Ron Foster, president and chief executive officer of Livingston-based Foster Farms, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
The award, presented by Dean Michael Lairmore, recognized more than 15 years of work by Foster to further the school's teaching, research and service missions.
Foster has served on the dean's advisory council since 1998 and was chairman of the fund-raising campaign for a new dairy teaching facility in Tulare.
He was a major contributor to the new poultry faculty position and helped secure donations from other industry leaders.
Foster established an endowed veterinary student scholarship in honor of his grandparents, Max and Verda Foster, who started Foster Farms in Modesto in 1939.
For the second year in a row, Data Path Inc. was recently recognized by Inc. magazine's list of the 5,000 fastest-growing small businesses in the country ranking 2,774th and one of the top 150 IT consulting firms in the country. Co-owners Dave Darmstandler and James Bates, Davis High School graduates, started the company in 2005. It has grown 227 percent over the past three years.
Modesto's Memorial Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health network, earned the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR Action Registry-GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2012, one of 26 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes Memorial's success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that Memorial Medical Center has reached an aggressive goal of treating those patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
Yosemite National Park recognized its volunteers at a ceremony Sept. 29. Honorees included Brian Whitehead, individual volunteer; Grace Lugenbill, individual youth volunteer; Bob McConnell, enduring service award; Yosemite Lovers (led by Amy Ambellan), group volunteer; Boy Scout Troop 135 (led by Tom Hauck), youth group volunteer; Molly Downer, supervisor of volunteers; Bear Management Team, volunteer program; Kate DeWaard, face-lift volunteer; and Deepak Dathatri, NatureBridge Service Project instructor of the year.
A small business that began in Turlock 10 years ago is contributing to the fight against breast cancer with a special line of guitar picks and charms. Hot Picks USA started as a line of hologram guitar picks featuring Disney characters and other images. Now, it's branched into other creative picks and jewelry. During October Breast Cancer Awareness month 20 percent of each special sale will be donated to breast cancer foundations. For more information, go to www.hotpicksusa.com or www.pickhope.com.
Action by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors:
Reappointment of Sherry Schlegel and Don Armario to the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District Board.
Submit items for Success & Service to email@example.com.