It was an impressive display at the April Ambassador Meeting. Eight of the twenty new members joined the chamber ranks for the morning occasion. Taking on the great responsibility of leading the new and returning ambassadors was recently installed Ambassador Chairman Allan Tsay of Waddell & Reed. Welcomed into the chamber boardroom for the first time were new members Judith Kim of City of Hope, Diane Balsamo of PrimeLending, Jennifer Stone of Imprintability, Raquel Mc Laughlin of Vintage Treasures, Julie Gentile of Gentile, McCloskey & Co., Maya Abdo of Travel with Maya, Gloria Huss of Monrovia Floral, Anna Wu of Kiwanis Club, Lizet Sariol of Hospice of Grace.
Personal Ambassador Wendy Maeda of Keller Williams Realty had and has the tremendous task to our new chamber members as a first line of communication to the various opportunities provided by the Chamber. After a short introduction and elevator pitch from all attending Chamber Ambassadors, the new members were allowed to make their own introductions. A common theme expressed by everyone in the room appeared to be their eagerness and appreciation for being part of the Arcadia Chamber.
Judith Kim illustrated how the City of Hope has a long history with the Arcadia area with its foundation over 100 years ago. From standard medical roots the organization has transitioned into a leading center for cancer, diabetes and other life threatening diseases research and treatment. With a large emphasis as a cancer center the City of Hope has been recognized by the National Cancer Institute and is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. As a leading treatment center the City of Hope makes it their mission to provide excellent care in order to give their patients a positive experience which they can carry with them after their treatment. You can find more information on the City of Hope on their website www.cityofhope.org or call them at (626) 256-4673 or visit them at 1500 E. Duarte Rd., Duarte.
Diane Balsamo is returning as a Chamber member, representing her associated business PrimeLending. Diane mentions that she has fond memories of the Arcadia Chamber before and is eagerly anticipating a similar experience with her membership renewal. PrimeLending has been assisting in home buying and refinancing since their establishment in 1986. As a senior member of their organization Diane can guarantee clear communication during every step of the home buying process. You can find more information on Diane Balsamo of PrimeLending on her website www.diane4homeloans.com or call her at (626) 755-5764.
Jennifer Stone is joining us from her location in Monrovia, where she has developed some experience in city chamber activities and processes. Jennifer represents Imprintability, a business that specializes in customized promotional products, allowing all businesses to find precisely what they need to represent themselves. The Imprintability team guarantees to offer great service from first meeting and quotation all the way down the line to delivery. You can find out more information on Imprintability at their website http://www.imprintability.com/ or call them at (626) 357-7845 or visit them at 128 E. Palm Ave., Monrovia
Raquel Mc Laughlin of Vintage Treasures is rejoining the Chamber as a member. This morning she helped to illustrate the value behind the Chamber, by informing everyone that after examining her Return on Investment (ROI) considering the Chamber and membership dues, she made back her payment within her first month of joining the Chamber. Raquel’s interest lies in not only growth of her business but also helping the Chamber with our many events and promotions. Vintage Treasures remains as always a great place to find one-of-a-kind items and the staff is absolutely knowledgeable not only of everything in their store but how it can fit within their clientele’s wardrobe. You can find out more information on Vintage Treasures at their website vintagetreasures340.wix.com/vintagetresarcadia or call them at (626) 385-5315 or visit them at 340 E. Foothill Blvd., Arcadia
Julie Gentile of Gentile, McCloskey & Co. provides excellent accounting services primarily focusing on small businesses and individuals. Currently as should be expected she is beyond busy and simply preparing to stay busy for the next month. Julie’s firm has amazing experience behind it, Julie herself has been a Certified Public Accountant for over 20 years. There is no new territory for their firm, Julie’s business offers assistance in things such as bookkeeping, payroll services, sales and property tax filing. You can find more information about Gentile, McCloskey & Co. at their website www.gmtaxes.com/ or call them at (626) 256-9090.
Maya Abdo of Travel with Maya provides excellent travel assistance for those hoping to venture out and discover the many wonders that exist outside what people are commonly use to. She has experience in different locales and understands the necessary precautions a traveler needs to make before embarking on their own various adventures. She doesn’t describe herself simply as a travel agent as the knowledge she provides with her service is often well beyond the common knowledge provided by other travel agents. You can find more information about Travel with Maya at her website www.LuxuryTravel4us.com or call her at (213) 444-1589.
Gloria Huss’s Monrovia Floral provides flower arrangements for any occasion – including CEO Karen’s delightful Monday tulip delivery. Gloria recognizes how important her clients’ occasions are and dedicates herself to providing the absolute best possible services. Gloria is keen to her business and doesn’t just provide floral arrangements but instead prides herself in offering floral solutions. You can find more information on Monrovia Floral at their website www.monfloral.com or call them at (626) 358-1889 or visit them at 119 E. Olive Ave., Monrovia.
Anna Wu of the Kiwanis Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the community and youth of the city. Through joining the Chamber she is trying to help them get their footing within the area. Anna is quite interested in not only promoting her own events but also working with other businesses to develop any projects in association with the Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Club is a wide spread organization reaching over 80 nations and strives to work together with community members to help in any areas that need assistance. You can find more information on the Kiwanis Club on their website http://www.monroviakiwanis.org/
Lizet Sariol is a native Arcadian who loves and knows everything about the city. Lizet represents Hospice of Grace and because of her connection to Arcadia she is helping the organization to become familiar with the area. Lizet shared how Hospice of Grace is focused on the quality and not the quantity of care. The organization provides in house hospice care, often working with the entire family to find care accommodations that best fit the specific needs of the individuals. You can find more information on the Hospice of Grace at their website www.hospiceofgrace.com, call them at (818) 553-6646 or visit them at 351 E. Foothill Blvd., Arcadia.
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Under Chairman Alan Tsay, Waddell & Reed the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors include immediate past chairperson Sylvia Ramos, Dilbeck Estate; Naomi Briones, Embassy Suites by Hilton Arcadia; Sue Cook, Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation; Christopher Dettorre of Eos Business Solutions; Lifetime Ambassador Don Fandry, resident and representing the Elks Club; Lifetime Ambassador Mary Hansen, resident; Vicki Knight, Century Rooter Services & Plumbing; Suzanne Krikorian of ServPro; Ivan Lai, Cruise Planners; Wendy Maeda of Keller Williams Realty; Arlynn Robinson, Coldwell Banker Dynasty; John Sun, Budget Blinds; City Council Member Sho Tay, Arcadia Masonic Lodge; Kristy Bradshaw of Arcadia Chamber of Commerce and Woman Network; Bruce McCallum, resident of Arcadia; Mike Vercillo, from the Arcadia Police Department; and Rich Jones, San Marino Tribune