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VCEDA's Business Outlook Conference a Major Success
Ventura Businesses Welcome Public at 'Wild West' Show
Star Wars Storm Trooper Highlights SCV Club's 'Breakfast of Champions'
19th Annual Carpinteria Triathlon Draws 1,000 Inspiring Athletes
CSU Channel Islands Benefit Concert Features Pop Musician Bruce Hornsby
Camarillo Mayor Reports City is Financially Stable
Lively 24th Annual 'Carp-A-Cabana' Benefits Carpinteria's Schools
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VCEDA's Business Outlook Conference a Major Success
(L to R) Bruce Stenslie, president and CEO of the Economic Collaborative of Ventura County, Agromin CEO Bill Camarillo, VCEDA President Sandy Smith, Ventura County Executive Officer Mike Powers and me at VCEDA's Business Outlook Conference on Sept. 22.

The Ventura Economic Development Association's 46th annual Business Outlook Conference on Sept. 22 was a big success, providing attendees with important information on small businesses, housing and economic growth in Ventura County.

The BOC, titled "Maintaining Our Quality of Life While Encouraging Economic Growth ... How Do We Find the Balance?" was held at Oxnard's Tower Club and explored solutions to the challenges businesses face in this region, as well as strategies and perspectives on how to grow your business while maintaining balance and creating a healthy economic climate that supports quality of life.

As I work with elected officials and business leaders seeking solutions to pressing economic issues facing Ventura County, I am convinced that by creating a better communication link we can work together more effectively to achieve common goals. One of this year's co-keynote speakers, Tracy Hernandez of BizFed, has developed an effective way to do this and explained how to develop this structure in Ventura County. Fiona Ma, chair of the California Franchise Tax Board, was the other co-keynote speaker. Both gave excellent presentations.

Bruce Stenslie, president and CEO of the Economic Collaborative of Ventura County; Panorea Avdis, director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz); and Matthew Fienup, economist at California Lutheran University's Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, spoke on the strengths and weaknesses of Ventura County's economy.

We also had an outstanding panel of business members moderated by the Pacific Coast Business Times' Henry Dubroff. They were: Steve Barnard of Mission Produce; Port of Hueneme CEO Kristen Decas; Rick Lemmo of Caruso Development and Robert Grundstrom of California Resources Corporation; and Janet Garufis, CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust.

Agromin CEO Bill Camarillo and I served as co-chairs of the BOC. Henry Dubroff, founder/editor of the Pacific Coast Business Times, ably moderated the panel of prominent business leaders. I had the pleasure of presenting long-time members with Membership Legacy Awards: Limoneira's Mark Charney; the law firm of Lowthorp, Richards, McMillan, Miller & Templeman; and the Port of Hueneme, a VCEDA member since 1959.

Harrison Industries was a sponsor of the BOC, and Vice President Jim Harrison was among those in attendance. It was well attended and people came up to me and said the conference was the best of its kind that they ever attended!
Ventura Businesses Welcome Public at 'Wild West' Show
Recycling Coordinator Peter Gutierrez staffed Harrison's booth at the "Wild West" Business Expo.
one of about 70 companies with booths at the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's 2016 "Wild West" Fall Business Expo held Sept. 22 at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort.

This fun event also featured five food vendors, raffle prize giveaways, blackout card prizes and more! Harrison is a proud sponsor of this event, which gives a big lift to the business community by providing local companies and organizations a chance to share their products and services with area residents and one another.

"Wild West" also gave everyone the opportunity network with fellow Chamber members and mingle with the public. We were happy to visit with a large number of Harrison customers who stopped by our booth, staffed by Harrison Recycling Coordinator Peter Gutierrez. Peter, who in the spirit of the expo's theme, wore a black cowboy hat even though he's such a nice guy. He should have worn a white cowboy hat!

Star Wars Storm Trooper Highlights SCV Club's 'Breakfast of Champions'
Jim Harrison and I are with club CEO Jan Marholin and board member Gary Nasalroad.
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley held its 10th annual "Breakfast of Champions" fundraiser on Sept. 13. Over 250 community members attended this wonderful event at which they enjoyed a delicious breakfast while also learning of the impact the club has on boys and girls in Fillmore, Piru and Santa Paula.

A great time was had by all and the motivational speaker was Doug Ridley, a criminal defense attorney in Ventura County and a fully committed Star Wars fan. In fact, he came dressed as a Star Wars Storm Trooper.

Harrison Industries Vice President Jim Harrison and I, along with Harrison General Manager Lynn Harrison and his wife Patty, attended and enjoyed Ridley's presentation. He was great! We're happy to support the club's very important programs that keep young people in the Santa Clara Valley happy, educated and safe!

Jan Marholin, the club's chief executive officer, did not have the final figures on how much money was raised but reports the "Breakfast of Champions" was a huge success.
19th Annual Carpinteria
Draws 1,000 Inspiring Athletes
How inspiring is it to know that close to 1,000 dedicated athletes of all ages from throughout California and beyond can challenge their swimming, bicycling and running skills at such a high level as those who competed in 19th annual Carpinteria Triathlon on Sept. 25?

A big shout-out goes to Carl Parker of Santa Barbara for his Olympic course victory in the race that started and finished at Carpinteria State Beach. Parker, 40, covered the 1.5-kilometer ocean swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run in two hours, 13 minutes and 56 seconds, close to two minutes faster than runner-up Logan Franks, 29, of Calabasas (2:15. 38).

Another shout-out to Jennifer Todd, 41, of Thousand Oaks, who was the top women's finisher in 2:23.31. Incredibly, only four men finished in front of her. She was fifth overall, Savannah Dearden, 23, of Santa Barbara placed second among women and eighth overall in 2:25.55.

Jacob Ford, 38, of Fountain Valley won the sprint course (750-meter ocean swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometer run) in 51 minutes and 7 seconds. Kyle Visin, 37, of Santa Barbara, last year's Sprint course champion, placed second in 51:47. Fifteen-year-old Jake Ballantine of Santa Barbara placed third in 55.26.

Cynthia Abrami, 48, of Santa Barbara was the top woman finisher and 14th overall in 1:02.05.

Harrison Industries is a longtime sponsor of the Carpinteria Triathlon that raises more than $30,000 for the City of Carpinteria Parks and Recreation Department's youth programs, including After School at the Pool, Aqua Camp and Junior Lifeguards.
CSU Channel Islands Benefit Concert Features Pop Musician Bruce Hornsby
Harrison Industries was a sponsor of the President's Dinner & Concert - An Evening with Bruce Hornsby - on Oct. 8 at Ojai's Libbey Bowl. Proceeds from the Grammy Award-winner's concert go to scholarships for California State University Channel Islands students.

The beautiful night under the stars featured a piano solo by the pop artist best known for his 1980s hits "The Way It Is" and "Mandolin Rain." In recent years he has focused on creative projects with musical stars Bob Dylan - this year's Nobel Prize winner for Literature - Bonnie Raitt and Ricky Skaggs, among others. Harrison General Manager Lynn Harrison and his wife Patty were among those attending.

The concert is the biggest fundraising event of the year for CSUCI and the first under new president Erika D. Beck. She succeeded Richard R. Rush, who retired in June after serving 15 years as the campus' inaugural president.

In addition to student scholarships, the concert funds future academic programs and facilities such as an event center and athletics facilities to help better serve its students.
Camarillo Mayor Reports City is Financially Stable
Camarillo Mayor Mike Morgan delivered the annual "State of the City" address on Sept. 8 at Las Posas Country Club and discussed a variety of topics. Most importantly, Morgan said, the city's financial picture is stable, with a $121.5 million balanced budget.

Moran also noted that Camarillo's property taxes are among the lowest in Ventura County and that development projects are ongoing despite the five-year drought because the city is meeting its water conservation goals. On the downside, crime is up slightly from a year ago, Morgan reported, but he added Camarillo is still ranked among the safest cities in the state, according to FBI violent crime statistics.

Harrison Industries is a sponsor of the annual State of the City Address put on by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. Harrison President Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny attended the event.

We are proud to serve Camarillo, a beautiful city that is in such capable hands!
Lively 24th Annual 'Carp-A-Cabana' Benefits Carpinteria's Schools
The theme of the 24th annual "Carp-A-Cabana" on Sept. 10 was "Old Carpinteria," and the California Tropics Packing House on Casitas Pass Road proved to be the perfect venue, with many of the attendees arriving in Western wear.

The festive event featured a tasty dinner, an "Old Carpinteria"-style bar, dancing with the Dusty Jugz Western band, and a live auction.

The Carpinteria Education Foundation hosts "Carp-A-Cabana, the year's major fundraiser for Carpinteria and Summerland public schools. In the past five years, over $200,000 has been provided to the Carpinteria Unified School District, which allocates grants based on the school principals' submission of proposals for technology and equipment, site-based needs and critical program enhancements.

Harrison Industries is happy to be a sponsor of the "Carp-A-Cabana," which this year also honored the CUSD's retiring teachers and administrators.
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