Oakland California Machinery & Technical Specialties Appraiser Elected International ASA President

HERNDON, Va.July 5, 2023PRLog — Garrett Schwartz, ASA, began his one-year term as International President for ASA, on July 1, 2023.

Schwartz is an Accredited Senior Appraiser in Machinery & Technical Specialties for Sencer Appraisal Associates, and is based in Oakland, California. He has been an equipment appraiser for over sixteen years, valuing machinery and equipment in construction, agriculture, health care, food processing, and metalworking industries and for financial, commercial, and institutional firms in many other industries. He has performed equipment appraisals for clients across the United States, Central and South America, Asia, and Europe. His clients have included the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the United States military, local and regional banks, charitable organizations, business brokers, legal and accounting firms, private individuals, and business clients from single proprietorships to Fortune 5 corporations.

He most recently served as ASA International Vice President. He served as editor of the fourth edition of ASA’s foundational textbook on equipment appraisal, “Valuing Machinery and Equipment: The Fundamentals of Appraising Machinery and Technical Assets,” published in 2020, and has served as International Secretary/Treasurer and Region Governor, and has been a member of the International Board of Governors for six years. He also served as president of the ASA Northern California Chapter and the International Chapter, as a member-at-large of the ASA Machinery & Technical Specialties Committee, and as a member of a number of other local, discipline, and international ASA committees.

Schwartz graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration. He is also a member of the Association of Machinery & Equipment Appraisers and CalCPA and serves as a vice president of Temple Beth Abraham, his Oakland, California synagogue.

“The continued growth and success of ASA are fundamental to the long-term success of our profession and to appraisers like me,” Schwartz said. “Because of that, I’ve worked for many years to support the Society and members. I look forward to the opportunity and honor of serving as ASA International President.”

To read the full blog article, click here: https://www.appraisersnewsroom.org/?p=10089

Ethnic Ties, Oakland International Film Fest & SF Black Film Fest Oakanda Forever Facts

Tying in the real Black Panther Party experience in Oakland, CA with Marvel’s Black Panther Sequel “Wakanda Forever,” Bay Area arts and tourism groups join forces to combine art, food, film and fantasy with history only made in Oakland.

Connie Chiume Oakanda Forever In W E Spotlight

Connie Chiume Oakanda Forever In W E Spotlight

OAKLAND, Calif.Nov. 10, 2022PRLog — Posted Courtesy of Wright Enterprises Community Spotlight San Francisco~Dallas~~~

Ethnic Ties in Association with The Oakland International Film Festival & San Francisco Black Film Festival Presents The Black Oakland Tour: Oakanda Forever


Ethnic Ties, a nonprofit founded by Acacia Woods Chan, an educator, economist,  multilingual entrepreneur of Black and Chinese American descent, born and raised in Oakland has joined forces with the Oakland International Film Festival and the San Francisco Black Film Festival to bring a unique experience to the premiere of the Black Panther sequel  “Wakanda Forever” at the historic Grand Lake Theater.

The Oakland International Film Festival, co-founded by Morehouse alum David Roach, a nonprofit leader rooted in social justice, food equity, film and media development for independent filmmakers, just completed the 20th iteration of the Oakland International film festival “Celebrating two Decades of Empowerment” that included dignitaries such as U.S. Representative Barbara Lee and Governor Gavin Newsom.  Although Black-led, the Oakland International Film Festival is not a Black Film Festival as it has garnered stories of all people from around the world with an emphasis on bringing the stories of indigenous people and the voiceless worldwide to the big screen.

The San Francisco Black Film Festival, has a unique distinction of being an institution led by Executive Director Cree Ray as a third generation Black San Franciscan, following in the in the footsteps of her father, the late Kali O’Ray, a filmmaker and prolific graphic designer educated at HBCU Clarke University in Atlanta, who took over the family nonprofit at the passing of his mother, Arts Impresario Ave Montague, who founded the festival in 1998 with themes of social justice, economic empowerment and creating a balance view of the African Diaspora.

The association of Ethnic Ties, The Oakland International Film Festival, and the San Francisco Black Film Festival in the promotion of “The Black Oakland Tour: Oakanda Forever” brings awareness to Oakland’s rich Black history that is too often obscured by media headlines that too often focus only on violence and demonstrates the potential for tourism and cultural exchange via the arts.

The event, featured in Wright Enterprises Community Spotlight: https://conta.cc/3ztI7Bi, ties in the progressive messages of imaginative Marvel’s Black Panther franchise affirming the African Diaspora as innovative, entrepreneurial, culturally respectful, with the real-life positive history, the depth of Oakland’s art and the strong community bonds in the City of Oakland.


In recognition of the reality of COVID-19 ( See recent Town Halls by UCSF (https://youtu.be/NYI4MbFs70g) & CA State Senator Nancy Skinner (https://youtu.be/nkBsgIzFQzo)), the tour is limited to groups of ten.  Masks are not required but will be made available for the tour.

The tour begins and ends at the historic Grand Lake Theater.  The public will enjoy

  • A guided tour in chartered mini bus to historic landmarks
  • Enjoy lite fare from a local, black-owned restaurant
  • Visit the Women of the Black Panther Party Mural and mini- museum
  • Stop at Marcus Books, the ONLY Black-Owned bookstore in Oakland
  • See the Black Panther Party first office and their main headquarters and more
  • See the historic 16th street station known for the pullman porters
  • Ticket includes Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever film at the Grand Lake Theatre
  • Don’t wait in lines around the corner of the Grand Lake Theater to see the film.  Be ushered in with your preferred group

The public is invited to get their individual tickets (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-oakland-tour-oakanda-forever-tickets-437594375557?aff=ebdssbdestsearch) now through Sunday, November 13, 2022.


Friday & Sunday film tickets are only $11.00. Tour tickets are $80 per person for the tour that is on Saturday Only, a great deal when compared with the limited Union Square tours that are just a bus ride that do not include food, food for thought with an in-percent docent historic tour and a hands-on community experience.

Corporations and businesses are invited to underwrite tickets for staff, youth, veterans, seniors and community members.

Take a Warrior to See A Warrior.  Honor a Veteran, Defenders of Homeland & Family, with  “The Black Oakland Tour: Oakanda Forever” Film & Tour Experience on Veterans Day, November 11, 2022. Tickets for the film only are available on Veterans Day.

Oakanda Forever Tickets open the door to rich additional information about on-going cultural exchanges around San Francisco, Oakland and the Bay Area such as Michael Burdette’s HyLife O’City Productions. (https://www.hylife-ocity.com/)

All tour ticket holders will have a chance to win two tickets to Burdette’s upcoming production at Yoshi’s headlining Jazz soprano saxophonist Marion Meadows featuring Grammy award-winning vocalist, Ms. Monet, November 30, 2022.

For more information contact: acacia@ethnicties.org

About Ethnic Ties

Ethnic Ties is a travel platform connecting experienced travelers with upcoming voyagers. The nonprofit company supports the conscious development of its travelers, in addition to providing professionalization of wanderlusters.


About Oakland International Film Festival

The Oakland International Film Festival is presented by the Oakland Film Society, a non-profit corporation based in Oakland, California with the mission to promote independent filmmakers and the stories they tell to empower people locally, nationally and internationally. The Oakland International Film Festival highlights the City of Oakland as a destination for the arts impacting culture and tourism.


About San Francisco Black Film Festival

The mission of the San Francisco Black Film Festival

is to celebrate African American cinema and the African Cultural Diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films – from emerging and established filmmakers.


Oakland Holiday Tradition, Christmas Kwanzaa Gift Show, Returns Black Friday Weekend

Holiday Christmas & Kwanzaa Gift Show, November 26 & 27th, A Holiday Favorite & Tradition Sparking the Giving Season Comes Back on Black Friday Weekend! Enjoy a wonderful array of food, community choirs and talent, vendors & More.

OAKLAND, Calif.Oct. 19, 2022PRLog — Posted Courtesy of Wright Enterprises San Francisco-Dallas for Sandra Varner PR~~~

The Holiday Christmas & Kwanzaa Gift Show, is a multicultural event right after Thanksgiving kicking off the giving season of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, borne of the African American Community in Oakland with a regional reach as far as Sacramento and Stockton. The Holiday Christmas & Kwanzaa Gift Show brings vendors near and far with gifts galore to treat family and friends over the holidays.  Black Friday Weekend starts special shopping and entertainment at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center, 550 10th Street & Broadway, 10 am to 7 pm, November 26th & 27th.

“Family and Community Reunion” is the event theme with a promotional price of $10 now through November 11th.  Prices go up to $15 on November 12th.  Children 12 and under are free. “People have been asking me when the Holiday Christmas & Kwanzaa Gift Show will come back.   I am pleased to bring the community together again as we help generate joy during the holiday season,” said James Moore, Jr., CEO of The African American Business Exchange (THEAABE.COM (http://www.theaabe.com/)).  “We are excited to collaborate with B.O.B.S.A., leaders in the $9 Billion Black Hair Care & Cosmetic Industry and The Black Cultural Zone of Oakland that has worked with a coalition of residents, government, churches and other non-profits for Black economic empowerment.” Those interested in sponsorship opportunities and vendor booths can register at  BAYAREAGIFTSHOW.COM (http://www.bayareagiftshow.com) or email info@thebayareagiftshow.com or phone 510/866-2214.

Family fun highlights at the Holiday Christmas & Kwanzaa Gift Show include youth holiday arts activities and community entertainment in a safe, cheerful, and pleasant environment at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center.  There is usually an unofficial battle of the choirs that occurs as the unique musical talent of Bay Area Choirs that have impacted music worldwide perform during the event.  Now is the time for all Bay Area church and community choirs to answer the call to action to showcase their talent during the two-day event.  Those interested in performing contact community leader Ann Grant by email at annleegrant22@yahoo.com.  Also, anyone interested in volunteering should register at BAYAREAGIFTSHOW.COM (http://WWW.BAYAREAGIFTSHOW.COM).

Shop for unique holiday gifts, enjoy the entertainment, showcase your performance skills, volunteer and “build back better” community at the “Family and Community Reunion,” November 26th and 27th, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the downtown Oakland Marriott Convention Center.  Find out more information about family fun, volunteering, vendor, and sponsorship opportunities at  BAYAREAGIFTSHOW.COM.