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Joe Sciarretta

Standard Plumbing & Industrial Supply Co.

BID: City Heights Business Association

Standard Plumbing has been dedicated to service of plumbers, contractors and tradesmen since 1947. As a full-line wholesale distributor, Standard is proud to offer service as its most important product. In offering a complete plumbing product line, Standard serves clients with the industry's most knowledgeable and skilled staff.

Standard is committed to support and advancement of City Heights, as a model for productive communities. Standard has 25 employees, most of whom live in City Heights. President and CEO Joe Sciarretta serves on the City Heights BIA Project and Economic Revitalization Committee, and is a former board member.

Ray Mansoor

Cal Copy of College

BID: College Area Business District

Ray Mansoor and Cal Copy of College is a great asset to the College Area community, a friendly neighbor providing copying needs to business and students.

Cal Copy reminds us of how vital small businesses are to the community. College Area BID uses their service for flyers, monthly newsletters, postcard printing, etc.

Customers are welcomed and treated with utmost respect. They help in local events, make donations and sponsor banner programs regularly. They are known for their dedication and charitable business practices.

Vicki Garcia-Golden and Dan Bonfield

E & E Industries

BID: Diamond CDC dba: BID

In business since 1981, E & E Industries offers a wide range of services, including the sale, rental and service of forklifts, installation, service and repair of industrial equipment, and facilities maintenance and operation. Vicki Garcia-Golden and Dan Bonfield are co-owners. They were awarded the 4th District Business of the Month award by late Councilman Charles Lewis in 2004.

Resourcefulness is key to their longevity and success. E & E has supported the BID by participating in important initiatives, supporting the training and Diamond BID Banner Programs.

Michel Malécot

The French Gourmet

BID: Discover Pacific Beach

In 1979, Michel Malécot started The French Gourmet, now considered one of San Diego's finest catering companies. The French Gourmet is also a fine French restaurant and bakery, and a large employer and community leader.

Malécot is an expert chef with great product quality control. The French Gourmet donates to many area organizations and is being recognized for its contribution to the economy of the neighborhood and San Diego.

Richard Salvatore

American Shoe Repair

BID: Downtown San Diego Partnership

Since 1971, American Shoe Repair has been a downtown community member. As the downtown landscape and makeup evolved, few businesses remained. Richard Salvatore's American Shoe Repair did just that while maintaining quality, convenient, fast and economical service.

American Shoe Repair and Salvator are dedicated to outstanding service to members of the downtown community for 34 years. It is an important component of the downtown scene.

Kevin Harris

Silicon Space Inc.

BID: El Cajon Boulevard BIA

Kevin Harris, chief operating officer of Silicone Space Inc. (SSI), is responsible for SSI's strategic vision, financial management, corporate development, operations and client relationships.

Harris lives in the College Area where he can have a positive impact on the community. SSI moved to Mid-City from downtown in 2003, bringing new consumers to the area.

Harris co-chairs Mid-City's Employers Planning Board. He also chairs LEAD San Diego City Heights Educational Collaborative Action Team, promoting and making Mid-City students aware of opportunities to attend SDSU. He also is a member of the Crawford High School Advisory Board.

Eric Van den Haute

Café Sevilla

BID: Gaslamp Quarter Association

Café Sevilla is a shining example of the type of business that has made the Gaslamp Quarter so successful. Café Sevilla is an active member of the Gaslamp Quarter Association, with leadership roles on its restaurant committee and the board of directors.

The management has consistently supported the Gaslamp Quarter Association's special events and fund-raising efforts that serve to promote and improve the area.

The authentic Spanish style Sevilla continues to offer a high-quality experience to their nightclub, restaurant and tapas bar guests after more than 18 years at their home on Fourth Avenue.

The Gaslamp Quarter Association supports Sevilla's proactive approach in sharing the values of the BID system. They have hosted countless business and civic leaders who have come to learn more about the Gaslamp success model. The Gaslamp Quarter Association is proud to present Café Sevilla as its BID Business of the year. Their continuing effort to support the neighborhood has been inspirational to other businesses and their partnership with the GQA has been significant and enjoyable.

Ann Garwood and Nancy Moors

Ad Ink Advertising Agency

BID: Hillcrest

In 1984, Ann Garwood founded Ad Ink. Working on commission from publications (slogan: "Our service is free, the experience is priceless"), Ad Ink helps small businesses market themselves in community publications.

Garwood, an active 20-year Hillcrest Business Association member, helped found Farmers Market in 1997 and is a pre-dawn CityFest volunteer.

Ad Ink produced souvenir programs for San Diego Pride from 1990-1999 with over $50,000 paid to the organization. The Hillcrest resident also keeps the neighborhood clean and organizes annual July street sweeping and block party (Hop in 'Hood). Garwood and partner Nancy Moors created HillQuest, an Urban Guide to 92103+, www.HillQuest.com.

They received many awards for business and community service.

Ginny Ollis

Coldwell Banker - Mission Hills

BID: Mission Hills

Ginny Ollis is a long-time Mission Hills resident and Realtor. Ollis is Mission Hills BID president, which was reorganized in 2004.

In her capacity as BID president, Ollis oversees all the Mission Hills BID new activities. In addition to her president role, Ollis participates in numerous other community activities. She organizes two community garage sales a year and is one of the most successful Realtors in the Mission Hills area. These activities have been very beneficial to Mission Hills businesses and to the community itself.

Hampton Inn Sea World/Airport

BID: North Bay Association

This 14-year-old hotel was converted into a Hampton Inn in 1998 and underwent a $3 million renovation. In a tropical garden setting near Point Loma, the hotel's appeal is a great entry to North Bay. The Hampton Inn is the North Bay hotel of choice. It consistently increases financial performance, contributing to the transit occupancy tax for the community.

Frank and Robin Kole

UrbanBody Gym

BID: North Park Main Street

UrbanBody Gym is a full service, state-of-the-art fitness facility in the heart of North Park. UrbanBody has furthered the revitalization of North Park. It is a destination business, bringing significant new foot traffic to North Park's east end. Averaging 200 workouts per day, it benefits nearby businesses and cleaned up what was a very unsightly and unsafe corner.

UrbanBody fosters a sense of community, supporting many North Park events and organizations, donating memberships for fund raisers and prizes. Robin is North Park Main Street Board VP and was the 2002-2004 Secretary.

Nedia Bacon

Theo's Subs & Pizza

BID: Ocean Beach Main Street BID

Popular family restaurant Theo's Subs & Pizza has operated for seven years as a cornerstone of bustling shopping and dining in the heart of Ocean Beach's business district.

Theo's makes patrons feel at home through comfortable décor and bountiful servings. Theo's menu reflects tastes and desires of and is modestly priced for the neighborhood. A delicious, varied menu offers most popular pizzas, sandwiches, salads, pastas, Greek, Italian and vegetarian specialties. Nedia Bacon is an active member of the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association, Board Member, Promotion Committee Chair, Secretary and Finance Committee Member.

Fred Grand

Hacienda Hotel

Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce and BID

Fred Grand has been involved with Old Town since 1986 and served as Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce and BID president since 2000.

Grand serves on numerous Old Town organizations; always puts Old Town needs first and is a voice of reason. His leadership helps guide many solutions for Old Town.

Grand is an articulate and respected spokesman for Old Town. The Hacienda Hotel provides facilities for community meetings at little or no cost. Their community support and of the BID are a role model for other businesses.

Reza Ghasemi

La Jolla Rugs

BID: Promote La Jolla Inc.

Reza Ghasemi has owned and operated La Jolla Rugs for 15 years and has been a strong voice for business community change in the last two years.

Ghasemi and several other business owners spearheaded a marketing and advertising campaign, exceeding traditional reach and encouraging La Jolla rediscovery. Ghasemi personally helped raise more than $50,000 for the marketing and branding campaign. He donated much time to help La Jolla grow and thrive. His tireless efforts, on behalf of all BID merchants, have been an inspiration to the entire BID.

Fred Sobke and Jesus Monzon

Baja-Mex Insurance Services

BID: San Ysidro Business Association (SYBA)

Co-founders Fred Sobke and Jesus Monzon launched Baja-Mex Insurance in 1975. Its subsequent growth has been extraordinary -- they've added a Mexican car insurance and currency exchange network throughout California.

Baja-Mex is one of the nation's largest Mexican vehicle insurance providers and San Ysidro's top currency exchanges. Sobke was founding San Ysidro BID board member in 1999, and Monzon joined the board in 2002. Monzon chairs the design committee. Sobke joined the board in 2004 and is treasurer.

As its largest property owner, Baja-Mex is an active partner in Pilot Village, the approximate $150 million mixed-use development by SYBA and the BID council.

Baja-Mex supports many SYBA activities, such as helping its Youth Partnership and 80 local underprivileged kids to attend a Padres game.

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