Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce
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August 13

Executive Committee 

Meeting @ 12pm

Chamber Boardroom


August 13

Ambassador Committee 

Meeting @ 4pm

Chamber Boardroom


August 15

Board Meeting @ 3:30pm

Chamber Boardroom


August 27

After Hours Mixer @ 5pm

Hilton Palm Springs Resort

    400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way       


Lead$ Lunches

Tuesdays @ Noon

This month it will be held at Central Park  2330 N. Palm Canyon Drive                   

Palm Springs Chamber 

Executive Board


Ulrich McNultyPresident

Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger


Andrew Starke,

Past President

Palm Springs Power Baseball Club


James Canfield

President Elect

Palm Springs Convention Center


John Dahlin, Treasurer

Maryanov, Madsen, Gordon & Campbell


David Gandolfo, Vice President

Palm Springs Airport Self Storage


Keith McCormick, Vice President

Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction


Joel Ontiveros, Vice President

Airport Quick Car Wash

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Palm Springs Chamber 

Board of Directors


Ryan Brown, Classic Party Rentals


Carolyn Caldwell, Desert Regional Medical Center


Aftab Dada, Hilton Palm Springs


Jeff Grubbe, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians


Mike Keane, Milauskas Eye Institute


Scot Koehler, Time Warner Cable


Martin Massiello,Eisenhower Medical Center


Jerry Noonan, Fisherman's Market & Grill


Tammy Perezchica, Canyon Commercial Services, Inc.


David Portener,TravelHost Magazine 


Erin Scott, Integrated Wealth Management


Patrick Service, Las Casuelas Terraza 



The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill for hosting a fabulous mixer! 
350 S. Indian Canyon Dr  
Palm Springs

Ribbon Cuttings

It might be 100 degrees outside, but we are RAINING RIBBONS! Local Business Owners, Chamber Ambassadors, and Mayor Steve Pougnet helped us celebrate the grand openings for Casa Moderno 368 S Palm Canyon Drive and Asian Bistro 362 S. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

Ribbon Cutting at Dash and a Handful Catering. They now offer lunch  delivery, visit for details.  




ACME House Company Vacation Rentals

Michael Flannery

700 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite B

Palm Springs CA 92262



AES Wind Generations, LLC

Wind Energy

Butch Maderos

19435 Ruppert Street

North Palm Springs CA 92258



Carl's Jr. Sunrise


Carl Karcher

425 S. Sunrise Way

Palm Springs CA 92262



Chris W Foster Inc

Real Estate - Developers/Home Builders

Chris W Foster

PO Box 1005

Palm Springs CA 92263-1005



David Esquibel OD


Gail Hutchinson

555 S. Sunrise Way, Suite 401

Palm Springs CA 92264



David Justin Lynch & Associates


David Justin Lynch

1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way #113

Palm Springs CA 92262



Desert Key Magazine


Skip Whiting

6939 Burnet Avenue

Van Nuys CA 91405



Desert Star Weekly


Mike Perry

66538 Eighth Street

Desert Hot Springs CA 92240


Health & Wellness

Kathleen Downing

820 E. Research Drive, # 11

Palm Springs CA 92262



Escena Golf Club


Geoff Dean

1100 Clubhouse View Drive

Palm Springs CA 92262



Extenda Communications Corporation

Telephone Systems

Donovan McGrath

14141 Covello Street, Unit 6 AB

Van Nuys CA 91405



Gardens on El Paseo / El Paseo Village

Shopping Centers

Robert Fliday

73-545 El Paseo #2500

Palm Desert CA 92260





Chris Malm

664 N. Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs CA 92262



Konica Minolta Business Solutions

Office Supplies & Services

Heidi Allen

73-744 Highway 111, Ste 8

Palm Desert CA 92260



Lennar Homes

Real Estate - Developers/Home Builders

Tara Conklin

980 Montecito Drive, Suite 302

Corona CA 92879



McCulloch & Company CPA'S

Accounting/ Bookkeeping/ Tax Services

Michael McCulloch

490 S. Farrell Drive Suite 200 C

Palm Springs CA 92262



Morongo Casino Resort & Spa


Simon Farmer

49500 Seminole Drive

Cabazon CA 92230-2200



Palm Springs Business Network

Non-Profit Organizations

Paul Kryczko

255 N. El Cielo Road, Ste. 140-697

Palm Springs CA 92262



Palm Springs View Estates

Mobile Home Parks

Naomi Stadt

6300 Bolero Dr

Palm Springs CA 92264



Riccio's Steak , Seafood & Pasta Restaurant


Danny Riccio

495 N. Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs CA 92262



Rick's Desert Grill


Rick Seidner

1596 N. Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs CA 92262



Riverside County DPSS

Social Services

Ken Sandefur

68-625 Perez Road, Suite 4

Cathedral City CA 92234



Roy Kohn


39 Via San Marco

Rancho Mirage CA 92270



RR Broadcasting

Radio Stations

Jack Broady

2100 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

Palm Springs CA 92262



Smart and Final Extra

Grocery Stores

Tim Reinardy

5001 E. Ramon Rd., Bldg. 4

Palm Springs CA 92264



Spencer's Restaurant - At the Mountain


Leslie Lombino

701 W. Baristo Rd.

Palm Springs CA 92262



Wildwood Canyon Villa

Assisted Living

Lynette Alvarado

33951 Colorado Street

Yucaipa CA 92399



William J. Healey III, CPA

Accounting/ Bookkeeping/ Tax Services

William Healey

1445 N. Sunrise Way #201

Palm Springs CA 92262


For the generous contributions of 

Raffle Prizes for July's Mixer!

Advertise in our Newsletter and       


Click on the brochure above for a direct link to view online.

Ribbon Cutting Celebration  



Come Celebrate the Grand Opening of Little Caesar's Pizza



Thursday, August 15 at 9:00 a.m.


Little Caesar's Pizza

1717 E Vista Chino in Palm Springs (next to Stein Mart)  
Reserve the Chamber Board Room!
Need a location for your next business meeting?
One of the many perks of your Chamber Membership includes: 
50% OFF BoardRoom Rental!
Pricing (Member/Non-Member):
2 hours - $40 / $80
4 hours - $50 / $100
8 hours - $100 / $200
Subject to availability.  
Table seats 20; Perimeter seats add an additional 10.
 BoardRoom is available during business hours: 
Monday through Friday from 8am- 5pm.
August 2013 
Business Matters Newsletter
President's Circle Sponsors
TOPPresident's Circle Sponsors

New Members
Business & Community Expo Oct 4th 2013
Flashback Photo - July 25th Annual Installation Award Ceremony
Humana Starlight Award
Lead$ Lunch @ Central Park every Tuesday
Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital Name Chief of Business Development
Workers' Comp Analyze Costs/Benefits
StaterBros Charities



Assemblyman Brian Nestande ~ Brian Nestande    Government
73710 Fred Waring Drive
 Palm Desert, CA 92260
2330 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 8669166


Cruise Planners ~ Christopher Bruno 
Travel Agency
45540 Desert Air Street
La Quinta, CA 92253
Desert Gay Tourism Guild ~ Michael Green


P.O Box 2881

Palm Springs 92263

(760) 880-4921


Enchanted Garden Wedding Chapel ~ Norman DeArmond   

Weddings / Wedding Chapels
La Plaza, N. Courtyard, 150 S. Palm Canyon Dr. 
JILL ~ Jill 
Gifts shops & Specialty Stores
505 N Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 778-8819

Kyle R. Taylor (Rev.) ~ Kyle Taylor  
400 N. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 898-3641

Lapperts Ice Cream ~ Adam Page   
Yogurt Frozen
130 N. Palm Canyon Drive 
PalmSprings, CA 92262
(760) 760-325-1717

Little Caesar's Pizza ~ Herver A. Lemus   
1717 E. Vista Chino, #B4
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 318-4860 

Patricia H Spicer ~ Patricia Spicer
Wedding Officiants
Palm Springs, CA

Michael E McGinnis, CPA ~ Michael McGinnis        
Accounting / Bookkeeping / Tax Services
71780 San Jacinto
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270      
(760) 341-3904

Perfect Cuts~ Sylvia Barrios  
Beauty Salsons
1717 E. Vista Chino, J-6                               
Palm Springs, CA 92264
(760) 322-9640 

Sperry Van Ness Commercial Brokerage ~ John Stiles  
Real Estate - Commercial
 2066 Tamarisk Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 323-4886


Spherion Staffing ~ Richard Moyse 
Employment Staffing
73140 Hwy 111 Suite 7
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 568-3433

Thai Smile Palm Springs ~ Phillip Talamo
100 S Indian Canyon
Palm Springs, CA 92262


  It's Business and 

Community Expo time!   

Jazz It Up!  Downtown Business Expo, Taste, Beer Garden and Car Show!


Palm Springs, CA - The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce will host a Fall Business Expo on Friday, October 4, 2013 in Downtown Palm Springs behind the Forever Marilyn Statue on Palm Canyon and Tahquitz.   This fabulous event will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Attendees will experience a variety of local businesses, taste of 12 exciting restaurants, a beer garden area, live music and a car show sponsored by Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions.


Wristbands for the taste will be on sale for $10.00 each. This entitles you to a sample from each participating restaurants.  Wristbands are also on sale at the chamber office prior to the event. 


Over 70 local Palm Springs participating businesses will be on hand to provide you with valuable information.


Admission to the Expo is free to everyone.   Taste wristbands available for $10.00 each.  Drink tickets for the beer garden area will be on sale for $3.00 each.


For additional information regarding our Jazz it Up Business Expo, to purchase a booth or sponsorship, purchase taste wristbands, or for questions regarding the Expo, visit our website at  or call 760/325-1577.


.City Guide Cover

We are very excited to publish an all new Palm Springs Directory & City Guide that will be a GREAT way to grow your business! 


As a Chamber member, your business will automatically be included.  This beautiful, oversized, magazine-style publication will be distributed to all full-time Palm Springs residents, and used as an Economic Development tool by the City to bring new businesses to the area. 


This inaugural issue commemorates Palm Springs' 75th anniversary with editorial and photography highlighting milestones since the city was incorporated in 1938.  The magazine will be a welcome addition to coffee tables; frequently referenced throughout the year and given to their guests when visiting. Distribution of 17,000 will begin in November, just in time for the Holidays!


 Expected Editorial includes: 

  • Welcome from the Mayor of Palm Springs
  • Welcome from the President of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • 75 Years and Growing Stronger
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Transit and transportation
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Events
  • Health & Wellness
  • Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • The Arts
  • Shopping/style/fashion
  • Dining
  • Attractions
  • Services
  • Real Estate
  • Maps
  • Resources
  • Shop Local - Business Directory

Please contact for more details. 



August 1st 

Forever Marilyn Look a Like Contest



Nona Watson CEO of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce was a guest celebrity judge in the Marily Monroe Look-a-Like Contest.  

Hundreds of audience members gathered on the lawn around 26-foot-tall statue to witness the first "Forever Marilyn" look-alike contest at VillageFest,                 hosted by PS Resorts.


Gilda's Club Desert Cities was the winner of the 2011 Humana Starlight Award and received a $10,000 grant from Humana. The 2013 program is now accepting applications from Coachella Valley area non-profits.



PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - July 12, 2013 -  Humana Inc., one of the country's leading health and well-being companies, is now accepting applications for the Humana Starlight Award.


This year's program will provide a one-time, $10,000 grant to an outstanding non-profit organization for its work in inspiring well-being among seniors by:

  • Encouraging and supporting volunteerism with seniors age 65 and older,
  • Connecting volunteers of all ages with seniors in the community,
  • Developing programs or initiatives promoting healthy lifestyles for seniors.

 The application deadline for the Starlight Award is Thursday, Aug. 15.To qualify, non-profit organizations must be based in the Coachella Valley.


Visit for more details


Hospitals Announce Chief Business Development Officer 
 for Coachella Valley


Randall L. Culbertson, DO, MBA, to serve both Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital


PALM SPRINGS - July 31, 2013 - Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital announced today that Randall L. Culbertson, DO, MBA has been named Chief Business Development Officer for the       Coachella Valley.




Workers' Comp: Analyze Costs/Benefits of Offering Modified Duties



            I have an employee who is out because of a workers' compensation injury. If he brings in a note from his doctor with work restrictions, do I have to offer light duty or modify the work schedule? If I offer modified work, can an employee refuse the work because he does not like the job?




Stater Bros. Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports critical needs in the communities where Stater Bros. employees live and work.  Since 2008, Stater Bros. Charities has provided funding to countless local organizations and causes that benefit hunger relief, children-in-need, education for both youth and adults, services for the elderly and care for our Nation's Veterans.  Funds are raised throughout the year from generous customers, supplier friends, and caring members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information log onto


About Stater Bros. Markets

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2012 of $3.9 billion.  The Company currently operates 166 Supermarkets, and there are over 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  Throughout the year 2013, Stater Bros. will be celebrating 77 years of proudly serving Southern California Families.


About the American Heart & Stroke Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart & Stroke Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.  To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases - two of America's leading killers - the American Heart & Stroke Association funds cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocates to protect public health.  To learn more or join the American Heart Association in helping all Americans live longer, healthier lives call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit 



Hospitals Announce Chief Business Development Officer 
 for Coachella Valley


Randall L. Culbertson, DO, MBA, to serve both Desert Regional Medical Center

 and JFK Memorial Hospital


PALM SPRINGS - July 31, 2013 - Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital announced today that Randall L. Culbertson, DO, MBA has been named Chief Business Development Officer for the        Coachella Valley.


"Dr. Culbertson has a wealth of experience in the healthcare industry, building new service lines, strengthening relationships with physicians and increasing patient satisfaction," said Carolyn Caldwell, President & Chief Executive Officer for Desert Regional Medical Center. "Dr. Culbertson is a strong leader who will help us develop our health care system and prepare for the future."


Dr. Culbertson most recently was Vice President of Business Development for HCA Midwest, based in the Kansas City, Mo., metropolitan area. Before joining HCA, Dr. Culbertson ran his own health care consulting company and was a Physician Executive with Cerner Corporation to provide consulting services to hospitals, academic medical centers, and medical groups and their physicians on implementation, adoption, governance, decision-support, and training for new information technology systems.  Prior to his time with Cerner, Dr. Culbertson served as the Chief Medical Officer for a two hospital system in Kansas City providing leadership for 1100 physicians for over seven years.  Dr. Culbertson is board certified in family medicine and practiced for sixteen years before moving to administrative roles.  While in practice, he served in multiple roles for the medical staff and hospitals he worked at including president of the medical staff.   


Dr. Culbertson holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Southwest Missouri State University, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University.  He will be moving to the valley with his wife, Shelley, who is a registered nurse. 


"We are pleased to have a physician leader of Dr. Culbertson's stature join our management team as the two hospitals work more closely on the development of a health system for the entire Coachella Valley," said Gary Honts, President & Chief Executive Officer for JFK Memorial Hospital. "Health care has evolved into a very complex system. His breath of experience will be an asset as we grow this important sector of the economy."


"I am excited to start in my new role," Dr. Culbertson said. "We enjoy sophisticated medical care in the Coachella Valley. I look forward to participating in the continuing advancements in medicine and in working with our physicians as health reform takes full effect next year.  Many times physician and patient choices come down to building close relationships and trust between the hospital and those they serve, which include both patients and physicians.  I will strive to build on the great reputation of our facilities in the valley and contribute in every way I can to build those trusting relationships."


Desert Regional Medical Center is a 387-bed hospital in Palm Springs that operates the

Coachella Valley's only designated trauma center and its only neonatal intensive care unit. It is accredited by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and is the only local hospital to have achieved certification for Hip and Knee Replacement and for Spine Surgery. It also is home to the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences and outpatient imaging centers with locations in both Palm Springs and La Quinta. More at


JFK Memorial Hospital is a 158-bed hospital based in Indio that also operates the JFK Bone & Joint Institute, with offices in La Quinta. Joint replacement at JFK Memorial Hospital is in the top 10% in the nation according to Healthgrades, a leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. More at


Both hospitals are operated by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a leading health care services company. More at


Contact:Richard Ramhoff
Director of Marketing

(760) 323-6690




Workers' Comp: Analyze Costs/Benefits of Offering Modified Duties



            I have an employee who is out because of a workers' compensation injury. If he brings in a note from his doctor with work restrictions, do I have to offer light duty or modify the work schedule? If I offer modified work, can an employee refuse the work because he does not like the job?



            An employer is NOT required to modify a work schedule or provide light duty to an employee on workers' compensation; neither is the employee obligated to accept modified work.

            There may, however, be cost benefits and consequences to an employer for not offering modified work and for an employee in not accepting that work.

            Controlling Future Premiums

            Employers offer modified work while an employee is on workers' compensation to keep the company's workers' compensation experience rating low, which helps to keep down future premium increases.

            By paying the employee directly, the carrier will not be paying out temporary disability payments and adding to the experience on the claim. Modified work may be offered as long as the employee is not totally disabled and the work offered is currently within the employee's work restrictions.

            An employer is not required to modify the existing job, create a similar job or even provide a job that the employee likes. If modified work is offered and the employee refuses to do the work, the employee runs the risk of being denied temporary disability payments by the workers' compensation insurance carrier.

            If an employer offers modified work for the employee with a workers' compensation injury, the employer is required to pay the employee at least 85% of the employee's regular pay. This pay requirement also operates as an incentive to the employee to accept modified work in that temporary workers' compensation disability benefits are about 60% of the regular pay rate.

            Opportunity to Get Tasks Done

            Many employees would rather be doing something instead of sitting at home doing nothing. The modified work also provides an opportunity for the employer to get other productive tasks done, including work in the office, painting, cleaning, inventory, restocking, etc.

            As long as the job meets the medical provider's work restrictions, the choice of where the employee works and what he/she does is up to the employer.

            Reasons an employer may choose not to offer modified work are:

            * Work cannot be modified to meet the employee's restrictions;

            * Fear that the employee may reinjure himself/herself if working; and

            * Feeling that the employee would be in the way or have a bad attitude if made to do          something other than his/her regular job.

            See How It Goes

            Rather than assume the worst, an employer may want to try modified work and see how it goes.

            Having the employee working during worker's compensation may be better for the employee in terms of pay and for the employer in terms of keeping future workers' compensation premiums lower. Before making a decision about the modified work, an employer should review this issue on a cost/benefit basis to determine what is best for the company.