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Harrison Industries Honors the Memory of John Cressy

Ventura B&G Club Holds 34th Golf Classic

Harrisons Honored at Chamber's Connection Breakfast

Blues Band a Gem at the Ventura Music Festival

Camarillo Fiesta Had Something for Entire Family

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Harrison Industries Honors the Memory of John Cressy
John Cressy
Harrison Industries would like to use this space to honor the memory of John Cressy, who died recently following a courageous battle with metastatic cancer of the esophagus.

John wrote public information materials for Harrison Industries for 
the last 17 years.  He insisted on continuing to work even when he was undergoing a variety of treatments during his war with cancer.

John was part of the team of Whisenhunt Communications, which helps me with public relations and handles marketing for the Harrisons.

His wordsmithing was instrumental in helping the Harrisons gain contract extensions with several of our city clients and John helped us win numerous awards over the years.  He became an expert at recycling and knowledgeable of the many laws that affect the way we do business.  He was the author of several of the articles in this latest email newsletter and wrote  hundreds of articles for this newsletter over the years.

John was born June 16, 1953 in Hayward, CA the fifth of nine children. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1971 then attended Humboldt State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1975. After working a year at Alameda Glass and Paint, John returned to Humboldt State to earn a degree in journalism.

Following graduation in 1978, John embarked on a 22-year career in journalism, first as sports editor and general assignment reporter for the Arcata Union. He later enjoyed two years as sports editor of the Santa Maria Times before joining the Ventura Star-Free Press sports desk in 1981 as a writer and popular columnist. John was promoted to sports editor in 1987 by then-managing editor Stan Whisenhunt and served in that capacity until 1993. He also worked at the Santa Barbara News-Press starting in 1997.

After leaving the newspaper business in 2000, John began two new careers in the field of public relations as a writer and photographer for Whisenhunt Communications, once again working with Stan, and as a teacher of writing skills at workshops far and wide for Custom Training for which he earned constant accolades. 

John is survived by his wife Kathleen; step children Laura and Darren Mills; sisters Susan Verhees; Ann Zammattio (Duilio) of Italy; Peggy Figueira (Ray); brothers Danny, Steve, Bob and Brian Cressy (Rosalee); brothers-in-law Pat Williams and David Kimbrough; mother-in-law Suzanne Kimbrough and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Other survivors include faithful Maltipoo Whiddle and cat-napping companions Rascal and Oscar Eddie.

He will be remembered by his large and loving family and loyal friends in a private memorial service. Donations may be made in his honor to the Humane Society of Ventura County.

Those of us who worked with John for the last 17 years will always remember his kindness, diligence, patience and the caring way that he carried out each writing assignment - he was a very special man. John had a great sense of humor and I am sure that when he wrote about Shamrock, the St. Patrick's Day Parade green pig, he brought many smiles to the faces of those who read the press releases. He loved what he did for a living and it showed. I already miss him.
Ventura B&G Club Holds 34th Golf Classic
Myron and Sharon Harrison proudly show the 85th anniversay plaque given to the Harrisons by the Ventura Boys & Girls Club.

Harrison Industries was once again proud to support the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura by helping sponsor and providing players for its 34th annual Golf Classic in August.

This year the club introduced an all new format for a fun day. It was six-player team competition (maximum 24 teams) with two formats from which to choose.

In A Flight, each team consisted of four players playing a scramble and two players playing a better ball shamble. Team score was based on the sum of the scramble and shamble scores for each hole.  The Harrison team won the A Flight. 

In B Flight, each six-person team played scramble, with one score per hole. 

The Golf Classic also featured games with prizes, including longest drive, most accurate drive, closest to the pin and the Lexus Champions for Charity hole-in-one.

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Ventura serves hundreds of kids at four club sites throughout Ventura. The club has a terrific mission: "We provide a positive place for all youth, especially those who need us most, and quality programs to help them become healthy, responsible, confident and productive members of our community."

So, come join the fun. For more information go to the club's website at

Phil Campos, foreground, takes a selfie of the winning Harrison team. From left are Mike Marostica, Pete Favero, Joe Hernandez, Rodney  Balbuena and Steve Shinsky. 
Harrisons Honored at Chamber's Connection Breakfast
Stephanie Caldwell, President & CEO of the Ventura Chamber, presents (L to R) Jim, George and Lynn Harrison with a certificate that honors the company's 85 years in business.
The Ventura Chamber of Commerce honored Harrison Industries on its 85th anniversary at the Chamber's monthly Connection Breakfast held July 7. Being one of the sponsors, Harrison banners filled 
Poinsettia Pavilion. We also showed videos of E.J. Harrison & Sons and Gold Coast Recycling.

Representing the Harrisons in addition to myself were Jim Harrison, George Harrison, Lynn Harrison, Mike Harrison, Bill Camarillo, Peter Guiterrez and Laura Ballesteros. 

Peter set up the information booth in the entry and answered questions before the event started. Laura helped me with the special cake provided by the Harrisons. 

Bill Camarillo from Agromin talked about their team role in organic compliance, George Harrison spoke about Gold Coast Recycling's role in recycling and the importance of his grandparents starting the company, Lynn Harrison from E.J. Harrison & Sons spoke about service and the role his grandparents played and Mike Harrison talked about his role in the many Harrison building projects. Mike is a registered civil engineer who designed the state of the art Storm Water Systems that we have at both Gold Coast Recycling and the Lirio Maintenance Yard in Saticoy He also worked on the LNG Station that opened earlier this year.  

Harrison table
Jim Harrison, co-owner & Vice President, thanked the Chamber for the certificate that was presented to him honoring the company's 85 years in business. I spoke about the company's role in being a community partner.  They presented a certificate right after the videos and at the end of the morning we served cake. 

If you're a Chamber member but have never attended a Connection Breakfast, you should. It's a lot of fun and can help grow your business. Before breakfast is available everyone spends their time introducing themselves or reconnecting with one another. Friends and acquaintances are more likely to do business with each other than with someone they don't know. Don't forget your business cards and materials for the networking table.

As an attendee at the event, you'll have 30 seconds to stand and introduce your business, and the Chamber awards prizes to their favorite commercials.

Laura Ballesteros
To learn more about the Connection Breakfast, visit

Blues Band a Gem at the Ventura Music Festival
Nuvi Mehta
It was a thrill for Harrison Industries  Vice President Jim Harrison and I to attend the concert headed by renowned violinist Nuvi Mehta at the Ventura Music Festival. Mehta gave a delightful and entertaining pre-concert talk that he called "What's the Score?" where he shared the growth and trends of classical music in the United States over the years.

I really enjoined the fabulous performance by the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, which brought down the Olivas Adobe with America's roots music at its finest. They are considered by many to be "the best string players in the world," and they didn't disappoint. Kudos to guitarist John Jorgenson and fellow music legends Herb Pedersen, Mark Fain and Patrick Sauber.

We were glad we could share the evening with friends Jim Monahan, Glenda Cardona and Doug and Peggy Buehler. 

Mehta called the festival "a stunning success," adding, "It was one of the best festivals we've ever had. We've had some that really stood out and this one was right up there."

Harrison Industries has been a sponsor of the Ventura Music Festival from the start, and Mehta thanked us for our support for the young artists program.

I can't wait to learn what musical icons will be performing in 2018. You know it's going to be great!
Camarillo Fiesta Had Something for Entire Family

Old Town Camarillo was teeming with fun activities for the entire family between July 13 and July 16 as the city celebrated its annual Fiesta & Street Fair. About 30,000 guests attended this year's four-day event.

There were over 200 craft and food vendors, carnival rides, a farmers market, a beer garden, classic cars and a Kids Fun Zone.

Opening night featured $1 rides at the Fiesta's 19-ride carnival. Special activities included a  Friday night car cruise of classic automobiles, the opening of the Camarillo Street Fair on Saturday, and a classic car show on Sunday. For boys and girls, there was a Kids Fun Zone, pony and camel rides and a petting zoo all four days.

Music acts included tribute bands to the Beatles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, David Bowie, the Moody Blues, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac and James Taylor.

Harrison Industries donated trash and recycling hauling service to this fun event that has raised money for Camarillo non-profits for 50 years!
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