Tire supplier leases warehouse space in Fontana

Greenball Corp. has signed a seven-year lease for the 250,430-square-foot warehouse at 13204 Jurupa Ave., Fontana, according to costar.com.  The tire supplier is moving from 10746 Commerce Way, Fontana, in early 2010.  Charles Belden, Kyle Kehner and Tim Pimentel of Cushman and Wakefield represented the landlord, Principal Life Insurance Co.  Jeff Smith of Lee and Associates represented the tenant.

Chino Valley chamber slates business expo for Oct. 10

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo will take place Oct. 10 in the parking lot of Sam’s Club, 3951 Grand Ave., Chino.  Sponsorships and vendor spaces are still available.  A private party for chamber members, expo sponsors and exhibitors and local officials will be held at the expo site at 5 p.m. Oct. 9.  Information: (909) 627-6177

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SchoolsFirst FCU promotes Mendez to COO position

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, the nation’s largest credit union for school employees, has promoted Erin Mendez to executive vice president and chief operating officer.  She is directly responsible for finance, facilities, information technology, strategic planning, strategic marketing, and automation and business services, which includes the online channel delivery, according to a news release.  Mendez joined SchoolsFirst FCU in 2003 and most recently was senior vice president of finance and information services.

Office-furniture manufacturer secures Ontario industrial space

Grubb and Ellis Company (NYSE: GBE), a real estate services and investment firm, represented Belmont and Grove Land Holdings LLC, a division of Panattoni Development Company, in securing a 63-month lease of 101,690 square feet of industrial space for Office Master Inc. at 1110 S. Mildred Ave., Ontario.  Roger Rhoades, senior vice president, Milo Lipson, senior vice president, and Michael Arens, associate, represented Belmont and Grove Land Holdings LLC in the transaction.  Office Master Inc., an office-furniture manufacturer, was represented by CB Richard Ellis in the transaction.

Marketing professionals to host seminar on use of social media

Mark Ress and Tom Burciaga of GotMobileMarketing.com will put on a seminar on “how businesses can leverage social media marketing and mobile marketing to drive more traffic to their Web sites and more foot traffic to their business” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Cambridge College, 337 N. Vineyard Ave., Suite 100, Ontario.  Topics will include how to build a following on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, and how to take advantage of mobile marketing.  Cost: $25.  Information: (909) 248-4022.

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High Desert event to feature keynote speech by Ben Stein

The High Desert Opportunity committee announced that actor, author, economist and humorist Ben Stein will be keynote speaker for the 2009 business conference.  The 27th annual event will be held Oct. 15 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville.  According to a news release, the goal of the event is to “support economic growth and stability by attracting businesses and jobs to the High Desert.”  Information: (760) 245-7600; www.highdesertopportunity.com

Research group reports drop in housing permits pulled

Demand for new homes slipped again in August, a decline California home builders attributed to the discontinuation of the state home buyer tax credit program, the California Building Industry Association said this week.  According to statistics compiled by the Construction Industry Research Board, home builders pulled permits for 2,911 total housing units in August, down 5 percent from July.  The Construction Industry Research Board is forecasting permits will be pulled for just 39,500 total units in 2009.  That would be the lowest total on record.

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State building industry group appoints new president/CEO

Robert Rivinius has finished his 30-year tenure as president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association.  According to a news release, the association spent a year and a half seeking a successor and has appointed Elizabeth Snow to the position.  Snow previously was chief strategy officer for the California Dental Association.  According to the release, Rivinius will be staying on board as an executive adviser.

R.C. banker named among ‘Most Powerful Women in Banking’

U.S. Banker magazine has recognized U.S. Bancorp in its selection of the “Most Powerful Women in Banking.”  For the fourth year in a row, U.S. Bancorp’s team of 56 female leaders ranked first among the Top Banking Teams for 2009.  Included in that list of leaders is Karen Racusin, senior vice president of consumer banking, who is based in Rancho Cucamonga.  “This has been an unprecedented year for all of us in the financial services industry, so I am extremely proud to see the hard work and leadership of all these women recognized by their peers,” Richard Davis, chairman, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp, said in a news release. “Their positive attitudes and commitment to their customers, shareholders, colleagues, employees, communities and families through this economic downturn is a testament to the character and quality of leadership that will bring this economy back to its feet.”