published on December 14, 2018 - 7:24 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
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On Nov. 30, leaders from Amazon’s new Fresno fulfillment center delivered a surprise $10,000 donation to support student programs run by the Central California Food Bank to help to feed thousands of Fresno-area kids. This donation is part of Amazon’s Rise & Smile Month, where employees across the globe are encouraged to participate in events and volunteer opportunities geared toward raising awareness about childhood hunger and taking action to help kids succeed in class, reach their full potential and become the next generation of innovators.


Clovis residents Chuck and Connie Quinn were inducted into the Pacific University (in Oregon) President’s Circle on Nov. 29, during the university’s annual Celebration of Giving. The President’s Circle recognizes individuals and organizations that have cumulatively donated $100,000 or more to the university. The Quinns’ lead gift allowed Pacific’s NCAA Division III baseball program to resurface the infield of its baseball facility with a synthetic turf that withstands the elements and improves player safety. Chuck Quinn is the owner and president of Allbright Cotton and US Plant Genetics, both based in Fresno. The Quinn’s son Trevor pitches and plays infield for the Boxers and is junior majoring in business administration.


RE/MAX Gold has announced that REALTOR Corliss Davisis the latest addition of the growing real estate franchise. Davis brings to the office more than six years of local real estate and specializes in first-time buyers and move-up sales. She is a member of Fresno Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors.


Captain William M. Gotten is being relieved by Captain James S. Bates as the commander, Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet at Naval Air Station Lemoore.


The American Red Cross Central Valley’s Executive Director Barry Falke has been promoted to chief operating officer of the Pacific Division of the Red Cross. Falke will oversee the operations for Red Cross regions throughout the Pacific Coast of the United States, including California, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and Saipan. Falke recently earned his Master of Business Administration from the Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick and is also an alumnus of Fresno State and Fresno Pacific University. In his new role, Falke will continue to be based out of the chapter headquarters in Fresno. In the coming weeks, an interim executive director will be named and a search for his replacement will begin.


Zack Stuller of Exeter received the Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award, which recognizes accomplishments in production agriculture and leadership activity. It is awarded by the California Farm Bureau Federation. A first-generation farmer, Stuller became interested in agriculture while growing up in Northern California, eventually earning agricultural degrees from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. After working for several years as a farm manager in the San Joaquin Valley, he started his own operation last year, farming and managing citrus fruit, kiwifruit and walnuts. His company also helps develop farmland for permanent crops. Stuller serves as treasurer of the Tulare County Farm Bureau and has taken a particular interest in water policy, serving on the county water commission and on the stakeholder committees for two local groundwater-sustainability agencies.


The Tulare County Board of Supervisors has appointed Timothy Lutz as the director of Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) effective Jan. 7, 2019. As the Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) Director, Lutz will oversee HHSA’s workforce of approximately 2,000 employees and its four branches of daily operations: Human Services, Public Health, Mental Health, and Fiscal Operations. Lutz has worked in the public sector for over 12 years bringing a wealth of knowledge in varied areas of government programs and services including: fiscal operations, human resources, social services, aging and veteran services, environmental health, animal services and administration. Lutz comes to Tulare County after previously serving as the county administrative officer for Calaveras County in San Andreas, California.


Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) was sworn into office for his third term representing California’s 26th Assembly District recently. Mathis was also named to his first post in Republican leadership when Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron (Escondido) appointed him to the position of Republican Whip. In his new post as Republican Whip, Mathis is responsible for mobilizing votes on important legislation, acting as a liaison between Members and leadership and coordinating strategy within the Republican Caucus.


K. Sutherland PR is a full-service, boutique firm that offers a comprehensive and personal approach to modern public relations. Kerry Sutherland, founder and CEO, announced today that the award-winning public relations agency based in Reno, Nev. has expanded into the Central Valley with a new office location in Madera. The new Madera office, which will be led by agency Partner Stephanie Fasi Steelman, will represent a diverse mix of local lifestyle, travel, healthcare, wine and spirits and corporate brands. Steelman, who has been with K. Sutherland PR since 2012, has managed PR campaigns in a variety of industries, and her expertise lies in traditional media relations, social media and brand consultation.

The Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Central California South officially announced the new CEO and leader of Girl Scouts across the Central Valley, Dr. Russel Statham. His appointment is effective immediately and follows the leadership of the retiring CEO Dr. Cathy Ferguson. Formerly serving as Girl Scouts of Central California South’s chief financial and human resource officer since the beginning of 2018, he carries a strong financial operations and human resource background with over 15 years of experience in leadership positions for both public and private sectors.


The Madera County Workforce Investment Corporation is pleased to announce that they have selected Tracie Scott-Contreras as the new executive director. Contreras will be responsible for the management of the organization and act as the primary liaison to the Workforce Development Board of Madera County. Contreras is a longtime resident of Madera and has been employed in the local Workforce Development system for 33 years.During this time she has held the positions of operations analyst, manager, and deputy director and has, at various times, managed all program and board functions within the organization.


Buttonwillow Warehouse Company is proud to announce the recent hire of Peter Niboli as vice president of business development. Peter’s new role with BWC will focus on enhancing our customer facing approach to the marketplace and support for a solutions-driven organization. He will help develop and facilitate the company sales, operations and marketing plans, including implementing new ideas, innovations, technology and services for the company. Additionally, he will provide direction, insight, and strategy in the development of the 5-year strategic planning process that will drive and guide BWC as a recognized sustainable, profitable and customer facing organization.


On Dec. 3rd, Family HealthCare Network (FHCN) donated holiday food baskets, blankets, and gifts to 135 needy families from the communities of Cutler-Orosi, Hanford, Porterville, Ivanhoe, Farmersville, Terra Bella, Tulare, Traver, Visalia, Goshen, Woodlake, and Fresno. Staff and volunteers were busy preparing the baskets to be given away as part of the organization’s Anita Fund, a tradition of FHCN for over 25 years. Through the Anita Fund, FHCN employees donate on a monthly basis from their personal paychecks to provide annual holiday gifts and food baskets to support patients in need.


The Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District is pleased to announce the hiring of Berta Mims as assistant general manager-administration. Mims comes to the district from the County of Fresno, and brings 10 years’ experience in human resources, risk management and safety, employment classification and compensation, and recruitment. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno in 2001, and earned a Master’s degree in public administration in 2010.

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