Chair-Elect Michael Wynn Song, Ed Gibbs, and City Manager Greg Nyhoff take a tour of Gibbs Truck Center
The Oxnard Chamber has successfully continued a Business Visits program it launched three years ago. "Getting the City Manager Greg Nyhoff into a variety of different enterprises helps him understand what makes the business community successful," remarked Chamber CEO Nancy Lindholm. "It reminds him where his tax revenue comes from."
Past visits have included agriculture, manufacturing, research, media, healthcare, nonprofit, and hospitality entities.
Visits normally take between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on the size of the facility and the history or background of the business. The visits are normally attended by the City Manager, the Chair or Chair-Elect of the Chamber, and the Chamber President/CEO.
"We recently visited Cloudburst Misting Systems in south Oxnard," said Lindholm. "They are doing a huge job in Dubai. Who would have guessed?"
If you would like to host a business visit, please contact Nancy Lindholm.
Mary Maranville, founder of Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) has been named its chief executive officer. Formally, Maranville was SEEAG’s executive director. The SEEAG board voted on the new title at its June board meeting.
Maranville founded SEEAG in 2008 to help students, families and the public learn and appreciate the origins of their food. SEEAG bridges the gap between agriculture and consumption through its agricultural education programming and its annual Ventura County Farm Day. Since SEEAG began, it has helped over 20,000 elementary school students from throughout Southern California increase their understanding of the food journey.
“Mary started SEEAG with an incredible vision and has been the one pushing SEEAG to become what it is today. It’s only fitting that she be its CEO,” says Monica Houweling, a SEEAG board member. “Every time I see Mary, she is always sharing a story on how children are learning something new about the food that feeds them. Mary and SEEAG are doing amazing things to help future generations understand the importance of agriculture.”
This year, the annual Ventura County Farm Day will be held November 4. On Farm Day, over 25 local farms open their doors and invite the public to experience a day of agricultural learning firsthand. This free, popular event connects the community with its farming neighbors. More than 6,000 people visited farms last year on Farm Day.
Maranville also co-founded Veteran Farmers of America (VFA), which places veterans in paid, two-week internship programs with local farms. VFA has placed over 30 veterans in agricultural internships. Many veterans who take part in the internships are offered fulltime positions in agriculture.
For more information about SEEAG programs and events, visit www.seeag.org.
After 15 years in Los Angeles, Bluestar Funding has moved to Oxnard. Now known as “The Mortgage Guy”, founder and CEO Chris is proud to be doing mortgage loans in Oxnard, Ventura and Camarillo, including purchase, refinance and reverse mortgages.
Chris and his wife Kim had a goal to move to Oxnard once their two boys were in college. With the boys now attending Pepperdine and living in Malibu, the couple took the leap and moved to the marina where they watch the boats go by and it reminds them every day, that they love this life.
Chris is in the mortgage lending business, and likes numbers, problem solving and meeting new people. Anyone in the real estate business knows that sometimes a home loan is at the mercy of an underwriter. With his broker experience, previous banking, and Wall Street work he can prevent loan conditions before underwriting and help underwriters with the rules. This makes for a better experience for the client and the real estate agents.
The business question he is asked the most is, “what is your best interest rate”? A loan is much more than a rate. On a purchase transaction there are multiple parties in a home loan transaction, different costs and many deadlines. Everything has to come together and on time. They work smart and hard on a purchase or refinance loans and they make mortgages easy.
If you are cruising the main channel, wave to them. They are the boat with the big blue letters on the back that says BLUESTAR! For more information call 805.979.9036 or visit the website at www.callthemortgageguy.com.
Gaea Verneris is an Edward Jones financial advisor in Oxnard. Her branch office is located at 2901 N. Ventura Road, Suite 280.
“I entered the financial services industry because I like helping people work toward achieving their long-term financial goals,” Gaea says. “Building relationships with my clients and in my community is key.”
Edward Jones financial advisors meet face-to-face with clients to build strong relationships.
“And we do so by offering excellent client service through our convenient branch locations in the communities where our clients live and work” says Gaea.
Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United Stated and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 15,000 plus financial advisors work directly with more than 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 5 on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2017, is headquartered in St. Louis.
The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and for information call 805.278.6711
The St. John’s Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic department of St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH) in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in Oxnard, is pleased to announce it raised more than $400,000 at its seventh “Adventure” fundraising gala held May 6th, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. All proceeds will fund expansion and modernization projects at SJPVH and SJRMC.
More than 600 community members attended the event which featured live and silent auctions, farm-to-table cuisine from renowned two-time James Beard award winning chef Bradley Ogden, and the honoring celebration of longtime community leaders and dedicated philanthropists Tom and Barbara Laubacher and Dr. Henry and Emma Montes who were recognized as recipients of the Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to members of the community for their contributions and volunteerism, commitment to society, and support of the charisma and values exemplified by Catherine McAuley. Mother Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, in 1831. She tirelessly gave of her time, talents, and sizable inheritance to those suffering from poverty, illness, and a lack of education.
Tom and Barbara Laubacher and Dr. Henry and Emma Montes have made lasting contributions to our community through “works of mercy,” sharing their time, talents, and resources and inspiring others to follow in their example.
The St. John’s Healthcare Foundation was established in 1985 to provide philanthropic support for building projects, equipment, and patient care services at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. For more information about supporting SJRMC or SJPVH please call (805) 988-2868.