Our business partners, West- Coast Magazine featured some remarkable individuals in their recent issue marking their 26th Anniversary. Congratulations to all those who were included, and to Liz Cahn-Castruita (owner and publisher of WCM) for many more successful years. Below, we have highlighted Corona Chamber members that have inspiring messages in the October issue of WCM. We encourage you to click on www.wcmagazines.com to enjoy all 26 inspirational stories. YVETTE AVILA 951.565.7951 alturacu.com Yvette Avila is a Business Development Officer at Altura Credit Union and a proud board member of the Corona-Norco Student Educational Foundation. In her current role at Altura Credit Union, she creates and maintains business partnerships with select credit union employee groups and community partners. She’s proud to represent Altura in the community, and it’s not unusual to see her at community events. Altura has sponsored “Story Time with Santa” at the annual Festival of Trees event, where Yvette is happy to volunteer her time, providing hundreds of children with the opportunity to ring in the Christmas season. She has also served as interview skills workshop facilitator for the CNUSD Career Day and CTE Expo. Giving back to the community is a strong passion of Yvette’s, and providing the community with useful and practical financial information brings her joy. Yvette earned her B.A in arts at Cal Poly, Pomona, majoring in gender, ethnicity and multicultural studies with an emphasis in women’s studies and a minor in public relations. She furthered her education by earning a master’s in business administration from Brandman University. Her proudest accomplishments are her academic achievements, and she states, “I am the first in my immediate family to graduate from a university, and the first on both sides of my family to graduate with a master’s degree.” Yvette is honored to be interacting with the community through Altura Credit Union. She says, “As a part of our community outreach, we offer financial literacy courses. I believe knowledge is power, and the more people know, the better decisions they can make, especially when it comes to finances.” Yvette is an incredible leader who is strong and perseverant. She says she owes it all to her mother, who executes life with grace and grit, and she shares, “I hope one day to be half the woman she is.” Like her mother, Yvette tends to see the best in people. She tries to always keep a positive outlook and the will to move forward. Her favorite quote is, “Keep going and remember where you started,” and she follows this way of life and shares it with others. Yvette believes in the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” and believes we can all make the world a better place if we just offer a helping hand. Yvette is an influential woman with a powerful message to share. BUZZ BROWN 951.272.3670 clspregnancy.com Corona Life Services’ Executive Director, Buzz Brown, is a man with a heart for saving lives. He spent much of his career in sales management, as well as 11 years as an Executive Pastor, which has uniquely qualified him to serve in a ministry like Corona Life Services. At Corona Life, saving a life is their mission. They passionately believe in the value and sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Buzz Brown is an advocate in giving life affirming choices by delivering hope partnered with compassion. Buzz has been the Executive Director for almost 2 years now and has made a positive impact on the lives of the clients who visit Corona Life. His specialty is volunteer recruitment and management and he is proud to share that in just the past year, the volunteer team at Corona Life Services has doubled in size and provides hundreds of hours to the clinic every year. Buzz is honored to be a part of a team of individuals who were recently awarded Non-Profit of the Year by the Corona Chamber of Commerce. His inspiration comes from Barnabas in the Bible who was known for his positive and encouraging outlook. The teachings of Paul the Apostle on spiritual gifting has helped Buzz to understand how everyone is different yet uniquely made for a purpose. He believes that recognizing this concept and pulling from each person on your team will help organizations to soar. Buzz genuinely loves people and feels firmly that if you don’t laugh and enjoy life, you will cease to be the blessing you were created to be. People like Buzz are the type of individual who truly makes a difference in the lives of others. Corona Life Services promotes saving the lives of unborn children. They provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to their clients as well as resources and education to those in need. The world could use more influential people like Buzz who bring resources, love, compassion, encouragement and joy together to promote the sanctity of human life. YOLANDA CARRILLO 951.736.1415 ymcacornor.org Yolanda Carrillo is an exceptional woman with a purpose and a heart of service, who has worn many impressive hats. A leader in Corona and Riverside County as the executive director/ CEO of the Corona-Norco Family YMCA for nearly 20 years, she also serves on the Corona Chamber’s legislative action committee and their board of directors. Yolanda helped create a footprint for the YMCA at Home Gardens and considers helping to expand Y services to children and families one of her proudest accomplishments. Through the YMCA, Carrillo has created strong public and private partnerships with the local school district and the cities of Corona and Norco to privatize delivery of social services. She has also advocated to increase federal and state funding to more than 1,500 families served by the YMCA. Yolanda credits her parents as her inspiration to becoming the passionate leader she is today. Coming from a family of six siblings, she recognizes the positive impact her parents had on their lives. “Once we were fortunate to realize that having a college education was our ticket to a better life, we knew it was our turn to give back in a meaningful way to others. Yolanda is also incredibly inspired by the families she serves. “The very families I serve live in strife and struggle every day to succeed ‚Äì to put food on the table, to keep the lights on, and to fill their gas tanks, all the while trying to encourage their own children to succeed amidst adversity.” She holds a dual Master’s of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Community Psychology, having graduated with honors; a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services; and a Child Development Program Director permit. Yolanda has been recognized for her tenacity, organization, humanitarianism, and kindness through countless awards. Her first award was the Woman of Distinction Award in recognition of economic and social development from Soroptimist International in 2000, and she was this year’s Norco Area Chamber of Commerce Community Champion of the Year. Yolanda is credited with federal and state advocacy to keep the NAVSEA Naval Surface Warfare Center open, saving 1,000 jobs in the community. She revitalized the Navy League community network for the base while advocating before Congress and with the State Military Commission on lobbying trips organized with the chamber. As a city planning commissioner, Yolanda has been a strong advocate for streamlining regulations, a key priority for the Corona Chamber. At the federal level, she worked on legislation to streamline national environmental regulations, helping Corona complete the groundbreaking SR-91 freeway design-build expansion currently underway. Her multiple trips to the State Capitol have yielded important developments for women-owned businesses and job training. She has also been part of a bipartisan regional coalition to provide common- sense protections for business owners threatened by nuisance lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Yolanda enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, her husband, and her family. She makes time to have fun with her friends, dance, laugh and most of all, “To do God’s work every day.” She made a choice long ago to live a life that matters. She encourages others to believe in themselves, and that it’s never too late to change their course and add to their destiny. Her goal to make a loving mark in this world is her legacy, and it will echo in the lives around her. She says, “In the end, I believe how we lived our lives will be the only thing that really matters.” DON GARLING LIFETIME VINYL FENCE FABRICATORS INC. 951.735.3500 www.lifetimefencesupply.com Don Garling moved to Corona in 1990. Following high school, he began his 30-plus years in education. While working, he became a reserve police officer for the city of Anaheim and later continued his education to become a police officer in the City of Tustin. Don was offered a job back in education in 1985 at Brea Olinda Unified School District, retiring as an administrator in 2002 to devote his time and energy to his vinyl fence company. Lifetime Vinyl Fence Fabricators Inc. has three divisions: (1) fabricating vinyl fencing for approximately 125 fence companies in Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Orange Counties; (2) working closely with homeowners’ associations to install vinyl fencing in large communities; and (3) selling vinyl fence materials to the public, as well as providing installation. Don is very proud that he started the company as a part-time business with the help of his son, Don Garling, Jr., and that it has grown into one of the largest vinyl fence companies in Southern California. Vinyl fencing is made at the plant in Montebello and transported to the Corona location on semi-trucks several times a week where the fabrication process begins. Don states that he’s proud that they’ve been able to work together to grow their business to what it is today, while both striving for excellence. Don has had the privilege of sitting on the California State Contractors License Board in Sacramento as a subject matter expert. He has received numerous awards such as the Ira D. Calvert Award from the Corona-Norco Family YMCA; the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Ken Calvert; the Award of Excellence from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and the Award of Excellence from Jeff Miller, State Assemblyman, 71st District. This year, Don is Chairman of the Board for the Corona Chamber of Commerce. He believes we are all on a fabulous journey, so his theme for this year is “A journey of a lifetime.” Don is all about family, friends, and giving back to the community. He makes a difference in his community through proud service on the governing board of the Corona Regional Medical Center, as Board President of Eagle Glen Homeowners Association, as Chairman of the Board for the Corona Chamber of Commerce, and on the governing board of the Corona-Norco Family YMCA. He is also a member of the Circle City Rotary. KRISTEN A. HOLSTROM 855.939.9111 www.hbplaw.com Kristen A. Holstrom is a dedicated attorney specializing in family law. Although officially an attorney for six years, she has actually worked with Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC, for 17 years. She had the opportunity to work under her father, prestigious attorney Dayn Holstrom, at age 16, when she began to learn the intricate details of family law. Dayn Holstrom has distinguished himself and his team of highly-experienced, knowledgeable attorneys at Holstrom, Block & Parke as the number one family law firm in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. His commitment to excellence is evident throughout his numerous achievements, including graduating summa cum laude with the highest GPA in the history of the school, being honored as a Super Lawyer, and being distinguished with an Avvo rating of 10. Kristen attended Jacksonville University in Florida and was recognized for her athleticism and determination in soccer, receiving a full athletic scholarship and earning a B.S. in business with an emphasis in marketing and economics. Post-graduation, Kristen returned to her roots in California and earned her Juris Doctorate from Trinity Law School, successfully passing the state bar exam. Kristen influences Holstrom, Block & Parke through her hard work, compassion, and heart for her community. Currently their Assistant Managing Partner and Director of Client Relations, she is loyal, determined, resourceful, creative, and persistent in all of her endeavors. She’s also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire, and an active member of the Barristers Club of Riverside, Corona Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Bar Association, Riverside County Bar Association, and San Diego County Bar Association. Despite her heavy involvement in her career and community, Kristen still manages to balance her home life as well, stating, “My most proud accomplishment is becoming a mother and balancing work and motherhood, which is not an easy task.” Her strength, compassion for others, and tenacity were nurtured by her two loving parents. “I followed in my father’s footsteps, and my mother provided continual support to make me into the woman I am today.” Kristen continues to be recognized for her outstanding service with awards like the 40 Under 40-Best & Brightest from the Corona Chamber of Commerce for the past two years. She was also honored as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers this year, chosen from compiled peer reviews, statewide surveys, and independent research. She was one of less than 2.5 percent of lawyers to be recognized statewide with this award. Kristen is committed to representing clients during their divorce and is especially qualified to handle cases involving family law matters such as dissolution of marriage, restraining orders, child custody, and support. Her talent and management skills are impeccable, and any one of her clients would attest to her creative legal strategies, aggressive nature, and unwavering loyalty. She is someone you can count on to fight for justice, and lend a helping hand. She is an inspiration to all women, young and old. MARK & LARRY PEABODY 951.734.7711 www.4peabody.com Mark and Larry Peabody aren’t just running a business ‚Äì they’re carrying on their father’s legacy. As leaders of Peabody Engineering & Supply, Inc., a manufacturing company in Corona, they’ve continued their father’s dedication to innovation and integrity, with a passion for excellence. Peabody is a manufacturer of rotationally molded plastic products, including their proprietary line of chemical and water storage tanks, as well as custom molded products for a variety of industries. Peabody also manufactures RF Transparent Architectural Concealment enclosures for hiding cellular and microwave antennas from public view on buildings and other architectural features. A company committed to treating employees like family, Peabody Engineering received the Manufacturer of the Year Award from The Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and the Inland Empire’s Top Workplace Award from The Riverside Press Enterprise in 2014. They were a finalist in 2015 and 2016 and were nominated again in 2017. Mark was one of the top three finalists in 2014 for the CSUSB A company committed to treating employees like family, Peabody Engineering received the Manufacturer of the Year Award from The Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and the Inland Empire’s Top Workplace Award from The Riverside Press Enterprise in 2014. They were a finalist in 2015 and 2016 and were nominated again in 2017. Mark was one of the top three finalists in 2014 for the CSUSB Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award, and he won top honors in 2015, along with his brother Larry, in the Family Business category. Asked what qualities make the company an ideal place to work, Peabody Web Editor Ruth Noordwal listed ingenuity, passion, integrity, faith, commitment, diligence, industry, innovation, pride, and heart. “There is a real spirit of ‚Äòteam’ in our company,” Ruth said. “Everyone is willing to pitch in and help by doing whatever they identify as a need. No one has an attitude that it’s not their job. The attitude is, ‚ÄòIf the company wins, we all win’.” To foster employee development, Mark and Larry Peabody encourage employees to attend conferences throughout the year and continue their education through college courses or trade schools. They also routinely bring in training experts. Ruth is especially impressed with Peabody’s generosity to employees and the community, a factor that earns team member loyalty in return. The company provides support to such efforts as Operation Christmas Child by Samaritan’s Purse; Compassion International, which invites employees to sponsor children in poverty; the Circle City Rotary Club; and the Corona-Norco Family YMCA. The company recently donated $5000 to Hurricane Harvey relief through a matching program with their employees. Mark Peabody is the Chief Executive Officer of Peabody Engineering & Supply, where he has worked for 39 years. He’s a fourth-generation California native and a 13-year resident of Corona with a B.S. degree in finance. Mark has been married to his wife Cheryl for 33 years and they have two adult sons, both of whom are Eagle Scouts and currently work for the company. Mark has a passion for his community, having served in organizations like Little League, the Boy Scouts of America, the Foundation for Community and Family Health, and the YMCA, where he has held several leadership positions. In addition to being the immediate past chairman for the Corona Chamber of Commerce, he’s on the Governing Board of the Corona Regional Medical Center. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Circle City Rotary Club in Corona as the fundraising co-chair, and is actively involved in serving at Crossroads Christian Church. Larry Peabody is the President of Peabody Engineering & Supply, where he has worked for 42 years, and is married to his wife of 40 years, Theresa. Larry has two adult sons living in Texas ‚Äì one is an attorney and the other is an industrial engineer. Both are also Eagle Scouts. Larry travels extensively for the company and has served in many organizations over the past 40 years in his hometown of Cerritos. He also enjoys spending time with his family. MIKE RYAN (951) 858-4085 www.michaelaryan.com Mike Ryan is a financial professional, helping businesses and families with solutions to protect their business, family, finances, and future. He’s on the Board of Directors for the Corona Chamber of Commerce, as well as Chairman of the Board for Peppermint Ridge, a board member of the Dayle McIntosh Center, and board member and secretary for Circle City Rotary. He’s on the fundraising and annual walk committee for the Alzheimer’s Association and a member of the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative. Mike is known for his work with families, small businesses, and the senior community, as well as those with special needs. DEAN SEIF 951.279.9161 www.allstarci.com Dean Seif, owner of CARSTAR Allstar Collision in Corona, was one of three business executives honored by the California Chamber of Commerce as a 2017 Small Business Advocate of the Year for outstanding advocacy on behalf of small businesses. For over a decade, Dean has helped his community to be one of Southern California’s leading job creators. He’s worked with the Corona Chamber of Commerce to engage local, state, and federal governments on issues critical to growing career-building jobs. An entrepreneur with a record of success in three industries ‚Äì in the aerospace industry as a flight crew and later in aerospace manufacturing, in real estate sales, and in automotive collision repair. As he and his wife Shannon were growing their businesses and family, they became concerned at the growing gap between public policymakers and employers. This concern resulted in Dean becoming involved in the Corona Chamber of Commerce where he became chairman of the board in 2015, leading more than 10 lobbying delegations to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to work on many issues on a bipartisan basis. Locally, Dean has testified more than 40 times before the Corona City Council, the Planning Commission, and various policy committees of the City of Corona, as well as the County of Riverside, on issues including local development, job attraction, defeating unnecessary regulations, and the development of infrastructure projects. In Washington, D.C., under Dean’s leadership, the Corona Chamber forged a close working relationship with the State of California Office of Military Affairs. This has helped expand national support for one of the Corona region’s most important employers, the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NAV-SEA), Corona Division (Norco), which provides nearly 1,000 community jobs. Dean has also traveled to the state of Indiana with a joint Navy/ Corona community delegation to tour NAV-SEA facilities. Dean takes his responsibilities very seriously. Many admire his focus and dedication. “Dean’s outreach to the community far extends beyond his business,” says Bobby Spiegel, president and CEO of the Corona Chamber of Commerce. “His philosophy is to share his blessings with others.” Dean currently serves as the chair of Legislative Action Committee at Corona Chamber of Commerce. KAREN SPIEGEL (951) 833-8136 coronaca.gov Karen Spiegel began her political career in 1996 as elected city treasurer for the City of Corona. After six years, she embraced the City Council elections in 2002 and has served the City of Corona since, including as mayor in 2006, 2010, and 2014. With more than 30 years of service to the region, her actions speak volumes and her unique passion for service truly sets her apart from the crowd. Karen has worked for positive change and looks forward to continuing her efforts as she seeks the office of supervisor in the Second District of Riverside County. Karen’s vision and years of active involvement have led to many inspiring programs and firsts for the community. She takes the initiative to create new programs, such as the Healthy Corona Initiative; the Corona LAFF (Life After Fifty Five) and partner with Riverside Meals on Wheels; Mayor’s Youth Council; and the Riverside County Women’s Leadership Program and Conference. She’s been instrumental with the first Strategic Plan for Corona, City of Corona mobile app, the Veteran’s Memorial, and the Corona Military Banner Program, in addition to introducing the Mayor’s Messages. Karen has been credited for her leadership in regional transportation issues, collaboration, and regional partnerships. She has helped deliver nearly $3 billion in infrastructure like roads and bridges. With her depth of knowledge and commitment to the community, she proudly represents Corona and Riverside County on the regional and state levels in many organizations, serving in a leadership role in several, including: member and past chair of Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC); regional council member to SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments); Metrolink board member; and past chair of the Riverside Division of the League of California Cities. Karen is an energetic member of the community, and her “roll-up your sleeves” attitude has led to her immersing herself in many civic, business, and community activities, including the Chamber of Commerce, Soroptimist International, Corona Fire Safety Foundation, and United Neighbors Involving Today’s Youth (UNITY). Karen has been recognized and honored for her service with numerous awards, including Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Public Service Award (League of California Cities), Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen of the Year, Woman of the Year (CA Senate), and the YMCA Distinguished Service Award. Karen graduated from California State University, Long Beach, then received a master’s degree from Pepperdine University, and was a Marriage Family Counselor (MFC). Her career has taken many paths, from counseling, to electrical contracting and accounting, to publishing and marketing. When she married her husband, Bobby, in 1985, she came to Corona and worked in the family business, Corona Industrial Electric, Inc., until it closed in 1995. They began Spiegel Enterprises & Publications in 1989, and Karen remains active in the local e-commerce and marketing business.
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