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VOL. 40 | ISSUE 3 | march 2019

Annual Members’ Gala Focus On Education State Theatre Spotlight

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The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the greater Modesto Area, regional businesses and community prosperity through advocacy, collaboration, access to leaders, economic development, connectivity and business education.

march 2019 | CONTENTS

Executive Committee Chairman

Steven Rank, Rank Investigations and Protection, Inc.

Past Chairman

Eric Tobias, F&M Bank

Vice Chair, External Operations

Tom Nielsen, Individual Member

Vice Chair, Internal Operations

Patricia Gillum, Patricia A. Gillum,CPA


Brad Blakeley, Edward Jones Investments Kirstie Boyett, The State Theater Michael Gaffney, PG&E Michael Howell, Blom & Associates Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center Naomi Layland, Huff Construction and Ardis Farming Craig Lewis, Lewis Capital Advisors DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice Inc. Kathy Monday, Squeeze In and Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva Michael Moradian, Jr., Peace of Mind Pest Control & Home Inspections Peggy O’Donnel, Mid-Valley Productions Kristin Reza, Bank of Stockton Bill Robinson, Principal Financial Group Lucy Virgen, Bank of the West David Wright, Wright Insurance Company Pete Zahos, Sysco Central California


Keith Boggs, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office George Boodrookas, Modesto Junior College Melissa Williams, Modesto Irrigation District

Magical Modesto Night


40 40 Campaign



Message from the CEO


Chamber Calendar



Pinnacle Award


Green Team

Cecil Russell, President/CEO Modesto Chamber of Commerce CRussell@ModChamber.org


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PROGRESS MAGAZINE 1114 J Street • Modesto, CA 95354 209. 577.5757 • Fax 209. 577.2673 www.ModChamber.org • Progress@ModChamber.org

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Message from the CEO By Cecil Russell, Chamber President and CEO This issue of Progress highlights our 105th Annual Members Choice Awards and Gala. This year’s Awards were again held at the fabulous Gallo Center for the Arts. We had 11 great restaurants and vendors that served superb food and desserts. Many thanks to these restaurants. We had a record number of sponsors and we send out our gratitude to these sponsors. Without their financial assistance we would not be able to produce this event. THANK YOU AGAIN. Marian Kaanon did a fantastic job serving as our Mistress of Ceremonies. Marian also won our covet Distinguished Service Award. This lady serves our community with grace, intelligence, and compassion. I have known Marian for years and have made the statement “When I grow up, I want to be just like Marian”. Our Welcome Team winner was Bob Searls, who was accompanied by his wife to receive his award. His wife attends most ribbon cuttings with him. Our Ambassador of the Year Award was shared by Bill Robinson and Brian McDermott, they each have been previous winners. The Modesto Police Offers Association won the Non-Profit of the Year Award. Get Fit won the Small Business of the Year Award. We gave out a special award this year – Pinnacle Achievement Award – this award was presented to Jeff Denham for his 16 years of service to our community, both in State Government and also serving as our Congressman.


Our Education committee chose to award Judie Piscitello from Stanislaus Partners in Education, to receive our Excellence in Education Award. Judie has dedicated herself to bringing together business and educators to help develop our students at all levels to be better prepared to join the workforce after graduating.


They have also been a Chamber member for over 57 years. They have over 250 employees and give back to our community in many ways. One that is notable, is Hungry Bowls, that help provide aid and food to the underserved in our community. The evening included the Chamber announcing our returning board members and our new board members. The new board members are David Wright, Wright Insurance Company, Michael Gaffney-PG&E, and two winners of this year’s awards, Bill Robinson-Principal Financial Group and Kirstie Boyett-The State Theatre. Congratulations to all of our Winners! We attended the Central Valley Hispanic Chamber Annual installation and awards event. They had a great event and we enjoy our partnership with the organization. We also attended the Stanislaus Chinese Association 47th Annual Chinese New Year Event; it was a great evening with them providing entertainment showcasing their culture! We attended the Grand Opening of the NEW $33M Valley Children’s Medical Group Specialty Care Center located in north Modesto on Pelandale. The center opened on February 8th 2019 and is a beautiful addition for Children’s health care for Stanislaus County and the surrounding area. Valley Children’s has been serving in the Fresno area since 1952. These patients can now forgo the 3 hour round trip to the Madera facility and receive care here in Modesto.

Kirstie Boyett was selected by her classmates and the steering committee of Leadership Modesto to receive the Leadership Graduate of the Year Award. Kirstie led the class project to restore the vandalized playground equipment at Graceada Park. Her class raised over $80,000 and spent hours reconstructing the new playground equipment.

We held an Active Shooter Symposium at the State Theatre on February 12th, 2019. The event was free and attended by 340 people. Rank Investigations and The State Theatre sponsored the event. The presenters were Philip Trompeter, a police psychologist and Lt. James Yandell, a policeman and SWAT commander. They presented information that has great value, if you were to ever find yourself in an Active Shooter situation. They were followed by a group of trauma nurses from Doctor’s Medical Center. They shared information on “Stop the Bleed” training and also offer a complete training each month at Doctors Medical Center. Future events are always listed on our website.

Our Chamber Member of the Year Award went to Sysco Central California. They supply food and other products to the many restaurants and other businesses in our area. They have been in business in our community for over 80 years.

Our next big events are our Annual State of Business and Education Event to be held on March 8th 2019 and our annual Ag Aware event scheduled for April 11th 2019 at MJC Ag Pavilion. We hope to see you all there, supporting our wonderful community!

Attended City Economic Development meeting

Attended Stanislaus Green Team Presentation

Attended Stanislaus County Workforce Development Board Meeting

Attended MJC Business Advisory Committee Meeting

Attended the Ag Tech Symposium at MJC

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Attended Superintendent Noguchi of Modesto City Schools Key Communicators Group

Attended Modesto City Council Meetings Attended Tourism Task Force Meeting

Attended Stanislaus County Supervisors Meetings Attended Economic Development Meeting

with Brad Wall on Comprehensive General Plan update

Attended SPIE Board Meeting

Attended County Tourism Task Force Meeting

2019 Board of Directors

Steve Rank Rank Investigations & Protection, Inc. Chairman

Brad Blakeley Edward Jones Investments Director

Kristin Reza Bank of Stockton Director

Patricia Gillum Patricia Gillum, CPA. Vice Chair, Internal Operations

Lucy Virgen Bank of the West Director

Naomi Layland Huff Construction and Ardis Farming Director

Craig Lewis Lewis Capital Advisors Director

Kathy Monday Squeeze In and Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva Director

Peggy O’Donnell Mid-Valley Productions Director

Kirstie Boyett The State Theater Director

Bill Robinson Principal Financial Group Director

Michael Howell Blom & Associates Director

Warren Kirk Doctors Medical Center Director

DeSha McLeod Michael Moradian, Jr. Community Hospice Inc. Peace of Mind Pest Control Director & Home Inspections Director

Michael Gaffney PG&E Director

Tom Nielsen Individual Member Director

David Wright Pete Zahos Wright Insurance Company Sysco Central California Director Director march 2019


Eric Tobias F&M Bank Chairman-Past


CHAMBER CALENDAR march ribbon cutting 1 Quality Auto Glass Tint

april ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 3 Committee Meeting Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 7:30 A.M.

12:00 P.M.


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Committee Meeting Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 7:30 A.M.


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State of Business and Education 7:00 A.M.


Business Before Hours TBD 7:30 A.M.


Sexual Harassment Seminar Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 8:00 A.M. 9:30 A.M. 1:00 P.M.*


Ag Aware Luncheon 11:30 A.M. ACE Ag Pavilion


Business Before Hours TBD 7:30 A.M.


Stanislaus Green Team Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 9:00 A.M.


Government Relations Committee Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 12:00 P.M.


Government Relations Committee Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 12:00 P.M.


Stanislaus Green Team Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 9:00 A.M.


Business After Hours TBD 5:30 P.M.


Sexual Harassment Seminar Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 8:00 A.M. 9:30 A.M. 1:00 P.M.*




Business After Hours TBD 5:30 P.M.

**The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto Please note that calendar events and details are subject to change. *See website for more detail.


**The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto

stanislaus green team Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 9:00 A.M.

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**The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto


**The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto

Ag Aware Luncheon ACE Ag Pavilion 11:30 A.M.

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At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded

The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the

business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy

annual State of Business and Education event, by fund-raising for local

and creating and maintaining our community as a vibrant place to live,

students at the Ag Aware and Harvest Luncheon annual series, and

work and play. The Modesto Chamber is the go-to resource and

partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young

At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded

business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy

and creating and maintaining our community as a vibrant place to live,

work and play. The Modesto Chamber is the go-to resource and

The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the

annual State of Business and Education event, by fund-raising for local

students at the Ag Aware and Harvest Luncheon annual series, and partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young

facilitator of ideas and communication for nonprofits, governmental men and women, all in keeping with our pledge to help provide a ready facilitator of ideas and communication for nonprofits, governmental men and women, all in keeping with our pledge to help provide a ready

agencies, and community leaders. More More than than just ajust business club,club, the the workforce the Chamber Chamber agencies, and community leaders. a business workforcetotoserve serve local local employers. employers. Additionally, Additionally, the Modesto Chamber strives to affect its environment for positive educates its members on practical solutions and best practices through Modesto Chamber strives to affect its environment for positive educates its members on practical solutions and best practices through transformation by supporting change agents in the community. its Progress Magazine articles, monthly Chamber University and Seeds transformation by supporting change agents in the community. its Progress Magazine articles, monthly Chamber University and Seeds ofof Success speaker monthlycommittee committee Success speakerseries, series,workshops workshops and and seminars, seminars, monthly meetings, and SCORE counseling. meetings, and SCORE counseling.



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Chamber Staff, Board of Directors and many of our topical

committees, such as Economic Development and Government

committees, such as Economic Development and Government

Relations, are engaged and proactively representing our members by

Relations, are engaged and proactively representing our members by

The Chamber believes in service to the community and to its

The Chamber believes in service to the community and to its members. The Chamber Board and staff are active on many nonprofit

addressing business initiatives, addressing issues in our community members. The Chamber Board and staff are active on many nonprofit and government committees, donating their business expertise, time

and working toand relieve regulatory The burdens businesses due as to local statethe governments. Modesto Chamberendure gets results, to local shown and state Modestomore Chamber gets results, as by governments. recent victoriesThe in forming rational ADA legislation, shown by recent avictories in measure, forming electing more rational legislation, defeating no-growth businessADA friendly candidates, working alongside otherselecting to passbusiness Measure L, a candidates, local self-help defeating a no-growth measure, friendly measure, for our workingtransportation alongside others to and passchampioning Measure L,fora more local water self-help agribusiness, industry citizens. By working together, transportation measure, andand championing for more waterour formembers our are stronger together than they ever be on their own. agribusiness, industry and citizens. Bycould working together, our members

are stronger together than they could ever be on their own.



The Modesto Chamber specializes in building relationships among business and serving as the nexus to businesses, nonprofit

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throughlocal the community. Leadership Modesto program where they will build longterm relationships with key leaders in the business world and local community.

march 2019


A Magical Modesto Night

at the 105th Annual Gala Member’s Choice Awards

By: Jennifer Konradi, Marketing and Communications


The Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Gala reminds its members and locals how important the community truly is to the Chamber. On January 26th, 2019, the Chamber held its 105th Annual Gala Members Choice Awards, kicking off the year by looking back on 2018 and recognizing the people, businesses, and nonprofits that serviced the community in a way that only continues to help benefit Modesto and its people. Like it has year after year, the Annual Gala drew a large crowd who greatly enjoyed all the various restaurants and their unique offerings. If it were not for the amazing local restaurants that partook in this event, the night would not have been as special as it was. Restaurants including Galletto Ristorante, Fiscalini Cheese Company, Greens on Tenth, Tresetti’s Restaurant, La Perla Tapatia, Orient House, Papapavlo’s/Famiglia Bistro Ristorante, My Chef Restaurant & Catering, Rodin Ranch, Double Tree by Hilton, and Nothing Bundt Cakes, were there serving their community and ensuring everyone’s night was the best it could possibly be. Countless, “this is delicious” and “oooh let’s go for seconds” were heard throughout the lobby of the Gallo Center for the Arts, as guests boasted on the local food that was made available. The bustle of the crowd, while feasting on chocolate covered strawberries and delicious finger foods, were filled with excitement as the awards were being presented soon after the evening had started. With the ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. sharp, guests were introduced to the lovely Master of Ceremonies, Marian


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Kaanon. Persuading guests to get up and dance until everyone in the auditorium were up on their feet, ended up being a small foreshadowing of what the night would entail. Laughs, smiles, and memories. The evening was to celebrate another busy and successful year. It was also an opportunity to honor and say thank you to Chamber members, the Board, and the many volunteers who work together to make the Modesto Chamber of Commerce the success that it is. The first award of the evening was 2018’s Vera Girolami Ambassador of the Year, given by Chamber Board Member Michael Howell of Blom and Associates and Carol Solario of American Chevrolet.

The Ambassador represents the Chamber’s outreach, delivering important news to its members, and collecting feedback from within the Chamber. They also volunteer at community events. “Throughout the year, they assist us in contacting each of the Chamber’s members and play a critical role in relaying important news from the Chamber to our members,” said Michael Howell. Bill Robinson and Brian McDermott were selected because of their proven dedication to the Chamber, and great willingness to go above and beyond at Chamber events. Following was Chamber Board Members Brad Blakely from Edward Jones and Pete Zahos from Sysco Central California, presenting the Ted Shields Welcome Team Member of the Year award to Bob Searls of Carrington Real Estate Services. In nearly 25 years of service to the Chamber, Bob Searls has attended hundreds of ribbon cuttings and business openings. In short, “He epitomizes what a Welcome Team Member should be, a friendly, welcoming representative of our community,” said Pete Zahos. Modesto is blessed with countless hardworking nonprofit organizations; the Nonprofit Organization of the Year award is one of the hardest and competitive awards that is given. This year was no exception. Presented by Board Member Patricia Gillum and last year’s winner, Jason Conway of the Modesto Gospel Mission, the award was given to Modesto Police Officers Association (MPOA). Board member Pat Gillum added, “These organizations offer second chances for those in recovery, provide training and employment for the physically and mentally challenged, create role models and opportunities for at risk children, connect cultures around the globe and much, much more. We are thankful that MPOA supports the Modesto Chamber each year by volunteering to grill sausages at Oktoberfest.”

At this year’s Annual Gala, the Chamber recognized over 35 years of Leadership Modesto. The Chamber is very proud of the contributions the Leadership Modesto classes have made to the Modesto community demonstrating all that they have learned. This Modesto Chamber program continues to honor each year’s class by giving the Annual Leadership Modesto Graduate of the Year Award. Presenting this award was Nate Beninger from Oak Valley Bank and Jay Pink with Gianelli Nielson were both recent graduates and past recipients of the award. The criteria for this award is simple, engage fully in the class’s time together, bring positive energy and demonstrate leadership qualities, and demonstrate promising leadership potential and a strong desire to make an impact. “This year’s honoree meets all these requirements and beyond,” said Beninger. Kirstie Boyett was presented as this year’s Leadership Modesto Graduate of the Year. Kirstie was the catalyst behind the class project. The class project was to raise funds to replace the vandalized children’s playground at the City of Modesto’s admired Graceada Park.


MPOA’s mission is to build a prosperous environment for everyone by making Modesto a thriving community that all of us can feel safe to live in. Their commitment is dedicated to taking an active role in keeping the community safe. Most of their families live in Modesto or its surrounding communities and neighborhoods. MPOA is wholeheartedly invested in Modesto and Stanislaus County not only from an employment point of view, but because they themselves have families, friends, colleagues and neighbors who live here. Public safety and engagement with the community is their top priority and the Modesto Chamber thanks them for everything that they do for the community.

What makes Modesto a community of genuine care and development is the number of small business that call it their home. These small businesses not only showcase the city’s ability to give, but also its capacity for uniqueness and growth. The Small Business of the Year award was another competitive one, with nominees ranging from La Perla/Sam & Dave’s Market, Modesto on Ice, and Rodin Ranch, just to name a few. However, the winner of the night was Get Fit, who excitedly accepted their award, while also giving a speech that left the entire room motivated to get up and get moving!

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She attended every committee meeting and orchestrated all the marketing forms and fundraising. She is the epitome of what a Leadership Modesto class member should resemble. The Excellence in Education Award is chosen annually by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee. This award is given to someone that has worked tirelessly to uphold the value of education. This year’s award was presented to Judie Piscitello, who unfortunately could not make the award ceremony, but was celebrated, nonetheless. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual or company for outstanding service and commitment to the Modesto Chamber and the Community. This award goes to a member who is highly visible and contributes behind the scenes. The winner of this award is highly deserving and was a complete surprise to our master of ceremonies, Marian Kaanon.

Excellence in Education Award

The last two awards of the night were ones that will never be forgotten. One of the biggest awards of the night, the Chamber Member of the Year, was awarded to the business who has shown outstanding commitment to the Chamber and to Modesto as a whole through donations, volunteer work, and general support. The great honor went to Sysco Central California. Sysco has continuously had a representative serving on the Modesto Chamber’s Board of Directors. Sysco has significantly donated to Chamber events and assists the Chamber in recruiting members. The Modesto Chamber was proud to present Sysco Central California as Chamber Member of the Year.


The Modesto Chamber of Commerce created a special award this year for a well-deserving individual who has served our community tirelessly. At 17 years old, Former Congressman, Jeff Denham joined the United States Air Force and served our country diligently for 16 years. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal for his service in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. He was awarded the “Order of California” for exceptional service by the California National Guard, the highest award given for distinguished service. For this and many other achievements, the Modesto Chamber awarded Former Congressman Jeff Denham, the Pinnacle Achievement Award.


The night ended with delicious desserts and memories. The Modesto Chamber strives to serve its community in the best ways possible. The Gala is just one example of what the Chamber has to offer. Visit www.modchamber.org for more information on joining your local Chamber, future events, and local action committees. The Chamber C.A.R.E.S. and works for you. Modesto Chamber of Commerce I ModChamber.org

Leadership Modesto Graduate of the Year

Non-Profit of the Year

Pinnacle of Achievement - Jeff Denham


Small Business of the Year

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announcements Community Hospice Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary with Supporter Driven Fundraising Campaign In celebration of Community Hospice’s 40 Year Anniversary, the Community Hospice Foundation is excited to kickoff a 40/40 Campaign! During 2019, the 40/40 Campaign will empower Community Hospice supporters to create their own fundraiser events to raise funds to support the mission of Community Hospice. “Community members often ask how they can support Community Hospice,” mentioned Melissa Van Diepen, Executive Director of the Community Hospice Foundation. “This campaign will allow participants to raise funds in a way that is meaningful to them and support the members of their community.”

“The funds raised through this project ensure that Community Hospice is always ready to answer the call when a family needs us, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.” To register or for more information about Community Hospice Foundation’s 40/40 Campaign, visit give.hospiceheart.org.

Community Hospice Foundation is recruiting 40 teams to participate in the campaign. A team may consist of co-workers, friends, families, organizations or companies; anyone who is willing to raise funds and help support the patients, families and programs of Community Hospice.

Community Hospice is a nonprofit, community based hospice agency, serving the Central Valley since 1979. Community Hospice provides compassionate and quality care, education and support to patients and their families, regardless of the ability to pay.

Team members will be provided a fundraising website as well as essential tools, including email templates and event ideas, to help participants reach a team goal of $1,600.

Hospice and Palliative Care extends to thousands of patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-room Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides grief support services to anyone in the community at no cost. For more information call 209.578.6300 or visit hospiceheart.org.

“The 40/40 Campaign has the potential raise $64,000 and impact our community in many positive ways,” added Van Diepen.

CWB CREATIONS 2019! Creations, Choreography in America comes back to the Gallo Center! A fantastic repertory program that has dazzled audiences since 2009, Creations has presented an array of contemporary and innovative ballets by renowned choreographers as well as amazing works specifically choreographed for Central West Ballet dancers.


This year’s Creations include three original works. Summer Rhapsody is a ballet drawing on summer memories at the coast depicted by images painted on a canvas of contemporary dance.


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Beneath Existence is a cutting edge work that juxtaposes a minimalist style of dance with grand scale choreography. A Parisian in New York is a new Broadway style ballet that is an inventive homage to movies like An American In Paris, complete with an original score. Creations is a mesmerizing program showcasing the beauty and power of CWB's talented dancers.

Oak Valley Bancorp Reports Fourth Quarter Results Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY) (the “Company”), the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and their Eastern Sierra Community Bank division, recently reported unaudited consolidated financial results. For the three months ended December 31, 2018, consolidated net income was $2,979,000 or $0.37 per diluted share (EPS), as compared to $3,165,000, or $0.39 EPS, for the prior quarter and $1,589,000, or $0.20 EPS for the same period a year ago. Consolidated net income for the year ended December 31, 2018 totaled $11,537,000, or $1.42 EPS, representing an increase of 26.9% compared to $9,094,000 or $1.13 EPS for 2017. The decrease from the prior quarter is the result of loan loss provisions recorded during the quarter corresponding to loan growth. The 2018 net income increases over the comparable periods of 2017 were mainly driven by strong earning asset growth and corresponding increases to net interest income. Additionally, the Company realized a reduction in income tax provision in 2018 due to the lower federal income tax rate of 21%, following the passing of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which also resulted in a $983,000 charge to federal income tax provision in the fourth quarter of 2017, due to the revaluation of net deferred tax assets. Net interest income was $10,179,000 and $38,567,000 for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2018, respectively, compared to $9,944,000 during the prior quarter, $9,023,000 for the fourth quarter of 2017 and $34,180,000 for the year ended December 31, 2017. Net interest margin increased to 3.96% and 3.89% for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2018, respectively, as compared to 3.86% and 3.77% for the same periods of 2017. The net interest income and net interest margin increases in 2018 over the comparable prior periods were the result of strong growth of our loan and investment portfolios and the positive impact that rising interest rates have had on our variable rate earning assets. Non-interest income for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018 totaled $1,232,000 and $4,712,000, respectively, compared to $1,137,000 during the prior quarter, $1,193,000 for the fourth quarter of 2017, and $5,976,000 for the year ended December 31, 2017. The moderate increase in the fourth quarter was mainly due to FHLB dividend income and steady increases in service charges and fee income from our growing customer base. The year-over-year decrease is mainly due to the $938,000 merger-related settlement payments recorded in the second quarter of 2017.

We are very pleased with our year-end results for 2018,” stated Chris Courtney, President and CEO of the Company and the Bank. “We are enthusiastic about our recent expansion into Sacramento and look forward to growth opportunities in the greater Sacramento region. As we expand our Northern California presence to better serve our clients, we naturally garner increased awareness of the Oak Valley brand, which enables us to introduce more Central Valley families and businesses to our premier style of community banking,” Courtney concluded. Non-performing assets as of December 31, 2018 were $920,000, or 0.08% of total assets, compared to $920,000, or 0.09% of total assets, as of September 30, 2018, and $1,564,000, or 0.15% at December 31, 2017. The decrease in non-performing assets during 2018 is the result of payments on non-performing loans and an OREO property sale during the first quarter of 2018. The Company recorded provision for loan losses of $555,000 during the fourth quarter corresponding to strong fourth quarter loan growth. At the same time, credit quality improved slightly, which allowed for a decrease in the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of gross loans to 1.22% at December 31, 2018, compared to 1.23% at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017. Oak Valley Bancorp operates Oak Valley Community Bank & their Eastern Sierra Community Bank division, through which it offers a variety of loan and deposit products to individuals and small businesses. They currently operate through 17 conveniently located branches: Oakdale, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, Tracy, Sacramento, two branches in Sonora, three branches in Modesto, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop. The Sacramento – Capitol Mall Branch, which opened in 2018, is the latest addition to Oak Valley’s network. For more information, call 1-866-844-7500 or visit www.ovcb.com.

Non-interest expense for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018 totaled $6,921,000 and $27,378,000, respectively, compared to $6,820,000 during the prior quarter, $6,222,000 for the fourth quarter of 2017 and $24,565,000 for the year ended December 31, 2017. The increase compared to prior periods corresponds to staffing increases, partially related to the expansion into the new Sacramento Branch during the third quarter, and general operating costs related to servicing the growing loan and deposit portfolios.


Total assets were $1.09 billion at December 31, 2018, an increase of $19.1 million over September 30, 2018 and $60.1 million over December 31, 2017. Gross loans were $711.9 million as of December 31, 2018, an increase of $48.7 million over September 30, 2018, and an increase of $49.4 million over December 31, 2017. The Company’s total deposits were $986.5 million as of December 31, 2018, an increase of $12.1 million over September 30, 2018, and an increase of $47.6 million over December 31, 2017. “Steady core deposit growth combined with third and fourth quarter loan growth have again helped push Company earnings to record level. march 2019


stanislaus green team MEETING: March 21st, 9:00am The “Stanislaus Green Team” was launched by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce in November of 2012. The purpose was to create a nexus between commerce and environment, and the desire of the Modesto Chamber to work collaboratively, searching for regional solutions to challenges facing Stanislaus County. Simply put, assisting businesses in “Going Green” will not only reduce their costs of doing business, but it will also help the environment and move the Stanislaus County economy forward.

June 1, 1977 – June 1, 1979 Hourly Employee for Carnation Co. while going to college in Mt. Vernon, Missouri.

The “Stanislaus Green Team” meets at the intersection of Environmental Stewardship and lowering the cost of doing business.

May 1979 Graduated from Missouri Southern State College, BS Chemistry

If you are interested in speaking at a Stanislaus Green Team meeting, please contact Trish Christensen at tchristensen@modchamber.org

June 1, 1979 – February 1, 1980 Management Trainee in Gustine, CA (Carnation)

SPEAKER INFORMATION: Leland Lomas, Production Manager, Nestle Carnation Factory Designer Born and raised on family farm close to Mt. Vernon, Missouri. Read below for more facts about our speaker.

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February 1, 1980 – October 1, 1980 Supervisor, Mt. Vernon, Missouri (Carnation) October 1, 1980 – June 1, 1983 Supervisor, South Dayton, New York (Carnation) June 1, 1983 – May 1, 1988 Factory Superintendent, Maysville, Kentucky (Carnation/Nestle) May 1, 1988 – August 2001 QA / IT Manager, Gustine, CA and Modesto CA (Nestle) Spent 2 weeks in Philippines working on milk filler project Spent 1 Month on Improvement Team - Dominican Republic August 2001 – Present Assistant Factory Manager / Supply Chain Manager / Production Manager – Modesto CA

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Jeff Denham Pinnacle of Achievement Award The Modesto Chamber of Commerce had the great privilege of honoring past Congressman, Jeff Denham the Pinnacle of Achievement Award at this year’s 105th Annual Gala.

the 100+ residents to drive to Oakdale to pick up their mail which was a hardship on the elderly and those on fixed income.

After graduating from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1992, Jeff began working in the agriculture field, where he has since started several successful agriculture-based businesses. Jeff served on active and reserve status in the U.S. Air Force for 16 years, joining in 1984 at the age of 17. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal for his service in Operation Desert Storm (Iraq) and Operation Restore Hope (Somalia). Jeff was awarded the “Order of California” for exceptional meritorious service by the California National Guard, the highest award given for distinguished service.

Real success is resilience. Jeff Denham’s list of accomplishments proves that he is a man who stopped at nothing to ensure he did as much as he could for his community. He demonstrated that in order to serve his constituency it requires courage, persistence, perseverance, and letting go of adopted judgments and preconceived notions. He continued to fight diligently for issues that were important and worthy of notice.

Jeff was elected to the California’s 12th State Senate in 2002. He focused his efforts on education, agriculture, public safety, and workers' compensation reform. He served as the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Vice Chairman of the Government Organization committee. He also served on the Banking, Finance and Insurance, Education and Veteran's Affairs Committees. Senator Denham was recognized as "Legislator of the Year" by the California State Sheriffs' Association in 2004 and "Outstanding Legislator" in 2005, "Legislator of the Year" by the California Small Business Association in 2005, "Most Progressive Law Enforcement Leader of the Year" by "A Woman's Place" of Merced in 2005 and received the California Teachers Association's "Gold Award" in 2005. Jeff was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2010 where he served 8 years with distinction. Jeff was able to focus his efforts on growing California’s economy and creating jobs in the state, while also improving the state’s long-term climate for agriculture and business and working to expand water storage. While serving as a member as the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he was able to secure millions of dollars to fund transportation projects in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Without fail, Jeff constantly strived to reduce taxes and regulation, allowing our local economy to grow. Jeff has been a leading voice in the effort to liquidate surplus federal properties and reduce government waste. His attention to local issues and his empathy for the members of his community was demonstrated in May of 2016 when he worked with the United States Postal Service to reopen the Knights Ferry Post Office after it was abruptly closed following the death of the postmaster and the operational agreement was out of date. The sudden closing forced

The following list of accomplishments and awards were presented to Jeff Denham for his dedication to serve this district: • 2018 Spirit of Enterprise Award – United States Chamber of Commerce • 2016 Leadership in Public Service Award - Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute • 2015 Amigo of the Year Award - El Concilio • 2015 Michael Maggio Award - Immigrant’s List • 2014 National Legislative Award - League of United Latin American Citizens Jeff Denham sponsored many pieces of legislation to support our Veterans, to eliminate government waste, and was a champion for additional federal dollars to create more water storage for our area. Most tend to think about success as the pinnacle of achievement. It is what we, as a society, experience. However, success is not always about winning. It is not about popularity. It is about moving from one failure and/ or successful venture to the next ... with grace. Congressman Jeff Denham proved this time and time again. Jeff Denham reminds us that success is not about what you have (or achieve), but how you live and the examples you set for others to aspire to. For his constant contributions to our community he is the recipient of the Modesto Chamber’s Pinnacle of Achievement Award.   Certainly, we are a better place because of Jeff Denham’s powerful voice and relentless work towards the greater good. march 2019


First and foremost, Jeff Denham is a family man. Jeff and his wife Sonia have been married for 25 years, and they have two children, Austin (23) and Samantha (20). Jeff currently owns and operates Denham Plastics, a supplier of reusable containers in the agriculture industry. He and his family also farm almonds at their ranch in Merced County and continue to undeniably support the local community.

In August of 2017, Congressman Denham worked tirelessly to see that reenlistment bonuses were returned to nearly 18,000 Guard members and their families. Many California National Guardsman were caught up in fraud and mismanagement by the State National Guard. Struggling to meet enlistment targets, the soldiers were told they would receive bonuses and have their college debts paid off if they re-enlisted. Jeff Denham spearheaded the push to get these well-deserved men and women their bonuses. He also worked with the Pentagon to ensure that they would not fail to meet a review of a refund consideration deadline.


Modesto Chamber Ambassador Highlight Bill Robinson, MBA Principal Representative At the 2019 Annual Gala, two very special Chamber Ambassadors were awarded the Vera Girolami Ambassador of the Year. This award recipient has displayed exceptional dedication in furthering the mission of the Chamber by assisting in member outreach and education, volunteerism at Chamber events and doing more than what is expected of them as a member of the Ambassador Team. The two listed below are everything this award encompasses and more. EXPERIENCE: I joined Principal Financial Group® as a financial representative in March of 2016. Prior to starting my practice, I served in the proprietary higher education field in both administrative and academic roles for more than 17 years.

I have a growing financial services practice in the Stanislaus County area. I offer a wide array of financial services including but not limited to estate and retirement planning, life and disability insurance, and long term care insurance. As a result, I focus in two primary areas. I actively work with small business owners to help them meet their financial needs of growth and preservation of assets. Also, I look to provide service to recent college graduates who have an interest in providing for the needs of their families.


Brian McDermott Advanced Communications Consultant


EXPERIENCE: Brian McDermott is an active Modesto Chamber of Commerce Ambassador with 28 years of experience in Voice and Data Networking, Carrier Services and Managed Services. A former Ambassador of the Year, Brian also runs a bicycle group called Central Valley Cruisers which you can find and like on Facebook to join them on their next ride. Brian works for TEAMSOS, a 25 year old company which provides innovative technology solutions that advance businesses and the lives of people everywhere. If you need help with phone and Internet services or voice and data networking, please give Brian a call at 209502-6465 or bmcdermott@ team-sos.com

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When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 Where: 6609 3rd Street, Riverbank Time: 5:30 PM — 7:30 PM At Riverbank Cannabis Collective, we strive to provide a welcoming and professional atmosphere for our members. Come learn about our services. You must be 21 years or older, with valid ID to attend.

Bring your business cards to be entered in the drawing… and be prepared to network!

People On The Move Trezza Retires, Bockstahler Steps Into New Role William R. (Bill) Trezza, Chief Executive Officer of BAC Community Bank, retires after 37 years of visionary leadership, cultivating relationships, developing staff, and ongoing community support. Bill has led BAC Community Bank through growth and development while creating an executive team to lead for years to come. This executive team consists of successor Chief Executive Officer Dana Bockstahler (hired in 1987), Chief Financial Officer Jackie Verkuyl (hired in 2003), Chief Credit Officer Janet Jenkins (hired in 1983), and Chief Lending Officer Paul Haley (hired in 2011). Over the years, Dana Bockstahler has filled many roles at BAC Community Bank, from chief financial officer to operations administrator. “She served as chief operating officer for the past 15 years, and as such managed the Bank’s daily affairs,” said Trezza. “This enabled me to work extensively in the field with customers and prospects.” Bockstahler’s appointment as CEO is a natural progression in her responsibilities at BAC Community Bank. “I look forward to building upon the strong community relationships and financial foundation Bill developed over the years,” said Bockstahler. “Bill has been an integral part of BAC Community Bank for the past 37 years. It is difficult to put all of his accomplishments into words,” Ron Berberian, the Bank’s chairman and president stated. “And through most of those years, Dana Bockstahler and the rest of our executive team have worked hand-in-hand with Bill making the Bank what it is today.” Berberian added, “So that there is no impact to customers, preparations for a seamless transition have been in the works for quite some time.” The experience and longevity each executive team member brings to the table is invaluable.

PHOTO (Left to right): Ron Berberian, Dana Bockstahler, Bill Trezza. “Our executive management team has worked together at the Bank for a collective period of almost 90 years,” Trezza points out. “Each executive team member played a key role in navigating the Bank through challenges of the past severe recession. With such experience, I am very confident that this well experienced team will successfully tackle any challenge that the future may bring.” Bill remains an active member of the Bank’s board of directors and continues to work with several local community organizations into his retirement. About BAC Community Bank BAC Community Bank serves the communities of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and eastern Contra Costa counties and is identified as "one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation" by BauerFinancial, Inc. The Bank first began business in the farming town of Brentwood over 50 years ago and remains focused on providing high quality local community banking to the families and businesses it serves. BAC Community Bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and is an Equal Housing Lender. More information and online account opening are available at www.bankbac.com.

People On The Move Joe Simile named President and COO of Simile Construction Service, Inc.

Guy Simile started the company with his wife Gina in 1999. Since that time, Simile Construction has achieved steady year-over-year revenue growth and now has 41 employees. Guy Simile remains as Chairman of the Board and CEO, but will shift his focus to longterm strategic development and nurturing key client relationships. “I will remain active in the firm, but Gina and I welcome the opportunity to take a step back,” Guy Simile said. “Joe has worked hard to prepare himself for this moment. He has our complete trust and confidence as well as that of our entire management team. He is the right man to lead our company forward.” Joe Simile first began shadowing his father on job sites when he was 11 years old and now represents the second generation of leadership for the family owned business.

He earned a degree in construction management from Fresno State University before he joined the company full time in 2005. He has filled all the construction roles over the years, most recently as vice president of operations. "I am proud of and humbled by the responsibility that has been entrusted to me," Joe Simile said. "I have learned so much from my parents. I've watched how hard they have worked to build this company, create a culture and a workplace that respects our employees, and most of all produce high-quality projects that consistently meet all of our clients' expectations."


Joe Simile has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of Simile Construction Service, Inc., taking over day-to-day management from his father, Guy.

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People On The Move Joe Simile named President and COO of Simile Construction Service, Inc. (Continued from page 17) Simile Construction has completed hundreds of projects across California over the past two decades. Among its signature achievements in the Modesto area are the stylish Scenic Oaks business park, the renovation of the historic State Theatre and many of the car dealerships along north McHenry Avenue as well as health and fitness clubs, churches, and medical and dental offices. Currently under construction are a new Mazda auto dealership and the new Warden’s Office Supply facility. Simile Construction’s team is proficient in the design-build process, which offers flexibility and greater coordination from start to finish. It also has experience in all kinds of construction – wood-framed, structural steel and concrete tilt-up – and has built single- and multiple-story buildings, complete shopping centers and office parks. “We’ve worked up and down the state,” said Guy Simile, “but the relationships we cherish the most are the ones we’ve created

locally. This is our home and we’re proud to have assisted other local businesses in realizing their own dreams.” The Christian values of Simile Construction – honesty, integrity and quality -- are rooted in Guy and Gina Simile’s faith and vision for the type of company they wanted to create. Those values will be carried forward with their son at the helm. “By offering our time, talent and treasure, and operating a business that gives back unconditionally and in a manner that is pleasing to God,” Guy Simile said, “we have been blessed with an abundance of work and clients who stay with us, knowing that everyone at Simile Construction Service will take care of them with honesty and integrity while delivering the highest quality

People On The Move Datapath Acquires Former Prime Shine IT Executive, Appoints as Regional President Datapath is pleased to announce the appointment of John Sablan as Regional President, effective January 2, 2019. “I am impressed by the values Datapath operates by.” states Sablan. “Having been a Datapath client who experienced excellent service delivery and support from the technical staff, I know the needs of both the customer and the service provider. I’m confident in our team and the vision we have to grow and improve the services Datapath provides.”


In this role, Sablan will be responsible for leading and overseeing the vision, strategy and operations of the Datapath locations throughout the Central Valley. He will provide strategic IT leadership, direction and help to improve the delivery of technology solutions that help power our businesses and drive innovation and operational excellence throughout the organization. “John will play a fundamental role in continuing to grow our brand and businesses in a world of rapidly changing technology,” says David Darmstandler, Datapath Co-founder and CEO. “His perspective, leadership and vision will be critical in helping us achieve our goal of becoming the leading IT company on the West Coast, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Datapath.” Sablan is a technology executive with nearly 20 years of experience.


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He joins Datapath most recently from Prime Shine Incorporated, where he served as Director of IT providing strategic and technical leadership for 19 retail locations across three counties. Prior to his role at Prime Shine, John had been part of the senior IT leadership team in both Infrastructure and Application roles for Foster Farms Poultry, based in Livingston, CA. “We are thrilled to welcome John to Datapath. John has played an instrumental role in companies that have experienced substantial growth while improving their customer experience. We look forward to John continuing that success as part of the Datapath family.” says James Bates, Datapath Co-founder and CTO. Sablan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems as well as his MBA from California State University, Stanislaus. Headquartered in Modesto, CA., Datapath is a leading IT solutions provider to the mid-market and public sector. A highly-recognized company with vast capabilities, Datapath provides outsourced and supplemental services to help organizations and IT staff accomplish more and boldly grow.


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Aleen Ortiz Agency - Farmers Insurance 3300 Tully Rd Ste B3, Modesto CA

Turner’s Outdoorsman 2225 Plaza Parkway, Suite M-1, Modesto CA

Welcome NEW MEMBERS ■ Ceres Pipe & Metal 1405 S 7th Street, Modesto (209) 529-2690 ■ F2D Music 1084 Bristow St, Manteca (209) 740-2714 ■ Caliber Collision 431 10th Street, Modesto (559) 250-2438


■ Dittos Copy Centers, Inc. 1700 McHenry Ave. #45, Modesto www.dittosprint.com (209) 527-8300 ■ Quality Auto Glass Tint Inc. 4500 Salida Blvd Suite D-E, Salida www.qualityautoglasstint.com (209) 543-3800

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Congratulations to this MONTH'S milestone memberships

5 + years

15 + years

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Dale Commons Assisted Living (MBK Senior Living)

Chefs of New York E & J Gallo Winery Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus California Occupational Physicians McGrath Moving & Storage, Inc. CHG

10 + years

Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. Stanislaus Health Foundation Brenden Theatre Corp. J.M. Keckler Medical Co., Inc. Bank of Stockton - Modesto Main Branch

25 + years Phillips Lighting & Home, Inc.

Stanislaus Partners In Education

Warmerdam CPA Group

Villane Ward Insurance Services

Safety Center Incorporated

Valley First Credit Union

Wright Insurance Agency

Pegasus Risk Management

Valley Oak Property Management

Hearst Television, Inc.

CrossPoint Community Church of Modesto

Ross W. Lee, Inc. Rank Investigation and Protection, Inc.

15 + years

25 + years SpeeDee Oil Change & Tune Up

Valley Heart Associates Medical Group

40 + years

Better Business Bureau of Mid-Cal, Inc.

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

Center for Human Services

T.V.G. Consulting

Samaritan Village

Boomers Modesto

The Parks Group

Stanislaus Community Foundation

Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball

Opportunity Stanislaus

United Cerebral Palsy of Stanislaus County

Valley First Credit Union (Dale Branch)

Law Offices of Mayol & Barringer




Solid Networks, Inc. Newman-Romano, LLC

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Lakewood Memorial Park/Funeral Home Inc.

president’s club Circle Of Influence Diamond Level


Flooring Liquidators, Inc.

Solid Networks, Inc.

Bank of the West (Dale Road)


Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto, LLC

Stanislaus Food Products Co.

Bank of the West (H Street)

Walmart Neighborhood Market

Food Maxx

Stanislaus Surgical Hospital

Galletto Ristorante

Storer Coachways

Bank of the West (Pelandale)

Silver Level

Gianelli Nielsen

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

Beard Land and Investment Co.

American Chevrolet

Gilton Solid Waste Mgmt, Inc.

The Eberhardt School of Business

Capax-Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc.

American Medical Response

Golden Valley Health Centers

The Modesto Bee

Doctors Behavioral Health Center-

Aramark Uniform Services

Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc.

TSM Insurance & Financial Services


Atherton & Associates, LLP

Grover Landscape Services, Inc.

Turlock Irrigation District

Doctors Medical Center-DMC

Audi Modesto

Infiniti of Modesto

Union Bank

Frito-Lay Co., Inc.

Bank of Stockton - Dale Road

International Paper Co.

US Bank

Pacific Southwest Container, Inc.

Bank of Stockton - Modesto Main

JS West & Companies

US Bank (Modesto Main)

Physician Referral Service-DMC


Lewis Capital Advisors

US Bank Turlock

Brightwood College

Maxx Value Foods

Valley BMW

Gold Level


Mercer Foods

Valley Children's Healthcare

5.11, Inc.

Caliber Collision

Mocse Credit Union

Valley First Credit Union

Crystal Creamery

California State University,

Modesto Toyota

Valley First Credit Union (Dale

Doubletree by Hilton Modesto


O'Brien's Market


EMOE, Division of Parker Hannifin

Care One Home Health and Hospice,

Oak Valley Community Bank

Valley First Credit Union Administrative



Pacific Gas & Electric Co.


Fiscalini Cheese Company

Central Sanitary Supply Co.

Panelized Structures Inc.

Valley Lexus

HealthSouth Rehabilitation of

Central Valley Automotive

Pepsi Bottling Group

Vintage Faire Mall/Macerich


Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep,

PMZ Real Estate


IHeart Media


Prime Shine Car Wash

W.H. Breshears, Inc.

Modesto Irrigation District

Central Valley Nissan

Residence Inn by Marriott Modesto

Warden's Office Furniture Outlet

Modesto Nuts Professional

Central Valley Specialty Hospital


Warden's Office Products Center


Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai

Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc.

Wells Fargo Bank

Sutter Health Valley Area

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

Rogers Jewelry

Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green

Sysco Central California Inc.

Clark Pest Control

Rogers Jewelry Co.

Insurance Agency

Taco Bell (9th)

COIT Services Inc.

Round Table Pizza #1033

Yosemite Meat Co., Inc.

Taco Bell (Kansas)

Collins Electrical

Round Table Pizza #1034

Taco Bell (Oakdale)


Round Table Pizza #186

Taco Bell (Pelandale)

Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher

Round Table Pizza #701

Taco Bell (Plaza)

& Silva

Round Table Pizza, Corporate

Taco Bell (Sisk)

Del Monte Plant #1

San Joaquin Valley College

the chamber

Taco Bell (Sisk)

Delta Sierra Beverage

Save Mart Supermarkets

English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation

Save Mart Supermarkets - Corp

to learn more

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about our

Taco Bell (Yosemite)

F&M Bank (Carpenter Road)

Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Modesto/Varni

president's club


F&M Bank (Dale Road)

Brothers Corporation

E & J Gallo Winery

F&M Bank (McHenry)

Smile Shine Family Dental

level benefits

Kaiser Permanente

Final Cut Media

Solecon Industrial Contractors



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Bank of the West (McHenry)


Marcella’s Family Owned For Three Generations


By: Virginia Still


Serving up Mexican cuisine in Modesto for over 40 years, Marcella’s Mexican Restaurant and Lounge has stayed consistent and is truly a family owned establishment in the Frontier Town Shopping Center. The menu has not changed very much since the beginning so guests can still find their favorites at Marcella’s. The restaurant, at 3507 Tully Road, is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and hosts a happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with $3 Margaritas and $3 well drinks.

Another guest favorite on the menu is the number 14, which is a combination plate that includes a chicken enchilada in a flour tortilla with house made green sauce, Jack cheese and a small Tapatia salad.

The mother/daughter duo of Marcella Garcia and Emma Garcia continue to offer good food, refreshing beverages, and superb customer service, keeping the family business flourishing. They have a full bar and a lounge area where they serve up some guest favorites like their Margaritas, Long Island Iced Tea, Cosmopolitan, Lemon Drop, Fuzzy Mexican, and the Paloma. They also offer a variety of beers, domestics and imports, and refreshing Micheladas.

“We are famous for our combination plates which have rice, beans, chile relleno, and shredded beef,” added Marcella. “It (No. 14) is very good and very popular. We have added things through the years. The new generation, they love tacos. So we added street tacos to the menu because everybody wants a taco.”

“We have a little bit of everything,” said Marcella. “We have popular items like the Tapatia Salad served on a hot plate, it is yummy. We have seafood and steak on our menu.” Although some things have changed throughout the years, the items on the menu have stayed the same with exception of a few items here and there like the addition of the street tacos. Modesto Chamber of Commerce I ModChamber.org

They also have a few breakfast items like huevos rancheros and huevos con chorizo or if guests want some scrambled eggs and ham Marcella said they can make that too. The menu has quesadillas, chile Colorado, chile verde, tacos, and burritos, which Emma explained is all made fresh in house. The dream of opening a restaurant began with her late father, Alfredo Duran Sr. and late wife Emma that opened a restaurant in downtown Hughson around 1970. Duran Sr. passed last year in March. After a year they moved their restaurant to Oakdale Road in Modesto.

For a few years they had two restaurants Marcella’s 1 on Oakdale Road and then in 1977 Marcella’s #2 that opened on Tully Road, which is still there today. The Oakdale Road location is now longer a Marcella’s. Duran worked the fields and worked at a restaurant called Carmen’s Mexican Restaurant in McHenry Village where the idea of owning his own restaurant was born. “I inherited the restaurant,” expressed Marcella. “It was always his dream and he didn’t want us to suffer. My dad was awesome.”

“I have done it all,” stated Marcella. “I am not afraid of it. I have cooked in the kitchen. I scrubbed the bathroom and I will do whatever needs to be done. I have put in my hours. I have put in a lot of hours.”

Marcella’s daughter Emma, who was named after her grandmother, began working in the restaurant during her freshman year of high school. The restaurant is staying in the family with her daughter stepping up to help manage it. Her other two children work at the restaurant as well along with her sister, and brothers as they keep the restaurant a true family business. They consider the 18 employees part of their family. Besides the delicious food that is made with love for their customers, Marcella shared that they have stayed in business for so many years because they are consistent, stay on top of things, and have good customer service.

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After her mother passed, Marcella and her father continued to work both restaurants then they closed the Oakdale Road restaurant in 1996. The days in the restaurant business began at a young age for Marcella, as she remembers helping her parents with anything they needed like pulling the stems from the chiles, busing tables, or being the hostess greeting people and answering the phone. The restaurant was named after her and as fate would have, it the restaurant was left to her after her father passed. This family affair continues as her daughter Emma is now managing the restaurant along with her mother. Marcella met her husband Jorge at the restaurant when he began working there as a busboy. They have been working side by side ever since.

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Join us for the 24th Annual AG Aware Luncheon! Join 600 of Modesto’s prominent agricultural and community leaders to raise funds for Modesto’s Future Farmers of America programs. Proceeds from the Ag Aware Luncheon benefit Modesto area FFA chapters who will be the next generation of leaders in the area’s most prominent industry.

Our 2019 speaker is James Garner Founding Partner, Director of Communications, Cogent Consulting and Communications, Inc.


APRIL 11, 2019


Location: Modesto Junior College ACE Pavilion Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Tickets: $25 For more information and tickets please contact the Chamber (209) 577-5757 or visit the website: www.modchamber.org Modesto Chamber of Commerce I ModChamber.org

Excellence In Education Award:

Judie Piscitello, Stanislaus Partners in Education By: Chamber Staff This year’s award is presented to Judie Piscitello. She is the Executive Director of Stanislaus Partners in Education. She has served in this capacity since 2008. Under her direction SPIE has become the premier organization that brings business leaders and educators together for the common goal of creating a better educated workforce. Education is essential to the growth of economic development. SPIE was founded in 1991 by business leaders and superintendents. Modesto Chamber of Commerce was at the table at the start and has remained on the board for over 25 years. SPIE was created to partner business and industry to work in the spirit of cooperation and mutual respect to develop reasonable members of the workforce and responsible citizens. SPIE is a Non-profit organization that receives donations from schools, businesses, individuals and grants. SPIE is governed by a Board of Directors, some of whom have been with SPIE the entire 25 years. The Education Committee voted unanimously to present Judie Piscitello with this year’s Excellence in Education Award. Judie has worked in the education field for many years. She has been the Executive Director of Stanislaus Partners in Education and has transformed the organization into a strong partnership between Business and Education.

SPIE is governed by a Board of Directors, some of whom have been with SPIE the


The Chamber was honored to award Judie Piscitello the Excellence in Education Award at this year’s Annual Gala held on January 26th. The Excellence in Education Award is chosen annually by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee, and it has been awarded at various venues over the years.

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Gary Carpenter talks to his fifth graders at Agnes Baptist Elementary School in the Stanislaus Union School District.

Consider The Teaching Profession By: Susan Rich, Assistant Superintendent Stanislaus County Office of Education It was inevitable. It was predicted. And it is happening. Author Mark Lautman coined a catchy phrase to describe the phenomenon when he titled his 2014 book: When the Boomers Bail. It seems the Baby Boomers did not have enough children to replace themselves in the work force, so as qualified, veteran workers retire from their positions, no one stands ready to sit in the now vacant chairs. Therefore, employers compete with other communities for employees, they recruit from out of country, and they hope that technology can reduce the demand for workers. Joining all the other professions struggling to address the lack of qualified workers is education. In 2013, there were 900 teacher vacancies in Stanislaus County. In 2018, there were more than twice that number. Even if our local teacher preparation programs were at full capacity, and they are not, they would not be able to produce the needed numbers.


We currently have, and expect an even greater, teacher shortage. In business terms, all of this creates a workers’ market. So, as students enter college or professionals in other fields contemplate career changes, schools and districts hope they will consider the teaching profession.


There are several routes to a teaching credential. The traditional option has a college student completing a bachelor’s degree and then applying for a fifth year of graduate study. During that fifth year, students take classes focused on teaching methods and instructional delivery, philosophies of education, and the like. Prominent in the preparation to teach is the opportunity to student teach. Depending on the institution, the year of student teaching may begin with observation, followed with some team teaching, Modesto Chamber of Commerce I ModChamber.org

and then culminate with time flying solo. Other universities require observation hours as a prerequisite and start with the student teacher at the front of the classroom from the onset of the school year. Either way, a designated “master teacher,” a veteran on staff who has agreed to Susan Rich take a novice under his/ her wing, is right there to assist. Additionally, a representative from the university appears occasionally to observe and provide constructive feedback. As an alternate route to a credential, an individual may choose to become an intern teacher. In this instance, the intern is the official teacher of record, teaches full time, and draws a teaching salary. After hours, the intern is attending classes as well, getting the background to complement the classroom experience. Interns are typically assigned an on-site mentor or colleague teacher and usually have a university-assigned “practicum supervisor” who makes more frequent visits than a traditional student teacher might get from a representative from the university. The intern option attracts career changers who literally cannot afford to take a year off work to attend graduate school during the day. These wannabe teachers have families to feed and mortgages to pay.

Districts are obliged to fill their teaching positions with fully credentialed candidates first. However, once those efforts prove unsuccessful, they may then “fly” positions for interns. In a symbiotic educational process, the district demonstrates need for an intern at the same time an intern demonstrates readiness for a position. There are pre-requisites that must be fulfilled to create intern eligibility. Typically, institutions that provide intern programs are well connected with the human resources personnel of districts, and these connections are easily made. Opportunities for new teachers are especially plentiful for hardto-staff positions. Teachers who hold mathematics, science and special education credentials are in demand. In some very difficult to staff positions, districts have even paid “signing bonuses” and provided housing assistance to attract candidates. The latter is especially true in the Bay Area but is under consideration by some local districts as well. More than anything else, the “perks” of teaching should be touted when considering the profession. It is deeply satisfying to have an active hand in the lives of young people. While more money can be made in other careers, teachers can say, as Christa McAuliffe the teacher turned astronaut is oft quoted to have shared, “I touch the future.” The satisfaction of having designed the 2019 Widget of the Year cannot hold a candle to an email from a long-ago student thanking his third grade teacher for changing his life for the better. Almost everyone can remember a teacher who had such an impact. Teachers who are lovingly remembered come in all shapes and sizes and colors. Some were quiet and some had a flair for drama. Some of those teachers were serious and some were endlessly funny. But one thing they all had in common is that they deeply cared about students.

Teacher Recruitment Job Fair The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) is hosting a Teacher Recruitment Job Fair on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at SCOE’s downtown offices. This year’s job fair is open to fully-credentialed teachers or intern-eligible candidates and credential completion candidates (by August 2019). School districts, including private and charter schools, SCOE, and colleges, will be on hand to fill positions for the 2019-20 school year. For additional information, contact Suzanne Lazar, 238-1611 or Teresa Ussery, 238-1626.

So, one caveat for those who might consider teaching: those who do not like kids need not apply. Please note, teaching is not for the faint of heart or the lazy. Teaching opens the door into the lives of young people, and the picture is not always Teacher Leticia Rosales works with a pretty. Teachers are student at Spratling Middle School in front line warriors the Keyes Union School District. who see daily struggles and family disasters. Teachers deal with hungry, abused, and ill children. Teaching is also hard work. While the students may be on campus from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., teachers put in long hours planning, correcting, and accessing professional development. The T-shirt proclaiming that June, July and August are the three best reasons to teach … that’s fake news. Make no mistake: teaching is hard work, but it is well worth the effort. This article, actually a recruitment ploy designed to generate interest in the profession, can be summed up with: There is great need. There are opportunities aplenty. The personal rewards are great.


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In California, interns tend to be older and more diverse than the candidates in traditional programs. That diversity includes gender: the ratio of women compared to men coming into the teaching profession via the traditional route is far greater than the ratio of female to male candidates in intern programs. Additionally, the ranks of intern candidates are more ethnically diverse and more closely resemble the demographics of the students they teach.


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non profit highlight - state theatre The Show Still Starts On The Sidewalk At Modesto’s State Theatre By: Kirstie Boyett, Executive Director The historic State Theatre opened its doors on December 25, 1934, as a “Christmas present to Modesto,” according to an ad in The Modesto Bee. With the exception of a few brief interuptions, it has proudly presented exceptional film, educational, cultural and performance entertainment experiences for Modesto and Stanislaus County for the past eight decades.

Boyett makes the point by citing recent improvements including state of the art digital film and sound, performance sound and lighting systems and an upgraded concessions area.

The theater’s distinctive art deco design was the work of S. Charles Lee, a nationally recognized architect for more than 300 West Coast theatres of the era. His unofficial slogan was “The Show Begins on the Sidewalk,” reflected by the iconic neon marquis that remains to this day an architecural landmark of the city.

“Our mission calls on us to offer exceptional cultural, educational, film and performance-based experiences,” said Brian Gini, Board President. “We accomplish this in a number of ways, all focused on enhancing the quality of life for people of this region.”


“The historic significance of the building is something that the Board of Directors is very protective of,” remarked Kirstie Boyett, Executive Director. “But it doesn’t prevent us from keeping The State an excellent venue and point of pride for Modesto.”


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As the only art house in the Central Valley, The State Theatre fills an important cultural and educational niche.

Toward fulfilling its mission, The State Theatre offers a variety of programs and services that meet the needs of its diverse audience: Screening independent films and documentaries that would not otherwise come to the area. Partnering with the Stanislaus County Office of Education to bring 10,000 students each year for science, math and arts based educational programs at no cost to them or their schools. Offering a Science on Screen program for students, pairing a presentation by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientist with a science-based Hollywood film. Offering a classic films series through The Modesto Film Society and the Books to Film series. Hosting the annual MAMA Awards, ILL List poetry slams, The Strut Studio of Dance as well as other programs. Providing an intimate and affordable venue for live concerts, lectures, and programs.

Offering a unique and positive rental venue for live acts, birthday parties, anniversaries, weddings, memorial services and corporate meetings. Providing an array of tasty treats and libations, featuring a full bar and freshly popped popcorn with real butter topping. The State Theatre hosts all of these and more, making it a true center for community entertainment, education and enrichment. As a non-profit organization, The State Theatre is privately funded through the generous donations of board members, foundations and patrons who want to project The State’s tradition of cultural excellence to future generations. The theater receives no funds from the city, county, state or federal governent, pays property taxes and special assessments. The State has been credited by city leaders as a catalyst for the revitalization of Modesto’s downtown. Ever looking to the future, Boyett is excited by what the future holds for The State Theatre. Plans are being laid for the addition of a second screen, including the latest in digital sound and projection. “This space will make the theater experience even more special,” remarked Boyett. “The State is committed to bringing nothing but the best to the region.” For more information on The State Theatre and its diverse offerings visit www.thestate.org or call 527-4697. See it at The State!

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leadership modesto Modesto, CA – A Peek At The Engine By: Tony Jordan LEMO Class of 2018-19 The first Friday of February was truly a day to appreciate our fine city and understand many of its operational aspects foundational to our well-being. Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health certainly underpinned our learning and takeaways as we traversed our complicated water system and stayed afloat regarding the complex fight currently underway (politically, socially, and economically) for our state’s and county’s precious H2O resource. Thanks M.I.D. for enlightening us - and now we know that sometimes it is okay for water and electricity to go together! Our next stop was just as impressive and informative. Yet, while aviation and Modesto’s Municipal Airport were not part of the day’s agenda, Steve Martin and John Candy would have certainly appreciated how our rail transportation system is being improved as well as all the work that goes into managing the flow of vehicles in our community. Thanks Modesto’s Public Works and City Planning and Development Departments! With all this travel (well about five city blocks worth), it sure made us hungry and Skewers was just the ticket! “Incredible,” “delicious,” “superb,” were just some of the words I heard around the table as we mingled and enjoyed our meal. I still wonder how our appetite would have been impacted had we waited to have lunch until after our simulation Planning Commission Hearing – the dubious topic certainly sparked some heated and high in the sky conversations! Nonetheless, we put on our best thinking caps and broke up into various teams for a friendly game of “design a revamped downtown city block.”

This fruitful activity gave way to some very innovative and likely cost-prohibitive ideas, but the real power in the room was the realization that we all love our community and want to see it improve and thrive. Several of us spoke about the anticipation of seeing what our city’s future holds. Thanks city planners! We ended the day with a panel discussion chalked full of several hot topics which on the docket including: water; downtown investment; agricultural preservation; city limits, growth and infills; and, property, that is, an owner’s right versus the community’s rights. This part of our day certainly underscored what community is all about – how to learn to live together, work together, compromise, and keep everyone’s best interests in mind. A big thanks to the diverse, cross-sector group of individuals who gave of their time to engage us in this way! All in all, I put this day behind me with pride in our ‘Modest’ city. And, while “No One Gets Ralstonville’s Goat” would have been a fine tagline for our town, our true value rests in the diversity of our people and the community we have made for ourselves – a community we will continue to build together. So to close, I leave you with some astonishing and exciting numbers that were part of the day’s learning as we looked under Modesto’s hood: • 18th largest city in California • 45 million gallons of water per day for our 210,000 residents • 15 million gallons of recycled water daily for Del Puerto

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• 7,000 people expected for the daily commute on the ACE expansion project • $1.35 per square foot for renting commercial property – still below 2006 levels • $1.50 per square foot for renting residential property – still below 2006 levels • 19 new eateries to enjoy at GrubHub


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Progress Magazine | March 2019  

Presented by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce.

Progress Magazine | March 2019  

Presented by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce.