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 3 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.

SEAVER DIAZ

Director

I am the owner of Deeby's Designs here in Los Banos.  I do custom items, wood signs, vinyl work and much more. I work side by side with the chamber doing our ribbon cutting plaques and any other branded items we need. I also serve on the Board of Directors.

STEVE GALLICHIO

Director

BERNIE PIMINTEL

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.

MIKE VILLALTA

Pres. Appointee

Vice President

TONY WHITEHURST

CATRINA JOHNSON

Secretary

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. I serve as the Secretary of the Los Banos Chamber of Commerce. 

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

ERIKA JAUREZ

Director

I am a Director 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.

MIKE AMABILE

Pres. Appointee

STACY SOUZA-ELMS

Pres. Appointee

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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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