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Paul Kraus is the newest Emeritus Member!

Paul Kraus, recently retired from Goodco Press, was bestowed the honor of an Emeritus Membership from PEA.  While no longer allowed to promote business, Emeritus Membership provides a way for longtime members to stay in the loop with PEA by being invited to attend social events, weekly meetings, and by receiving the newsletter.

Paul had to meet criteria set by the PEA bylaws to become an Emeritus Member.  Emeritus Members must have been a PEA member for at least 10 years, be nominated by the Board of Directors, and be confirmed by a 3/4 majority vote by the general membership at a PEA breakfast meeting.

Congratulations to Paul for this award and recognition! We wish you the best in your retirement and are happy to have you stay in touch.

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!

PEA in the Best of Palo Alto 2011!

The results are in!  PEA is happy to announce that four of our business were voted the Best of Palo Alto!

Congratulations to the following PEA businesses:

Larry’s AutoWorks was voted Best Auto Care!  Larry’s was also the runner-up for Best Auto Repair in the Best of Mountain View 2011 voting.  Congratulations Larry and Laurie Moore!

Cardoza-Bungey Travel was voted Best Travel Agency!  Congratulations Karen Olson!

Stanford Floral Design was voted Best Florist!  Congratulations Werner Rogmans!

Finally, Palo Alto Hardware was not only voted Best Green Business, but also Best Hardware Store!  Congratulations Larry Hassett!

For the full list of Best of Palo Alto businesses and the source of the above images, follow this link.

Sheraton PA Staff Wins “Team of the Year”

The Sheraton Palo Alto staff won “Team of the Year” in the category Catering/Convention Services. Karen Bowne, Sheraton Palo Alto, received the award on behalf of the team at a recent convention in Hawaii.

This is the same team that provides such great service for our weekly banquet meetings at 7:00 am, so it’s no surprise to us that they are an award-winning team.

Congratulations to both Karen and the team!

Arborwell Professional Tree Management Recognized

Tree Care Company Ranked in Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America

Hayward, CA – August 26th, 2010 – Arborwell Professional Tree Management, a commercial and residential tree care company headquartered in Hayward, California, has earned the position of 3,934 on the 2010 Inc. 5000, Inc.’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.  As an Inc. 5000 honoree for the fourth year in a row, Arborwell shares a prestigious pedigree with some of the most successful businesses in the country.

The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2006 through 2009. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2006, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they have to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent — not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies — as of December 31, 2009.

Since the company’s start in 2001, Arborwell has grown at a staggering rate.  Between the years 2005 and 2008, Arborwell grew 78.9% and almost doubled in annual revenue.  A combination of aggressive marketing along with up-selling existing customers has expanded the company’s territory across Northern and Southern California. In 2009, Arborwell also added a regional office in Orange County.  Arborwell continues to grow and develop new business in all 6 of its locations statewide.

“I am very excited about what we have accomplished at Arborwell over the past ten years,” said President and CEO, Peter Sortwell. “Our growth numbers for this industry are unparalleled.  I cannot wait to see what the future holds for our company.”

About Arborwell

Arborwell’s team of ISA-certified arborists studies each tree’s overall system to ensure longevity and vitality from the ground up.  Arborwell offers tree pruning, removal, preservation, installation, plant health services, and arborist consultations to contractors, commercial property managers, golf courses, municipalities, and residential properties.  Arborwell serves all of California.


Kimberly Taylor
Marketing Coordinator

Phone: (888) 969-8733

Fax: (510) 881-5208

2337 American Ave

Hayward, CA 94545

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