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  • June 2011

    Vol. 32 Issue 6

    Modesto Chamber of Commerce

    Ribbon CuttingsWork In ProgressNew Members


    Amgen Tour Keeps Modestos Economy Rolling

    Cover Photo by Bicek Photography


    Visit for current wait times and location maps.

    Sutter Gould Urgent Care Centers offer extended weekday and weekend hours, and all-day walk-in appointments. Youll also find up to the minute wait times posted online to make staying on top of your health even easier. Its where convenience meets quality, personalized care from a name you trust.

    TURLOCK1015 East Main St.

    8 am - 7 pm

    STOCKTON2545 W. Hammer Lane

    9 am - 8 pm

    MODESTO600 Coffee Rd. (1st floor)8 am - 8 pm (Mon.-Fri.)8 am - 6 pm (Sat.-Sun.)


  • JUNE 2011 3

    Cover Story

    Community Development

    eConomiC Development

    networking AnD referrAlS

    As a Welcome Team volunteer I find great opportunities to meet all the new Members and welcome them to such a great Chamber. I also get to network and socialize with other Members that volunteer and attend the Ribbon Cuttings. With such an enthusiastic group of Welcome Team Members, it is easy to talk about and explain to the new Member what they will get out of their Chamber Membership, such as Business Before and After Hours, Trade Shows, Luncheons and Oktoberfest. P


    Awards and Achievements 10 Leadership Modesto 11Candidate Workshop 20

    New Member Profiles 8 People On the Move 18Work In Progress 23 Land of Opportunity 25

    New Chamber Members 14Ribbon Cuttings 24Business Before and After Hours 24Chamber Calendar 26

    welCome teAm Corner

    PROGRESS MAGAZINE1114 J Street Modesto, CA 95354(209) 577-5757 (209) 571-6480 Fax (209)

    BoArD of DireCtorSChairmanRalph Curtis, Curtis Legal GroupChairman ElectDavid Gianelli, Gianelli & AssociatesVice Chairman of Internal OperationsEric Benson, JS West & CompanyVice Chairman of External OperationsKathy Halsey, Individual MemberVice Chairman of Member RelationsDavid Halvorson, American ChevroletVice Chairman of Events & Special ProjectsDoug Johnson, Reach Business Systems, Inc.

    DirectorsLynn Dickerson, Gallo Center for the Arts Dan Garcia, Tri Counties BankPat Gillum, Pat Gillum, CPANeal Khatri, Best Western Khatri PropertiesCraig Lewis, Prudential California RealtySharon Likely, Kaiser PermanenteMike Moradian, Peace of Mind Home InspectionsBill Moreno, Fire 2 WireRon Owen, Bank of the WestSuzy Powell, Individual MemberChris Ricci, Chris Ricci PresentsJeremiah Williams, Oak Crafts by Jeremiah

    Ex-OfficioBill Bassitt, The AllianceGeorge Boodrookas, Modesto Junior CollegeKeith Boggs, Leadership ModestoDavid Boring, Never Boring Design AssociatesGreg Nyhoff, City of Modesto

    Chamber StaffCecil Russell, President/CEOcrussell@modchamber.orgMinnie Dodge, Administrative Managermdodge@modchamber.orgSharon Novotny, Accountantsnovotny@modchamber.orgNita Gruendeman, Membership Sales Managerngruendeman@modchamber.orgElizabeth Facanha, Special Events Meagan Lopez, Administrative Assistantmlopez@modchamber.orgMelissa Morrison, About Progress...Postmaster: Send address changes to: PROGRESS, P.O. Box844, Modesto, CA 95353. Editorial opinions are not necessarily those of the Board of Directors or members of the Modesto Chamber of Com-merce. Chamber members may submit news by contacting: Progress Editor, email, P.O. Box 844, Modesto, CA 95353, (209) 577-5757, fax (209) 577-2673. Inquiries about ad rates, please contact Kristin Bowker at (209) 526-9136. Deadline is the 5th of each month for news and advertisements for the following months publication (news published at the discretion of the Editor on a first

    come, first served, space available basis).

    PublisherModesto Chamber of Commerce(209) 577-5757

    Graphic DesignNever Boring Design Associates(209) 526-9136

    PrinterParks Printing(209) 576-2568

    DistributionParks Printing(209) 576-2568

    Advertising SalesKristin BowkerNever Boring Design Associates(209) 526-9136

    Modesto Chamber of Commerce Mission StatementTo promote the regions economic strengths and vitality; identify and promote services that are valuable to our members; advocate for public policy that is advantageous to the business community; and fully partici-pate and partner in activities to improve quality of life.

    On the coverAmgen Tour 2011Photo by Bicek Photography

    Amgen Tour Keeps Modesto's Economy Rolling

    Jerri Reed

  • 4 Modesto Chamber of Commerce Progress

    grAffiti Summer

    Community Development

    The innocent era of drive-ins and dragsters, doo-wop and sock hops lives on each June in Modesto. Graffiti Summer is a month-long celebration of

    hot rods and happy days. It gives visitors a glimpse of Modesto history and pays homage to the breakthrough work of our favorite sonmovie legend George Lucas, director, screenwriter and producer. He captured the essence of an era with American Graffiti, a film deeply rooted in Lucas

    own high school experiences in Modesto.

    Regarded as one of George Lucas best and certainly his most personal

    film, it earned four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

    Between box office receipts, video rentals and sales, it is reported to be one

    of the most profitable movies ever filmed.

    Each year in June, Modesto produces a community-wide celebration of Graffiti Summer, a walk down memory lane of the happy days of the

    fifties and early sixties. It perpetuates the value of old-fashioned family

    fun through the re-creation of one of the truly memorable eras in American culture. Whether you lived it, dreamed it or pieced it together from TV and film, the 50s and 60s American car culture will lure people from all

    over the country to Modesto for this celebration. Visitors come to Modesto not only during the month of June, but year round to be a part of the car culture experience at its finest.

    Graffiti Summer,

    complete with Elvis impersonators, plenty of rock n roll and of

    course the carsthe cars are the Stars! Modesto has always had a rich California car culture. On June 10, over 850 classic cars, hot rods

    and muscle cars will rumble into downtown for the all-time favorite event: the classic car parade. The sound of the turbo-charged engines is thrilling. The route is along the Historic Graffiti

    Cruise Route, the same streets George Lucas cruised as a teen.

    Whether you are a passionate car owner or an appreciative and enthusiastic spectator, you will enjoy the fun and lively spirit of the many musical events and car shows planned throughout the month of June in Modesto. For additional information look for the Graffiti Summer insert or visit the

    CVB website at P

  • JUNE 2011 5

    ChAmBer BoArD perSpeCtive

    Community Development

    Join educators and business professionals on August 25, 2011 as

    we discuss:

    Increasing the quality of our workforce

    Drawing new business to the Region

    Offering better training to

    displaced workers

    The goal of State of Education is to: bring these business-based challenges to the forefront, and then offer solutions that

    StAte of eDuCAtion

    businesses can become engaged in to make transformation that has impact and meaning. This event is an opportunity to see what happens when businesses, educators and non-profit agencies engage in solution-based partnerships.

    This is an exciting opportunity to be surrounded by business professionals and educators who are invested in making a difference in our Regions future.

    Sponsorships are now available. For more information, please call or email Elizabeth Facanha, Special Events Manager at (209) 577-5757 or P

    Attention Chamber members! (If youre not a member,

    you need to read this too.) The Modesto Chamber

    of Commerce Board of Directors recently decided

    to resurrect the former hugely-successful Modesto Means Business campaign: a campaign that is designed to encourage shopping local. The Chamber Board believes that this campaign will be the most effective way to communicate the importance of

    shopping local. As has been said many times over, shopping locallykeeping our local businesses in businessis the most effective way to keep our local, living economy healthy and strong. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund City and County services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development. At the Chamber, we believe it is our responsibility to educate our citizens and consumers to support our local businesses. We believe it is the responsibility of all of us to shop local first.

    You may not realize that every dollar spent locally turns over 3 times. Thats 3 times

    reinvested into our local economy. Local businesses employ a wide array of supporting services. They hire architects, designers, cabinet and sign makers, contractors for construction, electricians, carpenters, graphic designers, printers, and accountants. They, and

    their employees, send their kids to local schools, buy gas, groceries, use local doctors, hospitals and pharmacies, eat out at local eateries, volunteer and support programs and charities in their community.

    Think about it. When you shop elsewhere, your money goes into another communi