The McCaffrey Group wins California Family Business Award

The McCaffrey family (adults from left to right): Liz McCaffrey, Brent McCaffrey, Karen McCaffrey, Bob McCaffrey, Lauren Knowlton and Ash Knowlton, along with children.


The McCaffrey Group was comparison as a tip family craving in a Institute for Family Business’s California Family Business Award program.

More than 200 people attended a awards eventuality during Fort Washington Country Club in Fresno Wednesday night. The annual eventuality is hosted by a Institute for Family Business during Fresno State.

This year 115 nominations were perceived for a prestigious award, that were whittled down to 20 businesses that were interviewed by internal judges. From there 10 family businesses were comparison as endowment honorees, with a McCaffrey family winning a tip respect after another turn of out-of-state judging. The Hobab family, owners of a Deli Delicious franchise, was respected as a “Rising Star” leader for up-and-coming family businesses.

Friday’s imitation book of The Business Journal is clinging to a leader and honorees of a California Family Business Award. Here are some of a highlights:


California Family Business Award winner: The McCaffrey Group, Inc.

Though a association hasn’t always had a McCaffrey name, they’ve been building homes in a Central Valley for over 50 years and it all started with a founder, John Bonadelle.

Discharged from a army due to a behind damage during WWII, Bonadelle was asked to do construction work on someone’s home and found a work so delightful that he started shopping lots and building homes.

Time passed, and after carrying hired trade contractors to assistance with a work, he started building subdivisions, a initial ones being nearby a Fresno State campus, Saint Agnes Medical Center and Manchester Center.

In 1980, after carrying built 10,000 homes, Bonadelle let his daughter Karen and her father Bob McCaffrey acquire a business and they gave it a McCaffrey name.

Today, Bob is portion as president, and Brent, a couple’s son, is portion as CEO.

Over 9,000 homes have been built underneath a McCaffrey name and a association is now operative on a biggest plan to date. A 1,600-acre master designed village is scheduled to open in a tumble in Madrea County that will embody some-more than 5,100 new homes, businesses, a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school, a glow hire and a sheriff’s substation.

Karen credits a third era of her family, Brent, and her son-in-law, Ash, for spearheading a new expansion and that she is grateful for being means to work with her family.

“As a parent, it’s only deeply delightful to work with your son and daughter and son-in-law and daughter-in-law and watch them freshness and develop,” she said.


Rising Star: Deli Delicious

In a 1980s, Mohammed Hobab, an operative and landowner from Iran, came to Fresno and in 1995, bought a internal sub-sandwich emporium called Deli Delicious and incited it into a authorization with 53 locations opposite California.

This year, a Small Business Association named Hobab a leader for a Small Business Person of a Year and a Hobab family was respected with a Institute for Family Business’ Rising Star Award.

The Deli Delicious bureau works closely with all of a franchisees and works with Fresno State and other colleges to find and assistance destiny entrepreneurs.

“You have folks that are only graduating from college — they have never instituted a business startup,” pronounced Ali Nekumanesh, clamp boss of Deli Delicious Franchising. “The authorization support bureau takes this authority by all a stairs of negotiating a lease, anticipating a site, anticipating contracts, building a grill and going by a 31-day endless training.”

There are stores from Sacramento to Bakersfield and into a Central Coast. The association is looking for expansion opportunities with a new store opening in Corona and probable franchises in Washington and Utah.

Award honorees:


Charles McMurray Company

The Charles McMurray Company, founded in 1946, is a indiscriminate distributor of cabinets, doors, hardware and surfacing products that serves California, Nevada, and Southern Oregon.

With dual locations in Fresno, and dual in Sacramento, Charles McMurray Company employs 110 people that assistance buyers select a accurate products indispensable for a project.


Gianni Fine Jewelers

Gianni Fine Jewelers in North Fresno has a repute for their hands-on expertise, and a family run business is set detached by a one-of-kind form pieces from all over a universe with something in all cost ranges.

It is run by Sonya Jelladian-Gage, her daughters Gina Galladian and Stephanie Bedrosian, and their pattern associate Mary Papaleo. The association has been in business given a first as Jewels Unlimited in 1972.


Affinity Trucking Center

Fresno’s Affinity Trucking Center is a multi-generational family owned lorry sales and use play that sells Mack, Volvo, and Autocar trucks, and offers a finish line of new and used trucks.

Founded in 1980 by a Howard and Pollack families as Central Valley Truck Center, a association rebranded itself as Affinity Trucking Center after a Howard family sole all a shares to a Pollack family this year.


Groppetti Automotive

Groppetti Automotive is an automobile dealership with locations from Visalia to Gilroy to Santa Cruz, offered brands such as Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Ford, GMC, Hyundai, and Kawasaki.

Don Groppetti started a association with his mother Shelley in Visalia in 1994 and now employs some-more than 320 full time employees and has grown to $300 million dollar in sales. Two of their sons work with a association today, carrying changed adult a ladder from automobile washers to management.


Hellwig Products

Since 1946, Hellwig Products have been production open and cessation tools for vehicles. Originally founded in Glendale, a company’s stream plcae only north of Farmersville manufactures supporter springs, atmosphere cessation systems and lean bars for a accumulation of vehicles. Their products are sole around a world.

Rudy and Don Hellwig started a association in 1946. Don’s son, Mark, and his daughter Melanie White run a business. Mark serves as CEO and her grandfather Don serves as authority of a board.

There are 53 employees now operative during a company, some of that have been with a business for decades.


La Tapatia Tortilleria

La Tapatia Tortilleria went from a side pursuit to a large business that ships tortillas to unfamiliar countries such as South Korea, China, Malaysia and Jordan.

Started in 1969 by Helen Hanson after she bought tortilla creation apparatus and hired a workman to make a tortillas, Hanson has stretched her operation to make some-more than 284 million tortillas a year during a Fresno plant.

A large partial of Hansen’s success comes from using a business with her 4 daughters who work in tellurian resources, selling and amicable media, sales, and financial and accounting.


Mountain Valley Express

Mountain Valley Express is a family owned business formed in Manteca that focuses on overnight and second-day burden services and essentially serves manufacturers of industrial commodities.

The business operates with some-more than 200 trucks and collects over $50 million in annual revenue. It is run by CEO Scott Blevins, stepson of owner Charles Giles, and his son Derek, who has been COO given 2016.


Pioneer Equipment Co.

Through their business, Pioneer Equipment Co., a Wilson family has been delivering rural products, services, and plantation machine for some-more than 3 decades.

The family business was started in Idaho by Herman T. Wilson in 1988 and has grown to 5 locations in a first state, and dual in California — one in Fresno and one in Reedley.

Today, Herman’s son Dale runs a business as ubiquitous manager, and is removing a subsequent era in on a family business, as Dale’s daughter and stepson are now also employed in a business.


Steel Structures/ Riley’s Brewing

For 66 years a Riley’s family steel business has done several business moves and changes, and in that time is has been run by 3 generations of a family.

Based in Fresno, Steel Structures builds steel tanks for a series of industries, holding in about 40 to 50 orders in any given week in a Central Valley and opposite a country.

CEO of Steel Structures Dan Riley also runs Riley’s Brewing Company and is training a fourth era of his family for a business — his dual sons.


Whelan Financial 

For 30 years, Whelan Financial has served as a financial advisory organisation in a Central Valley. 

Based in North Fresno, a association was founded in 1988 and serves 258 clients. Their services embody 401K investments, along with government for people and families.

Whelan financial is helmed by owner and CEO Vincent Whelan, who now has his son and daughter—Taylor and Riana—on staff.

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