Albenis Curiel is a native Californian who is a hard worker who likes to help people and grow his business. He is co-owner and CEO of Au Auto Repair. He puts the customer first and works hard to do a great job and create return customers. He is a graduate of the Santa Clara University school of Engineering and moved to Fresno because he is familiar with the area having attended Clovis West High School.
He has a very positive attitude and has joined the Board of Directors of the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce because he wants to grow his business and help others do the same. He got started in a very different field after finishing college. He began with the sale of medical equipment and then moved on to aircraft engines and finally got involved in the water treatment industry before meeting up with an old friend who lived in Fresno and was in the auto repair business. As they say one thing led to another and their mutual zeal for the auto industry got them into auto repair and they have grown steadily. They are about to celebrate their first year of business and they are looking at steady growth.
Albenis was raised in an entrepreneurial family, both of his parents owned a business and he saw that as his path as well. He is striving to succeed where he is at and then looks forward to future businesses as well. His mission is to set the “gold standard” in auto repair, thus the symbol Au (for gold). His goal is to create longterm relationships with clients by always following the golden rule of treating others the he wants to be treated.
He advises other people wanting to start a business to find a mentor to guide you and help you. “That can be a major springboard to doing it right.” When you have questions reach out to others or chamber members that have experience. In a parting thought Albenis says, “one should not work constantly or you will burn out, take a vacation and many of your questions will work themselves out at that time.”
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It is a new year and the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has a new president. Brandie Quintanilla Carpenter is a Fresno native and a graduate of Hoover High School. Brandie has always been a hard worker and after high school decided to attend college at UC Berkeley. There she earned a BA degree in sociology. Her goal after college was to be involved in education and become a teacher that eventually become a school principal. After her college experience, she was ready for a new challenge and returned to Fresno to see what opportunities presented themselves. She had a chance to be an administrator at a radio station and accepted it upon being offered the job. It was while at the radio station that she learned to be a sales professional. The year was 2002 and she truly enjoyed what she was doing and it was an opportunity that opened many doors. She is currently a marketing consultant for the Business Journal here in Fresno. Brandie is one of the most experienced presidents to run the chamber because after joining as a member in 2004 she rose through the ranks as secretary, treasurer, vice president and now president. Now, that is dedication. The local chamber is in good hands. Not only is she a professional, head of the chamber and acting executive director, but she is also a wife and mom to a four-year-old bundle of energy baby boy. Speaking of energy, where does she get hers? Her goals for the chamber are for new growth and to let the Hispanic community know that the chamber is a resource for them to utilize and improve their lives and businesses. She says there will be a search for a new executive director. She also looks forward to working with the new board of directors to take the chamber to the next level. “We have a great board and we are committed to exiting things like expanding the number of special events held each year.” Her advice to students is to do research and find answers to your questions and ask your peers, you may be surprised by what they know. Ask an experienced person in that field, they would love to offer advice She also wants community members to know they can call the chamber office if they have questions or would like to participate. It is going to be a great year at the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
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Eddie Castaneda is a very enthusiastic leader of the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is currently the Vice President and has worked his way up from chamber member to board member to secretary, treasurer, and now VP. He is a hard worker and does all he can to make the chamber as successful as possible. Keep in mind that being an officer is a volunteer position so we tip our hats to all the officers. He is a valley native and was born in Fowler and later moved to Fresno where he attended local grammar schools and then attended St. Therese and graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School. He says he got married at nineteen marrying his high school sweetheart. He initially got involved in his families business that specializes in imports. He enjoyed that, but got an offer to work with the city of Fresno and accepted the opportunity. A few years into this work he got a call from Comcast, they were looking for a bilingual person to work with their clients. He thought that might be an interesting challenge and now he has been there for over a decade. Eddie is always moving forward and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration focusing on entrepreneurship. He likes to say that, “business is in my blood.” That is one reason that he loves working with local business people and helping through his chamber contacts. He likes to show them new ideas and ways of growing their business. With all the responsibilities he has Eddie always puts his family first working together with his wife to raise two daughters, that are in college, and an energetic son in the sixth grade. He is excited about helping the chamber grow and make it like a “family” for all concerned. He adds, “people can learn a lot just from the connections they make during our networking mixers.” One of his goals is to reach out and make partnership relationships with local groups like REZCOM and SCORE. With people learning to work together it will improve their businesses and help them grow as individuals that can also turn around and help others. Eddie also likes to work with young groups like the business student groups at the local colleges and enjoys mentoring and letting them know that if “they put in the time and effort it will open up new vistas for them and they will be able to succeed through those efforts.”
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Sheryl Ramos is not only an energetic individual but she is “full of passion” for her participation in the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is on the board of directors and is very active in the ambassador’s group that is part of the chamber. She takes her enthusiasm to work with her as a professional realtor at CHC Realty here in Fresno. She is a Fresno native and a graduate of Roosevelt High School. After attending college she raised four children and then decided it was time to put her enthusiasm to work as a professional and doing whatever she could to improve her community. She is a real “people person” and has taught her children to be mindful of giving back to the community whenever they can. It was her participation in a Toastmasters class that got her connected to the Hispanic Chamber. She says, “some of the officers attended a meeting when I was giving a speech and were so pleased that they recruited me to join the chamber.” Sheryl is now in charge of the Amigo Luncheons and is looking forward to the great presentations that are made there each month. She is a very hard working volunteer and believes that all work that plants seeds in the community for improvement are a very good thing. “There is going to be a surge in membership this year because we have a lot of exciting events coming up that will benefit the local businesses that attend and/or participate. She says,” the chamber supports all other chambers and we derive membership from the city of Fresno and Fresno County. We will be getting the word out this year on our member businesses through social media and direct people to visit them.” She remains very positive about the chamber and loves serving the community as well as her personal real estate clients. The day that one meets Sheryl Ramos is a very good day.
Thank you for voting CCHCC as Best Chamber! We were up for top 3 Best Chambers in 2017, incredible!
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