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Dominic Ng, Chairman and CEO of East West Bancorp Inc. has been elected as Committee of 100’s Chairman and will succeed John S. Chen during the Committee of 100’s 20th Annual Conference in New York City. Dominic Ng, a C-100 member since 2000, is Chairman and CEO of East West Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of East West Bank—one of the largest independent commercial banks based in California and the largest bank in the U.S. focused on serving the Asian American community.   Ng was twice named by Forbes as one of the 25 most notable Chinese Americans and the Los Angeles Times named him among the 100 most influential people in Los Angeles. The Committee of 100 is a leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, and the arts. For over 20 years, the Committee has served as a substantive bridge in the  U.S.-China dialogue by fostering regular exchanges with the leadership of Beijing, Taipei, and Washington.  For more information visit:


Burbank Water and Power (BWP) is one of a very small, coveted group of utilities that have earned a Platinum level “Reliable Public Power Provider” (RP3) recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA).  The RP3 designation is given to utilities that provide their customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.  Out of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities, just 82 won the RP3 designation.   Of those, only six were from California, and Burbank is the only utility in southern California to receive the Platinum designation.  “BWP’s job one is provide exceptional service to our residents, businesses and community every single day, across all of our operations,” said Ron Davis, BWP General Manager.  “We are so proud to receive this Platinum award as it reflects that commitment.”  Jorge Somoano (center), Assistant General Manager of Electrical Distribution, accepting Burbank’s RP3 award at APPA’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference in March 2011. Also pictured are Paul Allen (left), chair of APPA's RP3 Panel, and Mike Hyland (right), APPA senior vice president of engineering services.


Carolyn Howard-Johnson, was given her fraternity’s Oxford Award at the Glendale/Burbank Delta Gamma Founders Day celebration. It is given for “devoting her talents” to improve the quality of life around her. Lynne White Shelby of Burbank presented the award.  Both women were also celebrated in a small ceremony for fifty-year members and both are longtime members of Glendale/Burbank Delta Gamma Alumnae. She is a multi award-winning novelist and poet and the author of two How To Do It Frugally series of book, one for writers, one for retailers. She was named “Woman of the Year,” in Arts and Entertainment by the 43rd and 44th Districts of the California Legislature.  She is also is an instructor for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program..

United Chambers of Commerce recently hosted a meeting of nonprofits in search of fresh ideas to improve their fundraising. In all 75 people representing more than 30 different organizations were present. They included chambers of commerce, health care clinics, after school programs, senior citizen centers and educational organizations. The speaker they came to hear was Dr. Sanford Shapero, former President and Chief Executive Officer of the City of Hope and an expert in turning around nonprofits facing fundraising challenges.  The United Chambers is considering putting together a series of one-day seminars for nonprofits and foundations to build relationships while improving fundraising. For more information about the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley and this program please call: 818-981-4491.


Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH) recently announced the appointments of Charles W. Mason to Chair of the Hospital Board and Darrell Spence to Chair of the Foundation.  Mason a member of the board for the past seven year, resident of Glendale, is founder and president of Charles W. Mason & Associates, specializing in tax and financial planning for over 30 years and Spence, resident of Pasadena, is a Vice President and Economist for Capital Strategy Research, one of the Capital Group Companies. For additional information, please visit For information about funding initiatives or to support the hospital, please call the Foundation at 818.952.2226.



Southern California Presbyterian Homes has changed its name to effective immediately. The nonprofit organization provides housing services to more than 5,300 older adults across California. “We believe our new name is more reflective of our mission and the depth and breadth of what we offer today’s older generation,” said John H. Cochrane, III,’s president and CEO. “We serve people of all faiths and beliefs, and our communities are truly places where residents can be everything they want to be. The name change reinforces both who we are and how we serve older adults.” Cochrane added that while the name is changing, much about the organization remains the same, including its nonprofit status, mission, core values and beliefs, and commitment to providing quality services for older adults. Individual communities will retain their current names and cultures, yet the name will help the organization convey a more cohesive brand identity. For more information, visit the new website at: <>






 Scott Hettrick was named the new executive director of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce in March after serving on the board of directors for five years, during which time he served as chairman and co-chair of the Government Affairs Forum.
He was named the Chamber’s Business Person of the Year in 2009 and, in June of this year (2011), will receive the Distinguished Leadership Award for “Citizen Planner” from the L.A. Chapter of the American Planning Association. Scott launched the community web site and companion weekly e-newsletter in 2007 and the profit Arcadia’s Best Foundation in 2010 to provide community programs and events such as the upcoming Patriotic Festival and parade on July 2, 2011.