Clovis News

Board Room, 7/18


Charles Boyer, dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at California State University, Fresno, was appointed to the National Agriculture Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Cliff Baker, sales professional at Prudential Financial's Fresno office, was again named a member of the Prudential Annuities Masters Council for 2010.


Lucas Phan was recognized by US Mortgage Center for outstanding customer service for May.

Keith Swinger and Latishia Sharer were congratulated by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage for their continuing achievement of earning the top 10% award in the nation for April.

Dr. Denise Patterson, CPA, of the Craig School of Business, California State University, Fresno, was recognized as an Outstanding Educator at the CalCPA Council meeting and was presented with a $3,000 stipend.

J&R Tacos, ServiceMaster and Mercy Hospital were honored as businesses of the year at the 11th annual Merced Success Breakfast.


Javier Garcia, owner of the Visalia and Porterville Fiesta Auto Insurance locations, received the Diamond Award at the company's first annual national conference.

The award represents Fiesta Auto Insurance franchise owners who exceeded $1 million in lifetime sales and demonstrated excellent customer service.

Ramos Torres Winery was awarded the Double Gold at the 2010 California State Fair for its 2007 "Branches." It was the Best of Region-Lodi Appellation and Best of Class-Lodi Appellation.

Scott Bridgeman, CEO of Eye-Q Vision Care and president of Maverick Marketing, was presented the American Advertising Federation Silver Medal Award by the Fresno Advertising Federation.

Bridgeman was selected because of outstanding contributions to advertising and devotion to the community, as well as service to the Fresno Advertising Federation as a board member.


$10,300 was donated by Fig Garden Rotary Club, David and Carolyn Johnson Family Fund, Fig Garden Woman's Club, Wells Fargo Bank and Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit to support Assistance League's programs Operation School Bell and Operation Bear Hug.

Fresno Women's Medical Group Inc. contributed $2,500 and EVS Home Staging contributed a complete staging of a studio apartment including furniture and accessories to the Mental Health Systems Inc. Hacienda Adopt-A-Room project.

New faces

Kristen Fry, Gautier Valadez, Scott McKenry, Ismael Montoya and Juan A. Hernandez joined New York Life's Central California Agency as insurance professionals.

Dr. Ani A. Ketabgian joined Clovis Medical Group. Dr. Ketabgian is board certified in internal medicine.

Steven M. Vartabedian, retired justice, is now of counsel with the law firm of Dowling, Aaron & Keeler performing mediations and arbitrations and advising on appeals. Vartabedian has 29 years of public judicial service.

New agents joining London Properties are: Kimberly Bloem, Andrew Simon, Berson Frye and Brent Lake, Fresno office; Steven Weagel and Jeff Nightengale, Merced office; Adrean Aleman, Hanford office; and Rebecca Hatcher, Madera office.

New location

Consulting Dynamics, a law firm and business consulting group, is now located at 4687 N. Wishon Ave. in Fresno. Phone number is 696-0315 and e-mail: Owner is Debbie Dodd, Psy.D.


Melissa Farrow, Carl Goodman and Valerie Pearce were promoted by Premier Valley Bank, Farrow and Goodman to vice president and Pearce to assistant vice president.

Dr. Lewis Wright was promoted to staff veterinarian for the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.