Zach Skow (Marley’s Mutts)
I’m having a difficult time wrapping my head around being nominated best local celebrity. Even more perplexing is that the nomination was earned for my positive involvement in the community and not for offensive or nefarious reasons. About four years ago, I could hardly stand the thought of myself and was gravely ill. I needed a liver transplant, my soul was depleted, I couldn’t stop drinking and I had no hope. Those days are gone! About 3-1/2 years ago I founded Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue to help save the dogs that had saved me. The dogs I worked with and the support of this community brought me back from the brink of physical and spiritual death. It means an awful lot of this community to consider me a celebrity because I equate that with respect, and genuine respect is something that I hadn’t made a habit of earning. I have had the privilege of speaking at every school in our community as well as other institutions and organizations. I am so very humbled that people would ask me to speak about our organization with the intent of helping in any way they can. I make a habit of getting the word out any way I can, which is particularly nerve-racking because contrary to popular belief, I’m not comfortable in front of groups or a camera. I believe a man is a success when he has earned the love of children and the respect of intelligent men — and I have gained those things in this community and am extremely grateful for that. I never thought that I would be comfortable in this town or that I would find my niche, but boy was I wrong. I have definitely found my home.
Zach Skow, Marley’s Mutts • www.marleysmutts.com
Little Caesar’s Guy
Little Caesar's Pizza is so proud that Tehachapi has recognized George Hanna as one of it's Top Local Celebrities! George has been representing Little Caesar's for the past six years. You can often see his friendly smiling face on the corner of Valley Boulevard and Tucker Road, dancing up a storm inviting all to enjoy a Little Caesar's Pizza. George is a hard working, caring, very nice man who is passionate about his work. Thank you, Tehachapi, for supporting George in his efforts to make you smile and give you a hankering for pizza as you drive through your busy day!
815 Tucker Road • www.littlecaesars.com
Bob Souza, the Wine Guy
What an honor to be selected from such a great list of local celebrities nominated for the 2012 Best of Tehachapi honor. It is truly a blessing to be part of such a unique community. Thank you Tehachapi for your continued support of not only “Bob, the Wine Guy,” but of our winery by referring family and friends. We and our staff think our efforts to make our customers feel special and like family is why they return time and time again. Thank you, Tehachapi; we raise our glass and toast you!
26877 Cummings Valley Rd. • www.souzafamilyvineyard.com