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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.

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!

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.

December Success Stories Round-up!

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

Virtual Tour of Great Painting with Duane and Bette Asbra, Pro-Staff Painting

Susan Scott, Expressions Salon introduced Duane and Bette Asbra of Pro-Staff Painting.  Duane and Bette met while painting Bette’s mom’s house.  After they married, she eventually joined him fulltime in the business.  Duane taught Bette the creative process and discovered that Bette has an eye for color.  They offer free color consultation as part of every paint job.  The team is prompt, polite and keeps the work area spotless.

Bette brought a list of basic painting supplies to share.  Many people who decide to do their own painting don’t realize how many supplies they will need, from buckets to rags to spackling paste to drop cloths.

Buying good quality paint is important for a paint job that lasts.  Duane and Bette recommend Benjamin Moore paint as their first choice.  When selecting colors, Bette and Duane bring a “brush out board” – a heavy cardboard board about 6×8 inches painted in the candidate color.  The client can use this not only to look at on the wall but to match bedding, curtains, or other items.

Duane says that their team is now at five people.  They serve most of the Bay area, including the northern part of San Jose.  He showed a slideshow of some of their recent jobs (to see some of their pictures click here and here).  They can do a lot to restore surfaces that other painters won’t touch.  On one set of before and after pictures, Duane re-stained a deck that was very weathered using a product called ArborCoat.  He recommends ArborCoat for exterior wood, although he says when the wood is too badly weathered he will need to use a solid (rather than transparent) stain.

The Pro-Staff team recently completed work on a city building at the Port of Redwood City.  This was another remarkable transformation because the building had not been painted in a long time.  They also painted the sign for the building with areas highlighted in gold paint.

Some of the homes they have worked in have had complicated interior jobs.  One home had decorative wallpaper applied to the ceiling that looked like a mural.  Another client had wainscoting in their living rooms painted in two shades of purple – one above and one below the divider.  Duane showed photos of what he referred to as an artistic garage door – a beautifully stained garage door.  They can paint cabinets and at times have painted them inside and out.

Duane is one of the few faux finish painters skilled enough to do touch up work on an older faux finish paint job.  They offer a wide variety of faux finish treatments, from faux copper (popular for gutters in Palo Alto) to wood stain to various textured finishes.

Many PEA members have used Pro-Staff PaintingKaren Bowne, Sheraton Palo Alto took Bette’s advice on adding color to her formerly neutral walls and loves the result.  Dr. Fella Benyammi, Benyammi Family Dentistry had Bette pick colors for her Tahoe home and is equally pleased.  Duane commented that if the client doesn’t like the color, they won’t like the paint job, so they are willing to go to great lengths to insure that the client is happy not just with the execution of the paint job but with the overall look created by the color choices.

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.

June Success Stories Round-up!

Better late than never!  Look out for our July edition coming soon.

  • Judy Johnson, Unexpected Treasures thanked Jeff Badzik, Perfection Auto Detail for the car detail and says it looks great.  She also found the perfect warehouse location thanks to PEA.
  • Sue Ballew, Skytrekker Aviation just ran a deal on Living Social and sold 110 introductory flights.  Living Social allowed her to schedule the flights at her less-busy times (during the week).  Between this and Groupon, she has sold around 400 introductory flights.
  • Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler announced that their 80th Anniversary sale is now complete.  It was very successful at 50% more in sales than in May of 2010.
  • Bobbie Fakkema, Events, Etc… thanked Paul Kraus, Goodco Press for another beautiful printing job.  She also thanked David Gaskill, D.B. Gaskill Advertising Specialties and Karen Bowne, Sheraton Palo Alto for the leads.
  • Konrad Thaler, Smilin Dogs bought his 10th van from Mike Feller, Innovative Sales & Leasing last week.
  • Judy Johnson, Unexpected Treasures has an estate sale coming up in the home of a late state senator Bill Clark.
  • Mike Feller, Innovative Sales & Leasing likes to give Connoisseur Coffee as a gift to clients.
  • Dr. Chuck Fulanovich, Palo Alto Chiropractic shared that June 10th marked the 35th year he has been in practice.
  • Dan Harding, Retirement Administration has been working with his father, Sam, for one year now.  Their sales are up 262% in the past year.
  • John King, Keller-Williams Realty helped Jay Saber, Saber Roofing’s son and daughter-in-law find a new home.  Stern Mortgage will be handling the mortgage.
  • Erik Jacobsen, Threestory Studio said that his neighbor’s admired his newly painted house so much that they asked for contact information for Duane Asbra, Pro-Staff Painting.
  • Bobbie Fakkema, Events, Etc… thanked Susan Hamilton, VTF Services and the team for getting her lawn nice and green.
  • Terry Pebbles, Optimum Floors announced that he has re-formed his business as Optimum FloorsOptimum Floors does flooring coverings, so the classification Window Coverings is open for a new member.
  • Peggy Calhoun, Garden ANew thanked Mike Fox, A&A Plumbing, saying that the team came by while she was gone and everything went very smoothly.
  • Bobbie Fakkema, Events, Etc… said she is working on an event for Green Gables for July 4th.  It used to be an annual event and this year’s will be the last.

May Success Stories Round-up!

Let’s take a minute to celebrate some PEA members’ successes from the month of May!

  • Albert Ong, Ambassador Services had a great success at the beginning of May.  A stone supplier was so impressed with the job that Albert did that he called a friend to recommend him.
  • Dr. Chuck Fulanovich, Palo Alto Chiropractic is very happy with the progress of his office remodeling project.  The new design is giving the whole office a new energy and the phones keep ringing, too.
  • David Gaskill, D.B. Gaskill Advertising Specialties reports that there has been an uptick in business lately with seven active referrals from a recent presentation.
  • Bob Rosenberg, GR8WORK Builders, Inc. participated again this year in Rebuilding Together day.  He and Duane Asbra, Pro-Staff Painting, Terry Pebbles, Piazza Pebbles Floor & Window Covering, and Mike Fox, A&A Plumbing (along with other Rebuilding Together volunteers) worked on a home in East Palo Alto, transforming it in one day.
  • Brad Brown, Brown Financial & Insurance Services was uncomfortable at his desk.  Was it just that he’s getting old?  Good news – Susan Hannah, Ergo Works can make it better (even if part of it is that you are getting old).
  • Albert Ong, Ambassador Services thanked Werner Rogmans, Stanford Floral Design for flowers that he said were unbelievable.
  • Maureen Clark, Clark Associates thanked Randy Mills, Pioneer Services for the outstanding job he did cleaning the windows at their home.  The clean windows give her a new outlook on life.
  • Bobbie Fakkema, Events, Etc… thanked Paul Kraus, Goodco Press for the new business cards.  She just finished a fundraiser that included a fashion show.  Due to rain, they did everything in a tent and a good time was had by all.