The Madera Chamber Announces Lifetime Achievement Recipients and 4 Around 40

The Madera Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the distinguished slate of honorees for the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. The lifetime achievement recipients must have significantly demonstrated a history of dedication to Madera within three of the following areas: business, agriculture, and community relations, economic development, education, cultural enhancement, advancement of healthcare, government relations, and enhancing Madera’s quality of life.

During their time of service, they must have possessed and displayed many of the following characteristics – knowledge, creativity, ability to lead, collaborate and create partnerships, deal with adversity and diversity, motivate others, compassion, respect for others, and maintain a strong sense of integrity.

2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

King Husein, Span Contruction and Engineering

Jim Myers, J.W. Myers, Inc.

Rebecca Martinez, Madera County Clerk/Reigster of Voters

Dr. Kanwal J. Singh, MD

The 4 Under 40 awards are being presented to four individuals around the age of 40 who have contributed to the community through civic involvement, achieved success and respect in their chosen career, demonstrated collaboration and a willingness to lead, mentor and motivate others. These individuals must also display a strong sense of integrity and business ethics.  

4 Around 40 Award Recipients

Emlen Miles-Mattingly

Stephanie Nathan

Alex Salazar

Nick Salinas

The installation of the 2022-23 Board of Directors and Officers will also take place at the event. Those being installed are as follows:


Tom Mitchell, Madera District Fair – Chairman of the Board

Beau Miracle, Miracle Realty/CrossFit Madera – Vice Chair/Treasurer

Nadeem Ahmad – Past Chair


John Copland, Seabury, Copland & Anderson

Joe Doyland, Educational Employees Credit Union

Eric Garza, La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham

Lisa Gill, Sugar Pine Smokehouse Restaurant

Bobby Gutierrez, RidX Pest Control

Jeffrey “Jeff” Jackson, Farmers Insurance

Liz Salas, Central Valley Community Bank

Harpreet Singh, Sachdeva Orthodontics

 Exiting the Board After Serving Two Terms 

Belva Bare, Retired District Manager – Madera Cemetery District

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, 4 Around 40, & Board Installation Dinner will be held on Thursday, August 18 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The event is being held at Hatfield Hall, Madera Fairgrounds. The cost is $60.00 per person. Sponsorships are available for this event. To make reservations, or for more information, please contact the Madera Chamber of Commerce at (559) 673-3563.

 Previous Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award

The inaugural recipients in 2005 were: Abe Alvarez, Dave Berry, Dennis Chezick, Gary Giersch, and Noreen Lattanzio. 

2006 Honorees: Don Floyd, Les Hayes, Sunny Nishimoto, Betty Pia, Sam Price and the first Memorial honoree was named that year, Nancy Clute.

2007 Honorees: Bill Alessini, Mary Cruz Chairez, Anna & Lee DaSilva, Jack Perialas, Lyle Sindt, Memorial Honoree – Elmo DelBianco. 

2008 Honorees: Paula Baraldi, Maurice Cappelluti, Monte Pistoresi, B.J. “Jake” Robinson, Darwin Shebelut, and Memorial Honoree – Mr. William “Bill” Cerioni.   

2009 Honorees: Sheryl Berry, Richard Kuckenbecker, Michael Purl, Dave & Tom Schoettler, Ross Thornton and Memorial Honoree – Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Taylor. 

2010 Honorees: Bill Dawson, Dr. Duane Furman, Elvan and Eleanor Newcomb, Dim & Don Sambueso, Don and Cathi Warnock, Memorial Honoree – Jerry Venturi. 

2011 Honorees: Twyla Denny, Bob Mariscotti, Gary Oberti, Lawrence Tesei, Dan Whistler, and Memorial Honoree – Ike Yocum. 

2012 Honorees: Jim Massetti, Don Nelson, Dr. James E. Walters, Bud Smith, Carl Wisener, and Memorial Honoree – Charles “Val” Clute. 

2013 Honorees Ronn Dominici, Stephen L. Frazier, Aftab A. Naz, M.D., Marilyn Wibbenhorst, and Dr. Lyle and Jan Zitek and Memorial Honoree- Mr. Bob Kahn.     

2014 Honorees: Jon Basila, Stell Manfredi, Marge Medellin-Esquivel, Dave Minier, John and Shirley Sudduth, and Memorial Honoree – Denslow “Denny” Green.

2015 Honorees: Bob Cadenazzi, Julia O’Kane, Audrey Pool, Butch Ricketts, and Memorial Honoree Ralph L. Stoetzl.

2016 Honorees: Dr. Mohammad A. Arain, Pastor Roger Leach, Jim Taubert, Mike Westley, and Memorial Honoree – Virginia Lee Rose

2017 Honorees: Dr. Mohammad Ashraf, Steve Copland, Dale Evans, Kay Rhoads, and Memorial Honoree – Sal Perlongo

2018 Honorees: Bill Coate, Margaret Diebert, Gordon Kennedy, David Lee, and Memorial Award – Leo Emo

2019 Honorees: Barbara Basila, Baldwin Moy, and Dr. Theodore Nassar Memorial Award – Eddie Chapa

2019 – 4 Under 40 Recipients: R.C. Chahal, Julie Herd, Rick Patel, and Beau Miracle

Madera Downtown Old Timers’ Day Parade and Booths in the Park

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 24th 2022 at 10:00AM. This day will mark the 91ST year of the Old Timers’ Day Parade! Leading this year’s parade will be a salvaged 14 ft. steel beam from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. At the conclusion of the parade, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held in Courthouse Park which will be the final resting place of the beam.

The Madera Downtown Association, in partnership with the Madera Sunrise Rotary Club
, assure this year’s parade will go on! Since its inception in 1931, the Old Timers’ Day Parade has only been canceled twice, once in the early 1940’s during World War II, and a second time in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.

The Old Timers’ Day Parade typically features 50-70 various entries from stagecoach’s, firetrucks, bands, and several youth groups. Attendance is usually in the neighborhood of 5,000 and concludes with the Booths in the Park Event (located in Courthouse Park). The parade spans from Flume St. down to G St. along Yosemite Ave. and is distinguished as the hallmark of parades in Madera County.

Parade Chairman Nick Salinas shared in a statement, “We are incredibly excited to continue one of Madera’s most historic and largest public events. The 9/11 beam leading the parade will be a very special moment we will never forget. This year’s parade will definitely be one for the record books.

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The Celebration continues with “Booths in the Park”

This year marks the 91st anniversary of the Old Timers’ Day Parade! A 14-foot steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center attacks will lead this year’s parade. Following the parade, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held in Courthouse Park, serving as the beam’s final resting place. Every year, thousands of people gather in Madera, California for the Old Timers’ Day Parade. During and after, our guests like to enjoy the variety of foods and park activities at the Park. This year’s Booth in the Park will be hosted by the Madera Young Professionals. Any club, church, service organization, business, or other organization may apply to participate in Booths in the Park at the Madera County Courthouse Park on Saturday, September 24th, 2022 from 8 am – 3 pm. Booth space will be available for applicants who will be able to sell foods, soft drinks, novelty items, arts and crafts, or distribute approved information.

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Assembly District 5’s Women of the Year for 2020

Image by Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow honored Madera Chamber of Commerce CEO Debi Bray as the Assembly District 5’s Woman of the Year for 2020. Bigelow presented Bray with the award during a luncheon at the Vineyard Restaurant.

Each year, the California Women’s Legislative Caucus sponsors and hosts the event in Sacramento to honor women from around the state for all they do in their communities. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the State Assembly was unable to hold the ceremony, but Thursday, December 16, 2021, the Assemblyman was able to give Bray the award she deserved.

“Everywhere you look in Madera, you can see Debi’s fingerprints,” said Assemblyman Bigelow. “Debi has brought Madera to life through her commitment to our community for more than 36 years. Businesses are surviving this pandemic. Children have access to a plethora of educational workforce programs. Families are proud to call Madera home because of Debi’s ability to think outside of the box and make her visions become reality.”

Bray has called Madera home since 1973. She began as an Administrative Assistant at the Madera Chamber of Commerce in 1986, prior to accepting the position of President/CEO in 1989. She is a graduate of Madera High School. She has two children; daughter, Marissa, who lives in Madera and son, Clint who resides in Lyon, France. Bray is the proud grandmother of, Sawyer, 9, and Briar, 7, who also call Madera home.

Bray’s community involvement over the years includes: President of the Madera Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Madera County Workforce Investment Board; Board Member of Madera County Workforce Development Board, Board Member of the Madera Linkage Foundation, Board Member of the Madera Downtown Association, Member of the Madera Business Alliance.

“Debi has been a dear friend and inspiration for years,” Bigelow said. “Her dedication to Madera has benefited those that call it home and those who come to visit. Madera is a better place because of Debi. It’s an honor to recognize Debi for her continued dedication to our community.”

Debi Bray, President/CEO is honored with District 1 Women of the Year

Councilwoman Cece Gallegos honors Women Leaders

Image by Wendy Alexander / The Madera Tribune

Madera City Councilmember Cece Gallegos awarded five Women of the Year plaques to signify her five years in office. The five recipients are, left to right, Honoree Charlotte Brewer, Honoree Christina Riche’, Councilwomen Cece Gallegos, Honoree Debi Bray, Honoree Annette Kwock and Honoree Candy Talley.  These women represent the pride and leadership of our community and serve as inspiration to the future women leaders.  Congratulations!

2022 Celebrations: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Esperanza Village

The City of Madera, in partnership with The Pacific Companies, MORES, and the Madera Chamber of Commerce, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 22nd at 3:30 pm to celebrate the completion of Esperanza Village, a new downtown housing project located at 125 N. C Street.

Esperanza Village is a 48-unit affordable housing development located in the heart of Downtown Madera. In 2019, the City of Madera, in collaboration with The Pacific Companies and MORES, obtained an $11.3 million grant for the project from the California Strategic Growth Council’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. Construction for the project concluded in the fourth quarter of 2021, and all units are now fully occupied.


Fire Station 58

The City of Madera hosted a long-awaited ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 30th to officially commemorate the completion of Fire Station No. 58, the first new fire station built in Madera since 1978.

Station 58 is located at the southwest corner of Aviation Drive and Condor Avenue, just west of State Route 99. Designed with an architectural aesthetic inspired by the neighboring Madera Municipal Airport, the 9,020 square-foot state-of-the-art facility features three apparatus bays, a sleeping area for up to 10 personnel, a kitchen, a day room, an exercise facility, and a training room. Built with firefighter health and wellness in mind, the station includes safety features that reduce firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens and hazardous vehicle emissions and is also equipped with a HeartSmart fire department alerting system.


Madera Boot Barn

Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BOOT), the largest western and workwear retailer in the nation, will celebrated the opening on April 1st with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The new nearly 21,000 square foot store is located at 2220 W. Cleveland Ave. This will be the company’s 58th store in California.
“We are honored to join and support the Madera community,” said Mike Love, Senior Vice President of Stores at Boot Barn. “It is our absolute pleasure to provide the Madera community with Boot Barn’s limitless selection of western and work boots and apparel. We are truly looking forward to meeting the community at our Grand Opening.


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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Iron Key Real Estate office in Madera – June 2022