www. My Chamber.org CORONA CHAMBER Pantone 3015 C Pantone 384 C November/December 2017 CORONA Business News 9 2018 Businesses of the Year HEALTH & WELLNESS SERVICE Pantone 7532 C By: Don Williamson The tradition of caring that culmi-nated in the establishment of Coro-na Regional Medical Center (CRMC) began in 1933, with the founding of Corona Community Hospital. Since that time the hospital has changed to meet the needs of the rapidly grow-ing community. The hospital is now a 238-bed community hospital network comprised of a 160-bed acute care hospital and a 78-bed rehabilitation campus. It employs more than 1,000 trained healthcare workers and has a medical staff of approximately 300 physicians representing more than 40 specialties. These are progressive times for CRMC. In the past year a new Emer-gency Room, with four times more space for advanced care, was com-pleted. The Emergency Room fea-tures a rapid medical evaluation area, an internal waiting room, multiple entry points, a private section for pediatric patients and a new imaging center with MRI and a computed to-mography scanning machine. A sure sign of the success of CRMC are the patient satisfaction scores that have risen dramatically in the last year. This is a direct result of new processes that have been instituted to address quality initiatives. CRMC has been awarded the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2017 and has been rated among the top 5% in the Nation for patient safe-ty for the past two years. CRMC has successfully responded to our community’s longing for a facil-ity with an improved medical delivery system. They are committed to con-tinually implementing improvement to fulfill patient needs. CRMC is most deserving of the Corona Chamber of Commerce recognition for Health and Wellness Business of the Year. Established in 1982 by Frank DiGerol-amo, DiGerolamo Family Insurance (DFI) offers all lines of insurance coverages, from auto, home, and life insurance, to investments, workers’ comp, and business insurance. The company has grown to become one of the largest insurance agencies in the Inland Empire. While customers might be served by Paul, John, David or Frank DeGerolamo, there are more than 20 agents on staff, licensed in fourteen states. DFI Insurance is located at 2027 Hamner Avenue in Norco. Call them at (951) 735-5335 / (800) 350-1198, or learn more about the company at DFIinsurance.com. DFI contributes back to the area they serve. They support military vet-erans, such as the American Legion, schools, service clubs, and many charitable fundraisers. Frank DiG-erolamo says, “We always want to do what’s right for our customer, com-munity, country, and family.” DFI is committed to helping fam-ilies and business owners find the best and most affordable insur-ance policies by providing choice and expert assistance. A Chamber member recently became a loyal DFI customer when a company he had a home owner policy with for forty years refused to renew it. Un-able to find a replacement on his own, he contacted the DFI profes-sionals. A policy with a new com-pany was quickly discovered and activated. DFI has been successfully meeting their commitments to exceed the ex-pectations of their satisfied custom-ers, which has resulted in receiving the Corona Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award for Cus-tomer Service. RETAIL One of our Nations great business success stories is headquartered in Corona. DeAnne Stidham was a sin-gle mother raising seven children when she started LuLaRoe. Her desire to make a living while working from home fueled her dream of creating her own clothing line. Today tens of thousands are selling garments cre-ated by DeAnne’s company, LuLaRoe. The company’s name is created from a combination of the name of three of DeAnne’s grandchildren. LuLaRoe is a network based mar-keting company that offers thou-sands of different designs and style to their sellers (independent retail-ers), for resale to a vast customer base. Garments are produced in lim-ited quantities so that each consul-tant has a different selection of mer-chandise. Customers realize this and are anxious to purchase unique de-signs that sellout fast. Independent retailers utilize different methods to introduce the LuLaRoe line including in-person and on-line parties. After purchasing clothing articles from the company, each independent retailer establishes their own pricing. DeAnne Stidham, who works with her husband Mark, says that LuLaRoe exists to provide an opportunity for people to create freedom by selling comfortable, affordable, stylish cloth-ing, and offering its consultants the in-dependence to set their own pace and schedule. DeAnne is delighted that this system allows LuLaRoe independent retailers to fulfill the same goal that motivated her to start the company, to spend more time with their families. LuLaRoe employs over 700 people at their Corona headquarters. The Corona Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize them as the Re-tail Business of the Year! MANUFACTURER Corona is proud to be the home of Monster Beverage Corporation, an international leader in the bev-erage industry. Sales of Monster products have increased each year for a quarter of a century. In 2016, they earned $3 billion in sales, with dozens of their quality products sold in 128 countries. Monster conducts their opera-tions from Corona in a six-story, 141,000 square foot building and a three-story 75,000 square foot building next to it on Monster Way, clearly visible from the 91 freeway, just east of the I-15 interchange. The company has been in Corona since 1998. Two men from South Africa are key to the success of Monster. Rodney C. Sacks has been Chairman and CEO of the company since he acquired con-trol of it in 1990. Joining him in the enterprise is Hilton H. Schlosberg, who also since 1990 has been Presi-dent and COO, as well as Vice-Chair-man of the Board. Their vision and strategies have made Monster Bev-erage Company the tremendous suc-cess that it is today. Over a century ago, the city of Corona staged road races on Grand Boulevard to bring attention to their small town. Today, every con-tainer of Monster Beverage prod-ucts identifies its Corona, Cali-fornia connection, and the city’s name is carried to all corners of the world every day. The Corona Chamber of Com-merce is pleased to present Mon-ster Beverage Corporation with the Business of the Year in Manufactur-ing award. Making a Difference onnette Tanner Wheat serves as the Direc-tor of Public Affairs for the Corona Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS/Mormon). The long list of good works she has done in that capacity has resulted in her being a most worthy recipient of the Coro-na Chamber of Commerce, Making a Difference Award. A University of Utah alumnus, Donnette is employed as a Speech D Pathologist for the Corona-Norco Unified School District. Her ex-tensive work on behalf of the LDS Church is voluntary and allows her to magnify her personal ded-ication to serving others. She and her husband Joe, a CPA, have lived in Corona for 25-years where they raised their three children, Heidi, Joe and Stephen. For two years Donnette has been the Director of Public Affairs. In this posi-tion she represents her church in gov-ernment, civic and interfaith relations as well as in social media and coordinating a large network of volunteers. A group of thirteen committee members assist her efforts all exemplifying the LDS Church’s dedication to helping others and promoting positive ideals. Each year Donnette is responsi-ble for the LDS church’s Family Val-ues and Crystal Apple Awards. The Family Values Award is presented to members of the community that ex-emplify those values while the Crys-tal Apple Award is given to a CNUSD high school teacher selected by local LDS students. Donnette coordinates the lo-cal Just Serve volunteers. Anyone can participate by locating the app on-line at www.justserve.org and discovering projects that seek help. She participates in the Coro-na-Norco Interfaith Council, UNITY (CNUSD), Cops & Clergy, Corona Chamber and Norco Chamber of Commerces and other local charita-ble organizations. In the past year Donnette has helped to facilitate projects such as the Community Day of Service, refur-bishing part of the Historic Civic Cen-ter Theater, the community garden at the Peace Lutheran Church, creating a Pickle Ball court at a local park as well as a clean-up at Kellogg Park. Donnette has programmed her pacemaker to keep up with her busy life while she continues to succeed in her battle against cancer. Donnette Tanner Wheat is a dear and a most valuable member of our community.