William Smittcamp talks about his business, Wawona Frozen Foods, his family, his involvement in the community and his thoughts on receiving the Leon S. Peters Distinguished Service Award.

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Mathias “Matty” Matoian talks about growing up in Fresno, his family and his business, OK Produce and the importance of giving back to the community and doing the right thing in business.

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Discusses his upbringing and early loss of his mother, working at a summer camp and being inspired by it and playing baseball in college.  He talks about working as a coach and teacher before going into a partnership to open Riverway Ranch Camp, a children’s summer camp.  He later bought Wonder Valley Ranch and raised […]

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Talks about how he got into journalism while a student at Fresno State, worked his way up from reporter to editor at the Fresno Bee and eventually moved into the business side of the operation as general manager and publisher.  He discusses the importance of ethics and values in business.  He also talks about the […]

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Talks about his businesses, the Electric Motor Shop, Industrial Waste and Salvage and Cedar Avenue Recycling and Transfer Station.  He discusses attending local Catholic schools and Fresno State, learning about business from his father and the importance of service to the community.  He also talks about his friendship with Leon S. Peters and how he […]

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Talks about the changes to Fresno over the years, gives advice to young people just starting out on their own, especially in regards to getting an education.  He discusses how the world of community involvement is changing and growing in scale, the importance of family and of striving to do more to help the community. […]

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Talks about his surprise and gratitude at receiving the Leon S. Peters Distinguished Service Award, talks about growing up in Fresno, working as a farm laborer, joining the army and attending Fresno City College and Fresno State.  He discusses running for City Council and winning and facing discrimination and overcoming it through hard work and […]

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Talks about being honored to receive the Leon S. Peters Distinguished Service Award and her efforts on revitalizing Fresno’s Downtown, growing up in Oregon and moving to Fresno in 1962.

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