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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.

Other Awards from the 2012 Anniversary Meeting

Besides the prestigious Craig Calkins Executive of the Year Award (presented this year to Karen Bowne, Sheraton Palo Alto), PEA hands out many other awards at the annual Anniversary meeting. Here are some highlights of this year’s awards!

Fun statistics:

Breakfasts consumed in 2011: …… 2,571.

Total leads given:…… 5,260 (Direct: 3,240. Referral: 1,580. Internet: 440)

New Members: President Mike Feller, Innovative Sales and Leasing recognized the new members of 2011, and presented the certificate award for Rookie of the Year to new member Gary Rudolph, Rudolph’s Interiors!

Leads Given in the Triple Digits: The following people were recognized for giving leads in the triple digits last year-

Mike awarded the certificate for Most Direct Leads Given to Bobbie Fakkema, Events, Etc… who gave the most direct leads(171)  after Hall of Famers Larry and Laurie Moore (268).

Referral Leads Given in the Triple Digits: The following two people gave referral leads in the triple digits-

He awarded the certificate for Most Referral Leads Given to Judy Ott, Judy Ott Organization and Design!  (She and runner-up Bette Asbra, Pro-Staff Painting have been in the triple digits four years running!)

Best Attendance: Tie for first place went to Larry and Laurie Moore, Larry’s AutoWorks and Dr. Chuck Fulanovich, Palo Alto Chiropractic

Honorable Mention Attendance: Only one meeting behind the best attendance members, honorable mention attendance was a tie between Mike Feller, Innovative Sales and Leasing, Dr. Leta Zwiebel, Psychologist, and Julie and Rick Stern, Stern Mortgage

Award Certificates: Mike presented Certificates of Award to the following members:

Mike also congratulated Paul Kraus, formerly of GoodCo Press, who was visiting and is our newest Emeritus Member.

We concluded by all making a toast to PEA’s 34th anniversary!

December Success Stories Round-up!

PEA rings in the new year with our last Success Stories Round-up of 2011!

Holiday Specials from PEA Businesses!

Happy Holidays from the Peninsula Executive’s Association!

Celebrate with some seasonal specials from our PEA businesses:

  • Arborwell Tree Services can help you string lights on extra large trees.
  • All Reasons Moving can take care of small jobs too!  Need help rearranging the living room to make room for that Christmas Tree?  Need to put down a festive rug?  Call and arrange a couple guys for as little as two hours.
  • At McRoskey Mattress Company, enjoy a 10% savings on all pillow purchases plus a free pillow protector with all king, queen and standard size pillows.
  • Enjoying the “Spirits” of the Holiday Season?  Make your trip home safe by staying at the Sheraton Palo Alto or Westin Palo Alto.  Please mention the special “HOLIDAY” rate at the Front Desk and receive a $99 rate at the Sheraton or a $119 rate at the Westin.  (Valid from December 16-December 31, 2011 only, based on hotel availability).  ALSO, come in out of the cold and enjoy Fondue with Friends served at Luna Lounge and Restaurant Soleil at the Westin Palo Alto.  Authentic Savoyarde cheese fondue from the region of France- a mixture of Emmenthal cheese, Gruyere cheese, and Beaufort cheese served with baguette, sliced pears and apples ($11.00 for two people, $16.00 for four people, $19.00 for six people).
  • Have your home look spectacular for the Holidays!  Enjoy 20% off of Judy Ott Organization and Design‘s regular hourly fee for decorating your residence with style.  Three hour minimum, owner provides their own decorations or reimburses Judy for additional purchases.  Contact Judy at judy@judyott.com or (408) 738-6924.
  • Palo Alto Chiropractic Offices are running a December special on massage therapy.  Enjoy $10 off a one hour massage!

Dave Nishimoto of Mollie Stone’s Market Presides over the Annual Bag Off Competition

Dave Nishimoto, Mollie Stone’s Market brought the always-fun Bag Off Competition to PEA again on November 10th.  This year, he brought Linda Bueno, the deli manager, and his assistant manager Larry Bristow with him to help run the competition.

Mollie Stone’s Market was started by two men, Mike Stone and Dave Bennett, in 1979.  The original concept was to create a store that carried both organic food and regular groceries in one store.  This was an innovative concept at the time and proved successful.   There are now nine stores in the Bay Area employing around 700 people.  Dave introduced Linda Bueno to talk about the Thanksgiving menu available if you are not planning to cook for the holiday.

Linda went over the deli Thanksgiving dinner menu, which features free range turkey, bread stuffing, pan gravy, sweet potatoes and yams, green beans with sweet red peppers, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie.  You can order extra helpings of these items plus other side dishes like mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, or butternut squash with cranberries.  Or you can order appetizers to go with your meal.

Next, Larry Bristow described the types of turkeys that you can buy at Mollie Stone’s.  In contrast to the simple days of fresh versus frozen, today’s turkey choices abound.  They include the Mollies Stone’s turkey (free range, no hormones, grown in California, $2.70 lb), the fresh Mollie bird (10 to 20 pounds, free range, $2.49 lb), the fresh Willie Bird (free range, broad breast turkey, $3.29 lb), the Kosher turkey (fresh, ranging from 10 to 16 pounds at $4.99 lb), plus three other varieties including a frozen bird.  Larry suggests that you calculate the size of your turkey at one pound per person.

For the competition, four contestants were chosen randomly from the audience.  This year, the four contestants were Susan Hamilton, VTF Services, Darnel Rogan, Saber Roofing, Judy Ott, Judy Ott Organization and Design and new member Nichole Fox, Payroll City (on her first day!).  Dave reminded everyone that the grocery bagger has an important job.  If your eggs are smashed or you get home and find something missing, you will be unhappy and may not return to that grocery store.  The bagging competition is not purely a race – even weight distribution and packing delicate items carefully also counts.

Winners were announced after the break.  In second place and going home with her groceries and a gift certificate was Susan Hamilton, VTF Services. In first place also going home with groceries and a gift certificate: Nichole Fox, Payroll City Congratulations and thank you Dave Nishimoto, Mollie Stone’s Market for another fun competition!

Judy Ott Organization and Design gets blogged!

Julia Wei from the blog “2Moms2Boys2MuchStuff!” wrote a great article on her experiences working with Judy Ott, Judy Ott Organization and Design!

To read about Judy and Julia and the work they did organizing Julia’s kitchen, follow this link!

Great job Judy!  Have any other PEA members been blogged about recently? Send Neal the link!

August Success Stories Round-up!

It’s that time again… time to celebrate successes in August!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas with PEA Businesses!

Father’s Day is quickly approaching (June 19th!).  Here are some Father’s Day gift ideas for your husband, uncle, dad, grandfather, or any other special man in your life featuring some of our PEA businesses: