More than 40 attendees at the Chamber’s monthly Networking Breakfast saw Wells Fargo, main Baldwin Ave. branch, receive recognition this morning (Thursday, Sept. 19) as an Arcadia Business Icon presented by the Chamber in partnership with the Arcadia Historical Society. This recognition pays tribute to longstanding businesses in Arcadia for their ongoing contribution too the financial health of the City and to the historical cultural fabric of the community. Wells Fargo Vice President and Chamber board member Jessica Ortiz received the certificate from Society president Gene Glasco of Century 21 Ludecke and Chamber CEO Scott Hettrick. (Story continues below following photo gallery…)[flagallery gid=145]
In presenting the award, Hettrick noted that in addition to donating millions of dollars each year to non-profits and supporting local groups, Wells Fargo has supported Chinese business groups since the late 1800s and has a 20-foot mural in the Baldwin branch depicting the history of Arcadia through Wells Fargo’s community involvement.
This month Wells Fargo is contributing to “Community Support Month” by offering a contest to raise money for the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society.
Mike Wilman of Santa Anita Park provided some lively updates on the happenings at the track, including the remodeling in preparation for the upcoming opening later this month of the Autumn Meet that concludes with the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 1-2. Wilman invited all to attend all the myriad “shows” at the track, and immediate past Chamber President Pete Siberell of Santa Anita Park was “Santa Claus” in giving out passes to all in attendance.
Networking Breakfasts are sponsored year-round by Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary and held at 7:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the Sunset Room of the Santa Anita Golf Course. Those who RSVP and pay in advance get their name and company contact info highlighted on a “Hot Sheet” distributed to each attendee.
Chamber member Rod Salazar of STUBBIES Promotions led the breakfast meeting with all participants doing 30-second “elevator pitches” commercials about their businesses, followed by Becky Happach, Right at Home, giving a slightly longer presentation as this month’s chosen “Business Spotlight.” She reminded everyone that Right at Home is “your extra right hand.”
Chamber board member Bruce Lazenby of Rose Hills commented on the value of connections and networking as a Chamber member.
Next month’s presentation will be “Your Life Your Legacy” by Jerrold Perisho, Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary.