Misc.

  • EXECUTIVE PROFILE – John Hamby

    John, Christine and their two children settled in Temecula in early 2000. The decision to move to the Temecula area was based on a desire to relocate to a family friendly and safe environment as John was due to deploy in January of the coming year. Temecula was still a small town but a very […]

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  • Drake Levasheff Executive Profile

    INTRODUCTION Empowering people to pursue their calling is a joy to me, so when offered the opportunity to lead Azusa Pacific’s Murrieta Regional Campus in 2017, I jumped at the chance. During my time in the area, I have been delighted to see so much good. Murrieta and the surrounding region deeply impress me—this is […]

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  • Diane Strand Executive Profile

    Diane Strand Through hard work, determination and dedication Diane Strand alongside her partner, Scott Strand, in both Life and Business, have built three successful JDS entities; Multi Awarding JDS Video & Media Productions, Inc., /dba: JDS Actors Studio and the nonprofit 501c3 JDS Creative Academy which altogether make up JDS Studios. Affiliations:  Is an executive […]

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  • EXECUTIVE PROFILE Monique profile

    Through Monique deGroots’s hard work, enthusiastic personality, and creativity she has put her own indelible touch on the business once owned by her parents, Ronald and Michelle deGroot. She attributes the foundation of her success to their positive influence and love. Monique has given the City of Murrieta, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and […]

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  • EXECUTIVE PROFILE | Andrea

    Affiliations The California State Bar has certified me as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. I am a member of the Trust and Estates section of the California Bar Association, the Temecula and Murrieta Chamber of Commerce, the Riverside County Bar Association, the Southwest Riverside County Bar Association, California Advocates for Nursing […]

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  • Executive Profile: Charley Black

    Profession Commercial Real Estate Broker since 1988. Co-founder of Lee & Associates Temecula Valley Office in 1999, having grown the office from 2 agents to 15 since origination. I specialize in Industrial real estate – both sales and leasing – in the Temecula Valley and Southwest Riverside County. Family I married my wife Michelle only […]

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  • EXECUTIVE PROFILE | Andrea Shoup

    We moved to Murrieta in 2012 after leaving the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, while my husband was an active duty Marine. We fell in love with this beautiful area, which has proved to be an incredible community in which to raise our four kids. Affiliations I am a member of the Trust and Estates […]

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  • EXECUTIVE PROFILE | Drake Levasheff

    INTRODUCTION Empowering people to pursue their calling is one of my greatest joys in life, so when offered the opportunity to lead Azusa Pacific’s Murrieta Regional Campus last year, I jumped at the chance. During my time in the area, I have been delighted to see so much good. Murrieta and the surrounding region deeply […]

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  • EXECUTIVE PROFILE | Dione Moser

    Dione Moser graduated High School and moved to Murrieta with her parents in 1989 from Round Rock, Texas. Moving here was difficult, as I had to leave all my family and friends. It was also a difficult time because my grandparents were killed by a drunk driver a month before we moved. I started working […]

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  • A Marriage Made to Sizzle

    When Gary Myers and Sally Williams attended Torrance High School back in the early 70’s, they clearly had their eye on one another, yet at the time had no idea that their future was going to turn into a life-long love affair. Sally is the daughter of a successful restaurant family. Her parents, Jack and […]

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  • Taking Control of Your Career

    It’s not unusual to experience two or three careers in a life- time these days. Industry evolution and simply wanting to do something different are legitimate reasons for change. Remember too that you are responsible for your career, not your manager or company. Here are four steps to help in writing a career plan designed […]

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  • Transforming in 2018

    There are promises of tax reform, new laws that are taking affect and not to mention your incomplete projects. Each of these can easily take a business from its core strategy and cause it to stall early in the year.  January can be a good time to set some time aside to review, reevaluate and […]

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  • EXECUTIVE PROFILE – Donald W. Hitzeman

    I was fortunate and honored to begin my legal career as an officer and attorney in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, serving for over 8 years in Virginia, Europe, Washington, DC, and the Presidio of San Francisco. In the Army I practiced criminal law at the trial and appellate levels, and as a […]

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  • Executive Profile | Tracey Papke

    A transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, I joined the Temecula/Murrieta Valley community in 2008, when my husband, Tony Papke, and I purchased Potamus Press.  Since then, I have enjoyed connecting our clients to the “Power of Print” and embracing all that owning a business and living in the Valley has to offer. Affiliations […]

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  • Executive Profile – Doug McAllister 

    Executive Profile – Doug McAllister Doug McAllister has lived in the region for 30 years and is the author of The Sovereign Principles with several other books in the works. Intro I first moved to this region from San Diego in 1987 as a Pastor. I can remember when the first traffic signals were installed and what a big deal it was for Target to open […]

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  • EXECUTIVE PROFILE – Gene Wunderlich

    My family moved to Murrieta in 1989 from Scottsdale, AZ. Working for a Fortune 500 Information Management company, I transferred to manage offices in Los Angeles and San Diego. Murrieta seemed like a good midway point and the small town atmosphere, the architecture and affordable homes made this city a natural fit. At the  time […]

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  • Keep Customers Coming Back

    Companies are constantly reviewing their product lines to keep customers coming back. Since excellent and quality driven customer service delivery is a key success factor businesses need to be examining these processes as well.

    The ease of getting assistance before or after a sale will often drive the buying patterns for customers.

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  • Do You Know Who is Listening?

    As I sat in a hotel restaurant enjoying breakfast on a recent trip, I noticed a few tables away two men talking business. One of them had a rather strong voice, an attribute very useful in leadership but in this case proving to be a potential security risk. Now, I don’t normally listen to other’s […]

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  • EXECUTIVE PROFILE – David Thompson

    Executive Profile I’ve always lived in California and we were always fortunate to have backyard pools.  I love the water and it was always a great family activity.  So it seemed only natural that I pursue something I love.  Since moving here in 1987 I fell in love with Temecula and the whole community.  I’ve […]

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  • TVCC Supports Measure “S”

    The Board of Directors of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously on July 28 to support Measure S to ensure Temecula’s high quality of life and prevent cuts to safety and services. As our City is now maturing and developer’s fees are decreasing, the Board said we must work together to protect and […]

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  • MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER – Cy Rathbun

    Meet the Photographer BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY: My business philosophy is to capture the essence of the person or product being photographed. To consider each client is the most important and assisting them is building a successful business with creative photo and video assets. I also enjoy helping some local nonprofits when possible. I find that giving […]

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  • Want to Travel
 While Earning Money?

    Sitting in an exotic café far from home, watching the most beautiful sunset you have ever seen, you marvel that you actually get paid to be there.

    You have been to more countries than you can count, while eating amazing local dishes, meeting new friends, and participating in fascinating and strange customs. You are not on vacation: you are earning a living while doing all of this. How? As a ‘digital nomad,’ a new breed of entrepreneur or employee working remotely from laptops.

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  • Got Economic Development?

    I’ve been looking at what government and “NGO” services are available to help the local entrepreneur turn her basket weaving business into a regional powerhouse. Here is what I’ve found. U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) fosters regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation. Through strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private […]

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  • The Art of Employee Engagement

    The best chance for a successful company is to have engaged employees. They can set the first impression, define customer service expectations and be the ones to influence the sale of your product. Engaging employees has truly become an art and doesn’t happen by accident. This is true whether you are the sole business owner or have many levels of management. Anyone with direct reports must figure out the means to get their employees on board with the mission of the company helping them understand how the importance of what they do today affects their future. An employee engagement program can start with some simple steps.

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