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Greetings View – Brightest and Best

Greetings friends,

Brightest and best; doesn’t it just sound amazing? It does because it describes the people that are making great changes, building new ideas, creating new spaces, and planning better things for our community and our future. We want our brightest and best back here in Modesto so that we continue our path of vibrancy and innovation. Best of all, it is amazing when we get our young people to come back to town after college or their first jobs somewhere. We are so very fortunate that our daughter Abigail is returning this month to Modesto with a great new career at Innov8 Partners in marketing and digital media. We could not be any prouder of her and are beyond excited that she is making a great career here in our hometown. But we want more!

The brightest and best doesn’t have an age. Creativity and success have no time limit. We need to celebrate the brightest, the most innovative, the most creative, the most giving, and the most compassionate no matter what their ages. There is excitement in the youth and there is wisdom with age and it is up to us to make sure that we look what what’s in our heads, hearts and deeds beyond the number of candles on our cakes. Let’s make sure we are all pulling in the same direction. One of our brightest and best is William Wong, the Director of Utilities for the City of Modesto and he will turn us on to some cool innovations in the quest to save our water.

We need to highlight and celebrate the new and emerging businesses that are attracting the freshly graduated and technically trained.  There is a new digital economy building here in our community and we need to really make this happen.  Also, as the brightest age up in the work force, their mentorship and creativity and really make a difference.  Creativity and ideas are ageless, so let’s tap into this.

For some reason, September always seems to be the start of a new season, football, school sports and even the performing arts. It is always cool to see the new lineups, the teams, the schedules and get all stoked for the rest of the year. This year is no exception and the line-ups are super stellar. We will be previewing a lot of these here in this issue. Not only that, we will be sending our ace photographer MJ Mangano out to the Friday Night games and he will be posting cool galleries of the players each week and of course, we will be capturing amazing photos at many of the concerts, performances and events this season. Make sure you track our Facebook at for regular updates and live coverage of events in our area.

September is also non-profit month and we are featuring a few of these local organizations that really make a positive change in our community and best of all, there are ways for you to help. As you know, I battled atrial flutter in my heart last year and heart health has become front and center in my daily health regimen and I and our Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and ModestoView team are walking in the AHA Heart Walk to raise funds for heart disease research and hope you will join in this effort. You can contribute here and it will really make a difference. Check out our interviews with John Rogers, the Boys and Girls Club of Stanislaus County and the United Cerebral Palsy organizations. It is really up to us to make sure that we lend a hand.

We are so please to welcome our new ViewCrew members, Brent Terry, drummer of Better Left Unsaid who pens his first MetalView column and our newest and youngest member of the Crew, Sofia Johnson who takes over for her sister with our new AllAgesView. We welcome new voices and change is good as ModestoView works hard every day to be fresh, interesting and a positive thing for our community.

Thank you for reading and thanks to the local businesses that advertise in ModestoView so we keep going with our mission to “Serve Civic Pride Daily”
Have a great September,
Chris Murphy<>



About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.