published on July 12, 2019 - 8:22 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff


Bank of America has announced the expansion of its Student Leader program to include two high school seniors from the Fresno/Visalia area.  Student Leaders (#BofAStudentLeaders) offers young people an opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills through a paid summer internship at a local nonprofit and increase their financial management skills, from building a budget to creating a savings plan.  

The two local student leaders are: Ariana Ruiz, a Sanger resident and an incoming senior at University High School; and Taylor Cordoba, a Fresno resident and an incoming senior at Clovis North High School.

The two Student Leaders will work at Boys and Girls Club of Fresno County this summer as they learn the ins-and-outs of running a large non-profit.

Bank of America has announced $200,000 in grants to 17 Fresno-Visalia area nonprofits that will advance economic mobility for individuals and families. The grants fund resources for workforce development and education that help people chart a path to better economic futures, as well as or basic needs that are fundamental to building lifelong stability.  

 To accommodate growth, provide stability and continue leadership, Rabo AgriFinance has named Jill Jelacich as general manager of the company’s new, fourth territory. The new territory focuses only on California’s food, agriculture, renewable energy and wine sectors. Jelacich was formerly the director of food and agribusiness at Rabobank, N.A. Jelacich’s transition to her new role accompanied the transfer of approximately 170 employees who supported the food, agriculture and renewable energy loan portfolio at Rabobank, N.A. to Rabo AgriFinance as of July 1. Jelacich began her career at Rabobank in 2003 as an agricultural credit analyst. 


Former Senior Deputy District Attorney and recently elected Fresno County Superior Court Judge Robert G. Mangano had his public swearing-in ceremony June 14 at the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in Clovis.


Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group is proud to announce that another engineering professional has reached a career milestone by passing the Professional Engineers Exam. Darin Manning, from the firm’s Clovis office, has passed his exam to become a registered civil engineer in the state of California. Manning is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a bachelor’s in civil engineering with an emphasis in geotechnical and transportation engineering. He joined the firm in 2013 and has a wide knowledge base that includes soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, land surveying, transportation and pavement design, construction engineering, and environmental engineering. 


Congratulations to Andrey Dimitrashuk for being the Community Housing Council of Fresno mortgage loan originator of the month for Advisory Home Loans.  

Congratulations to Sheryl Ramos with CHC Realty for being top realtor of the month.


Judges for the 2019 Gold Nugget Awards have named De Young Properties as a Grand Winner in its annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence, and draws nationwide and international entries. De Young Properties earned its Grand honors for De Young EnVision in the Best Innovative Energy Design category. Now in its 56th year, Gold Nugget Awards is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. 


This Spring, the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) recognized Dr. Peter Simonian as part of the first class of Distinguished Arthroscopy Leaders. The elite group is comprised of 21 accomplished Orthopaedic Surgeons identified as leaders in arthroscopy through their education, research and achievements in the advancement of arthroscopy and dedication to improving patient outcomes.  Dr. Simonian comes from an extensive background in the healthcare industry having studied, trained and practiced at some of the most well known orthopaedic institutions across the nation. 


The national School Planning & Management magazine recently highlighted Hillside Elementary School in the Chawanakee Unified School District in Madera as a “Project of Distinction” for its design, which was completed by Fresno firm Integrated Designs by SOMAM, Inc. This is a national magazine with school projects selected from Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Wisconsin. 

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