published on February 22, 2019 - 9:06 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
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B-K Lighting+TEKA Illumination, specification-grade architectural and landscape lighting manufacturers, announced the promotion of Ian Altares to custom product designer. This new position within the Lighting Department – responsible for R&D and new product development – supports B-K Lighting +TEKA Illumination’s customs initiative, helping promote quicker turnaround and customs solutions that are both imaginative and applicable. Concurrently, the companies significantly increased the size and strength of the Lighting Department by hiring additional Mechanical Engineers, creating several new positions, and investing in new technologies.


Fresno Piano Gallery has been named the northwest region Keyboard division “Dealer of the Year” by Yamaha Corporation of America, the world’s largest musical instrument manufacturer. The Fresno-based dealer, led by President Jim Fishback, was recognized for its sales and marketing success with Yamaha pianos and keyboards in a small market. “With growing sales and outstanding customer support, Fresno Piano Gallery continues to raise the bar for how a great business should be managed,” said Travis Mitchell, national sales director, Keyboard division of Yamaha Corporation of America. “Their values, including music education, community outreach and philanthropic ideals completely mirror those of Yamaha.”


Liz Ray has been selected as the new executive director of Art of Life Cancer Foundation in Fresno. Janelle Higton, founding executive director, will take on the new role of program director after 13 years with the organization. Liz Ray comes to Art of Life form United Cerebral Palsy, where she served as director of marketing and development.


Pearson Realty has awarded the following agents for 2018: Robb Stewart of the Visalia office, Phil Souza and Sullivan Grosz of the Fresno office were each awarded with “The Gus Bonner Peer Award 2018”. The Gus Bonner Peer Award winners are awarded by fellow sales agents in recognition of their personal integrity, strong work ethic, and willingness to share and cooperate with fellow associates.

Pearson Realty announced the addition of Robert Nielsen as a Sales Associate in their Fresno office, where he will specialize in farm and ranch sales throughout the Central Valley. A lifelong Fresno County resident, Robert was a third generation farmer in Caruthers until retiring in 2011. He is now a licensed real estate broker with seven years of experience assisting clients with selling and purchasing agricultural properties. As a property owner and longtime farmer, he has an intimate understanding of the needs of his clients. Robert possesses a strong work ethic learned as a child on the family farm and puts that to use to make sure that his clients are satisfied and successful in any real estate endeavor that they entrust to him.

Realty Concepts has announced the following hires:

Jeanine Reeder has been in the real estate Industry for approximately 35 years. Jeanine enjoys working with both buyers and sellers and treats her clients with the upmost respect. It is Jeanine’s goal to ensure that clients have the best experience from beginning to end in their transaction.

Mickey Seward was born and raised in Fresno and holds the ideals of family dear to her heart. She is a client-oriented real estate agent who has a strong background in customer service and has a passion for creating lifelong relationships with her clients.

Becky Mendoza is ready to roll up her sleeves to help you purchase a first home, vacation home, investment property or obtain relocation assistance. She is a 24-year Veteran of the United States Air Force with 15 years of experience as military recruiter. Becky is looking forward to upholding the Air Force core value, “service before self”, by providing honest and hard-working real estate services to the community.

As a born and raised Fresno native, Joseph Viveros is confident his familiarity and deep roots will lend to a comprehensive and useful service to his clients. He has been working in the field of home inspections and developed an intimate knowledge of floor to ceiling housing materials and finishes.

As a military wife who has frequently moved, Sabrina Behrens knows firsthand how challenging buying or selling a home can be. Sabrina lives in Clovis with her hard-working husband, three awesome kids and two huskies.


The Central California Asthma Collaborative (CCAC) announced a $10,000 check from Aetna Better Health of California to support the Asthma Impact Model (AIM) Program. AIM is a free home visitor program that serves primarily low-income and minority families whose children have the highest frequency of asthma-related Emergency Department visits and hospitalizations. CCAC’s program results in fewer asthma emergencies and helps adults and kids avoid missing work and school because of asthma-related illness. The generous donation will allow CCAC to continue providing incentives to participants of the AIM Program. These incentives include tools to help reduce asthma triggers in the home environment, such as hypoallergenic pillow covers, non-toxic green cleaners, roach baits, humidity readers, HEPA filter vacuums and more.


The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) honored an organization with local ties for its achievements in managing pest problems while proactively reducing the risk from pesticide use. The Integrated Pest Management Achievement Awards were presented by Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency on Feb. 12 in Sacramento. The Soil Fumigant Alternatives / BioSolarization Team of scientists researches techniques that can be used in place of agricultural soil fumigants in order to reduce human health and environmental risks. The founding members are from the UC Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier, and UC Cooperative Extension.


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