Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer of the Month
Elizabeth Diaz was born in Fresno, California and moved with her family to Monterey at a very young age. She joined Armanasco Public Relations, Inc. in 1997 and is currently Vice President and General Manager. She enjoys volunteering and appreciates working for a company that supports and encourages giving back to our community.
In her position, Elizabeth is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, oversees the management of client accounts, and assists with new business development. Over the past 20 years she has led teams and assisted with developing and implementing public relations and marketing plans for a variety of local, regional and national clients.
Elizabeth began volunteering for the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce in 2011 when she joined the special events committee. Since then she has worked with committee members on the Business Excellence Awards Dinner, the Annual Awards Dinner, and the Annual Golf Tournament. She was also recognized as Volunteer of the Month in April 2013 and March 2015.
In addition to working with the Monterey Chamber, Elizabeth previously served on a marketing committee for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County, was on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and volunteered as a big sister for several years. She received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Sam Farr for her volunteer work.
Elizabeth lives in Monterey with her husband and 12 year old daughter. In her free time she enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her family.
What do ‘Rites of Passage’ have to do with Real Estate? …simply, everything. Life – it’s challenges and rewards, change daily. As people move forward, it’s important to look forward.
Joe Smith does exactly that. His footprint is in the sands at Asilomar Beach…Lover’s Point...Monterey Beaches…embedded in the forests and coves of Pebble Beach…along the pathways in the charming village of Carmel-By-The-Sea. Because his whole history is here, on the Monterey Peninsula. Growing up, working, raising a family of four boys…he understands ideas and dreams and goals and…how to reach them as they change like the very tide and sands and skies.
Joe knows the markets, the neighborhoods of each-so-different towns. Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Pebble Beach—or anywhere on the Monterey Peninsula. They all have different personalities and different offerings and it takes someone who’s loved here for years to truly appreciate each town’s special allure, lifestyle and opportunities.
Joe’s developed such a solid reputation as a business man, a professional Realtor and a member of the community. He’s a Top Producer and full time agent. Give him a call today!
Born and bred in Pacific Grove, Jennifer returned to the Monterey Peninsula in July, 2016 after 20 years in Northern California. She joined the Downtown Monterey 1st Capital Bank team as a VP Senior Relationship with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from CSU, Chico and 15 years commercial underwriting and consultative lending experience. The community bank focus of 1st Capital Bank was in line with Jennifer’s passion for partnering with local businesses and investors to support economic vitality. Jennifer and her 9 year-old daughter Kaitlyn and yellow lab Hank love living in Old Monterey with the world’s most beautiful backdrop. Giving back to her community is very important to her and she spends time volunteering for special events with the Chamber and with Gathering For Women and is a member at Carmel Presbyterian Church. In her spare time Jennifer teaches spin classes at two local gyms and enjoys training for and running marathons.
Mary relocated to the Monterey Peninsula in 1979 from the Central Valley and has called it home for nearly 40 years. Her main career has been in the financial world with more than 20 years of banking experience. As a Business Banking Officer for Rabobank’s Monterey Peninsula branches, she builds relationships with her local business clients to understand their banking needs and provide them with a full range of customized financial services.
Mary’s a very active member of her community. She has volunteered for numerous non-profits and is a current member of the PWN, NCGA, ICF, and Ambassador for the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from Leadership Monterey Peninsula in 2008 and has received various awards of Honor including the Robert C. Littlefield Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and Volunteer of the Month several times for her continued involvement and support of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
In her spare time, Mary enjoys spending time golfing with her husband Max, enjoying her daughter Erika, husband Jordan and their new baby girl, Iliana Sofia Romero, as a new first time “Glamma” She continues attending various community events expanding her list of who’s who in this beautiful Monterey Peninsula we call home.
Thank you Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and Staff for this awesome recognition! I am forever grateful and humbled……..
Longtime Ambassador Duane Johnson is present at nearly every mixer, ribbon cutting and all other Chamber events. But his devotion to the Chamber extends beyond merely just “showing up.” Armed with an ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) certification, Duane enthusiastically assumed the duty of official wine pourer, ensuring everyone’s responsibly served at Chamber events, and everybody's served with a bright smile.
For over 35 years, Duane’s been in the broadcast television advertising business. He’s currently with KCBA FOX 35 as a Marketing Consultant to local business owners.
“I help business owners to reach their best potential customers who would use their product or service by using a creative integrated process of TV, web and social media,” Duane says.
Julie King was nominated for her ongoing dedication and tireless commitment to the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. It’s Chamber Ambassadors like Julie who emit infectious enthusiasm that attracts prospective members to want to join and helps retain the long-timers. Julie was previously honored as Volunteer of the Month in October 2015.
As “THE LAWYER WHO COMES TO YOU!™,” Julie has been an attorney for 28 years, working in the legal departments of major international corporations. Currently, she counsels local businesses the same way in-house counsel cater to theirs. Meanwhile, Pierce King Law handles a vast array of
matters, including contractual, employment, incorporation, annual meeting minutes and corporate resolutions, trademarks, credit matters, estate planning and more. Julie also conducts monthly sessions at Alliance Career Training Solutions, which offers professional training to help individuals and businesses perform at their highest levels.
Julie graduated from UCLA and Loyola Law School. She was President of a local chapter of the International Association of Corporate Counsel and honored as a Woman of Distinction in the Legal Community.
As one of the Chamber’s newest Ambassadors, Kyle Soliven has quickly proven himself an invaluable addition to the team. Most recently, the Monterey native shined as a volunteer at the Chamber’s Annual Golf Classic. Kyle’s enthusiasm is infectious, his attitude is commendable and his work ethic is tireless.As a business development specialist for B-impressed Creative Branding, Kyle has created successful individual comprehensive branding programs for many local businesses, including California Premier Restoration, Dawg Gone It and MBS Business Systems.
The CSU Monterey Bay Business Administration graduate has also shown horses professionally for nearly 20 years. The former California State Horseman’s Association Ambassador also held the No. 1 ranking in the state for Western Pleasure Riding. Kyle has spent the past few years transitioning to Reined Cow Horse showing.
As a Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, Carmine Lepiane has logged several volunteer hours to Chamber events over the past year, from ribbon cuttings and mixers to annual signature events, namely the 2016 Monterey Bay Business Expo in October, which has been hailed as one of the event’s most successful years. Carmine’s work ethic is highlighted by a razor-sharp attention to detail and willingness to contribute in whatever capacity is needed to enhance overall quality. Such admirable traits can be traced back to Carmine’s dedication to the community, which began while attending CSU Monterey Bay. In his free time, he volunteered as an income tax preparer with United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. In 2013, Carmine graduated cum laude with distinction from CSUMB and has since become a CPA licensed employee for Vanderbilt CPAs. At Vanderbilt, Carmine continues to gain valuable experience in the preparation of individual, trust and business tax returns. The Volunteer of the Month recipient is also proficient in accounting and has stellar general ledger skills.
Vanderbilt CPAs offers a full range of consulting, bookkeeping services and tax preparation services. From managing daily, monthly, quarterly and annual transactions, to offering high-level guidance and planning, they show a commitment to their clients that is fostered in careful planning, building strong relationships and staffing their operation with folks like Carmine, who go above and beyond as a matter of principal.
Elliot C. Petenbrink
As a constant Chamber supporter, Elliot is honored to be the Volunteer Of the Month. As the Business Development Manager for California Premier Restoration, he spends his time creating and executing the company's marketing plan. He is also a dedicated Salinas Rotarian. He tries to stay active in the community, and give back as much as possible.
In his spare time, Elliot enjoys driving his jeep off road, camping, and other outdoor activities. His efforts and involvement have been invaluable at many of the Chamber signature events. His hard work helped make each event a success.