“Momisms” and Memories

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In honor of Mother’s Day, we at PVI thought this would be the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to our moms, while giving you a little insight into what makes us tick. In other words, we want to share our personal “Momisms” with you. You know, those all-important life lessons that we learned from our moms. Like you, some of us have lost our moms and others are fortunate to still have theirs. Either way, their influence remains a major part of our lives, and we are pleased to share our Momisms and Memories with you.

As you can imagine, it’s very hard to condense a lifetime into a few sentences to pay tribute to our moms, but our PVI Team has done a great job in doing so, and we hope you’ll take the time to read our “labor” of love. It may even remind you of some of your own favorite Momisms and Memories…

Justina pro 2Justina Strausbaugh, Commercial Dept. Manager – I was lucky enough to grow up with a Mother who radiates compassion, graciousness & beauty. Our family often refers to her as our Cinderella, she treats everyone with whole-hearted kindness! My mother has given me amazing advice throughout my life and continues to do so, but it is her loving behavior that has taught me the importance of “treating others the way you want to be treated.” She lead by example and I hope to do the same, professionally and personally!

Brooke proBrooke Dunn, Personal Lines Manager – What my mother taught me most is a mother’s love is selfless. That moment you become a mother, everything else becomes secondary, a new love is born, one that cannot be broken. Your love is unbreakable. We are not perfect, but imperfections make us who we are. We continue to love and learn from the best gifts we ever receive – our children.

Maricruz proMaricruz Avelar, CSR – When I think about my mom, Isabel Avelar, I can’t help but to smile and be so grateful to have such an amazing hard-working, strong woman in my life. She took on the roll of mom and dad, and provider for our family when our father passed away. She is my inspiration to always do my best, never give up and to always set goals and exceed them. She is always so caring, and it shows, from waking up every morning at 5am to cook food before she leaves to work, to always being there when we need a shoulder to cry on, or just somebody to talk to. She is the foundation to our family and we 5 would not be who we are without her. I owe all my success in life to her and her support. In one word my mom is “amazing” and I love her and I am thankful for her not just on Mother’s Day, but every day when I wake up.

Debbie S.Debbie Svetich, Commercial Account Manager – My mother was my rock.  The person I have become is because of her guidance she gave me.  She taught me to be honest, to treat others with respect and to be the best I can each new day.  The closeness of family and love were the center of her life and I learned those values from her.  I only hope I have given my girls the same values and life experiences to continue in their lives and carry on to their children.  I am so lucky to have had her in my life!

Phyllis PVI proPhyllis Knight, Marketing Director – My mom was my best friend and I miss her terribly. Thankfully, her love and memories live on, as do her life lessons. My mom always told me “you get out of something what you put into it.” So whatever you do, if you want to enjoy doing it and reap the benefits, then do it the best you can – school, work, play, relationships, volunteering, serving, etc. That’s why I put my heart into what I do, always trying my best. Even if you “don’t win” you have a sense of pride and accomplishment in the effort. This life lesson has proven to be a real blessing to me and still serves me well.

Diane proDiane Wick, Marketing Assistant – When people were less than kind, my mother often reminded me to “Try to put yourself in their shoes.”  I’m so grateful that she taught me how to be empathetic. It has helped me to be more sensitive to those around me and given me a lot more patience when dealing with others. Thanks Mom!

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Carmen Rodriguez, Agent – My mom taught me that kindness, patience, understanding and love are the pillars to live by, and I am very thankful for that.

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See What’s Brewing with Barni

Barni and Ted

Wrapping up PVI’s “Team Member” Drink Specials is last – but definitely not least – the man himself, Barni Strausbaugh!

If you know Barni, then you know that he is a pretty basic guy, down to earth and not given to flights of fancy. However, he still has his own pizazz that he brings to everything he does!

So it should come as no surprise that his selection for PVI’s Signature Drink for April reflects his style and he is featuring his “Bariana Grande” for you to enjoy!

So what is a Bariana Grande?

Well, you take a basic mocha, add a little vanilla, throw in some delicious Mexican chocolate and then top it off with some cinnamon and there you have it!  The Bariana Grande! By the way, the “Grande” doesn’t refer to size (it comes in small, medium and large) but because it is BIG on taste! It’s also delicious hot or cold, so you even have time to try it both ways between now and the end of April and receive your drink for half off, compliments of PVI!

So stop into Spins Coffee Truck and order the “Bariana Grande” and get ready to enjoy the perfect taste combination. If you forget the name, no worries. Just ask for “Barni’s Brew” and Ted will know what you mean.

So try the “Bariana Grande” today! We can “insure” that your taste buds will thank you! Enjoy!

Spins Coffee Truck is parked at 27932 Valley Center Rd (by Country Cuts), Monday – Friday, 6 am – 1 pm.

(One Half-Off Offer per person per day through April 30th.)  
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“March” on over to Spins for PVI’s Signature Drink of the Month!

Me, Diane and Ted

As most of you know, at PVI we are all about “Teamwork” and that’s why we’re excited to announce this month’s PVI Signature Drink of the Month for March!

Now, you may be wondering (understandably), “What does Teamwork have to do with March?” Well, the obvious answer is… nothing. However, PVI often “marches” to a different beat than all the others when it comes to the way we do business, including having our own Marketing and PR Team! And when it comes to teams, you would be hard-pressed to find one that works better together than our Marketing Team of Phyllis Knight and her assistant, Diane Wick!

In fact, we can only think of one pair that blends together better, and that’s the “Dream Team” of peanut butter and chocolate! That’s right – America’s favorite flavor combination and one that’s guaranteed to make you swoon when you taste how Ted “Spins” this drink for March!

Just like peanut butter and chocolate bring out the best in each other, the same is true for Phyllis and Diane. Their flavor can be seen throughout our publications and in PVI’s community involvement, and we believe it enhances all they do.

And one of the their favorite things (in addition to peanut butter and chocolate!) is sharing with our community, so they are excited to offer “Peanut Butter Cup” as our PVI Signature Drink for March! We could describe the drink in more detail, but it’s a wonderful combination of peanut butter and chocolate, pretty much all you need to know, right? 

So just stop by Spins Coffee Truck between now and the end of March, mention it by name, and you’ll receive a “free” PVI Peanut Butter Cup to share with your favorite team member! Yes, it’s a buy one, get one free – another great pairing brought to you by PVI!


Spins Coffee Truck is parked at 27932 Valley Center Rd (by Country Cuts), Monday – Friday, 6 am – 1 pm.

(One BOGO per person per day through March 31st.)  
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PVI Establishes “Van Quackenbush Excellence in Journalism” Scholarship

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The Van Quackenbush Excellence in Journalism Scholarship was created by PVI to recognize and honor Mr. Quackenbush’s legacy to Valley Center. Mr. Quackenbush, who passed in 2015, was the grandfather of PVI’s Manager, Brandon Strausbaugh.

Mr. Quackenbush had a long history of buying, selling and launching small-town newspapers during his career, assisted by his wife, Marjorie, who was his partner in life and business. Eventually, they wound up in Valley Center, where they began publishing the Valley Roadrunner in 1974.

van and wife

In the first issue, dated March 1, 1974, Mr. Quackenbush wrote, “We think No. 10 is our last paper because we regard the “Highway to the Stars” (a historical reference to Valley Center) as the bit of acreage closest to Heaven as a body can get. And when Home is Heaven…well, what’s the point in looking any farther?”

And stay they did. During his fifteen years of owning and publishing the Valley Roadrunner, Mr. Quackenbush made a name for himself as a trusted and respected businessman and member of the community. He was involved in numerous organizations, served on many Boards, and went above and beyond to do his civic duty and to give back to the community.

Together, during their tenure in Valley Center, the Quackenbushes (the original Dream Team) forged a legacy of honor and integrity in both their personal and professional lives.

It is PVI’s pleasure to recognize and honor Mr. Quackenbush’s contributions to our community, both personally and professionally, by awarding the Van Quackenbush Excellence in Journalism Scholarship to a deserving graduating senior from Valley Center High School, beginning in 2019.

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(Please click here for the downloadable scholarship application.)

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Share Your Passion!

Justina and Ted

As we all know, February – and Valentine’s Day, in particular – is all about love. And, of course, at PVI we love being able to treat our community and our customers to the sweet offerings from Spins Coffee Truck with our monthly PVI Signature Drink.

So it seemed a natural to select Justina Strausbaugh to highlight her drink selection for February. If you have the pleasure of knowing Justina (who is our Commercial Department Manager), then it’s not a surprise that she is known for her passion – for her family, for her friends and for her customers at PVI. It’s also no surprise that when it came to her selection for PVI’s Signature Drink for February that she would be passionate about it!

So what is the PVI Signature Drink for February? Why it’s Justina’s Purple Passion Tea, of course! You can take it to heart when we say, not only will you love the taste of it, you’ll also love that for February we are running a BOGO (buy one, get one free), so you can share your passion with your sweetheart or friend!

Also, you’ll be happy to know that whether your passion runs hot or cold, both choices are available for your pleasure.

So stop by Spins Coffee Truck between now and the end of February and give Justina’s Purple Passion Tea a try. Not only will you love it with a purple passion, but we can insure that it will suit you to a “Tea!”

Spins Coffee Truck is parked at 27932 Valley Center Rd (by Country Cuts), Monday – Friday, 6 am – 1 pm.
(One BOGO per person per day through February 28th.)
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Brighten Your Day the Brooke Breve Way!

brooke and ted

                 Ted Hackleman (Spins Coffee Truck) and Brooke Dunn (PVI) share the “spotlight” for this month’s             PVI Signature Drink. 

Need a little something to light up your day and chase the chill of winter blues away? Then it’s time to head to Spins Coffee Truck!

Whether you need a breakfast-time boost or a lunch-time lift, be sure and stop by Spins for this month’s PVI Signature Drink Brooke’s Bodacious Breve! Just like nothing brightens up a room like Brooke’s smile, her Bodacious Breve will brighten up your day! With spiced brown sugar and half and half, it’s sure to be a hit! Bravo!

And speaking of “half and half,” stop by Spins Coffee Truck between now and the end of January and ask for “Brooke’s Bodacious Breve” (must mention by name) and you’ll receive half off your drink! (One half-off purchase per person per day through January 31st.)

We can’t do anything about the weather, but we can insure that Brooke’s Bodacious Breve will brighten your day and put a smile on your face, a great way to kick off 2019!

Happy New Year!

Spins Coffee Truck is parked at 27932 Valley Center Rd (by Country Cuts), Monday – Friday, 6 am – 1 pm.

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Community Connects at Chamber despite Clouds and Chill

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Although the sun was almost a no show at the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce’s first “SunRiser” for 2019, members of the business community gathered outside the Chamber office this morning to kick off the New Year. The chilly weather failed to detract from the warm and cozy community spirit as attendees expressed excitement for the year ahead promoting and supporting local businesses.

brandon and bob

PVI was pleased to sponsor the event, which also introduced the new Chamber Executive Board for 2019: Bob Hunsaker (Krueger Realty), President; Brandon Strausbaugh (PVI), Vice President (both pictured above); Kim Cucinella (Krueger Realty), Secretary; and Sam Beckett (SWI Financial Services), Treasurer.

Christian McHugh (RockI.T. Information Technologies), Immediate Past President, shared several of the Chamber’s accomplishments from the past year and encouraged attendees to take advantage of the Chamber’s free advertising opportunities for members, a valuable benefit of membership.

As the event sponsor, PVI had the opportunity to introduce its Team Members, who each shared a little about their positions and activities at PVI. As Valley Center’s Most Trusted Independent Insurance Agency since 1978, PVI is proud of its standing in the community and works every day to earn and maintain that position.

pvi team chamberPVI Team Members (l-r): Diane Wick and Phyllis Knight (Marketing), Maricruz Avelar, Brandon Strausbaugh, Brooke Dunn and Justina Strausbaugh.

Special thanks to Eric Jockinsen (Erik Industries), Chamber Board Member, and Marian Walters, Chamber Executive Director, for setting everything up early this morning! Also, thanks to Julie Stroh/BStroh Events and Catering, for the delicious breakfast!

Today’s event was a great start to 2019! PVI is looking forward to continuing to support our local businesses and organizations throughout the year.

Happy New Year!





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