The Cruise Company of Modesto has been inducted into Carnival Cruise Lines' "Pinnacle Club." The program was created by the cruise line to acknowledge those high-volume travel agencies that meet certain sales criteria and exhibit excellence in promoting as well as selling "Fun Ship" cruises.
To be eligible for the program, agencies must meet the company's sales criteria. Pinnacle Club members must demonstrate exceptional professionalism, creativity in sales and marketing, and outstanding support of Carnival cruises. The Cruise Company received a replica of a Carnival "Fun Ship" to display at its office.
Bryant Harris of Modesto-based Pools by Nelson recently was honored as the grand prize winner of the 2008 Pool Studio Challenge held by Structure Studios.
Harris was recognized for his skill and innovation in pool design, pushing the boundaries of art and architecture. He received a Canon PowerShot camera and printer. His winning design was incorporated into Structure Studios' new calendar.
Three drivers based in Modesto, are among 259 FedEx Freight drivers who have worked at least 20 years without an accident:
The three were recognized for upholding the company's standards for safety and professionalism as well as its goal of contributing to the safety of the nation's roads.
Geological Technics Inc., a Modesto-based geological and environmental company serving the valley and state by providing solutions for soil, water and air pollution since 1987, has announced the hiring of Tamorah Jeanne Bryant as technical director.
Bryant comes to the firm with engineering and project management experience, including working more than six years in the Central Valley. She also has research and development experience with waste-water treatment systems.
Bryant has been a licensed professional civil engineer in California since 2004, and a professional engineer in Ontario, Canada, since 1999. Bryant received her bachelor's degree in environmental engineering and biological sciences from the University of Guelph, Ontario.
Thomas M. Oliveira was named to LPL Financial's chairman's club -- a status reserved for fewer than 6 percent of all financial advisers. The honor is based on the production of all the firm's registered advisers in 2007.
Oliveira was recognized for his exceptional performance and commitment to client service. About 750 LPL Financial advisers attended the conference held to honor its top producers. LPL Financial, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is an independent broker-dealer firm.
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