Trezza retires, Bockstahler steps into new role

(Left to right): Ron Berberian, Dana Bockstahler, Bill Trezza.

William R. (Bill) Trezza, Chief Executive Officer of BAC Community Bank, retires after 37 years of visionary leadership, cultivating relationships, developing staff, and ongoing community support. Trezza has led BAC Community Bank through growth and development while creating an executive team to lead for years to come. This executive team consists of successor Chief Executive Officer Dana Bockstahler (hired in 1987), Chief Financial Officer Jackie Verkuyl (hired in 2003), Chief Credit Officer Janet Jenkins (hired in 1983), and Chief Lending Officer Paul Haley (hired in 2011).

Over the years, Dana Bockstahler has filled many roles at BAC Community Bank, from chief financial officer to operations administrator. “She served as chief operating officer for the past 15 years, and as such managed the Bank’s daily affairs,” said Trezza. “This enabled me to work extensively in the field with customers and prospects.”

Bockstahler’s appointment as CEO is a natural progression in her responsibilities at BAC Community Bank. “I look forward to building upon the strong community relationships and financial foundation Bill developed over the years,” said Bockstahler.

“Bill has been an integral part of BAC Community Bank for the past 37 years. It is difficult to put all of his accomplishments into words,” Ron Berberian, the Bank’s chairman and president stated. “And through most of those years, Dana Bockstahler and the rest of our executive team have worked hand-in-hand with Bill making the Bank what it is today.”

Berberian added, “So that there is no impact to customers, preparations for a seamless transition have been in the works for quite some time.”

The experience and longevity each executive team member brings to the table is invaluable. “Our executive management team has worked together at the Bank for a collective period of almost 90 years,” Trezza points out. “Each executive team member played a key role in navigating the Bank through challenges of the past severe recession. With such experience, I am very confident that this well experienced team will successfully tackle any challenge that the future may bring.”

Trezza remains an active member of the Bank’s board of directors and continues to work with several local community organizations into his retirement.

Joe Simile named President and COO of Simile Construction Service, Inc.

Joe Simile has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of Simile Construction Service, Inc., taking over day-to-day management from his father, Guy.

Guy Simile started the company with his wife Gina in 1999. Since that time, Simile Construction has achieved steady year-over-year revenue growth and now has 41 employees. Guy Simile remains as Chairman of the Board and CEO, but will shift his focus to long-term strategic development and nurturing key client relationships.

“I will remain active in the firm, but Gina and I welcome the opportunity to take a step back,” Guy Simile said. “Joe has worked hard to prepare himself for this moment. He has our complete trust and confidence as well as that of our entire management team. He is the right man to lead our company forward.”

Joe Simile first began shadowing his father on job sites when he was 11 years old and now represents the second generation of leadership for the family owned business. He earned a degree in construction management from Fresno State University before he joined the company full time in 2005. He has filled all the construction roles over the years, most recently as vice president of operations.

“I am proud of and humbled by the responsibility that has been entrusted to me,” Joe Simile said. “I have learned so much from my parents. I’ve watched how hard they have worked to build this company, create a culture and a workplace that respects our employees, and most of all produce high-quality projects that consistently meet all of our clients’ expectations.”

Simile Construction has completed hundreds of projects across California over the past two decades. Among its signature achievements in the Modesto area are the stylish Scenic Oaks business park, the renovation of the historic State Theatre and many of the car dealerships along north McHenry Avenue as well as health and fitness clubs, churches, and medical and dental offices. Currently under construction are a new Mazda auto dealership and the new Warden’s Office Supply facility.

Oak Valley Community Bank announces executive and senior vice president promotions

Oak Valley Community Bank announced the promotions of Gary Stephens to Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking Group, Melissa Fuller to Senior Vice President, Human Resources, and Peter Brown to Senior Vice President, Credit Administrator.

Gary Stephens

Stephens began working with Oak Valley Community Bank in 2004 as a commercial lender and quickly made the transition to Vice President, Commercial Loan Team Leader. He was promoted to SVP, Credit Administrator in 2009 and served in that role until 2015. Since that time, he has held the position of SVP, Senior Lending Officer within the Commercial Banking Group.

“Gary’s lending expertise and vast credit acumen has benefitted our clients and the bank for many years. He has proven his ability to customize financing solutions to help clients expand their businesses, purchase facilities, enhance cash flow, and maximize business efficiencies,” stated President and CEO, Chris Courtney. “His promotion recognizes the broad range of responsibility Gary has assumed in his time with the bank.”

Melissa Fuller

Fuller has been with the bank nearly 15 years, managing core Human Resources functions since 2004. “Melissa is immensely committed to the bank and our employees. We have added 10 branches and our employee base has grown from 75 employees to 190 during her tenure. This promotion acknowledges her ability to stay abreast of continuously changing HR regulations and apply that knowledge to serve the growing HR related needs of our employees and the company,” stated Senior EVP, Chief Operating Officer, Rick McCarty.

Peter Brown

Brown has been with the bank for 10 years, serving as Credit Administrator since 2016 and prior to that was one of the bank’s top performing commercial lenders. “Peter has undertaken an increasingly influential role within our Credit Administration Department. His aptitude for seeking out and acquiring high-quality commercial credits as a lender made for a natural evolution into credit administration. His promotion reflects the diligence with which he has upheld the bank’s credit culture, led by example, and fostered a shared vision within the Credit Department since taking on the Credit Administrator role” stated EVP, Chief Credit Officer, Mike Rodrigues.

Community Hospice marks 40 years

Community Hospice, a nonprofit hospice provider caring for those facing a serious/life-limiting illness, has reached a milestone of 40 years, becoming the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley. From its small, 1979 beginnings in a church basement in Modesto, Community Hospice has grown to meet the needs of our surrounding communities providing support and services in multiple counties, including; Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne, and parts of Contra Costa, Sacramento, Alameda and Santa Clara.

Over the course of 40 years, Community Hospice has offered end-of-life hospice care, and has developed additional programs, including; palliative care for those facing a serious illness (not hospice), pediatric care programs, grief support services to anyone in the community that has experienced a loss, children’s school-based grief support, Camp Erin of the Central Valley and community crisis response. The organization also has the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, a 16 private patient room inpatient hospice facility, a robust education program, Durable Medical Equipment Division, seven Hope Chest Thrift Stores and a Logistics Processing Center. Today, Community Hospice cares for over 3,000 community residents each year through various programs.

“As we celebrate our 40-year anniversary, we are filled with gratitude for all those that have been a part of our organization,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President/CEO Community Hospice. “Our organization has grown tremendously throughout the years and we are excited for the future and are honored to care for our community members in their time of need.”

What began as an all-volunteer organization has evolved to nearly 300 employees and over 550 volunteers that work together to support the mission of the organization.

“Community Hospice is fortunate to have compassionate and dedicated staff members and volunteers that are committed to enhancing quality of life for our friends and neighbors,” said McLeod, “It is because of them, our donors and many others we are able to fulfill our mission of providing compassionate and quality care, education and support, regardless of ability to pay.”

CoBank and multiple Farm Credit Associations give close to $500,000 to Camp Fire victims

Multiple associations of the Farm Credit System, which has served the nation’s agricultural and rural communities for more than 100 years, have come to the aid of a community in need. Together they have donated nearly $500,000 to help victims of the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County, the deadliest fire in California’s history.

Golden State Farm Credit, which serves farmers and ranchers in Butte County, neighboring Colusa-Glenn Farm Credit, and the system’s banking partner, CoBank, have coordinated efforts with the Farm Credit Associations across the United States to assist the efforts of local relief agencies, said J. Fletcher Monroe, Golden State Farm Credit’s president and Chief Executive Officer.

“We here at Golden State Farm Credit are honored to be part of the Farm Credit System, where we stand by each other and our communities in times of crises,” Monroe said. “We are humbled by the outpouring of support, heartfelt prayers, and generosity received from so many.

“The funds provided to these local organizations, along with a small portion given to the Employee Relief Fund to assist our staff members who lost their homes in the fire, will have an immediate impact as well as helping the long-term rebuilding efforts Butte County, residents, and businesses will face for years to come. We are thankful to all that have selflessly given to those in need.”

Participating in the effort are Farm Credit West, which also serves customers in a portion of Butte County, along with California-based organizations American Ag Credit and Yosemite Farm Credit.

“The impact of the Camp Fire in Butte County is devastating. We’re honored to play a small part in assisting this community rebuild after such a tragic event,” said Farm Credit West’s President and CEO Mark Littlefield.

Datapath acquires former Prime Shine IT executive, appoints as Regional President

Datapath announced the appointment of John Sablan as Regional President, effective Jan. 2.

“I am impressed by the values Datapath operates by,” said Sablan. “Having been a Datapath client who experienced excellent service delivery and support from the technical staff, I know the needs of both the customer and the service provider. I’m confident in our team and the vision we have to grow and improve the services Datapath provides.”

In this role, Sablan will be responsible for leading and overseeing the vision, strategy and operations of the Datapath locations throughout the Central Valley. He will provide strategic IT leadership, direction and help to improve the delivery of technology solutions that help power our businesses and drive innovation and operational excellence throughout the organization.

“John will play a fundamental role in continuing to grow our brand and businesses in a world of rapidly changing technology,” says David Darmstandler, Datapath Co-founder and CEO. “His perspective,
leadership and vision will be critical in helping us achieve our goal of becoming the leading IT company on the West Coast, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Datapath.”

Sablan is a technology executive with nearly 20 years of experience. He joins Datapath most recently from Prime Shine Incorporated, where he served as Director of IT providing strategic and technical leadership for 19 retail locations across three counties. Prior to his role at Prime Shine, John had been
part of the senior IT leadership team in both Infrastructure and Application roles for Foster Farms Poultry, based in Livingston.

“We are thrilled to welcome John to Datapath. John has played an instrumental role in companies that have experienced substantial growth while improving their customer experience. We look forward to John continuing that success as part of the Datapath family.” says James Bates, Datapath Co-founder and CTO.

Sablan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems as well as his MBA from California State University, Stanislaus.

Stanislaus County Fair wins awards

The Stanislaus County Fair has once again received awards of distinction from Western Fairs Association.

Western Fairs Association, a non-profit trade association serving the fair industry throughout 14 Western United States and Canada, recognized the Stanislaus County Fair with eight awards overall. The highest award was the Merrill Award nomination for the empowHER Lounge, which the Stanislaus County Fair has never received. The Merrill Award, named in honor of WFA Founder Louis Merrill, is given for those entries that clearly demonstrate innovation, vision, and excellence.

“The empowHER Lounge being nominated for the Merrill Award was a proud moment for us at the Fair. Our job at the Fair is to create innovative experiences for our guests,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Fair. “The board members, staff, sponsors, and volunteers strive to produce an exceptional Fair year after year.”

Alkhas also notes that the Fair continues to stand out as one of the best in the United States and Canada. “We take immense pride in having a Fair that is not only community driven, but also produces outstanding entertainment,” said Alkhas.

The Fair picked up four first place awards, one second place awards, and two third place awards from WFA, which included:

First Place:
Give It Your Best Shot– photo of the Carnival.
Give It Your Best Shot– Photo of the Animals.
New Children’s Program– Stanislaus County Fair’s Kids Club program.
Inspiring Collaboration – The empowHER Lounge collaboration with Vintage Faire Mall; Women’s Education and Leadership League; Yonan’s Jewelers; KHOP @95.1; Toni & Guy.

Second Place:
Television Ad: The 60 second commercial used in all advertising.

Third Place:
New Sponsorship Program: The Baby Care Center sponsored by Honey’s Air and Solar, Mark Nelson Law Office and Bayou Restaurant.
Give It Your Best Shop: Photo of our Community.