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Street Smarts: Patagonias CEO speaks with NYT about business and the environment
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Street Smarts: Patagonias CEO speaks with NYT about business and the environment

Ryan Gellert, Patagonia CEO, has landed at the New York Times Corner Office.

Gellert is a mountain climber who holds a Florida Institute of Technology business degree and a University of Utah law degree. Before he was hired at the top, he had a career in retail before taking up the position. The TimesThis describes a sudden transition after Rose Mercario departed. Gellert took over as Patagonia’s overseas operations manager.

The Times reported that the company has increased its operations, and is on track towards $1 billion in revenues. It has also increased its environmental activism. The company donated all of its Black Friday sales of $10 million to environmental groups. Recently, it was awarded the U.S. State Departments Corporate Excellence Award for Climate Innovation for its work in Argentina to improve climate solutions.


Saalex Corp.s Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 3 or ELVIS 3 team is helping NASA and its partner prepare for the launch. The James Webb Space Telescope will replace the Hubble Space Telescope as NASAs most important space observatory. The JWST will be the largest telescope mirror ever launched into space, measuring more than 21 feet in diameter. The launch is scheduled for December 24, at the Guiana Space Center in South America.


Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) is joining forces with Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub, and Ventura County District attorney Erik Nasarenko to create measures to combat organized retail theft in California. Her legislation would give district attorneys more power in prosecuting large theft conspiracies such as those that led to massive heists in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Walnut creek, San Jose, and Walnut Creek.


Kudos Larry Willett for his leadership of the Ventura County Chapter of SCORE. This chapter will be celebrating its 50th birthday in 2022. We are proud to see this milestone for the SCORE Chapter. It has been active in the greater Southern California area. Los Robles Greens is planning a Jan. 25 luncheon. Email [email protected] for details.


Two seasoned hitters have been recruited by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley to its board. Judith Snchez Lpez is a cosmetics expert and chief marketing officer for Jafra Cosmetics International. She has more than 30 years of experience. Preston Kevin Lewis, a senior vice president at Warner Media Latin America, has more than 27 years of entertainment industry experience.

Lynne West, who has served as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Ventura County for over 34 years, will be retiring. West served over a decade as a Big sister to Juanita and the local agency. She has served on the national and state committees of Big Brothers Big Sisters federation.

El Camino Homeless Organization of Paso Robles celebrates its one-year anniversary in its newest facility. It is located in the former Motel 6 at 1104 Black Oak Drive in Paso Robles. ECHO staff opened their doors to shelter-seeking families and individuals on December 7, last year. More than 15,000 nights of shelter have been provided in the past year, and over 600 children, men, and women have received support.

Santa Ynez Valley Libraries’ 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program will be resumed with new reading logs, prizes, and a new Goleta & Santa Ynez Libraries.

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