to her hometown of Fresno! In honor of the Good Company Players’ 50th Anniversary Season, this Good Company Players alumna, record-setting six-time Tony-winner, and extraordinary world-class talent is presenting a once-in-a-lifetime homecoming concert at Warnors Theatre. Tickets are $150 each.

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SOCIAL affair

Santé Health Foundation Masquerade Ball


Benefiting Valley Caregiver Resource Center

On Saturday, April 22nd, the Santé Health Foundation presented its annual gala, the Masquerade Ball, at the Fresno Convention Center. This unforgettable evening benefited Valley Caregiver Resource Center, for which $202,672 was raised. Some 450 guests, many of whom were masked, partook in the event. The room was filled with striking red light and the outstanding entertainment, for which the ball has come to be known for. Highlights from the night include a performance by the talented and local Brooke Aiello, Shadow Dancers all the way from Las Vegas, and the Party Crashers Band based out of Utah and LA. A labradoodle puppy was also part of the live auction. Santé will be doing a check presentation on June 6th at Valley Caregiver Resource Center.

For more information about the Santé Health Foundation, please visit

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SOCIAL affair

Farm to Fiddle Dinner Party 2023


Benefiting the educational and concert programs of the Fresno Philharmonic Photographer Ellie Koleen

Back by popular demand, the Fresno Philharmonic’s Farm to Fiddle Dinner Party 2023 took place on Thursday, April 20th at The Barn at the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conversation Trust with 148 attendees. The social hour included a Fig & Honey charcuterie board and CRŪ wine. Dinner by Pardini’s featured Harris Ranch beef with Ficklin Port pink peppercorn glaze and Max’s Ciabatta Rolls. Locally picked citrus doubled as décor and a party favor. Music Director Rei Hotoda conducted a 13-person string orchestra from the Fresno Phil, and Caitlin McSherry played the solo in Fiddle-Faddle Over $25,000 was raised in support of the organization’s educational and concert programs, including the orchestra’s free Link Up concerts for schools.

For more information about the Fresno Philharmonic, please visit

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United Health Centers Foundation Spring Gala


Benefiting the Dr. Robert Shankerman College Scholarship Program at California State University, Fresno

Photographer The Creative Team of United Health Centers

The United Health Centers (UHC) Foundation Spring Gala supports the Dr. Robert Shankerman College Scholarship Program at CSU, Fresno. Attended by over 320 guests, the event was held on Friday, April 21st at The Painted Table and raised more than $130,000 thanks to various donations, event sponsorships, live auction items, and over 75 silent auction items through the Pacific Auction Company. Emily Erwin, daily host of NBC’s “Central Valley Today” served as Mistress of Ceremonies. There were featured remarks from Justin Preas, the new President and CEO of UHC, and Dr. Denise Seabert, Dean of the College of Health and Services, as well as a sponsor awards presentation, videos honoring Dr. Shankerman, dinner, and dancing.

For more information about the UHC Foundation, please visit

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SOCIAL affair

30th Annual Fiesta de los Niños


Benefiting Exceptional Parents Unlimited

The 30th Annual Fiesta de los Niños by Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU) returned for the first time since the pandemic on Saturday, May 20th. Assemblymember Jim Patterson presented EPU with a resolution to commemorate their anniversary. CalViva Health was the presenting sponsor. Approximately 450 people attended the evening held at The Grand on the Bluffs. A beautiful family, whose son, Collen, received services from EPU since he was about 9 months old due to cri du chat syndrome, was featured and his mom, Desiree, gave a beautiful speech about the importance of supporting EPU. A very competitive silent and live auction included goldendoodle puppies, a NASCAR trip to Las Vegas, a 2 karat diamond necklace, and various other treasures and experiences.

For more information about Exceptional Parents Unlimited, please visit

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SOCIAL affair

Visionary of the Year


Benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual event, now called Visionary of the Year, took place on Friday, May 12th at the Regency Event Center with roughly 600 people in attendance. This was a record-breaking year! The Fresno Visionaries of the Year 2023 candidate class raised $1,196,901, the most collectively ever raised in Fresno. The Visionary of the Year, Derek Lindemann (Valley Pride Ag Company), also broke a record by raising an incredible $333,703, the most ever raised by a candidate in Fresno. Runner-up, Kathleen Behr, MD (Behr Laser & Skin Care Center) also raised an impressive $303,077. The second runner-up was Phil Hansen (Hansen Ranches), who raised $206,735.

For more information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, please visit

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High Profile

Only a handful of names are synonymous with eye care, Maxwell being one of them. Highly regarded as an innovator in refractive eye surgery, Dr. Andrew Maxwell is a board-certified ophthalmologist, in addition to serving as a consultant to ophthalmic device and pharmaceutical companies. The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, he has also earned inclusion on the Health Grades Honor Roll and has been listed numerous times as one of the Best Doctors in America. Yet, in spite of his diverse accomplishments and over four decades of service, this humble doctor has no plans to stop tending to eyes in the Central Valley anytime soon.

Dr. Andrew Maxwell
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His life path has evolved greatly since the doctor’s first job in the orchards of Red Bluff, where he picked peaches, harvested almonds, and pruned plums, and then worked as a gas station attendant as a teenager through his second year of college. Dr. Maxwell’s introduction to eye care is from his Army years. “During the Vietnam War time, I chose to go through ROTC. I got a commission, and the Army gave me a deferment to finish my graduate school.” Dr. Maxwell now holds a Bachelor of Science, a master’s, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.

The young soldier was assigned to the military’s biophysics lab in Fort Knox to evaluate the biological effects of laser radiation, especially on the eyes. “The army, at that point, was just starting to use lasers for all sorts of things, including aiming devices. The concern would be ‘What happens if the laser hits the body, particularly in the eye?’ So during that time, we established the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards for light thresholds in the eye.” Working with so many eye personnel while at the biophysics lab got him particularly interested in this specialization.

Dr. Maxwell then moved to the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in Menlo Park for three years, where he worked in microbiology studying cancer and the effects of chemicals. “But I also continued to associate with the researchers that did the eye work because SRI had contracts with the military,” one of which was with a team of doctors in the Stanford Research Institute and Palo Alto Medical Clinic. “They had done a lot of work on laser, on light radiation effects on the eye.” He liked what they could do with research and that they could also teach, provide patient care, and perform surgery. And thus, he decided to go to medical school.

He was 33 and because he already had a Ph.D., he could accelerate through medical school. He was always interested in ophthalmology and his time in medical school only convinced him of that more. Dr. Maxwell earned his medical degree in 1976 from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed an internship in internal medicine studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a residency in ophthalmology at the prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute in 1977.

Dr. Maxwell entered private practice in Fresno in 1980. Today, he is considered one of the country’s leading innovators in refractive surgery and is part of the InSight Vision Center at The California Eye Institute, where he specializes in laser vision surgery, including LASIK, refractive, and cataract surgery. To date, he has performed upwards of 15,000 LASIK and laser vision procedures and lens implants. He is also affiliated with Fresno Surgical Hospital and Saint Agnes Medical Center.

Life has led Dr. Maxwell all over the country, far from his birthplace of Great Falls, Montana. “My daughter said, ‘You’ve done so many different things … We could hire a company to write a biography.’ They’re in the process of doing that right now.” In the process of recounting his life to them, Dr. Maxwell realized “I’ve lived in 13 different towns and my children… everyone was born in a different city.” Dr. Maxwell has a total of eight children.

Dr. Maxwell is the author of The Surgical Rehabilitation of Vision, has contributed to two ophthalmology textbooks, and has published over 50 scientific papers. Ever the student

and keen to share his findings, Dr. Maxwell is a sought-after speaker, seminar presenter, and symposium participant. When he’s not at the office, Dr. Maxwell and his wife, Kathleen, thoroughly enjoy traveling and seeking out new and interesting places to eat. The couple are major foodies! “You ask me what kind of food do I like. What restaurants do I go to? I enjoy eating almost anything but sushi is probably by absolute favorite. And the more exotic, the better.” In Fresno, he enjoys Wasabi, though when at his vacation home in Aptos, Akira is his go-to sushi restaurant.

Dr. Maxwell has traveled extensively outside of the United States, and each destination has carved a special niche in his heart…and his stomach. “It’s hard to pick because each place is unique!” he shares, referring to both the cultural and culinary scenes. “Not so much now, but it used to be I’d travel international three or four times a year.” Some of his favorite international jaunts include Kyoto, Positano, Florence, Paris, and Stockholm. Domestically, he’s particularly fond of New York, Chicago, and Charleston.

Contrary to some common belief, Dr. Maxwell isn’t even semi-retired and currently has no plans to. In fact, he still maintains a rigorous schedule. Every day begins for his wife and him at 5:00AM, and they don’t hit the sack until 11:00PM. “Anything more than four hours is a waste!” he insists. “That’s what Professor Fyodorov from Russia said,” and he’s been following the same advice ever since.

In his many years of practice, Dr. Maxwell counts Dr. Lee Nordan as one of the most influential personalities in his life. “Lee was a very interesting man: freethinker, willing to think outside the box. He was an ophthalmologist. He was in training about a year-and-a-half ahead of me at Jules Stein Eye Institute, and then he went into practice in San Diego, but he was always interested in doing advanced and innovative things in ophthalmology.” In fact, Dr. Maxwell and Dr. Nordan collaborated on two textbooks together and knew each other for over 40 years.

Dr. Maxwell is a surgeon’s surgeon. Eyes are precious, and Dr. Maxwell is regarded as one of the most trusted ophthalmic surgeons out there. He has pioneered new and advanced procedures since before the start of his career. Now, what used to take hours can be done in a matter of minutes, thanks to medical improvements, many of which he has contributed to. Take modern LASIK for example. Dr. Maxwell explains, “We’ll do two eyes every fifteen minutes.”

He’d already done five LASIK procedures before this interview at 10:30AM. “It’s not a matter that you try to be fast. The thing is, we become so good. In years past, a cataract operation could take up to an hour to do. Today, we can do a cataract procedure in 10 or 15 minutes now because of the advanced technologies.” Patients no longer need major anesthesia for most eye procedures. “We don’t even have to give them an injection. Just with topical anesthesia, we can make it comfortable.”

Many surgeons garner a demanding reputation, yet Dr. Andrew Maxwell’s is one of patience. “That’s why they always had me train the new nurses!” he professes with a chuckle. He maintains a steadfast yet calm and compassionate demeanor, and that permeates every space he enters. The Central Valley is beyond lucky to have an ophthalmologist of such esteemed caliber right in our own backyard. With a teacher’s heart and a student’s spirit, he’s always eager to be better and to do for others.

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Influencing Community Living

Bob McCaffrey, Brent McCaffrey, and Ash Knowlton tell the story behind the 14 years of research that went into the creation of Tesoro Viejo

Famed author and business consultant Dr. Ken Blanchard once said, “The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.” It is this style of influential leadership— through commitment, research, and credibility—which has encircled the team that dreamed up the award-winning Tesoro Viejo. Now known as the 2023 National Association of Home Builders “National Community of the Year,” Tesoro Viejo is the Central Valley’s shining example of a master-planned community, and it is the premier location to live, work, and play.

It all started with three men, each with Central Valley roots and categorically big dreams. Bob McCaffrey, his son Brent McCaffrey, and son-in-law Ash Knowlton began a 14-year journey in 2007 that would change the course of their names, their business, and the landscape of California’s San Joaquin Valley. They packed their bags and headed to communities throughout Texas, Arizona, Oregon, and Washington and up and down California. The team took notes on the best practices adopted in renowned communities such as Windsong Ranch, Hollyhock, and Light Farms in Texas; Verrado in Arizona; The Cannery in Davis in California; Southern California’s Ladera Ranch, Baker Ranch, and Orchard Hills; and Northern California’s Blackhawk. From land planning, sustainability, trails, park design, and landscaping to infrastructure, amenities, and clubhouse design, these vibrant, high-quality communities influenced the underpinnings of a potential master-planned community in the picturesque countryside of Madera, California.

Their main motivation? The land. This team of seasoned developers knew that Tesoro Viejo was not your typical 40-acre or 80-acre standalone subdivision. Rather, this land is special. The beauty, scale, and scope of the land in Madera clearly reflected that this master-planned community was meant to offer its future residents a connection to nature and neighbors.

But it is the topography that differentiates this land from any other master-planned community in Texas, Arizona, the Pacific Northwest, or even in Southern California. The Central Valley’s rolling hills and scenic vistas are sights to behold—and the team wanted to keep it that way. The result? Tesoro Viejo boasts nearly 400 acres of preserved natural open space, parks, trails, and recreational amenities.

One of the key points that the team noted again and again in their research was the importance of mature landscaping. Studies have demonstrated that neighborhoods with trees exhibit increased property values, not to mention the fact that trees buffer noise and even filter drinking water. As such, the McCaffrey team decided to plant an onsite tree nursery. It was 11 years before breaking ground on Tesoro Viejo that 10,000 trees

of 13 different species were planted. Today, these same trees line Tesoro Viejo’s major roads and parks, encircle the clubhouse, and stand tall at each home, providing a sense of establishment, shade, and beauty.

Another best practice to be included in Tesoro Viejo was walkability. So, planning included trails, walking paths connecting neighborhoods, villages, the Town Center, and recreational amenities even beyond the community with access to the San Joaquin River. Today, Tesoro Viejo’s kids ride bikes and walk to school, families walk to the Town Center, and podcast-listening runners, walkers, and bikers can be seen on the 14 miles of trails throughout. Ultimately, it has become a way of life at Tesoro Viejo.

“The community design of Tesoro Viejo is unique,” said Brent McCaffrey, president of The McCaffrey Group. “It’s an open design without walls separating neighborhoods, and we intermix our homebuilders so that the home across from you could be from a different builder. We feel like this variety expands the character of each village, and our residents love that.”

Tesoro Viejo’s Verano Collection is built by De Young Properties, the Bristol Collection is built by KB Home, and the Poppy Collection, Ivy Collection, and Savanna Collection are all built by The McCaffrey Group.

“We wanted to offer a wide range of housing choices for a true blending of generations,” said Ash Knowlton, president of construction at The McCaffrey Group. “Today we have several families with three generations buying homes within the master-planned community, all with options to stay within the community as their families evolve. It’s a generational thing—which, of course, resonates with our own McCaffrey family.”

As third-generation real estate developers, Brent McCaffrey and Ash Knowlton have a mission to continue the creation of vibrant, high-quality communities that support sustainable growth in the region for decades to come.

“I can honestly say there is a sense of community and neighborly interaction that has taken root at Tesoro Viejo,” said Bob McCaffrey, CEO of The McCaffrey Group. “From the weekly Farmers Markets, outdoor concert series, annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, and Veterans Day Breakfast to our Spring Classic Half Marathon/5k walk when all of our trails are occupied with runners and athletes, we see the community living as intended. Children are outdoors, residents are walking the trails, and neighbors are meeting at the parks, neighborhood coffee bar, and the clubhouse—everyone is enjoying the natural beauty of the land and community fellowship.”

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José Ramírez, Terrance Tumey, and CJ Wilson are influencing the Central Valley and beyond for the better. Though each walks a very different career path, they all understand how collective effort yields tenfold results, and they share a common background in athletics. Listening to the men speak their common tongue among themselves is fascinating—their routines, their lingo, their poignant questions to one another. All three are always in pursuit of being absolutely in tune with themselves so that they can perform at their most optimal and improve day after day, both personally and professionally. Wherever they are in their career, they undoubtedly still have much more to offer.

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God. Family. Boxing.

José Ramírez embodies what the sport of boxing is all about. The light welterweight has been disciplined from an early age, and his devotion to boxing has carried him from humble beginnings to the Olympic stage and beyond. “The most profound moment of my career (so far) has been becoming an Olympian and a world champion,” shares José. “I’m still inspired to become a world champion again. I’m excited about my career. I feel I’m now in my prime,” he states eagerly. Nowadays, he lives in Fresno but trains in Riverside, “So that means I have to leave my family behind, and that hurts me. However, it makes me work harder,” says the young father. José knows that being a professional athlete requires a lot of sacrifices, such as “being away from family, missing special moments with my kids and loved ones.”

But he is walking the talk, constantly improving upon his best, which has a trickle-down effect that makes it all worth it.

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Born in Hanford, José was raised in the small farming town of Avenal. José began boxing training at the newly built Avenal Community Center at eight years old. As a high school student in Avenal, José excelled as an athlete. “I played soccer, cross-country, and track all four years,” he lists. “I was also boxing, and by the time I was a senior, I was ranked number-one lightweight amateur in the United States from the 17- to 34-year-olds.” It was a cross-country coach who inspired José to set his Olympic goal. By age 15, he had not only made it to the Junior Olympics—he had won a gold medal there in 2012. Following his Olympic win, José transitioned from amateur to professional boxer.


Yet the adolescent boxer demonstrated aptitude beyond the ring, leading him to be accepted to California State University (CSU), Fresno. “I attended Fresno State as an engineering major. However, I chose to pursue my Olympic dream, so I didn’t have time to finish my degree,” he admits. “It was one of the toughest decisions of my life to choose between boxing and school.” This struggle speaks to how everything José does is in pursuit of something bigger with higher meaning.


José’s rearing greatly influenced the approach he’s taken in life. “My upbringing showed me work ethics, respect, and faith. My father taught me to respect my teachers and coaches by giving them the best version of myself,” he explains. “We were very limited financially. My father worked so much to provide, and my mother was the heart of the family, grooming us to be good. They never complained about the financial adversity that we faced sometimes. They made sure we stayed motivated to pursue our goals with love and support. That made me hungry to repay them with my accomplishments and good charity,” which is exactly what he continues to do.


Growing up, José was a small-town kid with big aspirations. Between his God-given talent and unwavering determination, he stresses, “I stayed focused on the prize and dedicated myself to giving my family a better future. At a very young age, I realized boxing was what my talent was and decided to stick with it. I achieved many things in the sport making the 2012 Olympic team in London, and following that goal, I became a professional.” José became a two-time world champion and has used his platform for various charitable works.


Charity involvement and giving back is a high priority to José. “Being blessed, I have fought for water rights for our communities and agriculture,” José speaks of his farm town roots in the Central Valley. “I have participated in donations for cancer patients, food banks, and currently have a scholarship fund with the Fresno State Alumni Association,” called the José Carlos Ramírez Scholarship. “The scholarships go to kids from Avenal High School who are attending CSU, Fresno.”


Despite such early success, José is quick to acknowledge that his career, and his person, are still evolving. “I have learned to become wise, patient, and humble. When I started my professional career, it was about me making money, winning titles, and helping my family,” he reflects. “Now, I approach the sport knowing how much excitement I give to my supporters when I perform, all with the goal to be a good role model while I do what I love to do.” In the end, José defines success as “doing what you love for the people you love,” all while “Making sure God is first and showing my kids that they have a courageous father.”


José’s faith is of utmost importance to him, and Philippians 4:13 holds a special place in his heart. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” he references. “Everything is not given; it’s earned, but be humble in victory and defeat.” His Christian/ Catholic convictions encourage him to do “my best to be God’s warrior,” José speaks of the principles and philosophies by which he lives his life. Whenever he needs to rejuvenate his spirit, “I pray and talk to my priest often.” Loving God and his family brings him great happiness.


“I come from a humble, hardworking family who migrated from Mexico. My three siblings and I are the first generation here in the United States,” divulges José. “I now have two beautiful kids, Matteo (7) and Katalina (2), with my wife, Marisol.” The couple are expecting another baby girl this August. “I enjoy barbeques on the weekends and travel with them. We’re a very united family who enjoy our cultural traditions.” For José, watching his kids grow gives him joy every single day.


Boxing is perceived in various ways, yet José has never had a malicious fighting spirit. It’s a misconception that “I got in many fights as a kid,” the boxer affirms. On the contrary, “I was afraid to fight in the streets as a kid because my father wasn’t afraid to discipline me. Boxing is a sport, and I always showed good sportsmanship,” he is proud to say. Right now, “I’m working on becoming a multi-world champion and being known as one of the best to lace those gloves on.”

In addition to being a better boxer, “I’m constantly working on being a better son, father, husband, and friend.” Despite his championship titles, “Having a family that supports me and loves me unconditionally” is by far his biggest success, and he aims to share that in all aspects of his life. “I believe I am responsible for setting a positive example for my community. To bring hope and joy both in and outside the ring.” José Ramírez has mastered what it means to live your truth. “I want to be remembered as a lovable, hardworking man who shared all my positive qualities with everyone who met me.”

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Authentic. Intentional. Benevolent.

Terrance “Terry” Tumey’s undeniable magnetism is not often encountered in daily life. His ability to coach and be coached with equal effectiveness makes this former college defensive lineman and National Football League (NFL) coach and staff member as impressive off the field as he is on it. In 2018, he was appointed Director of Athletics at California State University (CSU), Fresno, combining his athletic inclination with a desire to support people’s individual growth. Terry earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a concentration in business economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1988, followed by a Master of Business Administration with a focus on entrepreneurship and strategy from its Anderson School of Management in 1993. Today, those two degrees are the foundation of more than two decades of coaching and administrative excellence in collegiate and professional athletics.

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Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Terry attended Booker T. Washington High School, a magnet school recognized for academic and athletic achievement. Though gifted athletically, Terry understood the value of education early on and was mindful to maintain both sports and grades from the onset. “A multi-sport athlete, I competed in football, wrestling, and track & field,” he recounts. Collegiately, Terry attended UCLA for both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. “As an undergraduate, I was a member of the UCLA football team,” the former Bruin proudly shares of the chapter that paved the way for his career.


“I have been fortunate to have a career of opportunities and amazing individuals that took the time to invest in my journey,” states Terry with gratitude. He was given the opportunity to contribute as a graduate coach with UCLA football. “This led to a position as an assistant coach and eventually the chance to coach in the NFL with the Denver Broncos,” he recalls. “During that time, I was given the chance to combine both my passions of the sport and the business of football into a front office position with the San Francisco 49ers.”


As glittering as the prestige of the NFL was, Terry had still reflected and asked himself, “As time passed, I found that supporting the growth and development of people is satisfying, and where was that more prevalent than in college athletics?” In this regard, he recalls, “For what some considered a step back, I thought a path forward was to become a college administrator. Starting at a smaller Division II institution, I moved forward in my journey with the opportunity to serve the students. This path eventually led me to this great Valley and Fresno State.”


“My parents were hard-working, earnest people who valued an individual’s integrity and character. Some may have honored more tangible aspects of life, but for my parents, this was the definition of who you are,” Terry shares about his upbringing. “As you can imagine, these lessons hold true today as the issues or philosophies may vary, the ethos of a person is where the pursuit of success begins.” On the experiences he faced throughout his lifetime, Terry reflects, “Like everyone, I’ve had many ‘losses’ and the path forward has not been easy. But with every setback is the opportunity for personal growth. And when achieved, that feeling is unmatched.”


Service is at the foundation of Terry’s approach. “With the work we do, success isn’t defined personally—it’s exemplified with every individual that you serve,” he speaks of his role at CSU, Fresno. “As educators, we are given the honor to invest in the careers of talented individuals. Respect the work and you will find personal success and satisfaction in knowing you shared your gifts with others.” While he has a knack for making everyone around him feel comfortable, it’s actually a misconception that he’s always comfortable with new surroundings. “This is far from the truth. What I have learned is to become more comfortable with being uncomfortable.”


Positivity permeates all that Terry does. “I believe my philosophy towards life may be a bit simplistic, as I tend to be a ‘hopeful realist,’” he admits. “My philosophy is as follows: every individual, all beings of energy or spirit, are a gift of life. And with every individual’s journey comes a valued experience. Therefore, the intersections of these life journeys or shared experiences are all unique and valuable. This is what makes life’s journey special for me.” Speaking from his perspective, Terry continues, “As a member of this community, the role is always that of service. We are here to support the aspirations of our students and our Valley communities.”


Of all the communities we are part of, the family unit itself is most sacred, and in Terry’s case, this has resulted in three leading ladies in his life. “My wife, Candace, whose patience with me is undeniable, and two wonderful women I learn from every day—my older daughter, Cameron, and youngest, Simone—both of whom I enjoy watching grow and develop their own paths. Not sure where I would be without these women in my life; I believe they make me a better man,” he concedes.


Every day begins the same way for Terry. “First, enjoying coffee with Candace; second, a hug or kiss from my daughters; and finally, a moment to acknowledge the day.” This ties into Terry’s constant efforts to always strive for a better version of self. “As I attempt to personally improve daily, my favorite self-care is reflection and appreciation of my own efforts. Throughout the day, I will take moments to acknowledge that even with my imperfections, I appreciate this life path and all its gifts.” No matter what the day throws at him, being a part of the lives of his family—four-legged loved ones included—is a blessing worth counting daily.


Opportunity and challenge afford growth, and Terry is never one to pass up an opportunity. “I always find that the ability to enjoy a new experience and laugh at your own miscues or shortcomings will afford you the ability to enjoy the new challenge. I always say, where there is challenge, there is opportunity for growth. Never stagnant, we are always moving forward … Know, at every step, you committed your fullest to find a path forward and reach a positive outcome. With that, no matter the circumstance, you can rest well.”

This service-minded man relishes the privilege to connect with those who will shape what’s to come. “Regardless of how our future generations are portrayed, our young people are our greatest asset. Seeing the world through their eyes is exhilarating—without the hang-ups and predispositions we’ve created.” Terry Tumey’s universal goal is always to positively contribute to the success and life experiences of our global community. “Remain affirmed in who you are, no need to be more or no less; it will always be good enough.”

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CJ WILSON Determined. Creative. Autodidact.

CJ Wilson is the definition of a self-made man with Renaissance tendencies. Among his vast range of interests and pursuits, a passion for baseball and cars has been with him since the beginning. A two-time Major League All-Star southpaw, CJ is a family man with a lifelong love of high-quality automobiles. The California native grew up in Huntington Beach and focused 100% on baseball from the age of nine. “It was a job for me very early,” CJ shares of what resulted in a 15-year professional baseball career. But the raceway also beckoned. “I grew up at the dirt track; my dad was on the pit crew. I’ve always wanted to be a race car driver. I’ve always just been a car guy.” CJ got into the dealership business while still in the Majors and launched his race team in 2010. Having acquired Audi Fresno, BMW Fresno, and Porsche Fresno in 2017, he is now at the helm of 3 local luxury automotive stores.

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CJ’s story starts in Orange County. After graduating from Fountain Valley High School, he went to Santa Ana College and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. “I left before graduating but mainly studied international business, film and screenwriting, and psychology,” he recounts. “As a potential draft pick, I got good grades but was not concerned with graduating, so I took too many classes in different directions to get a well-rounded set of anchors moving into real life.”


CJ left college for professional baseball before becoming a car salesman. “Along the way, I started businesses, won some championships, sold some businesses, closed some businesses, traded up, built some things, and I’m still just at the beginning stages,” believes CJ. “I’ve written a book, designed a house that landed in Architectural Digest, shot photos for F1 and Maxim, started non-profits, founded some companies, angel invested all on the side. I sleep less and learn constantly.” He’s all about surpassing expectations, overcoming objections, and creating new paths around today’s limitations.


“My grandfather was a huge positive influence on me as a person, but I really think my desire to succeed was a result of wanting a nearly fictional standard of living,” CJ recounts. “In the ’80s and ’90s, the TV stars drove Ferraris, Porsches, etc. I wanted that as a very young child. It made me realize that I needed to be an alchemist and create my own path of dreams and goals to get that…I did not grow up in an opulent household or family, by any means.” The most influential piece of advice CJ received in relation to building his career helped shape his pursuits and achievements: “Only surround yourself with people you respect.”


CJ can’t help his rather serious demeanor, but he’s also quick to break that stern gaze with a joke. “I’m a very serious person, very much on my own path. I’ve been the same way forever,” he confesses. “It’s not a misconception. However, only my real friends know how I love to tell jokes.” Though he’s admittedly never as organized as he’d like to be, anyone who truly knows CJ understands how much he juggles and loves to collaborate on projects. His straightedge convictions also play a huge role in the way he does things. “I refuse to comply with anything I find unethical. Personal freedom is worth fighting for, as is privacy.”


CJ has been married to his “dream girl” Lisalla Montenegro for about 10 years. Together, they have four children, aged 7, 5, 2, and 4 months. “We have really stretched as much as possible to grow into a great team over that period,” CJ is proud to say. “We were both very much lone wolf types growing up, and now, we have our little pack. It’s fantastic … It’s nothing like the childhood I had, so it feels like a fantasy life,” he relishes. “I really think that my passion for cars and my wife’s appreciation for racing has translated into

our kids really well. My favorite moments are chasing them around the dealership and taking the family on drives up to Bass Lake, Shaver Lake, etc. to experience that freedom that cars allow.” He’s hoping to get the kids on dirt bikes soon!


“Running this type of enterprise is really a weird combination of hospitality, luxury goods, commercial real estate, event planning,” CJ shares of the auto industry. “I truly enjoy building connections with our clients similarly to the way a great restaurant or boutique watch store caters to their clients and knows what they like and don’t like. Their support allows me to be successful and employ over 100 people. If we continue to focus on that client experience, our success translates all the way through my team and everyone wins. Winning financially allows for a higher quality of life for my teammates and, hopefully, inspires them to be positive pillars for their families, friends, and social circles. We are all connected through our Karmic Gravity—everything I do creates a wake of energy and has lasting effects.”


In his pursuit of always being better, CJ is keenly aware of what really matters as well as what’s still on the horizon. “I have another few books to write, a lot of cars to sell, and want to expand my dealership reach. I spend a lot of time educating people about Bitcoin and might end up in Washington DC one day. It’s still early!” he reveals. But, “If I’m looking to spoil myself, I’m either buying more Bitcoin or chasing a watch.” Nevertheless, every day, he relies on his wife, his phone, and his cast iron skillet. And when a little extra TLC is in order, “Driving sports cars and riding motorcycles is both recharging and rewarding. Internal combustion is my jam.”


CJ understands that “Even though we all want to minimize mistakes, we will make them.” Further, he believes “Forward focus on lofty goals is a great vector and prevents dwelling on the past. Future wins are bigger than past losses.” Living what you preach is the best means of establishing the strong leadership that is needed in every family and community. “By setting a great example for my kids, they will translate and amplify my efforts decades into the future. Beyond that, my goal is to inspire people to take charge of their decisions and their direction in life. I call it being a Sovereign Individual.”

Though he retired from professional baseball at the age of 36, today, CJ is still following the path he laid out in 1989. He may have a few more wrinkles now, but CJ’s curiosity and inner drive have not waned at all in his 40s. “Learning new methods and skills and building a great team is what drives me mentally … I focus on making progress, improving, and deeper meaning,” he imparts. “I’m looking for stillness, connection, gratitude,” both personally and professionally. CJ states that at his dealerships, “We’re going to treat you like a neighbor because that’s how we think of ourselves.” From the field and track to family life, momentum and understanding are what CJ Wilson is all about.

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Each year, CVLUX recognizes the Central Valley’s favorite businesses with Luxury Awards.


The top five in each category will make it to the 2024 ballot for voting. The winners will be announced at the Luxury Awards in March 2024.

Nominations for the 2024 Luxury Awards will be open from July 1st through the 31st. The nominees will be announced in the September Edition. Be sure to nominate your favorite businesses at:



Clothier Patrick James embodies the quintessential American men’s wardrobe. The story of Patrick James, Purveyor to Gentlemen, began in Fresno in 1962, when Patrick James Mon Pere embarked on a journey that would span a lifetime. His passion for the men’s clothing industry quickly garnered a loyal clientele. What started out as a local private label store has since blossomed into an encompassing national brand, while remaining true to its original mission: providing quality merchandise with an exceptional customer experience.

Since his youth, Patrick James Mon Pere was “always dressed to the nines,” his son, Patrick, Jr., recalls. “He always was kind of interested in clothes growing up, and then he started working for some of the other retailers here at the time, and then started a young family and needed to make more money, so he went into the insurance business.” Yet his coworkers would often consult him about fashion, prompting his boss at the time to encourage him to return to the clothing business, saying, “everyone’s coming up to you and you just light up when you’re talking about clothes.”

And so, Mon Pere took a chance. He returned to work for another retailer, started buying for them, and eventually ventured out on his own. “He had a conviction that he wanted to bring Ivy League dress to the West Coast,” shares Patrick, Jr. “So he was kind of the first Ivy League store out here on the West Coast, which was natural shoulder clothing, sack coats, and stuff like that. And he just kind of grew it from there.” Mon Pere was a charismatic gentleman. He mentored many and brought in salespeople who helped Patrick James branch out by establishing new stores.

Patrick James does more than simply dress its patrons. “We are a family business establishing friendships in our community by providing our customers outstanding professional service and quality merchandise in a comfortable shopping environment or in the comfort of your own home,” their mission statement asserts. The business was built upon the heartfelt service and friendship bestowed on every customer who walked through its doors. The secret of Patrick James’ success lies in its commitment to providing customers with quality clothing and guiding them to build a wardrobe uncompromised in both fabric and design.

Patrick James has come a long way since its establishment six decades ago. Founder Patrick James Mon Pere’s fashion savvy and meticulous attention to quality and detail rapidly garnered a reputation and established Patrick James as a “West Coast Classic” style icon. This legacy is upheld to this day, carried on by Mon Pere’s sons: Patrick, Jr., Mike, and Clay. Although Mon Pere passed away in 2019, his family continues to expand the Patrick James brand, which now has a national catalog, an e-commerce website, and nine upscale men’s clothing and lifestyle stores across California and Nevada.

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The family feels fortunate to be working together so cohesively. “I think it started just with how dad brought us in,” Patrick, Jr. imparts. “We were large enough that we weren’t tripping over each other, so that helped. And it’s just a lot of communication, good communication. As long as everyone’s on the same page, it all seems to work out okay.” Patrick, Jr. runs the company, doing the buying and merchandising. Mike handles operations, such as contracts and daily operations of the stores. Clay manages the warehouse and other fulfillment aspects of the business.

Being a lifestyle brand, Patrick James can function and adapt uniquely. “Our role is to edit: go out there into the marketplace and edit things and bring them back for our customers,” says Patrick, Jr. “We’re a lifestyle store. We ebb and flow a little bit with the times of what’s going on around us and what our customers’ needs are,” such as bringing in more athleisure lines during COVID. Presently, about 70% of Patrick James’ business is sportswear, including sneakers, denim, and suits. However, the brand’s background is in tailored clothing, and custom-made still makes up a big portion of the business. “We try to be your eyes and ears out there,” shares Patrick, Jr. of the search for only the best at the best possible value for their customers. “We do use our size for buying power and sourcing and a lot of different things like that, too, that can help customers.”

To this day, Patrick James retains its share of private label clothing and opulent merchandise. However, the retailer has expanded its offerings to include lifestyle brands and luxurious men’s sportswear collections. Presently, approximately 50 labels, including their own, are available at Patrick James. Their buyers and merchandisers are constantly on a mission to obtain unique and exquisite pieces from around the world, without ever compromising on quality or workmanship. Items from England, Scotland, Ireland, and the USA keep the traditional look alive. Products from Italy, France, Germany, Canada, and Japan introduce a contemporary flair. This blending of aesthetics cultivates an exclusive upscale men’s store with an international sense without sacrificing any of Patrick James’ old-world roots.

The Patrick James family has grown to over 100 employees, many of whom have been with the company for over half its lifetime. Their unique, collective knowledge and passion for the business are shared with customers and friends. The Patrick James staff is very active in the community and local charities, all of which are reflected in the company’s mission statement. “We have our nine stores and our employees in those stores really are our family in that community. And so we’ve always stressed community involvement with our managers and our salespeople,” Patrick, Jr. explains. “Without them, there isn’t a Patrick James. They are Patrick James out there for us and all of our communities.”

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While Patrick James’ merchandise has changed in part over the years, its hallmarks of quality and exemplary service remain as they were on the store’s opening day in 1962. The only thing better than receiving their catalogs in the mail is the opportunity to visit a Patrick James store, where you can meet their great staff and shop exquisite merchandise in person. The company is working towards an enhanced shopping experience by integrating new technologies in the stores. “We want to do a new POS system, get more digital, and be able to use iPads in the stores, a lot of things to just make things easier for our customers.”

Patrick James is a hidden treasure in the Central Valley. “It’s funny, we’re better known in other places,” admits Patrick, Jr. “We’re kind of a good secret here.” Patrick James is one of the few local stores that caters exclusively to men in Fresno. However, “We’re not just trying to sell. We’re really trying to make relationships with our customers,” he professes. “We have multiple generations shopping now—that’s just very rewarding. That was always one of the most rewarding things for our dad, for us, too.” Patrick, Jr., Mike, and Clay are undoubtedly carrying on a legacy of “West Coast Style” in a modern fashion while honoring a tradition of exceptional taste. With a wardrobe from Patrick James, you’re sure to dress the part for all of life’s occasions.


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May 21st to June 21st

This month challenges the airy twin’s versatility to remain open-minded. Natives of this sign are self-expressive and superficial. It’s important that they speak the truth as well as be willing to listen and adapt to others’ views. Mercury rules Gemini and represents all forms of communication. If your mind feels over-stimulated by the download of information, make a list to clear the brain and replenish your energy by slowing down, getting a chair massage, journaling, and inhaling therapeutic aromatherapy oils.


June 22nd to July 22nd

Domestic activities, such as cooking and interior design, are your avenue to shine. Plants in nature and at home keep you grounded and feeling good.


July 23rd to August 22nd

Friends and mutually beneficial relationships are important, but so is independence. Finding a balance between your unique self and the company of others will bring an extra vitality for a sunny disposition.


August 23rd to September 22nd

The community at large calls out, overwhelming you with ambitions and work goals. Offset your responsibilities with self-gratifying pleasures. Find time to enjoy both.


September 23rd to October 23rd

Emotional issues associated with relationships come to light. Compassion and empathy will help heal past traumas and encourage optimism. There will be possibilities of growth through resilience.


October 24th to November 21st

If things seem off-kilter, take a step back and reassess the situation to see if you are part of the problem. When you focus on others’ needs and flow with the situation, there will be better results.


November 22nd to December 21st Remain impartial towards your goals. If things are shaping up as you projected, the course ahead is limitless, but if restrictions appear, readjust. The option to make changes is yours.


December 22nd to January 19th

The attention you give to the hubbub of activity allows the necessary maintenance to proceed. Modifications are a part of the process. If you need a break, start a new hobby to give yourself a boost.


January 20th to February 18th

Now is the time to dine with friends, family, and significant others for pleasure. Indulging yourself will keep you from being bothered by small irritants.


February 19th to March 20th

Inspiration brings support, enabling new plans to be made. The only obstacles are understanding limits and boundaries. This energy is accessible through hard work and belief in yourself.


March 21st to April 19th

Being direct and in forward motion pushes you beyond what the average person is capable of doing. The annoyance of those who try to discourage or impede you will pass once they catch up to you.


April 20th to May 20th

The impact you have on the world is upbeat and cheerful. Maintain the qualities of assertiveness and confidence to bring opportunities your way. It’s an ideal time to be in harmony with the energy at hand.

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