CORONA CHAMBER 8 CORONA Business News November/December 2017 www. My Chamber.org Ken Kammeyer, Joyce Pavez and Jerry Puga to receive Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Awards By: Don Williamson KEN KAMMEYER Ken has ac-complished a great deal since first ar-riving in Co-rona, seven-ty years ago. In 1965 he opened Kam-meyer & Associates (K&A), a firm of landscape architects that provides quality and unique landscape ser-vices. Ken earned a degree in Orna-mental Horticulture from California State Polytechnic University, Po-mona. He has also earned an M.A. from UCLA. One of K&A’s first projects was de-veloping 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 Coun-cil of Landscape Architectural Regis-tration Board. Then Governor Ronald Reagan appointed Ken to the Califor-nia State Board of Landscape Archi-tects 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 par-ents, 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. In-galls 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 com-pany at www.kammeyer.com. Rising Star CASSANDRA SANDERS-HOLLY – LEAPS & BOUNDS The Corona Chamber of Commerce is honored to select Dr. Cassandra Sanders-Holly, Founder and Director of Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy, as the recipient of the Rising Star Award. Dr. Sanders-Holly was raised in Norco. In June 2010 she opened Leaps and Bounds. Her intentions were to see a few patients and focus on teaching at her alma mater, the University of Southern California. It quickly became apparent to her that there was a local need for her physical therapy expertise, and Leaps & Bounds became a thriving clinic. Leaps & Bounds provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services for children of all ages who are at risk for, or have difficulty participating in, typical age-appropriate activities. Leaps & Bounds’ capable staff serves clients from birth to the age of 22. There are 600 patients that are served by a staff of 30 each week. Dr. Sanders-Holly is a Doctor of Phys-ical Therapy, with a Board Certification specialty in pediatric physical therapy. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California. She is trained in Hippotherapy, which translated, means “treatment with the help of a horse.” Dr. Sand-ers-Holly utilizes the movement of horses to improve motor skills and postural strength. She is a leading educator and researcher in the field. Her team of dedicated professionals and volunteers enhances the lives of special children every day. Dr. Sanders-Holly and her husband, Greg Holly, have two children, Ella and Hudson, whom they are watch-ing grow along with Leaps & Bounds. JOYCE PAVEZ In January 1972, Joyce Pavez and her late husband, Jorge, opened Pavez Insur-ance 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 in-surance agency, Joyce has always been able to find the time to be very active in Soroptomist International of Coro-na, an organization dedicated to help-ing women. She is a past president and current member of the organization’s board of directors. The Soroptomists have helped Joyce in her personal mis-sion to educate young women in how to best be prepared for their lives. Joyce has contributed to many en-deavors to achieve that end. For exam-ple, she worked to establish the infant development center at Corona High School where students with infants can have their children on campus, allow-ing 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 wom-en aging out of foster care. In addition, Joyce worked to bring services for do-mestic 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 nu-merous women and the Corona Cham-ber 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 fa-ther worked in clay prod-ucts manu-facturing. The Puga’s moved to Coro-na 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 conve-nience 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 mar-ried in 1970. They became business partners with Andrea instituting home decorating. The business changed its name to Jerry’s Car-pets & 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 partic-ipated 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 ad-vice for everyone. Crossroads Church to be recognized for their Community Service W hen Corona’s founding fathers laid out the plans for their new town, then called South Riverside, they generously donated property lots to six churches. One of those was the Church of Christ, which evolved into the Cross-roads Christian Church. This year Crossroads celebrates its 125 th anniver-sary in the Circle City. The first build-ing the congregation opened was the repurposed original one-room school house that stood on Ninth Street be-tween Victoria and Howard. As membership grew, a beauti-ful new sanctuary was built on the southwest corner of Main & Ninth Streets. In December of 1964, a new church was dedicated at South Main and Rancho Road. Finally, the big move was made to the current beau-tiful location at Ontario and Kellogg, east of Santana Park. Crossroads has a long history of participating in civic activities. Their outreach to the Corona Chamber includes: The Economic Summit in June. In September, they hosted The Corona Chamber’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference, where near 900 women, including high school students, were inspired by a dynam-ic lineup of leaders that have made a difference. From two dozen mem-bers, Crossroads Church now has a congregation of over 6000 people who have the common desire of sharing their devotion to their faith with everyone. Among their trea-sured contributions to others is “The Pantry,” a ministry that feeds and cares for the hungry. Corona is fortunate that a few resi-dents had a dream 125 years ago that took root and produced good works that have never ceased. Crossroads Christian Church will receive the Community Partner – Non-Profit Award from the Corona Chamber at the January 25, 2018 In-stallation and Awards Gala.