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Money Saving Tips from PEA

Recently, PEA’s program committee had members discuss and share ideas for how to save money in their businesses.  Here are a few tips from them to you!

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April Success Stories Round-up!

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!

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!!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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: