The Profile

Dr. Lynnette Zelezny

Dr.-Lynnette-ZeleznyProvost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
California State University, Fresno

What we do:
We serve about 25,000 university students in the Central California Valley. We are a Hispanic Serving Institute, and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institute. Over 70 percent of our students are first-generation college students.
Education:
M.B.A., 2005, California State University, Fresno, Fresno CA.
Ph.D., 1998, Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
M.A., 1981, Psychology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
B. A., 1979, Psychology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Age: 57
Family: Married to John Zelezny, Senior Vice President, Community Medical Centers, for 34 years. Three grown children Serena, Reed and Stephen Zelezny.

Carol Velez

Carolina Profile PictureOwner,
CV Design Interiors, Inc.
dba Green Office Furnishings

What we do:
Green Office Furnishings provides full service design, space planning, consulting and quality reclaimed and new furnishings to clients throughout the Central California. Through our environmentally conscious designs we engage in waste prevention by reusing, recycling, reclaiming and thinking green. We are driven to preserving our environment by doing our part in preventing products from ending up in landfills.

Education:
California State University, Fresno, Bachelor’s of Art Degree in art,
Option in Interior Design

California State University, Fresno,
Master of Arts Degree - in progress,
Emphasis in art history

Age: 46

Family:
I am a first generation immigrant from Nicaragua. In 1998 I married the love of my life, Fernando Velez, a British immigrant from Spain. We have been married 25 years. We were blessed with three lovely daughters, Irene, Marisabel, and Anna who are our pride and joy. My unique coveted design style can be in part attributed to my world travel and experiences living in Nicaragua and Spain.  

Jeff Davis

Jeffrey-Davis-2Broker
Davis Commercial Real Estate Services in Clovis

What we do:
I opened Davis Commercial in April 2001 after a 13-year career with Grubb & Ellis/ Pearson Commercial. While there, I specialized in the sales and leasing of office and office-warehouse properties and the sales of investment properties. I currently handle sales, leasing and offer consultation services for all types of commercial property, but the majority of the transactions are still office related.

Education:
I graduated from CSU, Fresno in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration-Finance.
I have also taken various courses with the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute and completed a course in commercial real estate offered through Grubb & Ellis.

Age:
52

Family:
Spouse: Norma.
Children: Sons, Steven (26) Lives in Clovis and is an emergency room nurse, Nicholas (10), Jacob (8).

Phil Owens

Area Manager
BBSI in Fresno

What we do: BBSI (Barrett Business Services, Inc.) works with over 3,000 companies daily helping small and mid-sized businesses achieve their goals. We do this by providing management solutions that bring predictability and stability to small businesses, providing resources most small companies do not have in-house.

Education: Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif.

Age:  49

Family:
Wife: Mary
Son: Ryan, a student at Fresno State

What is BBSI’s history in Fresno?
BBSI opened the Branch in 2004.

Javier Gomez

Chief Operations Officer,
F&M Restaurants, Inc.

How did you come to establish F & M Restaurants, Inc.?
Before, we were H&S Services, which stands for Howard and Sterling. There were two partners and they got together and built Rally’s in Fresno in 1998, and they used to own Jack’s Car Wash and Rally’s together. Then in 2008 and they went their separate ways and I took Rally’s and the other took Jack’s.”

Earl "Sticks" Brown

Earl-Sticks-Brown-Portrait-1Owner / CEO
Sticks Brown Group / Radiant Ride

EDUCATION: BA Communications, University of the Pacific

AGE: 57

FAMILY: Married to Ruth, with two adult children

Tell us about Radiant Ride.
Radiant Ride is a vehicle appearance maintenance program for new car buyers. What makes our program unique is our all-inclusive coverage. We cover the costs for most cosmetic repairs as well as surface protection damage. Today’s consumers keep their cars longer, so maintaining a vehicle’s appearance is more important than it was in the past.

Alicia Rios

Director

California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD)
State Center Community College District

What we do:
The California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD), a division of State Center Community College District, works year-round to fulfill its mission to promote the state’s international trade competitiveness, assist exporters and importers, and advance economic and job growth.

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business (1999) from California State University, Fresno.

Family:
Many nieces and nephews, ranging in age from 4 months to 22 years.

What are your roots in the Central Valley?
I’m proud to say I was born and raised in Hanford and earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis on International Business from California State University, Fresno. As a Valley resident, I am very familiar with the many agricultural assets located within the Central Valley and as such, I’m constantly working with our CITD team to involve and engage the rural areas within the Valley in new and exciting exporting opportunities.

Brian Domingos

Brian-Domingos-JrPresident/CEO
Premier Valley Realty & Management, Inc.

What we do:
Broker real estate transactions in the Central Valley.  

Education:
BA Communication Studies, CSUF (2005)
MA, Leadership & Organizational Studies, Fresno Pacific (2008)
Real Estate License 2003
Broker’s License 2009
Certificate, Urban and Regional Planning, CSUF
Certificate, Air Quality Management, CSUF

Age:
32

Family:
Married in January 2014 to Analiese Domingos in Carmel, Calif.

How did you come to your position with Premier Valley Realty?
I started Premier Valley Realty in 2009 after obtaining my real estate broker’s license. Prior to starting my own company, I worked for a local Century21 office.  

James M. Ford

JimFord President-Central-Valley-Community-BankPresident
Central Valley Community Bank

What we do:
Central Valley Community Bank opened its doors in 1980 as a full-service community bank providing personalized service to business and personal banking customers in the Fresno and Clovis region. Built upon a foundation of strength and security, the Bank has successfully operated for over 34 years, never losing sight of the founding values of integrity, trustworthiness, caring, loyalty, leadership and teamwork. Today, CVCB operates 21 full-service offices spanning seven San Joaquin Valley counties, with nearly 300 employees and has grown to over $1.1 billion in assets as of year-end 2013. The Bank operates commercial, real estate, SBA and agribusiness lending departments. Investment services are provided by Investment Centers of America and Central Valley Community Insurance Services, LLC, provides financial and insurance solutions for businesses and individuals. CVCB is dedicated to investing in relationships with their special brand of personalized service, competitive financial products and services and professional advocacy for customers.

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson 033114Owner
E.R. Johnson Consulting

What I do:
Government and community relations consulting focused on furthering the public policy, public relations and communications goals of our clients.

Education:
Bachelor of Science, Organizational Behavior, University of San Francisco.  Accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.

Age:
61

Family:
Married to Pam for 37 years.  Our son Adam is married to Dee nee Richter, and our daughter Emily is married to Blake Dudley.