This last holiday season was made very memorable for our team as we assisted the New Life Fellowship Church in their blanket drive. We were overcome by joy as our local friends and clients gave generously, daily, dropping off blankets to our office. In a particularly cold winter, it’s very possible these blankets may have saved lives for those with little or no shelter at all. We look forward to doing it again!
This Customer Spotlight issue focuses on Max Atalla. Businessowner of Los Domingo’s Mexican Restaurant in Barstow and Apple Valley, leader, and community philanthropist. This Q&A illustrates a uniquely local success story of a strong-willed young person who has developed into one of the most active and influential people in the High Desert.
How did you get started in the restaurant business? Did you ever envision yourself as a business...
In February I was able to save a small business more than $20,000 on their workers compensation insurance renewal, while maintaining current coverage levels. They were thrilled, but I honestly believe I was even happier. This is one of the greatest moments of success an agent can have: placing a client in a position to be more profitable.
You’re probably asking two questions right now: 1. Does this kind of price savings happen often? (Unfortunately, no) and 2. H...
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve lived in Barstow since 1992 and raised my family here. My three children have given us four beautiful grandchildren, ages 1 month, 2, 4, and 9 years old. Most of my free time is spent with my family, playing tee ball or soccer or swimming in our pool. I’m also an avid reader and enjoy cooking and the simple pleasure of a good meal with friends and family.
This year's exhibition featured over 40 works of art by local artists and photographers. Among the competitors were a dozen returning artists, including 2016 2nd Place winner Sabrina Gilmore, 2016 People's Choice winner Louis Gewirtz, and this year's 17 & Over 1st Place winner Jessica Torres.
An unexpected highlight was a display of art from Dignity Station, an organization which supports and promotes the independence of the homeless and disabled.