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Living - January 25, 2008

Of note

Super saleswoman gets Mexican trip

Danville resident Carmene Dimarumba recently earned a nine-day Mexican cruise trip for her high achievements in her business Symmetry, a direct selling company known for its resveratrol-infused juice product.

"What an honor it is to be rewarded with an amazing getaway trip for my hard work," she said. "It is a wonderful feeling to work for a company that encourages you to do the best you can in running your own business and believes in helping people."

Business partners had to achieve and maintain sales levels over and above those accomplished in 2006 to be eligible for the trip, which is part of the company's annual incentive trip. The winners were scheduled to leave from San Diego on Jan. 1.

"The annual trip contest is just another way for us to reward our business partners with a trip that they have only dreamt of taking," said Rudy Revak, Symmetry president.

Symmetry was founded in May of 1995 by Revak and is based in Milpitas. Dimarumba is a company business partner. She has been with Symmetry since July 2002 and was awarded the cruise trip for reaching the "2 Star National Field VP title."

Alamo man named to hospital board

The ValleyCare Health System Board of Directors has named new board member James A. Mayer to fill a vacant at-large seat. He previously served on the ValleyCare board from 1998-2004.

Mayer is president of the Diablo Valley Banking Region for Heritage Bank of Commerce. He has been a banker in the East Bay since 1983. His previous positions include president and CEO of Lamorinda National Bank until its sale in 1996. He also served as president and CEO of Mt. Diablo National Bank from 1996-2002, and founding president and CEO of Diablo Valley Bank until its sale to Heritage Bank of Commerce last year.

Mayer is a native of San Francisco, attended the University of San Francisco, and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School at University of Washington. He and his wife Carolyn live in Alamo.

Wardrobe for Opportunity names new director

Wardrobe for Opportunity has appointed a new director to head its executive board and has recently re-elected its board officers.

The nonprofit group, which aims to provide professional clothing and career support to low-income Bay Area jobseekers, has appointed Rani Selvarajoo Urbas as its new executive board director.

"I deeply respect WFO's clients' efforts to take control of their future, find meaningful work and build a future for their families," Urbas said. "I've witnessed the impact on self-esteem and self-worth that comes from finding a new, important first job."

She has an accounting degree from the University of Florida and has spent much of her career working for technology companies in product and corporate strategy. She was most recently a senior director for Embarcadero Technologies where she managed sales, marketing and field operations for Japan and the Asia Pacific regions. She has spent 12 years at PeopleSoft, Siebel and Oracle, working in sales, product management and corporate strategy.

Jacqueline Brown was elected for a second term as president of the board; Michelle Smith was re-elected as vice president; treasurer Jeanne Van Shuff and secretary Chris Byrne were also re-elected.

Wardrobe for Opportunity is a volunteer-based organization that serves the Bay Area, with dressing locations in downtown Oakland and Pleasant Hill. Wardrobe for Opportunity has grown significantly since its founding. In 2006, it served 1,712 women and men; it has helped over 14,000 low-income jobseekers since 1995.

Coldwell Banker collects 5,000 Toys for Tots

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage collected nearly 5,000 toys over the holidays to benefit needy children in Northern California. East Bay Coldwell Banker offices alone collected more than 1,000 toys, with the Danville office leading the way by collecting more than 300.

This marked the 20th year the company served as an official corporate partner for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's "Toys for Tots" campaign.

"As a business, we have been blessed over the years," said Larry Klapow, president of the San Francisco Bay region brokerage. "Our agents, managers and staff feel very deeply about helping those less fortunate enjoy the magic of the holiday season."

Coldwell Banker offices in Northern California enlisted a variety of techniques to bring more toys to each local office, including banners, fliers, posters and e-mails. Klapow credited the community for its generous support.

"People really rallied behind this year's campaign," he said. "Because of their generosity, many children were able to enjoy a festive holiday season that otherwise might have gone without any presents."

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