40 Under 40: Sonja Speck – Chick-fil-A

Feb 01, 2013 No Comments

Sonja Speck grew up in North Carolina, and began working at a Chick-fil-A restaurant when she was 16.  She started as a cashier, and worked for Chick-fil-A through the rest of high school and college.  Speck attended Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and earned a BSBA in accounting and a master’s in tax. [...]

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Mortgage Rates Post Largest One Week Increase in 10 Months

Feb 01, 2013 No Comments

NEW YORK, Feb. 01, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Fixed mortgage rates recorded the biggest one week increase since last March, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 3.77 percent this week, according to Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.29 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed mortgage [...]

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California Olive Oil Farmers Finding Machine Harvesting Fruitful

Feb 01, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. – The challenge facing olive growers in California is how to get table olives off the trees.  Unlike olive oil, table olives have to be harvested by hand rather than by mechanical means.  Newer orchards can have success with mechanical harvesting, but orchards existing for a longer period of time were not planted [...]

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Buffett to Visit Fresno Schools

Jan 31, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Peter Buffett, Emmy Award-winning composer, philanthropist, and New York Times best-selling author will be visiting local schools tomorrow to visit with students and faculty to promote arts education.  He will be performing a benefit concert in the Old Administration Building Auditorium at Fresno City College this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Buffett is the [...]

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Horstmann Announced as 2013 Leon S. Peters Award Winner

Jan 31, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Longtime community supporter John E. Horstmann received a surprise Wednesday afternoon at The Downtown Club in Fresno when he was announced as the recipient of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Leon S. Peters Award.   Horstmann learned of his honor in front of a group of many of his family and friends, [...]

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40 Under 40: Byron Watkins – Windsong Productions/I Bike Fresno

Jan 31, 2013 No Comments

Byron Watkins is the creative director and a partner at Windsong Productions.  In the company’s first year of inception, Watkins has led Windsong Productions to numerous awards locally, regionally and nationally.  He oversees all creative, directing, writing, conception, producing, editing and whatever needs to be completed to make a production happen.  Watkins is in the [...]

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U.S. Tablet PC Shipments is Expected to Reach 71.6 Million Units by 2018

Jan 31, 2013 No Comments

ALBANY, New York, January 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research (http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com) “the tablet PC shipment in the U.S. was 34.2 million units in 2012 and is expected to grow to 71.6 million units by 2018, at a CAGR of 13.1% from 2012 to 2018. In 2010, [...]

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40 Under 40: Jeanna Antonino – JP Marketing

Jan 30, 2013 No Comments

Upon enrolling at California State University, Fresno, Jeanna Antonino knew she wanted to major in business, but was unsure of what option she should choose.  After deciding on accounting and then human resources, she found a good fit in marketing, because of the creativity involved. While still at Fresno State in 1999, Antonino she took [...]

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Research in Motion Becomes BlackBerry

Jan 30, 2013 No Comments

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Research in Motion, the company that makes the popular BlackBerry smartphones, will now be known as simply BlackBerry. The announcement has been made shortly before the release of a new line of smartphone, the BlackBerry Z10, a touchscreen version, and the BlackBerry Q10, a model with a traditional keyboard. BlackBerry’s new [...]

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De Young Properties Announces New CountrySide Community

Jan 30, 2013 No Comments

CLOVIS – De Young Properties’ new community, CountrySide, will open for pre-sale in February of 2013. Responding to homebuyer demand for a stylish and affordable home with extra-large homesites, Countryview is located in the heart of Clovis, near Ashlan and Armstrong. This community includes spacious lots up to 20,700 square feet and no Homeowners Association [...]

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U.S. Industrial Manufacturers Express Increased Optimism Regarding the Domestic Economy

Jan 30, 2013 No Comments

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Sentiment regarding the prospects for the U.S. economy in the year ahead increased among U.S. industrial manufacturers, while uncertainty around outlook for the world economy prevailed, according to the Q4 2012 Manufacturing Barometer released today by PwC US.  According to PwC’s survey, 48 percent of respondents expressed optimism about [...]

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40 Under 40: Adam Avila – The Alvarado Group/Highlands Energy Services

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

Adam Avila is the CEO of The Alvarado Group.  It is a coalition of companies that includes civil engineering and construction company Vanguard Construction Services, general contracting company Highlands Diversified, and Highlands Energy Services, which focuses on energy conservation. Vanguard’s major projects include the Fresno veterans home and the dam endeavor at Shaver Lake.  Highlands [...]

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Valley Cheese Maker Earns Governor’s Award

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Joseph Gallo Farms, maker of Joseph Farms Cheese, has been awarded the 2012 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for its sustainable farming and cheese making. Joseph Gallo Farms, located in Atwater, received the award in the Sustainable Practices or Facilities category in a ceremony in Sacramento. The award, known as the GEELA, [...]

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Billboard Reimagines Brand with Relaunch

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Billboard announced today it has relaunched its iconic magazine and digital properties with bold new designs, exclusive content, dynamic charts and multi-screen synchronization to solidify its spot as the most important destination in music media. With unparalleled authority and access to music’s biggest names, Billboard will continue to lead and [...]

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Business Leaders to Participate in Innovation Town Hall

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The California Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development is presenting a special Innovation Town Hall Tuesday afternoon at the UC Merced office, located at 550 E. Shaw Ave. in Fresno. Go-Biz Director Kish Rajan and Deputy Director of Innovation Louis Stewart will both take part in the discussion on innovation, and provide [...]

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40 Under 40: Hank Charles – Fresno State Alumni Association

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

Hank Charles, wanting to be at a school with football pride, relocated from the Bay Area to Fresno to enroll at California State University, Fresno.  He was a mass communications and journalism major, with a public relations option and a minor in business.  After graduating in 2009 and living back in the Bay Area for [...]

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Hollywood Lends Faces to Local Autism Campaign at Jan. 26 Gala

Jan 25, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The number of children in California diagnosed with Autism jumped 243 percent between 1987 and 1998 (Centers for Disease Control, 2006). As it impacts more families in the Central Valley, a parent group of Fresno State’s Central California Autism Center (CCAC) launched the “Look Past the Mask” campaign to raise awareness of the often-misunderstood [...]

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40 Under 40: Seth DePiano – Sober Guys Inc.

Jan 25, 2013 No Comments

Seth DePiano graduated from Clovis High School in 2000, and later attended Fresno City College and the University of Phoenix, where he earned a degree in communications.  Upon finishing school in 2006 he got started in the real estate business, and now is the owner of The Realtor Group and the property management company DePiano [...]

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40 Under 40: Clayton Clark – KMPH FOX 26

Jan 24, 2013 No Comments

Clayton Clark has been playing tennis since the time he could pick up a racket, and was featured in a local newspaper playing the sport at age 3. He was born in Belleville, Illinois and was raised in Saint Louis, Missouri.  He is a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, but played tennis through his junior [...]

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Vicente Fernandez Concert Rescheduled

Jan 24, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Vicente Fernandez, beloved singer known throughout the world as “El Rey de la Cancio” or “The King of Ranchera Music” has rescheduled his previously canceled worldwide tour.  Accompanied by his son, Vicente Fernandez Jr., the legendary singer will bid farewell to his loyal fans in the Central Valley on Friday, April 12 at [...]

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