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THE VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL 30 March 2018 DAN STEPHENSON Receives Award CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival Wins 3 More Awards The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival gained three first place Celebration Awards for the 2017 event at the California/Nevada Festivals and Events Association (CalFest) Convention January 25, 2018. The first-place awards were for “Best Digital Marketing Campaign,” Best Radio Campaign,” and “Best Press Kit.” Celebration Awards are given each year to events for outstanding accomplishments in a variety of areas. Over 200 members belong to the organization including cities, chambers of commerce and fairs. Collectively the organization represents more than 4,000 events in California and Nevada. Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival competes against large events like the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the Sausalito Art Festival. Melody’s Ad Works, Inc. created the winning press kit, radio and digital marketing campaign. The firm has been promoting the Festival since 2001. The Festival’s press kit also earned a 2017 Gold Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA), and a Polaris Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The Festival’s 2017 broadcast campaigns also won awards from IFEA and PRSA. A year-long production, the 2018 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival will celebrate its 35th Anniversary, June 1-3 at Lake Skinner Recreation Area. Each year the event presents the finest assets of the Temecula Valley with premium wine tasting, hot air balloons in the mornings and evenings, and top entertainment on two stages. For more information visit Each year, the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) Executive Board considers Lifetime Achievement nominees based on good character, longevity of volunteerism, integrity and dedication to the community for 10 or more years. The TVCC Board of Director’s are proud to announce that Dan Stephenson received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, February 24th at Pechanga Resort & Casino. As a young man, just graduating from USC and ready to pursue a career, Dan Stephenson’s goals were similar to most. “When we embark upon life, it’s just LIFE! As we set goals, find a partner, start a career, have a family, the achievements we strive for don’t seem global but personal. How do I provide for my family? How do I build a life, a career? What does that career look like?” At 25 years of age, Dan was ambitious and excited to excel and succeed in business. And, so it was, in 1968, when he roamed the open territory of the Temecula Valley that he found a dream that could encompass a lifetime. In 1971, Dan formed Rancho Consultants, a real-estate brokerage and land development company, which later shortened its name to Rancon. He then proceeded to move his family, lock, stock and barrel to this pristine, rustic, location where he was going to make his mark. But now, with a family, making your mark meant not only business opportunities but providing a quality of life for his family and all the families he envisioned wanting to settle in the Temecula Valley. Dan’s family consists of his wife, six children, 18 grandchildren, a great granddaughter, two sisters that live locally, a niece, two nephews, two grand nephews and a grand-niece. Family is at the core of his motivation. The agents and staff at Rancon Real Estate, the management team and staff at the Rancon Group, Chardonnay Escrow, Ranch Self-Storage, as well as all the villagers at Dan’s exciting new Temecula Valley winery project - Europa Village, are also his family. It is important to him that his family is able to thrive in a community rich in a high degree of quality of life. With Dan Stephenson at the helm, the Rancon Group of companies built the first master-planned community, Alta Murrieta, in Southwest Riverside County. He also built one of the Inland Empire’s first master-planned business parks, Tri-City Corporate Centre in San Bernardino. During more than four decades of “doing the same thing in the same place” Stephenson has amassed a reputation for spearheading high-quality projects and maximizing his investors’ returns. Today, both Rancon Real Estate and the Rancon Group are staffed with the most qualified real estate professionals in the market area. For more information about the 52nd Annual Awards Gala, please visit www. or call (951) 676-5090. Peggy Evans, executive director of TVBWF; Melody Brunsting; Darlene Lyons, CalFest Board Member.

March 2018 THE VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL 31 City of Temecula Welcomes New Entertainment Center Round 1 Bowling and Amusement The City of Temecula is pleased to welcome Round 1 Bowling and Amusement, a family friendly, state of the art entertainment center to the City. Round 1 will be occupying nearly 50,000 square feet on the first floor of the Sears building located inside the Promenade Mall. Seritage Growth Properties, a national owner and developer of retail and mixed-use projects, owns the Sears’ building. Seritage is redeveloping the property to accommodate Round 1 as well as small shop retail and restaurants. Sears will continue to operate in a consolidated and renovated store on the second floor. “We enthusiastically welcome Round 1 to the Temecula Valley. They will be a wonderful addition to our community and offer a quality, entertainment amenity that our residents have been asking for” says Temecula’s Mayor, Matt Rahn. “The addition of Round 1 is just another example of how the Promenade is evolving with current retail trends, providing a well-balanced mix of retailers, restaurant offerings and entertainment” says the Promenade’s General Manager, Jeff Kurtz. “We are excited to have Round 1 anchor our redevelopment of the Sears store at Promenade Mall. Once complete, the multi-tenant retail destination we are creating will provide an elevated shopping and entertainment experience for the community,” says Mary Rottler, Executive Vice President of Leasing and Operations at Seritage. The entertainment center, which plans to open in Spring 2019, will offer bowling, arcade games, billiards, party rooms, ping-pong and dining. The addition of Round 1 is expected to bring 70-80 new jobs to the upscale, lifestyle center. For more information on Round 1, visit their website at 2018 Veterans Service Awards CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The awards are given annually to 10 military veterans from the 28th Senate District who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help their fellow veterans and members of the community. Senator Stone will present the awards at separate ceremonies held in Southwest Riverside County and the Coachella Valley in late May. “We owe our veterans a debt that can never be repaid,” said Senator Stone. “This award is just a small token of our thanks and appreciation for what they have done, not only during their time in uniform, but after they returned home.” Veterans groups, such as American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts, are encouraged to nominate a member of their organization for the award and individuals can also nominate worthy veterans. The deadline to submit applications is April 20, 2018. Award recipients must be residents of the 28th District, which is entirely in Riverside County and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Wildomar. Applications and more information are available on the Senator’s website – www.Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone -- and by calling the Senator’s District Office in the Coachella Valley in Indio (760-398- 6442) and Southwest Office in Murrieta. (951-894-3530). Senate.Ca.Gov/Stone