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IT TAKES COOPERATION

This association is structured to be a business networking vehicle for each member. But each member will only be as successful as his or her efforts.

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Kelly DeWindt of Speedpro Imaging gave the Classification Presentation this week. Kelly was raised in Southern California, went to boarding school in the Midwest and college in Illinois. She was very active is soccer and now kick boxing. Kelly is working on a novel, so when it is made into a movie we can all say we knew her before the book was published. 

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Manny Gonzalez of Confetti Rentals and Catering (family owned business for twenty five years) gave the Classification presentation this week. We saw beautiful pictures of all that they can provide for weddings, tea parties, baby showers, birthday parties, theme parties, graduations, Christmas parties, and corporate events.

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Stephen Olear

Stephen Olear, Esq., gave the Classification presentation this week. Stephen was born in New Jersey “a nice place to be from.” We would like to thank him for his service in Vietnam in 1966/67. He went into real estate before he graduated from Western State Law School and passed the bar on December 14, 1993.

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Kenneth King of Jub Jub Interactive gave the Classification Presentation this week. Kenneth explained what it takes to build a website: discover, design, develop, deploy and cultivate. He discussed content is key to building a website. They meet with a client to discover what the client wants and needs, and discuss what the potential user is going to see. Almost all websites today are designed to be mobile friendly. Kenneth used an example of a website they are developing currently.

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Dr. Timothy Osborn of Osborn Chiropractic gave the classification presentation last week. He was born and raised in Orange County. He is married to his lovely wife, Robin and they have two sons. One is graduating from college in Colorado Springs in two weeks and the other has an athletic scholarship to UCLA starting in the fall. His practice for the past twenty five years has been in Orange County specializing in sports medicine and family chiropractic. His goal is to prevent needless use of drugs and surgery and to improve the patient’s health. His patient’s ages range from two hours old to 96 years young.

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Phil Kintz of Kintz Cabinets gave the classification presentation this week. He has been married to Theresa for thirty five years. They have four children and seven grandchildren. He was born in Chicago and came to California in 1973. Phil has been self- employed since 1987. Phil takes pride in building something better with attention to detail, starting with the correct selection of materials and controlling every phase of the process from sales, design, construction and installation.

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Mike Banhagel of Lawyers Title gave the very entertaining Classification Presentation this week. Mike was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and moved to California in 1984. He is married to Lisa and they have two children: Ava and Beckett. The family includes two dachshunds and an African leopard tortoise. He loves to mountain bike and snow ski. 

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We welcomed aboard Boris Guardado of Gourmet Lovers Catering. Boris gave the Classification presentation for the week. Boris has twenty five years of experience in the food industry working for hotels, fine dining restaurants, corporate dinners and personal chef. His specialty is fusion and international cuisine. Carolina Guardado, Boris' wife is a pastry chef and cake decorator.

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Wesley Oliver of Axia Home Loans presented the Classification talk this week. Axia is one of the top 100 mortgage companies in the nation. Wesley explained that he is always available by phone, email or text. The market is volatile because of the political situation, however the rates are still extremely low.

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Simone and Rick Kavlhiem of Affinity 24 were our hosts at the offsite meeting. Affinity 24 was founded in 1991 by Garrett Logan. It is a debt free payment processing company with over 100 years of combined merchant processing experience.

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Dr. Timothy Osborn of Osborn Chiropractic gave the classification presentation this week. He was interested in sports and the study of motion. He treats all his patients as athletes using Applied Kinesiology with body adjustment, acupuncture, reflexology, massage, supplements, ergonomics, detoxification and exercise routine to work with the patient to achieve their health goals. He has a network of health professionals that has saved lives through the best referrals.

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Jonathan Judge, new partner of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya & Romo brought one of his partners, Michael Rubino to give us an ADA presentation. George W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disability Act in 1990. It had good intentions but has turned into a litigation industry mostly for unethical attorneys and people. There have been more than 20,000 ADA lawsuits filed in the United States since 2011 and about half of all lawsuits mentioned are filed in California. California’s accessibility standards are more demanding than the federal rules and all ADA laws provide that owners and leases are liable equally.

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Buenos Dias from Sammy Montoya at La Chiquita. We had a delicious breakfast including tamales (Chicken, Beef or Pork available for the holidays). Sammy told us his history of coming to the United States in 1982 going to high school in Laguna Beach and starting to work at the White House as a dish washer. After fifteen years he was managing the place. In 1994 a customer at the White House approached Sammy to help keep La Chiquita open. Twelve patrons helped Sammy buy the restaurant. He paid half of them off in five years and the second half in ten years. The restaurant was started in 1950 and is the oldest authentic Mexican restaurant in Orange County. 

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Rick Baker of PAV-KOTE

Rick Baker of PAV-KOTE gave the classification presentation this week. Rick was born in Missouri. He moved to California in 1984. He and his lovely wife Cherry, have three children. He started Pav- Kote in 1994.

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Affinity 24

Simone Kvalheim from Affinity 24 gave the Classification presentation this week. Simoneexplainedandansweredquestionsregarding:
That we have become a non cash society...

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Kevin Becker of Inland Empire Heating and Air Conditioning gave the Classification presentation this week. Kevin explained that he has thirty six years of experience in heating and air conditioning with a wealth of knowledge in construction. He handles residential and commercial clients. He really appreciates commercial maintenance accounts, which keeps the cash flow going. 

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Doug Whitney of A.D. Ross & Associates gave the Classification talk this week. Doug is a Senior Financial Representative who has been in the business since 1984. Doug has broker agreements with 60 insurance firms and selling agreements with 200 more companies. 

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Ricardo Barrera of Photography by Ricardo gave the classification presentation this week. Ricardo was born in Mexico. His family came to the United States when he was fourteen. In a high school photography class he fell in love with photography and found out it was a way to make extra money to take his girlfriend out.

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Taft Kintzle and Andrew Galvez of Samson Door & Window gave the Classification presentation this week. Taft was working on overhead doors and retrofit windows since 1993. He started Samson Door & Window in 2001. They focus on custom doors and windows. Their business is 99 persent residential. We saw beautiful examples of before and after pictures of Samson’s excellent craftsmenship: iron doors with glass, custom gates, garage doors, bay windows and exterior doors.

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Wesley Oliver, the manager of the new Axia Home Loan branch in Orange, gave the Classification presentation this week. Wesley explained he made the change to Axia because of the culture of the company. They ask “What’s next? What’s missing?” They are not satisfied with status quo.

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Gary Gregg of Creating With Glass gave the classification talk this week. After serving in the military he worked for his brother- in-law at a fixture manufacture firm dealing with architects and designers creating custom fixtures. Gary’s wife Carol is very talented in cutting glass so they started a side business in the early 80s. Gary and Carol went into fulltime business and have never advertised. They receive all their orders from referrals. Gary studied art and design so he does the sales, custom design and installation. 

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Joe Lightman of the Lightman Group gave this week’s presentation on property management. He explained
Accepting a Tenant
In advance he lets everyone know the requirements:

  • Credit scores
  • Two months bank statements
  • Two forms of ID
  • Two recent pay stubs
  • Past lease contract 
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Jonathan Judge of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo gave an update in the upcoming minimum wage and minimum salary increases. The following is excerpts from AALFF Alert: Senate Bill 3 raises California’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2022. Employers with 25 or fewer employees will receive a one-year delay on each of the increases. 

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Kenny Arvelo of Arvelo Window Cleaning gave the Classification Presentation this week. Kenny explains he loves his job and thinks it is fun and very self-satisfying to make something crystal clean and clear. He really enjoys helping his customers. Kenny started cleaning windows for his dad’s business when he was ten years old. He created Arvelo Window Cleaning in his early twenties. Kenny will work anywhere in Orange County. Ninety percent of his business comes from referrals, a number of clients are the third generation in the family.

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Clifford Phipps, DDS and his staff were our hosts this week at his dental office. He has had a dental practice since 1988 and in this location for ten years. He and his wife, Carolyn have been married for thirty years and have two great sons. Everyone took a tour of the offices. Gayle Stewart is now a patient of Dr. Phipps and tells everyone he is fantastic. His staff is professional and very caring. Anyone alive with or without teeth is a lead for Dr. Phipps.

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Christopher Rhodes of RE/MAX gave the classification presentation this week. He explained that buying and selling a home is a huge event in your financial life, along with a big life decision. Being in the business everyday, he see both buyers and sellers making huge mistakes that cost them money and increase stress. Having a good professional agent on your side can alleviate many of the issues if you are willing to apply the advice.

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Jeff Hardman of Creative Rug Design and Stoneworks was our host today. His motto is: “Do your job start to finish and you have a happy customer.” Jeff wants to provide his customers what suits then and works for them because referrals are everything.

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  • When there’s a backlog on your voice mail, write out the messages and delete them immediately. You won’t have to scroll through old messages the next time you check them.
  • To avoid “phone tag”, set appointments when you leave a voice mail. Leave a time when you can be reached, or when you’ll try again.
  • To grab the attention of someone who doesn’t return calls, reference and email message.
  • To speed up a phone call, say, “I know you’re busy, but I have a quick question.” It’s a polite way of saying, “I’m busy.”
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A Good Leader

One crucial test of a good leader is what happens when he’s not around. When you’re away, do people carry on as usually or does everything grind to a halt? If things do slow down, it could mean you’ve let your people become too dependent on you.

Some people in supervisory positions are the world’s greatest as long as they are there to supervise their people. But let them leave their desk for a day or so and the place seems to come apart at the seams. Disputes flare up, decisions aren’t made, people slow down and start putting things off.

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Joe Lightman of Star Real Estate gave the Classification Presentation this week. We learned Joe was born in Maryland and moved to California when he was 21. He was an entrepreneur in his early years but truly found his calling in 1987 when he obtained his real estate license. He was married to his beautiful wife and business partner in 1997. Their son Nick White also works with them.

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You Should Schedule a Classification Presentation Today! A morning talk is an opportunity to educate your executive sales force. When did you give your last talk? Tell Gayle you want to have a sales meeting with the members.

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Lawyers Title

Mike Banhagel of Lawyers Title was our host this week. Mike was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is married to Lisa and they have two children: Ava and Beckett. He earned his degree in Construction Management from Long Beach State and then worked for Lennar Homes as a project manager where his responsibilities included reviewing title for land transactions. Mike continued with diverse jobs that gave him great experience and training for the title insurance industry. 

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OC Toner Pros

Kunal Gorakshakar of OC Toner Pros gave the presentation this week. OC Toner Pros’ goal is to provide printing solutions for businesses to reduce their costs. They have a new name as an independent supplier and a new location at 1940 N. Tustin St., Ste. 117, Orange CA 92865. 

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Affinity 24 Onsite

Rick and Simone Kvalheim from Affinity 24 were our hosts at the offsite meeting this week. Affinity 24’s executive leadership team has over seventy five years of combined merchant processing experience with over 35,000 merchant accounts sold.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Think EAOC Members as your dependable source of supply for Valentine Gifts 

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Donny Delfin is the new #3 representative for California United Bank

If you give a Yelp review to another member it counts as a lead and is worth 500 points in the contest.

Everyone should have a Yelp account. We are going to include a Yelp sign on the directory next to every member’s name that has an account. We also are going to include the year you joined EAOC. 

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Thank you Donny Delfin of California United Bank for your excellent service.

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Around The World In 80 Days 

February 3 - April 13

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Kelly DeWindt of Speedpro Imaging gave mini talk.

Speedpro Imaging “Makes Your Branding Simply Outstanding”

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Mark Manion of Tustin Personnel Services gave a mini talk this week. Tustin Personnel Services, temporary and full-time placement firm. Their mission is “To give our clients a competitive advantage by consistently delivering the highest level of talent and service.” Their goal is to connect great people, their talents, career goals and aspirations with businesses in Orange County.Tustin Personnel Services 

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Christopher Rhodes of RE/MAX Yorba Linda gave a very interesting and informative Classification presentation this week. We learned that inventory is tight. The seller is in control with multiple offers on each home. “The nice stuff goes quickly.” ​​​​​​

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Jonathan Judge of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo (founded in 1979) gave the classification presentation today. Jonathan was born in Luxembourg, Europe. His family moved to Minnesota and then Utah. He is married to Elizabeth and they have a beautiful daughter Layla and a cute dog Avery. Jonathan worked in Human Resources before he decided to go to USC Law School. He passed the bar on his first try in 2003. 

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Kenny Arvelo of Arvelo Window Cleaning gave the Classification Presentation. Kenny is a single dad who loves to run. He lost 80 pounds in exercise boot camp recently.

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Lydia spoke today about Social Media and how to use it for your business.

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Rigo Santana of Xtreme Xcellence Professional Detailing gave us the Classification Talk and demonstration this week. First the car is washed by their eco friendly process that conserves water. The car is then:

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PAV KOTE INC

Rick Baker of PAV KOTE gave a very interesting classification presentation this week. We learned about porous asphalt pavements which is an environmentally friendly tool for stormwater management. A typical porous pavement has an open-graded surface over an underlying stone recharged bed. The water drains through the porous asphalt and into the stone bed, then, slowly infiltrates into the soil. Many contaminants are removed as the stormwater passes through the porous asphalt, stone recharge bed, and soils through filtration and microbial action. The procedure has been mandated in California for five years.

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"Last Friday's "Brain Trust" Marketing Meeting as you've probably read was supporting Tony Wang! His remarks follow:

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We always enjoy Bob Malin’s sense of humor when he gives his classification talk. Bob was born in the mountains of Colorado where he started working a paper route at age of 11 and hasn’t stopped working since. He graduated with a BS in aeronautical engineering from the University of Colorado, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Long Beach, a certificate in Business Management from the University of California Irvine and a Juris Doctor from Western State University. He was an engineer at Boeing in Seattle for 3 years, at Aeroneutronics for 1 year and at Douglas in Huntington Beach for 11 years. Bob married his high school sweetheart for 54 years. They have two sons and two grandchildren still living at home.

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Bill Cecil of Merrill Lynch gave a very interesting Classification Presentation this week. He distribute a Buy Low, Sell Why? history of the bull market performance since 1940. September is the worst month of the last 100 years. What the stock market has been experiencing in August and September is not a Bear Market (20% loss or more). The market has experienced a correction of only 12.35%. The media creates panic with hype. “If it bleeds it leads”. Warren Buffet says “Be greedy when others are fearful.”

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Dr. Timothy Osborn of Osborn Chiropractic gave the classification talk this week. He explained his holistic approach putting the pieces of the puzzle together to create wellness. He has been in practice for twenty-two years. He is married to Robin and they have two sons. He was interested in sports and the study of motion. He treats all his patients as athletes using Applied Kinesiology with body adjustment, acupuncture, reflexology, massage, supplements, ergonomics, detoxification and exercise routine to work with the patient to achieve their health goals. He has a network of health professionals that has saved lives through the best referrals.

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Lydia Chiu of Jub Jub Interactive gave a presentation today on Jub Jub's new service, Mobile Application Development.

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Paul Kramar of Kramar Jewelers gave the classification talk today and gave everyone a diamond. Paul came to the United States from Yugoslavia when he was five and served as an apprentice to his two uncles, training in the “old world” fashion. His training is very unique, since the United States does not have formal training for jewelers. Paul works for many of the jewelry stores in the area since he has been in the business so long and is so talented. Paul educated us about diamonds. A diamond is carbon compressed by extreme heat and pressure. They are the hardest substance known to man. The quality of a diamond is determined by carat (weight), clarity, color and cut. He explained the clarity is determined by what is in the diamond and where is the imperfection located. According to Paul he can “always” beat other jeweler’s prices because he doesn’t have their overhead (small shop and works alone). It is always best to call him and set an appointment (sometimes he has to deliver items). And usually with just one call he can have any size and quality of stone you desire delivered the next day. Remember watch batteries are always free.

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Jonathan Judge of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo (founded in 1979) gave the classification presentation today. AALRR are the good guys only representing employers in labor law issues. They represent their clients in court, arbitration, in front of government agencies and give advice and council to clients. They represent all size clients and any firm that has an employee is a potential client.

Jonathan gave us an update on the 2013 Legislation passed that will be effective 1-1-2014.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Green Parrot Villa
2035 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706 Parking in the Back

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
No Host Bar, Hors d’ oeuvres

and White Elephant Gift Exchange Price: $25.00 per person

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New site launching!

We are proud to announce that a new version of the site will be launching this week. It will include better membership functionality, better optimization for search engines, and a new members-only bulletin board.

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What People are Saying

In the past 42 years I have received many good leads that have become good clients.  Many of them are still clients of the firm I am with today (This represented 50% of the clients that I merged into the new firm).  I have used many past and current members for a reliable source of good and reputable suppliers for both business and personal needs, including several members that helped me make profitable investments over the years.

Hal Grimshaw, Belden Hiramoto Liu & Co., LLP

I joined EAOC because Phil Kintz asked me. At the time the cost and early meeting time was a concern. The first six months of membership I received and extra $6000 in volume.

Gary Gregg, Creating With Glass

I have been a member for many years in several different classifications. EAOC has always provided me with a steady flow of leads. However the biggest benefit I’ve received has been “outside” of the core purpose of leads. A past member John Valentine, mentioned to me that he had heard about some industrial land for sale in Costa Mesa. I ended up buying it, building a warehouse and running my business at the time (South Coast Stationers) there for about thirty years. It was an excellent investment.

Pete Sloan, OC Toner Pros

A lead from Past member Bob Hardman eight years ago resulted in $15,000 of business. A lead from Mel Smith eight years ago resulted in $25,000 of business. Benefits of membership include direct business from other members resulting in $10,000 in business and direct business with other members that resulted in excellent service and financial savings.

Carlos Salazar, Salazar Associates

After thirty five years, four children, three dogs and many stories my wife and I felt it was time to refurbish the hose. The now center piece of our house is the new custom cabinets in our kitchen, bath and walk in closet. Phil Kintz Custom Cabinets and Woodworking did nothing short of amazing work. We love our new old home.

Nick Kirkland,  Roger Stone Agency

One of the members invited me to join his poker group. After meeting and getting to know the players, one of them introduced me to their neighbor who hired me to remodel their kitchen. This led to another lead and another kitchen remodel.

Phil Kintz, Knitz Cabinets

Joining EAOC has been a 2 fold blessing. First, it has led to an increase in my business through leads and business conducted directly with other EAOC members. Second and most importantly, is the network of great people and resources that the Association provides. Not only can I count on quality work, great service and superior value, but I also have the pleasure of working with some of the most dedicated professionals in their respective fields.

Mike Banhagel, Lawyers Title

I have built my entire business on leads from the EAOC. I started my association management firm in 1981 with one client EAOC. In the last thirty four years the business has grown to fourteen associations. We employ eleven full time and one part time employee. I can trace ten of my long term clients to referrals from EAOC that brings in over $500,000 annually. The network of present and passed members has had a tremendous impact on my life.

Gayle Stewart, Gayle Stewart Enterprises

EAOC has been a reliable source of steady business for me for about thirty years. Thank You EAOC!

Pete Sloan

With 18 reporting, EAOC members had $273,019,277 in total sales for 2015

Gayle Stewart, Executive Director

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