GFF Cabana Boys 2010
We proudly present to you our GFF Cabana Boys, Class of 2010! These contemporary gentlemen bravely stepped forward to support the mission of The Girlfriend Factor at our third annual Evening at Club Cabana. Mark Anderson proudly received the most votes to earn the illustrious title of The Big Kahuna, Class of 2010!
Mark Anderson - Big Kahuna 2010
Mark really, really wanted the title of Big Kahuna 2010 and with the help of his mom Lois and his wife Debbie he made it happen! Mark is President or "El Jefe" of the BuzzFactory a marketing firm that creates brands that standout in the market place. Buzz Factory strategically combines the best mix of traditional, online and social media to produce measurable results-driven marketing initiatives that deliver. They provide the big ideas without the big agency fees or attitude. Mark is most proud of being an entrepreneur and a dad. We look forward to an exciting year for our Cabana Boys as Mark leads the way in bringing them together through The Cabana Club!
Dr. Richard Nandi Chenik
New to the desert, Dr. Chenik recently opened Indian Wells Psychotherapy, a private practice offering therapy and psychiatric care in a warm and nurturing setting. In addition to his position as a psychiatrist of Oasis Crisis Services, a psychiatric emergency room in Indio, CA, Dr. Chenik maintains his Beverly Hills private practice and is the Co-Chair of the annual Thalians Ball which benefits Thalians Mental Health Center of Hollywood's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His first job was working as a Cabana Boy.
Jerry Dunn - The Big Kahuna, Class of 2009
Jerry was born on April 1 and this set the pattern for the rest of his life. He squandered most of his childhood and virtually all of his adult life. This includes eeking out a degree at UCLA, a tour of duty in the U.S. Army and a career at Xerox Corporation. Jerry assists his wife, Donna, in her business, Donna Dunn & Associates, an interior design firm.
Jerry wanted to become a Cabana Boy because he owns a 1933 Ford Woodie, loves the beach and was told he'd be around a lot of girls.
Larry is the Founder and President of Health Insurance Network, a general insurance agency that has been servicing the Coachella Valley since 1988. Not only does his agency offer medical, life and long-term care insurance, they recently expanded to offer auto and homeowners insurance as well. As a past president of Palm Desert Rotary Club he remains heavily involved in giving back to our community. But his main priority for the last several years has been listening to his wife Joan as she established and now leads The Girlfriend Factor. According to Joan the man is an absolute saint.
Dennis is an attorney practicing law in the desert since 1970. He started with Jean Ann Hirschi and his dad, Hirschi, Healey & Healey in Palm Desert until 1984 when the firm became Healey & Healey. He specializes in estate planning, probate, and trusts. He is a past President of the Desert Bar Association, Desert Estate Planning Council, Palm Desert Rotary, Shelter From the Storm, and superb soccer coach for 12 years! He has three daughters, Julie, Jessica and Sara.
Jim is Assistant to the President, COD Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to enhance the quality of higher education in the Coachella Valley by encouraging private and public support for College of the Desert. Jim took over this position in 2010 after having served as a COD Foundation Board Member. He is passionate about education and making a difference in our community. Prior to his efforts at COD Jim had a lengthy career as a consultant in a wide range of industries ranging from city planning to real estate development.
In 1990 Steven Reed Love placed his successful career in a well-known Denver design firm on hold to follow his dream of opening showrooms and designing product. Love turned his dream into a reality with Egg & Dart, Ltd. Over the past 20 years Egg & Dart has quickly become one of the preferred showrooms in the industry. As a multi-line showroom, Egg & Dart offers an eclectic assortment of high-end furniture, textiles, lighting, accessories, plus a complete architectural & interior design bookstore. Egg & Dart's true sophistication however, stems from an unwavering dedication to expertly crafted innovative styles and high design quality.
As co-founder of THE PRACTICE, Adam has over than fifteen years of corporate and public accounting experience. Adam moved to the Coachella Valley to work for a Palm Springs CPA firm, as a Tax Manager specializing in forensic accounting, having obtained previous experience working for a regional CPA firm in Santa Monica, California. Prior to his public accounting experience, Adam was the assistant controller for an oil and gas corporation while he simultaneously attended college. Adam served five and a half years in the U.S. Army, and participated in the Gulf War. He obtained an Associates of Liberal Arts degree before being discharged from service and is a graduate of California State University at Fullerton.
Jerry is President of College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California. He took over this position in 2007 after serving as Assistant Superintendent since 2004. Prior to assuming his current position, Patton was Vice President at Palomar College, San Marcos, CA; West Hills College, Coalinga, CA; and Missouri State University, Springfield, MO. He has served both education and the communities where he has lived as president, board member, and advisory committee member with organizations such as Association of California Community College Administrators, Community College League of California, Association of Chief Business Officers, Association of College Chief Executive Officers, American Heart Association, Coachella Valley Regional Housing Trust, College of the Desert Foundation, College of the Desert Alumni Association, World Affairs Council, is a member of all Coachella Valley city's Chambers of Commerce.
Dr. Raj Sinha
Dr.Sinha is the President of S.T.A.R Orthopedics, Inc. of La Quinta and Co-Founder, Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer of Joint Replacement Hospitals of America, Inc. He remains active in surgeon education, lecturing world wide and organizing surgeon education conferences His wife, Kavita, is also a physician. He has three children who keep him busy and three Labradors who torture him.
Service defines much of the professional and personal life of Cabana Boy Tim Snyder. Tim has amassed an impressive career in the food services industry. Having enjoyed many years with the national steak house conglomerate Ruth's Chris, he became involved with the Girlfriend Factor while serving as General Manager of Ruth's Chris Palm Desert location. Tim immediately understood and embraced the philosophy behind the Girlfriend Factor, associating it with the philosophy upon which Ruth's Chris was founded. Without hesitation, he has made Ruth's Chris available to the Girlfriend Factor for many events, often with food and beverage specials that enticed prospective members and rewarded returning supporters The Go Girl Luncheon has been held each year at Ruth's Chris. Tim is married to his wife Stephanie, and they have four children.
Dr. Mark Sofonio
Dr. Mark Vincent Sofonio is a Board Certified plastic sugeon. A native of the Coachella Valley, he successfully completed the accelerated U.C.R./U.C.L.A. combined undergraduate medical school program with Magna Cum Laude honors. He served an Internship and General Surgery residency at the University of Hawaii. He completed his Plastic Surgery Residency training at the Medical College of Ohio. Sofonio is a respected member of the desert's medical community. His exceptional reputation for patient care has earned him numerous awards and recognitions. Dr. Sofonio has a special interest and extensive experience in performing aesthetic surgery. He specializes in all forms of body contouring and facial rejuvenation surgery including the latest techniques in laser surgery and hair restoration.
Additionally, Dr. Sofonio is one of the Fabulously Original Charter Cabana Boys.
Creek has been a Personal Trainer in Palm Desert for the past 17 years and owner of Creek's Gym for 10 years. The majority of his clients are women and he has learned from them that as you gain self-confidence in your physical ability, you also improve confidence in your ability to deal with personal, family and professional relationships. In his previous life he was a member of the original LA SWAT Team.
Perry Zeigler has been a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch since 1993. Zeigler specializes in asset management for individuals, private foundations and corporate cash management. Active the Palm Desert community, Perry Zeigler has been an ardent supporter of the Girlfriend Factor. He has generously offered his expertise to members in need of financial management. Perry Zeigler and his wife Libby have two children, Nikolas and Madison.
Additionally, Perry is one of the Fabulously Original Charter Cabana Boys.