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  • 28 Apr 2024 12:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “The Produce Business in Salinas Valley and the Taylor Farms' Leadership Position Nationwide”

    Bruce Taylor, Chairman and CEO, Taylor Farms

    Taylor Farms is not only the largest fresh vegetable producer in Salinas Valley, it is by far the leading firm in the U.S., several times the size of its competitors. It has 19 plants around the country and 20,000 employees. Revenues are over $7 billion. Taylor will discuss the ever-changing agricultural business landscape in Salinas Valley, and the opportunities and challenges ahead. The competitive picture is changing and some firms are in difficulty, while his firm is gaining market share. His business is national in scope so he will detail the bigger picture as well. Bruce will also trace the history of his company from start-up to current day. All we ever notice is the workers in the fields as we drive along the highway. The produce business and Taylor Farms has a multitude of dimensions and aspects you never imagined. This will be highly informative and insightful.  Bruce is a good speaker and along with his AV videos and photos this will be engaging. Taylor rarely speaks to groups so this is fairly exclusive.

    Bruce Taylor grew up in Salinas Valley and graduated from UC Berkeley and the Harvard Business School.  At Fresh Express he led the growth of its foodservice fresh cut salads and retail bagged produce sector. In1995 he and his financial partners established Taylor Fresh Foods and Taylor Farms. Its products are utilized by 160 million people in the U.S. each week. Taylor has 4 sons and is on the board of the Mission Produce and Western Growers Association. In the past he was Chairman of the International Fresh Produce Association and various other industry trade associations.

  • 25 Jan 2024 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
     Date  Time  Event  Location
     5/09/2024 11 - 2 PM  May Luncheon  Pebble Beach Room
     6/13/2024 11 - 2 PM  Jun Luncheon  Pebble Beach Room
     7/11/2024 11 - 2 PM  Jul Luncheon  Pebble Beach Room
     8/08/2024 11 - 2 PM  Aug Luncheon  Pebble Beach Room
     9/12/2024 11 - 2 PM  Sep Luncheon  Pebble Beach Room
     10/10/2024 11 - 2 PM  Oct Luncheon  Pebble Beach Room
     11/14/2024 11 - 2 PM  Nov Luncheon  TBA
     12/12/2024 11 - 2 PM  Holiday Lunch  St. Andrews Room

  • 31 Dec 2023 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Strategy and Policy in the Israel-Hamas War"

    Samuel Helfont, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. of Strategy and Policy, Naval Postgraduate School

    This program has been scheduled at the last minute in light of the importance and timeliness of the subject. The originally scheduled speaker on Global Energy Politics has been moved to the February luncheon. Note: This program will commence at 11:50am and be completed around 1:00pm, and then lunch will be served. The switch in the normal sequence is to enable the professor to return to his scheduled classes. We will take our seats at 11:45am.

    The presentation will discuss the objectives of each side in the Gaza conflict and how they hope to achieve them. It will highlight political considerations both domestically and internationally that guide and limit the main actors.

    Samuel Helfont focuses on strategy and policy at the Naval War College, and does research on international history and politics in the Middle East. His latest book is Iraq against the World: Saddam, America, and the Post-Cold War Order, Oxford University Press. Helfont’s work has been published in numerous periodicals such as Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post and The New Republic. He has a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton and an MA in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University in Israel. He completed his post-doctoral lectureship at the University of Pennsylvania, and has affiliations with Stanford and the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. NPS awarded him the Naval War College research award in 2023 for his high level of scholarship excellence over the last 3 years. Helfont was an intelligence officer in the US Navy, is an Iraq War veteran, and served on counterterrorism missions with the Defense Intelligence Agency, the NSA, and the Office of Naval Intelligence.

  • 1 Dec 2023 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "The Secret Domain of the Gray Whale"

    This presentation will take you on the water for a 7000-mile journey as you learn what we have in common with gray whales. We will go out in 20-foot open boats to meet 45-foot, 40-ton animals in their natural habitat in the only place on earth where such wild animals routinely seek human contact. You will enter their secret domain and see behaviors most of the world will never be aware of and become familiar with the mystical connection between these animals and man that has existed for almost 10,000 years. It is all about one-on-one personal contact with the largest creatures on the planet. Dorsey will show high-def digital images, videos, and tell personal stories from his latest book, "THE LAGOON," his memoir of the two plus decades he worked eye to eye with these giants in Baja.

    James is a fellow of the Explorers Club, member emeritus of the Adventurers Club and a member of the American Cetacean Society. He has written for Colliers, The Christian Science Monitor, L.A. Times, Lonely Planet, Geo Expeditions, The BBC, United Airlines, California Literary Review and numerous African magazines. Besides "THE LAGOON," his previous works (Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails,) and (Baboons for Lunch,) will also be available for purchase.

  • 6 Nov 2023 9:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Climbing Mt. Everest"

    Get ready to train for, climb and summit Mt. Everest. Lindley Zerbe has a multi-media presentation, videos and images, of his Everest Expedition in 2005. He will detail his 3 1/2 years spent in training, in 5 different countries, the 6 training climbs, and the culmination 3-month final Everest climb. Some 100 applicants were in the program and after the 3 years of training he was one of 5 selected to attempt the summit. He was team leader of that final group. The expedition entailed 2 months at base camp climatizing and trekking supplies to the higher up camps. As the window narrowed for last possible summit of the season, they hiked up to Camp 2 for a week, then Camp 3 overnight, Camp 4 for two hours, and on to the top, for 30 minutes. “It was 28 minutes too long there.” A rapid descent to back to Camp 2 ensued. The details of all this are riveting.

    Lindley Zerbe is a dentist in an office with our member Wayne Richey, who initiated this speaking event. Lindley has a passion for adventure, rock climbing, cavern diving, coral reef research, cross country running, etc. He did his Master’s research near Eilat, Israel, and did further study at the University of Singapore. Zerbe was born and raised here on the Peninsula and he and his family reside in Monterey.

  • 1 Oct 2023 9:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "The Battle Against Wildfires in our Area"

    Asst. Chief Michael Meddles
    Cal Fire Western Division

    Chief Meddles will discuss Cal Fire operations in our area, and particularly how it fights wildfires. He will talk about several major fires, the 1987 fire in Pebble Beach forest, the Soberanes fire in 2016, the Carmel River fire in Salinas Valley, and others. The chief will show videos and photos of these wildfires and reveal how they were battled, the strategies, break throughs, setbacks, and challenges. Cal Fire attacks fires with a multitude of assets—firetrucks, water lines, tools, helicopters, tanker aircraft, bulldozers, and hand crews that sometimes comprise the National Guard and even prisoners. Often the effort involves trenching and starting counter fires. And there’s substantial action behind the scenes, logistics of all sorts, food, kitchens, hotels, and GPS specialists. The details on all this Cal Fire activity are fascinating.

    Michael Meddles oversees Cal Fire operations, prevention, personnel, training and fire fighting. He has 27 years of experience in several areas—woodland and structural firefighting, fire prevention and law enforcement, air operations, dispatch and training. He’s held positions as a Firefighter, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Captain, and Battalion Chief, and served 6 1/2 years in the U.S. Army as a Blackhawk Helicopter Crew Chief.

  • 6 Sep 2023 10:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Economic Growth: Crucial but Uncertain"

    Our speaker is adept at spelling out economic influences in clear, straightforward, and logical terms. His observations and views make eminent sense, yet are not readily accepted by our government leaders. Economic growth is vital, yet the outlook is in question. This presentation will deal with its causes, barriers, and other factors that underpin it. The implications of slower growth will be discussed along with some elements that could boost it if they were undertaken, such as higher legal immigration. Government subsidies, tax policy, and various other aspects also play important roles and will be addressed. This talk should be intriguing, insightful and engaging based on my discussions with David Henderson in preparation for the luncheon meeting.

    David Henderson obtained his Ph.D.in economics from UCLA. He is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at the NPS, a Research Fellow with the Hoover Institute, and Senior Fellow with Canada’s Fraser Institute. He was previously a senior economist with President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisors. David is the author or editor of five books on economics, including Making Great Decisions in Business and Life, and has written hundreds of articles for publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, and Fortune. He has testified before several House and Senate committees such as the House Ways and Means Committee, and has appeared widely on television, including the Jim Lehrer Newshour and the O’Reilly Factor. Henderson also posts blogs 20 or 25 times a month on topics such as inflation, energy, taxation, immigration and international trade.

    Click here for presentation slides

  • 30 Jul 2023 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Monterey Regional Airport: Current Operations, Challenges and Future"

    MIchael La Pier, A.A.E., Executive Director

    The Monterey Regional Airport is a vital transportation entity in our area. We all use it but have little insight as to what takes place there behind the scenes. Michael La Pier will detail its history, current operations, thebusiness elements, and other aspects such as COIVID recovery, policing, fire, security, fog, solar energy, the control tower, FAA involvement, the governing structure, and various challenges and issues. He will also discuss future directions, the land acquisition, the new Master Plan which will culminate in construction of a new terminal building, and future new air service and destinations. There will be video and PowerPoint graphics along with the presentation. This revealing inside view of our airport should prove informative and fascinating.

    Michael La Pier is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) and has served in his current capacity for 8 years. Under his direction the airport has reached $17 million in annual revenue, acquired property on Monterey Salinas Highway, constructed a solar farm to provide electricity for the airport, and expanded air service to several new markets. He has over 35 years of experience in airport management, including the Central Illinois Regional Airport ($40 mil. new terminal) and the Myrtle Beach Int’l Airport ($120 mil. new passenger terminal). Michael serves on the U.S. Government Affairs Committee for Airports and is a board member of the Monterey County Hospitality Assn. and the Convention & Visitor Bureau.

  • 4 Jul 2023 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Laguna Seca Raceway was established in 1957 and is a world class road racing track for automobiles and motorcycles. Several changes have recently been completed in a $22 million construction project including a new pedestrian bridge and track resurfacing. In July, there will be a major shift in the county ownership structure. The track is the number one revenue creating venue for Monterey County, generating tourism, retail spending, etc. Our speaker will discuss not only all these new developments but also current operations and behind the scenes color. Accompanying our featured speaker will be two other members of the car racing community, Bruce Canepa and Ross Merrill. 

    John Narigi assumed his current position in late 2019 after 26 years as President and GM of the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa. He has served on numerous boards, such as the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Monterey Peninsula Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Monterey Hospitality Association Executive Committee. John has received various awards including “Hospitality Professional of the Year” and “Outstanding General Manager of the Year.” He is from the Northwest, graduated from Gonzaga, and lives in Corral de Tierra.

    Bruce Canepa has businesses dealing from design and development to historical/collector car sales, restoration and racing. He has raced Super Modified and Sprint Cars, and various other racing cars, and was Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Driver in three different categories. His team was 3rd in the 24 Hours of Daytona and in his first Pikes Peak International Hill Climb he placed 2nd. Bruce has the course record that still stands there for the tandem axle big rig event. And he still races in historic events.

    Ross Merrill is CEO of Merrill Farms in Salinas Valley, 8,000 acres of produce crops. He is heavily involved in car racing, restores Porsches, and is President of the Laguna Seca Raceway Foundation. He still races.

  • 28 May 2023 8:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Renewed Competition in Space from Russia and China"

    This presentation will cover renewed competition in space: China and Russia’s development of weapons to attack U.S. satellites and security threats in space, the U.S. advantage of its commercial space sector and military space alliances, and how the U.S. is developing some critical comparative advantages.

    Clay Moltz is a professor in the Department of National Security Affairs and in the Space Systems Academic Group at the Naval Post Graduate School. He has served as dean there in the International and Defense Studies school, and chairman of the Department of National Security Affairs. Before his stint at NPS  he worked in the U.S. Senate, at UC San Diego, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Moltz has also served as an advisor to NASA-Ames Research Center. His Ph.D. is from UC Berkeley. His books include The Politics of Space Security, Crowded Orbits, and Asia’s Space Race, and he is co-author of Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation, Preventing Nuclear Meltdown, and The North Korean Nuclear Program. Moltz' honors include an award for Significant Research and Sustained Contributions to the Navy and DoD, and for Interdisciplinary Achievement.

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