September 22, 2019

Gary Takacs built CEO University, which is now one of the most innovative, vibrant and thriving business peer groups in Southern California. By Rick Weinberg, California Business JournalWHEN GARY TAKACS WAS CEO AT A LEADING MANUFACTURING FIRM IN HOUSTON, people in the close-knit business community often

William Sani, President and Chairman of Hong Kong Custom Grand Tailoring, is a master tailor who custom-fits some of the most powerful executives in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. with elegant suits.

 

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal
Email: Rick@CalBizJournal.com / Mobile: 949-648-3815

William Sani, President and Chairman of Hong Kong Custom Grand Tailoring.

William Sani, President and Chairman of Hong Kong Custom Grand Tailoring.

AS U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY AND U.S. DIPLOMAT MARK RINCON WALK DOWN A WIDE AND OPULENT HALLWAY IN THE  U.S. EMBASSY IN AMMAN, JORDAN, Kerry turns to Rincon and says, “Mark, that is some kind of suit you’re wearing.”

Rincon didn’t know what to say except “thank you.” By now, Rincon is used to people commenting about his exquisite taste in suits, shirts and ties. He gets it all the time – in London, France, Israel … wherever he is.

“It can be quite embarrassing at times,” he says.

Of course, Rincon must look “great” wherever he goes around the world when representing the U.S. in Europe, South America and the Mediterranean. But the suits he wears take “looking great” to a new level.

Rincon’s suits are made by William Sani, one of the finest tailors in the world. Sani, in fact, travels throughout the country to custom fit his clients with the most spectacular custom-designed suits on the market. Sani, chairman and owner of Hong Kong Grand Custom Clothes, travels primarily to New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles to meet customers in exclusive hotel suites with spectacular views.

Don Koller has a history of providing “impeccable” leadership with successful results in turnaround, start up and restart environments. By California Business Journal staff DON KOLLER IS A masterful CEO who is adept in the consumer products space, principally the food industry. He has a history

When it comes to residential loans and refinancing, Jevon Perra can turn the impossible to the possible most of the time. And that is just one of his many strong characteristics. By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal Contact: Rick(at)CalBizJournal(dotcom) / Mobile: 949-648-3815HE HAD NOWHERE TO GO.

Kris DLP head shot from finalTen years ago, Kris De La Pena didn’t know “preferred stock from livestock.” Today, he holds five designations from the financial services industry.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal

WHILE MOST OF HIS FRIENDS WERE SKATEBOARDING AND PLAYING VIDEO GAMES, Kris De La Pena could often be found counting or playing with his allowance money in his bedroom in Whittier, California.

Once, he rolled up 300 one-dollar bills and scotch-taped them together to form a huge rope of currency that covered his entire room.

“My parents cracked up,” he says, smiling.

De La Pena was destined for a career in finance, right? Well, for most of his life, he had planned to become a doctor and one day take over his father’s Ophthalmology practice.

Anne Dalfiume, President of Best Bank Option in Orange County, California, saves clients thousands of dollars with her unique ability to shop commercial loans to get ‘dream’ terms.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal

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Anne Dalfiume, Best Bank Option

Anne Dalfiume, Best Bank Option

WHENEVER BANKERS LEARN ABOUT ANNE DALFIUME’S UNIQUE FINANCIAL PRACTICE, they often say in jest, “Are you hiring?”

That’s how fascinated and intrigued they are with Dalfiume’s specialized focus at her firm, Best Bank Option. Dalfiume shops clients’ loan objectives — lowest rates, fees, down-payment options — to multiple banks and then assists clients in the selection process.

Comparisons are made with the information gleaned from different lenders. The client then makes the decision regarding which bank fits their financial needs and goals. The idea for Best Bank Option evolved during the 2007-08 economic crisis, when the entire landscape and climate of commercial loans halted. Obtaining a business loan during that time period was more than difficult.

For some people, it was downright impossible.

Andrew Dallmann has emerged as one of the country’s leading Intellectual Property, Trademark and Patent attorneys.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal
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Law books led pixWHEN TRAVIS BURCH FIRST MET ANDREW DALLMANN — AND THEN SAW HIM IN ACTION DURING A COMPANY MEETING — HE KNEW IMMEDIATELY THAT IF HE WAS EVER GOING TO LAUNCH HIS OWN FIRM, HE WANTED DALLMANN AS A PARTNER.

Nearly 10 years after that encounter, Burch did launch his own practice – with Dallmann, who has emerged as one of the country’s leading Intellectual Property, Trademark and Patent attorneys.

“What impressed me so much about Andrew is his knowledge of the law,” Burch says. “When it came to trademarks, Intellectual Property and patents, he spoke from a place of confidence.

“He is an encyclopedia of knowledge in those areas of law, yet he is incredibly grounded and humble — and very easy to get along with. To me, that’s a rare combination.”