A Modesto heating and air conditioning company has been named by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the 100 fastest-growing businesses in the United States.
Sawyers Heating & Air Conditioning was ranked at 58 on the list, which appears in the May issue of Entrepreneur.
The business received the ranking after research by CentrisPoint, which spotlighted companies that experienced the most rapid sales and job growth in 2007.
Sawyers Heating & Air Conditioning was incorporated in 2003 and serves Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties. Brothers and Oakdale natives Wes Sawyer and Derek Sawyer own and operate the company, which has 45 employees.
Manteca car dealer Bill Cabral sold enough electric cars in 2007 to get noticed by Chrysler Corp.
Global Electric Motorcars, a Chrysler company, named Cabral the 2007 Dealer of the Year for GEM sales at Cabral Chrysler Jeep. Cabral, who owns the dealership with his son Don, said he gets many inquiries about electric cars from people tired of high gas prices.
The dealership began selling the GEM cars, which have a top speed of 25 mph, when Chrysler introduced them in 2001. Cabral has been selling cars since 1951 and opened the Cabral dealership in 1957.
Modesto Realtor Carol Robertson has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.
Realtors who receive the CRS designation have completed advanced training courses and have demonstrated professional expertise in residential real estate. Fewer than 38,000 real estate agents nationwide have earned the credential.
Robertson is a sales associate with PMZ Real Estate in Modesto.
Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corp., named Sylvia Stoutenburg as a residential mortgage and residential construction loan officer for Modesto.
She works at the Umpqua Bank branch at 2525 McHenry Ave. Fluent in Spanish, she will offer education and counseling services to first-time home buyers. Stoutenburg specializes in FHA and residential construction loans.
Previously a mortgage lender for Pacific Home Funding, Stoutenburg is a longtime resident and active in community organizations, including Relay for Life and United Way.
Oak Valley Community Bank named Merced resident Elias Reyna assistant vice president and branch manager of the Geer Road office in Turlock.
Reyna has seven years of banking experience. He has volunteered for many organizations, including the Merced Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
He attended California State University, Stanislaus, where he earned a degree in finance.
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