The Profile

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

Hon. Robert H. Oliver, Ret.

Of Counsel

Baker Manock & Jensen

What I do at Baker Manock & Jensen: I am Of Counsel, focusing solely on mediation, helping businesses and individuals reach voluntary solutions to commercial and interpersonal disputes.

Education:  Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law; Golden Gate University School of Law (JD); Air War College of the U.S. Air Force — seminar program;  and California State University, Fresno, (BS in business administration).

Age:  Age is dictated by a state of mind, not a calendar.

Family:  I have been married to Stephanie for 43 years; we are blessed with a wonderful family:  two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.

Pedro Santana

Screen Shot 2015 02 13 at 4.34.47 PMExecutive Director

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the
Central Valley, Inc.

Paula Conner


London Properties

What we do: Help our clients maximize their home equity.
Education: BYU - Idaho
Age: Old enough not to tell!!

Family: Dan, husband of 48 years, two great children, Danyelle and Patrick Conner, and six of the best grandchildren anywhere.

Damon Thomas


What we do:
Quiq Labs provides comprehensive mobile Web and app answers for businesses and organizations that have a marketing goal to reach mobile users via Web, email marketing and social media. We help you do it and we help you do it right.

I attended Ohio State University mastering in economics and entrepreneurship.


I’m very single yet super busy. I’m a father of two children and two grandchildren. I have a married brother in Ohio and a sister who lives in Stockton. I really, really love them all and they inspire me to do big things. 

Matthew Buckman

General Director

Fresno Grand Opera

What we do: Fresno Grand Opera is a professional opera company that produces and presents world class performing arts for the residents of Fresno and California’s entire Central Valley region. It provides educational as well as career development opportunities for young artists and serves as a catalyst and resource for the cultural growth of Central California.

Education: Bachelor of Music from CSU Stanislaus in Turlock, CA

Age: 33

Family: Single, no children.