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Governor vetoes four job killer bills; signs one into lawGovernor Edmund G. Brown Jr. concluded his work on legislation last month, vetoing two more CalChamberopposed job killer bills in addition to two earlier vetoes and signing one job killer bill into law. A total of five job killers ultimately made it to the Governors desk from the 30 that were identified for 2011. We commend Governor Brown for vetoing nearly all CalChamber identified job killers, said Allan Zaremberg, President and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce. Governor Browns commitment to do no more harm to Californias economy See Governor, Page 9

November 2011

OUR MISSION: Improve the local economic base through active advocacy and programs to assist our members.

Meyer Corporationuses cutting edge technology to produce cookware


ased in Vallejo, Meyer Corporation is part of Meyer International Holdings. With manufacturing plants throughout the world, they manufacture and distribute high quality, top performing cookware, utilizing cutting edge technology and design. Using various materials such as stainless steel, hard-anodized aluminum, and nonstick aluminum, they produce four different brand names, including Farberware and Kitchen Aid, that are effectively marketed to satisfy a wide spectrum of cookware needs. This marketing strategy made them one of the fastest growing cookware companies during the 90s. Today, they are the second largest distributor of range top cookware in the country. Our newest distribution center in See Meyer, Page 6

Solano named one of 100 Best Communities for Young PeopleSolano County has once again achieved national recognition as one of Americas Promise Alliances 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING for its ongoing activities to help children and youth. This year marks the fifth time that Solano County has been recognized as a 100 Best winner. The competition recognizes communities across the country that focus on See Solano, Page 11

Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic (2010)

An automatic rail system moves pallets of cookware at Meyer Corporations distribution center.


pRESIDENTS CLUB Anheuser-Busch DIRECTORS CLUBCopart Hilton Garden Inn Lewis Planned Communities MV Transportation Solano Garbage Company Sutter Health (SRMF/SSMC) Techpro Source

DIAMOND CLUBB & L Properties Bryan-Braker Funeral Home Credit Bureau Associates Daily Republic Emerson West Coast Engineering, The First Northern Bank Ford Lincoln Fairfield Gaw Van MalePacific Gas & Electric

PRIDE Industries Rexam Beverage Can Co.

pREMIER CLUBCostco of Fairfield Goodrich Quality Inn & Suites Kaiser Permanente Potrero Hills Landfill Raleys Super Stores Solano Athletic Clubs Wal-Mart WestAmerica Bank

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UpcOMINgMIxeRSJelly Belly Candy Company Staybridge Suites


the VOIce The official newsletter of the Fairfield-Suisun City Chamber of Commerce November 2011

Board of Directors2010 - 2011CHAIR

Barry YoungSolano Athletic Clubs

Why we are thankful for our ChamberFROM THE DESK OF


Sue VaccaroSolano Garbage/Republic Services


David Welch David L. Welch, CPAVICE CHAIR

T. Burt McNaughtonDaily Republic



Anthony Russo B&L PropertiesVICE CHAIR

Steve Lessler The Lessler GroupIMMEDIATE pAST CHAIR

Kevin JohnsonHilton Garden Inn


Andy AndersonTravis Credit Union

president/ceO leslie Fay

Ken BrockBrock Law Group, APC

Kevin FingerAnheuser-Busch

Ron MarletteMission Solano

Don McDonaldRE/MAX Gold Elite

Bridgit StrachanNorthBay Healthcare


Harry priceCity of Fairfield Mayor

pete SanchezCity of Suisun City Major

Dr. Jowel LaguerreSolano CC, President


Charles McCullarChief Ambassador

Chuck WoodChair, Business Issues

Steve LesslerChair, Membership

Mike CortezChair, Technology

Dale BaumlerChair, TRAFC

n times when the world is upside down with unemployment rates that are skyrocketing, the stock market is unstable, the housing market is a disaster, small businesses are closing because the mandates are unfair, manufacturing jobs are being exported to other countries, school achievement scores are not where they should be, and national politics are becoming a joke, how can we be thankful? Many ways! We must look around and think about our forefathers and their contributions to the economy and recognize why business was good and great. Thank you. We can be thankful for all the past presidents of the Chamber. They worked together with their board members and other volunteers and did many great things for this Chamber. Many past presidents continue to be involved like Ray Schoch, Ben Huber, Kendall Hillman, Mac MacManigal, Kathy Parsons, Anand Patel, Scott Reynolds, Darelyn Pazdel, Gary Falati, Steve Epps, Yvonne GreerMcManigal, John Monson, Chuck Goldman, Mark Sievers, Steve Spencer, and Ed Lippstru. We couldnt ask for a more professional dedicated group of men and women who devoted their time and effort towards the success of the Chamber. Thank you. Volunteers are special . . . it is very important that we make sure we express our appreciation in many ways. Today our ambassadors continue to support the Chamber by volunteering countless hours to make sure the Chambers good will is spread to others. To Charles McCullar, chief ambassador, and all the other ambassadors of good will. Thank you. It has been an exceptional few months for the Chamber. We are blessed to have filled some of our office space with new tenants who not only want to

: Website numbers, referrals forSeptember2011Unique visitors:2,049 Total visitors:5,318 Total page hits:71,251 Member referrals:90

be a part of the Chamber team, but a part of a great atmosphere to work. We are all working for the common good to advocate for our businesses! Welcome, Bob Lee with BluePrint Investing, LLC; sMartketnow. com Don MacDonald; The Friendraisers Lanny Couvillon and John Youngberg; Ken Brock of the Brock Law Group; and Anand Patel, The Fairfield Tourism Association. Thank you. We are also blessed to have a great relationship with Travis Air Force Base and the command officers. The Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee continues to strive for the highest when it comes to support for the base operations. Thank you. I am personally thankful to work for a loyal group of individuals and professionals on the FairfieldSuisun Board of Directors and to have a great staff Melissa, Debi, Darlene and Maury. It is also wonderful to have the partnership with the City of Fairfield and Suisun City our neighbors and friends! Thank you. May you all have a blessed holiday and remember how important it is to be thankful for what we have around us in Fairfield and Suisun! Happy Thanksgiving!


Leslie FayPresident & CEO

Melissa ManryAdministrative Assistant

CITATION CLUBAmos & Andrews, Inc. AT&T Ball Corporation Cache Creek Casino Resort Creegan & DAngelo Engineers Emeritus at Rancho Solano enXco Fairfield Tourism Association Gateway Health Alliance Gillespies Abbey Carpet IHOP of Fairfield Meyer Corporation Momentum Auto Group Paradise Valley Estates Taco Bell Umpqua Bank Video Pro Productions Wells Fargo Bank Westfield Solano Yin McDonalds

Debi TaveyCommunity Relations Director

3 Reviewing YourOrganizationBy Barry Young


7 New EducationalOpportunity for Local YouthBy Sean Quinn


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The official newsletter of the Fairfield-Suisun City Chamber of Commerce the VOIce November 2011


Reviewing your organizations a business owner or leader, you can never go wrong by taking a close look at your business or department. We get used to habits and daily routines. We are so close to the work, we dont see the possibilities of redesigning and re-engineering. As the driver-leader, you must accept total responsibility for the results you are getting. No one on your team should care nor will care more than you! Owners and leaders must eliminate confusion; they must be clear and complete . . . they must keep the main thing, the main thing. I would like to suggest that you get and read (if you havent already) the great book, Good To Great by Jim Collins. This book can serve as a great workbook for you and your team as you begin to redesign and recreate your organization or department. I will provide the following briefs on two key points for your consideration. Becoming a Level 5 Leader Great companies have leaders who build cultures of greatness through a rare blend of personal humility and professional will. They lead by example and en