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Chamber’s Legislative Focus Provides Direction for 2020 Goals One of the CORONA Chamber’s main priorities is to ensure a favorable business climate for employers, so they can focus on doing what they do best and not get caught in red tape or bureaucracy. This specialized committee works on behalf of all local employers, helping Corona as a community attract and retain career-building jobs. This happens by eliminating

unnecessary regulation and creating common sense tax and healthcare reform. To achieve this vision, we maintain relationships with government and elected officials of all levels, keeping an open dialogue and voicing the concerns of businesses. Updates are reported on a monthly basis, and minutes are available on our website for viewing. ... Continued on page 2

Bringing a Confusing Corona Business License Issue to Light


s we begin 2020, the CORONA Chamber continues to provide advocacy for all businesses. We have made the commitment to monitor legislation at every level and to act as an aggressive watchdog against any actions proposed that might hamper our business community. Recently, the Chamber was notified that a company based in Fresno (contracted with the City of Corona) has been sending CORONA

property owners a form letter with an invoice that a local business license was required to collect rent. We immediately researched this claim and found that while business licensing is part of the community, there are exclusions to claims in the form letter that need to be considered prior to the writing of any checks. A business that is occupying a self-owned building or is paying rent to itself or ... Continued on page 3


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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT, BUSINESSES OF THE YEAR, AND OTHER SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS Senator Richard Roth speaks at the Legislative Action Committee meeting held December 6, 2019 at Eagle Glen Golf Club.


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Corona’s Elected Officials and New City Manager, Jacob Ellis, share insight on Government protocol with the CORONA Chamber’s Executive Leadership Roundtable participants. Seated are Council Member Yolanda Carrillo, Council Member Wes Speake, Council Member Jason Scott, Ellis, City Treasurer Chad Willardson, and Vice Mayor Jacque Casillas. Standing behind Carrillo is Mayor Jim Steiner. Learn about the ELR project on page 12.

Long-Awaited OM&S Warehouse 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off &

Craft Brew Festival Returns



aval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division officially opened its long-awaited, purpose-built Operating Materials & Supplies (OM&S) Warehouse in

a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 8. The warehouse is crucial to meeting the Department of the Navy’s initiative for property accountability and

Capt. Khary Hembree-Bey, commanding officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, (middle), Congressman Ken Calvert (left), Ashish Patel, Kandeep Sanda, and Lesa Jones cut the ribbon at the OM&S Warehouse opening on Nov. 8. Photo by Becky Cleveland CTR/ Released

auditability to improve financial compliance as well as readiness to support the warfighter. It will also help NSWC Corona comply with Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) requirements by providing centralized receiving, accurate inventory and longterm storage. “Corona supports nearly all weapon systems across the Navy,” said Capt. Khary W. Hembree-Bey, commanding officer of NSWC Corona. “Our engineers and scientists procure parts and build systems that directly support those weapon systems that impact the Navy’s readiness and lethality. The warehouse affords us the agility to optimize our spaces to better increase our core mission to ... Continued on page 14


ver 25 Chili Cook-Off contestants in two categories will be competing for prizes at the Circle City Rotary’s annual event, Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Festival. There will be beer tasting from approximately 20 craft breweries, as well as other food available and alternative beverages for purchase. A live band will keep the energy high, and all attendees can take part by voting for their favorite chili chefs with the People’s Choice award category! Circle City Rotary supports many nonprofit organizations throughout the year. Proceeds from the 2020 Festival, scheduled for Saturday, February 29, will enable Circle City Rotary to continue its financial support to those

less fortunate. 100% of the net proceeds from this event will be used directly to fund benevolent service projects right here in our own backyard as well as in other countries, where the need is greatest and we make a difference in people’s quality of life. For tickets, sponsorships, entry forms, or more information, visit Fi r e A n d Ic e Co r o n a .o r g . See you there!

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CORONA Chamber of Commerce 904 E. 6th Street, CORONA, CA 92879 (951) 737-3350 | My MyChamber.org Bobby Spiegel President/CEO Bobby@MyChamber.org Deserie Ramirez Vice President of Operations Assistant to the President/CEO Deserie@MyChamber.org Stephanie Shapiro Communications and Events Manager Stephanie@MyChamber.org Jenina Ramirez Membership Development Jenina@MyChamber.org Robert Yanez Membership Development Robert@MyChamber.org

Linda Richards Programs & Advocacy Coordinator Linda@MyChamber.org Betty Sherin Member Services Betty@MyChamber.org Marilyn Vargas Member Services Marilyn@MyChamber.org Don Williamson Editor CORONA Business News Graphic Design Kim Mabon Creative By Design www.creativebydesign.net Jim Dorsey Photography (951) 735-8668

#CORONACHAMBER For advertising information, contact the Chamber at (951) 737-3350 Since 1910, the Corona Chamber has been providing ‘resources for prosperity’ for the businesses and community of Corona, CA. This Chamber represents the interest of business in the greater Corona service area by providing its members networking opportunities, promoting the community, and engaging federal, state, and local officials in order to improve the economic prosperity of the Inland Southern California region. With a membership of over 750 businesses, representing over 55,000 jobs, the Corona Chamber is the voice of business. Learn more by visiting www.MyChamber.org.

ou know, as well as I do, there seems to be not enough time in a day to get things done. We live in a crazy world where our attention is thinned and distracted to the extreme. Throw in technology and it seems like our nose is in our cell phones every minute. And before you know it, the day is over (and the year) – you sleep and then it starts all over again. I like hacks – shortcuts and time saving tactics so that life can become more effective and efficient. Here it is for time management. The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of your time to be an effective time management expert. There are three major steps for this simple system. The first step is to only attend or touch it once. This step means that if you “touch” a task, then immediately act. Act on the task instead of re-visiting, re-addressing, or re-reading (examples include emails, files, and documents). Without acting on the task at that moment, you will have wasted almost 100 hours per year when no action is taken. The other two steps are incorporated together. These are: making/prioritizing lists and the time management index card system. Every night before going to bed, take a 3” x 5” index card (yes, old school technology – no cell phones or electronics), then think of 3-5 tasks that need to be completed the next day. Next to the task, write the approximate time it would take to complete. You don’t want to write a list that takes more than a reasonable

amount of time. At the top of the card, write tomorrow’s date and the words “Tasks” or “To Do.” Then write/ list the tasks on the front of the card. Then, turn the card over and write “Anti-List” on the back. When you complete a task on the front, you cross it out and then re-write the completed task on the back. This is a psychological ploy to give you a sense of accomplishment. Crossing out the task does not seem to be as effective. But, writing on the back of the card seems to give more satisfaction. Try it, and you’ll see. The reason you’ll want to create this list before going to bed is because your subconscious will start working on the problem/tasks overnight, so when the new day starts, you will be able to hit the ground running and be turbocharged to tackle those tasks. As a side note: just for gags, set a day aside and record all of the tasks and activities including the times expended. You will be amazed how much of the day and night is “wasted” on non-productive stuff such as answering emails or texts throughout the day. Maybe you check social media multiple times during the day. Is it a productive and effective use of time? You decide. Darren Takenaga, a business owner in Corona and a science teacher, writes on various topics that relate to business, marketing, and life skills. He is an author of “Profit Now for Your Restaurant.” He can be reached at Darren.takenaga@gmail.com or through his website – SenseiOfSuccess.com.

Direction for 2020 cont’d from page 1 Our Platform focus areas are: • Development • Regional Issues • Energy • Transportation, Infrastructure, and the Environment • Business Attraction and Retention • Cost of Doing Business • Education and Outreach • and Workforce Issues To learn more, visit the Advocacy & Legislative Action page on our website, MyChamber.org. The full platform with specific goals and explanations is available now. You may also RSVP to Linda@MyChamber.org for one of our future Legislative Action Committee meetings, held the first Friday of each month at 8:00am.

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CORNER Bobby Spiegel

THE DETAILS The seminars and workshops listed here are provided by the Corona Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Corona and County of Riverside as a benefit to the business community. Ongoing education and professional development are keys to business success. All workshops are provided free of charge at the Corona Chamber office (904 E. 6th St., Corona 92879), unless otherwise noted. Register at MyChamber.org.

ADVANCED BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS Session 1 of 6 - Thursday, January 9th - 7:30-9:00am "Building Trust in Today's Challenged Market" Presented by Paul Webb, Master NLP Trainer Additional dates: Mar. 5, May 7, Jul. 2, Sep. 3, Nov. 5

COFFEE WITH AN ENTREPRENEUR Second Monday of every month - 8:00-9:30am Eugene Montanez of Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail/ Image 360 is our guest speaker on January 13th

2020 HR & LEGAL UPDATES Thursday, February 27th - 11:30am-1:30pm Presented by Usama Kahf of Fisher Phillips Lunch and Learn provided by Express Employment Professionals


family trust has been sent this request from Fresno asking the landowner for a new separate business license. The Chamber understands that this is against current policy. If your building has a single entity occupant, not multiple tenants or spaces, then the landowner is not obligated to pay for a business license. Nonetheless, the Fresno-based company is requesting an application be returned to them. It appears some who have completed this task have received a business license without paying an additional fee. We believe this is not correct procedure. To be clear however, any business operating on any property is required to obtain a business license. The CORONA Chamber of Commerce is not objecting to the legitimate policies of licensing businesses; however, we oppose the confusion that has been created by mail requests soliciting licenses from property owners who are exempt. We consider this irresponsible and counter-productive for all concerned. To stop further confusion, the Chamber will be meeting with City Manager Jacob Ellis and Corona Mayor Jim Steiner to request that a letter of explanation accompany

all business license solicitations. This situation has reminded us of another ongoing issue: supporting our local economy. The Chamber is constantly asking local officials to support shopping in CORONA, and is disappointed to find the task of business licensing being assigned to an entity in faraway Central California. It seems likely a capable partner for the city could be found within CORONA limits. This is just one of many similar out of town relationships the City has established that we recommend reconsidering. On the first Friday of each month, we host our Advocacy Outreach meeting at the Chamber office. Known as the Legislative Action Committee, this group of business professionals oversees a variety of legislation being proposed by the City, State of California, and the Federal Legislatures. Please review the 2020 Legislative Platform, available in this publication and online at MyChamber. org. The Chamber will be traveling to Sacramento June 2 nd through 4 th to meet with State Legislatures and decision makers. All are welcome to join us on this annual sojourn, with a large discount available to Chamber members. Registration is open now. Contact Linda@MyChamber.org or calling us at (951) 737-3350 for details and to secure your spot. Join the CORONA Chamber of Commerce as we Make History every day.

Join the Corona Chamber at this great event!

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Help Us Welcome Our New Members Celebrate! Listed on these pages are our newest members. For a complete member listing, visit www.MyChamber.org. Our members invest in our organization for numerous reasons. Many find the resources provided, the advocacy efforts and the economic profiles as viable assets driven by our five Core Competencies: Sustaining and Creating a Strong

Local Economy; Representing the Interest of Business with Government; Promoting the Community; Promoting Political Action; and Providing Networking Opportunities and Business Referrals for our member firms. If you are not currently a member, please contact the Corona Chamber at (951) 737-3350 or info@mychamber.org.

Bell Family Daycare (951) 254-7822 Corona, CA 92883 We are a licensed Daycare with 20 years of experience serving the Painted Hills, South Corona, and Temescal Canyon area. We have a Nurse and are CPR certified.

HCP Realty Financial (951) 830-4899 Corona, CA 92881 We have over 22 years of experience in both origination and real estate transactions. Certified foreclosure specialist and a member of National Association of Realtors.

Circle City Plumbing and Drain, LLC (951) 800-8466 211 W. Rincon, Ste. 317 Corona, CA 92883 A full service residential and commercial plumbing company specializing in high expectations and value. We’d like the opportunity to earn your business and trust, and exceed your expectations.

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar (951) 379-3630 380 McKinley St. Corona, CA 92879 Lazy Dog serves handcrafted American food and drink with seasonally inspired ingredients.

Corona Community AME Church (951) 371-9233 321 E. 6th St. Corona, CA 92879 The mission of the Corona Community AME Church is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ’s liberating gospel. Corona Hills Modern Dentistry and Orthodontics (951) 531-9693 460 N. McKinley St., Ste. 101 Corona, CA 92879 General Dentist including Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics and Specialty/Cosmetic Dentistry. Dare to Dream Leadership Consulting Firm Corp. (951) 378-3998 1307 W. 6th St., Ste. 119C Corona, CA 92879 Dare to Dream Leadership Consulting Firm Corp is a business that focuses on developing, mentoring and guiding employees, individuals and leaders alike to produce results with excellence.

M.E.C. (951) 733-0009 Corona, CA 92881 We specialize in corporate training and personal development for your career and business, moving you and your business forward. Maruti Enterprises Inc. (951) 312-0527 Corona, CA 92879 Importer and Exporter of fertilizer to India. Moore Family Law Group (951) 534-5440 4160 Temescal Canyon Rd., Ste. 302 Corona, CA 92883 We protect professionals and business owners from unfair divorce. Experienced legal professionals focusing on family law. Myrror Emages Signs (951) 278-8040 405 Sixth St., Ste. L Norco, CA 92860 A family owned and operated business specializing in signing, embroidering, screen print and copy print. Nexus Office Environments (626)470-7826 1781 Capital St., Ste. G Corona, CA 92880 Our goal is to address your workspace needs in a timely and efficient manner. Our service experts will work collaboratively to bring your design vision to life. Nina’s Tacos & Catering/ Party Rentals (951) 602-0026 Corona, CA 92880 Fresh homemade authentic Mexican cooking, the real taste of homemade cooking because “Life Should Be Utterly Delicious.”

The following businesses were recently recognized at Good Morning Corona for their milestone anniversaries with the Corona Chamber. Join us in congratulating them for their ongoing investment in our community. 15 years

Platinum Collision Centers Dos Lagos (951) 433-5888 3745 Temescal Canyon Rd. Corona, CA 92883 At Platinum Collision Centers we make customer service a priority. Our people are highly trained and are dedicated to the commitment of quality, workmanship and service that our business was founded on. Raincross at Riverside (951) 785-1200 5232 Central Ave. Riverside, CA 92504 Raincross at Riverside is a retirement community offering Assisted Living and Memory Care on an intimate senior campus. Located just off Central and close to the 91 Fwy. Shryne Group, Inc. (949) 887-3375 728 E. Commercial St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 Shryne Group Inc. is a Los Angelesbased cannabis holding company with a fully, vertically integrated asset and license portfolio covering the breadth of California, the largest legal cannabis market. Tenacity Financial (951) 818-9556 Corona, CA 92879 We provide Financial Services including Investments. Vollmer and Associates, CPAs (951) 405-4005 11741 Sterling Ave., Ste. B2 Riverside, CA 92503 We are a full-service accounting firm offering financial statement prep, financial advising and tax preparation. Welcome Wagon (951) 808-8600 Corona, CA 92883 We specialize in helping businesses grow by target marketing to homeowners who are new to the area. They don’t have any loyalties or know where to shop. We help direct them to you.

Safeguard Investment Advisory Group, LLC (951) 667-4969 4160 Temescal Canyon Rd., Ste. 307 Corona, CA 92883 Safeguard Investment Advisory Group offers wealth management advice in the northern and southern communities of California. 5 years

Corona Fit Body Boot Camp (951) 250-5822 90 W. Grand Blvd., Ste. 105 Corona, CA 92882 Fitness training using high intensity interval training for maximum results in a boot camp environment.

Corona History Association (951) 529-2999 P.O. Box 1965 Corona, CA 92878 The Corona History Association is dedicated to preserving the accuracy of historic Corona and educating the community about its past through presentations, historical markers, and inducting noteworthy citizens past and present in the CHA-created “Circle City Hall of Fame.”

Pacific Dermatology Institute (951) 734-8989 770 Magnolia Ave., Ste. 1-H Corona, CA 92879 Pacific Dermatology Institute is committed to the health and beauty of your skin. As a full-service dermatology medical group, our providers are here to care for your every skincare need.


Our Future Will Become Our History


he 2020 CORONA Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, Don Williamson, recalls his first memory of the CORONA Chamber. “I was in first grade at Lincoln Elementary. They gave each student a map of Corona, and I loved it. I still have it.” A long time resident, he is passionate about Corona, its past, present and future. The Chamber motto for 2020 is MAKE HISTORY. Don explains, “History done right tells both sides of a story, however, those that are trying to ‘make history’ are attempting to control their own destiny. This requires doing your best

to find success in your endeavors. That is the message that we are reinforcing, to make a positive impact that leaves the best results, controlling your destiny.” Following his years in the Corona-Norco Unified School District, Don received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, met his wife Marina, here as an exchange student from Sweden, in the Corona Library and raised a daughter, Camilla and a son, Kyle. He spent 40 years working in the grocery business. Throughout his career, Don participated in decision-making, implementing policies and programs while gaining an understanding of business protocols and some things about human nature. He says, “Working in the same industry for a long period of time is an incredible learning experience, but I am glad to be retired.” In 2015, he founded the Corona History Association. When not volunteering for the Chamber, he spends his time on baseball or local history. Let us all congratulate Don on his role as Chairman of the Board for 2020 and wish him and the Chamber, our best year yet!

Thanks For Making a Difference


t seems like yesterday we were installing Mike Ryan as our Chairman of the Board. Just like a snap of the fingers, time flies by so fast. During Mike’s tenure as Chairman of the Board for the CORONA Chamber, many goals were achieved. Two successful legislative trips were held, to our State Legislature and Nation’s Capital. Active in Advocacy Outreach, the CORONA Chamber is well known and respected throughout California and in Washington, D.C. We worked to find solutions to local issues, and a delegation of business leaders spoke to Congressmen and women, Senators, and additional key leaders on behalf of all regional businesses. “The Chamber’s Advocacy outreach includes military support of the two installation bases: March Air Reserve Base and NAVSEA, Corona Division.

These facilities’ economic impact is huge for our region and the state. Traveling to Washington, D.C. and meeting with elected officials and policy makers is part of our work,” stated Don Williamson, 2020 Chairman of the Board. “Each year in D.C. we have the HONOR of representing CORONA as we place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In 2020, Mike Ryan will have this honor!” The rebirth of the CORONA Chamber Foundation (our charitable non-profit) along with the CORONA Chamber has become known worldwide. With the Foundation’s involvement and support, the Chamber hosted the largest Military appreciation breakfast to date. In November 2019, over $210,000 was transferred to the Family Justice Center for the Magnificent 13, from funds collected by the Chamber and Foundation on behalf of the abused children. We are pleased to report these funds will be earmarked specifically for all 13 kids for any needs they may have as they work to rebuild their lives. Through the Chamber’s growing popularity of the Executive Leadership Program (ELR), we have been able to gather executives and established leaders to explore and expand their knowledge of what different sectors

of the community do regularly, including: education; military; government; economic development; public safety; history and arts and culture; and healthcare. Through the ELR Program, these leaders are charged with selecting a community project that will be completed within the timeframe of the course. Numerous impactful projects have brought awareness to our community and have strengthened our town in positive ways. Programs and training for businesses was another focus. Working together with local educational institutions has developed into collaboration, where they are exploring new curricula for future students. It is noted that over 60% of the jobs sought in 2030 haven’t yet been developed. Under Mike’s leadership, the

Chamber hosted 30 seminars and workshops for the business community, brought in 155 new members to the organization, hosted the 8th Annual Riverside County Women’s Leadership Conference, 3rd Annual Southern California Economic Summit, provided through our Advocacy Outreach two Legislative Summits, 12 local meetings, numerous meetings with elected officials and their representatives, worked with partnering organizations for the betterment of the business community, and truly lived his choice of theme, “Make a Difference.” We’d like to thank Mike for his leadership, bold choices, and tough questions, and for ensuring we continued to move in a positive direction on behalf of the business community.


Akes, Lopez and Montanez Join Chamber Board T

he CORONA Chamber is pleased to share our three new additions to the volunteer Board of Directors for this coming year. Patrick Akes with Grimes-Akes Family Funeral Home, Crystal Lopez with Carter Bradley Insurance Solutions, and Eugene Montanez, co-owner of Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail/Image 360 will join 23 other business leaders to serve the greater Corona business community. Akes, 36, grew up in the funeral home atmosphere. He reflects back on his grandmother playing the organ (before music was piped in), for services in the LA County area. Today, he is the manager for the Corona office, located at 500 W. 7th St., 92882 and can be reached at (951) 737-3771. They provide full-service funeral arrangements, pre-arrangements, and cremations, and are able to assist in any global needs. Established by the Grimes’ in 1947, Patrick joined his family in the profession, and they run the Riverside Akes Family Funeral Home. Patrick is involved in many philanthropies from the Lions Club to the ELKS and more. Through the ELKS Lodge in Corona, Patrick is a Past Exalted Ruler (PER) and services the CA/Hawaii Elks Association as their VP. During the holiday season, Patrick’s wife Deserie colors Patrick’s hair and beard white, enabling him to help Santa in numerous requests.

Patrick Akes

Crystal Lopez

An avid sportsman, he started wrestling in 1999, retiring in 2012 due to a fractured neck. Re-involved in the sport when he was Exalted Ruler, they were searching for a way to raise more funds, and his thinking outside of the ‘wrestling ring’ turned into an annual fundraiser for disabled children in our community. Lopez, 36, is the Founder and Owner of Carter Bradley Insurance Solutions. Crystal learned about the importance of insurance at a very young age. When she was 17 years young, she lost her father from a drunk driver. After her father’s death, her mother and siblings were left with no insurance to cover funeral expenses. Her family had to hold car washes and different fundraising events to cover over $9,000 in expenses. With the breadwinner of the family deceased, Crystal had to drop out of high school to work jobs and help support her family. Eventually she obtained her G.E.D. and found

Eugene Montanez

a job helping a gentleman and his wife selling life insurance. Soon after, Crystal made it her mission to educate the community about the importance of Life Insurance, and her passion for insurance began. As time went on, Crystal became a mom to Carter Bradley (thus the name of her company). She states: “He motivated me to strive for more, to leave a legacy, to build and educate on a major need, which is something that I can relate to and experienced.” This was her biggest motivation toward entrepreneurship, and Crystal is passionate about helping others. She can be reached at (951) 547-4240. Montanez, 64, is co-owner of Allegra Print and Mail and Image360 Signs and Displays. He and his wife Paula and their team help companies solve problems through their expertise, creative solutions and can-do attitude. Located at 127 Radio Road in Corona, they can be reached at (951) 734-8181. Eugene founded the printing

business while in high school. Operating out of his mother’s garage, his entrepreneurial spirit was ignited, and in 1976 he and Paula married and opened their business, then known as ZAP Printing and Graphics. Throughout nearly 50 years in business, Eugene has always been on the cutting edge of technology. As the author of “Direct Mail is Not Dead: Grow your business with targeted direct mail,” Eugene is often called upon to speak or share his wisdom with others. With a strong commitment to community, Eugene served on the City of Corona Planning Commission for eight years, followed by 16 years on the Corona City Council, including three years as Mayor, in 2007, 2012 and 2015. Numerous non-profit groups benefit from his generosity and membership: Corona Rotary, Corona Elks Lodge, Riverside Chamber, American Diabetes Assoc., and RCC Foundation Board. His and Paula’s greatest joys are grandsons Royce and Archer.

2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS • Chairman - Don Williamson, Corona History Association • Chair Elect - Kim Mabon, Creative By Design, Inc. • Vice Chair - Jon Haratyk, Living Better 101 • Chairman of Finance Palbinder Badesha, Express Employment Professionals

The Chamber is courage.

• Vice Chair of Finance Angie Byars, 3M Corona • Immediate Past Chairman Mike Ryan, Ryan & Associates Financial Services

We stand up for what we believe in. And we are willing to fight for what’s right, so our businesses can grow and our community can thrive. We fight for you at www.mychamber.org

President/CEO Bobby Spiegel, Corona Chamber of Commerce 904 E. 6th St. Corona, CA 92879 (951) 737-3350 Bobby@MyChamber.org

Patrick Akes, Akes Family Funeral Home Dr. Sam Buenrostro, Corona-Norco Unified School District Marta Cortez, Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant Anthony Edwards, Robertson’s Ready Mix Don Garling, Lifetime Vinyl Fence Fabricators, Inc. Jim Gore, Vulcan Materials Company Kristen Holstrom, Holstrom, Block and Parke, APLC Ruth Jaffe, Kaiser Permanente Crystal Lopez, Carter Bradley Insurance Solutions Gordon Macaulay, Collins Aerospace Chad Miller, American National Manufacturing, Inc. Eugene Montanez, Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail/ Image 360 Signs & Displays Mark Peabody, Peabody Engineering & Supply, Inc. Linda Pearson, Corona Regional Medical Center Lea Petersen, Southern California Gas Company Dr. Anthony Pirritano, Integrated Medical Center of Corona Lily Quiroa, Waste Management Mike Quraishi, Aladdin Cleaning Services, Inc. Dean Seif, CARSTAR Allstar Collision Janet Steiner, MakeDust John Weyhgandt, Western States Financial Jennifer Stewart, NAVSEA, CORONA Division Liaison


Catalyst. Convener. Champion.

© 2019 W.A.C.E. Western Association of Chamber Executives

Dr. Aimee French, French Medical Corp. Sean Kelley, Kelley Law, Inc. Dr. Bryan Reece, Norco College




orona native Don Hendrickson grew up when Corona was the Lemon Capital of the World and the citrus market was followed locally as closely as the stocks on Wall Street. His Dad, Bill, and Uncle Bob opened the first version of Hendrickson Brothers in 1942, serving the irrigation and pesticide needs of the hundreds of acres of citrus trees growing within Corona city limits. Attending local schools, Don is one of the “Omegas,” a member of the last class to graduate from the Sixth Street campus of Corona High School. With a desire to make it in the citrus industry, Don attended Cal Poly Pomona, earning a degree in agriculture. Increasing his life experiences, during his senior year, he was one of nine chosen to participate in a scientific expedition to the jungles of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. Spending time in the outdoors has been a hobby for Don his entire life. Working in the family business, when his Uncle Bob retired, Don became a partner with his Dad. In time, Bill too retired and Don’s brother Dave joined the company full time. The next generation of Hendrickson Brothers has been taking care of the business since. Adapting to the shifting Southern California customer base, the company has expanded to more than just agriculture industry products. Hendrickson Brothers now also has commercial and landscaping irrigation products in inventory, as well as innovating specialty items as needed. They are recognized leaders in drip irrigation, flow controls, pressure regulation and other water delivery techniques and supplies. They are proud of their products, which include patented items that have been made available worldwide. Don is one of the few, if not last agriculture-related businesses left from the glory days of citrus. This makes him a local legend and we are delighted to give him the recognition that he has earned.

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ach day, tens of thousands of commuters travel on the 91 and 71 freeways, glancing out their car windows to view the Prado Dam. Very few know that until the late thirties, a small town, older than Corona, once stood in that spot. The foundations of a store, post office, railroad station and other buildings, along with an occupied cemetery, remain on the land now surrounded by the Prado Dam. There is also another rare remnant from that forgotten place left for us to cherish, Carmen Cordova. Carmen is one of a family of 15 children. She was approaching her teen years when, with her existing siblings, she moved to Corona as truckloads of cement were poured over their hometown. Carmen still has fond memories of this otherwise forgotten place. When it was time to start a career, Carmen had a talent for styling hair. For over 40 years, she operated a beauty shop in the downtown area of Corona, most of the time on West Sixth Street. In this spot, she became a quiet agent of change for the Circle City. A Hispanic woman operating her own business was a rare feature to find in the fifties. In addition, her clientele included women of all races who were happy to have this talented, fashionable trendsetter help them look their best. Carmen Cordova gained a loyal customer base that she would service, often even after their lives were completed. After she closed her shop, she continued to care for her clients, who were also her close friends. The mothers of both Chamber CEO Bobby Spiegel and Chairman of the Board Don Williamson adored Carmen and had regular appointments that extended into the years after she closed her shop. The legacy of family entrepreneurship continues in Corona as Carmen’s son, Jaime, recently opened the first franchise in Corona of LeanFeast. Carmen Cordova is a cherished part of Corona and is truly a living legend.





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harmayne (Char) Killingsworth’s family history with the CORONA Chamber of Commerce began in 1945, when her father, businessman Jack Leeson, joined. Char has been affiliated in some way ever since. Char is one of those valuable members of the community who does not garner much attention to herself but remains a consistent force in maintaining community and business standards of integrity. She continues to oversee property and assets that are located throughout Corona. Coming to Corona as a teen, the Leeson family lived in a then quiet, rural location on Gilbert Street, situated among the citrus groves. Her father was a successful investor and businessman, owning property, businesses and citrus. He opened one of the legendary restaurants of Corona history, the Hickory Barbecue, which was operated by the spouses of his daughters Char and Marcy. He was also responsible for originally opening the Silver Dollar Pancake House. Char participated in many of her father’s projects. Enjoying horseback riding as a young woman, Char attended the University of Southern California, meeting a man she would marry and raising four children, Mark, Lori (Hazle), Kevin and Jon. All were raised in Corona, attending local schools. Char was an excellent tennis player and could often be seen around town in tennis apparel while traveling to and from the courts. Today, her local longevity and willingness to recall the past, has made her a popular resource for local historians. Charmayne Leeson Killingsworth is every bit a Corona legend and the CORONA Chamber of Commerce humbly announces her status.


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Businesses of the Year – Awards of Excellence


usinesses are the heartbeat of the economy. There have always been more employees than employers, and the CORONA Chamber truly understands that a business owner takes enormous risks, which often cause stress that is coped with differently by each. As the Voice of Business, the CORONA Chamber acknowledges the importance of entrepreneurship and the creation and sustainability of business. During 2019, the CORONA Chamber’s theme was Make a Difference, and each of these businesses / organizations and individuals honored have Service Above Self as their mantra. The CORONA Chamber honors the following companies and organizations with the coveted 2019 Business of the Year/Award of Excellence.




Since 1984, American Electric Supply, Inc. has grown to be a premier provider of industrial and commercial electrical products in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. They go wherever they are needed to service their customers. With over 90 employees, their inside sales staff averages over 18 years of experience in electrical wholesaling. In addition to their buying power and fleet of 18 trucks, they provide customers with quality products at competitive prices, rapidly delivered directly to customer job sites. American Electric Supply is equipped to handle any size project. With their dependable resources of people, processes and technology, they see every job to its timely completion, even if it means extending service beyond normal business hours. There are no “cut off” times at American Electric. Delivery trucks are outfitted with a tracking unit that can update customers of the progress of their deliveries. Employees are very much part of the American Electric team. An Employee Stock Ownership Plan ensures a culture of employee loyalty and dedication to serving customers with a positive attitude. This corporate feature has allowed the company to build personal relationships throughout the industry, helping to deliver peace of mind as well as providing measurable cost efficiencies. All things electric can be sourced from American Electric Supply, including lighting, switch gears, wires, lighting control, wiring devices, conduit, green solutions and tools. They offer over 100,000 products. Their reputation and record of exceptional service has earned them this year’s wholesaler award from the Corona Chamber of Commerce. You can find them at 361 S. Maple St.

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Bear Alignment and Brake is dedicated to vehicle safety and customer service. They have a long history of serving customers at their 927 West

Sixth Street location in Corona. Concerned customers drive in with many different problems and leave the shop with their vehicle running like new. Complete car care can be found at Bear Alignment and Brake. Their signature alignment correctly aligns tires, reducing tire wear. Brakes are essential to safe driving, and Bear’s technicians are trained to handle all car and truck models. Bear helps protect customers’ investments in vehicles by performing scheduled maintenance tasks. Returning customers have come to depend on Bear for electrical repair and maintenance, including batteries, as well as heating and cooling systems, engine and transmission services. If you cannot get your car to the shop, Bear’s towing services will solve the problem. All of Bear Alignment and Brake’s services are available for scheduling with a single phone call. Bear Alignment and Brake has a long history in Corona, opening in 1955 by a gentleman named Marvin Stanka, as Corona Brake and Wheel. In 1959, the shop was sold to Corwin and Geraldine Jones. In 1968, Mr. Jones hired the current owner of Bear Alignment and Brake, Tim O’Donnell Sr., to work for him. In turn, Tim opened his own store in Norco in 1976. Finally, in 1985, Tim bought the Corona location from the Jones family and re-christened it with the current name. Tim O’Donnell, Jr. has followed in his father’s footsteps, first working for and learning from Tim Sr. and then opening his own store in Murrieta. Paul Angulo, an employee or the Corona store since 2002, has overseen the front counter since 2005. The experienced and capable staff is the deserving recipient of the Corona Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Service Industry Award.


Do It American Manufacturing Company, LLC began business in 2008 in a humble garage. Co-founder/owner Jon Armstrong says, “We founded our company in the belief that manufacturing can and should be done in the United States. As a nation, we have underestimated the importance of manufacturing to the US economy.” He added, “Nothing can do more to elevate our nation’s standard of living than good, productive manufacturing jobs.”




Over the past 25 years, Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 513 West Sixth Street, has become one of the favorite dining establishments of scores of Coronans. Owned and operated by five Cortez family siblings, they serve authentic Mexican food. Sister and partner Marta proudly states, “We take no shortcuts.” Along with Marta, who handles sales and related public relations, each participating family member has specific responsibilities. They include Adela (recipes), Eduardo (purchasing), Mary (Managing Partner/Staffing) and Salvador (Administration). CORONA Chamber Chair Elect Kim Mabon adds, “It is a testament to family unity that they have shared decision making and business tasks to build together a successful business in one of Corona’s most competitive food categories.” In a building first opened in the

It is without hyperbole that it can be said that the Corona Public Library would be a lesser institution without the support of the non-profit Friends of the Corona Public Library. Established at the now gone but still beloved Carnegie Library in 1964 to support the Library through program and events, the Friends have done that and more, contributing over $5.5 million to the Corona Library since 1993. The Friends have provided furniture for the children’s section, sponsored author visits, family nights, talent shows, computers, computer software, fish tank and hundreds of programs. Perhaps most importantly has been their purchase of new books. The City of Corona budget calls for Library book purchases to be based upon development fees from housing. When this policy was established, home building was booming in Corona. Today, with not much property left to develop, few books are bought through these fees. The Friends of the Corona Public Library have thankfully filled the deficiency. It is sad to imagine our Corona Library without new books, and as a community, we owe much

gratitude to this group of dedicated supporters. A major Friends of the Library fundraiser is the annual “Ladders & Linguine” dinner, next scheduled for February 20, 2020 at the Library, located at 650 S. Main St.. Members of the Corona Fire Department volunteer and serve dinner to the attendees. Tickets are available at FriendsoftheCoronaPublicLibrary.com. The current president of the Friends of the Corona Public Library is Dr. Kathy Wright, who adroitly leads the volunteers of this organization, most valuable to the citizens of Corona. The CORONA Chamber of Commerce could not be more pleased to name this worthy organization the 2019 Community Service Award recipient.


Healthcare can define a community. With ever changing laws, and soon impacting your insurance premiums, CORONA is fortunate to have numerous agencies and healthcare professionals that have invested millions to be within our sphere of influence. This year’s honoree made a huge investment in the greater Corona area with their newest facility at I-15 and Weirick Road. Riverside Medical Clinic (RMC) opened its 60,000 sq. ft. operation in October 2019 at 21634 Retreat Pkwy. RMC’s rich history (similar to the Mayo Clinic) is a great asset to our region. Their facility is anticipated to be filled with 60 physicians by the end of 2020. In 2019, Riverside Medical Clinic was awarded an Excellence in Healthcare Award from the Integrated Healthcare Association. They were the only medical facility selected from the greater Riverside area. “The Excellence in Healthcare Award is an honor of reverence in the medical profession. To be recognized is humbling, but also a testament to the quality of patient care that Riverside Medical Clinic provides,” said Riverside Medical Clinic’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Judy Carpenter. With close to 200 participating physician organizations in the Association, Riverside Medical Clinic was selected as one of 30 to receive this award for performance standards this year. This has been the third year that

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mid-fifties as hamburger spot “Smokey’s” by Corona Police officer A.D. Ensley, the site has been home to several eateries. Eduardo’s has distinguished itself with quality food, service and delicious fare. When asked the most popular dishes, Marta responded, “Our carne asada, carnitas and enchiladas are our most ordered items, but our wide selection of dishes offers something for every taste.” Options are available for those with specific dietary needs, including vegetarian entrees. For those reading this who have visited Eduardo’s in the past, might feel a desire to return there right now. It is not difficult to find someone in Corona to recommend the traditional recipes served at Eduardo’s that have the true flavors of authentic Mexican cooking. The CORONA Chamber of Commerce has selected this much-loved establishment as Retailer of the Year.




Do It American provides products for top companies in the United States. They produce a broad range of products serving some of the country’s largest public utilities and has several “original equipment manufacturing” customers in diverse markets such as physical fitness, aftermarket automotive, packaging, retail display, gardening tools and other markets. In 2012, Southern California Gas Company included them as a “success story” in their Annual Report and in 2014 SoCal Gas nominated Do It American for their “supplier of the year” award. Jon credits the company’s core values with guiding their progress. These values are conspicuously posted on their premises, and include continuing improvement in all areas, always making decisions with a longterm perspective and considering their customers as partners. Finally, he considers having the right people on their team as the key element in their success. Do It American opened their plant at 137 Vander St. in 2014 and quickly joined the CORONA Chamber of Commerce, who is proud to present them with the award of Manufacturer of the Year for 2019.





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RMC has received the Excellence in Healthcare Award from the Integrated Healthcare Association. Award recipients are evaluated for top marks in quality and patient experience, while also managing costs. The CORONA Chamber is proud to recognize RMC as the Healthcare Business of 2019.


Robertson’s Ready Mix, located at 200 S. Main St., has been serving the concrete products industry for over 50 years. Robertson’s has always been on the leading edge in this industry. They are the leading producer of ready-mixed concrete and construction aggregates throughout Southern and Northern California and extending into Nevada. Rock, Sand, Base Materials, and Ready Mix are Robertson’s specialties. Robertson’s is committed to establishing long-term business relationships. This is the natural outcome of providing customers with quality materials at competitive prices. The company is continually looking to the future for the next innovations that will result in advanced service to fulfill customer needs. Robertson’s Ready Mix is committed to maintaining their status as “The Best in the Business”. Robertson’s customers are across the gamut, including residential, commercial, government, and more. Their concrete is used in every place imaginable: sidewalks, driveways, drainage structures, valley gutters, stadiums, pavement, bridges, foundations and anything that can be imagined. Robertson’s has been part of Southern California communities since 1976, from home improvement and remodeling established neighborhoods, to the foundations of new construction and beyond. The Robertson’s team knows how important it is to please their customers, no matter the scale of the project. Consequently, they thrive on providing accurate cost estimates and delivery information to help manage budgets and work schedules. They have become the favorite of major contractors and do-it yourselfers alike. The CORONA Chamber of Commerce is happy to recognize Robertson’s Ready Mix as the 2019 Distribution professional of the year.


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Ambassador of the Year

Rising Star





TOWN PLANNER COMMUNITY CALENDARS e are proud to announce Lester Li as the Ambassador of the Year! Lester is truly an advocate for small business. He checks in on businesses all around town, gets to know them, promotes them on social media, and genuinely cares about their success. A small business owner himself, Lester knows firsthand the importance of relationships. Lester’s story starts in Hawaii, where he was raised and often returns to visit family. After studying finance at Indiana University, he found himself in corporate America. He was a business executive for smallto mid-size companies for over 20 years, and CFO or VP of Finance of six organizations. Ultimately deciding that wasn’t the life for him anymore, Lester sought a change that would provide him more opportunity to be with his family, which is when he became a franchisee of Town Planner Community Calendars. Since bringing this to Corona, he has expanded to publish multiple editions, including in surrounding


cities. His division is one of the fasting growing in the company. Lester credits connections he made through the Chamber and Ambassador program to helping in his success. In addition to advertising, Lester is also a part-time professor at Norco College. He enjoys cooking and spending time with his family: wife Stormy, daughter Kelsey, and son Karson. They can often be found around town “shopping local” and sharing their adventures with the Chamber’s “I’m Here” promotional cards. Thank you Lester for your service to our community and being the 2019 Ambassador of the Year!

rystal Lopez is the Founder and Owner of Carter Bradley Insurance Solutions, an agency focused on clients’ unique needs to find the best prices and coverage for them. Personal tragedy led Crystal to the industry, being discovered and mentored by an agent who recognized her dedicated work ethic. Learning quickly, she soon moved up and was hired to translate presentations into Spanish, which is when she really began to discover the impact she could make on the lives of families. After becoming a mother, Crystal became interested in entrepreneurship, obtaining her license and opening a business bearing her son’s name. Passionate about helping others, Crystal is involved with numerous organizations. She is an Ambassador with the CORONA Chamber and National Latina Business Women Association, and recently became a member of the Eastvale Chamber. She also plans to volunteer to read for small children at the Library. Working with a large variety of

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he recipient of the CORONA Chamber of Commerce’s Make a Difference Award is a remarkable individual supporting a wide range of good works. Kevin Button came to Corona to manage a local Kmart in 1992, where he met his future wife, Beth. They have raised their four children in Corona: Sarah, Noah, Rebecca and Tim. Earning a bachelor’s degree in his home state of Oregon, he holds a Master of Education from California Baptist University, which is put to use in his job as a Norco High School teacher. In addition to his regular duties, he is an AVID co-coordinator. He also founded the Norco Education Support Team (NEST) and is now the Treasurer for the organization. Kevin’s philosophy is “It is important to give back, to help develop and grow a stronger community.” To that end, Kevin is a past president of the renowned Corona Rotary Club. He has also volunteered with the YMCA and has served on the City of Corona Parks and Recreation Commission. Kevin is a two-time candidate for the Corona City Council. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Kevin is the Joe Dominguez American




T Legion Post 742 Chaplain. He has been president of the Navy League’s Corona-Riverside Council. He is currently involved with the Sea Cadets attached to NAVSEA in Norco. Kevin began teaching in 2000. In 2018, Congregation Beth Shalom honored him with the Shomer Tzedek Award for his years of supporting their annual Kristallnacht program, encouraging his students to attend and learn about the Holocaust, often from survivors. It is more than obvious that Kevin Button has and continues to make a difference in the lives of not only his family and students, but throughout the community. He is most deserving of this recognition and we thank him for his service.

he Chairman’s Award is being shared by the dynamic duo of Ruth Jaffe and Jan Steiner. Both women chaired the 2019 Riverside County Women’s Leadership Conference. This event took months to coordinate and manage, encompassing everything from the planning and scheduling of speakers to creating partners in promoting this county-wide event, figuring out logistics and leading a team of committee members dedicated to bringing opportunities to women. With over 700 attendees, the half day event became a real asset for the Chamber and provided tremendous impact for our community. A graduate of UCLA, Ruth is a nurse and holds an MSN degree. She is the Area Operations Leader for Kaiser Permanente Riverside Service Area. She has been a Board of Director for the Corona Chamber since 2016, immersing herself in many committees and volunteer positions.

insurance carriers, Crystal and her team have an expanded view and understanding of each company to find the one best suited for potential clients. For existing clients, their goal is to keep their business year after year by continually searching for the best policies for them. Through an affiliate partnership with Professional Insurance Associates, Crystal can offer all markets from Workers Comp, to Officers and Directors, Employment Practices, Cyber Liability, Medical Malpractice, Construction, Contractors Liability, and even including small aircraft! Crystal is a rising star in the business world, and we are delighted to honor her as such.

She is very involved in the PTA and in creating opportunities for children to learn about health and safety. Ruth and her husband Jason share two beautiful daughters, Jaela and Tessa. Jan Steiner is the former President of Thoro Packaging, a family company she expanded exponentially before selling the business and retiring to pursue other passions, including travel and the start of a new company, Make Dust. While leading her industry, Jan was recognized for many achievements, including Business of the Year in Manufacturing in 2015. Her motto is “If you don’t make dust, you eat it.” Jan joined the Corona Chamber Board of Directors in 2017 and has been making a difference since. We are proud to honor these two enthusiastic women with the 2019 Chairman’s Award.



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Citizen of the Year DEAN SEIF



he 2019 Citizen of the Year is Dean Seif. Seif is no stranger to the Chamber. Having served as Chairman of the Board in 2016, Seif continues his involvement in the Chamber and numerous local organizations. Married to Shannon, they have three grown children and three granddaughters, with a grandson on the way. Seif owns and operates the local franchised auto repair shop, CARSTAR Allstar Collision. Their

motto is that they are the Kings of Wreck and Roll! Both Dean and Shannon have huge hearts and love for our area. During his tenure as Chairman of the Board, the Chamber Foundation was seeking assistance for a young veteran who lost his legs when an IED in Afghanistan ignited. Surviving this devastation was impactful, and Dean and Shannon donated a CAR to be raffled off to raise funds for this young man’s recovery efforts! “I have known Dean for over 20 years. When someone is in need, you

can always count on him to step up and help. It’s who he is. Period. Citizen of the year, perfect,” states John Weyhgandt, owner of Western States Financial and 2018 Chairman of the Board. Dean is a Board Member of the Corona Chamber, President of the Corona Chamber Foundation, Corona-Norco United Way Board Member, on the Governing Board of Corona Regional Medical Center, and is a Member of the Corona Rotary Club. When asked about his philanthropic passions, Dean states: “We all have a

social responsibility. I listen to what God wants for me and I do it.”

2019 Legislative Dinner a Huge Success ADVOCACY OUTREACH AND HONORING ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY WERE THE NIGHT’S BIG HIGHLIGHTS would like to thank all who had a part in making this event a huge success, from the committee to board members, those who volunteered and donated auction items, our

vendors, attendees, and especially the businesses who sponsored the event. We could not have done this without their financial commitment and support. There is a full listing on




he Corona Chamber’s Annual Legislative Dinner, the 2019 Monte Carlo Masquerade, was an incredible evening, with a record number of attendees and funds raised. We

our website at MyChamber.org, under the Annual Legislative Dinner/ Monte Carlo event. Save the date for November 21st, 2020.




Our Military Deserves More Than Just PB&J AGGRESSIVE GOAL TO RAISE $90,000 BY MAY 2020 In 1941 this operation began on base. Initial mission was to serve PB& J and snack to deploying troops to and from over seas deployments. The goal was to someday serve 30,000 troops. The demand has way surpassed that and next year projections are 100,000 active duty troops.

BOB HOPE USO March Airforce Base


he 2019-2020 ELR (Executive Leadership Roundtable) group is thrilled to announce the selection of their community service project! Each year, ELR participants are required to find a program, project or charity to work together and assist. The group has selected a project that not only benefits the greater Corona community, but the entire Southwest Region. The project description has many components, all taking place

on base at the Bob Hope USO March Air Force Base Deployment Center. The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. The Bob Hope USO at March ARB Joint Regional Deployment Center opened in March 2018. Each year, 60,000 to 90,000 individual troops transit as units deploy, redeploy and travel for training rotations at Twentynine Palms, Fort Irwin and elsewhere in the region. Together with dozens of volunteers, Bob Hope USO serves snacks (mostly peanut butter and jelly sandwiches) and refreshments to those waiting several hours before they deploy with a sendoff from our dedicated volunteers. It was at


March Field where Bob Hope first performed for the troops in 1941, and they are delighted to continue to serve today. The service project (which must be completed before the ELR program concludes in June 2020) will allow the expansion of service to include more hot food options made possible with a full upgraded kitchen facility. If that was all the ELR participants agreed to, that would have been enough! The group will also


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be funding the much-needed connectivity through newly installed Wi-Fi, as well as open an office that will allow for recruiting, training and bringing on new volunteers to help us execute the mission. “Basically, we all agreed that we want to help provide more than a PB& J sandwich,” shares Navy Federal Credit Union’s Natasha Johnson (Chair of the ELR Community Project 20192020). “If you agree with that, we would love for your support in helping to raise awareness and support for this exciting service project. More information can be found at www. GiveBigCorona.com, or you can send your tax deductible contribution to the Corona Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit (Tax ID No. 33-0517358). The mailing address is 904 E. 6th Street, Corona, CA 92879. In the memo of your checks, please put: ELR – 2020.” On behalf of the very enthusiastic 2019-2020 ELR Leaders, thank YOU!


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The Executive Leadership Roundtable program is a CORONA Chamber exclusive! Applicants submit their completed questionnaire and application to the CORONA Chamber for the panel to review, followed by a vigorous interview. A final selection process of these participants finds the group of motivated, well-established leaders that will meet for 10 months for various themed days. From Education to Homeland Security to Health and Human Services, Economic Development, Public Safety, Government, and Arts and Culture, the days are long, but very informative. In addition to participating in these themed days, ELR program participants select one (1) community outreach project. Some years, they create a new project, while others adopt an existing program. This year, the 2019-2020 ELR participants will be raising funds for the Bob Hope USO at March Air Reserve Base. Donations are being accepted through www.GiveBigCorona.com. If you feel you are ready to take on the ELR Challenge and apply for next year’s program, we encourage you to register through the CORONA Chamber website at www. MyChamber.org.

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ocal Jewish organization Congregation Beth Shalom (CBS) will hold their 14th annual Legacy Luncheon Awards banquet on Sunday, February 9. Kara Lubin, Founder of the 100 Mile Club, will receive the coveted Shomer Tzedek Award; Bob & Kathy Stone will receive the Legacy Award and The Guardian of Righteousness Award; and the Corona Chamber of Commerce will receive the Shatuf Tzedek Business Partner recognition.

students in over 4,800 schools spanning all 50 states and several countries. Kara lives in Norco, CA with her loving husband Glen Gonsalves, her beautiful children: Paris and Millie, two horses, two dogs and a spirited tortoise named Rachel. Kara is fortunate to live very close to her loving parents Tom and Dorothy, and sister Lora.



Kara, a 4th generation public school teacher and special education specialist, founded the 100 Mile Club® in her classroom in 1992. She started with 15 kids and an idea: run 100 miles, earn a gold medal, and learn a lot about yourself along the way. As Founder & CEO of the 100 Mile Club®, Kara travels the globe helping schools, families, and communities become healthy, happy and connected, one mile at a time. This year alone, 100 Mile Club® will reach over 1.2 million

of the Legacy Luncheon Committee and is always there to lend a helping hand with temple events. Bob has been Membership Vice President and is now Treasurer, Ritual Committee member and legal counsel for CBS. Kathy and Bob love to travel and have visited over 30 countries. They have two grandchildren in Washington whom they see as often as they can. They are thrilled by being CBS’ Legacy honorees for 2020 and feel that CBS is truly their extended family.


Bob and Kathy met as undergrad students at UCLA. After finishing their studies in the Bay Area, Bob passed the bar exam and he and Kathy moved to Long Beach, where Bob joined the law firm he now owns. The need for a bigger house led the family to move to Orange. There, Bob met Eileen Schwartz, who told him about a small synagogue in Corona that her parents had helped to found. After their sons Alexander and Brian graduated high school, Bob and Kathy moved to Eastvale and soon joined Congregation Beth Shalom. Kathy has been an active member 2 1

Founded in 1910, the CORONA Chamber of Commerce has become the voice of business. Chambers are independent organizations, and the CORONA organization is governed by 26 volunteer Board of Directors. Bobby Spiegel is their President/CEO. The CORONA Chamber is often immersed in numerous programs and events that will bring value and benefits for the vast variety of businesses throughout our region,” states Don Williamson, who took lead of the organization in 2020. Patriotism and social action have

been very important within the organization. The rebirth of the Corona Chamber Foundation along with the CORONA Chamber has become known worldwide. The CORONA Chamber is well known and respected throughout California and in Washington, D.C. Annual Legislative Summits are hosted by the Chamber. Learning about and working to find solutions to local issues, a delegation of business leaders speak to Congressmen and Senators. With a current membership of 800+ businesses, the CORONA Chamber represents over 45,000 local jobs. Regionally, that expands to over 145,000. This Chamber continues to be the catalyst for bringing quality jobs to the area. The Chamber works daily to highlight the positive attributes of the community. The luncheon will also include a silent auction component. “This year, our congregation will purchase its 7th grove (of 1,000 trees each) which will be planted in Israel. The luncheon is open to the public and tickets or sponsorships can be obtained by contacting the Chairpersons: Renee Miller (909) 228-5945 or Marci Rouman (951) 733-3980.


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CORONA Chamber Ready to Help You Make History T he CORONA Chamber of Commerce is itself a business. Like every other business, ours is an ever-changing environment with new opportunities to be met and adjustments needed to be made. This extends to our hard-working Chamber staff. We have the right person in place to monitor the office and make decisions required to serve our members. Serving as our President and CEO for over 18 years, Bobby Spiegel has won the support and confidence of the Chamber Board of Directors as well as the general membership in his ability to meet every challenge that faces the CORONA Chamber of Commerce. Bobby has recently promoted two members of our Chamber staff to management positions.

Deserie Ramirez has been named as the Vice President of Operations and Assistant to the CEO, while Stephanie Shapiro is now the Communication and Events Manager. Both women have proven their abilities in their previous Chamber positions. Don Williamson, the 2020 Chairman

of the Board states, “Promoting Deserie and Stephanie to management positions will strengthen our organization and add flexibility to our unique array of tasks.” He adds, “The Chamber is beginning our 109th year of service, and the only thing in CORONA that has remained the same in that time is that “change” never ends. These promotions enable us to meet the day.” Deserie is charged with handling the membership portfolio. She will coordinate the team of professional development specialists to ensure our members are always the priority, as well as enhance member experiences with the Chamber and our retention efforts. Stephanie will oversee each of our vast communication networks from printed and digital to social media. Her duty will be to

Navy cont’d from page 1 support the fleet.” Hembree-Bey welcomed special guest Congressman Ken Calvert, U.S. Representative for California’s 42nd Congressional District, to the podium, where Calvert discussed how the Department of Defense has turned a corner on financial improvement and audit readiness compliance.

Jones, command accountable property officer. “Such as: properly storing material; streamlining the process for storing and issuing material; improving customer service; sustain accountability and auditability; and returning much-needed space to the technical codes so they may expand their resources and focus on the mission. The hard work and dedication to bring the OM&S warehouse to fruition is an example of what the ‘One Team’ effort is able to accomplish.” “I am incredibly proud of the work done here at NSWC Corona,” Calvert said. “From classified work, to range systems engineering, to the indeCongressman Ken Calvert speaks at the OM&S Warehouse pendent assessment ribbon-cutting ceremony at Naval Surface Warfare Center, and calibration -- the Corona Division on Nov. 8. 2019. Photo by Becky Cleveland men and women who CTR/Released work here represent “In our history, there are not the best and the brightest of our remany stories about the glories won gion.” through audit readiness…,” Calvert Many thanks to NSWC Corona’s said. “(But) there is a reason we Sandeep Kanda, project manager/ say ‘tactics win battles, logistics engineer and Larry Hurd, safety spewin wars.’ The incredible reach of cialist; NAVFAC’s Corwyn Alexander, the United States military logistics construction manager and Samuel chain ensures that we can fight Asiamah, fire system engineer; and anywhere in the world. Today’s ribthe NAVFAC team and contractor bon cutting is one piece of a larger team. Special thanks to the command puzzle that will continue to ensure leadership, NSWC Corona’s property that we have the most lethal and management staff and Naval Sea Loprofessional military fighting force gistics Center (NSLC) for helping this the world has ever seen.” plan become a reality. “There are many benefits of the new OM&S Warehouse,” said Lesa

broadcast information on routine events, monthly programs, special events and fundraisers, as well as managing the team of professionals responsible for delivering our signature events and ongoing programming. Members of the valued Chamber staff will continue to be available to support our membership. Linda Richards’ responsibilities include our Executive Leadership Roundtable, Legislative Action Committee as well as seminars, workshops, training and special programs. Betty Sherin is on hand to handle daily bookkeeping and work with our retention team, while Jenina Ramirez and Robert Yanez work to spread awareness of the CORONA Chamber and engage businesses, whom they invite to join and take advantage of the services we provide our members.

When you call or visit our office, you are likely to see the smiling face or hear the friendly voice of Marilyn Vargas. Don Williamson, in his first weeks as Chairman, says, “We are constantly analyzing how we can best provide for our members, and this year we are bringing back quarterly Mixers. These casual gatherings enable businesses of every size to engage with others and enjoy a ‘members only’ benefit.” Don continues, “We plan on expanding ‘members only’ benefits to add to the already abundant advantages of being part of the CORONA Chamber of Commerce.” Our 2020 theme is “Make History,” which is exactly what we want for your business. The CORONA Chamber of Commerce is here to assist in your success. We invite you to connect with our team of professionals to assist your business in finding ways to leave your mark and extend your wings in the New Year.

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Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant 513 West Sixth St., Corona 92882 Fairfield Inn & Suites 3441 Hamner Ave., Norco, 92860 Family Basket Restaurant 670 7th St., Perris 92570 Farmer Boys - Lincoln Ave. 263 North Lincoln Avenue, Corona 92882 Farmer Boys - Sixth 1625 East Sixth Street, Corona 92879 First Bank 104 E. Ontario Ave. Corona, 92879 Glen Eden Sun Club 25999 Glen Eden Rd., Corona 92883 Gregory’s Salon 16781 Van Buren #D, Riverside 92504 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Corona 1550 Circle City Dr., Corona 92879 Holstrom, Block and Parke, APLC 1897 California Ave. #102, Corona 92881 Howard Johnson 1695 Hamner Ave., Norco, 92860 Hunnys Cafe 9022 Puslar Ct., Corona 92883 IHOP - Corona 2450 Wardlow Rd., Corona 92880 Joanna’s Cafe 17950 Van Buren Blvd., Woodcrest 92508 Joe’s Barber Shop 1009 W. 6th Street., Corona 92882 Kutt’n Kings Barber Shop 624 E Grand, Corona 92879 Kabob Hutt 165 Washburn Circle, Corona 92882 Lake Mathews General Store 17 Cajalco Rd., Perris 92570 Linda’s Feed & Supplies 1234 Sixth St., Norco 92860 Luna Modern Mexican Kitchen 980 Montecito Drive, Suite 110, Corona 92879 Mantra Indian Cuisine 712 N. Main St., Corona 92880

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Mead Valley Community Center 19450 Clark St., Perris 92570 Mead Valley Library 21580 Oakwood St., Perris 92570 Miguel’s Jr - Compton Avenue 2320 Compton Avenue, Corona 92880 Miguel’s Restaurant - Dos Lagos 2715 Lakeshore Drive, Corona 92883 Motel 6 200 N. Lincoln Ave., Corona, 92882 Mr You Express 175 E. Ontario Ave #101, Corona 92879 Norco Equipment Rentals 1246 Sixth St., Norco 92860 Norco’s Best Burgers 3158 Hamner Ave., Norco 92860 Orange Empire Railway Museum 2201 S A St., Perris 92507 Performance Auto Care 11883 Magnolia, Ste. 40, Riverside 92503 Perris Valley Recovery 236 E Third St, Ste. B, Perris 92570 Postal Annex 387 Magnolia Avenue Suite 103, Corona 92879

Silver Dollar Pancake House 710 East Sixth Street, Corona 92879 Sizzler Restaurant 1461 Rimpau Avenue, Corona 92879 Slam Dunk Sports Bar 2854 Hamner Ave., Norco 92860 So Much Style Barbershop 247 E 3rd St, Ste. B, Perris 92570 SOS Postal 277 E 4th St., Perris 92570 Staybridge Suites Corona South 2731 Blue Springs Dr, Corona, 92883 Stone Church Brewing 2785 Cabot Dr., #160, Corona, 92883

Postal Annex, #54 Riverside 3410 La Sierra Ave, Ste. F, Riverside 92503

Storage Stop 3475 Second St., Norco 92860

ProView Eye Care Optometry 800 Magnolia Ave. Ste. 113, Corona, 92879

Sushi Kawa Sports Bar & Grill 469 Magnolia Ave., Ste. 101, Corona 92879

Residence Inn By Marriott Corona 1015 Montecito Dr., Corona 92879 Round Table Pizza 1180 El Camino Ave, Suite 116, Corona 92879 Sandoval’s Barber Shop 126 S D St., Perris 92570 Send & Receive Mail Printing N More 17130 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside 92504 Sentinel Weekly News 1307-C W. 6th St., Ste.139, Corona, 92882

TAPS Fish House & Brewery 2745 Lakeshore Dr., Corona 92883 The Grove Outreach Center 227 N. D St., Perris 92570 Time 2 Relax Day Spa 1261 Sixth St., Ste. 6, Norco 92860 Vito’s Italian Pizza 440 River Rd., Ste. C, Corona 92880 Woodcrest Library 16625 Krameria Ave., Riverside 92504 To be added to the location list please call Stephanie at 951-737-3350.

Advanced, Minimally Invasive Robot-Assisted Surgery Now Available at

Corona Regional now offers robotic-assisted surgical procedures using the advanced da Vinci Xi® Surgical System. Surgeons control robotic arms with tiny instruments to provide minimally invasive options for even complex procedures.

To learn more, visit coronaregional.com/surgery For a Free Physician Referral, call 800-882-4362.

Smaller Incisions, Big Benefits Because only small incisions are made with the da Vinci system, patients may experience benefits including:

• Less pain and scarring • Shorter hospital stays • Quicker recoveries If you or a loved one require a surgical procedure, consult your physician to learn if da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery is an option for you.

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic-assisted surgery is right for you. Physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Corona Regional Medical Center. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. For language assistance, disability accommodations and the non-discrimination notice, visit our website. 200031-7485 11/19

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