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2017 Installation and Business Awards Dinner


Congratulations to our 2017 KCHCC Executive Officers and Board of Directors: Chair of the Board: Adam A. Alvidrez, Chevron; Chair-Elect: Blodgie Rodriguez, Realtor; Vice-Chair: Olivia Garcia, Bakersfield College; Eva Ramirez: Secretary; Treasurer: David Alanis, EDD/America's Job Center of CA; Jay Tamsi, President/CEO 

Thank you to everyone for attending our

2017 Installation and Business Awards Dinner!  

We greatly appreciate your support! 


Congratulations to our award recipients: Businessman of the Year - Stephen W. Schilling, CEO, Clinica Sierra Vista; Businesswoman of the Year - Dr. Sonya Christian, President, Bakersfield College; Corporation of the Year - Kern Federal Credit Union; Large Business of the Year - La Costa Mariscos; Small Business of the Year - Mc Murphy's Irish Pub; Non-Profit of the Year - Self-Help Federal Credit Union; Community Service Award - Robert Rodriguez, PIO, California Highway Patrol.

A Special Thank You to:

 Presenting Sponsors

Dignity Health & Kern Federal Credit Union 

Event Sponsors: AltaOne Federal Credit Union, Chevron, Clinica Sierra Vista, Inc., Connie Conway for State Senate, Doubletree by Hilton, Shannon Grove for State Senate, KGET - TV 17, Adventist Health, Bakersfield,  Bakersfield College, Charter Communications; H.A. Sala, A Professional Law Corporation, Advanced Beverage Company, AT&T, CBCC-Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center, Freestyle Event Services, Inc., Granduer Productions, InMotionpro Photo Cinema, Western States Petroleum Association, Kaiser Permanente, Kern County Farm Bureau, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, State Farm, Vidak Ranches, Inc. and Wells Fargo.

Congratulations to our 2017 KCHCC Executive Officers and Board of Directors: 

Chair of the Board: Adam A. Alvidrez, Chevron; Chair-Elect: Blodgie Rodriguez, Realtor; Vice-Chair: Olivia Garcia, Bakersfield College; Eva Ramirez: Secretary; Treasurer: David Alanis, EDD/America's Job Center of CA; Jay Tamsi, President/CEO

Board Members: Robin Mangarin-Scott, Dignity Health; Ricard Villarreal, Wells Fargo; Colleen Dillaway, Charter Communications; Dr. Stuart Tatsuno, Lifetime Chiropractic; Miranda Whitworth, Kern Federal Credit Union; Les Clark, Independent Oil Producer's Agency; Ken Ouellette, Advance Beverage; Denise Castaneda-Ornelas, La Bonita Tortilla; Victor Martin, CSU Bakersfield; R.L Hutchinson, Attorney at Law; Sal Saavedra, Daniells, Phillips, Vaugh & Bock; Donna Herman, American Cancer Society; Ed Taylor, Businessman; Sal Brito, State Farm; Chris Lowe, AltaOne Federal Credit Union; and Nancy Solis Vargas, Cintas.


2017 KCHCC Business Education Foundation Officers and Board of Directors:

Chair of the Board: Jorge Barrientos, Chain| Cohn | Stiles; Vice-Chair: Cecilia Tomono, Adventist Health, Bakersfield; Secretary: David Alanis, EDD/America's Job Center of CA; Treasurer: Chris Bernal, Bernal Tax & Accounting Services; Past-Chair, Norma Rojas- Mora, Kern County Housing Authority.

Board Members: Dr. Carlos Alvarez, H+A Healthcare; Justin Cave, Advanced Center for Eyecare; Pam Alvarez, Beautiful You Medical Aesthetics; Blanca Cavazos, Taft Union High School District; Cory Ferrier, Adventist Health, Bakersfield; Xochitl Garcia, Gaul Wallace Garcia Attorneys at Law; Gabriella Mello, Wells Fargo; Maria Hernandez, Business Consultant; Alma Navarrete, KGET/Telemundo; Lisa Robles-Kent, Bakersfield College, Michael Olivares, Aera Energy; Kenan Patel, Rabobank; Cornelio Rodriguez, Bakersfield College.



Business Seminar: 2017 Labor Law Update

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Universal Urgent Care Grand Re-Opening

Celebrating the re-grand opening and ribbon cutting of UNIVERSAL URGENT CARE at its beautiful Brimhall Road facility.







2016 KCHCC Board


Executive Officers: Olivia Garcia (Vice-Chair); David Alanis (Treasurer) Carlos Navarro (Chairman of the Board); Jay Tamsi (President/CEO); Eva Ramirez (Secretary); Blodgie Rodriguez (Immediate- Past Chair) and Adam Alvidrez (Chair-Elect)


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Kern Federal Credit Union Promotion



KCHCC recognized as top Chamber in California by the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


CEO/president Jay Tamsi stands with KCHCC board members to accept California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Chamber of the Year Award”

During its annual three-day convention, the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce announced that the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as its 2015 “Chamber of the Year.” The announcement was shared Friday evening, August 21, 2015, at the Sacramento conference. The award adds to the KCHCC’s growing list of accomplishments, including Executive of the Year awarded to Jay Tamsi from the state organization just last year. Additonally, KCHCC’s very own Blodgie Rodriguez, Chair women of the board, was recognized with the “Latina Trailblazer Award” by the CHCC for paving the way for other Latinas in her industry at Thursday’s opening Latina lunch at the state convention .


KCHCC President Jay Tamsi holds the “Chamber of the Year” award

“It is with great honor I accept the ‘Chamber of the Year’ award tonight on behalf of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (KCHCC). I would like to thank our board members, foundation members, diplomats and distinguished chamber members that KCHCC was selected as the recipient of the year; what a great accomplishment for all of us,” exclaimed Jay Tamsi, CEO/President of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s recipient of the “Chamber of the Year” award was selected from among the 85 chambers and other Hispanic organizations affiliated with California Hispanic chamber. The award was presented to the KCHCC at the annual Convention and Business Awards Dinner Gala on Friday, August 21st. Additionally, Blodgie was selected from among many nominees statewide and was awarded the “Trailblazer Award” Thursday, August 20th, at the “Latina’s Inspire Luncheon.”

“It is also a privilege to announce, Blodgie Rodriguez, Chairwoman of the Board, received the ‘Trailblazer Award’ for paving the way for other Latinas. We are very honored to have Blodgie as a leader not only through KCHCC but our entire community,” added Tamsi.


KCHCC Executive Board Chairwomen Blodgie Rodriguez was the recipient of the “Trail Blazer” award for paving the way for other Latinas in her industry.

 KCHCC was awarded for its numerous successes including establishing a small business academy in partnership with Wells Fargo from which 112 entrepreneurs were graduated, increasing its membership 300 percent in 3 years, developing 12 business courses funded by JP Morgan Chase, partnering with local oil and energy corporations to implement the first energy academy which provides $500 scholarships to its 30 academy graduates, and other programs that benefit the business community here in Kern County.


KCHCC Chairwoman, Blodgie Rodriguez, was appointed to Kern County Fair Board of Directors

BRodriguez-FPHappy New Year Members and Friends!

It is with great excitement we announce our 2015 Chairwoman of the Board and Bakersfield Realtor Blodgie Rodriguez, has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the 15th District Agricultural Association, Kern County Fair Board of Directors. “I’m excited and honored to be a part of the fair board,” stated Rodriguez. Blodgie’s love for the fair, originated when she was a part of the Casa Loma 4-H.

Rodriguez has been a local realtor since 2004. This year, she is beginning her second term as chairwoman of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Blodgie is a member of the Latina Leaders of Kern County Board of Directors and has worked at the Kern County Youth Mariachi Foundation and The Californian before getting into real estate.

We look forward to her leadership, Congratulations Blodgie! 

Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors and Administration


CHCC honored JayTamsi as the Executive of the Year

JTamsi-FPJay Tamsi, President & CEO of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, was recently honored at the CHCC Annual Convention as the Executive of the Year. The CHCC would like to congratulate Jay, his staff, and his Board of Directors on their  tremendous work within the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 


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Chamber History

In 1985, a small group of dedicated Hispanic business leaders recognized both, the enormous potential of the Hispanic business community in Kern County, and the need for an organization to represent its interests in the public and private sector.

Since its incorporation 30 years ago, the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has become the fastest growing civic organization in the Kern County area. With several hundred of members, the Chamber represents over 410,000 Hispanics, and is comprised of a cross-section of professionals and business people, who in turn represent corporations as well as large and small businesses.


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