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<ul><li><p>February 2011</p><p>Vol. 32 Issue 2</p><p>Modchamber.org</p><p>Modesto Chamber of Commerce</p><p>Ribbon CuttingsWork In ProgressNew Members</p><p>Cover Photo by Studio Warner</p><p>progress</p><p>A Spirit of Cooperation Sees Stanislaus Law Enforcement Agencies Through Tough Times</p></li><li><p>BECAUSE POINT A TO POINT B DOESNTALWAYS HAVE A DOCTOR IN BETWEEN.</p><p>Visit suttergould.org for current wait times and location maps.</p><p>Sutter Gould Urgent Care Centers offer extended weekday and weekend hours, DQGDOOGD\ZDONLQDSSRLQWPHQWV</p></li><li><p> FEB 2011 3</p><p>Cover Story</p><p>Community Development</p><p>eConomiC Development</p><p>networking AnD referrAlS</p><p>PROGRESS MAGAZINE1114 J Street Modesto, CA 95354(209) 577-5757 (209) 571-6480 Fax (209) 577-2673www.modchamber.org info@modchamber.org</p><p>BoArD of DireCtorSChairmanRalph Curtis, Curtis Legal GroupChairman ElectDavid Gianelli, Gianelli &amp; AssociatesImmediate Past ChairmanKathy Halsey, Individual MemberVice Chairman FinanceDennis Wann, Tim Colbert &amp; Associates, Inc.Vice Chairman of External AffairsCecil Russell, Individual MemberVice Chairman of Internal AffairsEric Benson, JS West &amp; CompanyDirectorsLynn Dickerson, Gallo Center for the Arts Dan Garcia Tri Counties BankPat Gillum, Pat Gillum, CPADavid Halvorson, American ChevroletDoug Johnson, Reach Business SystemsNeal 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 JeremiahEx-OfficioBill Bassitt, The AllianceGeorge Boodrookas, Modesto Junior CollegeKeith Boggs, Leadership ModestoDavid Boring, Never Boring Design AssociatesGreg Nyhoff, City of Modesto</p><p>Chamber StaffJoy Madison, President/CEOjmadison@modchamber.orgMinnie Dodge, Administrative Managermdodge@modchamber.orgSharon Novotny, Accountantsnovotny@modchamber.orgNita Gruendeman, Membership Sales Managerngruendeman@modchamber.orgElizabeth Facanha, Special Events Managerefacanha@modchamber.org Meagan Lopez, Administrative Assistantchamberassistant@modchamber.org 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 info@modchamber.org, 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 10th of each month for news and advertisements for the following months publication (news published at the discretion of the Editor on a first </p><p>come, first served, space available basis).</p><p>PublisherModesto Chamber of Commerce(209) 577-5757 info@modchamber.org</p><p>Graphic DesignNever Boring Design Associates(209) 526-9136 www.neverboring.com</p><p>PrinterParks Printing(209) 576-2568 frankp@parksprinting.com</p><p>DistributionParks Printing(209) 576-2568Advertising SalesKristin BowkerNever Boring Design Associates(209) 526-9136 progress@neverboring.com</p><p>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. </p><p>On the coverClockwise from back: Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, Oakdale Police Chief Marty West, Ceres Police Chief Art de Werk, Modesto Police Chief Mike Harden, Turlock Police Chief Gary Hampton, CHP Commander Lenley Duncan Photo by Studio Warner</p><p>Ambassadors are connectors. We naturally like to connect the people in our sphere of influence to the things, products, people, and relationships that they are looking for, and the Ambassador program is a great way to make more connections. I love having the opportunity to meet with Chamber members and find out more about their businesses. What differentiates them in the market place? What are their main goals and challenges? What keeps them up at night? All of this helps me to make more connections for others and myself. </p><p>This program has given me the opportunity to learn about many businesses that I otherwise would not have known about. The next time an Ambassador calls on you, make a connection. Tell them about your business. You never know where it may lead. Melissa Barry, The Facilitator ITsolutions|Currie 209-338-3562 mbarry@itscurrie.com</p><p> 6</p><p>Announcements 9Leadership Modesto 10 Awards and Achievements 12</p><p>New Member Profiles 8People On the Move 14Work In Progress 17 Land of Opportunity 21</p><p>New Chamber Members 10Business Before and After Hours 18Ribbon Cuttings 22Chamber Calendar 26</p><p>Melissa Barry</p><p>AmBASSADor Corner</p><p>A Spirit of Cooperation Sees Stanislaus Law Enforcement Agencies Through Tough Times</p></li><li><p>4 Modesto Chamber of Commerce Progress</p><p>ChAirmAnS Corner</p><p>leADerShip</p><p>The Robert J. Cardoza Citizen of the Year award, presented to Jeff Grover at the recent Chamber annual dinner, is a reflection of the spirit and values of Bob </p><p>Cardoza himself. I was privilaged to know Bob and to observe his committment to service to his community. </p><p> Bob earned a living as a bank executive, but, more importantly, he gave of his considerable talents and abilities to help improve the lives of others. He was the chairman of more public service boards than I can list here but he was also always willing to give of his valuable personal time to counsel people on an invividual basis. Bob frequently described himself as being just a Portugee dairy farmer. implying that he had no particular talents. This was simply a reflection of his </p><p>humble nature and could not be further from the truth. Bob had a sharp mind and a quick wit and he had a knack for analyzing a situation and reducing a problem to its basic components, which could then be dealt with and solved. He was a master at coming up with a common sense solution to a seemingly complex problem. He was a mentor, he was a role model, he was a leader. He could walk with kings, but never forgot the common touch. Bob also knew, better than most, how to have a good time. He enjoyed life. His sense of humor was known and appreciated by all. He was one of the best emcees Ive seen and he had a way of coming across as being simple and unassuming, and then slipping in zingers, one after another, to the delight of the crowd. It was Bobs drive to give of himself to others, however, that best serves to preserve the memory of this fine gentleman who was taken from us </p><p>all too soon. This is why the Chambers Citizen of the Year award is most appropriately named in his honor. This years recipient, Jeff Grover, is cut from the same cloth as Bob. Jeff, in his unassuming and understated way, has given countless hours of his valuable time for the betterment of his community, both as an elected official, through </p><p>his work with the Alliance, and through the many charitable organizations with which he has been involved. Although hes way too young to be considered an elder statesman, we would all do well to listen carefully to any insights he may offer on issues relating to our county. Jeff is worthy of being mentioned in the same context as Bob Cardoza. They are both excellent examples of how business people can not only be successful in business, but how they can also make the world a better place. P</p><p>Ralph Curtis</p><p>CONGRATULATIONS</p><p>SCM-CMS, Inc. </p><p>for an on-time and under budget </p><p>completion of </p><p>4th &amp; U, BERKELEYEssex Property Trust, Inc.</p><p>General Contracting</p><p>Pre-Construction Planning</p><p>Value Engineering</p><p>6WDQGLIRUG$YHQXH6XLWHO0RGHVWR&amp;$7HOO(PDLOLQIR#VFPFPVFRP</p><p>ZZZVFPFPVFRP</p><p>WK8%HUNHOH\&amp;DOLIRUQLD</p><p>Construction Management</p><p>Design/Build</p></li><li><p> FEB 2011 5</p><p>from the Ceo</p><p>Community Development</p><p>Joy Madison, President and CEO</p><p>No conversation is more prevalent than the economy and its impact on both the private and public sector. The horror stories of downsizing and effects on service and operations are becoming legend. It certainly impacts public safety. However, the good news is we have smart and innovative leaders who have tossed aside turf to provide the public safety </p><p>services we have come to rely upon. </p><p>I wish you could have been at the interview for our cover story. It would take volumes to adequately cover all that was said. What I learned was that all of them trust each other in ways that sometimes the marketplace cant. They acted as colleagues not competitors. I could tell by the body language and open communication that our leaders of law enforcement agencies from the CHP to the County Sheriff to local Police Chiefs respect each other and their abilities to do the public work. The results are that crime rates are actually the lowest they have been in two decades. It obviously doesnt satisfy our law enforcement leaders. They are pursuing as much prevention and intervention as they can by partnering with volunteers, businesses, faith-based organizations and service clubs. </p><p>Personally, I would have been a bit rougher on us, the private sector. Law enforcement is extremely appreciative of the efforts made by business to assist in public safety measures, particularly in the areas of vandalism and theft. I would have pushed it more. Businesses need to be more vigilant. It can be as simple as making sure all the light bulbs work in dark spaces or ensuring passwords arent easily accessible to outsiders. </p><p>Over-regulation hits all of us. Sheriff Christianson lamented that the department spends more on inmates than the community because of mandates from the State of California. However, because of the limited resources, law enforcement has consolidated some services and collaborated on others. It reminds me of the business decisions that we are all making. </p><p>The collaborative method to problem solving is nothing new for public safety in Stanislaus County. Each year law enforcement agencies work together to access federal and state grants. The Chamber has been with our Sheriff and Police Chiefs on the One Voice meetings in Washington, DC. Law enforcement is able to continually bring home dollars to improve the operability communications tools for public safety. The business community stands with law enforcement as they speak to our congressional delegation and federal agencies. The plan is to take the interoperability project back to our nations capital again in 2011. Little by little, armed with matching local funds, a great need and a developed plan, the system will be funded. </p><p>When you see the photo at the top of the cover story, I dare you not to have the same thought we said during the photo session. It really is a police line up. Okay, its a groaner, but you wouldve said the same thing. </p><p>Joy Madison</p><p>As I write my column, Governor Brown has unveiled his proposed budget concepts. He acknowledged the impact on business and government. The proposal mixes spending reductions with tax extensions. The Governor is pressuring the legislature to pass a budget in March. A March budget accomplishes a couple of things. Our local governments will know what their responsibilities will be. They may not like the answers, but it gives them more certainty when they prepare budgets that go into effect July 1. Another reason for the earlier budget is to ensure Governor Browns proposed tax extensions qualify for the June 2011 ballot. So far, all we know is that, when the budget is adopted, it will sting. The Chamber hasnt weighed in on the proposed budget yet. </p><p>By action of the Board of Directors last November, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce supports the county-wide Choose Civility initiative and pledges to encourage and model civil behavior. I expect you will see that same pledge many places and you will adopt it too. The Chamber staff is exploring principals of civility as part of our staff meetings. We believe that if we: 1) Listen 2) Respect Other Peoples Time 3) Dont Shift Responsibility and Blame 4) Accept and Give Praise 5) Respect Others Opinions 6) Acknowledge Others 7) Speak Kindly 8) Apologize Sincerely 9) Refrain from Idle Complaints 10) Think the Best 11) Accept and Give Constructive Criticism 12) Dont Speak Ill </p><p>It will improve our customer service. We will continue to be assertive advocates. We will do our best never to denigrate to incivility. Strong minds with firm positions can always agree to disagree without being </p><p>disagreeable. (It does, not however always work as well with tween and teen siblings.) At the Chamber, we</p></li><li><p>6 Modesto Chamber of Commerce Progress</p><p>n a time of burgeoning negative news budget cuts, layoffs, recession its easy to lose sight of the many positive things that occur in Stanislaus County. And one of the most impressive is the determination of our many law enforcement agencies to do the best </p><p>they can with less and continue to ensure the safety of our communities.</p><p>We asked the police chiefs of Turlock, Modesto, Ceres, Newman and Oakdale, CHP Commander, and Stanislaus County Sheriff to share how their teams are constructively managing the situation.</p><p>We all face diminished resources and deep fiscal challenges, Sheriff </p><p>Christianson explains. The key to service and public safety in these challenging times is to leverage partnerships throughout the community and do the best we can. All of us charged with responsibility for the public must continue to work diligently to identify solutions to our challenges, remembering that the public is best served when we all work together. </p><p>State-imposed budget issues can not overshadow the services we provide to the businesses and residents of our communities, says Turlock Police Chief Gary Hampton. We strive to understand the values of our communities, to solicit feedback, to make sure we share their perspective and are serving them as needed and expected.</p><p>One crime victim is one too many, Modesto Police Chief Mike Harden states. Ive worked in this community for over 27 years, and despite the difficult economic situation we find ourselves in, our agencies are rising to </p><p>the occasion.</p><p>Collaborating For SolutionsThe keystone to the agencies success is partnerships, working together in productive and creative ways to support public safety, building on the axiom that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.Our County is unique in that were teammates, partners and friends, and we understand the value of sharing our resources to protect our </p><p>communities, Sheriff Christianson says. Our success in public safety is based upon team work, stronger community partnerships and greater collaboration through enforcement, prevention and education.</p><p>Criminals dont recognize geographical boundaries, and neither do we, points out Turlock Police Chief Gary Hampton. We work collaboratively, and police Stanislaus as a county, knowing we can call...</p></li></ul>