Corona Chamber Officers of the Corporation
2022 Board Chair
Express Employment Professionals
Palbinder Badesha is the Riverside-Corona franchisee for Express Employment Professionals, an international full-service staffing company. She opened in 2006 and since then, her team has been able to find jobs for over 15,000 people with local businesses, increasing sales by 60 percent since 2009.
Palbinder moved to Corona in 2002 from England, where she worked for 17 years in local government and the non-profit charitable sector. Palbinder’s first job out of university was establishing a refuge for women fleeing domestic violence. She later went on to develop policies and projects to support homeless women. In her last position, Palbinder led a team which focused on building sustainable communities by ensuring that local people and businesses were partners in tackling high unemployment and urban deprivation. Palbinder was drawn to the employment field because she wanted a business which helped people and businesses succeed!
She is passionate about giving back to her community and is active in the following organizations: Asian Business Association, Business Resource Connection and Corona-Norco United Way. Palbinder was a 2008 finalist in the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award and recipient of the Inland Empire Asian Business Association Entrepreneur Award in 2012. She received the 2014 Small Business of the Year Award from the IMPACT Foundation. Palbinder is married to Baljeet Aujla, and they are parents to Jeevan, 18, and Amarpreet, 24.
CARSTAR Allstar Collision
Dean Seif is the owner and president of CARSTAR Allstar Collision, Inc. and the Seif Real Estate Group, Inc. Dean is a firm believer in the Chamber principles and an advocate for the Chamber. Dean served as the Chairman of the Board in 2015 and is a past Chair of the Legislative Action Committee (LAC). Previously, Dean has served in various roles on the Chamber Executive Committee as well as the Chair of the Chamber Ambassadors Committee.
Dean is a member of the Corona Rotary Club. He serves on the Governing Board of the Corona Regional Medical Center, the Board of the Corona-Norco United Way, and the Board of the Chamber Foundation. Dean's professional experience includes over 25 years in aerospace and hi-tech industries, where he held positions as a flight engineer on Boeing 727 and Airbus A-300, director of quality and manufacturing, and quality and manufacturing consulting and training. Dean was an adjunct professor at California State University Los Angeles, DeVry University, and Riverside Community College, where he taught engineering topics and statistics. Dean has a B.S. in aerospace engineering technology and a master’s degree in technology management. Dean was the recipient of the CalChamber “Small Business Advocate of the Year” in 2017, Corona Chamber’s “Small Business of the Year” in 2013, the "Chairman's Award" in 2011, and "Award of Excellence in Service" in 2010. Dean and his wife Shannon have three children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Anthony Pirritano
Integrated Medical Center of Corona - CompAccess
Dr. Anthony Pirritano grew up in Corona, attended UC Riverside and Cal Poly, Pomona receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1992. He was Valedictorian and received the awards of Clinical Excellence and the prestigious Presidents award - the only graduate to receive all three awards. He was then elected as the youngest member of the Board of Regents at LA College of Chiropractic. In 1992, Dr. Pirritano took over what is now Integrated Medical Center of Corona, which has been serving the Inland Empire for over 60 years.
Chad Miller recently sold his business, where he was the Founder and President/CEO of Industrus, Inc., a contract manufacturing and consulting company offering engineering, research and development, and more. Previously, he was Director of Contract Manufacturing at American National Manufacturing, which was acquired by Sizewise Manufacturing in 2021, and Agiliti in 2022. Having grown up in a family manufacturing business since the 1970s, Chad has been exposed to manufacturing, industrial materials, and fabrics literally all of his life.
At a young age Chad worked alongside his parents, Craig and Evedean, and older brother, Craig Jr., in all aspects of the business over the past 35 years.
Chad has won numerous awards, including the Corona Chamber’s Manufacturer of the Quarter in 2013, Runner up for The Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award (2016), and recognition by the California State Senate, California State Assembly, and from the City of Corona.
In addition to Chad’s successes for the company, Chad is also an inventor and has filed two patents. He has expertise in assisting his customers in the filing of their own patents to protect their products as well.
Chad currently serves on the Legislative Action Committee for the Corona Chamber of Commerce and has served since its inception over 10 years ago. He also serves on the Industrial Fabrics Association’s Exhibitor Advisory Committee.
Chad is married and has 2 stepdaughters and a son with his wife, Janette.
Vice Chair of Finance
Sam Buenrostro, Ed.D.
Corona-Norco Unified School District
Dr. Sam Buenrostro is the Superintendent for the Corona-Norco Unified School District. Sam has been a resident of Corona for over 30 years. He obtained his Bachelors from Chapman University, his Masters from Cal State San Bernardino, and his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at the University of LaVerne. Sam is married to Sandra, a Corona High graduate. They have three children: Eric, Luis, and Samantha.
Sam was the principal of Centennial High School for 8 years. Prior to that Sam was an assistant principal at Centennial High School in Corona and Ramona High School in Riverside. Sam was also a teacher and head coach at Santa Ana High, Riverside Poly, and John W. North. In 1991, Sam led Santa Ana High school to a CIF championship and national recognition. During Sam’s tenure, Centennial High School received numerous accolades including: numerous CIF Championships, Riverside County Model of Excellence, National PLC School, named one of Americas Best High Schools, a California Golden Bell, and the 2009 Corona-Norco and Riverside County Principal of the Year.
Dr. Buenrostro places high importance on community, service, and healthy living. Over the years Sam has provided service as a member of Kiwanis, Rotary International, Lions Club International, Boy Scouts of America, and a coach and referee. Sam is passionate about living life with a purpose, the power of people, and about making a difference.
Immediate Past Chair
Creative By Design
Kim Mabon has been working as creative professional for over 30 years. During that time she has worked with a variety of advertising agencies, publishing companies and businesses of all types. She has received over 75 awards from various organizations for her creative works including several Gold & Silver Awards from Association Trends as well as multiple Maggie Awards from the Western Publication Association. Mabon serves as Board Chair for the Corona Chamber of Commerce, Board Member for Giving 365 and as treasurer for the Tuesday morning STARS networking group.
Mabon is the founder and CEO of Creative by Design, a full-service agency that helps their customers improve their bottom line with high-quality, consistent and effective graphic & web design as well as print & promotional products. She is also a published author, Adobe Creative Trainer and Public Speaker.
Corona Chamber of Commerce
Serving as CEO and President for the Corona Chamber of Commerce since May of 2001, Bobby Spiegel is responsible for all staff and operations of the day to day business conducted at the Chamber. Tasks are divided among professional paid staff, who administer a full service operation, from membership resources, database, website, social media, events, programs and seminars. Bobby is the spokesperson for the Chamber. The Corona Chamber services the business community stretching throughout the Corona region – best identified by geographic boundaries (though any business can be a member of this Chamber), from Ontario Airport, to the southern portion on I-15 at Indian Truck Trail, next to Lake Elsinore. The Corona region encompasses communities within the western Riverside County including Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, and parts of Riverside. A small but growing portion of businesses are filtering in from the Chino and Chino Hills area.
Board of Directors
Grimes-Akes Family Funeral Home
Akes, 38, grew up in the funeral home atmosphere. He reflects back on his grandmother playing the organ (before music was piped in), for services in the LA County area. Today, he is the manager for the Corona office, located at 500 W. 7th St., 92882 and can be reached at (951) 737-3771. They provide full-service funeral arrangements, pre-arrangements, and cremations, and are able to assist in any global needs. Established by the Grimes’ in 1947, Patrick joined his family in the profession, and they run the Riverside Akes Family Funeral Home.
Patrick is involved in many philanthropies from the Lions Club to the ELKS and more. Through the ELKS Lodge in Corona, Patrick is a Past Exalted Ruler (PER) and services the CA/Hawaii Elks Association as their VP. During the holiday season, Patrick’s wife Deserie colors Patrick’s hair and beard white, enabling him to help Santa in numerous requests.
An avid sportsman, he started wrestling in 1999, retiring in 2012 due to a fractured neck. Re-involved in the sport when he was Exalted Ruler, they were searching for a way to raise more funds, and his thinking outside of the ‘wrestling ring’ turned into an annual fundraiser for disabled children in our community.
Do It American Mfg Company, LLC
For the past 11 years Kathy has been an equal partner and shareholder at Do It American Manufacturing Company, LLC (DIA), a manufacturing company serving mainly public utilities, with the passion for creating meaningful jobs and improving U.S. Mfg. She believes that everyone has the potential to be a leader if given the chance and proper training. The company’s culture and manufacturing methodology has resulted in continued year over year
growth and excellent performance. As a result, DIA’s team has received numerous awards from customers, distributors, and community leaders.
Kathy has worked in various industries prior to DIA including Academia, Information Technology, Semiconductor, and Medical Devices. She studied computer science and graphics as undergrad and holds an MBA from CSUFullerton.
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David Brambila is a 30-year resident and Corona business owner. David served honorably in the Marine Corps from 1993-2001 and graduated Cal Poly Pomona School of Business in 2003.
David is the President of Creative Marketing, a local marketing company that helps organizations tell their stories through print and promotional items. He is also a real estate broker for Brambila Properties.
When he is not busy running multiple business, he is busy volunteering in our community. David serves on many local boards including Corona Cinco de Mayo Committee, American Legion Post 742 in Corona, District 21 American Legion and Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals. David was awarded the 2018 Corona Chamber of Commerce Making a Difference Award for his volunteerism and for making a difference in our community.
Eduardo's Mexican Restaurant
Vulcan Materials Company
A Vietnam Veteran, Jim Gore proudly served in the United States Army as a Combat Medic with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
Jim has spent over 40 years in the construction materials industry. He currently serves as land-use permitting manager with Vulcan Materials Company. He transitioned into land-use permitting department 25 years ago and has never looked back, enjoying the different and unique challenges that every new project brings and working closely with lead agencies to resolve them.
Jim is currently working on an innovative project in Corona that will increase mining efficiency and reduce environmental impacts while maintaining a valuable source of local construction grade aggregate materials.
Tim Gramling, LP.D.
California Baptist University
Tim Gramling, LP.D., FACHE, is a visionary dean and community leader with multi-site operations expertise. Gramling brings extensive experience in business, higher education, and ministry to his post. He has served on the executive board of Metro North Chamber of Commerce in Westminster, Colorado. He also was an Associate Planning Commissioner for El Paso County, Colorado, and Commissioner with the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority of Kansas City, Missouri.
In California, Gramling spent several years as Executive Director at UEI College in Gardena, overseeing career diploma programs and externship assignments for allied health students at medical offices and health systems in Los Angeles County. Previously, Gramling served as president of Colorado campuses at Colorado Technical University; president of Brooks Institute in Ventura; senior director of finance for DeVry University; and held management positions with IBM, Sprint, and American Express.
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Monica Green, Ed.D.
Monica Green, Ed.D., serves as the Norco College president. Prior to this role, Green led Riverside City College as the vice president of Planning and Development. Prior to RCC, she served as the dean and later vice president of the Norco College Student Services division from 2009 – 2018.
Green believes in paying it forward and is active in local, regional, and statewide efforts. She serves as past-president of Soroptimist International of Corona where she advocates for the educational advancement of women and girls locally and internationally. Green also provided program leadership to the local Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Leadership Roundtable and serves on the Corona History Association Executive Board.
Dr. Prabh Grewal
Corona Oral Surgery & Implant Center
Board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Prabh Grewal is a University of Pacific School of Dentistry graduate where he was a recipient of the United States Army Health Professionals Scholarship and earned his doctorate in dental surgery. Upon completion of his schooling, he entered active duty in the United States Army where he served as a dentist in Germany from 2005 – 2007. From there, he served at various United States Army Installations from 2007 – 2011. In April 2011, Dr. Grewal had the honor of serving as a facial trauma surgeon in Afghanistan where he worked alongside plastic surgeons and ENT surgeons to serve wartime victims. Once he returned home in 2012, he completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the San Antonio Military Medical Center — a joint army/air force hospital and the only level one trauma center in the Department of Defense. During this time, he served as the chief resident at Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX. Known as the busiest trauma center and the largest medical campus in the United States, Dr. Grewal spent the next four years honing his medicine, surgical, cosmetic, and anesthesia skills.
Upon completing his residency, he served as the Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Kimbrough Army Care Center in Ft. Meade, MD from 2016–2020. The highlight of his 13-year active duty career, however, was serving as faculty and attending surgeon at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, better known as the President's Hospital. Dr. Grewal achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Army.
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Ruth Jaffe, RN, MSN
Ruth Jaffe works for Kaiser Permanente as the Area Operations Leader for the Riverside Service Area. In this role, she has a direct impact in supporting the work that Physicians, Providers, Nursing Staff, and Ancillary departments perform on a daily basis. The ultimate goal being providing excellent patient centered care to their members and the communities they serve! She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern California and has a Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the oldest of six children and an immigrant from El Salvador. Ruth is very proud of her heritage and her family accomplishments; She enjoys inspiring young adults to pursue professional education and being positive and enthusiastic in everything they do! Ruth has lived in Corona since 2008, is married to Jason and has two children, Jaela (age 12) and Tessa (age 11).
Barry E. Knight
BEK Impact Corp.
Barry E. Knight is the founder and CEO of BEK Impact Company, a leadership and social impact consulting firm. The company specializes in coaching and training leaders on how to get their teams aligned with the right systems and behaviors that drive greater impact and change for their organization and community.
As a minister and servant leader, he has coached hundreds of executive leaders and teams in the US and internationally. He has trained and advised more than 15 county government agencies and has been the keynote speaker for Fortune 500 companies and dozens of other organizations. He frequently speaks and writes on subjects such as vision clarity, leadership and team impact, faith, and racial equity.
Barry and his wife Sacheen are the proud parents of two sons, B.J. (16) and Charles Edward (13), and one daughter, Sydnei Erica (8).
Jeff Miller Insurance Agency
Jeff has been a licensed insurance agent and broker for 36 years servicing his customers’ personal and commercial insurance needs.
In 1995 through 2000 Jeff served as a Commissioner for the Corona Parks Commission. In 2000, he was elected to the Corona City Council, where his legislative priorities were to keep the economy growing, the budget balanced, the community safe, and reduce regional traffic. Jeff served as Corona's Mayor in 2004 and 2008. He served as Chairman of the Riverside County Republican Party from 2006 to 2008.
In 2008 he was elected to the California State Assembly, being the first Corona resident to serve in the CA legislature in over 100 years. Jeff served on the Assembly Higher Education Committee as well as the Insurance, Housing and Community Development, and Transportation Committees. In addition, he served as Vice Chair of the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. In his first term, Miller sat on the Appropriations, Transportation, Education, and Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committees while also serving as the caucus' Elections Chair. Jeff received Legislator of the Year awards from numerous organizations in 2009, 2010, and 2011, as well as the YMCA's Ira D. Calvert Distinguished Service Award in 2011.
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Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail/Image 360
Montanez is co-owner of Allegra Print and Mail and Image360 Signs and Displays. Allegra is a full-service marketing, direct mail and print communications company while Image360 creates signs and displays, electric and non-electric. Eugene, his wife Paula and their team help companies solve problems through their expertise, creative solutions and can-do attitude. Located at 127 Radio Road, in Corona, they can be reached at (951) 734-8181.
Eugene founded the printing business while in high school. Operating out of his mother’s garage, his entrepreneurial spirit was ignited and in 1976 he and Paula married, and opened their business then known as ZAP Printing and Graphics. Now as dual-brand power partners, Allegra Corona and Image360 offer a variety of products, from direct mail to promotional products and marketing materials, plus large-format graphics, signage and displays. When timing is critical, the team at Allegra works through impossible deadlines. Throughout nearly 50 years in business, Eugene has always been on the cutting edge of technology. Pioneering with desktop publishing, digital imaging and workflow automation, he has become an expert in numerous applications and processes. As the author of “Direct Mail is Not Dead: Grow your business with targeted direct mail,” Eugene is often called upon to speak or share his wisdom with others.
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Corona Regional Medical Center
Linda is known for her infectious laugh, her ability to drive to the heart of a business problem and her long history of volunteerism in our community. In the years she has been involved in community volunteerism; most of the City’s non-profit organizations have been enriched by her contributions. Linda Pearson is currently the Director of Marketing and Volunteer Services for Corona Regional Medical Center. She has been a member of the Society for Consumer Affairs at both a state and national level, and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. Linda has been an active volunteer, spokesperson and fund-raiser for organizations such as the Foundation for Community & Family Health, United Way, Corona Fire Department, Boy Scouts and Circle City Rotary. Linda received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Temescal Boy Scouts of America, was named a Women of Distinction by Soroptimist International and The Business Press and in 2013 received the Corona Chamber’s Citizen of the Year recognition. Linda served as a member of the “Think Tank” at Crossroads Christian Church that conceived the idea for the master-planned facility they proudly showcase today. Linda has served in many leadership roles with the Corona Chamber from a past Chairman of the Board and a present 2022 Board of Directors Member.
Southern California Gas Company
Public Affairs Manager for Southern California Gas Co, the largest natural gas distribution company in the US with over 22 million customers. Lea's primary responsibility is advancing the company’s interests before local, state and federal government officials in Riverside County. Lea serves on the Board of Directors ofnumerous business & community organizations such as: Riverside County’s Workforce Investment Board; Corona Chamber; Riverside Chamber; Asian Business Association Inland Empire and many others.
Lea has been recognized for her leadership supporting businesses, minority & women owned enterprises to gain access to new opportunities by the Riverside County NAACP, the Corona Chamber, Black Voice Newspaper, the Asian Business Association IE, the Riverside County YWCA as “Woman of the Year” & Riverside County Commission on Women. The California Assembly & Senate have recognized for her emergency response during the devastating wildfires.
Aladdin Cleaning Services, Inc.
Mike Quraishi is the President and owner of Excellence in Service Award winning company Aladdin Cleaning Services Inc. which has been in business since 1999. Mike has a Masters Degree in Business Management and two Bachelor degrees, one in Math & Physics and other one in Aircraft Engineering. Mike also holds Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Power plant license. Mike’s professional experience includes 22 years in aerospace and Hi-tech industries, where he held senior management positions in the areas of Commercial Passenger Aircraft Certification and Aircraft modifications with Boeing and Douglas Aircraft. Aladdin Cleaning Services Inc. has received numerous awards including "Best of 2015" awarded by Thumbtack. Mike was also a nominee for the Spirit of the Entrepreneur - Award 2011, 2013 and 2014. Mike is a proud father of triplets. In his spare time (if any) he likes to play golf, hike and fly.
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Anne St.Germain is a licensed CPA and Partner at Level Advisors, a Corona-based accounting, consulting and business valuation firm. Anne has a strong leadership and civic background, with past seats on community outreach boards and the Women’s Inclusion National Council at BDO. She has also personally developed fundraising programs for local non-profits.
Graduating from CSUC (Chico State) in 2011, Anne had a couple of accounting roles before joining BDO USA, LLP in 2013. There she focused on consulting and compliance for flow-through entities, not-for-profits, and high net worth individuals. After over four years at the global accounting firm, Anne had a short stint at Hall & Company CPAs before becoming Partner at Level Advisors in 2019.
Anne specializes in domestic and international manufacturers. Her clients include some common household names and are routinely engaged in substantial e-commerce and complex branding and manufacturing activities.
Jan Steiner, former owner of Thoro Packaging, has accomplished growth of a business initially started by her father. A unique and specialized folding carton packaging manufacturer, Jan and her professional team provide clients with top quality, effective packaging that is the envy of all competitors. Well-known and respected throughout multiple organizations, Jan has capitalized on her knowledge, experience and common sense.
Western States Financial & Investments
Living Your Purpose with Confidence.
Our desire is that all of our clients know or find their purpose in life and take assertive action to live out that purpose, and we are here to help. Western States Financial celebrates 25 years in helping our clients live with financial peace of mind. John Weyhgandt is an independent fiduciary and registered investment advisor. He has been creating portfolios and financial plans that allow clients to focus on what’s important in life: Faith, Family and Purpose.
John has been married to his lovely wife Marlene for 25 years and has one daughter, Courtney. John has lived in town since 1974. His hobbies include reading, BBQing and traveling.
Our Products and Services Offered: Financial Coaching, 401(k)s, IRAs, Life Insurance, Tax-Free Retirement, Annuities, Disability Insurance, Keyman Policies, Estate Planning, Medicare, Social Security planning and much more. We are “At Your Service”.
Veg Fresh Farms
Mark Widder is one of four general partners of Veg-Fresh Farms in Corona, CA. The family’s agricultural distribution company supplies fresh produce to supermarkets and fast casual restaurant concepts throughout the United States and Canada.
After graduating from Arcadia High School in 1975, Mark started working for his uncle’s produce company in Downtown Los Angeles. In 1989, Mark and his cousins founded Veg-Fresh Farms located in Covina, CA. From 1996 to 2013, Veg-Fresh occupied a 94,000 square foot facility in Anaheim, CA. In 2014, the family purchased and built a 189,000 square foot state-of-the art distribution facility in Corona, CA where they currently employ 650 associates. Veg-Fresh Farms continues to grow and expand their business with a robust product portfolio and cutting-edge technology.
Mark continues to keep Veg-Fresh Farms as a family run business with his son Clay, his daughter Carrie and his son-in-law working there. Mark and his wife Tracy live in Newport Beach and enjoy their three grandchildren, four Labrador retrievers, a cat, golf and boating.
Liaison for NAVSEA
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division
Corry J. Shedd serves as Chief of Staff for Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, where he supports the Commander and Technical Director in leading more than 4,100 Sailors, Navy civilian and contractor personnel in Corona Division's critical mission "to provide transparency to warfighting readiness through data analytics and assessment, engineering the Fleet’s Live-Virtual-Constructive training environment, and assuring the accuracy of measurements".
Prior to joining Corona Division as a civilian, Shedd served for 30 years as an active duty and reserve Navy Surface Warfare Officer, retiring in 2018 at the rank of Captain (O6). His last active duty assignment was as Executive Officer of Corona Division.
During his military career, Shedd served in a wide range of assignments that included leadership tours as Deputy Commander for Naval Special Warfare Operational Support Group; Chief Staff officer at Naval Special Warfare Group ELEVEN; and Chief of Staff for Naval Special Warfare Group THREE. He also completed a number of operational deployments and assignments, including duty in Afghanistan with the NATO International Security Assistance Force missions (ISAF IX and X), and other assignments in Egypt, Korea, Thailand and afloat operations.
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