Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer of the Month
Mary is a very active member of her community and continues to volunteer for numerous non-profits currently and over the last several years. She’s a member of the National California Golf Association, Italian Catholic Federation, a current and active Ambassador and Special Events committee member for the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Mary graduated from Leadership Monterey Peninsula in 2008 enhancing her overall knowledge of this incredible community and has received several awards of Honor, including the Robert C. Littlefield Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and Volunteer of the Month several times for her continued involvement with the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
Mary has over 25 years of banking experience, starting from the ground up as Teller back in the day and advancing into the various facets of banking including the Commercial Business Lending arena. As Vice President and 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 products and financial services.
In her spare time, Mary enjoys golfing with her husband Max and spending time with her daughter, Erika, husband Jordan and new Granddaughter, Iliana Sofia. She also enjoys attending the various community events expanding her list of who’s who in this beautiful Monterey Peninsula we call home.
Thank you Monterey Peninsula Chamber Board Chair, Board of Directors and Staff for selecting me as July Volunteer of the Month, such a prestigious recognition. Truly appreciate all you do for our Chamber and the community.
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Nancy is a native to the Monterey Peninsula. She has been at the Monterey Marriott for 12 years. As the Catering Sales Executive she has the opportunity to partner with many different clients from brides looking to plan their special day to corporate client who are looking to host their annual meetings. The best part of her day is connecting with brides and learning about their engagements or having the opportunity to work non-profits who are looking to host their annual Gala.
In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her family and best friend Carissa and her daughter Hayden. Sunny days will you catch her on a hike in Big Sur or going on weekend getaways.
She loves her Bay Area teams especially the Oakland Raiders and Warriors!
For 2019 she’s looking forward to getting more involved in the community.
Alex WinkleAlexander C. Winkle ("Alex"), JD, LLM joined Schwartz Law Group, Inc. and the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce in July 2016. Originally from southern California, Alex works in Carmel as a tax attorney specializing in estate planning, business, and real estate law. As a member of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee, he can often be found at Chamber events greeting guests, pouring wine, or otherwise helping however he can.
Though a relatively new addition to the community, Alex volunteers with the Barnyard Shopping Village, Big Sur Marathon, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival, and of course the Chamber. He also stays "active" in the community by running the Salinas Valley Half Marathon, Honor Our Fallen 10K in Marina, Monterey Bay Half Marathon, and along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail.
Alex is proud to be a member of our community, and is honored to be the Volunteer of the Month for July 2018.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.