- Published on 10/18/2013 - 2:57 pm
- Written by Leah Canseco
What we do:
ICF sells and installs various commercial-grade flooring products to businesses, schools, government and medical facilities.
One year at Fullerton Community College; School of Women’s Ministry, including some Seminary; University of Hard Knocks
Husband Wayne, married 36 years, four daughters and son-in-laws, six grandchildren
How and when did you and your husband come to establish Innovative Commercial Flooring?
We moved to the Central Valley from Pismo Beach in 2002 as small business partners of a larger flooring company. That firm was bought out in 2009 except for the Fresno branch, so we took the opportunity to start ICF and we continued to serve our clients.
How large an area do you serve?
We serve from Merced to Delano, the mountain communities to the coastal communities.
Have you ever thought about doing work on the residential side as well?
No, except for projects that need commercial products, such as a home with a daycare or converting a home for a senior lifestyle. The needs represented in the commercial arena keeps us busy and we’re learning new things all the time.
Is there a type of flooring that’s getting more popular than others and why?
We have found that Powerbond carpet is very popular with Valley schools. It’s waterproof, easy to clean and practically indestructible. You can see why schools love it. Another product that is popular is the vinyl wooden planks. The wood look is warm and softens a room. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is making a big impact and it is easy to see why. It is funny how some colors styles come around again, like oranges and browns and stripes.
Working a lot with school facilities and maintenance personnel here in the Valley, how have you seen them adjust and stay positive during the last four-plus years of budget cuts?
This has been amazing to witness as many of them have had to reduce their staff, especially the smaller districts. No one went through this untouched. They have had to become masters of efficiency and hope for positive change. The maintenance and facilities personnel have been true champions of this economic downturn.
What business and economic benefits do you see coming out of high-speed rail in the Fresno area?
This is an opportunity for the Central Valley to ready itself for amazing business opportunities. I earnestly suggest that businesses attend as many meetings hosted by the SBA, various Chambers, etc. to learn all they can about this project and to develop their plan of engagement. Colleges and even High Schools should get involved. Almost every business will be impacted. Why shouldn’t the Valley be responsive and excellent and a major benefactor from this project?
How does the company get involved or give back to its community?
When we moved to this area we purposed to love it, flat out. Without business, there is no city. Our first service is to provide jobs and a work environment that helps to build people. In the business realm, we’re involved in the Fresno Chamber, 9-5 for Christ Women’s Business Network, SBDC Advisory Board and SEPCEDA. Then we follow our passion, like supporting schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and Habitat for Humanity—doing what we can when we can. Our motto is to focus on what we can do, not be paralyzed by what we can’t do.
How have your children been involved in the business? Do they have ambitions of one day running things?
All four of our daughters have worked in the flooring industry with us. Our eldest, Charisma, works as the western regional sales manager for Nora Rubber Flooring. That girl knows flooring! The rest are busy doing amazing things in other areas. Who knows what the future holds?
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about Fresno and the Valley becoming vibrant and prosperous. I don’t tolerate bad mouthing Fresno. I love discussing ideas and solutions to problems.
I would also love to see a Central Valley grape, raisin and wine festival. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
What upcoming technological advancements are you most excited about?
Green, sustainable and sensible building practices. There is so much to be gained here and the Valley is increasing in this area dramatically. Brilliant ideas to steward and manage our water. I love the conversations surrounding blue technology.
What was your first job and what did you learn from it?
I sold homemade crochet dollies door-to-door at age 12 for an elderly woman. I had no fear.
What are your roots in the San Joaquin Valley?
We have lived in Clovis for 11 years. Several of our family members have relocated to our area.
What do you do in your spare time?
Visit with family and friends, sip local wine and listen to live music, preferably all at once!
- Published on 10/18/2013 - 2:38 pm
Under new ownership, The Downtown Club in Fresno aims to open for lunch on Oct. 7 and is reaching out to all its former members with a special offer.
The historic private club located in downtown Fresno announced it would close in February. However a new group of owners, headed by Selma restaurateur Nick Sarid, purchased the building and announced it will re-open the club under the same name.
- Published on 10/18/2013 - 2:25 pm
Even though he said it would likely hurt the economy and his industry, veteran Fresno restaurateur Dave Fansler isn’t losing too much sleep over the state’s upcoming minimum wage increase.
For one, he said it will definitely have an inflationary impact on the Fresno restaurants he owns — Yosemite Ranch, Pismo’s Coastal Grill and the soon-to-open Westwoods BBQ & Spice Company.
- Published on 10/18/2013 - 2:23 pm
- Written by Chuck Harvey
Growers experiment with Midwest-style pivot irrigation
Common to the Midwest and Texas — but fairly new to the Central Valley — overhead center pivot irrigation systems are being tried here on a variety of crops including cotton, wheat and alfalfa hay.
They have also shown some success on onions and corn.
- Published on 09/27/2013 - 4:20 pm
- Written by Joe Verduzco
The store, located at 295 N. Clovis Ave., opened in 1993 and closed on Monday due to a number of factors, including the opening of the new Wal-Mart on Herndon Avenue in March.
Storeowner Norm Bishop also said congestion caused by construction along Herndon Avenue made the store less accessible. He also cited the increasingly competitive nature of the retail industry.
- Published on 09/27/2013 - 4:14 pm
- Written by Joe Verduzco
KSEE-NBC 24 / KGPE-CBS 47
What we do: Our television stations are known and recognized for an extraordinary commitment to serving viewers and businesses throughout the Central Valley. We deliver hyper local news and information through newscasts, innovative local programming as well as on our digital platforms including our websites, apps and mobile. CBS47 and KSEE24 broadcast many of the valley’s most watched entertainment programs such as CBS’s CSI, How I Met Your Mother, Bing Bang Theory as well as NBC’s Sunday Night NFL, America’s Got Talent, The Voice and The Olympic Games to name just a few.
- Published on 09/27/2013 - 4:03 pm
- Written by Joe Verduzco
What we do:
Urban and regional planning, real estate economics and community development consulting for public, private and non-profit sector clients in the eight-county San Joaquin Valley region For example, we might help a city or developer determine feasible development options for senior housing, or serve as project manager for a planning effort across multiple jurisdictions.
- Published on 09/27/2013 - 3:45 pm
- Written by Ben Keller
Coming together for the last several years to swap information and business advice, the San Joaquin Valley’s industry clusters are beginning to take a more active role in the region’s workforce development, starting with a helping hand to students interested in clean energy.
Since its inception, the Clean Energy Cluster, administered by Fresno State’s Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED), has brought together more than 100 businesses to talk about solar power, biofuel, energy efficiency and other eco-minded commercial innovations.
- Published on 09/27/2013 - 3:38 pm
- Written by Chuck Harvey
Fresno is working toward becoming a greener, more sustainable city while finding ways to grow without breaking the bank.
It is a difficult challenge in tough economic times with limited funding sources for city improvement projects. Also, redevelopment project money is no longer available from the state.
So the city is more dependent on grants, utility company support and voter-approved measures for funding construction projects and energy-saving retrofits.
- Published on 09/27/2013 - 3:20 pm
Fresno-area restaurateur families the Ferdinandis and Millers will join forces to open a second Press Box Sports Grill in north Clovis on Oct. 1.
The 2,800 square-foot diner is located at 1785 Herndon Ave. in what was previously Pane Pronto, an eatery owned by the Ferdinandis' Milano Restaurants International.