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Modesto Chamber of Commerce Progress Magazine


  • February 2011

    Vol. 32 Issue 2

    Modesto Chamber of Commerce

    Ribbon CuttingsWork In ProgressNew Members

    Cover Photo by Studio Warner


    A Spirit of Cooperation Sees Stanislaus Law Enforcement Agencies Through Tough Times


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    Cover Story

    Community Development

    eConomiC Development

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    PROGRESS MAGAZINE1114 J Street Modesto, CA 95354(209) 577-5757 (209) 571-6480 Fax (209)

    BoArD of DireCtorSChairmanRalph Curtis, Curtis Legal GroupChairman ElectDavid Gianelli, Gianelli & AssociatesImmediate Past ChairmanKathy Halsey, Individual MemberVice Chairman FinanceDennis Wann, Tim Colbert & Associates, Inc.Vice Chairman of External AffairsCecil Russell, Individual MemberVice Chairman of Internal AffairsEric Benson, JS West & 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

    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 Meagan Lopez, Administrative 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, 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

    come, first served, space available basis).

    PublisherModesto Chamber of Commerce(209) 577-5757

    Graphic DesignNever Boring Design Associates(209) 526-9136

    PrinterParks Printing(209) 576-2568

    DistributionParks Printing(209) 576-2568Advertising SalesKristin BowkerNever Boring Design Associates(209) 526-9136

    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.

    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

    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.

    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


    Announcements 9Leadership Modesto 10 Awards and Achievements 12

    New Member Profiles 8People On the Move 14Work In Progress 17 Land of Opportunity 21

    New Chamber Members 10Business Before and After Hours 18Ribbon Cuttings 22Chamber Calendar 26

    Melissa Barry

    AmBASSADor Corner

    A Spirit of Cooperation Sees Stanislaus Law Enforcement Agencies Through Tough Times

  • 4 Modesto Chamber of Commerce Progress

    ChAirmAnS Corner


    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

    Cardoza himself. I was privilaged to know Bob and to observe his committment to service to his community.

    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

    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

    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

    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

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  • FEB 2011 5

    from the Ceo

    Community Development

    Joy Madison, President and CEO

    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

    services we have come to rely upon.

    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.

    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