The Arcadia Chamber of Commerce celebrated their annual Business Awards at this morning’s Networking Breakfast hosted by Embassy Suites by Hilton Arcadia and sponsored by Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuaries and HMart. In addition to this Chief Taste Officer Romy Rahmanian gave a presentation on this year’s Taste of Arcadia. The presentation also included two videos on the Taste of Arcadia made by Christine Zito of Pure Media Marketing. A big hit at this morning’s Networking Breakfast was the inclusion of a special Waffle Bar with both regular and Gluten free Waffles, as always the team at Embassy Suites is inventing new ways to impress the crowd at Networking Breakfast.
Networking Breakfast Sponsor; Bruce Lazenby Executive Director of Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuaries
With solemness in his voice, Bruce Lazenby of Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuaries discussed the tragedy that occurred in his family two years ago. From this experience he and his wife came to the agreement that they should make arrangements to preplan their memorial service. Because they preplanned, Bruce and his wife were able to decide how they would be remembered and what specific aspects of their life they would include in their service. Taking the time to make these arrangements ensured that if anything were to happen, the children wouldn’t have to make assumptions on what their parents would want for their final remembrances. As well Bruce could make the payments so the burden wouldn’t fall to their children. As Bruce elaborated on the decision to make preplanning arrangements is a difficult one to undergo and even consider but the benefits are substantial.
Networking Breakfast Sponsor; Sam Kim Senior Director of HMart
The most anticipated addition to the City of Arcadia is the HMart, the new Asian-American supermarket chain which is scheduled to open their newest store in 2 to 3 months. The business has existed for over 35 years and has been making an impact in the United States with 60 stores in 13 different states. In California alone they currently run 10 markets with the newest one in Arcadia marking their 11th store. Sam mentioned that while speaking that he and his company is very interested in getting involved with the local community. As a market HMart is dedicated to providing the local area with a wealth of Asian and Western groceries including meats, seafood, produce, housewares and RTC (Ready to Cook) items.
Arcadia Business Awards
The Arcadia Chamber Business Award winners were recognized this morning at the Networking Breakfast. Awards were granted by Andrew Cooper, Arcadia Chamber of Commerce President. Special commendations were given by Peter Amundson, Mayor of Arcadia.
New Member of the Year
David Lamb of ActNOW CPR and First Aid has only been a member of the Arcadia Chamber since February of 2017, but in this short time he has already made a name for himself in the community. He commonly frequents chamber functions, often going above and beyond as a greeter. In his short time of membership he has already been installed as an Arcadia Chamber Ambassador. This honor has only strengthened his dedication and effort as he stands as a close second in attendance of events.
As a retired fire captain David understands the importance first aid can have when accidents occur. He first founded ActNOW First Aid and CPR because of his desire to make an impact towards the well being of his community. As well in response to the 9/11 tragedy where he volunteered as a responder and has seen the direst of situations where first aid becomes crucial to preserving life. David Lamb started his education career becoming a California Specialized Training Insitute Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational Level trainer. After this he further developed earning credentials as a CPR/AED/First Aid instructor. He has trained many different fire departments in HazMat FRO, but his passion now comes from teaching everyday people who may come across an accident in regular life.
Recent Contributions to the Arcadia Chamber by David Lamb
- Joined on as a Chamber Ambassador in early 2017
- Regularly has participated as a Chamber Greeter
- Held a ribbon cutting for ActNOW CPR and First Aid, where he gave a reduced cost for CPR and First Aid lessons
- Created an American Heart Association Arcadia Chamber of Commerce Heart Walk Team
Business Person of the Year
Due to her more than congenial nature and strong dedication to the Arcadia Chamber, Rosa Jaime of the Four Seasons Tea Room has been awarded this year’s Business Person of the Year. It could be very well be believed that Rosa would have a very promising career in teaching courses on hospitality. Her nature is beyond accommodating, she genuinely cares about the people she meets and does business with. As owner and operator of the Four Seasons Tea Room, Rosa leads quite a busy life, scheduling and ensuring the proper care of each engagement and guest can create quite a workload. But Rosa remains consistently composed as it appears her work only revitalizes her resolve.
The Four Seasons Tea room is a lovely restaurant that specializes in offering its guests, which include local residents and at times British Royals, fine teas, seasonal tea sandwiches, desserts and fresh scones that are baked to order. The Four Seasons is open for afternoon tea from Tuesday thru Saturday, as well they can accommodate most special occasions and group get togethers. This last summer the Four Seasons Tea Room participated in the Tea Travellers’ passport program and Parcel Quests.
Recent Contributions to the Arcadia Chamber by Rosa Jaime
- Hosted an Arcadia Chamber Mixer which had an attendance of over 60 guests
- Joined the Arcadia Chamber Board of Directors
Chamber Service Award
Jennifer Stone of Imprintability is quite familiar with Chambers of Commerce. Previous to joining the Arcadia Chamber she was involved with the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce and part of their Executive Committee. Jennifer has taken her past experience, “chambering,” as she coined at puts it, and presented to Arcadia Chamber CEO, Karen Mac Nair, these ideas in order to develop plans that have proved successful.
Jennifer’s slogan that, “You can’t be everywhere, but your logo can be,” has become so well known it is often repeated with her as she stands during introductions at monthly Networking Breakfasts. As chamber members have experienced her slogan is true to its word. Imprintability can take any logo or company and imprint it onto most any common promotional product. Coming to events guests will recognize the first distinction that they are attending an Arcadia Chamber event through the Arcadia Chamber Pop-Up Banner which is thanks to the work of Imprintability.
Recent Contributions to the Arcadia Chamber by Jennifer Stone
- Joined the Arcadia Chamber Board of Directors
- Offered business consultation to the Arcadia Chamber
Business of the Year
Embassy Suites by Hilton of Arcadia has proved invaluable to the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce. During multiple occasions the Arcadia Chamber has reached out to Embassy Suites to help in a tight situation. As well last year when considering possible options to hold the much anticipated Arcadia Chamber Holiday Mixer, the inviting atmosphere of Embassy Suites couldn’t be passed up. This was a decision which was well made as it capped off the year for most Arcadia Chamber members and was talked about in high regards by most chamber members well after.
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Recent Contribution to the Arcadia Chamber by Embassy Suites
- Held various events which include a love lunch, two chamber mixers, numerous networking breakfasts and the first Arcadia Chamber State of the City
- Naomi Briones has been a chamber ambassador for many years, and was recently installed onto the Arcadia Chamber Board of Directors.
- Joseph Concialdi of Right at Home thanked Rod Salazar of Stubbies Promotions for quick and great pen delivery services.
- Gloria Huss of Monrovia Floral thanked the Manny Cabrera of Cabrera’s Mexican Restaurant for being a perfect host for one of her special occasions.
- Renee Concialdi of Right at Home thanked Vicki Knight of Century Rooter for offering great service to a friend of hers.
- Sheldon Johnson thanked Manny Cabrera of Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine for a great father daughter dinner.
- Sophia Chan of Monrovia Gardens thanked Jose Luis Correa of Beacon Media News for following thru on a great ad service experience.
- Rosa Jaime of the Four Seasons Tea Room thanked David Lamb of ActNOW CPR and First Aid for a great and informative class on CPR and First Aid
- Dr. Seth Mittleman of Chiropractic Health Center thanked Jim Boyd of Banner Bank for having a great community bank.
- Patricia Colonello of Mountain Views News thanked Sue Cook for helping sell their mother’s house.
- Donna Lee of Lifewave Arcadia thanked Kelly Quezada for helping celebrate a special occassion with a specialized personal cookie
- Kelly Quezada of Lemon Drop Cookie Shop thanked Jim Herz of Prolific for setting up her payment options
- Sue Cook of Podley Properties thanked Patricia Colonello for developing great ways to advertise.
- Naomi Briones of Embassy Suites thanked Gloria Huss for providing an excellent arrangement for this morning’s breakfast
- Stefanie Shook of Two Men and a Truck thanked Naomi Biones for donating and being so helpful to their programs.
- Vicki Knight of Century Rooter donated two 45 dollars to the Outback, these were won by Landon Paulson of Bolton and Co and Rod Salazar of Stubbies Promotions
- Brooke Perez of LONGO Toyota donated a picnic blanket which was won by Ivan Jaime of the Four Seasons Tea Room and Lori Huisken of Anytime Fitness
- Danielle Johnson of the DoubleTree of Monrovia donated a tin of the cookie which was won by Joe Concialdi of Right at Home
- Frank Yik of Rose Hills Memorial Park donated a gift basket which was won by Michelle Freridge of the Asian Youth Center
- Darlene Papa of Lifeline for Pets donated a dog toy and bowl which was won by Yelena Salazar of Embassy Suites by Hilton Arcadia
- Christine Lee of Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation donated two pairs of tickets to their upcoming show, these were won by Annette Ousterhout of Jan’s Towing and Manny Cabrera of Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine
- Sue Cook of Podley Properties donated wine which was won by Jim Boyd of Banner Bank
- Carmen Richardson of Chef Carmen’s 3Cs donated wine which was won by Gloria Huss of Monrovia Floral
- Annette Ousterhout of Jan’s Towing donated an insulated bag which was won by Connie Aguilar of Options for Learning
- Martha Laos of DoubleTree of Monrovia donated a tin of the cookie which was won Frances Harsono
- Jennifer Stone of Imprintability donated a set of 500 business cards which was won by Romy Rahmanian of the Law offices of Romy S. Rahmanian
- Naomi Briones of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Arcadia donated a centerpiece which was won by Sophia Chan of Monrovia Floral
- Kelly Quezada of Lemon Drop Cookie Shop donated two dozen cookies with a logo this was won by Frank Yik of RoseHills Memorial Park
- Michelle Freridge of Asian Youth Center donated wine which was won by Francine Chiu
- Manny Cabrera of Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine donated a 20 dollar gift card which was won by Annie Perez of Cruise Planners
- Rod Salazar of Stubbies Promotions donated 500 business cards which was won by Rosa Jaime of the Four Seasons Tea Room.