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June 2012 Vol. 33 Issue 6

Where were you in ’62?

50 Years of Graffiti Lemonade Day Cover Photo by Studio Warner

Business To Business Trade Show

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CONTENTS june 2012



Message from the CEO

5&8 Your Chamber at Work

cover story


Where were you in ’62?

Celebrating 50 years of Graffiti



New Student Services Facility


Link with Your Library

Chairman Ralph Curtis, Curtis Legal Group

Community Development

Chairman Elect David Gianelli, Gianelli & Associates



Past Chairman Kathy Halsey, Individual Member


Awards and Achievements


Leadership Modesto

Mission Statement

To promote the region’s economic strengths and vitality; identify and promote services that are valuable to our members; advocate for public policy that is advantageous to the business community; and fully participate and partner in activities to improve quality of life.

Executive Committee

Vice Chairman of Internal Operations Patricia Gillum, Patricia Gillum, CPA

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Vice Chairman of External Operations Dan Garcia, Tri Counties Bank Vice Chairman of Member Relations Bill Moreno, Fire2Wire Vice Chairman of Events & Special Projects Doug Johnson, Reach Business Solutions Directors Pamela Cullors, Sysco Food Services of Central California David Halvorson, American Chevrolet Neal Khatri, Best Western Khatri Properties Craig Lewis, Prudential California Realty Sharon Likely, Kaiser Permanente Steve Madison, STANCO Michael Moradian, Peace of Mind Home Inspection, Inc. Ron Owen, Bank of the West Chris Ricci, Chris Ricci Presents, Inc. James Ridenour, Individual Member Ruben Villalobos, The Villalobos Legal Group Laura Ward, Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions Jeremiah Williams, Oak Crafts by Jeremiah

Save the

Date Business to business trade show

June 27, 2012 Modesto Centre Plaza

Economic Development


People on the Move


New Member Profiles


Land of Opportunity

Networking & Referrals

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Business Before and After Hours


New Chamber Members



Ambassador Corner

Ex-Officio Bill Bassitt, The Alliance George Boodrookas, Modesto Junior College Keith Boggs, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office David Boring, Never Boring Design Associates Greg Nyhoff, City of Modesto Publisher: Modesto Chamber of Commerce (209) 577-5757 •

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As a first year Ambassador, I have had the pleasure of meeting with many new people, touring new businesses and, on several occasions, have had the opportunity to discuss achievements and challenges within our current economy. Not only have I had the pleasure to meet and greet newcomers, I have made some great friends on the Ambassador Team. Making member calls throughout Modesto has allowed me to learn about new businesses in town as well as promote Express Employment Professionals. For more information, contact Anna McNorton at (209) 522-1574 P

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message fromthe ceo whe re w e re y ou i n ‘ 6 2 ? By Chamber CEO Cecil Russel It is hard to believe that 1962 was 50 years ago. As the saying goes, “Time flies when you are having fun.” 1962 was a wonderful time for Modesto. All of us who grew up in Modesto and the surrounding area experienced an era of Rock and Roll music, hamburger joints, drive-in movies, and our cars. It was a great place to grow up. We enjoyed the simple things… hanging out with our friends, music, going to cecil russell Chamber ceo dances, passing time at any venue where the Merced Blue Notes were playing and cruising in our cars. It was a simpler time, but also a time to start thinking about our future. I was enrolled at MJC with a group of my friends all trying to decide what would be next in our lives.

Thanks to the North Modesto Kiwanis Club for continuing to produce the Classic Car Parade in downtown Modesto, you do not want to miss this amazing event on June 8 starting at 7 p.m. The North Modesto Kiwanis will, for the 14th year, present the car show and festival at MJC West Campus on June 9 and 10. You will not be disappointed as you stroll around checking out the hundreds of classic cars and enjoying live music and food at this event.

We were American Graffiti; we were living the life as depicted in the movie. George Lucas had it all right. As we have aged, we continued to love the music and our cars. Music and cars still play an important part in our lives as it does with our children. I have always been a fan of the Beatles and all of the old Motown performers and I have a ‘66 Mustang, which we enjoy just driving around and marvel at the workmanship that created these classic cars.

You will all want to attend the Frankie Avalon show at the Gallo Center on the of June 9. He covered three generations in music, television and movies with many gold record hits. The show starts at 8:00 p.m., this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you will not want to miss. Call the Gallo Center at (209) 577-3093 or visit

What do you think of when you hear American Graffiti? Classic cars, rock and roll music, all of the classic singers come to mind. When people around the country and around the world think of American Graffiti they think of Modesto, California. Modesto is American Graffiti. We have a great tradition and we continue to celebrate the tradition and share it with new residents and visitors as well as ourselves and our families. We are fortunate to be the home of American Graffiti and all of the fun things associated with it. The Chamber’s involvement gained momentum in the early 90’s when business and promoters came together to organize a huge downtown event that included 16 blocks of downtown with Classic Cars, food stations and music venues that consumed a weekend. In the middle was the Classic Cars Cruise with Wolfman Jack as the Grand Marshall in a ‘57 Chevy owned and driven by Bob Piccinini from Save Mart. Dan Costa, then the owner of Mallards, was flipping smoky style burgers at one of the many food stands. The cars were great, the food delicious and the music was fantastic. It was fabulous entertainment for the whole family. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce registered “Graffiti USA THE CRUISE” using that logo on various posters, shirts and other clothing; the Chamber still owns the trademark today.

Check out the web site for the Mid-Va l ley Chev y Club at w w for their car shows June 4 through the 7th located all around Modesto. All of you who attend The Winter Dance Party at the State Theatre at 8:30 p.m. on June 8, are in for an action filled night of music featuring songs of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & the Big Bopper. Call the State Theatre (209) 527-4697 or visit

The Modesto Nuts will celebrate Graff iti weekend on June 22 and 23, with action packed baseball, music from the 50’s and 60’s, lots of classic cars, root beer f loats and contests for the entire family. The Modesto Nuts will be playing the Stockton Ports both Friday and Saturday night. Contact the Modesto Nuts at (209) 572-4487 or We are very fortunate to have Chris Murphy and all of his positive energy driving the efforts to capitalize on our Graffiti heritage. He, along with the help of the DID, has led the effort to decorate the downtown area with banners identifying the original Graffiti Cruise route and has also been behind the force to develop and install permanent markers placed on the sidewalk that not only point out the route but explain key historical information along the way. This will have a huge effect and will be a boom to tourism. We applaud these efforts because supporting our heritage of Graffiti has a direct economic impact as visitors come to our community and spend money that directly supports local business, not only during Graffiti weekend, but all year long. With all of these fun packed events, the tradition continues. Modesto is truly the Capital for American Graffiti. The great thing about Modesto is that it is a community of family-friendly activities. Bring your family and friends to these events and have a great time celebrating 50 years of Modesto Tradition. P

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your ch amber at work “Cult u r e o f Corruption” GSA’ s S q u a ndering of Taxpayer Doll ars by: Congressman Jeff Denham At a time when government is spending at an unsustainable level and our nation is facing the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression, it’s critical that we spend federal resources as effectively as possible. Unfortunately, recent reports of the General Services Administration (GSA)’s reckless congressman spending habits are just the latest jeff denham example of this administration’s wasteful and blatant misuse of Americans’ hard-earned taxpayer dollars. As Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee tasked with addressing the waste of taxpayer dollars by federal agencies, I am committed to aggressively investigating this matter and demanding accountability for our hardworking families in California Central Valley. During my Subcommittee hearing with top GSA officials, we received testimony that made it clear that GSA has been abusing taxpayer dollars for years as their own personal slush fund to pay for lavish parties and exotic vacations. It is unbelievable that such a large government agency could exhibit this type of blatant waste of taxpayer dollars while the government and taxpayers alike are trying to tighten their belts.

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For those of us in the Valley, struggling with unemployment number far above the national average, this abuse is especially offensive. Between the money GSA spent on “Hat’s Off ” and the Conference, you could hire roughly 37 unemployed Ag workers at $30,000 a year. Alternatively, you could put the money toward repairing the Valley’s aging infrastructure. A brief list of outstanding projects that could be funded with this money include widening Claribel Road in Stanislaus County, realigning Route 132 at Dakota avenue and Route 99, or median work on Golden State Boulevard in Turlock. Each of these projects currently remain unfunded and on our State’s Transportation Improvement Plan. It is unacceptable that the corruption, fraud and waste within GSA, an agency that has nearly a $10 billion slush fund, remains hidden from the American taxpayers every single year. I’ve introduced a bill that will request transparency on an annual basis by requiring extensive audits so American taxpayers can see exactly where this waste is going to hold this agency accountable. This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to actually come together to put an end to government waste while putting people back to work, and I’ll continue to fight to ensure this administration is held accountable for its out-of-control spending habits. Please let me know your thoughts and concerns about issues facing our community by contacting my through our website, Also, I encourage you to visit my Facebook page( Denham), and follow me on Twitter (@RepJeff Denham), where you can find regular updates about my work at home in the Valley and in Washington. I look forward to hearing from you. P

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Where were you in ’62? In 1962, America was in the midst of a time of change. As the country left behind the idyllic ‘50s and moved toward the turbulence and climax of the ‘60s, local hero George Lucas was graduating from Downey High School in Modesto. A little more than ten years later, Lucas perfectly captured this time of change in American Graffiti, his critically-acclaimed film tribute to his home town of Modesto. This summer marks 50 years since the time celebrated in American Graffiti. In the last half century, the film’s iconic tagline “Where were you in ’62?” has become the city’s unofficial slogan and Modesto’s Graffiti celebrations have grown into a whole month of activities celebrating classic cars, rock & roll, summer nights and the down home spirit that makes Modesto the great place it is. Graffiti Summer 2012 boasts half a dozen music events—including Concert in the Park, the long-running Modesto tradition—a double

handful of family-friendly festivals and events, an unforgettable night of baseball and fireworks and, of course, a huge stock of amazing car shows. In honor of the big anniversary, this year’s festivities will be larger than ever before, with favorite activities like A&W Summer Nights and the American Graffiti Car Show and Festival joined by a slew of first-time or special events. June kicks off in style with a screening of American Graffiti at the State Theatre downtown. The State owns a 35mm archival print of the film that started the tradition. According to The State, the print is stored and maintained year-round in the UCLA film vault and gets rolled out once per year for this exclusive screening accompanied by root beer floats, a costume contest and a round of other activities. Graffiti has always been centered on beautiful classic cars, and this summer’s celebration will not disappoint. Two of the area’s longest

Celebrating 50 years of Graffiti By Justin Souza, Photos by Studio Warner

running events, the Back to Graffiti Classic Car Show and the American Graffiti Car Show & Festival, will return in style this year, touting special guests, family-friendly fun and more stunning classic cars than ever before. The Back to Graffiti Classic Car Show, back for its 19th year at the beautiful Fruit Yard grounds on Yosemite Ave, kicks off on Friday June 15 with a V.I.P dinner, then opens its doors starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday for music, raffles, vendor booths and the Fruit Yard’s famous mesquite tritip sandwiches. The North Modesto Kiwanis Club is bringing back the Official Kiwanis Classic Car Parade, which will get downtown streets rumbling with the engines of more than 700 classic cars on Friday, June 8. The two hour parade will start at 10th and I at 7 p.m. and loop a long route through downtown before the cars come to a rest at the Velvet Creamery Cruise-in, a mini car show at Velvet Creamery’s McHenry Ave location with plenty of parking, some great outdoor activities and, of course, the classic burgers and shakes that you expect from Velvet Grill & Creamery. On June 9 and 10, Kiwanis will host the 14th annual American Graffiti Car Show and Festival. This major car show is expected to be larger than ever this year, with an anticipated 900-1000 gorgeous cars parked at the MJC West Campus on Blue Gum Avenue and open for attendees to ogle as they stroll the weekend away on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Graffiti, the festival will welcome some special guests this year, including legendary auto customizer and Modesto native Gene Winfield—who will serve as Grand Marshal of the Parade and will be in attendance at the Festival—and three actors from American Graffiti: Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins and Paul Le Mat. Organizers expect a surge in attendance numbers, as well, with an estimated 15,000 guests expected to tour the cars over the weekend.

Graffiti Summer has become a major event for the area, drawing tourists— and classic cars— from all over the state who are eager to get swept up in Modesto’s exclusive nostalgia festival.

According to John Sanders, a member of the North Modesto Kiwanis since 1972 and one of the founders of the event, the seven dollar ticket price for the crowd-pleasing annual festival will go to support numerous local charities. “This show is put on all by volunteers, we don’t pay anybody to help us put it on. It’s all our club members, our spouses, volunteers and friends, anybody we can get. Any net profit we get goes into around 40 different groups or causes that our club supports throughout the year. It’s all a charitable effort for us.”

Coincidentally, this year is also the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet. In honor of the occasion, volunteers are planning to display a collection of high performance Chevy race vehicles around the edge of the West Field. Sanders added that the Festival is truly a family activity. Kids under 12 get in free and in addition to the huge collection of cars, there will be food and craft sellers, a selection of auto-related vendors and rides for the kids. “It’s a full day of cheap fun. You can be there from nine in the morning to five at night for seven bucks and the money goes to local endeavors,” said Sanders. “From our standpoint as a service club, this is a great service to the community. If you like automobiles, like art or like anything mechanical, you’re going to enjoy the festival.” For more information, including how to register your classic car for the festival, visit

Graffiti Summer has become a major event for the area, drawing tourists—and classic cars—from all over the state who are eager to get swept up in Modesto’s exclusive nostalgia festival. Though numbers are hard to come by—each event is managed separately— the festival is clearly a great boon to the local economy, especially for businesses that serve auto needs or are located downtown. This major influx of tourism is likely to only increase as area attractions get larger every year. For a full list of this year’s Graffiti Summer activities, check out P

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your chamber at work C ham b e r H osts F oru m t o he ar U p d ate on W e st Pa r k By Chamber Board Member and Government Relations Council Chair, Steve Madison

Over 70 business leaders, Chamber members and elected officials gathered at the Modesto Elks Lodge on May 2nd to hear the latest on plans for a large business park proposed for the former Crows Landing Navy air base. As participants enjoyed breakfast hosted by the Stanislaus Alliance, West Park proponent Gerry Kamilos provided his update.

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West Park is proposed to be both a business park and industrial complex that will serve to export area agricultural commodities to the Pacific Rim, while using the same rail line to receive imported products that could be assembled and then transferred to points within and beyond California. At full capacity, West Park will provide up to 17,000 jobs in support of the various proposed activities. The presentation included a discussion of the increase in distribution center activities in Patterson, which most recently includes the announcement of construction of an Amazon fulfillment center. Kamilos explained the interest of CVS, WW Grainger and now Amazon in locating along the Interstate Gerry Kamilos 5 corridor, which provides a logistical presence within two hours reach of coastal and Bay Area communities and within 12 hours reach of Tacoma, Washington. The project has survived legal challenges and delays and, most notably, the Great Recession. In an effort to respond to community concerns, Kamilos has agreed to scale-back the project to conform to the original footprint of the air base and to reduce the size of a proposed solar array so that it does not infringe on farmland. Kamilos related that the project is current with providing reimbursement to the County of Stanislaus for staff time and services related to the project. Kamilos explained an extension of six months will be necessary in order to complete various documents and studies, which he stated “is not that uncommon for a development project of this size and magnitude”. Chamber CEO Cecil Russell asked that those in the audience who “see value in diversifying our local economy and want more jobs for our region to let their support be known to the Board of Supervisors.” The board will take the extension up at their meeting on June 19. P


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Modesto Junior College and Yosemite Community College District held a Building Dedication and Open Houses for the new Student Services building on Friday, March 30 at 2 p.m. on the MJC East Campus at 435 College Ave. in Modesto. The public had the opportunity to go on tours and listen to MJC staff members and instructors describe the numerous educational opportunities available in the new building. Student Services provide services that support, inspire and empower students to achieve their goals. A principal service offered in the new facility will be counseling where students are assisted with decisions which affect their academic and career goals. Admissions, Records and Evaluation Services will be also housed in the new building. Additional services offered in

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There is only one Modesto USA! Whomp bom a lu bop a whomp bam boom! This is the beat of classic rock chris murphy and roll and Modesto USA felt that beat every weekend night when kids from all over central California used to cruise downtown Modesto on historic 10th and 11th Streets. Modesto USA was a classic American city and it remains classic today. W here were you in ’62 ? W here were you in ’47? W here were you in ’53 ’65, ’79, ’83 or ’92 ? Modesto has an amazing histor y. No matter where you go, or what current events happen, one thing sets Modesto apart from ever y cit y in the entire universe : Modesto USA is the home of American Graff iti. Modesto is home to the people and places that created the stories that George Lucas


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told in his amazing 1973 mov ie. The Historic Cr uise Route of 10th and 11th streets in downtown was where it all began and people around the world k now Modesto. This is exciting and it should make ever y Modestan feel proud. The Cr uise was a simpler time. The police off icers on the beat would write multitudes of tickets for illegal turns, lowered cars and excessive speeds for “dragging 10th.” The cruise from Burge’s Drive-In was under way in 1947 and evolved through the early ‘90s from downtown to out McHenry. Cruisers frequented Al ’s, Felix and Warren’s driveins and drag raced from light to light, pranks were pulled every where with oil slicks and smoke shows but most of all, it was about hanging out for some harmless fun, going on dates and showing off your car. You could dance to Kent Witt and the Downbeats with Roddy Jackson at the California Ballroom or the Fable Room and the music of the day was broadcast by 1360 K F IV so we all shared the same soundtrack. W hether you had a Gene Winf ield Candy Apple paint job, or your car was lowered and chopped, or just drove the family car, downtown Modesto was the place to be. If you were in the Faro’s, Road Rebels, or Century Toppers or one of the fraternities or sororities or just enjoyed the night with your date,

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most cruisers agree that George Lucas got it right and the cruise in Modesto was just like the movie. It’s the time for the people of Modesto to spread the word around the world about how special we are. We need to f ly our Graff iti f lag and treasure our past so we can take our place in the future. The Modesto Historic Cruise Route will tell our story from the early days of the cruise and include agriculture, music, Modesto, radio, theatre, car club and George Lucas history on 25 kiosks ringing 10th and 11th Streets. We all need to spread the word that we are Modesto USA and the spirit of American Graff iti lives on with MoBand, our parks, people, places and Graff iti Summer. We are Modesto USA - A Classic American City. P

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Jill Stearns has accepted an offer

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by the Yosemite Community College District (YCCD) Board of Trustees to be the new president of Modesto Junior College (MJC) effective July 1, 2012. Stearns will replace Interim MJC President Dr. Mary Retterer, whose term ends June 30. YCCD Board Chair Mike Riley formally announced Ms. Stearns as MJC’s next President at a special meeting of the Board today. The decision was unanimous.

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announcements Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group announced they

have opened a new office in Los Banos, the firm’s sixth office. The opening of the new office included hiring five engineering and support staff that will enhance the firm’s ability to serve their water and public works clients in the San Joaquin Valley.    The new office is located at 1120 W. I Street, Suite C in Los Banos, and can be contacted at (209) 829-1685.


In the May issue we ran an article about the Chamber’s recent Ag Aware Luncheon. The article ran photos of the two FFA students who spoke, however the photos were incorrectly identified. The photos with the correct identification are printed here. The Chamber thanks both students Sydney Smith, Joseph Gregori High School and Arla Green, Thomas Downey High School for their participation in the event. P

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among the Top 50 0 Small Businesses in America and the Top 10 0 Small Businesses in the state of California, from over 60 0,0 0 0 candidates. Martha Connor, President and CEO of DirectLine Technologies Inc., commented, “the entire DirectLine team is proud to support a recovering economy by raising over $96 million dollars for the non-prof its that we ser ve nation-wide. Locally, we’re supporting our economy by participating in the “StanTogether” initiative to create new jobs which support employment grow th in our communit y.” P


Link with your library! By Susan Lilly Connecting with the library on the go is now simpler than ever! The SCFL mobile app makes it quick and easy. Search the catalog, check your account, ask a reference question, f ind your nearest library and use links to call or navigate. Scan the QR code to download it or search for SCFL mobile in the app store or market. susan lilly

As always, the library web site offers access to the library catalog, your account, the JobNow program and premium content research databases that provide reliable information for consumers, students and business people. Every day thousands of people connect with the library in person, online or by phone. Whether you prefer to hold a book in your hands, listen to a book on CD or get information electronically, your library has something for you! To learn more or to arrange a behind-the-scenes tour, please call (209) 558-7817. P

Do you like the library and follow it? To keep up with the latest news and events at your library “like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter. Idea people will enjoy following the library on Pinterest, too. Find staff favorites, books to movies, and StoryTime book favorites. The library also has boards for items inspired by books (such as cakes, décor and fashion), home library ideas, crafts and Dr. Seuss party ideas for kids. You’ll even f ind a board called 100 years of books in celebration of the library’s centennial anniversary this year.

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L emonade Day Modesto 2 012 was a day of inspi rat ion ! We reg istered over 1,0 0 0 k ids a nd i f you d rove a ny where a round tow n on May 19t h you wou ld have seen eager new ent repreneu rs ready to sel l you t hei r f inest lemonade. A s w it h a ny business, resu lts were mi xed a nd lessons were lea r ned by a l l. A s Da n Costa, ou r Cit y Cha mpion put it, “L ocat ion is ver y impor ta nt to be successf u l ”. This program has taught our k ids life sk ills as they learned the foundational principals of entrepreneurship and f inancial literacy. “So though they were out having fun selling lemonade and

other goodies, their brains were hard at work absorbing many life lessons they will carr y on into their future,” says Tammie Webb, Cit y Director. “Their interaction with their families and the community was a very important by-product of this event,” says Scott Webb, UCP CEO. The Chamber’s ‘Lemonade Raiders’ placed third for (Adult Assisted) Best Stand ! For a listing of all other Lemonade Day winners, please visit

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On Friday, April 20, Land Use and Infrastructure Day for Leadership Modesto Class of 2011-2012 kicked off with a candid discussion of trending water and power issues led by Modesto Irrigation District’s General Manager Allen Short. The group also got a peak at MID’s control room to trace how power gets to their homes and businesses. Red light, green light! Next up was a visit to the City of Modesto’s traff ic control center to experience the engineering strategies for managing traff ic f low on our community’s streets. The class was also treated to an insider’s overview of downtown redevelopment and a little history of Modesto’s development and land use. Teams then competed in designing their own neighborhoods with a little help from some of our area’s f inest experts. All agreed community planning proved to be a lot harder than it looks.


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The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal®) is a leading global f inancial

Established November 1936, the various aviation business tenants at Modesto City-

company offering businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range

County Airport offer area residents: commercial airline f lights, Nevada charter f lights,

of f inancial products and services. Our range of products and services includes

corporate aviation, general and sport aviation, automobile rentals, f light instruction,

retirement solutions, insurance, wellness programs, and investment and banking

aircraft rental and aircraft maintenance services. Your local airport also offers several

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air traff ic control tower, instrument landing system equipped runway, banner towing, aircraft storage, several aviation museums and a youth aviation training organization.

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much easier. The old dr y erase board has been replaced with a new, personalized

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per tinent information. We invite you to come and see our new additions and inquire about renting the conference room for your next workshop or seminar. Thank you to our members who continually of fer their ser vices to assist us in our work.

commun ity developmen t

Highway 99 resurfacing and restoration project The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has begun construction on the $90.2 million State Route 99 (SR-99) Resurfacing and Restoration (2R) Project. This project will replace approximately 25 miles of the existing pavement on SR-99 in Stanislaus County from the San Joaquin County line to the Merced County line. This project will replace the pavement using three different strategies: • Replacement of the existing base and pavement with new concrete pavement; • Concrete slab replacement; • Crack-seat and overlay the existing pavement with new asphalt concrete. The project will also include installing shoulder rumble strips on the inside and outside medians, fog sealing, re-striping the roadway and replacing pavement markers.

Work on the project is scheduled to occur nightly, from 7: 0 0 p.m. until 8 : 0 0 a.m., depending on the location. Motorists can expect up to 30 minute delays in some locations and are encouraged to take alternate routes when possible. The contractor for this project is Myers and Sons Constr uction LP of Sacramento, California and is scheduled to be completed in summer 2014. An updated list of road section and ramp closures will be posted in the week ly edition of Chamber Happenings. Currently, there are 625 ongoing constr uction contracts statewide at Caltrans, valued at over $10.8 billion. These projects are improv ing safet y, reducing congestion and creating tens of thousands of jobs for Ca lifornians — at a time we need those jobs the most. P

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New Chamber Members

New Member profiles Ice Cream Company

After being closed for nearly a year, we are thrilled to re-open this Modesto classic! We strive to buy locally and give back to the community in various ways. We serve ice cream, milkshakes, soups, sandwiches, salads and wraps for dinein and take-out. We are located in Century Center shopping plaza at 2401 E. Orangeburg Ave. #650 Modesto, CA 95355. Our hours are Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-midnight, and Sunday noon-midnight. For more information call (209) 578-3112 or visit

C.M.F. (Clear, Meaningful, and Focused) Leadership Consulting is a Modesto-based partnership company dedicated

to providing local organizational leadership training and consulting services. We use the “L.E.A.D.E.R. Action Method©” to apply the psychological, social and behavioral science leadership theories to real-life situations and environments. We provide customized leadership classes, team-building workshops, private leadership coaching, and organizational consulting services. If having a clear, meaningful and focused action plan is critical to your organization achieving its goals, please find us at, or (209) 652-3235.

California Occupational Physicians,

owned by Richard Lind, M.D. is an established Occupational clinic serving Modesto for more than 20 years. We recently moved to a new modern facility at 2112 McHenry Ave. We take an aggressive approach to injury treatment oriented toward rapid recovery and return to full work capacity. M –F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. We offer and pride ourselves in open communication with the employer and insurance companies. For more info & tour our facility please contact or (209) 572-2114. P

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Gold Level Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Inc. Costco Wholesale DoubleTree Hotel Evergreen Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center Foster Farms Dairy JC Penney Company Memorial Medical Center The Modesto Bee Modesto Irrigation District Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Post Foods, LLC RACOR, Division of Parke Hannifin Corporation Save Mart Supermarkets Seneca Foods, LLC Sysco Food Services of Central California Taco Bell

Silver Level 5.11 Tactical Inc. AAA AT&T Acme Construction Company, Inc. Ambeck Mortgage Associates American Chevrolet American Medical Response Aramark Uniform Services Atherton & Associates, LLP BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Brandman University Part of Chapman University Brown, Fink, Boyce & Astle, LLP Bunge Oils California State University, Stanislaus Central Valley Ag Grinding/ Central Valley Ag Transport Central Valley Automotive Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Central Valley Nissan Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai Central Valley Medical Group Children’s Hospital Central California Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Citibank Clark Pest Control Comcast Construction Management Corporation Courtyard by Marriott Covanta Stanislaus, Inc.


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Covenant Village of Turlock Curtis Legal Group Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva Del Monte Foods Delta Sierra Beverage DirectLine Technologies, Inc. The Eberhardt School of Business English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Hospital F & M Bank Galletto Ristorante Georgia-Pacific Gianelli & Associates Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. Grover Landscape Services, Inc. Harris Moran Seed Company Heald College I.J. Larsen Pumps, Inc. Infiniti of Modesto Institute of Technology International Paper Company ITT Technical Institute JS West & Company Kaplan College MV Transportation, Inc. Magnum Boots USA Inc. McHenry Medical Group, Inc. Mercer Foods Mocse Credit Union Modesto Commerce Bank Modesto Toyota Mraz, Amerine & Associates Nestle USA Oak Valley Community Bank O’Brien’s Market OLAM Spices & Vegetables, Inc. Pacific Gas & Electric Company Panelized Structures, Inc. Pepsi Bottling Group Plastipak Packaging Prime Shine Car Wash Rabobank Raley’s Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. Rocha Transportation San Joaquin Valley College Seven Up Bottling Corporation Solecon Industrial Contractors Solid Networks, Inc. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Stanislaus Food Products Company Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Storer Coachways Sutter Gould Medical Foundation Turlock Irrigation District US Bank Valley Bio Energy, LLC Valley First Credit Union Valley Lexus-BMW W.H. Breshears, Inc. Warden’s Office Products Center Warden’s Office Furniture Outlet Wells Fargo Bank Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Winton, Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency Yosemite Meat Company, Inc.

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LAND OF OPPORTUNITY ...a series spotlighting entrepreneurial achievement

Tom Hatfield Advanced Interior Restoration Services With over 17 years in business, Advanced Interior Restoration Services is one of the finest leather restoration and repair mobile services in the area. AIRS utilizes a computeraided color matching system exclusive to the interior industry. Because Advanced Interior Restoration Services uses waterbased urethane coatings in the matching Tom Hatfield process, our work always meets or exceeds the automotive industry’s stringent color and performance standards. This process gives your repaired and refinished upholstery its original color and feel. The business is currently made up of Tom Hatfield and his wife and one employee, his Son-in-law Chris. Tell me about your career and professional life. What have you done in the past that has led you to where you are now? Before I started AIRS, I was a consultant who traveled all over the world. I had three daughters and one day my wife said “if you want to see these kids grow up, you have to stop traveling.” I was gone a lot and I was working for a very large company. I was just a number to them and I didn’t like that. I decided to go out on my own and my best friend—the best man at my wedding 38 years ago—got me involved with this. We invested in three franchises. After a year and a half with that company, I went out on my own. And since then, every year business has grown, even when the economy went down. This February was the biggest month I’ve ever had in business.

What challenges have you had to overcome in your professional life and how did you achieve that? My wife and I made this business big at one point. We had a huge staff of upholsterers and a lot of overhead and I was working 70 hours a week just to keep us afloat. Even putting all the profit I made back into the business, we were going in the hole every year. So we decided to make a change and refocus on serving our customers even better, even if we had to serve fewer of them. We gave up our large space—we had 5500 sq ft on Jerusalem Ct.—and moved into a 2400 sq ft facility on Kiernan where we are now. It’s just my wife and I and our son-in-law, and we sub our upholstery work to a licensed upholsterer who we rent space to. I’m much happier and the business is more profitable.

What are some of the accomplishments of which you are particularly proud? Getting to a position where my business is primarily referral and is driven by continued success and repeat business. It gives you a good feeling that people remember you and after 17 years we have made a lot of connections and have helped a lot of customers. Success isn’t counted in money, though. I feel very comfortable with what I do, and it’s taken a lot of time to get here. You’re very much an entrepreneur. What do you think makes you such a success? The key to my success is H.I.D. Honesty, Integrity and Dependability. Most people don’t have that today. But if you have those three elements, more than likely you’ll be successful. Honesty means that even if you’re wrong, you take care of it. Integrity means you always follow up. Dependability means when you say you’re going to be there, you’re there.

Are you originally from this area and if so where were you born? If not, where are you from? We came from Arizona and have been here in Modesto for 32 years.

What is the single biggest reason that you have achieved the level of success you have? Networking. The thing about this business is: I don’t know everything, I’m always learning stuff, but when something comes in that I don’t know, I pick up the phone and I know who I can call to find out. It’s all about knowing people who know people. Having that network is invaluable

When you were younger what goals did you set for yourself and why? When I started out in this industry, I said I didn’t care about being the biggest or making the most money, I wanted to do the best job. Because I knew that eventually I wanted to live on my reputation. I didn’t want to solicit, didn’t want to have to go after every job. And I’ve gotten there.

What do you like about your job? Doing good work and being appreciated for it gives you that sense of gratification. It keeps you going. I don’t care about how much money I make, but I enjoy what I do. Just being around so long, we’ve made a lot of connections and developed a big client base. I just enjoy what I do.

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SHOP LOCAL - Join us for exciting exhibits, networking, food, fun, and more at the Business To Business Trade Show on June 27, 2012 at the Modesto Centre P laza. This year’s event will feature a keynote speaker, Certified Farmers Market and networking from 5:00-7:00pm with beer, wine and food. SELL LOCAL - Start by joining us June 19th when IMC Consulting & Training and Ward Promotional Marketing Solutions helps our exhibitors prepare new marketing strategies, create tantalizing offers, increase foot traffic, double leads and build new sales. Showcase your hottest new offerings to the Valley ’s best business and consumer audience. P lus, this year exhibitors can sell products and ser vices

right on the trade show floor. Can’t exhibit? Tickets to the exhibitor breakfast are only $35. BUY LOCAL - Build our economy by joining us June 27, 2012. See some of the best businesses and products the Chamber membership has to offer. Be part of this exciting event as a Business To Business sponsor, vendor, or attendee. Mark your calendars and be there. Come see the results of the exhibitor training for yourself. Tour all the exhibits and enter to win fabulous prizes! S ponsorships and exhibi t o r s p a c e a r e a v a i l a b l e n o w. To b e c o m e a s p o n s o r or reser ve a booth space, please call Eliz abeth Facanha at (209) 577-5757. P


a series spotlighting some of our area’s most innovative and successful companies

Burnside Body Shop Helps Customers Get Back on the Road Burnside Body Shop is Modesto’s oldest

ahead. “We are constantly looking for innovative

existing collision repair and paint facility. The

ways to be more efficient and green,” said

shop, which dates back to the early 1930s,

Burnside. One such green initiative was the

has been owned and operated since 2001 by

conversion from solvent paint materials to

Brent and Stephanie Burnside.

water based paint, a change necessitated by new air emissions regulations.


needs of their customers with ever-changing


from insurance companies. “Our industry has constant demands placed on us to repair jobs more quickly, with less and for less,” said Stephanie Burnside. “It’s a balancing act, but we never sacrifice the integrity, safety or value of a vehicle. Our first priority is to restore the vehicle to its preaccident condition or better.”

Their commitment to customers goes beyond simple service, said Burnside. “Vehicle owners want to

“We never sacrifice the integrity, safety or value of a vehicle. Our





new techniques, new timing and a new approach to color matching. countless









practicing and fine tuning their skills to ensure the highest level


first priority is to

of quality for our customers.”

restore the vehicle

Burnside said that as an industry

The Chamber stands by this statement. We practice it on a daily basis. As an organization, we use Chamber Members exclusively. We hope we can ‘count on you’ to practice using Chamber Members to meet all of your business needs.

to its pre-accident condition or better.” -Stephanie Burnside Burnside Body Shop

leader, the shop works to give back to the community. “We encourage our team to get involved with service organizations, non-profit groups and volunteerism,” said Burnside. The Burnsides set an example through




be more involved in the process

service. Brent is a member of the

and deserve to be educated about

North Modesto Kiwanis Club and

the repairs. We take the time to explain the repair

Stephanie is a member of the Modesto Rotary Club,

process so our customers know what to expect.”

the executive board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of

You can find new and current members online at www., or through our 2012 directory at Progress Magazine is the voice of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, and the leading business publication in Stanislaus County. For more information or advertising info call (209) 526-9136.


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Stanislaus County and is involved with other nonBurnside Body Shop prepares its 15 employees to

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face the challenges and opportunities that lie

City Council and this year as Vice Mayor.

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chamber U Location: Chamber Conference Room Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Business Before Hours

IT Solutions|Currie Location: 1801 Tully Road, Suite E Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


Business After Hours


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Flying Turtle Cast Concrete Location: 1314 Coldwell Avenue Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.



Location: Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L Street Time: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Business Before Hours


Business After Hours

AvailABILITY Personnel Services Location: 2813 Coffee Road, Bldg A Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

American Chevrolet Location: 4742 McHenry Ave. Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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