President’s Letter

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Dear CEAC Members:

This is my final correspondence to you as President of the California Employers Advisory Council (“CEAC”).  The last four years have certainly flown by—it seems like just yesterday I was stepping into former President Hope Sandoval’s very formidable shoes.

Over the past four years, the organization has continued to grow and develop.  We have attempted to provide higher quality seminars and speakers for our members around the state.  We have also sought to improve our social media presence and expand our networking capabilities so that all members may be more closely interconnected.

For many years, Bruce Matlock has served as CEAC’s labor and employment attorney, providing employment hotline information to members.  Bruce will remain in this position and is committed to offering this invaluable service to CEAC members for the foreseeable future.  The organization is incredibly fortunate to have such a valuable resource just a phone call away.

Within the past year CEAC was also able to retain the services of Carol Marzouk to man a conflict resolution hotline.  Ms. Marzouk is a renowned speaker, corporate/business coach, and troubleshooter.  Much like Bruce on the legal side, Carol will be able to address and counsel employer members regarding problems such as insubordination, low morale, high turnover, excessive absenteeism, and workplace conflict.  She is an excellent resource to advise and help solve those thorny workplace issues that seem to pop up on a regular basis.

As proof that time flies, our organization has been in existence for over 30 years.  Recognizing our rich history, the CEAC board created an award in 2015 aimed at recognizing an outstanding individual who has exemplified the volunteer spirit and who has gone above and beyond in making our organization successful.  That award, named after one of CEAC’s founders, Cal Farmer, is now part of the rich tapestry of the organization.

Since 2015, the winners of the Cal Farmer Award have been Cal Farmer, Naomi Hamamoto, and Stu Lerner.  Each of these three individuals has been instrumental in the growth and development of CEAC, and it seems only fitting that we recognize and honor their many achievements and sacrifices.

Given the fact that our organization has been in existence for over 30 years and that many of the original members are still occupying positions of leadership, we felt it vitally important that “young blood” be introduced so that as our respected elder leaders transition out, those accomplished leaders of the future can step in.  Through this method of transition planning our organization will not only continue to exist but will continue to grow and thrive well into the future.  Over the past two years, the CEAC executive board has welcomed Georgette Esquivel and Tomas Chavez as board members.  Both of these individuals have brought youthful enthusiasm, intelligence, and ideas.  With young leaders like Tomas and Georgette, our organization is very well positioned to continue to grow and to provide assistance and education to the employer community throughout the state of California.

CEAC has continued in its tradition of hosting excellent annual conferences combining education, recognition of veterans and employers who hire veterans, collegiality, and networking.  Over the past few years the organization has had conferences throughout the state in diverse areas such as Orange County, Temecula, Redding, Sacramento, and this year, in Long Beach.

As with many of the items included in this letter, the conferences continue to improve, continue to grow in stature, and continue to bring out the very best that this organization has to offer.

I would like to thank Vice-President Rick Johnson, Secretary Tisha Snyder, Treasurer David Bradvica, and Parliamentarian Laura Harris, all of whom have served in their respective roles since 2014.  Each of these individuals spent countless hours helping this organization grow and any accomplishments that were achieved over the past four years were due in large measure to their efforts.  I was merely the individual fortunate enough to be in the presence of such truly talented and giving people.

I would also like to thank the Regional Vice-Presidents from the eight EAC regions around the state, as well as the chairpersons of the 48 individual EACs around the state.  Each of you operated at the grassroots level and any organization growth was achieved thanks to your day-to-day activities.  Thank you for all that you have done and for all that you continue to do to make our organization special.

Finally, I wish to extend a genuine thank you to all of the EAC members around the state of California.  Over the past four years I have traveled to several of your EACs. Having met with many of you personally, I was often inspired and touched at your enthusiasm and spirit.

I have no doubt that the best years for CEAC are to yet to come.

Thank you again for the privilege of serving as your President and I wish you all the best.

William M. Betley