September 19, 2019

Steve Smith head shot

Steve Smith, Founder and President of GrowthSource Coaching

Steve Smith of GrowthSource Coaching has emerged as a well-respected business coach through the utilization of sophisticated tools and his innate ability to see what’s wrong inside of a company.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal
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WHEN BRUCE ROBERTSON’S BUSINESS PARTNER OF 14 YEARS, Gabriel Shweiri, left BGI Worldwide to become a full-time college professor, Robertson worried that his lack of leadership skills would inhibit his ability to fuel the company’s growth.

“I needed to become a more approachable leader,” says Robertson, Managing Partner of BGI Worldwide, a global shipping leader based in Long Beach, Calif. “I hung leadership on Gabe for 13 years because he was a very approachable person and very easy to deal with.

“I wasn’t.”

Robertson didn’t know where to turn. Then one day a friend suggested a business coach. He started looking and found Steve Smith, Founder and President of GrowthSource Coaching in Lake Forest, Calif.

“A perfect match,” Robertson says.

Not only did Smith coach Robertson on how to become a more approachable and effective leader, he also guided Robertson through implementing a series of new processes across the company that enabled it to triple its margins.

Chad Beauchamp of REPAIR Sports Institute in Huntington Beach, Calif. puts a new spin on physical therapy theory, practice and technique.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal

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Chad Beauchamp, President of REPAIR Sports Institute in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Chad Beauchamp, President of REPAIR Sports Institute in Huntington Beach, Calif.

WITHIN A FIVE-MILE RADIUS OF LINDSEY NOLL’S HOME IN LADERA RANCH, CALIF., there are approximately 100 physical therapists. Yet, Noll drives nearly two hours roundtrip just to work with Chad Beauchamp.

That speaks volumes about the uniqueness of Beauchamp and the quality of his approach and technique.

“I know there are a lot of good PTs [physical therapists] in my area, but there is just no one like Chad,” says Noll, a former collegiate and professional volleyball star who knows quite a bit about physical therapy, having undergone six knee surgeries during her career. “Chad’s knowledge, education, technique and experience are simply unparalleled. I would not be in the physical and mental state I am in without him.”

The USC-educated Beauchamp, a former multi-athletic star from Michigan, is Owner and Head Physical Therapist at REPAIR Sports Institute in Huntington Beach — and he is closing in on opening a separate location from its current wellness center in early 2016.

Cheryl Savala, President and Executive Creative Director of Menagerie Creative in Orange County, Calif., is the face behind the most recognizable home entertainment campaigns in movie history.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal
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Cheryl Savala, President and Executive Creative Director at Menagerie Creative

Cheryl Savala, President and Executive Creative Director at Menagerie Creative

NEXT TIME YOU PICK UP A SET OF VIDEOS from Star Wars, Titanic, The Sound of Music or hundreds of other classic movies from the last 100 years, pause for a moment and think about Cheryl Savala. That’s because she helped translate the iconic moments and epic imagery for those legendary films into art that movie lovers can hang on their walls and hold in their hands – and their hearts – forever.

Who can ever forget Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic, the epic battles in Star Wars, and Julie Andrews gracefully singing through the Austrian hills in The Sound of Music. It was Savala, President and Executive Creative Director at Menagerie Creative in Orange County, Calif., who translated those mythical moments into VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray packaging and brought the theater experience home.

At 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds, Vadim Fedorovsky is intimidating at first glance, but as Jaguar Land Rover Anaheim Hills GM Sven Larson says, “He’s a gentle giant – a sweetheart of a guy.”

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal
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Vadim Fedorovsky, Jaguar Land Rover Anaheim Hills

Vadim Fedorovsky, Jaguar Land Rover Anaheim Hills

IMAGE GROWING UP in a country of 150 million people with a GDP of $3.5 trillion yet only manufactures but one automobile that virtually everyone in the country drives.

Sounds like something out of a SciFi film, huh?

Not quite.

When Vadim Fedorovsky was growing up in Soviet Russia in the 1970s, the communist nation manufactured just one automobile — Volga.

Still does today.

It is uncommon to be an expert attorney and CPA like Zaher Fallahi.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal
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Zaher Fallahi, Attorney At Law and CPA

Zaher Fallahi, Attorney At Law and CPA

IT IS ONE THING to be a CPA. It is quite different to be a CPA and an attorney.

To be an expert in both fields is rare, yet that is exactly what Zaher Fallahi is.

Fallahi is not only one of the leading specialists in both fields in California, but also in the entire country. He has offices in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and divides his time between the two.

Patricia Garza Pinto and Wayne Daniels have created a unique health and wellness philosophy that is life-changing.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal
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Patricia Garza Pinto and Wayne Daniels of Transformation, Innovation Through Movement in Irvine

Patricia Garza Pinto and Wayne Daniels of Transformation, Innovation Through Movement in Irvine

HE WAS BROKEN — PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, MENTALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. He didn’t know what to do or where to turn. He had already seen several doctors and specialists yet he was still consuming a cupboard full of pills daily.

Nothing worked.

Until he met Patricia Garza Pinto and Wayne Daniels of Transformation, Innovation Through Movement in Irvine, California.

If you are looking for a realtor to stick a sign on your front lawn, multi-million dollar California realtor Brent Hammond is not your guy.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal

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Brent H 2 FCIT IS 8:15 A.M. AND THE SUN HAS JUST BURST THROUGH THE GLORIOUS SKY ON THIS PICTURESQUE CALIFORNIA MORNING. Brent Hammond, all 6 foot 5 of him, walks into a home in Belmont Shore in Orange County. He inspects every detail – every little detail … including the brass hinges on a stylish new six-panel closet door.

“This is good,” he says. “Really good.”

He pauses. Then he smiles.

Now, we’re ready to sell.”

Hammond is selling this spectacular California property – and he wants to get his clients top dollar. They expect nothing less. He expects nothing less.

Linda Lewis is a premier reverse mortgage specialist who has rescued many elderly couples and individuals from financial ruin, enabling them to live happy, secure lives, free of mortgage payments and financial woe.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal
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Linda Lewis of ReverseWithLinda.com

Linda Lewis of ReverseWithLinda.com

WHEN SHADI SHAFFER’S GRANDMOTHER-IN-LAW was unable to make repairs to her home because of a lack of finances, the first thought that popped into her head was “Linda Lewis.”

Lewis is a leading reverse mortgage specialist in California who has rescued many elderly couples and other individuals from small financial issues to financial ruin.

Not only does Dr. Beth Haney have a flourishing health and wellness facility in Yorba Linda, California, but she is one of the industry’s most influential advocates on safety, morals and integrity.

By Rick Weinberg, California Business Journal

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Dr. Beth Haney, DNP, FNP-C, CEO of Luxe Aesthetic and Wellness Center in Yorba Linda, California.

Dr. Beth Haney, DNP, FNP-C, CEO of Luxe Aesthetic and Wellness Center in Yorba Linda, California.

WHEN BETH HANEY WAS 12 YEARS OLD, her uncle, UCLA Microbiology and Immunology Professor James Miller, took her on a tour of his lab and gave her an insider’s view of the medical world at the stately Westwood campus.

That was the moment that changed Beth’s life forever.

“I realized right then and there that’s what I wanted to do,” she says. “I could actually envision myself taking care of people.”

When she strolled around the renowned university, gawking at the buildings and impeccable landscape, “I felt like I was in heaven,” she says. “Knowing the knowledge and learning that was going on there, I just wanted to be a part of it.”

Just prior to that, there were signs that Beth was destined for a career in medicine. While riding horses in Yucaipa, California, a close family friend fell off his horse and broke his wrist – badly. It was completely deformed. While the other kids screamed, squealed and looked away, Beth raced up next to him, jumped off her horse and examined his wrist.

“I was as cool and calm as a cucumber,” she says today with a laugh. “I held his arm while my mom called the doctor. The other kids were screaming, ‘Oh my God.’ But I was ok. I thought it was a little weird but I just felt comfortable helping someone.”

Land Rover Anaheim Hills’ Annual Off-Road Adventure Takes Its Entourage To The Scenic and Rugged Terrain of Big Bear, California.

By Rick Weinberg, California Business Journal

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Photos by Steve Bland

Land Rover Anaheim Hills off-road adventure to Big Bear

Land Rover Anaheim Hills off-road adventure to Big Bear

THE CARAVAN OF 10 LAND ROVERS SPED ALONG THE HIGHWAY, one after another, in perfect and colorful syncopation, drawing the attention of other drivers and passengers along the 91 Freeway in Orange County, California.

“I love this,” Jay Allen says with a smile. “Whenever people see a convoy of Land Rovers, they wonder, ‘Where are they going? They must be on their way to do something fun.’”

In honor of her mother and grandmother, chef Claudine Maltese created a specialty personal catering service in Southern California in the tradition of family and love.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal.

Maltese Cuisine pix jpegWHENEVER CLAUDINE MALTESE CATERS A PARTY OR AN EVENT, it is done in the spirit of family, and it winds up becoming an unforgettable experience for everyone who attends.

Whether it’s a 40th birthday party for 50 people, a business lunch for 20 professionals or a 5th birthday party for 25 rowdy kids, everyone walks away craving more and saying, “That’s the best food I’ve ever had.”

They walk away fulfilled and with a warm heart, not only from the breathtaking food, but from the presentation of the food and Claudine herself.

“Claudine has a special aura about her,” says Linda Defonce, who had her 40th birthday party catered by Maltese Cuisine, and loved it so much that she has had the company cater several other events for her. “She is an incredibly warm and sincere person who happens to be a spectacular cook,” Linda says. “She puts her heart and soul into what she makes, and the presentation she creates, well, it just leaves me speechless.”

John Totaro calls Land Rover “the hottest car on the planet.” With demand so high, you can blink and the vehicle can be sold right out from under you while you’re thinking about buying it.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIF YOU ARE LOOKING TO PUT A NEW RANGE ROVER IN YOUR GARAGE THESE DAYS, get in line — yes, that long line that begins around the corner … and bends around the next corner.

Why is there such a demand for Land Rover’s latest version of their flagship Range Rover and Range Rover Sport?

“Because it’s the hottest car on the planet,” says John Totaro of Jaguar Land Rover Anaheim Hills, one of the top dealers in Land Rover sales in the Southwest.

There is six-month backlog on Range Rovers, which is such a sizzling brand these days that it has completely changed the dynamics, philosophy, approach and strategies for Jaguar Land Rover Anaheim Hills and its sales team.

Dennis Backer has reinvented himself and his business model numerous times because of the economic landscape. And each time, he has flourished.

By Rick Weinberg, California Business Journal

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Blitz Mogul Dennis Backer

WHEN IT COMES TO REINVENTING AND TRANSFORMING YOURSELF AND YOUR BUSINESS MODEL, Dennis Backer is a master.

Backer’s first love is video and TV production; it defines who he is. It’s what he’s all about. It’s been his life … since he was a child.

After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Film, Backer launched his own TV and video production firm, shooting everything from interviews and commercials to corporate marketing and training videos. He was dealing some of the biggest and most well-respected companies and agencies in the world, including Compaq Computer and NASA.

Life was grand.

But then the 2008 economic crash hit. Then flip phones capable of shooting video became red hot, “putting video directly into the hands of consumers,” Backer says. Then smart phones – and their video capabilities – took over.

As a result, businesses, already suffering from the recession, slashed their budgets, and whatever videos they were doing, they were doing themselves.

“It wasn’t very good,” Backer says, “but it was cheap.”

John Sanderson has lived a fascinating life that has taken him from Australia and England to Turkey and the USA. The constants in his life have been change, fun, adventure and Land Rovers, which he has been selling for a quarter-century.

By Rick Weinberg, Editor, California Business Journal.

John Sanderson in carSITTING AT HIS REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA HOUSE in shorts and a tank top, John Sanderson rips open the Los Angeles Times. His eyes instantly shift to an advertisement that reads: “If you think you can sell, come to this seminar.”

The address of the seminar is, quite surprisingly, the same Marriott from which he had just resigned. He slips into his flip flops and walks around the corner to the hotel.