Monday, December 22, 2014
of Commerce and Agriculture

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* creating a strong local economy

* promoting the community

* providing networking opportunities

* representing business to government

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Nov6 11/6/2014 9:35:00 AM by pvcManager

The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is pleased to announce the Annual Awards Honorees







Please plan on joining us on January 24, 2015 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds JJ Crosetti Hall to honor these outstanding recipients.  Reservations can be made by calling the Chamber office at 724-3900, or email  Tickets are $75 each. 

Dec2 12/2/2014 4:07:00 PM by pvcManager


The Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau has been informed that it will receive the “County of the Year” award at the California Farm Bureau 96th Annual Meeting in Anaheim this December.  It will also receive five County Activities of Excellence Awards in the categories of Membership, Policy Implementation, Leadership, Ag Education and Public Relations. The county also is a finalist in the “Innovator Award Contest.”
A local delegation of seven will be attending the California Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California, December 6-10. The official delegates representing the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau are David Van Lennep, President and Thomas Broz, 1st Vice-President. The Alternate Delegates will be past Farm Bureau Presidents Cynthia Mathiesen and Nita Gizdich.
Also attending from Santa Cruz County are: Jane Nelsen and Jess & Laura Brown.
“We are very honored to receive the ‘County of the Year’ award,” said David Van Lennep, Farm Bureau President. He further stated, “The Annual Meeting is a great opportunity for Farm Bureau members throughout the state to discuss mutual issues that affect farming. It is also an opportunity to meet, make new friends while preparing our organization for the legislative issues that lie ahead in 2015.” There are 53 County Farm Bureaus in California.
Oct22 10/22/2014 1:11:00 PM by pvcManager


Ten years ago in 2004, Monterey Mushrooms renamed its scholastic achievement program the Carl Victor Fields Scholarship Awards in honor of the late Carl Fields, recognizing his passionate dedication and commitment to helping our youth. Since that time the program has continued its work awarding scholarships to the dependent children of Monterey employees so that this school year of 2014-2015, Monterey will be awarding $204,000 to 136 dependent students of Monterey employees. This brings the total scholarship monies awarded since the program's inception in 1992, to over $2,230,000.
Shah Kazemi, Monterey's president reflects, "As we look back on the beginning of this program to the present, we are gratified to see the many tangible rewards and benefits achieved through helping the children of our employees attain their scholastic goals. I know Carl would be pleased with the program's success." 
And successes are many. All of Monterey's facilities report multiple instances of dependent students entering and completing two and four-year programs in fields such as science, business, physics, engineering and targeted technical training. Of note, our Loudon, TN facility advises that four students including Juan Cahue are currently pursuing degrees in the medical field; Joe Cuevas and Juan Medina graduated and are now employed as mechanic and air-conditioning specialist respectively. Clarke Tajte from Monterey's Orlando, FL facility has graduated with plans to pursue a higher degree in her field of pharmacology. These same kinds of stories are repeated throughout all of Monterey's ten facilities.
Scholarship applications were received from Monterey's multi-site facilities located throughout North America and awards are based on academic achievement, financial need, and future potential. The awards are made for one year at a time - for a total of four years if the student continues to meet the criteria of the program. Monterey is proud of all recipients, past and present, and wishes them well as they continue striving to reach their goals.

Oct1 10/1/2014 10:11:00 AM by pvcManager

In recognition of his 20 years of service, John F. Mullen, CLTC, CA Ins. Lic. #0B38439, has been named a Senior NYLIC of New York Life.


Mr. Mullen joined New York Life on 9/1/94. He began his career and continues to work out of the Silicon Valley General Office of New York Life.


Mr. Mullen has earned the professional designation of CLTC (Certified in Long Term Care).

He was a Court of the Table member of MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table) in 2007.

MDRT is recognized throughout the industry as the standard of excellence in life insurance sales performance.

He is a member of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) and a member of the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce. John resides in Watsonville, CA.


Oct1 10/1/2014 10:05:00 AM by pvcManager

Part-time summer job leads to 40-year career By Yahaira Garcia-Perea, Wells Fargo Corporate Communications For Diana Vargas, what was supposed to be a part-time summer job before starting college, turned out to be a 40-year career on the Wells Fargo stagecoach. The Pajaro Valley store manager began her career with Wells Fargo in the safe deposit area in 1974, and quickly moved up the ranks serving as teller, in operations, as a customer sales and service representative, and eventually a personal banker, business specialists, sales manager and finally, a store manager. “I was getting ready to leave to college but was persuaded to stay just a little bit longer. That ‘little bit longer’ ended up being 40 years,” chuckled Vargas. “I wanted to be in a field that allowed me to help people and I always assumed that I would be working in the medical field, until I realized that I wasn’t very good at chemistry. I had to change my plans quickly,” she joked. At Vargas’ core is her passion for helping people; it is that foundation that has led to her success. “Helping people as they apply for their first college loan or home loan and being there for them every step of the way is truly an honor,” said Vargas. “You’re helping people build their dreams and achieve their aspirations. How can you not be excited to be part of that process? It’s a very fulfilling role and a very fulfilling career.” Vargas says she owes her professional success to those coaches and mentors who took her under their wings and believes it is her duty to pay it forward by serving as a coach to her team members. Under her guidance, dozens of Wells Fargo team members have grown, evolved, and taken new roles within the company. “We owe many successes in the Valley Coastal market to Diana’s commitment to not only our clients, our community, and our company, but her fellow team members,” said Joe Mathai, Valley Coastal President for Wells Fargo. “She’s a natural born leader with many talents, including gauging the potential of our team members and coaching them toward professional growth and success. And it is that attention to detail and mentorship that enables us to better serve our customers and help them succeed financially.” When she’s not playing her most important role as mother to her two sons — one who is a Wells Fargo Business Specialist — you’ll find Diana actively participating with downtown Watsonville’s revitalization committee and Pajaro Valley’s Chamber of Commerce.

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* Promote the community and develop tourism

* Provide networking opportunities

* Represent business to government

* Lead an economic development effort

* Assist member businesses in marketing. 

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Welcome to New Members
November 2014
11/24 Steve Campbell from AMBAG Energy Watch
11/13 Catalina Ferreto from MyYP
11/10 Dora Lee Raras from Guadalupe Pregnancy Outreach
11/05 John Prentice from Ocean Speedway
October 2014
10/28 Tia Meyer from The Night Kitchen
10/21 Chuck Muhlenhaupt from MassMutual Silicon Valley
10/21 Patrice Keet from Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
10/16 Miguel Cortes from Applebee's Watsonville
10/16 Marina Camahlinghi from Barbara & Company Catering
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December 2014


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