SOURCE: National Notary Association

April 18, 2006 14:03 ET

California Small Business Owner, Philanthropist Named National Notary Association's 2006 Notary of the Year

Frank Marcial to Receive American Notary Office's Highest Honor During NNA's 28th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2006 -- For outstanding service to his country, his community and to the Notary Public office, the National Notary Association (NNA) has named Frank Marcial of Stevenson Ranch, California, its "Notary of the Year" for 2006. Marcial, along with four other Notaries selected as Notary of the Year "Special Honorees," will be formally recognized during the NNA's 28th annual Conference in Washington, D.C., May 27 through May 31, 2006.

The NNA's annual recognition of the individual who best exemplifies the qualities of a Notary Public -- service to others, adherence to high ethical standards and diligence in the performance of notarial duties -- is the highest honor bestowed upon an American Notary Public. Frank's commitment to integrity, impartiality, competence and his compassion for others make him worthy of this prestigious honor.

Frank's life story is torn from the pages of the American Dream. He grew up poor on the streets of Torrance, California. "We didn't have a lot growing up -- in fact, we didn't have anything," Frank recalled. "I know what it is like to go two, three days without food." His stepfather would take the family to the Los Angeles Mission to eat -- a memory that Frank would not soon forget. After graduating from Torrance High, Frank enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard, was honorably discharged in 1973, but chose to remain connected to the military. He rose to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, aka Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Today he remains a civil aviation pilot.

When Frank joined the civilian workforce he rose quickly in the finance industry, garnering expertise in management and real estate. He now owns a successful Notary Signing Agent business, CFC Professional Signing Services, and performs loan signings full time.

Despite his success, Frank has not forgotten his humble beginnings. For the past decade, Frank and wife Carolyn have led humanitarian missions for the Feed the Children organization, providing literally truckloads of food and other goods for the poor. For many years, these donations went to the Los Angeles Mission -- where Frank and his family once depended on the kindness of strangers -- but after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast, he mobilized a band of volunteers to deliver relief supplies to thousands of the victims.

The Marcials flew to Birmingham, Alabama, and then made the cross-state drive to meet their Feed the Children big rig in Mississippi. Together, the Marcials drove the rig through the storm-stricken streets of New Orleans under a police escort and delivered the truckload of supplies to the Houma, Louisiana, drop-off location.

"I cannot even begin to adequately give a description of the devastation my wife and I witnessed during our trip," Frank said. "In our decade of charity work, it was the worst circumstance we have encountered."

"The National Notary Association is privileged to bestow this honor on Frank Marcial," said Charles N. Faerber, Vice President of Notary Affairs for the NNA. "Frank embodies the best qualities of a public servant. He is an exemplary ambassador for the Notary Public office."

Frank will be formally honored at the NNA's Conference along with four Notary of the Year "Special Honorees": Dellana Herrera of Page, Arizona; Mimi Roy of Clarksburg, Massachusetts; Cynthia Shaffer of Spanaway, Washington; and Barbara Taylor of Baltimore, Maryland.

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