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Robert Wood

President
Generation Homes

What we do: Generation Homes was started in 1996 and has evolved from a production-subdivision homebuilder to a design-build residential and light commercial general construction firm. Our employment has grown from three to as high as 45 to our current level of 18. Our primary focus is residential remodeling and custom home building. Our clients typically are looking for a one-stop shop for construction design, management, and decorating services.  We offer all of those services with a process that is inherently transparent.  Our construction experience covers the gamut from custom and production homes, kitchen and bath remodels, home performance audits and retrofits to light commercial tenant improvements and new commercial construction.  We have also created a home performance division that offers a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis of the home and added a painting division focused on residential and light commercial.

Real estate roundup: Fresno hits top 10 in home list price jump

Realtor.com, an online real estate site operated by Move, Inc., released its National Housing Trend Report for December 2013, showing that Fresno came in 10th on the nation’s top 10 of metropolitan statistical areas for the greatest year-over-year price increase for homes.

Survey: 13.5M tons of tomatoes under contract

The USDA-NASS California Field Office surveyed the state’s tomato processors for their intended contract acreage and tonnage and found contract sales will total 13.5 million tons this year.
The data reported by processors was either tonnage with derived acreage, or acreage with derived tonnage.

Fresno’s WET-incubated companies raised $7M last year

One of the region’s best-known hubs for business startup assistance, the Central Valley Business Incubator has recently assumed a new title with a revamped mission focused on helping entrepreneurs in the water and energy sector.
Since its establishment in 1996, the Fresno-based organization has been providing startup and expanding companies with business consultation, education, access to capital and even office space to help them make their ventures profitable.

Economist: Fuel prices down, wealth up in ’14, beyond

Wells Fargo economist Gary Schlossberg spoke at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Fresno on Monday to give his assessment of what businesses can expect in the year ahead.
Rotary members look forward to the talk every year as Schlossberg, senior economist with Wells Capital Management in San Francisco, comes out each January to recap recent strides in the economy and offer predictions.

Web, video rule marketing in 2014

By all accounts, the Internet and digital video filmmaking appear to be the top growth areas in media marketing for 2014.

Web marketing
“Internet is growing and replacing ad spending, percentagewise. compared to TV, newspaper, magazine and radio,” said Chris Boling, vice president and chief strategic officer of Boling Associates in Fresno.

Mobile advertising takes to the skies

Fresno marketing firm to operate German-made airship

In the age of mobile Internet, old-school aerial advertising might seem a little out of step.
But the reality is that aerial advertising has enjoyed big-time success, especially when it comes to messages on the sides of large blimps. While blimps are not planned for Fresno, something similar is on its way.

James Collier

James-CollierOwner and chief strategist
Paprika Studios, LLC

What we do: Online strategy and communication, website and email campaign development

Education: B.A. in Communication Studies from University of North Carolina, Greensboro; M.A. in Leadership & Organizational Studios from Fresno Pacific University
 
Age: 31

How did you come to establish Paprika Studios?
I started learning how to use online tools and build websites to carry out my own ideas — one of those being TasteFresno, which has grown into a large community of local foodies. That led to freelance projects, which led to more ideas. With the rise of social media several years back, I realized there was a need for helping businesses and community organizations navigate the web’s ever-evolving communication channels, so I created Paprika Studios.

Farmer dating site gaining traction with country folk Central Valley users find FarmersOnly.com

The day of the lonely farmer’s daughter (or son, or anyone else on the farm) may be coming to a close.
FarmersOnly.com, a dating website for single farmers and people who like the country, is building ties and even helping to tie the not in some cases by providing a means of communication between farmers who live nearby or miles away, but might not ever meet otherwise.

Yokohl Ranch project awaits Tulare Co.

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors elected a new chairman this week, selecting District Three Supervisor Phil Cox to the top position. Cox replaces District Two Supervisor Pete Vander Poel.
Cox said he is happy to report that the landscape is nothing like when he took the gavel five years ago. “It’s not all doom and gloom, looking to lay off 400 people and watching for more expected cuts from the state,” he said.