PORT CALL GREATER STOCKTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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CONTENTS From Your President
From Your CEO
State of the City to be held in May!
Convention & Visitors Bureau 8 Programs and Public Policy Department
CVB Named Sports Events 2012 Readers’ Choice Winner
Don’t Miss! Networking Mixer
San Joaquin Delta College 5151 Pacific Ave. February 2, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
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From Your President... by: Debbie Armstrong
Happy New Year to all my fellow Stocktonians and let us all look forward to a great 2012.
experiencing now. It is not someone else’s job but all of our jobs to make changes in our community! We have so many long time businesses that have been
Having been born and raised in
Stockton I have seen many changes. I
Our cover story business, the Bank of Stockton is one of those
remember when as a child my Mom
very businesses I have been talking about. They are not only a long
would put us on the bus with her to
time locally owned Bank in our community but they have been
go downtown to shop and have lunch
a long time committed friend of the community and the Greater
with my Dad, I also remember being a
Stockton Chamber of Commerce.
teenager and spending much of my time
We have so many long time committed members who
with my friends roaming Pacific Avenue. We had great businesses
understand the difference the Chamber makes. I would encourage
and shops then and we have them now!
all of our businesses to come on over and see what makes our
As we moved farther out north and the Lincoln Center arrived and the Malls opened up, we turned into a thriving metropolis. I would venture that most of those businesses were Chamber members. Why? Because the Chamber is always concerned about our future and we all need to band together in times like we are
PORT CALL CHAMBER OFFICERS PRESIDENT Debbie Armstrong, Old Republic Title Company SR. VICE PRESIDENT Gary J. Long, Gary J. Long Jewelers FINANCIAL VICE PRESIDENT Steven Crabtree, Herum Crabtree VICE PRESIDENT Blain Bibb, ServiceMaster Building Maintenance VICE PRESIDENT Judith Buethe, Judith Buethe Communications IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Rick Goucher, C B Richard Ellis Commercial Real Estate CHAMBER DIRECTORS Stephen Barney, F&M Bank Michael Cera, SMG/Stockton Arena/Bob Hope Theatre Donna DeMartino, San Joaquin Regional Transit District Dan Durst, Durst Contract Interiors Pat Filippone, Stockton Ports Baseball Club Lewis Gale, Eberhardt School of Business Clint Harless, Stockton Auto Glass/Quick’s Glass Service Dan Keyser, Grupe Commercial Company Kenneth Levy, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Sonya Morgan, External Resources, Inc.
Chamber work. Let’s take time for our friends and family in the New Year and remember to shop local and work together to improve our entire community! May God bless all of our community in the coming year and years!
Official publication of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. Serving the Greater Stockton area business community since 1901.
Darryle Oakman, San Joaquin County Rental Property Association Bakul Patel, Dorfman Pacific Tina Williams, Pacific Gas & Electric Company Diane Vigil, Dameron Hospital Foundation Bob Young, Stockton Golf & Country Club CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Douglass W. Wilhoit, Jr.
PROGRAM & PUBLIC POLICY DIRECTOR/ BEA Frank Ferral 209.547.2763 SPECIAL EVENTS DIRECTOR Heidi Altamirano
OPERATIONS/FINANCE DIRECTOR Sandy Dwyer 209.547.2770 MEMBERSHIP SALES Matt Anderson
RECEPTIONIST/ CUSTOMER SERVICE Alyssa McConnell 209.547.2770 PUBLISHER Stockton Chamber of Commerce 209.547.2770 GRAPHIC DESIGN Never Boring Design Associates 209.526.9136 ADVERTISING Richelle Alexander
PRINTING Snyder Parks
MAILING Snyder Parks
SPECIAL EVENTS/ LEADERSHIP STOCKTON COORD. Timm Quinn 209.547.2960
SCAP COORDINATOR/ ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Mikki Gilbert 209.337.2730 SCAP-SE COORDINATOR Michael Morales
BEA/ SCAP ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Karla Gonzalez 209.547.2770
GREATER STOCKTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 445 W. Weber Avenue, Suite 220, Stockton, CA 95203 209.547.2770 fax 209.466.5271 email@example.com
From Your CEO... by: Doug Wilhoit
stand it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny (my words – gangs and violence), like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; ‘tis dearness only that gives everything its value.” “Panic, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them and acquires a firmer habit than before. But their particular advantage is, that they are the touchstone of sincerity and hypocrisy, and bring things and men to light, which might otherwise have lain forever undiscovered.” “A bad cause will ever be supported by bad means and bad men.” And; “A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.” It is well understood that we are experiencing difficult and
President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919): “Far better it is
challenging times in America, California and our home, Stockton,
to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though
but if all people put aside self serving politics, personality/political
checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who
conflict, outward finger pointing and self serving philosophy we
neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey
will get through this dark tunnel and come out into the bright
twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
sunshine all the better for it! Everyone has a right to be worried but also a responsibility to be part of all the solutions! Remember the old saying: “If you are not
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945): “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” And finally, Henry Ford (1863-1947): “Coming together is
part of the solution then you are part of the problem!” Just think
a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together
about that for a moment!
I could go on and on with my own thoughts but will save you
Please take the time to think about these words spoken so many
that agony and will instead invoke the words from the past. For
years ago and try to put them in context of today and where we
as much as we move forward challenges are always presented to
want to go into the future of Stockton, California and these United
us and those who came before us had some words of wisdom
States of America!
during their challenging times. Hopefully we will try to
As a final note: Please get out and enjoy all that is so good
understand what was said and, if properly invoked, these
in Stockton and San Joaquin County (www.visitstockton.org)
words can make a difference.
and also help to improve our shortcomings so all of us now
Thomas Paine (1737-1809) once stated: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that
Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
and into the future will prosper in a successful and safe community environment!
by: Heidi Altamarino 2012 Golf Tournament
State of the City 2012 to be held in May!
The good news is that our 31st Annual Golf Tournament is not
If you’re ever in doubt that we live in a great community, just
yet sold out! However, we suggest you sign up your foursome
attend our annual State of the City 2012! This year the State of
before it is…. Stockton Golf & Country Club will host our day
the City will be held May 17th at the Port of Stockton. Sponsored
on the greens on April 2, beginning with registration at 10:00
by the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce and the City of
a.m., lunch at 11:00 a.m. and a shotgun start at Noon. After the
Stockton, this event features exhibits showcasing the critical and
tournament, we’ll have an awards reception honoring the top
inspiring services available to you, your loved ones and neighbors,
players of the day.
all in the interest of maintaining a wholesome community.
We still have some terrific sponsorship packages available which
Sponsorships are still available; so take advantage of this
offer high visibility at this signature event. You may also join us
high profile marketing opportunity for your business. For more
a $150 tee or green sponsor, or as a $700 sponsor which includes
information, call Heidi Altamirano at 209.547.2764 or email
signage on a tee or green and registration for a foursome. Single
player registrations are available for $160. If you’re looking for an easy way to highlight your business products or services, consider donating a prize for our posttournament raffle. It’s an ideal way to market your business to other high-profile business people also supporting and participating in our tournament. So make at least one of your Mondays in April a fun one by joining us at Stockton Golf & Country Club. Can’t wait for your invitation to arrive in the mail? Just give Timm a call at 209.547.2960, and he’ll be happy to sign you up. Also, call today to have a spectacular sponsorship opportunity packet sent to you.
State of the City 2012 Sponsors (as of 1/4/12) The Record/San Joaquin Platinum Media Group A.G. Spanos Companies United Way of San Joaquin County Bank of Agriculture & Commerce University of the Pacific California Water Service Co. Financial Center Credit Union Grupe Commercial Company Kaiser Permanente Lincoln Center Neumiller & Beardslee Pacific Records Management San Joaquin Delta College St. Joseph’s Medical Center Stockton Convention & Visitors Bureau
Gold Builders Exchange of Stockton Oak Valley Community Bank R & S Erection of Stockton, Inc. Stockton East Water District Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
Table California Water Service Co.
2012 Golf Tournament Sponsors (as of 1/3/12)
Ricky Barnes Sponsor
Business Package Sponsor:
Grupe Commercial Company
Pacific Records Management PDM Steel Port of Stockton San Joaquin Steel Co.
Fred Couples Sponsors: Oak Valley Community Bank Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
Bank of Agriculture & Commerce Builders Exchange of Stockton Judith Buethe Communications
Hole In One Sponsor: Chase Chevrolet
Heidi Altamirano: firstname.lastname@example.org 209.547.2764
Become a Certified Green Business! Leadership Stockton Save money & gain customers by:
by: Timm Quinn
Reducing waste Conserving water and energy Protecting public health Using recycled-content in your products
Leadership Stockton: Local Government Session Leadership Level Sponsor: Financial Center Credit Union
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For the seventh year, the Leadership Stockton class i Documentation that you properly manage hazardous waste. i Assurance thatscale the material will be disposedmeeting of properly. participated in a full Mock City Council as part *Conditionally
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of the Local Government session held at Stockton City Hall Council Chambers on December 9. The meeting was staffed by Bonnie who acted as City Clerk, and Bret Hunter. We alsoPaige, accept universal andthe electronic waste.
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The meeting came with a full agenda and proposals from the
little nuisances of the building from one of the great minds that helped make it a reality. The Stockton Fire Department finished off the day as the class traveled down to Fire Station # 2 on Sonora Street. There the class received a tour of the station house, the dispatching center and the expansive training grounds from Battalion Chief Van Riviere. A big thank you to Bonnie Paige, Karen Costa and Bret Hunter for their help in making the Mock City Council meeting run so smoothly. Thank you to Stephen Reid (LS Class of 2000) for scheduling and coordinating the County portion of the day. And thank you to Paul Canepa, Larry Ruhstaller, Gabriel Karam, Lois Sahyoun, Manuel Lopez, Battalion Chief Riviere and Loretta Lee (LS Class of ’09) for taking time out of their busy schedules to speak and share their knowledge with the class.
teams, the premise of the Public Hearing was to consider public comments/testimony regarding the appropriation of funds from the STATE COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT GRANT (CEG). The CEG was a one time, $9 million allocation from the State of California which had to be used for a public good. The funds could be divided to fund more than one project. After the mock council meeting Councilmember Paul Canepa, spoke to the class about his journey into local politics. The class then walked to the County Administration Building and had a great lunch. Board of Supervisors Chairman Larry Ruhstaller joined the class and spoke about his journey into local politics and shared his thoughts on many issues facing the County today. After lunch they received presentation on what the County and Board of Supervisors
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does by Lois Sahyoun, Clerk of the Board. Manuel Lopez, County Administrator, followed with a presentation on what a County Administrator does. The presentation was followed by an all access tour from Gabriel Karam, P.E., LEED AP, Director of Facilities Management. It was a treat to see all the A HUFF CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
Timm Quinn: email@example.com 209.547.2960
Convention & Visitors Bureau by: Wes Rhea
Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau Named SportsEvents 2012 Readers’ Choice Winner
CVB Welcomes New Team Member The Stockton Convention & Visitors
Bureau is proud to announce the
Group, the leading
hiring of Emily Tuel as the Marketing
and Communications Coordinator.
focused exclusively on
Tuel is originally from Bayard,
helping sports event
Iowa. She graduated from the
planners produce excellent
University of Kansas with a BA in
competitions in the United
Graphic Design and minor in Art History and Dance. She comes
States and Canada, has
to us from the Special Events team with the Blank Park Zoo in Des
announced its 2012 class of Readers’ Choice Award winners. The Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB) has
Moines, IA where she promoted and executed events and served as a Graphic Designer for the organization. This position grew
been selected based on their high standard of professionalism and
her dedication and experience in nonprofit marketing, promotion
quality service in hosting their events. A complete list of award
and development. Tuel used her long-time love of dance as the
winners is available online. Winners were listed in the January
Dance Program Supervisor for Lawrence Parks and Recreation in
2012 issue of SportsEvents.
Lawrence, KS and is also currently an Instructor at Melissa’s Dance
Sports event professionals were asked to name the sports commission, convention and visitors bureaus, or sports events
Xtreme here in Stockton. Having recently moved to the area, she has been playing tourist
venues that they believe display exemplary creativity and
and exploring the many experiences California and Stockton have
professionalism toward the groups they host. Nominations were
to offer. She loves skiing, wine, dance, and musical theater.
received from readers throughout the year, and the top picks were selected based on the results from an online system that registered
Emily joined the SCVB team on January 9. You can reach out to her at Emily@VisitStockton.org.
more than 3,000 votes! “Due to the power of social media and online voting capabilities, we received an overwhelming response from readers this year, which allowed SportsEvents to honor more than 100 destinations and venues—and the marketing organizations that represent them—with a 2012 Readers’ Choice Award,” said Kristen McIntosh, SportsEvents editor. “These award winners have proven they are willing to go above and beyond the normal service levels expected by providing both the physical attributes and commitment to hospitality and service that today’s discriminating sports event planners demand. It is an honor to announce their selection by sports event planners as some of the best in the United States.”
Wes Rhea: firstname.lastname@example.org 209.938.1555
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Programs and Public Policy Department by: Frank Ferral REXPO 8 Unplugged Coming March 14 Registration is now open for the Recycling Exposition (REXPO)
a proactive campaign to change the “collect and export” paradigm, to not just divert, but to convert our materials into manufacturing
8 Unplugged at www.greenteamsanjoaquin.com. Click the REXPO
jobs throughout California. Using the additional tonnage which will
8 Unplugged image and it will take you to the registration page.
become available through the new Mandatory Commercial Recycling
The cost to attend the Keynote Lunch address is $30. We are
regulation under AB 341 as a springboard, the Recycling BIN (Build
honored to have Cabinet Secretary Matt Rodriquez of the California
Infrastructure Now) Coalition, comprised of economic development,
Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) as our Keynote Speaker.
local government, business and environmental organizations
The “Unplugged” theme represents a couple of meanings. First, the
working in tandem, was formed for one common reason…to create
event logo demonstrates that energy efficiency starts by unplugging
recycled content value added manufacturing jobs in California.
appliances, office equipment, phone chargers, etc. when not in
The BIN Coalition recently held a statewide Summit attended by
use. These “phantom loads” when plugged in not only add to your
240 individuals (accessible via YouTube: Recycling BIN Summit) to
energy bill, it contributes to air pollution. The second meaning is the
emphasize the need for a statewide strategy. California environmental
perception of double standards and California just doesn’t get it.
legislation like AB 32 cannot be truly sustainable unless it can deliver
Currently, approximately 5-20% of the recyclable materials
real economic benefits as well. Existing recycling based processing
collected in California remain in the State for remanufacturing;
and manufacturing facilities serve as a cornerstone to California’s
the majority of the recycled materials are shipped to other parts of
emerging green economy, but we can—and we must—do much more
the United States or to global markets. So too, are our jobs, tax
to foster this vital infrastructure for sustainability.
revenue and commerce. Achieving the emission reductions under AB 32 is dependent on ensuring that the recyclable materials are recycled into new products, which offers an enormous opportunity to existing and new businesses in California and, with the additional materials being diverted through Assembly Bill 341, will only amplify the opportunities. After all, it is a precarious wakeup call and rude awakening when you think about it. Eight out of ten pieces of recyclables we place on our curb are being shipped to China for product remanufacturing using non- or under-regulated power grids powered by coal, a huge Green House Gas (GHG) emitter, as our neighbors are losing their jobs and facing foreclosure on their homes. It is ironic, however, that the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) has commissioned a study to verify that much of that pollution is
finding its way back to the shores of California. What are we going to accomplish? The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce is the only Chamber in the state to administer one of the 34 Recycling Market Development Zones (RMDZ) in the State of California. Working together, the Chamber and nine Statewide organizations and businesses have begun
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Automobile Renting, Leasing & Sales
320 N. Hunter Street Stockton
3714 N. Merrimac Circle Stockton
Engineers Civil 4 Leaf Incorporated 2110 Rheem Drive #A Pleasanton
Packaging & Crating Service & Supplies 1021 E. Hazelton Avenue Stockton
Networking Mixer January 5, University of the Pacific
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San Joaquin County S.T.A.R.S.
Pak Master www.4leaf.com
Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
7000 Michael Canlis Boulevard Stockton
For additional information go to www.stocktonchamber.org
Optimal Hospice Care of Stockton 4568 Feather River Drive, Ste. C
with other Chamber members their
last year we
successes and support local business first.
Let’s work together and by working in the
over 25 Ribbon
same direction we will make things around
Quick Connect Wireless Rabobank Basket Caravan & Gourmet Gifts
Carol Clemens Angel’s Caring Helpers
Gary Ghan Brookfalls Water
New Image Signs Ameriprise Financial Services INC Eco Chic Salon
the Greater Stockton area. We celebrated
Grand Openings & Re-Openings, New
Office Locations and many multiyear
anniversaries to name a few. What was really celebrated was the entrepreneur who made the leap or the business owner who
H.O.P.E Klein Insurance RHA
John Paval Kansas City Life
Ellen Powell Dennis Cardoza Representative
is still doing business, and the non-profit
organizations continuing to serve San
Joaquin county. I would challenge each and
every one of you to have a presence at the
upcoming ribbon cuttings and celebrate
Central Valley Community Bank New Image Signs Optimal Hospice Care Press F1 Computer Services Xango
Sam Ward Xango
Bank of Stockton 145 Years of Service By Justin Souza
It’s difficult to imagine many things that
According to a history published by Bank
text alerts, where customers are notified when
have remained the same between the Stockton
of Stockton, some of the bank’s early success
their balance is below the threshold they
of 1867 and the Stockton of 2012. Over
rested on consumers’ trust in the integrity
choose, including overdraft alerts that allow
the intervening years, Stockton has grown
of the bank’s founding members, the 29
customers to transfer funds before end of
from a small agricultural community with a
Stockton-area business leaders who provided
day to avoid the overdraft before it happens.
population of around 5,000, to a bustling city
the bank’s starting reserves from their own
From internet banking, to text banking, to
of over 300,000 residents with a deep bench
funds. The founders agreed that Bank of
fraud alerts when personal information has
of industry, a business-friendly infrastructure
Stockton should focus on providing the best
been changed on your account, Bank of
and a lot of charm. But one constant has
possible service to its customers and to its
Stockton has been at the forefront of offering
remained firm over nearly a century and a half
community, even when that meant reduced
the latest in banking technologies for smarter,
profits for shareholders. An early
of Stockton history: the great customer service, exceptional products and community support of Bank of Stockton. This August, Bank of Stockton celebrates 145 continuous years of dedicated service to the Stockton community. The community bank—the oldest in California still operating under its original charter—has been a major
safer banking. Shared History
The Bank of Stockton roots in our community run deep and strong
As both Bank of Stockton and the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce have made a business of loving Stockton, it’s no surprise that over the years the two organizations have often found common cause promoting the city’s interests on regional and national stages. The organizations’ shared
force for improvement throughout San
commitment to fostering Stockton’s
Joaquin County since its inception in 1867.
document from the bank, entitled
Bank of Stockton has continually upheld
“An Agreement with Depositors,” established
business community, and their interest in
the principles of its founders by focusing
the priority of depositor security over
promoting essential resources have helped
on serving every customer, prioritizing
corporate profits for the Board of Directors.
make Stockton a more attractive area for a
local industry development, promoting
This principle, still in practice to this day at the
wide variety of industries over the last century.
area businesses and fostering infrastructure
bank, has enabled Bank of Stockton to remain
improvements. Over the years, the bank’s
solvent when many community and national
intertwined, as members of Bank of Stockton
leaders have helped shape some of Stockton’s
banks have been shuttered.
were instrumental in the creation of the
Even the two organizations’ roots are
In the past few decades, Bank of Stockton’s
Chamber in 1901. An article from the San
system to the Port—into the business-friendly
commitment to its customers has extended to
Joaquin Historian honoring the Stockton
forms familiar to us today, even while keeping
pioneering the newest banking technologies,
Chamber’s 100th anniversary credits the
the bank prospering in the face of major
often ahead of larger chains. Recent
formation of the Chamber to the efforts
innovations include text-based banking and
of notable members of the Bank of
most well-known features—from the rail
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Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
Photographs Courtesy The Bank Of Stockton Historical Photograph Collection.
Stockton, including Frank M. West. West,
to this day. For example, Doug Wilhoit,
Modesto, Turlock and Elk Grove. The Bank
President of the bank from 1893 to 1909,
current CEO of the Stockton Chamber, is a
has nearly $2 billion in assets as well as an
was a driving force behind the incorporation
descendant of Eugene and R.E. Wilhoit, two
extensive archive of historical photos covering
of the Chamber, and served as its first
Bank Presidents who led the bank from 1909
its service areas and made available free to the
to 1949 and who are credited with drawing
public by appointment. “It’s a tremendous
University of the Pacific to its current location
historical resource and very fitting, since Bank
Chamber and Bank of Stockton, West worked
in Stockton during the 1920s. Eugene was also
of Stockton has been such an integral part of
to actively encourage Stockton’s development
a President of the Stockton Chamber from
the history of our communities,” said Brusa.
by spearheading a movement to market
1921-1922. “The Bank of Stockton roots in
The bank is currently led by it’s eighth
During his time as a leader at both the
Stockton and its products throughout
President and CEO, Douglass
the nation. One of West’s longest lasting
Eberhardt, who has championed the
initiatives was the dredging of Stockton’s
ongoing technological innovation
channel which allowed larger vessels
at Bank of Stockton and who—like
to reach Stockton’s port. This initiative,
the Bank’s Presidents before him—is
completed in 1934, created one of
a strong advocate of ongoing
Stockton’s most defining and profitable
community support. According to
characteristics, a feature which has had
information released by the Bank,
a nearly incalculable positive effect on
“Bank of Stockton and its Divisions
the city’s economy during the last century.
Fred M West
R. E. Wilhoit
donate nearly two million dollars annually into the communities that it serves in
West was also credited with a major role in bringing both the Santa Fe and Western
our community run deep and strong,” said
the form of donations. Bank employees are
Pacific Railroads to Stockton. Together, these
Angela Brusa, Vice President and Director of
encouraged to be actively involved in local
advancements made Stockton’s agricultural
Marketing at Bank of Stockton. “The bank was
non-profits, sharing time and talent to help
and industrial products available to both
incepted two years after the Civil War, to bring
our local communities.”
national and international markets and
strength, safety and service to depositors and
established Stockton’s reputation as a great
the community, and it’s been doing that very
Stockton shows no signs of either slowing or
place to do business.
well ever since,” she said.
giving up its central tenets of customer service
Bank of Stockton Today
and community involvement. The bank is well
West’s dual Presidencies set a tone of
As it reaches its 145th year, Bank of
committed community involvement for the
Today, Bank of Stockton and its Divisions
poised to spend another century in its integral
leaders who followed him at both the Bank
encompass 16 branches located in Stockton,
role as promoter, cheerleader and true believer
of Stockton and the Stockton Chamber. The
Lodi, Tracy, Ripon, Manteca, Oakdale, Pine
in the great city of Stockton, California.
close camaraderie that West began persists
Grove, Angels Camp, Sonora, Rio Vista, www.stocktonchamber.org
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Seeking Applications for Membership on the Board of Directors of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce The volunteer leadership of the Chamber provides the energy
The City of Stockton Planning Commission and the Cultural Heritage Board honored Dan Cort, President and CEO of Cort Companies, with two Awards of Excellence for Cort Tower
and direction for programs and services for our members. Board
located at 1 North Sutter Street and 321 E. Weber Avenue. Both
members serve a vital role in establishing policy and providing
properties were renovated to house the Stockton Collegiate
guidance to committees and staff. To ensure a quality Board, the
International Charter School. The Award of Excellence Program
applicant, or the applicant’s employer must be a Chamber Member in
is an award bestowed on property owners who have made special
good standing and must remain in good standing throughout their
efforts in restoring, rehabilitating or improving existing structures
entire Board term, 2012-2015. Go to www.StocktonChamber.org to
in an effort to exert positive influence on an area and provide
download application or call 547-2770.
incentive to other property owners. Stockton Symphony’s wildly
The San Joaquin County Fair is off to a new level of marketing and
popular Pops series continues
promotional sophistication. Leading
with Valentine Pops: Steve Lippia
the charge is Kate Post, Executive
in “Simply Sinatra,” on Saturday,
Director of the Stockton Asparagus
February 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the
Festival, who, in addition to her
Atherton Auditorium on the SJDC
current position with the Asparagus
campus. Sinatra fans will enjoy hits
Festival, will also become San
including “Fly Me To the Moon,”
Joaquin County Fair’s Director of Sponsorship Development and
“Luck Be a Lady,” and many more favorites. Purchase tickets
Marketing. Joining her in the new effort is Drew Palmer, Agency
online at www.stocktonsymphony.org or call 209.951.0196. Tickets
Principal of Palmer Advertising, LLC.
begin at $22.
The Stockton Council of the Central Valley Association of
Visionary Home Builders was the recent recipient of a $180,000
REALTORS and the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
grant from Wells Fargo. The Grant recipients were selected from
have announced Becky Mizener as the 2011 ‘Stocktonian of the
requests submitted by local team members and their non-profit
Year’. Becky will be honored at a dinner on Wednesday, February
or local government partners in areas in need of extra help
8th at the Stockton Golf and Country Club. Space is limited. For
with neighborhood- development projects. VHB will utilize the
reservations, please call the Chamber at 547-2770.
funding for the Bounce Back to Homeownership program and a new prepaid Credit Card program.
San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is excited to announce that Never Boring Design Associates, one of the Central Valley’s largest full-service marketing and creative agencies, is managing its transit advertising program effective January 1, 2012. NBDA will sell all advertising on RTD’s buses that operate in Stockton and San Joaquin County.
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February 2012 Highlights 2/2 - Networking Mixer – 5:15 - 7:15 p.m. @ San Joaquin Delta College 5151 Pacific Ave.
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Networking Mixer – 5:15 - 7:15 p.m. @ San Joaquin Delta College 5151 Pacific Ave.
Green Team San Joaquin - 9:00 a.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Manufacturers Industrial Distribution Roundtable - 7:30 a.m. @ TBA
Government Relations Council - 7:30 a.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Leadership Stockton, ‘Community Serving Community’ 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Various Local Non-Profits
Chamber Executive Committee Meeting – 7 a.m. @ Stockton Golf and Country Club
Chamber Offices Closed in Observance of President’s Day
Chamber Board Meeting – 4 p.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Government Relations Council - 7:30 a.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
Business Education Alliance - 3:30 p.m. @ Chamber Conference Room
also don’t miss... 3/1 - Networking Mixer The Reserve at Spanos Park, 6301 West Eight Mile Road, Stockton, 95219
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Contact the Chamber at 209.547.2770 for more info
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