published on June 12, 2023 - 1:14 PM
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The finalist honorees have been announced for The Business Journal’s third-annual Family Owned Business Awards (FOBA) program.

These ten businesses were whittled down from dozens of nominations. Finalists were selected by a panel of judges including Miranda Johnson with Granite Chemical, Blair Looney with the BBB Serving Central California & Inland Empire, Genelle Taylor Kumpe with the San Joaquin Valley Manufacturing Alliance, Ken Ramos with Central Valley Community Bank, Business Journal Publisher Gordie Webster and Editor Gabriel Dillard.

The final awards will be given during an honorees’ reception on July 25 at Pardini’s. Three top honors will be awarded in the categories of small, medium and large businesses. An additional “Legacy” award will be given to a business with a minimum of three generations of family leadership.

Last year’s FOBA winners included Ficklin Vineyards in the Small Business category, Fresno Acura in the Medium Business category, Wawona Frozen Foods in the Large Business category and Wonder Valley Ranch Resort for the Legacy Award.

The 10 honorees for 2023 are well-known members of the family business community in Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties that distinguish themselves with their stories, success, continuation planning and philanthropy.

Please see the June 9 edition of The Business Journal for brief profiles on all the winners.

And the 2023 honorees are:

Bakman Water Company (Bakman family)

Orloff Jewelers (Orloff family)

From left, Maxwell and James Orloff are a father-and-son team at Orloff Jewelers in Fresno. Facebook photo


Schuil Ag Real Estate (Schuil family)

The Schuil family
The Schuil family


A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems (Gilio family)

a-1 alternative fuel systems
The team at A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems. Photo contributed


Baloian Farms (Baloian family)

Baloian family
The Baloian family


Bar 20 Dairy & Larry Shehadey Farms (Shehadey Family)

bar 20
The late John Shehadey (center) surrounded by family and Bar 20 Dairy team members


Betts Spring Company (Betts family)

The Betts Spring Company
The Betts Spring Company


Bonadelle Homes (Bonadelle family)

The Bonadelle family
The Bonadelle family


E.M. Tharp Inc. (Tharp family)

The Tharp family
The Tharp family


Selma Auto Mall (Nelson family)

The Nelson family
The Nelson family

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