TEMECULA, Calif., Sept. 19, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Steve Ribultan, a veteran of the mortgage banking industry, has been named to National Mortgage Professional magazine’s “Top 25 Most Connected Mortgage Professionals” list.
National Mortgage Professional magazine cites individuals that earn a spot on the list as being strong networkers and influencers in the mortgage industry that are esteemed by their peers as continually forging relationships which grow their careers and help others in their network do the same.
Ribultan is largely commended for establishing numerous business relationships and forming strategic alliances with complimentary mortgage technology providers, among other accomplishments. Ribultan’s connections have been key in his ability to successfully drive a number of technology-centric partnerships that resulted in complex integrations and product rollouts that better residential mortgage lending.
“I am honored to be recognized by National Mortgage Professional magazine as one of the industry’s Top 25 Most Connected Mortgage Professionals,” remarked Ribultan. “I love what I do, am completely committed to the industry, and I really enjoy interacting with different people in all facets of the mortgage lending supply chain. The individuals in my network are passionate about working in the industry and collaborating with them has helped greatly in my ability to be successful with each company I work with. I look forward to a long and prosperous career in the mortgage banking space.”
Ribultan is currently the director of business development at Document Systems, Inc., a leading provider of automated loan document production, eDelivery, eSignature, and compliance solutions. Prior to that, he was the vice president of sales at OpenClose, a recognized loan origination system (LOS) vendor. Before OpenClose, he was a business development manager at Portellus, Inc., at the time one of the fastest growing LOS providers in the mortgage industry. Previous to that, Ribultan was also a business development manager at Commerce Velocity, Inc., a mortgage technology software firm. His career has rapidly advanced in part due to his networking abilities.
In 2010 National Mortgage Professional magazine named Steve to its annual “Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professional” list. He was also voted to Orange County Metro magazine’s prestigious “Top 40 Under 40″ list in 2011.
Steve is an active member of the Mortgage Banking Association of America, the California Mortgage Bankers Association, the Mortgage Action Alliance and the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals. Steve attributes his success to constantly striving for greatness, operating with a passion for what he does and remaining 100 percent committed to the mortgage banking industry. He says that his love and support for his family, friends, colleagues and partners is what drives his determination to leave a positive, lasting impact in the mortgage industry and in life.
Profundity Communications, Inc.
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TEMECULA, Calif., March 5, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, Southern California’s first commercial hydroponic urban vertical farm, partners with EnviroIngenuity to promote new production techniques. On Saturday, March 17, 2012, the public will experience the future of farming at the grand opening of Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms, Southern California’s first hydroponic vertical strawberry farm. More than 11,250 Verti-Gro “towers” produce large sweet strawberries, using less than 85 percent of the water required in traditional row production.
The Grand Opening celebration is open to the public on Saturday March 17, 2012, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms (in Rainbow Valley), located at 5452 5th Street, Fallbrook, CA 92028. Tel (951) 212-5805
Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms is the first commercial strawberry farm in Southern California to employ vertical hydroponic farming, which promises to change agricultural technology. The Fietz’s three-acre farm, located in Temecula’s Rainbow Valley, would not have been possible due to a lack of water. After drilling their well, they were able to pump just 20 gallons per minute, not nearly enough to grow strawberries commercially.
“An unforeseen water shortage rendered this property unfarmable without vertical hydroponic technology,” said Ken Fietz, Sr. “The Verti-Gro equipment is far more cost effective than the competition and uses 85 percent less water than row farming.”
Vertical farming methods save space, energy and water resources. Just as important, the berries are picked by the consumers on site, removing fuel and transportation costs.
“People no longer have to visit the Epcot Center to see the future of farming,” said Fietz, Sr. “I’ve been in the strawberry industry for 40 years and water and pesticides have always been huge issues. Add in lots of manual labor and it’s tough to make a dime at the end of the day. Since my son, Kenny, was willing to take the reins, I helped him implement this highly efficient system that does away with lots of extra expense and reduces the use of pesticides.”
Kenny Fietz, Jr., an agricultural graduate from California State University at Chico, operates the farm with his dad and together they now nurture 45,000 strawberry plants of varying varieties on one acre using the automatic drip system and limited pesticides.
“Because the Verti-Gro system doesn’t use soil, there are no issues with soil borne diseases or pests,” said Fietz, Jr. “The hydroponic process doesn’t require the use of pesticides for these common problems. Energy requirements are also dramatically reduced and harvesting is much easier to perform when you can stand upright instead of stooping over to pick the berries.”
Future plans include developing an urban agriculture learning center offering education on growing a wide range of fruits, microgreens and vegetables using advanced hydroponic processes.
“Our vision is for families to come and enjoy a warm day outside, pick strawberries and dip them in chocolate, picnic under the shade trees, enjoy a healthy experience together and even learn about the future of farming,” said Fietz, Sr.
Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms is open seasonally March through August, Thursday through Sunday. Check their website at www.TemeculaValleyStrawberryFarms.com for availability. There is no cost to visit. Visitors will receive a warm hello, a bucket and scissors, a quick education about strawberry harvesting and then be set free to select and harvest their own berries. The U-pick berries are priced at $3 per pound.
Verti-Gro Inc. designs and manufactures cost-effective, high density hydroponic growing systems. It offers stacked towers to suit large-scale commercial production needs which can be downsized for residential use and Community Supported Agriculture.
About Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms:
The family-owned and operated farm produces strawberries using the highly efficient Verti-Gro hydroponic system. This innovative farming process provides many earth-kind benefits. Their U-pick model offers families the opportunity to pick the freshest, sweetest berries, as well as experience first-hand how they grow. The fun, interactive farm is a great place for the whole family. Whether you come to pick sweet fruit, learn more about farming, enjoy a picnic or grab a few strawberry goodies at their strawberry store, The Fietz family promises you won’t be disappointed. Plan your visit at http://www.TemeculaValleyStrawberryFarms.com .
EnviroIngenuity was founded in 2009 by Erik Cutter. The company is comprised of forward-thinking professionals, whose goal is to take advantage of the growing demand for more efficient, cost effective sustainable energy solutions, employing solar PV, hi-efficiency LED lighting, green building and vertical food production technologies. EnviroIngenuity’s mission is “advancingreenergy” and reducing waste, thus better utilizing limited natural resources. As we invest in a lower carbon future, the EnviroIngenuity team is focused on helping organizations move forward to deploy sustainable energy solutions using disruptive technologies. More information: http://www.EnviroIngenuity.com .