Influential People from Fresno City

Allison Boogaert

Allison Boogaert

Boogaert is a native of Fresno and a graduate of Scripps College, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and art – and she is also the president of Satoria Productions, a video production, graphic design and brand consultancy company.  At Satoria, she focuses her expertise in the area of graphic design, video production and editing, and market research methodology.

Brian Forrest

A partner with Rose Forrest Strategic Communications, Forrest counts nonprofits, corporations and other businesses as clients, and meets with stakeholders, community leaders and elected officials to help those clients meet their needs and achieve their goals.

Clint Olivier

Clint Olivier

Fresno City council member Olivier has enjoyed a chequered career, serving as an air support radioman in the Marine Corps before he became a television news anchor and news reporter. In 2010 he decided to run for the local city council, and after a successful election he has focused on the issues that matter to him, from public safety to stamping out graffiti.

Derek Franks

Working his way up from a position as box office intern, Franks is currently the vice president of sales with the Minor League Baseball team, plays golf in his spare time, and says that everyone in the office has a shared love of sports.

FerasMuhyeldin

Muhyeldin felt there was a need for a restaurant in downtown Fresno that offered more of a variety of food on its menu for the downtown Fresno area.  Mediterranean Twist was his solution. As well as acting as general manager at the food-place, Muhyeldin is working on his second bachelor’s degree, which will be in business administration. He can often be seen at the gym or on the basketball court, and would someday like to be a sports agent.

George Smith-Takata

George Smith-Takata

This sports broadcaster is a weeknight sports anchor for CBS, has interviewed sports legends such as Bob Mathias, Marcus Allen, Kobe Bryant, Brett Favre and Jeff Ken, and was nominated for an Emmy award for his reporting. In 2010 he was recognized as the Valley’s Best Sportscaster in the Fresno Bee’s annual People’s Choice Awards.

Jillian Coppler

Jillian Coppler

Communications specialist for Fresno Pacific University, Coppler previously worked as a youth intern at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Fresno while still a student, spent several summers on staff at Hume Lake Christian Camp, and completed an intensive outdoor leadership program in New Zealand. A way from her work, she loves to backpack, kayak and cross-country ski.

Joey Perez

Marketing manager for Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Perez founded J-Live Entertainment at the age of just 16; the company has set up local concerts with stars such as Bruno Mars and Salt N Pepa, the company also offers a mobile DJ service. Perez was also once the on-field MC for the Fresno Grizzlies.

Katherine Good

Katherine Good

Good’s blog Fashionably Bombed is so popular that it’s set to become a brand in its own right; the blog is devoted to the subjects of fashion and cocktails, and in their own words: “We are a Fashion Expert and a former NYC Bartender, respectively.  We create all of our delicious cocktail recipes ourselves from scratch and then show our readers how to make them and what to wear while drinking them!”

Lindsay Barsamian

The chief of staff to Fresno City Council, Barsamian currently assists with city-related and key legislative issues, and oversees the District 2 budget, but previously she worked with former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was named the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Member of the Year.

Stephanie Zubia

Stephanie Zubia

Zubia is the founder of Sheer Bliss, an organic spa and boutique located in Fresno. She decided to become an aesthetician early in life, travelling to Thailand to study Thai massage therapy. Her spa has been such a success that she has expanded and relocated the business to incorporate three treatment rooms. In her time out from work, she also mentors young girls from broken homes, and regularly cooks food for homeless people.

Michael Macias

Originally the founder of marketing firm Creative Cube Marketing Concepts, Macias would then go on to found Inner City Threads, a company that sells fashionable clothes that have been designed in part by local artists, with 30 per cent of the profits going to charitable organisations.

Melanie White

Melanie White

White currently heads up the marketing department at Hellwig Products – the company makes anti-sway bars and load control products for trucks and SUVs. White handles adverts, working alongside designers on branding, and also takes charge of photo shoots – while making sure the company’s social media presence keeps ticking over too.


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