PORT CALL GREATER STOCKTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Vol. 56 No. 1
2010 State of the City
F.J. Dietrich & Co.
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PORT CALL Official publication of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. Serving the Greater Stockton area business community since 1901. CHAMBER OFFICERS PRESIDENT Rick Goucher, CB Richard Ellis Commercial Real Estate SR. VICE PRESIDENT Dick McClure, Woodwork Institute FINANCIAL VICE PRESIDENT Debbie Armstrong, Old Republic Title Company VICE PRESIDENT Gary J. Long, Gary J. Long Jewelers VICE PRESIDENT Stephen Barney, F&M Bank IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Dennis Goldstrand, Goldstrand Planning Group CHAMBER DIRECTORS Phil Acosta, Delights Waterfront Eatery Blaine Bibb, ServiceMaster Melvin Boles, ATM R US Judith Buethe, Judith Buethe Communications Steven Crabtree, Herum Crabtree Dan Keyser, Grupe Commercial Company Dan Durst, Durst Contract Interiors Bill Harr, Hormel Foods Corporation George Kaplanis, Hilton Stockton Kenneth Levy, Wells Fargo Advisors Terry Lightfoot, Kaiser Permanente Mike Long, Bekins/ Pacific Storage Co. Brian Martucci, Berberian European Motors Knute Momberg, Momberg Consulting Fred Walkover, Comcast CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Douglass W. Wilhoit, Jr.
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another sold-out house. Last year, over 300 business professionals attended the Tradeshow & Mixer: the effectiveness of showcasing your business is tremendous. Our high-profile event will take
Small Business Awards One of the most special events at the Chamber is the celebration of outstanding small businesses in our area. This year, our 2010 Small Business Awards ceremony will take place at the Hilton Stockton, on June 3 at noon. This is your chance to congratulate businesses, managers and employees that are exceptional in their field. Awards will be presented in each of the following categories: Small Business Person of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Business Manager of the Year, Business Employee of the Year, and the P3 Stewardship Award. We look forward to having you join the Chamber in recognizing the top honoree in each category. For more information call the Chamber at 547-2770.
place at the Hilton Stockton, beginning at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call Timm Quinn at 547-2960.
2010 State of the City Come share in the excitement surrounding the Chamber’s 12th annual State of the City! Celebrate the advancements we’ve made as a people and as a city at this well-attended event. Mayor Ann Johnston will be delivering her second State of the City address and laying out her plans for the future. The annual State of the City is co-sponsored by the City of Stockton and the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. Attendees will be inspired by recent advances in cultural arts, transportation infrastructure, the revitalization of downtown Stockton, and much more. Exhibits by local and state entities will
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provide useful information for businesses of any size.
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From Your President... by: Rick Goucher
By the time you read this article you have more than likely already heard that the lawsuit
like to encourage Chamber members to make
filed by the Chamber, County and City of Stockton
every effort to do business with other Chamber
has been settled. I want to thank the Board of
members. I would suggest that you research the
Directors for funding this action against CDCR
Chamber Membership Directory to find out if your
and the Federal Receiver. As it turns out, we will
vendors or suppliers belong to the Chamber. If
have successfully mitigated many of our concerns.
they donâ€™t, I would recommend inviting them to
Had our Board not filed the action (with their
join. You will be surprised at how many will join
personal funds), the prison medical facilities would
based on a simple invitation.
have been built without any consideration to the needs or concerns of the local community. It was our swift and courageous action that allowed the City and the County to join this lawsuit and reap the benefits of many of the items mitigated.
During these continued tough times, I would
Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
Remember attending local events is what makes a community great.
From Your CEO... by: Doug Wilhoit
I am preparing my May article on Saturday, April 10 and I am sure that the Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament on April 12 was a huge success. Also, I am sure the 25th Annual Asparagus Festival (April 23, 24, 25) was a grand celebration of the community coming together to help over 100 local organizations serve so many people in need. I know the media coverage of the festival will fully show the importance of this annual event and the fun had by all. I started this column with today’s date because I want to go back in time to a date, February 27, 1901 and move forward to April 10, 2010. I have here in front of me the handwritten and typed (remember typewriters?) book commemorating the birth and development of the Stockton Chamber of Commerce. Here is what is on the first page: “Some Notes Regarding the Organization of the STOCKTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE! One day, about the first of February 1901, following the
Now, let me continue the story from another book titled Harbor of the Heartlands by Nichols P. Hardeman and published by the University of the Pacific. It is the history of the formation of the Port of Stockton and was included in my 9.5-pound package I sent to Bill O’Reilly after his flippant comment about
organization of the so-called Fourth Ward Improvement Club, O.B.
“Stockton being on a canal.” It is a fascinating book and I have
Parkinson and Jas. A. Barr, while waiting for W.O. Miller, discussed
learned so much that gave me the “WOW” feeling.
the past failures of Boards of Trade, which had been organized from
The problem back in the late 1800’s was in regards to the
time to time but had frittered into a state of inactivity in a short
main channel being too shallow, due to silt from the mines
time in every case. Mr. Parkinson suggested that the only feasible
in the gold country. Much work was done to get help from
way to make such an organization effective would be to have a paid
Congress (sound familiar?) to deepen the channel. On page 74
secretary and a permanent headquarters.”
it is noted “the House Committee, headed by Representative
“The result was that these three gentlemen had some
Theodore E. Burton, arrived at Stockton on June 24, 1901. It was
subscription blanks printed, calling for one dollar a month,
met by Congressman S.D. Woods of Stockton [another ancestor
contingent upon securing 300 members. The advantages of such
of mine] and J.C. Needham of Modesto, along with a large
an organization were outlined therein. The required number was
group of representatives of the newly created Stockton Chamber
secured within a week, and within two weeks 600 had subscribed.
of Commerce” (Just less than 4 months after the formation of
In addition to the gentlemen named, J.M. Kile and Fred M. West
the Chamber). Congress did not act right away and took some
[first president of the Chamber and the father-in-law of my Great,
time to revisit the issue (history does seem to repeat itself, does
Great Uncle Eugene Wilhoit, Chamber president in 1922-23]
circulated petitions.” “The organization meeting was held on February 27, 1901 in
On page 80 the story continues, “finally Congress, in its ‘wisdom’, saw the value of the City of Stockton as an inland
the Stockton Saving and Loan Society Directors Room and the first
seaport. Congress was to send a delegation to Stockton
annual banquet was held in February 1902 and the menu consisted
for hearings. Stockton’s Chamber of Commerce responded,
entirely of San Joaquin Products.”
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Founded in 1981 by the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce,
The day ended with an inspirational speech from Jose Rivera,
Leadership Stockton prepares the next generation of men and women
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Thanks also to the University of the Pacific’s Sports Sciences
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Department for opening their doors to us. Thank you to everyone
as well as each other, and develops their personal leadership
on our panel and to all Kaiser Permanente staff for taking time out of
skills. Participants are also involved in addressing the needs of
their busy schedules to speak to the class.
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rights regarding their current service provider. Therefore, the Chamber recommends a NO vote on Proposition 16.
2009 Outbacker of the Year—Mark Bruemmer At this year’s Outback Steakhouse Partner Conference in Miami, Florida local restaurateur, Mark Bruemmer, was presented the award
Chamber Recommends No on Proposition 16 The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce recommends that its members oppose Proposition 16 on the basis that it would limit competition—the fundamental basis for our market system. Open competition allows for more economical options available to businesses and restricts any one business from obtaining an unfair advantage in the marketplace. The lack of competition tends to result in higher costs. While Proposition 16 would establish a 2/3-majority vote requirement, the members of each public agency seeking to provide power to its constituents already have the ability to be heard. They can be heard not only in a public forum of the agency, but also with the power to vote and elect representatives to be their voice on these issues. Constituents do not have any of these
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for being 2009 Outbacker of the Year. The Outbacker of the Year is the consummate Outbacker that on a day-to-day basis lives up to the principles and beliefs of Outback Steakhouse. Those principles include hospitality, sharing, quality, fun, judgment and courage. At all times he delivers concentrated service and serious food. He was the outstanding Outbacker in the country for 2009. Mark has been instrumental in creating the Outback Scholarship Lunch, Kid Tours and several events in the Stockton community. Outback has been a great supporter of the Chamber’s Business Education Alliance and the REXPO events. Before coming to Outback, Mark had over thirty years of restaurant experience, beginning as a thirteen-year-old dishwasher. He earned his academic credentials from Scottsdale Community College, Northern Arizona University, and Western Illinois University with a major in Business Management. While attending college, Mark worked his way up to kitchen manager and then assistant
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manager with General Foods. These restaurants became a part of Restaurant Enterprise Group, Marriott, and Mark became the General Manager. He then opened Jalapeno Joe’s in Ventura, and after four years, sold it to work as a General Manager and later a Regional Manager for Restaurant Associates /Acapulco Restaurants. Mark then became the proprietor of the Outback Steakhouse in Modesto. In January 1998, he joined T-Bird Restaurant Group, Inc. as a Joint Venture Partner for Northern California. Mark was honored in October 2006 by the Sacramento Chapter of the California Restaurant Association as Restaurateur of the Year. Mark continues his work for Outback as a Joint Venture Partner as he currently oversees 13 Outback Steakhouses in Northern California. Mark resides in Davis, CA with his wife of 25 years, Julie, and their 14 year old son, Mark. Mark Bruemmer enjoys the restaurant industry, working with people, sports, and the outdoors. Congratulations Mark on being named the 2009 Outbacker of the Year!
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Travel: The Ultimate Economic Stimulus Much of the talk nationally, as well as locally, has been centered on how to get our economy moving again. Policy proposals and local budgets are being measured by whether they will create jobs and stimulate spending. While a contentious debate about the right policy rages in Washington, D.C., how about an answer that is much less controversial, easier to implement, and best of all could yield better results right here in Stockton. We’re talking about investing in our travel economy. Many people don’t realize it, but travel and tourism is one of our most important economic drivers. Nationally, travel is responsible for $704 billion in direct spending, 7.4 million direct jobs, $186 billion in payroll, and $111 billion in tax revenue. There are few industries that can compete with this kind of output. The story is similar locally. In San Joaquin County for 2008, travel was responsible for 6,190 jobs, $646.1 million in direct spending, and $9.5 million in tax receipts. In 2009 visitors plunked down $24.5 million in Stockton; filling over 458,000 hotel rooms. When people travel, the economy grows, jobs are created, and the tax coffers are filled. So how can we invest in this precious resource and leverage it to bring our economy back?
Market to out-of-town visitors. The old saying goes “it takes money to make money”. The Conference and Visitors Bureau does a terrific job of showcasing Stockton as a destination. It is critical that we do everything possible to find the necessary financial resources to get our message out to potential visitors. Spread the Word. Stockton is a great place. Take pride in your hometown. Tell your friends and family to come to Stockton for a visit!
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Perception Changer Mayor Johnston refutes Stockton’s naysayers by: Patricia Kutza
Perception and reality—the twin
General Fund contains half of our budget,”
gatekeepers that stand in the way of any city’s
Johnston explains. Understandably, building a
claim to greatness. Stockton’s Mayor Ann
sustainable city budget will be paramount for
Johnston discovered just how these twins
the remainder of 2010. “85% of the General
could collide when a national magazine,
Fund is dedicated to salary and benefits. We
hungry for any wrinkles that it could fashion
will be concentrating further on contract
into an eye-catching story, placed Stockton on
negotiations and modifying benefits.”
its ‘most miserable cities’ list.
Competing with the budget for her attention is a number of other goals that
Life on the MMC List
Johnston is committed to. “We need to rid
This is why Johnston’s forthcoming 2010
Stockton of crime, gangs and neighborhood
State of the City address sports the intriguing title:
blight. I also want to bring in new business
Getting to the A List. Johnston says that she will
with high-paying jobs that offer good benefits
use this speech as the platform for challenging
and work with our local school districts to
such negative perceptions of the city she calls
improve literacy and graduation rates,” she says.
home. “I will highlight our accomplishments as well as talk about the challenges we face now and in the future,” she says. What a roller coaster the last 18 months have been since Stockton’s newest mayor took office. When Johnston assumed her new role, the U.S. economy was tanking. “Things were not getting better and we lost 300 employees last year. We also had to cut over $30 million from our General Fund, monies that pay such services as police, fire, library—those type of services that residents feel so strongly about,” she says.
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City accomplishments fall under the radar While improving the crime and employment rate may help tweak statistics the media focuses on when they fashion these lists, other less-measurable Stockton accomplishments may evade their attention. Nonetheless, they are the basis for fueling Johnston’s pride. “I am really proud of the fact that, despite our economy’s downturn, we were able, thanks to concession from our employees, to save laying off police officers.” Johnston also is proud of the implementation of the
When you need to touch the General
Delta Water Supply Project, an initiative that
Fund, you are toiling on sacred ground. “The
will bring a new supplemental water supply
Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
to the Stockton metropolitan area, and the completion of the new Downtown Stockton Marina, a twelve years-in-the-making project that she helped make a reality. Perception and reality – it’s near impossible to control the former. Considering the latter, there’s plenty more evidence that Stockton’s accomplishments eclipse any media preconceptions. “Our VISTAS (Volunteers in Service to Aid Stockton) program is really taking off,” she says. “Eight of our community parks have been adopted by groups who are cleaning them up.” Johnston is a very vocal advocate of making the Stockton community ‘business-friendly’. “I feel private business, rather than the public sector, is our best hope for growing business. To that end we are holding workshops and informational campaigns to remind local businesses about the tax credits they can accrue for being situated in an enterprise zone.”
Her A-List recognition Johnston’s own awards reflect the areas that she particularly feels passionate about: business growth and educational improvements. Owner of a Stockton retail shop, The Balloonery since 1981, she has received the Susan B. Anthony Woman of Achievement Award, the ABC (Action on Behalf of Children) Award, the Chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year Award, and the Chamber’s ATHENA Award. Receiving the ATHENA Award was particularly meaningful, says Johnston. “It confirmed the efforts I made to grow my business and my efforts to give back to the community. What an honor to join this great community of women who set fantastic examples of entrepreneurship.” A former Peace Corps volunteer who once taught English as a Second Language in Iran, Johnston is buoyed by the exciting prospects of some current and new initiatives that address Stockton’s school dropout rate. “Our Education Summit and Mentoring is Cool program are successful ventures, our businesses continue to partner with our schools, and we are soon starting the Mayor’s Book Club. “ More than enough achievements to warrant Stockton
I want to bring in new business with high-paying jobs that offer good benefits...
vaulting straight to the top of any ‘A’ List.
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POC: What has helped you weather this economic downturn?
It took its current name in
JD IV: Like most businesses, we have felt the effects of the
the early 1900’s after evolving
economic downturn. In the over 100 years that we have been in
from the firm Grunsky, Dietrich, and Leistner. Joe Dietrich took the helm, and F.J. Dietrich & Co. has remained in the family through five generations. Each generation brought Francis Joseph Dietrich Sr. and Jr.
different experience to F.J.
What has kept us going through it all is a lot of hard work, a few tears, a little luck, our wonderful staff and loyal clients. business, we have seen two World Wars, numerous Presidents and many market changes—including the Great Depression. What has
Dietrich & Co. In 1927, Joe Dietrich, Jr. became an appraiser for
kept us going through it all is a lot of hard work, a few tears, a little
the family business. Joe Dietrich III joined in 1952 as a real estate
luck, our wonderful staff and loyal clients.
and insurance salesman. When he passed away in 1980, his son Joe
POC: How is your company involved in Stockton?
Dietrich IV came on board with his real estate license and he then
JD IV: We donate to many charities in the Stockton area and
quickly received his insurance licensing. Joe Dietrich IV offers great insight into the success of F.J. Dietrich & Co. in this month’s Business Spotlight.
feel that all are extremely important to the vitality of our city. We also encourage and support our employees to take action in their communities, whether they live in Stockton or surrounding areas.
Port O Call: Tell us about F.J. Dietrich & Co.
I am a Past President of the Stockton Association of Realtors, the
Joe Dietrich IV: F.J. Dietrich & Co. started in Stockton over 100
Independent Insurance Agents,
years ago as a real estate and insurance office. We are now a full-
and Stockton Delta Rotary Club.
service insurance agency, handling everything from home, auto, boat
I have also been involved with
and RV insurance, to commercial insurance of all types including
YMCA Indian Guides, Boy
property, liability and workers’ compensation. Our current staff of
Scouts of America Troop 145,
seven is divided into these personal lines and commercial insurance
Better Business Bureau Board
departments. We are 100 percent family owned and operated. The
of Directors, Yosemite Club
office manager, Wanda Turner, has been essential in helping me bring
and the Stockton Athletic Hall
my oldest son, Joseph Dietrich V, into the business.
of Fame. The office manager,
POC: What do you think has made F.J. Dietrich & Co.
Stockton Women’s Network and
so successful? JD IV: What has enabled our success is doing business with the customers’ best interests in mind. We can only be successful if our customers are successful. By having our employees available to clients, we get to know each customer personally and have a genuine 17 PORT CALL
Wanda, is a Past President of the
Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
the Insurance Professionals of San Joaquin.
Francis Joseph Dietrich V and IV
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for a hearing and one was held here in Stockton on January
by the City and County. This made sure no stone was left unturned
and to protect the entire community now and in the future.
“Many citizens attended and displayed their enthusiastic
I am sure you saw on the front page of The Record this
concern. J. M. Eddy ingeniously presented a carefully prepared and
morning, April 10, 2010. The bold headline above the fold states,
persuasive argument for fifteen feet of water to the sea.”
“Tentative prison deal in Stockton.” This is a testament to the
“Eddy produced a map and drew a circle representing an
importance, value, strength and commitment of the Greater
eighty-mile radius with the center at Stockton. In regard to it he
Stockton Chamber of Commerce to Stockton and the County; from
said: It does seem when we study this circle closely, that there
its birth in February 1901 to its success in April 2010, 109 years later
must be some good reason why more than half of the population,
and I guarantee for many years to come. We represent all businesses
five-eighths of the taxable property, more than three-fourths of the
in the region and if you are not a member, join to help make us even
factory output of the State and all the navigable rivers and large
more successful in defending your birthright of both the quality of
mileage of the railroads, and seven out of eleven of the chief cities of
life and being successful in your business.
the state are crowded into one eighth of the State’s area. The reason
I feel strongly that on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, the Greater
is obvious. People, capital, enterprise, have entered this circle,
Stockton Chamber of Commerce, the Stockton City Council
because here they found resources and facilities for developing
and the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors will have an
them. The center of this “Circle of Energy” is only a few feet above
agreement presented by the Receiver and CDCR that can be
sea level. Nature made a navigable waterway extending from
signed, beginning a new chapter in the book on the history of our
the Golden Gate to the very heart of this circle—to the heart of
Stockton. We want it restored to us.” On Thursday, May 13, you will
Thanks to all who were supportive of the efforts by the
see the results of these Chamber visionaries when you attend the
Chamber, City and County. I want to particularly thank the
2010 State of the City at the Port of Stockton!
respective staffs of the City and County who worked so hard on this
Now fast forward to 2008 when your Greater Stockton
issue. A very special THANK YOU to the attorney of record for the
Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors stated loud and clear
Chamber and a past president of the 109-year-old Chamber, Mr.
that the people of Stockton and San Joaquin County must be heard
on the then-pending, federal court-ordered medical/prison facility
Please remember that for 109 years and counting, your
that was being planned for the state properties off Arch Road.
Chamber and Senator Lois Wolk have worked hard to fight for what
Again your Chamber Board of Directors, seeing the
is right and just for all in San Joaquin County! Thank you for your
community was about to be overrun by a juggernaut of the Receiver
membership and please encourage your business associates to join
and CDCR, responded to the EIR and was joined in a legal action
with us. There is strength in numbers!
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April 1 Mixer Photos @ Stockton Ports
From left to right: Mario Gutierrez, Mike Quedens, Lee Pike
From left to right: Dan Ramey, Darlene Betz, Doug Nisen
From left to right: Joe Randazzo, Annie Randazzo, Gloria Blaine, Loretta Lee
From left to right: Tim Matalone, Ronnie Lozano, Tanner Erickson
Events Cont’d from pg. 4 Carpet Cleaning
The Chamber guarantees attendees will walk away with pride in the city of Stockton while discovering valuable sources of information and expertise. This year, the event will be held on Thursday, May 13 at the Port of Stockton. Exhibits will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the annual State of the City are only $30 per person. The luncheon is sure to please everyone with great food provided by
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As always, this event is sure to sell out quickly. Tickets for the 12th annual State of the City are going fast! The reservation deadline is May 6, so reserve your tickets today. To purchase tickets or for
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more information, call the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce at 547-2770. We hope you can join us at this important celebration of our city and our community! We still have sponsorships available that include a booth and 8
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State of the City 2010 Sponsors Platinum: A.G. Spanos Companies American Medical Response, Inc. Bank of Agriculture & Commerce Bekins/Pacific Storage Company Big Valley Ford Lincoln Mercury Builder’s Exchange of Stockton California Water Service Co. Carpenters Local Union 152, Manteca City of Stockton Delta Sierra Beverage —Bud Light Lime Financial Center Credit Union Food 4 Less/Rancho San Miguel Green Team San Joaquin Grupe Commercial Company Heald College Herum Crabtree Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin Humphreys College J.R. Simplot Company Kaiser Permanente Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel MetroPCS National University Neumiller & Beardslee Oak Valley Community Bank Park West Place/Pacifica Property Management Port of Stockton Robert Half International San Joaquin Building Trades Council San Joaquin County WorkNet
San Joaquin Delta College San Joaquin Magazine San Joaquin Partnership, Inc. San Joaquin Regional Transit District Sims Metal Management St. Joseph’s Medical Center St. Joseph’s Occupational Health & Rehab Services Stockton Conference & Visitors Bureau Stockton East Water District Stockton Ports Baseball Club Stockton Thunder The Record/San Joaquin Media Group United Way of San Joaquin County University of Phoenix University of the Pacific University of the Pacific — Eberhardt School of Business Well Fargo Advisors
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The Stockton Women’s Network presents Lorri Han, Clear
Sixteen years and still walking! The AIDS Walk San Joaquin
the Clutter, at their May 5 luncheon meeting. Ms. Han will
presents the “Heart & Sole” event of the year, AIDS Walk on the
demonstrate proper attire for today’s business environment.
Waterfront. Join us Saturday, May 1, at Banner Island Ballpark.
Networking begins at 11:30, with the lunch meeting beginning at
Check-in time is 9 a.m. at 404 W. Fremont Street. For more info call
12:00 at Elkhorn Country Club (1050 Elkhorn Blvd.) Visit www.
209-608-WALK or visit www.awsj.org.
stocktonwomensnetwork.com for more information. Stockton Opera Guild Kathe Underwood Scholarship A benefit for the San Joaquin Women’s Center will be hosted by
Competition Winners Announced. Winners include Christopher
Classic Design Floor to Ceiling. The 2nd annual Ladies Night
Mackey, a baritone studying at Delta College, Holly Jamison
Out will be on May 13 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. in its showroom at
garnered second and Alyssa Smith third. Jamison and Smith are
2303 S. Stockton Street in Lodi. Tickets are available at www.
sopranos studying at the University of the Pacific Conservatory
ladiesnightoutlodi.blogspot.com. Guests will enjoy spa services,
of Music and were also winners in 2009. Awards of Merit in
wine tasting, hors d’ouevres, giveaways, and much more.
this group went to Viviana Millan, Ashley Willits and Bethany Mamola. Kate Bautch received an Award of Merit for singers ages
Stockton Symphony’s Spectacular 21st
25 to 32. Winners receive cash awards and are invited to appear at
Annual Pops & Picnic will be held
Guild functions. To learn more, see www.stocktonoperaguild.org.
on Friday, May 7 at a new location –
Ralph Cato, Guest Vocalist
Alex G. Spanos Center, University of
M&M Stone has a new name: Stone
the Pacific. Join conductor Peter Jaffe
and the Stockton Symphony for a
Quality retail, commercial office, and
spectacular evening at the 21st annual
residential properties. The name change
Pops & Picnic entitled “Hollywood
to Stone Bros. Management coincides
Hits”. The celebrated event will include
with the announcement of their new
sensational music, delectable food, fine wines, elegant martinis, and
General Manager, John Godi. “The
tantalizing auction items. Tickets start at $20. Call the Symphony
opportunity to apply my education and business experience to the family
office at 209.951.0196 or visit www.stocktonsymphony.org for more
John Godi, General Manager
information on seating and food options.
business was intriguing,” said Godi. “Stone Bros. Management provides the property management, construction, and maintenance
Greater Stockton Employer Advisory Council (GSEAC) will
for our retail, commercial, and residential developments.”
be meeting May 21. The keynote speaker is Susan Kirkgaard with Bullivant Houser Bailey PC, speaking on Imminent Impact—
Mario Gutierrez, formally with TelePacific Communications,
Employment Leaves of Action. The meeting will be held at 7:15-
has accepted the Market Sales Manager position with Utility
9:00 a.m. with a buffet breakfast and raffle included. Tickets are
Telephone Inc. Utility Telephone provides voice & Internet
$25.00/members and $30.00/non-members. RSVP with Colleen
services for the business community in California and
Martin at 209.825.2723 or email@example.com by May 17.
Northern Nevada. For more information, please call Mario
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VIP Salon 472-1600
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Cold Stone Creamery 475-1191
DeVons Jewelers 951-9610
DAD’s Dogs 478-7793
Docter & Docter Realtors 478-8121
David’s Pizza 957-2850
Draper’s & Damon’s 952-1597
Dynasty Restaurant 478-1818
Jamba Juice 951-9300
Flair Boutique 951-6123
New Yen Ching 957-0913
Fleet Feet Sports 952-1446
Noah’s Bagels 951-2284
Life Uniform 951-2222
Lino Bella 933-0441
Merle Norman 474-0314
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 477-8275
Performance Bicycle 951-5665 Play It Again Sports 474-1944 Play N Trade 474-9690 Podesto’s Market & Deli 951-0234 Rasputin Music and DVDs 957-7060
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JD IV: Our plan is to continue serving Stockton and the Greater Central Valley’s insurance needs with the utmost care and respect for each client. We will also continue to give back to the community that has given our family so much for so many years. POC: F.J. Dietrich & Co. has been a member of the Stockton Chamber of Commerce for 84 years. What advantages have you gained from being a member this long? JD IV: The Chamber has been a large part of our success and history. Through the years we have taken advantage of the many programs offered by the Chamber, including mixers and ribbon cuttings. My son Joseph will soon be graduating from the 2010 Leadership Stockton Class, which is coordinated by the Chamber. He has spoken very highly of the class, its wonderful content, and the
F.J. Dietrich & Co. office on 235 E. Weber Avenue circa late 1920’s
promise of a bright future for Stockton and the Valley.
May 2010 Highlights 5/6 - Chamber Networking Mixer - 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. @ F&M Bank, 4612 McGaw Street 5/13 - State of the City - 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. @ Port of Stockton
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Chamber Networking Mixer – 5:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m. @ F&M Bank, 4612 McGaw Street
Liaison meeting – 12 p.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Joint Green Team San Joaquin/MIDR at Chamber – 9 a.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
State of the City – 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. @ Port of Stockton, Shed 14
Government Relations Council at Chamber – 7:30 a.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Leadership Stockton Day at the Capitol – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. @ State Capitol
Business Education Alliance at Chamber – 3:30 p.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Chamber Board Meeting – 4 p.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Government Relations Council at Chamber – 7:30 a.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Memorial Day – Chamber Office Closed
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also don’t miss... 6/3 - Chamber Trade Show Mixer — 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. @ Stockton Hilton
Deep Roots ~ Strong Branches
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