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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.

April Success Stories Round-up!

March Success Stories Round-up!


  • Laurie Moore, Larry’s Autoworks thanked Julie Fukuhara, Stern Mortgage for the refinance.
  • Erik Jacobsen, Threestory Studio got a call from another attorney from the law firm that he mentioned in his classification for more visual information design.  His work will also be used by the Los Altos Rotary for their upcoming Fine Arts in the Park.
  • Randy Mills, Pioneer Services bought a new van through Mike Feller, Innovative Sales & Leasing and said it was much better than going through a dealership.
  • Maureen Clark, Clark Associates thanked Mike Fox, A&A Plumbing for coming to the rescue again.
  • Tom Brown, All Reasons Moving reported that they just finished looking at their quarterly results and were up 25% in January and 15% in February.
  • Kaye Sharbrough, Senior Seasons thanked David Gaskill, D.B. Gaskill Advertising Specialties for fulfilling her small order – buttons congratulating a friend who just won an award for being an exceptional woman in publishing.
  • Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler reported that they won Best Jewelry Store and Best Watch Repair.
  • Judy Ott, Judy Ott Organization and Design thanked Dan Ingerman, Wemorph for the postcards she handed out at a recent presentation. Lastly, she thanked Richard Phillips, Advantage Career Solutions who has help her friend from out of state find a job at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga (Go Gaels!).
  • John Sylvester, SST Insurance Brokers had his hair cut by the President… of PEA, Susan Scott, Expressions Salon.
  • David Gaskill, D.B. Gaskill Advertising Specialties thanked Carol Garsten, Nature Gallery for the amethyst he bought for his wife and Mike Feller, Innovative Sales & Leasing for the help with getting his brand new Prius.
  • Avi Safar, Footwear, Etc said after throwing his back out on Monday he saw Dr. Chuck Fulanovich, Palo Alto Chiropractic who adjusted him and used a laser treatment on his back.  Only three hours later, Avi felt much better.
  • Skip Gould, San Mateo Daily Journal thanked Judy Johnson, Unexpected Treasures for running an ad in the paper for her recent estate sale.  He was able to get the ad in past the normal deadline and was happy to hear the sale was a success.
  • Executive Director Neal Coogler, announced a success for PEA.  The PEA Facebook page now has more than 35 ‘Likes’!  Mike Clark, Michael J. Clark, CPA won the grand prize drawing for three pounds of Connoisseur Coffee.
  • Dr. Leta Zwiebel, Psychologist recently had her car in the shop at Larry’s Autoworks. She really appreciates the top notch service there, including the fact that they take time to thoroughly answer all her questions.
  • Karen Bowne, Sheraton Palo Alto thanked Werner Rogmans, Stanford Floral Design for his help weekend before last.  She was attending a housewarming party and needed a gift.  She went by Werner’s shop and he arranged a beautiful house plant for her.
  • Nichole Fox, Payroll City announced that they have just taken on a big new client.  The client, who has 135 employees, went from a big name payroll service to Payroll City and in the process is going from an annual cost of $13,000 to $8,000.
  • Dr. Linda Hur, Mountain View Optometry thanked Scott Yeaman, Yeaman Autobody, for fixing her car for the second time.
  • Julie Fukuhara, Stern Mortgage won a pound of Connoisseur Coffee in the PEA Facebook page contest a week or two ago.  She gave the coffee to her aunt, who is a dedicated coffee drinker.  Her aunt loved the coffee and ordered three more pounds through Julie.

2011 Craig Calkins Memorial Executive of the Year Award

Every year PEA awards one of their members the prestigious Craig Calkins Executive of the Year award.  This award was named after one of PEA’s founding members, Craig Calkins.  Leading up to the announcement of the 2011 winner, PEA members shared some background and stories about Craig.

Dr. Chuck Fulonovich, Palo Alto Chiropractic read this piece by Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler that he thought captured Craig well.

Craig Calkins, one of our founding members, set us all a humbling example of what a PEA member should be. Craig arrived early at every meeting with the goal of learning more about one of his fellow members. He never sat with the same group each week. He always assumed that there was something fascinating about each individual, and about their business, that he would benefit from learning. He made sure to make every new member feel welcome, greeting them by name each week. He carried the PEA roster with him during every working day, knowing he might have the opportunity, in talking with a client, to help both the client and his fellow PEA member by making a referral. He regarded meetings and open houses as business appointments, and realized the importance of giving back to the organization by serving on the board and on committees. Craig represented the heart and soul of the organization. He would be proud to see the energy and dedication in the room every Thursday morning, so many years after he and his friends first got together to help each other do more business.

In his honor, PEA’s Executive of the Year award is named for him, recognizing members who embody Craig’s dedication, energy and professionalism.

Craig was Chuck’s sponsor and Chuck still remembers Craig very fondly.

Don Miller, Honorary Member also spoke to the group about the Craig Calkins Executive of the Year award and Craig Calkins the person.  Don was the 2nd recipient of the award back in 1989.  Don noted that 14 of the past recipients are still coming to PEA (out of a total of 23).  Don encouraged members to try to be more like Craig by staying for the entire meeting – everyone has commitments and he encourages members to tweak their schedules so that they can stay until 8:30.

Finally, Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler spoke to the group.  Georgie is another long-time PEA member who knew Craig personally.  The qualities of a Craig Calkins Executive of the Year winner do indeed describe what Craig was like.  He was a consummate lead-giver and believed that lead-giving is the life blood of the organization.  His attendance was superlative and he always stayed for the entire meeting.  The criteria for the Craig Calkins award are:

  • Leads – quality, quantity, follow-through
  • Networking – meeting and participating with other firms, helping them to develop business
  • Service – serving on the Board of Directors or on committees and on other community projects
  • Attendance – making an effort to attend every meeting
  • Deportment – projecting a self-image beyond reproach
  • Professional Attributes – integrity, support, enthusiasm, consistency, inspiration, dedication, and commitment.

This year Erik Jacobsen, Threestory Studio presented the 2011 Executive of the Year award.  The winner is a dedicated member of PEA.  Some of the ways the nominating committee described the winner was a helpful person, good leads-giver, no-nonsense and professional.  This person does the little things that make PEA better.  This person helps with panel discussions, set-up and clean-up, and even modeled at the auction as an elf!  This person is the Chair of a committee (and Chair of the omelets station!) and goes above and beyond at PEA.  The winner is open, giving, cheerful, and enthusiastic.

The 2011 Craig Calkins Executive of the Year award was presented to…

Karen Bowne, Sheraton Palo Alto!

Congratulations Karen!!

Facebook Page of the Month for March 2012- Gleim the Jeweler

Welcome back to our newest feature, PEA’s Facebook Page of the Month!  We will be featuring one PEA business and their Facebook page each month, so make sure to check back next month to see what our members are up to on the Internet.

PEA Member Name: Georgie Gleim of Gleim the Jeweler

Business Classification: Retail Jeweler

Member Since: February 1979

All images are from Gleim the Jeweler‘s Facebook page.  Click images to enlarge.

Gleim the Jeweler has bought, sold and consigned estate and vintage jewelry throughout their history. They also have onsite repairs and appraisals.

Gleim the Jeweler is one of the premier family-owned, independent jewelers in the United States. Founded by her grandfather, Frederick Gleim, in Palo Alto in 1931, Georgie Gleim has continued the family tradition, serving as Gleim‘s President and following in her father’s footsteps by becoming President of the American Gem Society, and receiving the industry’s most coveted honor, the Robert M. Shipley Award.

A Peninsula institution, Gleim‘s has always been active in the community, supporting many nonprofit organizations and annually presenting the Gleim Community Service Award to a local volunteer. Gleim‘s emphasizes consumer education through an ongoing series of free lectures. In 1994, Gleim‘s won the prestigious Tall Tree Award as the Outstanding Company in Palo Alto.

Gleim’s Facebook page is updated regularly with new arrivals at the store and notices and pictures from special events.

Check out Gleim‘s Facebook page HERE

and

Don’t forget to ‘Like’ PEA on Facebook HERE

January 2012 Success Stories Round-up!

PEA businesses are starting 2012 off well!  Congratulations on everyone’s successes this month.

  • Bette Asbra, Pro-Staff Painting thanked Tom Brown, All Reasons Moving and Terry Pebbles, Optimum Floors.  Terry put in a beautiful hardwood floor for a client and All Reasons not only moved the furniture out for the installation, when they moved it back in they put on anti-scratch pads.
  • Dan Ingerman, Wemorph said that they just worked on designing a set for a TV show.  The TV show is based in Palo Alto and Dan will be talking about sustainability.
  • Larry Hassett, Hardware Stores took a car that needed body work to Scott Yeaman, Yeaman Autobody. He wrote a positive review for Scott’s web site, which entered him into a drawing.  Larry won a Flip Video camera, which he likes a lot.
  • Jon Maystrik, Arborwell Professional Tree Management had a great year last year.  Arborwell had great growth last year especially in Southern California.  Jon had a great year personally and thanked PEA for contributing to that.
  • Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler was in New York last week and wanted to report that the Christmas holiday season was good for them.  She thanked everyone at PEA who helped make that possible.
  • Richard Phillips, Advantage Career Solutions, says that this has been a good year so far for his clients.  One just signed off on a job as an IT Director with a pay raise.  Another was hired with a sign-on bonus at PayPal.
  • Albert Ong, Ambassador Services signed a big contract with Stanford.  He immediately had to go in with one day’s notice to clean carpets before a Saturday event.
  • Avi Safar, Footwear, Etc., said that December was a record month for them, especially in the Palo Alto and Los Altos stores.
  • Judy Johnson, Unexpected Treasures thanked Robin Azevedo, McRoskey Mattress Company for sending the most interesting new client in several years.  She also thanked Darnel Rogan, Saber Roofing for a lead on a job in Atherton.
  • Shawn McMillan, Connoisseur Coffee thanked everyone for the orders over the last week.  It has been 13 months since the fire and he is now hoping to re-open in a few more months.
  • Julie Fukuhara, Stern Mortgage says that in doing her business tracking at the end of the year, she saw that 25% of her business came through Yelp.  Anyone who doesn’t have a Yelp profile should be working to correct that.
  • Darnel Rogan, Saber Roofing thanked Bob Rosenberg, GR8WORK Builders, Inc. for a lead on job in Portola Valley.
  • Bobbie Fakkema, Events, Etc… thanked Jeff Badzik, Perfection Auto Detail for the beautiful detailing on her car.  She also thanked Laurie and Larry Moore, Larry’s Autoworks for going over her car (one of the things she bought at the Holiday Auction).
  • Carol Garsten, Nature Gallery said there is a good reason why you haven’t seen her at the meetings lately – she is moving the Nature Gallery to a new location in Los Altos.  The new address is 296 State Street, Los Altos.  She plans a Grand Opening on February 10.  She also reported that January was her best January in 25 years of business.  She thanked Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler for sponsoring her in PEA and suggesting the Los Altos location.  She thanked Dave Dove, Cassidy Turley BT Commercial, for helping her negotiate the lease in her new location. Finally, she thanked Susan Hamilton, VTF Services for the help with the plants.
  • Larry Moore, Larry’s Autoworks thanked Jon Maystrik, Arborwell Professional Tree Management for the beautiful job they did on their trees.   The neighbors came over and complimented the job.  Laurie Moore, Larry’s AutoWorks thanked Susan Hamilton, VTF Services, for coming over and taking piles of redwood chips from their tree trimming project.
  • Kaye Sharbrough, Senior Seasons thanked Dan Ingerman, Wemorph for the new Seniors Seasons sign-on-a-stand.  This solves an upcoming problem of needing to be in two places at once, thus needing a second banner.
  • Dr. Leta Zwiebel, Psychologist announced that last Wednesday was her last in San Mateo.  She is now only going to her San Mateo office on Mondays.  While she feared that her patients would be unhappy about this change, she got positive responses from them.
  • Gary Rudolph, Rudolph’s Interiors thanked Angelo Izzo, California Business Opportunities for his help investigating a business opportunity.

80 Years in Business with Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler

For new members, Georgie Gleim introduced her business Gleim the Jeweler as a third-generation, family-owned business.  She can’t quite beat Robin Azevedo, McRoskey Mattress Company at 150 years, but Gleim the Jeweler was started by her grandfather on April 1, 1931.  While she at one time had three store locations, they have consolidated and now have one store at Stanford Mall and a business office in downtown Palo Alto.  They are one of the original tenants of Stanford Mall and she says that this has proven to be a great location for them.

Georgie is proud to be a member of the American Gemological Society (AGS).  She says that this group sets the standards for the industry.  You must re-earn your membership at the AGS each year by passing a test that requires updated training in gems and business ethics.  Only the upper echelon of jewelers are members of the AGS.  Both her father and Georgie have been President of the AGS.  Georgie is currently the chair of another industry society, Jewelers of America.

She commented that having a long history and a great reputation is important in the jewelry business, which is still run on trust and a handshake in many cases.  It is not unusual for a vendor to send her items worth $10,000 and up based on trust.

In addition to retail sales, Gleim the Jeweler offers a number of services.  They can repair jewelry and have a goldsmith on the premises (an increasingly rare phenomenon).  They will repair jewelry that was not purchased from them and get many referrals from their Stanford neighbor, Tiffany.  They also do custom work – Georgie noted that their website shows examples of some of the custom pieces their goldsmith has created.  They have a watchmaker who can change batteries although they do send out watches for more involved repair work.  They do all kinds of appraisals.

A big part of their business is in estate and antique jewelry.  Estate jewelry is basically pre-owned jewelry and may be only a few years old.  There are a lot of good values in estate jewelry and it is a fun part of the business because of the many unusual pieces that they get in.  For the most part, estate jewelry is sold on consignment, resulting in a better profit for the client and less risk for the store.  Recently they sold a piece of estate jewelry that had over 20 karats in diamonds.

They also have a large focus on colored gemstones.  They just had a trunk show focusing on The Gleim Collection, featuring diamonds, pearls, and colored gemstones set in gold and platinum.  In addition to colored gemstones, they are also an authorized Rolex dealer.

October/November Double Feature- Success Stories Round-up!

  • Gary Rudolph, Rudolph’s Interiors said his open house went well.  He turned his workroom into a showroom for the event.  He thanked Albert Ong, Ambassador Services for getting a seemingly impossible-to-remove stain out.  He thanked Skip Gould, San Mateo Daily Journal for handling the ad and was glad to see a few PEA members there.  He had flooring covering by Terry Pebbles, Optimum Floors also included in their presentation.
  • Avi Safar, Footwear, Etc said that the Footwear, Etc. owner just had a big event at the Sheraton Palo Alto.
  • Dr. Chuck Fulanovich, Palo Alto Chiropractic had a success story for Jeff Badzik, Perfection Auto Detail.  Jeff was voted best auto detailer in the Bay Area by 95% of his customers.
  • Dave O’Neal, Comtech Computing thanked Mike Fox, A&A Plumbing for the smooth installation of a new heater while he was gone.
  • David Gaskill, D.B. Gaskill Advertising Specialties is celebrating his 30th year as a PEA member this month.
  • Maureen Clark, Clark Associates thanked Albert Ong, Ambassador Services for the great job cleaning her carpets.  She also thanked Roger Bolgard, Jackson & Miller for the referral.
  • Judy Johnson, Unexpected Treasures thanked Curtis Lane, Lane Cleaning Services for help with a recent client.  This was a fast turnaround job with 24 hours notice and the team did a great job.  She also thanked Dave O’Neal, Comtech Computing for yet another computer rescue.
  • Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler thanked Werner Rogmans, Stanford Floral Design for the flowers for her mom.  She also was modeling a new line of Italian gold jewelry.
  • Dr. Leta Zwiebel, Psychologist thanked Albert Ong, saying that Jonathan Ong, Ambassador Services cleaned her 20-year-old couch and it looks like new.
  • Susan Scott, Expressions Salon thanked Julie Fukuhara, Stern Mortgage for all the work on the new loan.  She was thrilled to get 4.12%.
  • Judy Johnson, Unexpected Treasures thanked Mike Fox, A&A Plumbing for the great job his plumber did.  She also thanked Dr. Chuck Fulanovich, Palo Alto Chiropractic, saying that the laser treatment has really been helping her knee.
  • Dr. Leta Zwiebel, Psychologist reported that the current issue of Gentry magazine has a beautiful picture of Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler.
  • Erik Jacobsen, Threestory Studio has started a Facebook page called Startling Statistics in which he features some of his previewed graphics.  Go by and check it out on Facebook (and don’t forget to like his page).
  • Karen Bowne, Sheraton Palo Alto thanked Larry and Laurie Moore, Larry’s AutoWorks for their recent help.  Her car was just past warranty and she took it to them.  Larry felt that the dealership ought to fix the problem and gave them a call.  In the end, the dealer did fix it at a savings of $750 to Karen.
  • Carol Garsten, Nature Gallery celebrated her 24th year in business last week.  She is also showing some of the work of a local artist in her gallery who works with organic, natural stones and silver.  This artist has become very well known during the years that Carol has worked with her and now has pieces in 62 galleries.
  • Bobbie Fakkema, Events, Etc… thanked Susan Hamilton, VTF Services for fixing her garden.  She also used the crew at Arborwell (thanks to Jon Maystrik, Arborwell Professional Tree Management) to remove a tree and did some shopping at Mollie Stone’s Market.
  • Julie Fukuhara, Stern Mortgage thanked Susan Scott, Expressions Salon for her long-overdue (as she described it) haircut.
  • Shawn McMillan, Connoisseur Coffee says that they began construction on rebuilding the Connoisseur Coffee building.
  • Konrad Thaler, Smilin Dogs thanked David Gaskill, D.B. Gaskill Advertising Specialties for the receipt of a shipment of Smilin Dogs jackets.
  • Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler says that the Stanford Mall gets tour buses from time to time.  She recently had a visit from some Asian gentlemen who purchased four Rolex watches with cash and flew back home the next day.
  • Gary Rudolph, Rudolph’s Interiors will be demonstrating some of his techniques to students from Cañada College.

Dr. Chuck Fulanovich of Palo Alto Chiropractic Enthused by Results from Spinal Decompression Treatment

Dr. Chuck Fulanovich, Palo Alto Chiropractic is celebrating his 31st year as a PEA member this year.  Only Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler can beat him as the longest-term, active, still-in-business-as-a-regular-member PEA member.  When he went for his first adjustment at age 21, he says that he felt doubtful going into it because he had no particular physical complaints, but felt so wonderful afterwards that he decided to pursue a career as a chiropractor.  Chuck attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he met his future wife, Gloria.

Chuck and Gloria, also a chiropractor, opened their business together in 1977 (two years before joining PEA).  Gloria practiced with him until the birth of their son, Ben, who is now 19.  Chuck says that their original facility was on Hamilton Avenue, where they had a 5,000 square foot space.  Within four years, they were averaging 550 patients per week.  They grew to be one of the largest chiropractic practices in Northern California.  Eventually they bought the property on El Camino where he now has his office.

Chiropractors evaluate spinal function, looking at how the vertebrae line up and for areas where normal vertebrae movement may have become “stuck”.  By making a spinal adjustment, the chiropractor can help the vertebrae move more freely and take pressure off the nerves in the area.

There are three factors that affect a patient’s individual response to treatment: 1) the patient’s age, 2) how long a complaint has been a problem, and 3) how healthy the spine is.  We probably don’t need to be told that as you age, it takes longer to respond to treatment and that chronic problems will also take longer to respond.  Chuck’s patients range from people who are elite athletes (think 49ers, Earthquakes, and Olympic swimmers) to ordinary folks.

What sets Chuck’s practice apart is the fact that he embraces new technology.  In 2005, he added equipment for doing spinal decompression therapy.  The device was developed by medical scientists and engineers and can address problems like sciatica.  Chuck has had phenomenal success with this treatment: a 90% success rate in about 8 weeks.  This is partly due to careful screening to make sure that the treatment is appropriate for the patient.  What’s also remarkable is that patients who have been treated with spinal decompression tend to remain pain free.  Even the 10% who do not report complete recovery do experience improvement.

He has also added a class 4 medical laser to his set of tools.  This is great for treating the “itis” complaints – inflammatory conditions like arthritis or bursitis.  The treatment itself feels good because it generates heat, but it also increase the blood flow to the area and reduces swelling.  Chuck has successfully used this device to treat sports related injuries, too.  He gets a baseline MRI done before treatment so that he can compare it to a post-treatment MRI.

Chuck is re-energized by these innovations and is just as enthusiastic about his work as when he began.  He loves working with his patients, 60% of whom are wellness oriented and the rest suffering from some kind of ache or pain.  To stay healthy into your senior years, consider getting regular chiropractic treatments with Dr. Chuck Fulanovich, Palo Alto Chiropractic.

September Success Stories Round-up!

PEA had another great month!  Stay tuned for next month’s Success Stories Round-up!
  • Judy Johnson, Unexpected Treasures thanked Jon Maystrik, Arborwell Professional Tree Management and the crew for the great clean up job at her house.  She also thanked everyone who came to her estate sale in Woodside.
  • Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler thanked Mike Feller, Innovative Sales & Leasing for the new (to her) car for her niece.  She needed a good mileage commute car and is very happy with what Mike found for her.
  • Erik Jacobsen, Threestory Studio said that his neighbors liked the paint job that Duane Asbra, Pro-Staff Painting did at his house so much that they are hiring them to paint theirs.
  • Laurie Moore, Larry’s AutoWorks thanked Dave O’Neal, Comtech Computing for his help getting them back online after a server change.
  • Kim Tucker, All Reasons Moving announced that they are now certified California movers.  This is a new program and they are one of the first to become certified.
  • Jon Maystrik, Arborwell Professional Tree Management says that the day before Labor Day he turned his car over to Mike Feller, Innovative Sales & Leasing to sell.  By the day after Labor Day, he already had a buyer.  Mike has lists of buyers looking for specific kinds of vehicles and may be able to easily match you up.
  • Bobbie Fakkema, Events, Etc… says that she is seeing some more corporate events.  She did an event for 3,000 people for Tesla last weekend.
  • Carol Garsten, Nature Gallery was back last week from a buying trip.  She has returned with a large dinosaur bone from the Badlands and a butterfly-shaped table made from geodes.
  • Sue Ballew, Skytrekker Aviation took her car to Scott Yeaman, Yeaman Autobody for some body work.  She was very happy about the body work but even happier that he polished her headlights.  She didn’t know what she was missing.
  • Albert Ong, Ambassador Services got a new contract to maintain some awnings at Stanford University.
  • John King, Keller-Williams Realty has been handling a rental property belonging to Dr. Al Butner, Honorary Member. Preparing the property for new renters involved PEA members Duane Asbra, Pro-Staff Painting, Gary Rudolph, Rudolph’s Interiors, Curtis Lane, Lane Cleaning Services, and Susan Hamilton, VTF Services and it is already leased.