Tonisha Pacheco was loan officer of the month for December at US Mortgage Home Loan Center.
December top agents at Coldwell Banker Choboian Real Estate were Hollis Elliot Fernandez and Jo Elliot, new listings, Charlotte Duerig, open escrows, and Julie Beltran, closed escrows.
Nick Barayuga was the No. 1 producer for December at Guarantee Home Loans. Dave Falke and Guy Willis also were recognized for their December contributions.
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Kaweah Delta Health Care District was named No. 1 in consumer choice for best overall services by the National Research Corp. This is the fourth consecutive year the district was ranked at the top.
Bryan Souza, broker with RE/MAX Gold, helped the Clovis North High School peer counseling students distribute grocery bags to 1,000 north Fresno homes. This partnership helped to collect and donate more than 800 pounds of food to Poverello House.
Orloff Jewelers was one of 22 jewelers to receive a "Best Jewelers in America" award from National Jeweler in partnership with Jewelers of America. The award was based on operations, human resources, marketing and financial performance.
All Natural Environmental Solutions received a Top 10 New Product designation by the World Ag Expo for 2011 for its Biological Waste Water Treatment system.
Fourteen local Spirit Halloween Superstores presented a check to the staff of Children's Hospital Central California for more than $31,000 for the Child Life Departments. The superstores also host a Halloween party for the children at the hospital.
Barnes & Noble Fresno made the largest charitable donation on record from its 2010 Holiday Book Drive to Fresno READS.
Sebring West Automotive Center recently celebrated it 40th anniversary. Tony Pasco started the company on Jan. 4, 1971, in a 4,000-square-foot repair shop on McKinley Avenue. In 1975, a small parts department opened adjacent to the service area. By 1978, the parts department had outgrown its original location, so owner Pasco opened a 7,000-square-foot parts department just off Blackstone Avenue. With two stores, Pasco hired employees and started moving from mechanic to full-time manager. The company outgrew both locations and in 1989 it moved to a vacant Buick dealership, which had 20,000 square feet and combined both service and parts departments. It now has 12 service bays, state-of-the-art repair and diagnostic equipment as well as ASE certified master technicians. Sebring West Automotive Center is one of the largest independent service and parts facilities in the San Joaquin Valley, with 43 employees and second-generation employee, Brian Pasco, bringing his skill to the business.
Hon. James Ardaiz, retired appellate court justice, joined JAMS, a private provider of mediation and arbitration services. Ardaiz will hear cases in Fresno and throughout California and will specialize as a mediator, arbitrator and discovery master for disputes in a variety of areas.
Bill Hoos joined Foster & Parker Insurance as a sales manager. Hoos, with more than 30 years experience as an insurance company executive, sales manager and trainer, is in charge of recruiting, training and managing insurance producers.
Milt Contreras joined Thunder Fireworks as regional manager for the state of California. Contreras has more than 20 years of experience in sales and logistics.
Stephanie Stoltenberg, Dominique Ressurreicao, Scott Comstock, Chuck Miller and Donna Finley joined Keller Williams Fresno.
Agents joining Guarantee Real Estate are: Jim and Heidi Huebner, Shaver Lake, and Marylou Velasquez and Bill Reece, Fig Garden Flex.
New employees at Institute of Technology, Clovis campus are: Edia Camara as a career-services adviser supporting the Professional Medical Assisting, Medical Billing & Coding, Medical Office Administration and Pharmacy Technician programs; Penny Dhindsa as the lead career services adviser supporting all the medical programs; and Michael Ramos as a career-services adviser supporting the HVAC and Criminology and Emergency Response Management programs.