Tuesday, October 21, 2014
of Commerce and Agriculture

Dedicated to the success of our members by:

* creating a strong local economy

* promoting the community

* providing networking opportunities

* representing business to government

P.O.Box 1748 *    44 Brennan St. *    Watsonville, CA 95077 *    pajarovalleychamber.com *    Phone (831) 724-3900 *    Fax (831) 728-5300

Breaking News
Oct8 10/8/2014 8:51:00 AM by pvcManager


The Rotary Club of Freedom’s Community Service Committee under the direction of Patsy Gasca, Community Services Chair are accepting grant applications from local charities. Each year the amount of money available will vary.  To request a grant applications send an email to Patsy.Gasca@redcross.org or call Patsy Gasca at  (831) 600-4902. Deadlines for submissions will be November 21st, 2014. Disbursements of funds granted will begin in May 2015.
Oct1 10/1/2014 10:16:00 AM by pvcManager

Chef Roger Gowen was born and raised in the South Bay area Roger was inspired by two good friends and chefs to learn the culinary arts. In 1996 he attended culinary school at LederWolf Culinary Academy in Sacramento. After returning to the South Bay he first worked as a line cook and Manager in some of the more reputable dinning establishments in Los Gatos. Moving over to Santa Cruz in early 2000 he was first was employed at Shadowbrook as a line cook. He later moved on for an eleven year career with a premier catering company in the Santa Cruz area. He then returned to Shadowbrook and was quickly promoted to Sous Chef and then to Chef.

Sous Chef William Poolman attended the California Culinary Academy where he apprenticed at Fleur de Lys with Chef-Owner, Hubert Kellar. He graduated from the CCA with the Danielle Carlisle Walker award for outstanding student in the graduating class and top GPA. After graduation, he took a job as the Pastry Chef at Ernie’s in San Francisco and worked there for two years before accepting a job offer at La Folie in San Francisco with famed chef, Roland Passot.  He was made Sous Chef there after 6-months and worked there for 3-years. William then moved from the independent restaurant industry to the corporate world taking employment with Hyatt hotels. After 6 years with Hyatt he was offered a job as assistant director of F&B for the famed Mauna Kea Beach hotel on the big island of Hawaii. He was there for two years before opening his own restaurant, The Koa House Grill in Waimea. He operated the Koa House for ten-years before selling and moving back to the mainland. As a new California resident William took a job as Executive Chef at the Charthouse in Monterey. From there he was promoted to a Regional Executive Chef position, overseeing the twelve Charthouse locations on the west coast before tiring of all the travel and wanting to settle in the Santa Cruz area.

Co-Owner, Ted Burke says of them both, “Roger has demonstrated by his passion and leadership the ability to continue the 67-year tradition of the Shadowbrook to provide both fine quality food and creative specials to complement the old world surroundings. And Will brings years of experience and wisdom to bolster our operating systems.” Burke goes on to state; "This duo is an excellent team that will continue to deliver Shadowbrook’s rich culinary tradition of Celebrating Special Occasions Since 1947.”

Oct1 10/1/2014 10:11:00 AM by pvcManager

In recognition of his 20 years of service, John F. Mullen, CLTC, CA Ins. Lic. #0B38439, has been named a Senior NYLIC of New York Life.


Mr. Mullen joined New York Life on 9/1/94. He began his career and continues to work out of the Silicon Valley General Office of New York Life.


Mr. Mullen has earned the professional designation of CLTC (Certified in Long Term Care).

He was a Court of the Table member of MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table) in 2007.

MDRT is recognized throughout the industry as the standard of excellence in life insurance sales performance.

He is a member of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) and a member of the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce. John resides in Watsonville, CA.


Oct1 10/1/2014 10:05:00 AM by pvcManager

Part-time summer job leads to 40-year career By Yahaira Garcia-Perea, Wells Fargo Corporate Communications For Diana Vargas, what was supposed to be a part-time summer job before starting college, turned out to be a 40-year career on the Wells Fargo stagecoach. The Pajaro Valley store manager began her career with Wells Fargo in the safe deposit area in 1974, and quickly moved up the ranks serving as teller, in operations, as a customer sales and service representative, and eventually a personal banker, business specialists, sales manager and finally, a store manager. “I was getting ready to leave to college but was persuaded to stay just a little bit longer. That ‘little bit longer’ ended up being 40 years,” chuckled Vargas. “I wanted to be in a field that allowed me to help people and I always assumed that I would be working in the medical field, until I realized that I wasn’t very good at chemistry. I had to change my plans quickly,” she joked. At Vargas’ core is her passion for helping people; it is that foundation that has led to her success. “Helping people as they apply for their first college loan or home loan and being there for them every step of the way is truly an honor,” said Vargas. “You’re helping people build their dreams and achieve their aspirations. How can you not be excited to be part of that process? It’s a very fulfilling role and a very fulfilling career.” Vargas says she owes her professional success to those coaches and mentors who took her under their wings and believes it is her duty to pay it forward by serving as a coach to her team members. Under her guidance, dozens of Wells Fargo team members have grown, evolved, and taken new roles within the company. “We owe many successes in the Valley Coastal market to Diana’s commitment to not only our clients, our community, and our company, but her fellow team members,” said Joe Mathai, Valley Coastal President for Wells Fargo. “She’s a natural born leader with many talents, including gauging the potential of our team members and coaching them toward professional growth and success. And it is that attention to detail and mentorship that enables us to better serve our customers and help them succeed financially.” When she’s not playing her most important role as mother to her two sons — one who is a Wells Fargo Business Specialist — you’ll find Diana actively participating with downtown Watsonville’s revitalization committee and Pajaro Valley’s Chamber of Commerce.

Upcoming Events
Oct21 Adopt-a-School Breakfast
10/21/2014 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Businesses helping our local schools....what a fabulous investment in our future! Join us on at McDonald's on Freedom Boulevard on Tuesday, October 21, at 8:30am for a morning of information on how your business can be part of the Adopt-A-School program.  This program is a partnership of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District and the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.   

Oct23 Santa Cruz Metro Community Meeting
10/23/2014 2:00 PM - 10/24/2014 7:00 PM


Oct23 PVPSA Fundraiser
10/23/2014 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM


About Us

The chamber board has committed itself to working in the following areas:

* Promote the community and develop tourism

* Provide networking opportunities

* Represent business to government

* Lead an economic development effort

* Assist member businesses in marketing. 

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Welcome to New Members
October 2014
10/16 Miguel Cortes from Applebee's Watsonville
10/16 Marina Camahlinghi from Barbara & Company Catering
10/16 Logan Frahm, D.C. from Pajaro Community Chiropractic
10/08 Randy Castillo from T-Mobile Exclusive Wireless
September 2014
09/25 Richard Dwyer from Dwyer Services
09/16 Bill Hansen from Hansen Insurance
09/15 Ruth Williams from Alt Rock 106.7 FM
09/15 Ruth Williams from Z Country 97.9 FM
09/15 Ruth Williams from K-Mozart 95.1/95.9 FM
Events Calendar
October 2014


Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture offers an assortment of advertising opportunities for our members in our newsletter. Call us at (831) 724-3900 or email Shaz@pajarovalleychamber.com and let us help you market your business.



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