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Tony Colver

Tony Colver, Co-Owner of Kona Ice of the Victor Valley LLC.

Tony is married to his beautiful wife Kim, and between them they have 7 children and 3 grandchildren. He came to the High Desert from Chicago in 1973, while serving in the US Air Force at George AFB. After an honorable discharge, Tony worked as a vehicle mechanic for several local businesses until being hired by the City of Victorville. He attended Victor Valley College and obtained two AS Degrees in Automotive Technology, and Business Management, as well as upper level courses at the University of LaVerne. Tony’s further education allowed him to promote through the ranks, and he eventually retired from the City in 2009 as the Fleet Manager.

Tony started his philanthropic career when, as a teenager, his family opened an orphanage for children in the country of Honduras, where he lived for two years. He later volunteered with the American Cancer Society’s, Relay for Life of Victorville Event where, he and his wife Kim served as Chairpersons for several years. Tony is a member of several of the Chamber of Commerce’s where he has served at different levels, to include as a Board Member in Hesperia.

Tony and Kim started their Kona Ice business in 2010. They were drawn to this business because it allowed them to continue to give back to their community, in particular, to the children. Kona Ice was recently honored by the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce with the Accolade of Excellence Award for a Small Business.

“I am honored to be nominated and to participate in this fundraising event for the Phoenix Foundation. As a grieving parent, I appreciate, so much, what they do for our community.”

 Gabe Lovato

Gabe Lovato is a low voltage specialist that helps to protect lives and property at Apple Valley Communications, a business that has been in his family for three generations. As a young adult, Gabe worked his way up and through most positions in the company, including installer, project manager, and sales. Soon afterwards, he continued a path of learning codes and standards in multiple areas of his field, giving him the ability to design fire alarm systems and data cabling infrastructure including fiber optics.

Today, Gabe is the President of Apple Valley Communications where he oversees over 60 employees, most of whom live locally. Apple Valley Communications works throughout Southern California at schools, military bases, large complex installations, small commercial businesses, and residential homes. Gabe is very proud of the success the company has experienced over time, and looks forward to its continuous growth.

Gabe currently resides in Apple Valley with his wife Anna and two daughters, Layla (7) and Adelynn (4). They enjoy outings to places such as Big Bear and Disneyland, working out together and living a healthy lifestyle, going to the river with Gabe’s family, and golfing with friends.

Gabe finds much joy in helping out in his community. He is a member of the Apple Valley Rotary, The Town of Apple Valley CDBG Board- which allocates funds to local non-profit organizations, and attends and supports numerous charity events throughout the High Desert. Gabe is an outgoing person that truly hopes to make a difference in our community, including raising money for The Phoenix Foundation, an organization that he holds close to his heart.

Chris Martin

As CEO of ArchAngel Financial, Inc., Chris Martin has worked to help clients design, execute, and monitor their personal financial strategies since 2000.

Raised locally in the High Desert, Chris grew up with a genuine appreciation of small town values and the unique challenges residents of the desert face. Chris has made it his life’s work to help clients navigate through life’s crucial financial decisions in order to achieve their financial goals.

A financial and investment advisor, Chris prides himself on providing best-of-class investment and insurance solutions to design a coordinated financial, tax, and estate plan that achieves each client’s unique goals and provides them with financial security and peace of mind.

Chris is an active member of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley, the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, a “Trusted Professional Business Advisor” through St. Joseph Health, St. Mary, and co-owner of ArchAngel Financial Services, Inc., which has proudly served the High Desert communities for the past 22 years. He holds Series 7, 66, and 24 securities licenses as well as a California Insurance License.

Chris resides in Apple Valley, CA with his wife and partner Victoria Martin and their four children aged 12 through 16. Chris is an avid reader, an excellent chef, and loves gardening, traveling and playing baseball with his family and friends.

Dave McConnell

 

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Pat Orr

Pat Orr is a life-long Californian and an Apple Valley resident since 1989. He is the CEO of Desert Caesars Empire, Inc., a nine unit Little Caesars Franchise. He and his wife Karen who is a retired Elementary School teacher raised a son and a daughter in Apple Valley.

Pat Has been active in civic and charitable affairs since arriving in the high desert. He has served a Board Member and President of the Apple Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, President and Board Member of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley, Chairman of the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, Member and Vice-Chair of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, served six years as an elected Member of the San Bernardino County Republican Party Central Committee(SBRCC) and currently is Senator Scott Wilk’s alternate serving on the SBRCC.

He feels a strong connection to the Phoenix Foundation because his son Ryan wrote several touching articles while a Daily Press reporter about the fate of the Claridad family, whose father lost his life saving others, which became a catalyst for the creation of the Phoenix mission.

Sergio Quesada

 

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Carlos Sarmiento

Carlos Sarmiento is the owner of C.A.R.S. Body Shop in Hesperia, CA. From a very young age, Carlos learned that hard work is a must to succeed. With over 25 years of industry experience, Mr. Sarmiento is a strong advocate of the High Desert Community. He works hard to be able to support his community in any way possible. From assisting with the Annual Veterans Holiday Tribute, to fundraising to support a veteran’s funeral, to playing Santa at the local preschool, Carlos is a true believer of giving back to the local communities.

Carlos was a 2016 Dreamers, Visionaries, and Leaders (DVL) Honoree, and his business has been nominated and selected for two consecutive years for the Victor Valley Daily Press’ “Best of the Desert”. The shop was also selected and received a Certificate of Recognition from the late State Senator Sharon Runner. All these accomplishments and more where achieved in his first two years of business.

Mr. Sarmiento also has created a “Give Back Program” which allows an unfortunate situation turn into something that “gives back” to the local schools and their programs. The “Give Back Program” allows a person involved in a car accident to give back a portion of their deductible to a school/program of their choice, in their names.

Where there is community member in need, there is Carlos Sarmiento. Every friend/relative of his knows that Carlos will always find a way to do all he can to support whoever may need it. Kindness, integrity, and service ……. Carlos Sarmiento.

Brad Smith

After retiring from 15 years of pro soccer(in Germany and throughout North America) I became involved in lending and have been a Mortgage Loan Originator for 17 years (currently with HighTechLending). I really enjoy helping people obtain a loan to purchase their home or a loan to build a new home. I have the pleasure of currently being involved with the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce and the great Ambassador program.  I was awarded the Lillian KING award and it was such an honor to receive it for Volunteerism in our community. I am also involved in the up-start of the Hesperia charter Lions Club (currently the Treasurer). I currently sit on three different boards and two committees and love to volunteer to help our community, especially the 2034 Campaign.   It means a lot to me to support the 2034 Campaign because I, like many, have children who have gone off to college and I want to be able to create opportunities to attract our kids back to the High Desert with good paying jobs!

I have four children, Cameron, 29 and Kaleena, 24 live in San Luis Obispo area. Cameron currently is an expert in the Security Industry with family run Smith’s Alarms. Kaleena is currently going to school and most of all is the mother to my beautiful granddaughter Kiel, who is four years old! Sage, my youngest son at 22, is a senior at Cal State Fullerton and is involved in CRU (formerly Campus crusade for Christ).  Presley, 21, is a Junior at the University of Nebraska and enjoyed a semester abroad studying in Spain and traveling all over Europe. My adventurist daughter! 

My father and my mom have spent their lives serving Christ, my Dad (Nathan) was an All American Football player for UCLA and he is retired from the minister and is dealing with Alzheimer’s Dementia and we need continued prayers for him. My Mother (Ann) a two-time survivor of breast cancer and the mother of four children, dedicated and supported to my Father and his minister. My Mother was a night nurse for 40 years at UCLA’s special unit for diseases like AIDS, and other rare forms killing disease. God is and always will be the center of our family, we have been truly blessed!!

It is an honor for me to raise money on behalf of the Phoenix Foundation and I look forward to supporting this great cause!!

John Thompson

John Thompson was raised in Newberry Springs, CA. He graduated from Silver Valley High School where he was prom king and the quarterback of his school football team. He moved to Hesperia in 2007 and he became a plumber for ARS Rescue Rooter. John met his wife in 2008 and shortly after started their family. They have 3 children, Jesse (10) Alyxandra (7) and Reagan (3). John and his wife are the owners of local plumbing company, Thompson Family Plumbing and Rooter. Johns primary focus is providing superior customer service plumbing skill and giving back to the local community.

 

 

 

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