NFIB Member Honored as Small Business Owner of the Year

Date: September 17, 2021

Former Leadership Council Chairman Darrell Feil praised for service to Main Street

NFIB California waited for the right moment to honor its former leadership council chairman, Darrell Feil, owner of Bakersfield-based Abate-A-Weed, and that time came at a recent luncheon in Sacramento hosted by the California Small Business Association, an advocacy group formed from the 1980 White House Conference on Small Business.

“CSBA hosts a huge annual luncheon that draws a lot of attendees, and we thought that the ideal opportunity to showcase Darrell Feil’s stellar service to NFIB and to all the small businesses throughout California,” said John Kabateck, NFIB’s California state director. “No one speaks with more authority on small-business issues than small-business owners, and when NFIB can arrange to have them testify before a legislative or Congressional hearing or knock on a lawmaker’s door, that is pure lobbying gold. Darrell has never refused the call to duty, and his articulation and knowledge of small-businesses issues resounded in the State Capitol.”

Kabateck also pointed out Feil’s contributions to NFIB California’s political action committee, and, probably most important of all, his connecting his good friend and fellow Bakersfield entrepreneur, Kevin McCarthy, Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, with the lobbying agenda of NFIB’s congressional advocates in Washington, D.C.

“We are grateful Darrell is staying on the leadership council as part of new chairman Sunder Ramani’s team. Sunder is also a small-business champion,” said Kabateck. “I’m really impressed with the quality of our leadership council team. It really matters for our membership.”

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