Community Honoree- Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi
Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi was appointed to the position of Vice President of the Rusnak Auto Group as well as Vice President of Public Relations in the fall of 2003.
Arizmendi oversees public relations activities for all Rusnak Auto Group, which include 9 different brand dealerships at 13 Southern California locations. Among the dealerships included in the group are Audi, Bentley, BMW, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Volvo.
She is responsible for the development and facilitation of relationships with non-profit organizations, coordinating media and community relations, and directing the organization’s internal communications. “The Rusnak Auto Group’s philosophy is to “give back” to our communities and help raise awareness and funds for non profit organization”, said Arizmendi.
A graduate of the University of Southern California ‘85, Liz Arizmendi worked in management for the automotive dealership for 10 years before leaving on hiatus. The daughter of company founder and automotive dealership pioneer Paul Rusnak, she returned to the business to resume her career after taking time out to start a family.
“My responsibilities are to inform our customers at every opportunity that we are here for them for the long term,” she said, emphasizing the fact that the family-run company has been serving clientele in southern California for over 50 years.
The Rusnak Auto Group literally began the import automotive business in southern California based on Paul Rusnak’s affinity for, and fascination with, European sports cars. Well ahead of the curve and with an uncanny sense of what customers love about cars, the Rusnak Auto Group has become synonymous with quality, superior service, aggressive pricing an unrivaled vehicle selection.
“We’ve developed long-lasting relationships with our customers and the community over the years,” she said. “I want to continue in this position working with them hand-in-hand to maintain these relationships. We want them to know we’re deeply committed to providing quality and service to our clientele, and making the communities that we serve attractive places to live, raise families and conduct business.”
Arizmendi was a guest speaker at the USC Women’s Conference, High Point University Women’s Conference, All Stars Los Angeles and The Women’s Council of Realtors of Southern California. She was awarded the Congressional Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community by Congressman Adam B. Schiff, Certificate of Recognition of Service from Senator David Drier and Senator Carol Liu, and Certificate of Commendation from Mayor, County of Los Angeles, and Michael D. Antonovich. Arizmendi also was a judge for Miss California USA and was the Centennial Gala Chair for Hillsides. Most recently, she has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Hillsides, the Angel Award for Cancer Support Community Pasadena and the 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Award from the Association Fundraising Professionals Greater Los Angeles Chapter.
Liz Rusnak Arizmendi resides in Glendale with her husband and two children. Liz is also an ovarian cancer survivor.
Medical Honoree- Dr. Richard Friedman MD
Richard L. Friedman, MD, PhD, is board certified in gynecologic oncology. He received his medical degree and a PhD in biochemistry from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his internship in obstetrics and gynecology at Los Angeles County University of Southern California Women’s & Children’s Hospital. He also completed both his residency and fellowship in obstetrics and gynecology at Los Angeles County University of Southern California Women’s & Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Friedman’s clinical interests include ovarian cancer, minimally invasive cancer surgery and complex pelvic surgery. Dr. Friedman is committed to excellence in comprehensive health care for women, in a partnership that honors patient individuality and dignity. His approach involves understanding the patient's health care needs and implementing state of- the-art techniques and compassionate care.
Dr. Friedman was born in Philadelphia. When not at work, he and his wife enjoy travelling, the theater, and the different musical offerings in Los Angeles. He is a proud Cal Poly and UCLA dad.
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