JERRY KNOESTER

President

Ludwig (Jerry) Knoester is a retired Human Resources Personnel Officer from the Department of Defense United States Air Force – Federal Civil Service. My twenty-eight years in human resources provided me with the knowledge, skills and experiences in the following HR disciplines: Job Classification, Resource Management, Staffing and Affirmative Employment, workforce management, Labor Management Relations, Employee Management Relations and Employee Development.

 I have lived in Los Banos since 1990. I founded the Commuter Alliance from 1990 to 2002, to band and unite long distance commuters and paired them up with carpooling. I was also responsible for having established the emergency call boxes along Hwy 152 and I-5 corridor in Merced County. As a charter member of the now defunct CB Group called THE WILDBUNCH, I named certain areas of HWY 152 from the 9-mile station to Dinosaur Point, such as the RVC, Rock Bridge and Dinosaur Point. To this day my monikers continues to be mentioned by law enforcements and the media.  The Commuter Alliance also planted the seed for a fly-over at the Hwy 156/152 junction which became a reality a couple of years later.

I joined the Chamber of Commerce in 2007 soon after I became a Mobile Notary Public. In 2012 I was the Interim Chamber Executive Director and in 2015 Chamber President.  

As a Mobile Notary Public and a certified Loan signing Agent since 2007 I have accomplished hundreds of general notary work and loan signing agent work. I also do Apostille notarization. I am always available for your notarial needs. 

GENE LIEB

Treasurer

Gene Lieb grew up in Oakdale, California and attended Modesto Junior College and San Jose State University, earning a Bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in religious studies.

He started his journalism career as a paperboy at the age of 10 delivering the Modesto Bee. While attending Oakdale High School Gene worked as a journalist for the Oakdale Leader and in the mailroom helping print the paper. He worked his way through college as an editorial copy clerk at the Modesto Bee as well as a photojournalist. Following graduation he worked one year at the Oroville Mercury-Register newspaper and then 14 years for the Turlock Journal newspaper. 

From 2001 to July 13, 2020 Gene held the positions of Publisher, Ad Director and Editor. With the elimination of his position at the Enterprise, he is now looking for new employment opportunities.

Gene is active in the California Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, Los Banos Rotary Club, Los Banos Downtown Association and Los Banos Chamber of Commerce.

Gene is married to Lori Lieb and has two adult children Jennifer and Gene Jr. from his late wife, Kathy Lieb.

ROY TODD

Director

For the last 4 plus years Roy has served as the Chief Financial Officer for Todd Energy Corporation which is the parent company for the ARCO ampm located in Los Banos, CA on Pacheco Boulevard and Badger Flat Road where he has a dual role as Franchisee.  Roy is the Treasurer for the Rotary Club of Los Banos and is on the Board of Directors for the Los Banos Chamber of Commerce.  Roy is a resident of Los Banos, CA.  Roy has an MBA from California Lutheran University and BSBA from Pepperdine University.  Roy is certified by the Institute for Supply Management as Purchasing Manager.  Roy has held multiple senior leadership roles in a variety industries over a period of 35 years specializing in manufacturing operations and purchasing/planning.  Roy has a Green Belt Certification in Lean Manufacturing.  Roy’s passion is implementing cultures of “Continuous Improvement” within all the organizations he belongs.

CATRINA JOHNSON

Director

For the last 6 years I have worked with Ingomar Packing Company, located in Los Banos, as their Director of Warehouse Operations and Customer Service. I relocated from Washington state to California six years ago and have been a resident in Los Banos for the past three years. My career of 20+ years has always been in Food Distribution and Processing where I have held various roles in Supply Chain Management. 

SEAVER DIAZ

Vice President

Seaver is the owner of Deeby's Designs a business located here in Los Banos. 

I grew up in Firebaugh and has lived in Los Banos off and on through out my adult life. 

I enjoy working with the Chamber and coming up with new ideas for our organization. 

ERIKA JAUREZ

Secretary

I am the Secretary of the Los Banos Chamber of Commerce. I am  the Secretary of the Los Banos Friends of the Library. I am the former Manager of Paraiso Brewery.

TOM KALJIAN

Director

I graduated UC Davis and 1964 with a degree in gricultaural business management. Then went to work in the family Chevrolet Buick dealership and became a partner there. Sold my interest to my partner and became involved in real estate in the 1980s And have been involved in that field ever since ,owning T. Kaljian Real Estate ,Coldwell Banker Kaljian & Associates, Los Banos Property Management Services llc and I

managing family real estate assets and investments of my own.

I am married to my wife Sue And I share a home between Calistoga and St. Helena in the Napa Valley where she resides most of the time.

Director

ROBERT "CORKY"

SHERWOOD

Director

My family and I relocated to Los Banos in 2019 after spending our entire lives in the Pacific Northwest.  My wife Laura and I have two girls, Harper and Hazel.  I have been employed with Les Schwab since 2011 and recently became manager of the store here in Los Banos.  Before Les Schwab, I was a farm manager in rural Central Washington state. I grew up in the country, participated in FFA, and attended college as a track athlete. My wife and I purchased a home here and love living in our tight knit neighborhood on the south side of town. I’m excited to meet more of the folks here in Los Banos and continue to establish connections in the community! 

BERNIE PIMENTEL

Director

Bernadette Pimentel grew up in San Jose, Ca. I became a resident of Los Banos, Ca. in 1996.
Becoming a Resident of Los Banos, I worked several Assistant Manager Positions in the retail industry.
I believe my destiny is to help others in need. I received my Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate in
2004. I worked as an CNA for New Bethany Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility and Resigned in
2012. I remained an Independent Home Caregiver in Los Banos and surrounding areas. In 2017 I opened
Bernie’s Mixology Mobile Bartender service based in Los Banos, Ca. Were creative and customized
service with necessary tools and ingredients to produce unique cocktails. Knowledgeable and friendly
bartending since 2008. We will mix handcrafted cocktails and lavish libations for a memorable
celebration. Additionally, a’ la carte options are available for a customize beverage package. My
company can provide all the bar essentials and more, helping to create the celebratory atmosphere you
have always dreamt of. I became a Los Banos Chamber Member in 2017 and joined the Los Banos
Chamber Director role in 2019. The Chamber specializes in helping small businesses grow in their
business on the web while facilitating the connectivity between local businesses and more.

STACY SOUZA-ELMS

Pres. Appointee

JACK HERRON

RICHARD MARTORELLO

Director

Richard Martorello grew up in San Jose, California and moved to Los Banos in December 1992.

His experience covers more than thirty years in the field of Accounting with non-profit organizations, municipal joint power agencies and private enterprises including more than ten years with a billion dollar semiconductor company.

He is the founder of Richard Martorello Bookkeeping (since 2005), a full-charge bookkeeping organization with experience in private, municipal, and non-profit organization record keeping.  He also offers services to support startup, small business and rental property entities.

Mr. Martorello has been nominated, elected and held the positions of President (2003-2007), Treasurer (2008-2010) and Recording Secretary (2006) for Habitat for Humanity, Westside Merced County, a Los Banos, California based affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.  He helped guide the organization through its 10-home Neighborhood Stabilization Program construction (federal funds of $1 Million administered by the state through the county/redevelopment agency).

Mr. Martorello is the current owner and operator of the Liberty Tax Service franchise in Los Banos since the 2016 tax season.  He has been a tax professional with Liberty Tax since the 2012 tax season and is licensed with the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) and the Internal Revenue Service.

TONY WHITEHURST

2nd Vice President

Tony has been with the Chamber for quite some time now, he has Chaired many events such as the May Day Beer Booth and the Fireworks booth. Tony has two Chamber Business Membership with the Los Banos Chamber. He works with the Whitehurst Funeral Chapel here in Los Banos CA and Anthony R. Whitehurst Consulting services.

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Los Banos Chamber of Commerce

932 6th St.

Los Banos, Ca 93635

(209)826-2495

LBCOFC@comcast.net

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