The Profile

Benjamin J. Maddox

Senior VP and Market Manager

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

What we do:  Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Middle Market team manages and grows a diverse portfolio of commercial and agribusiness clients with annual revenues of $50 million to $2 billion across the Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare and Kern County markets.

Education:  I am a graduate of the Craig School of Business at Fresno State with a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance) and a minor in Economics.

Age:  38

Family:  Wife – Alison; Children – Emily (11), Brenton (11), Brooklyn (7) and Carson (3)

Daniel Wilson


Current Culture H20

What we do:
Current Culture H2O manufactures innovative irrigation systems and plant nutrients for growers across North America and abroad.

Amy R. Tobin


Hinds Hospice

What we do: We provide hospice and bereavement services for those with terminal illnesses for all ages and for those who love them.  

Education: Bachelor’s in Science in nursing (1977) and Master’s in human resource and organization development (1987), both from University of San Francisco.  

Age: 60

Family: married to Richard Tobin for 37 years, four children: Matt, Tara, Laura, and Andrew.

Derek Franks

Screen Shot 2015 04 10 at 4.13.18 PMGeneral Manager

Fresno Grizzlies Triple-A Baseball Club

What we do: Create lasting memories in Downtown Fresno

Education: Fresno State MCJ – public relations major

Age: 30

Family: Wife; Sarah. Daughter; Joni

A.M. Aminian

Title and roles:
Medical director of the Allergy Institute in Fresno and Visalia, president of the Fresno-Madera Medical Society, and a member of the teaching faculty at the UCSF Medical Education Program in Fresno.

MD with a specialty in allergy, asthma and immunology, University of Oklahoma Wayne State University and the Max Samter Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology affiliated with Rush Medical School in Chicago, Illinois

I met my lovely wife Sandra 26 years ago and we have a dog named Koki who runs the house and makes us a happy family of three.

Scot Biehl

Owner/Dealer Operator

 Mercedes-Benz of Fresno

What we do: Sales, service and parts of Mercedes-Benz and Sprinter vehicles
Education: Graduate of McLane High School, 1983
28 years of auto business experience
Age: 49

Family: Married to Wife Katie for 22 years
Son Matthew, 18
Daughter Diana, 16

Mark Sorenson

Fresno County Farm Bureau

What we do: Farm raisins and blueberries. Own and operate mechanical raisin harvesting business.

Age: 55

Education: Immanuel High School

Family: Married to Kimberly for 30 years. Three daughters and two son-in-laws: Jace and Johannah White, Jeff and Elizabeth Jantzen and Olivia.

Paul Halajian

President/Principal Architect

Paul Halajian Architects

What we do:
We believe that each client, project, and site is unique and our design solutions celebrate these distinctions. We value the differences from project to project, taking each as an opportunity to work through every intricate detail until our solution is a balance of both design and technical superiority. Design, constructability, sustainability, and client service are valued equally, and as such we address each with the diligence it takes to make every component as successful as the whole. Using this strategy, every project we execute is an occasion to impact the greater architectural landscape in a way that makes our work a tailored fit to the project parameters.

Joanna Odabashian

Team Leader/CEO

Keller Williams Fresno

What we do: We are a training and consulting company in the business of selling real estate.

Education: Graduated from Fresno High School in 1992 and Fresno State in 1997 with a Liberal Arts Degree. In 1998 I received a bilingual teaching credential from Fresno State. I was an elementary school and high school teacher until 2006.

Age: 40

Family: Husband- Matt Odabashian (Chemistry teacher and soccer coach at Central High East), Son- Kelly Odabashian 12- Student at Tenaya, Daughter Lauren Odabashian Student at Starr. My parents are Bryan and Jennifer Martin and are also 2 of my business partners.

Matthew Mingrone

Screen Shot 2015 02 27 at 2.27.53 PMGeneral Manager

Eagle Mountain Casino

What we do: Indian gaming.

Education:  Bachelor of business administration from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio - Class of 1989

Age: 47

Family: Engaged - 4 children