Newest members

This month’s Personal Ambassador Ivan Lai of Cruise Planners, introduced four new Chamber members at the monthly Ambassadors Meeting, June 3, 2014: Villa Catrina Mexican Restaurant, The Kits World, RAC Development Inc. and Majestic Design Florist (photo gallery below):

  • Villa Catrina Mexican Restaurant is a new family restaurant at 251 N. Santa Anita Ave. in Arcadia. Joe Jiminez, one of the owners, represented the store at the Ambassadors meeting. They serve traditional Mexican food and feature a full bar.  Happy Hours are Monday – Friday, 4:00- 7:00 pm.  They also offer lunch specials, children’s menu,  Taco Tuesdays, and on the first Thursday of each month there is stand-up comedy club at 7:30 p.m. Banquet facilities are also available for parties and special occasions. The Arcadia Chamber will produce a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local dignitaries and officials at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, after which all are encouraged to enjoy the happy hour. An official grand opening will continue throughout that weekend.
  • The Kits World is founded by three mothers whose primary goal is to reach out to parents and give them choices of product that are reasonably low-priced. Anna and Anita, two of the mothers who introduced themselves to the Ambassadors, said they started the company by offering emergency kits of various sizes but they will continue to grow to bring other types of kits. Some of the unique products that are in the emergency kits include food and water that have a five-year shelf life, hand crank radio / flashlight / cellphone charger that requires no battery and can also be charged by solar power and USB. Contact Kits World at the web site link above.
  • RAC Development, 150 N Santa Anita Ave, Suite 645, specializes in the acquisition of foreclosure property, both residential and commercial. They obtain properties through trustee sales or public auction. Jeff and Wendy said RAC helps investors acquire the best deals — with their bidding experience and real estate specialists they will invest in the most profitable properties. Minimum investment is $10,000 with the average return on investment ranging from eight percent to 12 percent. Contact RAC at web site link above or call 626.821.0655.
  • Majestic Design Florist (MD’s) is a full-service local florist that is family-owned and operated in the longtime MD’s Florist shop at 10 E. Huntington Drive in Arcadia (Suite A — the first shop off Huntington in the strip mall at the southeast corner of Santa Anita Drive). Their friendly staff, led by Steve and Jean, who is ready to assist you with placing orders for local delivery or anywhere in the world. Online shopping is also available.  They can help with creative suggestions regarding flowers for weddings, funerals, special occasions and a variety of unique gifts, including plush animals, balloons gourmet baskets and more. See their offerings at web site link above, or call: (626) 445-2200.
  • Ambassadors 6-3-14: Majestic Design, Villa Catrina, RAC, Kits World










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    This month’s Ambassadors meeting lead by Rich Jones of the San Marino Tribune and Personal Ambassador Sylvia Ramos of Dilbeck Real Estate introduced new members: T-Neer tea room owners Sidath & Aruna Kumar; Gemorie Chief Marketing Officer Hideaki Kuo; and Attorney Carlos A. Arcos.

    • T-Neer is a modern tea room opening in May 15 in Sierra Madre (142 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.). Owners Sidath and Aruna are from Sri Lanka where high quality tea is grown. The store will offer more than 150 kinds of brewed tea along with specialty foods like sandwiches, salads, cakes, etc. In addition, the store will offer tea accessories such as tea kettles, tea infusers, gift items and souvenirs.
    • Gemorie is a fine jewelry retailer located on the Promenade at Westfield Santa Anita mall near Nordstrom. They offer precious and semi-precious gemstones and also time pieces that are hand set. You can expect the highest quality jewelry pieces built to last at affordable prices.
    • Attorney Carlos A. Arcos is a sole practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in assisting families who are facing personal and legal issues that arise with aging family members. He offers workshops and training sessions about getting retro-active Medi-Cal as well as information regarding eligibility obstacles and solutions. Carlos’ office is located at 333 N. Santa Anita Ave. Arcadia.

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    Four new members of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce introduced themselves to Chamber Ambassadors and Chamber CEO Scott Hetttrick today, April 1, 2014.
    At the monthly meeting run by new Ambassadors chairman Rich Jones of the San Marino Tribune, Personal Ambassador Mary Hansen welcomed and presented Yvonne Liao of First General Bank, Don Cruz and Debi of Savers super thrift store, Jessica Schoenfeld of Urban Retreat and recently retired residential member Donna Lee. See descriptions of each below and a photo gallery that follows…

    • First General Bank, 1127 S. Baldwin Ave., is a full service commercial bank with emphasis on developing a business and professional clientele within the Southern California area. The bank offers a full range of traditional and online consumer and commercial banking products and cash management services for businesses and individuals.  The main office is in Rowland Heights with branch offices in Arcadia, San Gabriel and Irvine.
    • Savers Arcadia had one of the biggest grand openings in the for-profit franchise’s history on March 6 with about 150 anxious customers lined up before the doors even opened. The thrift story and recycling center founded in 1954 is based in Northern California. The new Arcadia location employs 50-60 local workers. Savers mission is giving back and providing opportunities. They are partners with local charities such as  Hope Services and Epilepsy Foundation. Donations of clothing and housewares can be dropped off at their store or schedule a free at-home pick up.
    • Urban Retreat, 14 E. Foothill Blvd., is a full-service salon and spa in Arcadia that has offered a large variety of message and facial services for more than 15 years. The spa that focuses on personal attention with an emphasis on providing the length and quality of massage needed rather than setting a specific length of time for each, is offering $20 discount coupons for a one-hour Swedish massage available at the Chamber office.
    • Donna Lee is a new residential member who has lived in Arcadia since 2004 and was an employee of Southern California Edison for more than 30 years. She enjoys and supports local events in town, especially the Chamber’s annual Taste of Arcadia. She encouraged her son Kevin to be a volunteer intern at the Chamber last summer.

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    New Arcadia Chamber member Allen Tsay of Waddell & Reed financial advisors met the Chamber Ambassadors this morning and joined in a meeting with a full agenda.

    Tsay, a recent college grad who has spent the past year volunteering at the Chamber recruiting new members and attending and supporting many Chamber and other community events, wants to continue and expand that relationship with the Chamber despite recently embarking on a new career at the prestigious Waddell & Reed in Brea. Through his friendship with Chamber Ambassador Sho Tay, Tsay is also involved with the Arcadia Masonic Lodge and says he wants to give back to the community he admires.

    Ambassadors chairwoman Sylvia Ramos of Dilbeck Real Estate received unanimous support for her suggestion of creating a new “Ambassador for Life” designation for deserving Ambassadors, the first two of which, Mary E. Hansen and Don Fandry will be officially crowned at the March 4 monthly Ambassadors meeting.

    Photo gallery of today’s (Feb. 4, 2014) Ambassador meeting below…

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    New Arcadia Chamber member Forest Lawn Memorial Park & Mortuary was introduced this morning, Tuesday, Jan. 7, by this month’s Personal Ambassador, Vicki Knight of Century Rooter Service & Plumbing Inc, at the monthly Ambassadors meeting chaired by Sylvia Ramos of Dilbeck Real Estate.
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    Ambassador Meeting January 2014







    Representing Forest Lawn were Regional Sales Manager Thomas Mok is based in the new Arcadia office on Huntington Drive near Santa Anita Avenue, and Richard Zook, who lives near the main Douglas & Zook Chapel of Remembrance at 600 E. Foothill Blvd. in Monrovia (The Chapel of Remembrance on First Avenue in Arcadia is no longer under the same ownership).
    Forest Lawn offers five “parks” in Hollywood Hills, Covina Hills, Glendale, Long Beach and Cypress, some of which feature museums and popular art and information exhibits.
    The new Arcadia office is a premier Advance Planning Center where visitor can learn about Forest Lawn’s products, services and available memorial property. Monthly bus tours are also offered for visiting the different Forest Lawn parks.

    Forest Lawn has already become interactive with the Arcadia community by being one of the two primary sponsors of last month’s Arcadia’s Best Christmas Market.

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    September Personal Ambassador John Sun of Budget Blinds (he will soon be outfitting Chamber office with all new blinds for the first time in decades) introduced three new Chamber members this morning (Oct. 1) to the volunteer Ambassadors led by chairperson Sylvia Ramos of Dilbeck Real Estate.

    • John Sun (front row leftl) with new members John Dickey and Gemma Delacruz; and VJ Sabanayagam (2nd row left) and Chamber Ambassadors

      John Sun (front row left) with new members John Dickey and Gemma Delacruz; and VJ Sabanayagam (2nd row left) and Chamber Ambassadors

      VJ’s Auto Service owner VJ Sabanayagam says “If it has an engine, we’ll work on it.” He’s been in business since 1997 and at his current location of 400 N. First Avenue since 2001. One of his longest customers is Chamber board member Wayne Williams, who recruited VJ to join the Chamber. Phone: 626-446-4900.

    VJ's "bucks"

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    • People’s Care Autism Services at 225 E. Santa Clara was represented by Gemma Delacruz, director of business development for the parent company that also soon offer a senior services business in Arcadia. Gemma was part of the grand opening ceremony and open house Saturday for Autism Services — photos and video here. Phone:  (626) 608-8392. Manager Cristina Cordeiro e-mail: ccordeiro@peoplescare.org.
    • American General Life Insurance Company agent John M. Dickey, who has lived in Arcadia for 17 years, offers dozens of different live insurance options, annuities, and “just about any financial vehicle.” Phone: 626-348-1855 / e-mail: taxmanager254@yahoo.com.

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    September Chamber Personal Ambassador Romy Rahmanian,  Law Office of Romy S. Rahmanian, APLC, introduced two new members to Chamber President Arlynn Robinson of Century 21 Earll LTD, Ambassador Chairperson Sylvia Ramos of Dilbeck Real Estate and to the Chamber Ambassadors and staff at this week’s monthly meeting (Sept. 3).

    Ambassador Meeting September 2013








    Rosebud Cookie Company is a new business started by Rosie Ocana and her son Frank, whose main business together is a translation service primarily for courts, depositions, etc. Rosie started the custom cookie business to provide a fun way to help raise funds that she can share with charities – a percentage of all sales go to non-profits. Their mission is to provide the best products and service to their customers at the lowest prices possible. The online store is designed to provide a safe and secure environment to browse and all the gourmet goods are baked to order!
    Rosie accepted an invitation by the Chamber to introduce her delicious cookies less than 48-hours later to the Chamber’s Government Affairs Forum and Congressman Judy Chu.

    SolarUniverse, represented by Paul Alkin, is a nationwide company made up of local owners in order to make customer service a top priority. Alkin says the prices of solar systems have come down significantly in recent years and pay for themselves in monthly utility bill savings in just a few years. Customized quotes are available by scheduling an appointment for reps to come to your home, measure your roof and calculate your rebates/incentives specific to your home. They will also monitor your system and fix any problems at absolutely no cost.

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    Personal Ambassador Ivan Lai, Cruise Planners  and Ambassador Rich Jones, San Marino Tribune welcomed six new Arcadia Chamber of Commerce members who joined in July, and introduced them to a roomful of Chamber Ambassadors at the monthly volunteer meeting yesterday (Aug. 6). Information about each new member is listed below the following photo gallery.

    Ambassadors August 6, 2013










    Dorano Jewelry, Inc. – Garen & Nara Avetisyan have opened their exclusive jewelry store in the heart of downtown Arcadia at 30 E. Huntington Drive. Their jewelry is known world-wide and in their home country of Armenia for its unique designs and fine craftsmanship. They also make jewelry with enamel, stingray skin and wood, which is very popular in Europe & Asia. Nara’s Godmother, co-owner of Western Medical Supply (46 years in Arcadia) encouraged them to move from Armenia a year ago and open their new store in our wonderful community.

    Pacific Advisors-Richard Ngin – Richard specializes in Estate Planning, Charitable Planning and Retirement Planning for executives, professionals, and small business owners. As a financial professional, he will focus on your unique needs and design customized strategies to help you meet your goals. Other business services he offers are Employee Benefits, Deferred Compensation Planning and more.

    RSVP San Gabriel Valley, Steve Floyd - RSVP Publications  is an upscale cooperative direct mailer,designed to present the highest quality products and services, using glossy, full color postcards to attract attention, generate response and maintain a positive image for clients. Contact Steve and he will help you market to any upscale area in the San Gabriel Valley.

    Saute’ Culinary Academy - Chef Alex, an Arcadia High School graduate, has prepared fine food for Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, the Ritz Carlton and Mi Piaci to name a few. He has recently opened his own catering business and cooking school in Arcadia, and has classes for adults and children, offers private parties, product development, cake decorating & design as well as team building events and children’s Birthday parties. Join us at the August 28th, 5pm ribbon cutting to meet Chef Alex and taste some of his creations at 14 E. Duarte Road, Arcadia.

    Turn3 Creative – Glenn Oyoung, an Arcadia resident, is a diehard automotive enthusiast who creates authentic apparel and collectible merchandise that truly speaks to all things automotive. His company creates items and even designs web sites that honor the heritage of the companies he works with, items that reinforce the brand identities of his clients, and above all items that other automotive enthusiasts will respond to. He has produced merchandise for many popular companies including American Racing, Audi, BMW, Cosworth (USA), Nissan, Penske Automotive Group, Petersen Automotive Museum and more.

    Kids Art Arcadia – A new art school in Arcadia for anyone over four years old located at 316 E. Huntington Dr., which teaches a quality program where students enjoy learning the skills necessary to draw, paint, and create three-dimensional art realistically, progressing step-by-step at their level of ability, to become more competent and skilled at every level of the KidsArt program. They provide a warm and friendly environment in which inspirational teachers excel at helping, encouraging, and challenging each student to reach his or her individual, artistic potential.
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    The Arcadia Chamber June personal ambassador, Verena Somer (The Service Advisors) introduced two new Chamber Members – Blu Salon Aveda and Embellish Salon 1st Avenue – to Arcadia Chamber President Arlynn Robinson (Century 21 Earl, Ltd.) and Chamber Ambassadors at the July 2nd meeting.  (see photo gallery below with Ambassador Chairman Sylvia Ramos, Dilbeck Real Living).

    July 2, 2013




    Experience art and style at BLU Salon AVEDA, the Arcadia salon & spa that set the bar for hip and fashionable styles for salons in San Gabriel Valley.  It is located across from Nordstroms on the Westfield Promenade.  Your experience will be highlighted by an award-winning, creative and artistic staff and most of all, personalized service.  Aveda’s mission to “care for the world we live in, from the products we use to the ways in which we give back to society. Partnering with Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the word of beauty, but around the world.”

    Embellish Salon 1st Avenue has been specializing in cutting-edge styles for over forty years.   Their expert sytlists continually receive extended education via monthly classes held in the salon and they attract educators from top brand name companies.   The staff includes seven stylists, one aesthetician, one make up artist and two manicurists and they care all of the top brand name hair care products.  Their services include: Color Correction, Weaving, Balayage, Precision Hair Cutting, Special Occasion Styles, Extensions and Hospital visits are available upon request.

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    This month’s Personal Ambassador Nikki Felix (Wells Fargo Mortgage)  introduced two new Chamber Members – Arcadia Youth Basketball Association and Quickteck Medical Transport – to Arcadia Chamber President Arlynn Robinson (Century 21 Earll, Ltd)  and Chamber Ambassadors at the monthly meeting this morning, June 4, 2013.  (see photo gallery below with Ambassador Chairman Sylvia Ramos, Dilbeck Real Living ).   

    June 4, 2013




    The Arcadia Youth Basketball Association (AYBA) began in 1997, and for the past 15 years, has maintained the mission to provide a safe, supportive, recreational basketball program for boys and girls living in the city of Arcadia (and now Sierra Madre), who currently attend grade school levels 5 through 8.  Director Landis Richardson is proud to announce the registration of 3rd and 4th grades to be added in September.  AYBA strives to provide opportunities for sports education, personal growth and motivational development for young athletes.

    Quickteck Medical Transport  provides transportation services for people in wheelchairs or those who need assisted transportation.  President & CEO Scott O’Donell and President & CFO Antonio E. Gallo feel each patient’s transportation needs differ greatly depending on their status of self mobility.  When choosing a non-emergency transportation company, you want one that will go beyond the call of duty.  Quickteck services communities in the San Gabriel Valley including: Arcadia, Temple City, San Marino, Pasadena, El Monte, Monrovia, Altadena, Duarte, Rosemead, Monterey Park, Monrovia, Glendora & Serra Madre.

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    This month’s Personal Ambassador Helen Mah of Wells Fargo introduced two new Chamber members to  Arcadia Chamber President, Arlynn Robinson and Chamber Ambassadors at the monthly meeting this morning, May 7, 2013 (see photo gallery below with Ambassador chairman Sylvia Ramos of Dilbeck Real Living):

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    Mr. Ethan Williamson, the new director of the Barnhart School which is located at 240 W. Colorado Blvd, explained the private school is 52 years old and  currently has 208 students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.  All of their teachers are credentialed and 80% have their Masters Degree.  It was reported to them by La Salle HS Principal that  Barnhart students who go into 9th Grade at LaSalle arrive with a high GPA….and what is even more interesting, the tuition at Barnhart is 1/2 of the National average of Private Schools. 

    Dr. Peter Ho Win is an American Board Certified ophthalmologist and a vitreo-retinal specialist. He trained at Jules Stein/UCLA, Mayo Clinic, and University of Southern California.  Dr. Win specializes in the treatment of macular degeneration, diabetes, retinal vein occlusion, and retinal detachment/tear.  His office is located in the 301 Medical Building on Huntington Drive, suite #504.

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    This month’s Personal Ambassador Crystal Zhang of Mass Mutual Financial Group introduced four new Chamber members to more than a dozen Chamber Ambassadors at the regular monthly meeting this morning. April 2, 2013 (see photo gallery below with Ambassador chairman Sylvia Ramos of Dilbeck Real Living):

    • The Arcadia Chamber's Honda Civic from Sierra Honda looks great at the beach.

      The Arcadia Chamber’s Honda Civic from Sierra Honda looks great at the beach.

      David Kirby is a sales representative for Sierra Honda and is the Chamber representative for the entire Sierra Autocars family of car dealerships. Sierra is a family-owned business that works together to continue the tradition and commitment to total customer satisfaction. Last year the Chamber co-hosted two ribbon-cuttings at Sierra Fiat and Sierra Chrysler. Sierra Honda recently became the official auto dealer of the Arcadia Chamber, with the Chamber CEO’s Honda Civic LX a lease from Sierra Honda.

    • Arcadia Advanced Dentistry is represented by Terrie Hudson.  Dr. Missagh Pezeshkian, better known as Dr. P,  is dedicated to provide the best quality dental care with more than 24 years of experience.
    • Sue Cook is the Executive Director of the Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation, a non-profit entity charged with fundraising to cover costs of the maintenance of the new 40,000 square-foot, 1,200-seat, high-concept state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center on the campus of Arcadia High School.
    • Finally, Protective Angel, Inc. was founded by Mike Gerakios, a former law enforcement officer, who brought his sweet-tempered trained companion dog Athena. The company strives to spread awareness and provide safety and assistance to its local, national and now international community. They also offer emergency preparedness products and disaster planning services to individuals, businesses, school districts, and government agencies.

    Prior to the introduction of the new members, Chamber CEO Scott Hettrick presented a 15-minute PowerPoint history and current activities of the Chamber, concluding with a showing of the Chamber’s new 3 1/2-minute “Arcadia’s Got It All” video for visitors and potential new residents.

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    Ambassador Chairperson, Sylvia Ramos of Dilbeck Real Living introduced two new Chamber members from the month of February at the monthly Ambassadors meeting on March 5.

    Marie Taylor, NAI Capital, Inc. is a full service commercial real estate brokerage.  They provide services for leasing and sale of industrial, office and retail property.  Marie is also a Board Member of the Arcadia Towne Center Business Association and a graduate of Arcadia High School.

    Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel & Pomona was represented by Executive Director, Jason Moss. They provide programs and services for the community such as summer camps, events for local organizations, weekend retreats and cultural arts programs.

    March 5, 2013





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    Two new members were introduced at “Meet the Ambassadors” Feb. 5, 2013, by Personal Ambassador, Sylvia Ramos of Dilbeck Real Living, who is also a Chamber board member and chairman of the Ambassadors committee.

        • Adam Libman is a tax accountant.  His company believes that through aggressive tax reduction strategies you will have the increased cash flow to fund projects, businesses and charities that will make a positive impact on the world.  They take pride in their service and the work they produce.

      • Danae Powers, a Marriage and Family Therapist, specializes in helping people with relational issues.  She works with families, couples, and individuals in both private sessions and group to facilitate enhanced relationships.

    Photo gallery follows the video highlights below produced by Chamber member Andrew Gregson of The Executive Factor…

    Jan. 5, 2013





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    Dec. 5, 2012
    Personal Ambassador Romy Rahmanian, Law office of Romy S. Rahmanian, introduced two new members at the Ambassadors Committee Meeting Dec. 4, 2012. RE/MAX Advanced Realty Monterey Park was represented by Tony Shou. Tony lives in Arcadia and is looking forward to learn more about the community and working with foreign investors. Crystal Zhang is a Financial Services Professional with Mass Mutual Financial Group. She also lives in Arcadia and wants to get more involved in the community. Crystal is fluent in Chinese Mandarin which is an asset in our area. Helen Mah from Wells Fargo Arcadia is the new Regional Private Banker. She not only represents the branches in Arcadia but all the Wells Fargo branches in San Gabriel, Temple City and Alhambra.

    November Meet the Ambassadors





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    Nov. 6, 2012

    Two new members were welcomed by Chamber Ambassadors at the November 6, 2012 Ambassador meeting, led by Chairman Sylvia Ramos, Coldwell Banker George Realty.  The following members were introduced by personal ambassador, Romy Rahmanian, Law Offices of Romy Rahmanian…

    Yasuko Fujita, manager of the first Oto Oto Izakaya Restaurant outside of Japan.  Oto Oto is first and foremost a traditional Japanese restaurant, but an Izakaya style restaurant, while traditional is by no means formal. Rather, an Izakaya is a place to unwind and have a drink and a bite to eat after work with friends, family and business associates. To this end, Oto Oto Izakaya’s in the U.S. are being designed with an aesthetic which communicates both excellence of cuisine and an upscale yet relaxing environment to drink and dine in.

    John Davis, from Mt. Sierra College, shared information about this nationally accredited & private college located in Monrovia.  Approximately 600 students are attending and working towards a Bachelors Degree in Business, Computer Technology or Media Arts.  The four year program may be completed in 3 years since classes are offered year round.

    November Ambassador meeting




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    Oct. 2, 2012

    September Personal Ambassador Rich Jones of San Marino Tribune introduced three new Chamber members to the Ambassadors and Chamber Staff at “Meet the Ambassadors” Oct. 2, 2012.
    Costco Marketing Department represented by Andrea Torres can offer many benefits to small businesses such as 401(k) plans, business phone services, merchant credit card processing and many more. The warehouse is full of every day values such as produce, books, electronics and housewares.

    Jeffrey W. Kronson, M.D., specializes in personal solutions for all your vascular needs. He joined the Chamber in July and is located at 450 E. Huntington Drive 2nd floor in Arcadia.

    Todd M. Palmquist represents the San Gabriel Valley Consortium on Homelessness. Their goals are to educate and engage the communities in the San Gabriel Valley on homeless issues and solutions.  We can fight homelessness by getting involved and checking out their website.  

    October Meet the Ambassadors





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    Sept. 4, 2012

    Two out of the 10 new members for the month of August were introduced at “Meet the Ambassadors” Sept. 4, 2012 by Personal Ambassador, Mary Hansen.

    • Consulate General of Sri Lanka represented by Counsul General, Dr. Hector Weerasinghe and Consul V.S. Sidath Kumar.  They are here to promote import and export for Sri Lanka.
    • Nancy Bond Insurance Services represented by Nancy Bond O’Neal, President/CEO and Jerry Pavelec, Vice President Sales & Marketing.  Nancy has been in the insurance business for 20 years and they specialize in non profit organizations like school and churches. They also have offices in Colorado.

    September Meet the Ambassadors





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    Aug. 7, 2012

    Your Chamber attracted what is believed to be a modern record of 17 new members in July without even having a membership drive.
    Six of those new members came to “Meet the Ambassadors”  Aug. 7, 2012 at the Chamber office, with this month’s Personal Ambassador John Sun of Budget Blinds inviting and introducing each one to the Ambassador Committee. Their names and companies are listed below the following photo gallery (click on each to see full details and contact info in their listing in Member Directory here on web site).

    August Meet the Ambassadors








    Roberta ArmijoCertified Financial Planner, is a full-service financial planner who can especially help women who are new to managing their wealth. She will help you set goals to preserve and grow your assets. Areas of focus are retirement income strategies, wealth preservation strategies, family finances and investments.
    Cruise Planners represented by Jenny Tsa and Ivan Lai. They are your land escort and cruise specialists from weekend getaways to cruises of one week or longer. They have been to 32 countries and 60 cities and will handle all travel particulars from airfare, transfers, rental cars, hotels and cruise bookings.
    Fast Autoworks represented by Tuan Nguyen, has owned the Arcadia business at 333 N. First Avenue for more than 10 years. They aim to provide excellent quality auto repair and services at a competitive price.
    Magna Home Inspection, represented by Carl Lockridge, believes that the customer’s needs are of the utmost importance. With many years of experience in masonry, framing, wall covering, roofing and other areas of construction.
    RE/MAX 6000 Realty, represented by Hank Hennessy, specializes in helping homeowners. The new office in Arcadia on Live Oak Avenue is complete and they are looking for experienced real estate agents to join the team.
    TAZA a Social Coffee House, represented by Sonny Mediana, is set to officially open on September 1 at 11 W. Huntington Drive just west of Santa Anita Avenue across from Arcadia Park. Featuring hand-poured artisans coffee roasted by Jones in Pasadena, and espresso drinks made to order, pastries, and custom ice cream sandwiches. Artwork and live performers are also planned.

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    July 3, 2012

    Four of the nine new Arcadia Chamber of Commerce members who joined in June were introduced July 3, 2012 by Personal Ambassador Verena Somer of The Service Advisors during the monthly “Meet the Ambassadors” portion of the monthly Chamber Ambassadors meeting.
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    July 3, 2012






    • EH Financial Group, Inc., represented by Emmy Hernandez, is a certified financial planner. She can assist with your retirement plan, creating of an investment portfolio and tax planning.
    • Green Menu, represented by Alice Chou, promotes healthy living and a clean environment. They offer the Green Menu Dining Card, where discounts and exclusive offers are available to members.
    • High Resolution Productions, featuring owner/disc jockey Steve Kikuchi, offers mobile sound and lighting. He has been providing entertainment for wedding and special occasions for more than 20 years.
    • Legal Shield, represented by Edie Cole, gives you the ability to talk to an attorney on any legal matter for a small monthly fee. Click here to see Edie’s Chamber member listing here on this site.
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    Eleven new members joined the Chamber in the month of May.  At the Ambassadors meeting this morning, the following members were introduced by Personal Ambassador Sho Tay (see photo gallery below):

    • Mindy Kernc from California Philharmonic is getting ready for their first concert at the beautiful Santa Anita Race Track on June 30th.  They have an office at Westfield Santa Anita, where you can buy tickets and assist with all your questions.
    • Roland H. Kedikian is  an attorney who specializes in bankruptcy. He started his practice in 1997 and offers free consultations .
    • Kevin Lee and Richard Polanco,Jr. from IT Systemhouse, Inc. is an information technology specialist.  They are the new IT provider for the Chamber and will soon offer special discounts to Chamber members.
    • Debbie Magana, the Manager of National University just opened its office at Westfield Santa Anita.  They provide online courses for individuals seeking college degrees.
    • RE/MAX Omega opened its office on Baldwin Ave. last week with manager Peggy Fong Chen.  Their mission is to provide quality service to their clients and to give back to the community.

    New Chamber Members







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    Three new members: David Sun, Marquis Logistics – Jerry Dominguez, Printing Control – Ricky Whitman, Pasadena Humane Society, met new Chamber President Pete Siberell, Santa Anita Park, and were presented chamber member plaques by Ambassador Mark Ramos of Vista Paint at the May Day monthly Ambassador meeting (May 1, 2012).

    And Ramos, this month’s Personal Ambassador, welcomed back longtime faithful and diligent Ambassador Mary Hansen to the meeting after some surgery and extensive rehab. She looks great!

    New Members meet New President

    Three new members: David Sun, Marquis Logistics - Jerry Dominguez, Printing Control - Ricky Whitman, Pasadena Humane Society met new Chamber President Pete Siberell, Santa Anita Park, and were presented chamber member plaques by Ambassador Mark Ramos of Vista Paint at today's monthly Ambassador meeting.






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    Chamber Ambassador chairperson Sylvia Ramos of Coldwell Banker George Realty and the Personal Ambassador for March, Vicki Knight of Century Rooter, introduced four new Chamber members at the monthly Ambassadors meeting April 4.

    Each new member was presented a plaque by Chamber President Bob Hoffman, left in photos, and given a few minutes to describe their business to a dozen Ambassadors and Chamber staff members. The Chamber’s Executive Director, Scott Hettrick, is at right in the photos.

    Dr. Brad Miller
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    Chiropractor Dr. Brad Miller, at 212 E. Foothill Blvd., has been in business in Arcadia since the mid-1980s and even still makes house calls! He’s also the president of the Arcadia Rotary Club.

    Holiday Inn Express
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    Holiday Inn Express (Pasadena, on Colorado Blvd between Rosemead and Madre) general manager Michael Tsai and sales manager Sabrina Chen said the hotel has 81 rooms and two conference rooms, one big enough to hold 80 people. They have already scheduled a Chamber mixer at the hotel May 10.

    Ronald Presant
    financial adviser Ronald Presant, centerFinancial security adviser Ronald Presant specializes in life insurance and has been in Arcadia for 25 years.

    Real Estate Heaven
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    Real Estate Heaven CEO Paul Argueta and specialist Glen Yeh are targeting both commercial and residential properties and services.

    newspaper clippingThanks to San Marino Tribune and Chamber Ambassador Richard Jones for publishing this photo of the Chamber plaque presentation to Paul and Glen of Real Estate Heaven in San Marino!