May 28, 2020

Ken Babineau’s former bosses didn’t think he could cut it in the fierce and competitive automobile industry because he was “too nice.” Little did they know that is exactly why he has been a rousing success in the high-end, luxury vehicle segment of today’s diversified car market.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal.

ken b in roverFOLLOWING HIS FIRST WEEK AS AN automobile salesman, Ken Babineau was harshly criticized by his bosses … for being too nice.

“They wanted me to be a little tougher with customers,” he says.

But that’s not his style. That’s not his personality. He is just too nice of a guy. You notice that immediately when you first meet him – and especially when you talk to him.

He throws the stereotypical automobile salesman into the shredder.

Mark Bannister’s business exceeds client expectations because of his obsession to cleanliness and satisfying customers.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor-in-Chief, California Business Journal.

When Mark Bannister was a Vice President for Southern California Edison, he was frustrated on many occasions—not with his job or his employees but with the janitorial companies that cleaned the building he worked in.

Janet Shalin and Stone Décor provide superior stone product at wholesale prices as well as unparalleled craftsmanship and customer service that leave customers in awe.

By Adrianna Mazzotta, California Business Journal.


When Janet Shalin was shopping for a new stone countertop for her kitchen, she discovered that some stone companies were “cutting corners” on craftsmanship to save money and “jeopardizing” client trust.

So what did she do?

She started her own company.