Folsom Chamber salutes business and community leaders
In his last official action as 2013-14 chair of the of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Russ Davis awarded the Chairman’s Award to Robert “Bob” Flautt.
As Davis revealed the name of the award recipient to the sellout crowd for the Folsom Chamber’s Annual Awards luncheon at the Lake Natoma Inn on March 26, he enumerated Flautt’s contributions to Folsom.
Flautt is a founder of Folsom Lake Bank, which opened in the Historic District in 2007. He has served as president and CEO from the beginning. Flautt served on the chamber Board of Directors and led the chamber as chairman in 2012. He served on the tourism board and the Folsom Economic Development Corporation board. Flautt was Grand Marshall of the Folsom Pro Rodeo in 2008 and is a mentor to the Folsom Lake Young Professionals.
“Bob’s innovative solutions to problems are invaluable,” said Davis.
Wall of Fame
In his first act as 2014-15 Chair of the Folsom Chamber, Jim den Dulk put a new name on the chamber’s Wall of Fame. As he handed the award to Tina Polley, den Dulk described the highlights of her 20 years of service.
“Tina Polley’s ability to lead with vision and dedication has laid the foundation for many of the Chamber’s successes,” he said. She served two separate terms as Chair of the Board, the last one in 2010. “Tina was a driving force in recognizing the role that tourism would play as a vital element in Folsom’s economic success. Under her direction, the Folsom Tourism Bureau was formed and a brand for marketing was chosen,” said del Dulk. She was chair of the 50 Folsom Pro Rodeo, and a volunteer at FolsomLIVE!
In addition to her commitment to the Folsom Chamber and her professional work with Natoma Technologies Inc., Polley was chair of the City of Folsom Committee on the Homeless.
Folsom Chevrolet Business Hall of Fame
Presenter: Marshal Crossan
Recipient: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Senior Vice President Paul Meyer
Before Johnny Cash, Aerojet put Folsom on the map as a good place to raise families. Aerojet developed the Titan rockets used for the Gemini manned space flights and other systems for the space program. Aerojet continues to design and engineer new products for the space and defense industries. In 2013, Aerojet’s parent company, GenCorp, acquired Rocketdyne and formed Aerojet Rocketdyne.
Mercy Hospital Volunteer of the Year
Presenter: Michael Ricks
Recipient: Kari Ann Countryman, Wood Family Dentistry dental assistant
Kari Ann is an event facilitator. That means she comes early and stays late, and seems to be everywhere at once. She makes volunteering fun. No one can say “No” to her.
Public Service Award
Presenter: Dan Haverty
Recipient: Jan Scully, Sacramento County District Attorney
Scully was elected in 1994 and is ending a 20-year career. She broke barriers for women in criminal justice. She created a domestic violence medical review team and an elder death investigation review team.
Money Mailer Ambassador of the Year
Presenter: Scott Spiegelman
Recipient: Steve Heard, Century 21 Select Real Estate
Steve has served on the Ambassadors steering committee and led the mixers and events team. He led the volunteer team for the 2013 Folsom Pro Rodeo Cattle Drive and volunteers as a planner for FolsomLIVE! He is a member of the City of Folsom Arts and Cultural Commission. He was a member of the group that was successful in awarding Folsom the Northern and Central California Ambassadors Rally on May 15-16.
Re/Max Young Professional of the Year
Presenter: Diana Peña
Recipient: Justin Raithel, Revolutions Naturopathic office manager
Raithel is a graduate of the recent Folsom Leadership Academy. He helped lead the class project of providing interpretive signs for the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. “Raithel combines the values and issues important to young professionals with traditional networks,” said Peña.
Wells Fargo Business of the Year
Presenter: Jaime McCollough
Recipient: Palladio, General Manager Gloria Wright
Palladio is a springboard for economic development in Folsom. The lifestyle shopping center was ready to go with retailers flocking to lease when the recession hit. Palladio made it through the recession and is anticipated to be 70 percent leased by the holidays.
Folsom Lake Bank Emerging Leader of the Year
Presenter: Bob Flautt
Recipient: Sarah Aquino, Vice President and CFO of Integrated Benefits and Insurance Services
Following in her father’s footsteps (Senator Dave Cox), Aquino began running for student office in elementary school. She is chairing this year’s Government Affairs Committee. In addition, she serves on the Chamber board and Political Action Committee, the Folsom Cordova Education Foundation, and the Folsom Library Commission. She is PTA President at Russell Ranch Elementary School, where her two children attend. And she is an Affordable Care Act Certified Counselor. Aquino is a 2013 Folsom Leadership Academy graduate.
2014-15 Folsom Chamber Board of Directors
Chair Jim den Dulk, Ideal Life Financial Advisors; Keith Johnson, WalMart; Sarah Aquino, Integrated Benefits and Insurance Services; Dan Haverty, former Folsom Fire Chief; Bob Flautt, Folsom Lake Bank; Russ Davis, Russell Davis Consulting; Rich Fiutko, Rich Fiutko Consulting; Sally Howard, Folsom Lake College; Kristy Babb, FSB Core Strategies; Marc Chan, The Healing Station; Jim Eldridge, Kaiser Permanente; Marshal Crossan, Folsom Chevrolet; Ed Smith, Intel Corporation; Annette Manz, VisionWise Marketing; Deborah Hurst, Deborah L. Hurst Accounting; Michael Ricks, Mercy Hospital of Folsom; Murray Weaver, Powerhouse Pub; Candy Harper, Trainor Fairbrook; Diana Peña, Re/Max Gold; Marko Mlikotin, River City Communications; Doug Scalzi, Sacramento Commercial Properties; Enid Baldock, The Hampton Inn and Suites; and Mike LaFortune, Aerojet Easton Development.