Don Williamson 2017-11-07 06:27:55
KEN KAMMEYER Ken has accomplished a great deal since first arriving in Corona, seventy years ago. In 1965 he opened Kammeyer & Associates (K&A), a firm of landscape architects that provides quality and unique landscape services. Ken earned a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has also earned an M.A. from UCLA. One of K&A’s first projects was developing a “master plan” for a project known as Vail Ranch, that became the city of Rancho California. When then President Richard Nixon, needed a landscape architect for his Western White House, Casa Pacifica, in San Clemente, he commissioned Ken. Ken is a past president of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board. Then Governor Ronald Reagan appointed Ken to the California State Board of Landscape Architects where he served for eight years. While a student at Corona High, he met his wife, the former Carol Emerson. They raised five children, Cindy, Ron, Teri Lyn, Julie and Darrel. Like their parents, all graduated from Corona High. Today, Ron is a key member of K&A. Locally, the Ingalls Equestrian Event Center in Norco was designed by K&A as well as the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza. In Corona, Ken designed the fountain at the Historic Civic Center, the Dos Lagos lakes and walkway, Jameson Park, Lincoln Park and the trees on Sixth, to name just a few projects. Learn more about Ken and his company at www.kammeyer.com. JOYCE PAVEZ In January 1972, Joyce Pavez and her late husband, Jorge, opened Pavez Insurance Agency in Corona. Together they built an organization that forty-five years later, continues to prosper. The Pavezs also raised their three children in Corona, Chris, Kana and Joy. Despite the demands of a busy insurance agency, Joyce has always been able to find the time to be very active in Soroptomist International of Corona, an organization dedicated to helping women. She is a past president and current member of the organization’s board of directors. The Soroptomists have helped Joyce in her personal mission to educate young women in how to best be prepared for their lives. Joyce has contributed to many endeavors to achieve that end. For example, she worked to establish the infant development center at Corona High School where students with infants can have their children on campus, allowing them to continue their education. Joyce was instrumental in developing Dreams & Decisions, a program which helps to empower middle school aged girls. She participates in Inspire Life Skill Training that assists young women aging out of foster care. In addition, Joyce worked to bring services for domestic violence victims to Corona. With son Chris now handling the day to day operations of Pavez Insurance Agency, Joyce spends time traveling. She enjoys visiting her ranch in Jorge’s native Chile. The ranch produces grapes that are picked by a local vintner and who in exchange returns bottles of wine. Joyce Pavez has made life better for numerous women and the Corona Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. GERALDO “JERRY” PUGA Jerry was born in Arlington in 1935. His family lived in Alberhill, where his father worked in clay products manufacturing. The Puga’s moved to Corona when Jerry was ten. When he was finished with school, he followed his father into clay manufacturing. An uncle advised him that he could do better. Following the suggestion, Jerry began his career in floor coverings at Larry Graebner’s Furniture in Corona. Except for a tour of duty in the Army, Jerry was in the carpet/floor covering business for over fifty years. Corona was without the convenience of a carpet store until 1960 when Jerry and his partner, the late Frank Addleman opened the doors to Jerry & Frank’s Carpets. The pair had worked as flooring installers for Graebners, where floor products were a sideline. When they closed, it was the start of Jerry having his own store for nearly fifty years. While conducting business at a local bank, fortuitously, Jerry met Andrea Martinez, whom he married in 1970. They became business partners with Andrea instituting home decorating. The business changed its name to Jerry’s Carpets & Interiors and opened on the Corona Mall. Andrea was elected to the Corona City Council in 1992 and served two terms. Jerry has been an active member of the Corona Rotary and has participated in numerous local charitable causes. After serving customers in six decades, Jerry retired in 2008. Jerry continues to live by his lifetime credo, “Never disrespect people and treat everyone the same.” Good advice for everyone.
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