The Board Room for Oct. 26


▪ DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance was designated as one of the top independent insurance agencies in the United States in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) “Best Practices” Study Group for 2015. It is the third year in a row the agency has received this designation as part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies in the nation.


▪ The Rotary Club of Fresno awarded $4,150 to Club Rotario Guatemala del Este for the purchase of Chapina Rocket Stoves.

▪ The Guarantee Good Will Network donated $2,500 to the Fresno Historical Society, $2,000 to Storyland, Fresno Fire Chief’s Foundation and Terry’s House, $1,500 to Break the Barriers, $1,400 to the Woodward Shakespeare Festival, $1,250 to Habitat for Humanity and $1,000 to Fresno Filmworks. The network is funded by contributions from Guarantee Real Estate, their real estate agents and employees.

New Faces

▪ Matthew Fidel joined Caglia Environmental as a new environmental health and safety manager. He is an active lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in environmental science from New Mexico Highland University and a master of science degree in environmental engineering from Southern Methodist University.

▪ Patrick Durkin joined Fresno First Bank as vice president and SBA loan officer. He has more than 25 years of banking experience with extensive background in SBA lending, sales and sales management.

▪ Candice Lovelace joined the internal medicine team at Visalia Medical Clinic. She completed medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her internship and residency at Georgia Regents University. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

▪ Kingston Bay Senior Living added Pamela Hamilton, executive director, and Lisa Cook, director of sales and marketing, for the new assisted living and memory care community. Hamilton attended the University of Warwick, England, and is an ordained minster, certified life coach and has an RCFE administrator’s license. Cook brings more than 20 years of sales, business-to-business and customer service experience to the position and she has an associate of arts degree from Fresno City College.

▪ The San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust Inc. experienced a change in leadership. Sharon Weaver is the new executive director, Bart Bohn is board president, Sarah Parkes is the new director of annual giving and Finn Telles is the director of business development. The organization also added Molly Schnur-Salimbene as community programs director.


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