Area Play It Again Sports stores go gold

Play It Again Sports in Modesto and Turlock, sellers of new and used sporting goods were honored as Gold Standard operations by Winmark Corp., which franchises the outlets.

The company gave the awards to John Vargas, owner of Play It Again Sports at 2720 McHenry Ave., Suite N, in Modesto, and Erin Davis, owner of Play It Again Sports at 2320 W. Monte Vista Ave. in Turlock.

The Gold Standard is awarded to stores that achieve specific goals for customer satisfaction, store operations and product quality.

There are nearly 400 individually owned and operated Play It Again Sports stores in North America.

Gianelli & Associates announced attorneys David Johnston and Chad Yates have joined the law firm.

Johnston has practiced law in the region for more than 30 years, specializing in bankruptcy. At Gianelli & Associates, he will be working with his son, Anthony Johnston.

Yates was recently admitted to the bar. He does estate planning and civil litigation as well as concentrating on business law. Yates is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, George Washington University and Hastings School of Law.

Alicia A. Madsen has been named vice president and senior underwriter with Bank of America, operating out of its Modesto office.

She began her banking career in 2002 upon graduating from Arkansas Tech University with a degree in economics and finance. She also has a California Bankers Association, Commercial Lending School certification.

As vice president with Bank of America's Commercial Banking Group in Modesto, she will oversee credit underwriting and provide clients with advice on capital structure. Raised in the region, she has an extensive background in financing agribusinesses.

Announcements of promotions, awards and other business achievements can be sent by fax to David W. Hill, business editor, 578-2207; by mail to Biz Lines, The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; or by e-mail to Photographs are encouraged but cannot be returned.