Weekly Issues

Best Credit Union: Educational Employees Credit Union

Runners up: Fresno County Federal Credit Union, GoldEN 1 Credit Union

Educational Employees Credit Union was founded 80 years ago as Fresno Teachers Credit Union, and was one of California’s first credit unions.
Today it is the Central Valley’s largest credit union, and the 14th largest in California with more than 228,000 members.

Best Property/ Casualty Insurance Company: DiBuduo & DeFendis

Runners up: Der Manouel Insurance Group, Burns & Whitaker Insurance

The bonds of lifelong friendships never really go away. The same was true for Anthony DiBuduo and Leonard DeFendis after forming insurance agency DiBuduo & DeFendis in 1960.

Best Engineering Firm: Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group

Runners up: Quad Knopf, Yamabe & Horn Engineering

Take a look at a stormwater canal or a wastewater treatment plant in the Central Valley, and there’s a good chance that Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group had a hand in it.

Best Architectural Firm: Darden Architects

Runners up: SIM Architects, TETER

It’s more than just quality design work that has made Darden Architects stand out in the Central Valley over the last half century.

Best Real Estate Property Management Company: Manco Abbott

Runners up: GSF Properties, Liberty Property Management

Since its start in 1972, Manco Abbott has become one of the most familiar names in property management in the Central Valley. It’s hard to drive around and not see their sign outside the buildings it oversees.

Best Politician on Business Issues: Ashley Swearengin, Fresno Mayor

Runners up: Devin Nunes, Congressman; Jim Patterson, Assemblyman

While the business community may not agree with everything Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin has done, it would be hard to argue she hasn’t been engaged with the private sector.

Best Commercial Real Estate Company: Pearson Realty

Runners up: Colliers International, London Properties

After nearly a century in Fresno, Pearson Realty is still one of the top real estate firms in the Central Valley and the group was recently voted “Best Commercial Real Estate Company” by The Business Journal readers.

Best Nonprofit: Exceptional Parents Unlimited

Runners up: Hinds Hospice, The Marjaree Mason Center

From a support group for the mothers of eight children with Down syndrome in 1976 to an organization that helps up to 1,000 children each week, Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU) has grown into a true Central Valley institution.

Best Company to Work For/ Best Residential Real Estate Company: Guarantee Real Estate

Runners up best company:
Central Valley Community Bank,
Realty Concepts

Runners up residential real estate:
London Properties, Realty concepts

Guarantee Real Estate was voted “Best Company to Work For” in The Business Journal’s inaugural Best of Central Valley Business Reader’s Choice Awards. Readers also identified the company as the “Best Residential Real Estate Company” in the region.

At Fresno State, research a key to growth

Many promising careers have begun at Fresno State with the inspiration students receive helping faculty members with their research projects.
Each year, organizations like the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health put up millions of dollars to fund collegiate research that involves the participation of both graduate and undergraduate students.