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February Success Stories Round-up!

  • Dan Ingerman, Wemorph is excited to be completing a 3D display for the University Art in Palo Alto with a design by Harrington Design.
  • Erik Jacobsen, Threestory Studio got dremel bits he needed from Larry Hassett, Hardware Stores.  He also says that he got a project from a law firm that is just the kind he is looking for.
  • Mike Feller, Innovative Sales & Leasing commented that the Sheraton always does a great job for the various events he has attended there, which included an event the previous Sunday.
  • Dr. Chuck Fulanovich, Palo Alto Chiropractic thanked Fawni Hill, Larick Alan Hill, Mike FoxA&A Plumbing for their help during the renovations at his office building for the new tenant.
  • Julie Fukuhara, Stern Mortgage said that the transmission on her car went out and she had the car towed to Larry’s Autoworks.  They got to work right away and found her a new transmission at a considerable savings compared to the dealer.  She loves having someone she trusts to do the work.
  • Laurie Moore, Larry’s AutoWorks announced that Monday, February 13th is their 40th shop anniversary.
  • John King, Keller-Williams Realty says that the housing market is picking up.  A recent listing just got 16 offers.
  • Rick Rosensweig, Morgan Stanley is a proud father.  His daughter, Colt, has a book being published on March 1 about Newt Loken, known as the father of Michigan men’s gymnastics.  He was an outstanding coach and storyteller.  It is available in print or as an eBook from Huron River Press or selected independent booksellers.
  • Richard Phillips, Advantage Career Solutions says that he sees signs of economic improvement.  One of his clients just signed a job offer as a recruiter for a headhunting firm.
  • Werner Rogmans, Stanford Floral Design announced that his business is up 40%, thanks in part to PEA.
  • Dr. Leta Zwiebel, Psychologist had a can of Rustoleom explode in her garage, spattering her husband’s car.  They thought the car would need to be repainted and took it to Scott Yeaman, Yeaman Autobody. Scott’s crew was able to get the car cleaned up for only $150, no repainting needed.
  • Bobbie Fakkema, Events, Etc… thanked Darnel Rogan, Saber Roofing, saying that she had them install a wire grating over her gutter to help keep out leaves and debris.
  • Robin Azevedo, McRoskey Mattress Company thanked Duane Asbra, Pro-Staff Painting for the paint job in her store.  She also showed a photo of a McRoskey bed beautifully decorated by Fawni Hill, Larick Alan Hill.  They have an upcoming program on how to make a well-made bed.

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.

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!

July Success Stories Round-up!


Another great month for PEA businesses!

  • Judy Johnson, Unexpected Treasures is having an estate sale in San Francisco at the home of the late Milton Marks, a former California senator.  She also thanked John Sylvester, SST Insurance Brokers, who is helping her with a case of a bad fall at a previous estate sale.
  • Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler recommended Jeff Badzik, Perfection Auto Detail on an Internet group and found he was also recommended by two other people.
  • Konrad Thaler, Smilin Dogs announced that he just signed a five-year lease on a nearby building.  Smilin Dogs will be expanding into the 5,500 square foot space soon.
  • Bobbie Fakkema, Events, Etc… was away and thanked Scott Yeaman, Yeaman Autobody for fixing her car bumper and Albert Ong, Ambassador Services for cleaning her carpet while she was gone.
  • Tom Brown, All Reasons Moving said that June was a record month for them and their busiest ever.
  • Laurie Moore, Larry’s AutoWorks attended an automotive group conference and was surprised (but pleased) to find that they made the cover of the group’s magazine.
  • Kaye Sharbrough, Senior Seasons thanked Tom Brown, All Reasons Moving for helping her clients move to Sunrise.  She thanked Cheri Jackson, Older Adult Care Management for her help, too.
  • Rick Rosensweig, Morgan Stanley said that Jonathon Ong and his employee did a great job on the carpet while Albert Ong, Ambassador Services was gone.
  • Carol Garsten, Nature Gallery is excited about re-launching her web site.  The address is www.nature-gallery.com and she invites everyone at PEA to check it out and to visit her store at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto.
  • Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler thanked Mike Feller, Innovative Sales & Leasing for handling a long distance deal and Robin Azevedo, McRoskey Mattress Company for an endorsement.  She just returned from New York City as the new Chairperson of the Jewelers of America.  She also announced that Gleim was designated Best Jeweler in the County Almanac.

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:

Pillow Talk with Jill Bibo of McRoskey Mattress Company

Did you know May is Better Sleep month?  In honor of this, Jill Bibo of McRoskey Mattress Company talked to PEA about how important pillows are for better sleep.  Jill reminder us that it takes a comfortable mattress and a comfortable pillow for a really good nights sleep.

McRoskey‘s most recent and exciting addition to their Palo Alto showroom is a custom Pillow Bar.  This is the only Pillow Bar on the west coast and people have been visiting from all over the bay area to check it out.  The Pillow Bar really plays into McRoskey‘s philosophy of handcrafting the right pillow for the client as well as being locally made.  At the Pillow Bar, they assess the build of the customer as well as their primary sleeping position and find out what the client likes in a pillow.  Jill recently made two pillows for a daughter and mother that were in pursuit of the perfect pillows.  They were both petite stomach sleepers and thought McRoskey‘s pre-made soft pillow was too firm.  They were in heaven with the finished product.  Jill even embroidered their names on the pillows for the complete personal touch.

What better way to celebrate Better Sleep month than by creating your own personal pillow with McRoskey Mattress Company?  Thanks to Jill Bibo and Robin Azevedo for letting PEA in on McRoskey‘s latest addition!