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ONTo What Matters Most encourages safe travels, reinforces airport’s commitment to passengers, community



A leading aviation trade organization has recognized Ontario International Airport (ONT) for its steadfast commitment to customer service, placing the Southern California gateway among just nine airports in North America – and the only Los Angeles area airport – to earn the distinction.

At Ontario International Airport (ONT), what matters most are the customers and communities it serves, the safe travels it helps to make possible, and the connections and opportunities it creates for one of the most robust population and economic centers in the United States.

Even amid the disruptions of a global pandemic, ONT’s commitment to the vital role it plays has been unbending, and is at the heart of a new recovery initiative for one of America’s most successful aviation gateways.

ONTo What Matters Most emphasizes Ontario’s core values and embraces the challenges and opportunities of our new reality – one that puts a higher premium than ever on health and safety. The campaign embraces the airport’s popular “ONT” brand.

“For months now, everything we do – the way we socialize, shop, work, travel and so much more – has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. What Matters Most captures that desire we all have to move forward, and to do so safely and responsibly,” said Alan D. Wapner, President of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners.

Before COVID, ONT was America’s fastest-growing airport two years running, welcoming more than 5.5 million passengers in 2019. While all airports experienced a decline in passenger volumes once the pandemic hit, ONT’s recovery rate is the third highest in the U.S. and No. 1 in California. The number of passengers flying into or out of ONT has increased every month since May, and several carriers have initiated or announced new service offering. Delta Air Lines began twice-daily, nonstop service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport this month, Southwest plans to initiate new, nonstop service to Houston in November and international carrier Volaris is planning new service to Mexico City, also in November.

“We’re excited about the future, and are determined to create the safest, most welcoming travel experience we possibly can,” said OIAA CEO Mark Thorpe. “Everything we do is with our customers in mind. ONTo What Matters Most not only reinforces that commitment, but expresses our gratitude to a community and a region that have been so supportive of us over the years.”

The campaign will include multimedia advertising, signage and messaging around ONT’s enhanced safety protocols, as well as its location, amenities, convenience and accessibility.

“Whether it’s a business traveler, a leisure traveler, a college student returning for the holidays or someone wanting to visit a family member across the country, we want to assure our customers that what matters most to them is our priority as well,” said Ronald O. Loveridge, Vice President of the OIAA Board of Commissioners.

For more on ONTo What Matters Most, click here.

The Inland Empire Business Journal (IEBJ) is the official business news publication of Southern California’s Inland Empire region - covering San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling Give Back to Military Families



Stater Bros. Charities, the philanthropic arm of Stater Bros. Markets, partnered with Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling again this year for their Give Back program during National Military Appreciation Month. The program ran for the entire month of May, during which Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling committed to donating $0.25 per eligible product purchased to the Bob Hope USO. Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling donated $15,000, and Stater Bros. Charities matched their donation for a total contribution of $30,000.

A check presentation occurred during a K-EARTH 101 radiothon benefiting the Bob Hope USO. The radiothon took place at the Bob Hope USO at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on June 29, 2023, where Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling presented Bob Hope USO with a $30,000 check.

Bob Hope USO’s mission is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. The Give Back program is a unique opportunity to show gratitude and support to the brave men and women who risk their lives for our freedoms and to care for their families while they are away from home on deployment.

“Stater Bros. Markets has a long history of supporting veterans, service members, and their families,” said Danielle Oehlman, Director, Stater Bros. Charities. “We are so pleased to partner with our friends at Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling and the USO to give back to those who have given so much for us.”

Lorin Stewart, President, USO West Region, said, “We are deeply grateful to Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling for being sustaining partners of the USO. The Give Back program embodies the essence of the USO mission by enabling the community at large to come together to support and give thanks to our armed forces and their brave military families in an impactful way.”

Funds will support the Bob Hope USO and USO San Diego Center operations, including programs and services that strengthen the social, mental, physical, and emotional well-being of local military service members, their families, and their communities.

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BDK Logistics Intelligence Fully Leases 114,190 SF Industrial Facility in Corona, CA



Cushman & Wakefield represents landlord in lease in SoCal’s Inland Empire

Cushman & Wakefield announced that BDK Logistics Intelligence, Inc. has signed a lease for an entire 114,190-square-foot industrial facility at 1161 Olympic Drive in Corona, California. Situated in Southern California’s renowned Inland Empire, the building is owned by Monterey Rancho Mirage, LLC, which was represented by Brett Lockwood and Rick Ellison of Cushman & Wakefield in the transaction.

“We are pleased to welcome BDK to the property as a quality industrial tenant that is expanding its presence in the market, which it also currently occupies multiple warehouse facilities,” said Director Brett Lockwood. “Our client was instrumental in helping this deal transact as there were many variables that needed to be navigated which led to this lease coming together quickly and successfully.”

1161 Olympic Drive is a quality freestanding building situated on ±4.8 acres and features 20 dock high loading doors. The property is conveniently located off Interstate 15 near the confluence of SR 91 and is proximate to the extensive freeway network traversing the entire Greater Los Angeles region and into other major markets in and out of state.

According to Cushman & Wakefield’s latest Q2-2023 quarterly report, the Inland Empire industrial market posted an overall vacancy of 3.4% and has recorded more than 2.7 million square feet of positive net absorption through the first half of 2023.

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Hernandez resigns as County CEO; Snoke will continue filling in pending Board action



Leonard X. Hernandez resigned from the post of County Chief Executive Officer effective today. County Chief Operating Officer Luther Snoke has been filling in for Hernandez while Hernandez has been on leave and will continue to do so. The Board of Supervisors will act to appoint an interim or permanent CEO shortly.

“The Board of Supervisors appreciates the service Leonard provided to the public and the County organization, especially as we navigated our way through the pandemic and other very difficult challenges,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Dawn Rowe.

Hernandez provided the following statement:

“It has been an extreme privilege to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of San Bernardino County. I am thankful to the Board of Supervisors for their leadership and the hard-working men and women who do amazing work every day. Due to an urgent family health issue that requires my immediate and undivided attention, I have informed the Board of my resignation. Under the strong leadership of the Board of Supervisors and the County’s executive team, the County will continue doing great things for the residents of San Bernardino County.”

“The Board of Supervisors is committed to a seamless transition in staff leadership with no interruption in County services or impact on County residents or employees,” Rowe said. “Luther has performed well filling in for Leonard and I am confident in his ability to continue serving in this role until the Board takes action.”

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