published on January 27, 2017 - 9:23 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff


Matt Williams joins Central Valley Retail and Security Solutions as a product specialist-installer


In 1999, Robin L. Whitney, PhD, RN, participated in the UCSF Fresno Summer Biomedical Research Internship Program. As an Edison High School student, she worked under UCSF faculty member Paul Mills, PhD, to investigate the incidence of cancer in children exposed to pesticides. Seventeen years later, Dr. Whitney, who is a cancer survivor herself, was named director of research for the Hillblom Center on Aging at UCSF Fresno. She is overseeing research related to the care of older adults in the San Joaquin Valley with the goal of improving access for local patients to cutting-edge clinical studies. She also will evaluate outcomes of new, collaborative models of care for older patients in the region.


J.D. Heiskell Holdings LLC has named Rick Bowen its chief operating officer and promoted him to executive vice president. In his new position, Bowen will have oversight of the Elkhorn Trading Group and general managers of four of Heiskell’s regional operating groups in California, the Pacific Northwest, the Southwestern US, and the Colorado Front Range. He will report directly to JDHHLLC President and CEO Ryan G. Pellett.

Jim Oliphant of Realty Concepts has recently earned the California Association of REALTORS Graduate, REALTOR Institute, a nationally recognized GRI real estate designation. To earn the GRI designation, you must complete an intensive 14 course series of live lecture courses designed to improve marketing and negotiating skills, learn the latest in technology, provide an understanding of the new disclosures and legal aspects of real estate, and become familiar with the latest trends in financing; all designed to assist the graduate of this program to provide the best services to the consumer.


Fresno based law firm Baker Manock & Jensen, PC is pleased to announce that Lauren D. Layne and Courtney R. McKeever have been selected as shareholders with the firm. Layne specializes in agribusiness, water, environmental, and public agency law and chairs the firm’s Reclamation and Water Law and Public Agency practice groups. McKeever specializes in corporate and general business law, agribusiness, and real estate law. Additionally, Ms. McKeever assists business clients with on-going issues, including sales and acquisitions of assets, leases, and employment agreements.

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