IRVINE, CA – May 17, 2023 – KZ Miller Construction, Inc., is thrilled to announce the
successful completion of a brand-new Taco Bell store in Bakersfield, California. The project was
completed in May 2023 and the grand opening of the store took place on May 16, 2023.
This ground-up construction project showcases KZ Miller Construction’s continued commitment
to delivering quality buildings to its clients on a timely basis. Led by the company’s diligent
Superintendent, Robert Patterson, the team worked relentlessly from start to finish ensuring
every aspect of the project was successful.
“Robert has been a total rockstar in the face of all the curveballs that were sent his way. The
Taco Bell team is so very appreciative of all his hard work. Congratulations everyone!” said
Hayley Mallon, Associate Construction Manager at Taco Bell Development. The sentiment
echoes the broader recognition and appreciation for KZ Miller Construction’s dedication to
maintaining exceptional service despite project challenges.
KZ Miller Construction takes pride in creating and enhancing commercial spaces that reflect the
unique needs and identity of every client. The new Taco Bell store in Bakersfield stands as a
testament to the teams expertise in delivering projects that reflect the client’s vision, even amidst
the most challenging situations.
To see the new Taco Bell store in Bakersfield, please see the enclosed photo or visit the location
for an in-person view of KZ Miller Construction’s quality workmanship.
KZ Miller Construction, Inc. looks forward to continuing to serve and exceed client expectations
in future projects across California and Arizona.
About KZ Miller Construction, Inc.: KZ Miller Construction, Inc. is a general contractor
based in Irvine and San Diego, CA, offering comprehensive construction services, including new
builds and remodeling projects. With a portfolio that includes major clients such as Taco Bell,
Wendy’s, Shake Shack, 7-Eleven, CVS Pharmacy, Valvoline, and Dutch Bros. KZ Miller
Construction, Inc. continues to expand and grow within the state of California.
Amanda Zimmerman, Senior Associate
KZ Companies, LLC
Amanda Zimmerman, our February 2023 “Volunteer of the Month,” first caught the volunteering bug in middle school. She hasn’t looked back since.
She’s now an “all in” volunteer at KidWorks.
Amanda is a retail real estate development professional at KZ Companies, LLC, in Irvine, California. She graduated from the University of San Diego in 2018 with degrees in finance and real estate.
At KZ Companies, Amanda’s responsibilities as a Senior Associate include working with the acquisitions team, sourcing ground-up retail development projects on the west coast.
It’s a big job, yet Amanda is as fully committed to KidWorks as she is to the real estate profession she’s always loved.
Amanda first began volunteering when she was in middle school.
“I grew up spending my after school and summer hours volunteering from a young age,” Amanda recalls. “In middle and high school, I was involved with the National Charity League. It was there I gained a true love and appreciation for giving back to the community.
“In my senior year of high school, I received an award for most hours volunteered out of our organization. I loved serving food at the soup kitchen and reading books and tutoring at an underprivileged school.”
She adds, “For the past four years, I’ve served on the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Jr. Board. We planned several main events per year.”
Amanda’s partnership with KidWorks includes serving on the committee that led last September’s third annual Rose’ on the Bay event, which raised $25,000 for KidWorks’ programs. Over 100 women attended—twice the amount who participated in 2021. Guests enjoyed food, wine and live music while relaxing at the scenic Newport Harbor.
“Amanda is a vibrant, young career woman and brought a fresh new perspective to the team,” says Sue Willett, Chair for Rose’ on the Bay. “I was so pleased that she invited lots of her friends to the event and helped to make it the huge success that it was. I’m looking forward to working with her again this year.”
“I was honored to have participated on the Rose on the Bay Committee in 2022,” Amanda says. “I assisted with planning, gathered raffle items, secured the photographer and invited a group of young professionals.”
Amanda is also active in Young Professionals for KidWorks, a volunteer group of almost two dozen individuals in their 20s and 30s who help at our events and after school programs, recruit other volunteers and get the word out about KidWorks via social media and networking.
“Amanda is always the first to raise her hand to volunteer,” says Melissa Ley Marshall, Co-Chair of the group and a First Vice President at CBRE in Newport Beach. “She volunteers and engages both her personal and professional network to raise awareness of KidWorks and the young professionals group.”
Amanda has also played a role in introducing many new people to KidWorks, says Lisa Gels, our Associate Director of Development.
“Amanda has championed multi-generational attendance at our events with lots of mothers and their adult daughters attending,” Lisa says. “This very often leads to additional partnership with us for years to come.”
Adds Lisa, “Amanda is a delight to work with. She does everything with a positive attitude and welcoming smile and she follows through on anything she commits to.
“It’s truly amazing to work with Amanda; we love that she’s so deeply involved. It’s clear she also has a true heart for our children and youth.”
While not busy helping out with KidWorks events, our Volunteer of the Month also enjoys times with our students.
“I absolutely love being in person with kids, whether that’s reading, tutoring, playing games, or just being there as a mentor,” Amanda says. “My hope is that KidWorks continues to help kids from pre-school though adulthood to accomplish their goals in education and careers.”
Amanda was first drawn to KidWorks when she attended our Festival of OC Chefs event in 2022.
“Many organizations that are in need of help and volunteers,” Amanda says. “However, from the moment that I walked into this event and listened to the speakers, I knew that KidWorks was an organization that I wanted to give my time and resources to.
“I felt connected with the mission of KidWorks and how it’s a faith-based organization. Everyone that attended was caring, ambitious and enthusiastic about the importance of education.”
Amanda invites others to share the joy she experiences at KidWorks.
“Come to one of KidWorks’ events and you’ll want to attend them all,” Amanda says. “KidWorks provides a sense of community that’s like nothing I’ve experienced before. It’s family.
“By volunteering with KidWorks you’ll have an opportunity to make an impact on a child’s life and also teach valuable skills.”
We are deeply grateful that Amanda is such an integral part of the community we call KidWorks. We’re so glad she’s “all in” with us in every way.
By Glenn Leibowitz, volunteer writer
We invite employees and professionals at any stage in their career along with companies/organizations to learn more about ways to volunteer and partner with KidWorks.