Cattlewomen tap Telles as Outstanding 2017 Cowbelle

Bobby Tellas

The San Joaquin-Stanislaus CattleWomen selected Bobbie Telles as the 2017 Cowbelle of the year earlier this fall at a meeting of the local organization. Telles was given an engraved cowbell and a sterling silver pendant to celebrate her hard work. The award singles out an outstanding member who dedicates a significant amount of time and effort to promote the beef industry.

Telles has been a member of three CattleWomen’s Units over the past 30 years. During that time she has promoted beef by doing classroom presentations, cooking beef at the California State Fair and Costco, creating displays at county fairs, rodeos, jackpots and San Francisco schools and chairing various committees. She has served in offices at the local and state level and now has been awarded Cowbelle of the year in each of the three Units that she has been a member of – including Cowbelle of the Year, 2017, San Joaquin/Stanislaus; 2001, Glenn/Colusa; and 1992, Alameda County/Contra Costa.

Telles lives on a cattle ranch in Farmington with her husband. They are both very active members of the Oakdale Saddle Club and the Oakdale Cowboy Museum as well.

Telles was born and raised in California. She attended UC Davis and Fresno State. While she ranched for a short time in Idaho, she quickly returned to California and became very involved with Alameda/Contra Costa CattleWomen. She has and continues to see the ups and downs of the California cattle industry. Her heart and soul is with the beef industry. It is truly a lifestyle she loves. Over the years Telles could be found in a corral, at a jackpot roping, team penning or roping at the Livermore and Hayward Rodeos. Anywhere that involves the ranching lifestyle.

She has been a member of the support crew for Cal Fire since 2012 and has spent several summers during fire season, camped in her cattle trailer (open air) for weeks at a time, until relieved of her duties when the fire is secured.

Brockman named Modesto Nuts general manager
HWS Baseball IV, the managing partner of the Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Club, has announced the hiring of Zach Brockman as General Manager of the Modesto Nuts. Brockman previously worked for the Nuts from 2008 to 2011 as an Account Executive and Director of Ticket Sales. Following his first stint in Modesto, Brockman worked for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and the Tulsa Drillers.

“We are very excited to bring Zach Brockman back to the Modesto Nuts family,” said Executive Vice President Mike Gorrasi. “Zach has proven to be a dynamic and forward-thinking sales leader in our industry. We are confident he will thrive in his new role as General Manager.”
Brockman was a member of the Nuts front office staff that set five (5) consecutive franchise attendance records. He also played a vital role in the planning and execution of the 2011 California League All-Star game.

“I’d like to thank Mike Savit and Mike Gorrasi for this opportunity,” said Brockman. “Both have been incredibly influential in my career. Modesto gave me my first opportunity to work in professional sports and I couldn’t be happier to be back.”

“The game of baseball has had a tremendous impact on my life,” continued Brockman. “There are countless lessons that I’ve learned along the way that have helped shape who I am both from a personal and professional standpoint. More importantly, this game has given me the privilege of meeting and connecting with amazing people in every market I’ve worked in. I cannot wait to reunite with old friends and make a lot of new ones as we grow our community footprint in the Modesto market.”

Brandt, Condit named to Oversight Committee
Burl Condit and Lee Brandt were named last week to the Measure H Citizens’ Oversight Committee for two years that expire on June 30, 2019.

The Ceres City Council made the appointment at its Oct. 23 meeting. They replace Diego Fernandez and Leonard Shepherd. Other members of the committee are Paula Redfern, Don Cool and Rafael Valencia.

Measure H was passed by Ceres voters in November 2007 to raise the sales tax rate in Ceres by a half percent to support police and fire services. The tax currently raises about $2.9 million annually to augment the budget for public safety.

The 10-year funding plan allocates $15 million for police and $15.4 million for fire suppression services.

Atwater attorney re-appointed to water board
Carmen Ramirez, 41, of Atwater, has been reappointed to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2011. Ramirez has been a partner at the Law Offices of Kelsey and Ramirez since 2014. She was an attorney at the Law Offices of Carmen Ramirez from 2011 to 2014. Ramirez held several positions at Fagalde Albertoni and Flores LLP from 2007 to 2010, including counsel, associate and law clerk, and was a redevelopment associate at the City of Merced Office of Economic Development from 2003 to 2007. Ramirez earned a Juris Doctor degree from the San Joaquin College of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Ramirez is a Democrat.

MJC health education professor named United States Sports Academy 2017 Alumnus of the Year
Dave Shrock, Ed.D., a professor of health education at Modesto Junior College, was named the United States Sports Academy’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year and presented the honor by Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich at the Academy’s 33rd Annual Awards of Sport celebration held recently in Daphne, Ala.

The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to the year’s most outstanding U.S. Sports Academy graduate and the honoree must represent the ideals of sport and of the institution.

A former MJC track and field coach, Shrock has coached at various levels for more than four decades. At MJC he coached to two Northern California Community College Championships and three runner-up finishes in track and field. He has been named a coach of the year 10 times and coached 64 junior college All-Americans. He began his college coaching career in 1976 at the College of San Mateo in his home town of San Mateo, Calif., before coaching cross country and assisting with track and field at Stanford and San José State universities.

Shrock has served in numerous leadership roles for USA Track & Field (USATF) and has also coached internationally for USATF, having been selected to coach the men’s endurance runners at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey, and more recently as head men’s coach of the 2016 PanAm Cross Country team in Caracas, Venezuela.

Shrock earned his Doctor of Education degree in sports management from the U.S. Sports Academy in 2009. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in kinesiology from San Jose State University.

“I accept this award on behalf of the alumni of the United States Sports Academy because we are the ones who utilize the knowledge, passion and experience gained from this great institution to continue to work for the betterment of sport,” Shrock said.

Seasoned financial expert joins Momentum Co. Realtors

David Van Winkle

For many Americans, buying a home is the single largest investment in their life. David Van Winkle’s goal is to ensure his home buyers and sellers are “elated” at the conclusion of the real estate investment process.

Momentum Co. Realtors is proud to announce the affiliation of David Van Winkle, a seasoned financial advisor, who now specializes in residential real estate. “David brings more than two decades of investment experience to Momentum’s buyers and sellers,” said Bill Holtzclaw, Momentum’s founder and broker. “His impressive investment expertise, trustworthiness and proven reputation for providing extraordinary customer service is a perfect fit for our company.”

“I grew up in Turlock and know the town like the back of my hand,” said Van Winkle. “If someone tells me they are looking for a certain style of house, or certain aged house, I can see it in my head. At the same time, I am constantly analyzing investments. In the process of finding the perfect home, or determining if the time is right to sell, I can offer my clients well-founded answers about interest rates, the economic cycle and housing market trends.”

Van Winkle is licensed by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Real Estate and is a member of the Central Valley Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. Before the transition to residential real estate, Van Winkle owned FSC Securities Corporation, a registered investment advisory firm, where he guided clients’ financial matters for over 20 years. He started his investment career with American Express. Van Winkle has been a member of the Turlock Noon Rotary Club for 27 years and is a past board member. He has been actively involved in the community and has served on the boards of the Turlock Little League and the Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers. He is former member of the Arrowhead Club.