• Realty Concepts welcomed the following associates in residential sales:Kerry Crabill
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in the Fresno Office.
• Baker Manock & Jensen added three attorneys to its firm.Craig Armstrong
andJ. Christopher Molina
are associate attorneys andJudge Robert H. Oliver
(retired) is Of Counsel, an advisory post. Armstrong’s background is in public agency, corporate and general business, nonprofit and water law. Molina’s
background is in tax law, including corporate and personal tax matters and tax controversy. Judge Oliver brings more than 40 years of legal experience to the firm
and will focus on dispute resolution.
• The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens has namedJulie Whiteside
as health care administrator andChristie Yingling-Swanton
as director of nursing. Whiteside and Yingling-Swanton will be responsible for ensuring residents receive the highest quality of care at The Village skilled nursing and rehabilitation residences. Whiteside brings more than 20 years of professional experience to her role and Yingling-Swanton has nine years of nursing experience.
joined Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group as an engineer-in-training. He has over four years of structural design experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering from the California State University, Chico.
was promoted to chief financial officer and treasurer for Lyles Diversified, Inc. He has been with the company for 26 years.
was promoted to to lifestyle director for The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens. She will be responsible for planning and managing the more than 75 activities and programs offered at the community, where she’s worked for more than a year.
• Nine California cotton industry members have been elected to leadership positions in theNational Cotton Council
(NCC) for 2015. The four local members are:Cannon Michael
, a Los Banos producer, elected as a NCC director;John E. Pucheu Jr.
, a Tranquillity producer, re-elected adviser;Mark McKean
of Riverdale, re-elected as the NCC’s American Cotton Producers California chairman; andJoseph Cain
, a Hanford warehouseman, re-elected as NCC’s California unit secretary.
• Officials fromManheim Central California
and the Fresno Chamber of Commerce took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of an exterior and interior renovation project that included the beautification of the auction entrance area and interior remodeling. The two-year project cost more than $600,000 and included cafeteria remodel, new office carpeting and painting throughout the facility. Manheim Central California is a wholesale vehicle auction located at 278 N. Marks Ave. in Fresno.
, a Fresno Wells Fargo home mortgage team, earned the top 10% December award in the nation.
of Fresno was appointed to Fresno State’s University Advisory Board, a panel of community members who provide advice on improvement and development of the university. He is president of two companies operating in the Valley: Eco Team Inc. and Golden Valley Farming Group Inc.
is the 2014 Employee of the Year for Eagle Mountain Casino (EMC). She is a transportation driver and has been employed with EMC in the transportation department since September of 2013.
at Yosemite was awarded the Excellence Award-Individual Hotel as part of the 2014 Travelzoo Awards. The awards shine a spotlight on companies that provide the year’s best travel and entertainment deals.
received the Local Motion award in the bike and pedestrian category from the Tulare County Association of Governments for its work in downtown Woodlake.
• The Excellence in Education awards dinner, Fresno Unified’s annual recognition of top employees, honored 43 staff members. Winners were announced in five categories:Guillermo Berumen
, community relations liaison for English Learner Services, classified;Rob Kuzminski
, fifth grade teacher at Easterby Elementary School, certificated elementary school;Rick Perez Jr.
, PLUS teacher at Sequoia Middle School, certificated middle school;Tori Nolen
, teacher and girls soccer coach at Hoover High School, certificated high school; andRaine Bumatay
, vice principal at Cesar Chavez Adult School, administrator. The three top finalists, who will move on to the Fresno County Education of the Year, competition are Berumen, Kuzminski and Bumatay.
•Mercedes-Benz of Fresno
has been awarded a 2015 DealerRater Consumer Satisfaction Award, a recognition that auto dealerships can earn by delivering outstanding customer service as rated by online consumer reviews. The awards are given annually to the top 10 percent of U.S. new-car dealers based on their PowerScore.
• The Greater Reedley Chamber of Commerce announced the 2014 award winners. They are:Greg Musson
(Gar Tootelian), AgriBusiness Leader;Susan Chapman
(Adventist Health), Health Professional;Robert Huebert
(Lee’s Service), Business Leader;Jamba Juice
(Kayla Holguin, Mgr.), Green Business;John Heathcote
, Ph.D. (Reedley College), Educational Leader;Bobby Ikemiya
, Volunteer of the Year;Brandon Scott Hirata
(Reedley High School), Junior Volunteer;Reedley Volunteer Firefighters
, Public Safety Leader;Celia Herrera
, Bright Star; andKen Zech
, Hall of Fame.