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360 Payment Solutions to Receive Small Business of the Year Award

360-payment-solutionsThe San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce has chosen 360 Payment Solutions Small Business of The Year. The award will be presented at the Annual Membership Dinner on Thursday, February 2th at the Double Tree by Hilton in San José.

360 Payment Solutions offers affordable credit/debit card processing payment acceptance solutions for small and mid-sized businesses.

Lisa Coyle, Jesse Meddaugh, and Steve Ciabattoni started 360 Payment Solutions with no outside investment in March of 2011, and the young company now provides credit card processing for nearly 3,000 small and mid-sized businesses throughout Silicon Valley. The company’s organic growth can be attributed to its belief in full disclosure and high standard of ethics in an unregulated financial industry. 360 Payments has been recognized as one of Silicon Valley’s fastest growing private companies by the Silicon Valley Business Journal the last two years.

360 Payment Solutions  is a proud member of the Peninsula Executives Association, an active referral network of San Francisco Peninsula business professionals. Though diverse in the variety of businesses represented, we are united since 1978 by a commitment to building a trustworthy network of business owners and operators.

For more information, please contact 360 Payment Solutions at 408-295-8360 or via email.

About Peninsula Executives Association (PEA)

Peninsula Executives Association (PEA) is an active referral network of San Francisco Peninsula business professionals. We come together weekly to expand our understanding, exchange business leads, and socialize over breakfast.

Though diverse in the variety of businesses represented, we are united by a commitment to building a trustworthy network of business owners and operators.

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Excellence in Healthcare Award Goes to PEA Member and Surgeon Al Butner


Dr. Alfred Butner is a Health Care HeroPEA members turned out in force to celebrate the awarding of the Excellence in Healthcare (a.k.a Healthcare Hero) Award to long-time member Dr. Alfred Butner at a ceremony on August 8, 2013.  The award was presented by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Al had a 42-year medical career as a general surgeon and has been responsible for many “firsts” throughout his career.  He helped expand minimally invasive surgery to general surgery and was one of the first surgeons to use this type of technique for gallbladder surgery.  His practice was initially general surgery with an interest in breast diseases.  By the end of his career, he was focused on breast surgery, including diagnosis, treatment, and providing second opinions.  Before his retirement in 2012, he helped establish a breast care clinic at the Veteran’s Administration Palo Alto Health Care System.  Read more about Al’s career accomplishments on the Silicon Valley Business Journal website.

Speaking personally, I know of no physician more deserving of this award than Dr. Butner.  I have never known a doctor as committed to his patients, to keeping up with the latest information and technology, or as kind and giving of his time and advice as Dr. Butner.  I have been the grateful recipient many times of Dr. Butner’s medical advice on issues that worried me, whether they were my own personal health concerns or concerns regarding a family member or friend.  He somehow manages to be a straight shooter while also wrapping his information in kindness.  I have worked with Dr. Butner as well as been a patient and I can attest to the high esteem in which his patients hold him.  He has been semi-retired for several years and there are many former patients who have chosen to continue to see him whenever he is available to see them.  I can’t count the times a patient expressed deep relief that he was still available for consultations during this time.  We even had some patients travel from out of state to continue to see him!  I think this speaks volumes not only about his expertise but also on his ability to connect with patients, a rare quality in a surgeon.

Dr. Alfred Butner has been an enthusiastic member of the Peninsula Executives Association since 1984.  He was awarded the Craig Calkins Memorial Executive of the Year award in 2003 and served as President from March 2005 through February 2006.  He was awarded the highest honor at PEA, Honorary Membership in 2009.

Congrats to PEA Members Recently Voted People’s Choice Winners by The Daily News

The Palo Alto Daily News recently asked their readers who the best businesses were in Palo Alto, and they recognized 11 PEA businesses!

Congratulations to the following PEA businesses for being voted the 2013 People’s Choice winners:

Best Auto Body Shop (Paint and Body work): Yeaman Auto Body

Best Florist: Stanford Floral Design

Best Jewelry Store AND Best Watch Repair: Gleim the Jeweler

Best Auto Mechanic Shop: Larry’s Autoworks

Best Home Contractor: GR8WORK Builders Inc.

Best Optometrist: Mountain View Optometry

Best House Painter: Pro-Staff Painting

Best Plumber: A&A Plumbing

Best Realtor AND Best Real Estate Broker: John W. King, Keller Williams Realty (check out John’s blog UNreal Estate here!)

Best Mortgage Banker: Julie Fukuhara, Wells Fargo Private Bank

2nd Place for Best Local Market: Mollie Stone’s Palo Alto

Congratulations again to all of our PEA businesses! Click HERE to read the article and see a full list of winners.

Larry and Laurie Moore, Larry’s Autoworks were recently featured in Shop Owner Magazine!

Long time PEA members Larry and Laurie Moore, Larry’s Autoworks was recently featured in a nationwide magazine, Shop Owner Magazine!

In the article, Larry describes how he first got into the auto repair business and the ways he adapts to the changes in his industry.  He emphasizes in the article how important networking has been for him over the last 30 years.

Being a member of local business groups has helped me stay on top of what is going on locally and also make ­adjustments. Business is constantly changing, so it’s important to stay in touch with others in the same boat. Some of my most effective business practices have come from discussions with other business owners.

Their article can be found in the featured articles section on Shop Owner Magazine’s home page, or you can click to read the full article here!

Congratulations Larry, Laurie, and the whole team at Larry’s Autoworks!

Payroll City featured on Accounting Today!

PEA member Payroll City was recently featured in an article on!

Payroll City Launches QuickBooks Interface



Payroll processing company Payroll City has developed an interface module to help users transfer all of their payroll data with QuickBooks.

The Payroll City QuickBooks interface can map all of the payroll data to the correct class, job or item within QuickBooks. The interface is designed to eliminate redundancy and retain the integrity of payroll data as it is transferred to QuickBooks.

Upon running Payroll City’s QuickBooks interface tool, Payroll City outputs an Intuit Interchange Format file for import into QuickBooks. Users can see every check posted to a register, view an employee-level history of paycheck distributions, reprint checks, and query past payroll information. They can also view and print garnishment checks, automatically input every employee into the QuickBooks employee list, assign wages to different departments, and import by payroll batch or custom date range.

The Payroll City QuickBooks interface module resides in the Payroll City cloud environment and supports all versions of QuickBooks from 2000 to present.

“We have created a superior payroll platform that that makes it easy to integrate with accounting,” said Payroll City president Kathleen Fox. “Our goal is to continue to design easy, robust, affordable solutions that bridge the gap between payroll and other critical business systems.”

Great job Nichole Fox and Payroll City!  Click HERE to see the original article.

Carol Garsten, Nature Gallery Featured in the Los Altos Town Crier

Carol Garsten, Nature Gallery is moving to Los Altos after being located in Palo Alto for the last 17 years.

Picture by Elliott Burr- Source

Carol is featured in an article in the Los Altos Town Crier, introducing her and her shop to her new community.  Carol’s new store is more than twice as big as her old one in Palo Alto, and Carol is looking forward to getting involved in the Los Altos community.  Here is a small piece of the article, written by Diego Abeloos:

Garsten told the Town Crier a key factor in her decision to move to the corner of State and Second streets was the positive energy she felt in the downtown area. Calling downtown Los Altos “a place that’s on the upswing,” Garsten said it was a case of going to the right place at the right time.

“I really want to be a part of something that’s positively changing, where it feels like there’s a positive energy,” said Garsten, who is planning a grand opening. “There are good things happening (in Los Altos).”

Read the whole article here!

Nature Gallery‘s grand opening will be held on February 10th, 2012 at her new location, 296 State Street, Los Altos, CA.  Congratulations and good luck in your new location Carol!

Congratulations Sam Harding, Retirement Administration on your Community Service Award!

Sam Harding, Retirement Administration recently won a community service award at the 29th annual Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Service Awards luncheon.  The award ceremony was written up (with accompanying picture) in the Los Altos Town Crier.

“Nominated by non-profit groups and selected by a 12-member committee, honorees represent involvement in a variety of areas, from schools to libraries and youth sports. The nine honorees selected this year include:”

“Sam Harding, a longtime Los Altos Rotary Club member who has been involved in a wide range of activities, from coaching baseball to involvement in the YMCA, the Community Health Awareness Council and the Palo Alto veterans’ hospital.”

Congrats Sam!

To read the full article and see his picture click here.

Congratulations John King, Keller-Williams Realty for being named one of the top 20 agents!

John King, Keller-Williams Realty was once again among the Keller-Williams top producing agents!  From John:

“In the recent Keller-Williams Out Front Magazine, I was named as one of the top 20 agents nationwide out of 85,000 Keller-Williams agents.  I came in at #19 and I appreciate the trust my clients have given me to assist them with their home selling and purchases.”

John also told PEA members that the he sold 14 homes for the #19 spot, contrasted with the #17 guy in Arizona who had to sell 135 homes to beat John.

Congratulations John!

Kaye Sharbough of Senior Seasons Interviewed on ABC7 on Finding Senior Housing

Kaye Sharbough, Senior Seasons was recently featured on ABC7’s show “Beyond the Headlines,” hosted by Cheryl Jennings.  This particular episode focused on elder care and Kaye was one of four studio guests.

Kaye describes Senior Seasons and their role as a referral agency for senior housing.  Click here to read Kaye’s post on Senior Seasons‘s website ‘Affordable Housing is Not Just a Dream’, the article Kaye refers to in her interview.

To see Kaye’s interview click here and start watching at the 13:10 mark.  Great job, Kaye!

Jonathan Ong, Ambassador Services is Ambassador of the Month

Jonathan Ong, Ambassador Services, has been elected to become Ambassador of the Month for September.  This is a prestigious honor given out by the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to Jonathan for his hard work and dedication. ‘Ambassador’ Services now has a new meaning!

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