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Keeping Score This edition we introduce our first ever Athletes Issue, a celebration of sports both in and around our community. The South Bay’s connection to athletics runs deep—from amazing young talent developed at our local schools to professional competitors who call this place home and the countless local fans who proudly support teams across the region. Surfers and swimmers savor our stunning coastline. Volleyball players go toe-to-toe on our incredible beaches. Cyclists, hikers and runners favor our varied climbs on the Peninsula. And let’s not forget the indoor ice action in El Segundo, daily matches on our tennis courts and any number of intramural sports happening on our fields. We are undeniably an active population. On our pages this issue we cover a broad spectrum of athletic endeavors. On the professional front, we go inside the making of superstar soccer team the Los Angeles Football Club, which in only two seasons has broken league records and garnered a loyal fan base here at home. Meet some of the South Bay men and women behind this team’s early success. In the philanthropic world, we check in on the Saint Sebastian Sports Project, an organization rooted in Manhattan Beach that supports Catholic school athletic programs across the Southland. In celebration of 100 years of Pebble Beach, our Golden State story chronicles longtime caddie Casey Boyns and his professional career at one of the world’s most fabled golf courses. Bo Bridges also takes us to the beating heart of this year’s Taplin Relay in Hermosa with an epic photo essay. No matter what professional team you get behind, we hope you continue to cheer on all the amazing athletic programs here in the South Bay. All are worth supporting with your encouragement and attendance. If the five amazing athletes we featured in our profile on upcoming young talent are any indication, the next sports sensation will be one of us.
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for Manchester United in England. At that time this was almost unheard of for an American player. John also faced the difficult decision of turning down a scholarship at Stanford and fulfilling his dream of playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world. In the end he just couldn’t resist playing for United, so John left the U.S. before his senior year in high school to play as a youth player in the English Premier League. Keeping a promise made to his parents, he completed his undergraduate degree while playing in the U.K.
Despite a competitive field of superstar teams, a
In addition to Manchester United, John played for
new kid on the block managed to break through … and
Bayer Leverkusen in Germany and Huddersfield, another
quickly. This year the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC)
English club. John also represented the United States
became the first expansion team ever to pull to the top
at U20, U23 and senior national team levels, where he
of the league in such a short time, all while capturing the
played for current LAFC coach Bob Bradley.
hearts of Angelenos with a raucous fan base and a jumping, state-of-the-art stadium experience. Thanks to World Cup fever and growing national inter-
In 2005 John returned from Europe to play for the Chicago Fire in MLS. He played six seasons in Chicago, also earning his MBA from prestigious Northwestern
est, Los Angeles soccer has enjoyed increased popularity
University. In 2010 John played for the then-expansion
in recent years. Our city was home to two rival soccer
Vancouver Whitecaps, and he finally moved on to D.C.
clubs: the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA. Chivas folded in
United, where he played until his retirement.
2014, opening a bid for an expansion team and the cre-
In 2015, after John decided to hang up his boots as
ation of the LAFC, as well as a cutting-edge stadium in
a professional player, fate intervened when a business
the heart of the city.
school colleague introduced him to Henry Nguyen, one
The club’s ownership reflects an impressive list of
of LAFC’s owners. At the time John was working as an
people with success in numerous fields. This includes
executive at the Players Association and about to gradu-
former professional athletes and South Bay residents Mia
ate from business school. Several conversations later,
Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra. Also part of this group
the stars aligned and John came on board as the general
are basketball legend Magic Johnson, celebrities like Will
manager of LAFC in 2016—two years prior to the expan-
Ferrell and Tony Robbins, and heavy-hitting businessmen
sion season in 2018.
Larry Berg, Peter Guber, Henry Nguyen and Tom Penn
When John had left the U.S. to pursue his ambitions
rounding out a powerhouse of skill, financial muscle,
as a player in Europe, MLS was still in its infancy. John’s
influence and acumen.
goal in his new role with LAFC was to help create a club
For the crucial role of executive vice president of soccer
so great that his 17-year-old self would choose to stay.
operations and general manager, the group looked to a
This aligned perfectly with the ambitions of the own-
South Bay native to take the charge. John Thorrington’s
ers and is realized in the amazing work LAFC does at the
path to becoming one of the youngest GMs across Major
youth level—developing young players and giving them
League Soccer (MLS) is unique in itself.
real opportunities and pathways for professional level
His pro career started when he was recruited at age 17 while attending high school in Palos Verdes to play
advancement here at home. “We are at this inflection point now with soccer in L.A.
“BRINGING THAT DIVERSITY TOGETHER FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME IS INCREDIBLE, AND IT CERTAINLY IS A HUGE TALKING POINT ABOUT WHAT WE ARE AS A CLUB.” |
and in the States,” John says. “Our ambition is to be a
launched to bring the team into the fold. They sold out of
global brand and global club, and that is what excited me
season tickets before even signing a player or coach.
most about this opportunity. As prideful as I am about
looks at and feels represents them,” shares John. “It’s
that we would have this amazing stadium and environ-
diverse, it’s forward-thinking, it’s beautiful to watch, it’s
ment in Downtown L.A. filled with the passion we see on
dynamic, it’s got grit. It’s L.A.”
the field, in the stands and in the community, I would
LAFC, encompassing affiliate supporter groups and inde-
ized more and more. As part of the LAFC family and U.S.
pendent supporters. The 3252 demonstrates that fiercely
soccer more generally, I’m motivated every day to help be
loyal and passionate fan base that John mentioned. The
a driver of the fantastic growth we’re seeing.”
number 3252 refers to the members in the standing-only section of the stadium. The group came together long
the South Bay, LAFC also integrates deeply with the com-
before LAFC had a team in place and played an integral
munity here. In addition to John, LAFC head coach Bob
part in the design of their experience. They help create an
Bradley, three assistant coaches, star player Lee Nguyen, the
electric environment at every game.
academy director, and president/owner Tom Penn call the
But LAFC’s fan base isn’t just from Los Angeles.
South Bay home. John attributes much of LAFC’s success to
Attendees are from all over Southern California, all walks
word-of-mouth evangelization, so it’s especially gratifying
of life, young and old, men and women. John adds,
for him to see the club plant strong roots in the South Bay.
“Bringing that diversity together for the love of the game
The branding and ethos of the club has been crucial
is incredible, and it certainly is a huge talking point
to its massive appeal. The colors black and gold repre-
about what we are as a club. The fans are challenging the
sent the glamour of Hollywood, the shield represents the
players to continue to deliver and entertain, and it’s this
crest and seal of the city, and the wing symbolizes speed,
symbiotic relationship that is really unique.”
power and mobility. In the words of Mayor Garcetti,
The state-of-the-art Banc of California Stadium was
“This city is strong because the people of Los Angeles are
built on the site of the L.A. Sports Arena in Downtown
strong … there’s no mascot. This is Los Angeles. We are
Los Angeles, adjacent to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. If
Los Angeles. In the heart of this town, each one of these
you’ve caught sight of it from the 110, you know it’s a
men and women are stretching their wings to say this is
sight to behold. The concept imagined a cathedral of soc-
the best soccer capital in America.”
cer in the center of Los Angeles, “future-proofed” with
LAFC’s connection with its fans is much deeper than it
is wide. “When we founded this club, we faced a unique
Adjacent to the stadium, The Fields LA offers a styl-
challenge. We were starting from scratch. No players, no
ized urban culinary experience featuring award-winning
stadium, no team name, nothing,” explains Tom. “But
local chefs and restaurants. Upstairs you can find Free
we had a vision. We challenged ourselves to be a unifier
Play, where Chef Tim Hollingsworth is bringing nostal-
in Los Angeles during splintered times. We decided on
gic American classics and craft cocktails to the heart of
a bold organizational mission: to unite the world’s city
Exposition Park. You can watch a game on TV or play retro
through the world’s game.”
arcade games. Above it all there’s a stunning rooftop event
LAFC supporters were enlisted in the building of the club from the start. Their motto, “Street by street, block by block, one by one,” highlights the grassroots effort
The 3252 is the Independent Supporters Union for the
never have believed you. We are seeing our dreams real-
With a large contingency of the organization living in
“We sought to create and build a team that our city
Los Angeles, if you would have said to me five years ago
terrace that offers sweeping views of the downtown skyline. But the real highlight of the Banc of California Stadium experience is the soccer, and so far it really couldn’t be
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going much better. After finishing third in the Western
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Supporters’ Shield—the trophy for the team with the best overall record in the league during the 34-game season. LAFC has officially been stamped the best team in MLS
history. Their captain, Carlos Vela, became the league’s
IT’S DIVERSE, IT’S
season. Their on-field success is the culmination of many
Conference in their first season last year, LAFC has
greatest scorer, holding the record for most goals in a years of hard work and togetherness, but it is still incredible given that it is only their second season ever. “You don’t get success from just one thing,” says
IT’S BEAUTIFUL TO
John. “We have an amazing group of people in this
WATCH, IT’S DYNAMIC,
technical staff right through to our chefs. We joke that
IT’S GOT GRIT. IT’S L.A.”
through to our players.”
soccer operation—from head coach Bob Bradley and his we rush to work every day, and that feeling transmits From the start, John knew one of the most important
decisions they would make was whom to hire as their head
MLS, and from domestic and international pools.
coach. His first choice was Bob Bradley. John knew Bob
But John believes the best is still yet to come, particu-
and his coaching style quite well from playing for him.
larly when it comes to developing local talent through their
“When we were thinking about what our team would
Academy program. “We are behind the curve historically
look like and how we wanted to play, he made most sense
when comparing ourselves to soccer in Europe. In part, that
for us,” John says. “Aside from Bob’s success as a coach,
is down to player development,” he says. “We have an in-
he knew MLS, he knew international football, he coached
credible talent base to choose from here in L.A., but we also
at World Cups. He has done so much and had success
have the challenge of competing with all the other sports. I
internationally, but he also knew the domestic league and
can’t help but think that with the rise in popularity of MLS
the domestic player.”
and of the national teams, we’ll start to see more and more
Bob was hired in the summer of 2017, and they had
players playing in the right environment and we’ll start to
only six months together to build a team. Their first order
see a much more productive pipeline. The idea of develop-
of business was to find a signature player. They started
ing kids from Los Angeles to come play in our stadium and
with Carlos Vela and built the roster around him. Vela has
be homegrown stars is an incredible motivation for us.” ■
done more than prove his value to this team with the best season in league history. They utilized every mechanism available to build the rest of the roster, acquiring influential players from drafts, as free agents, from USL and
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Shark’s Cove in Downtown Manhattan Beach is nearly empty at 3 p.m. on a Monday afternoon. Colin Cowherd sits at a table alone. “Hey Colin, what did you think about that Bears game?” “Colin, do you think that kicker was getting paid?” “Do you think they should get rid of him?” Colin deals with questions about sports everywhere he goes, and he loves it. “I am living my dream. This is what I always wanted to do,” explains Colin. Born and raised in Washington state, he does not come from a sports background. Since he was 8 years old, he knew he wanted to analyze and discuss sports. Colin’s first idol was Howard Cosell. Opinionated sports talk shows did not exist back then, but he watched Monday Night Football every week. “Howard was the first sportscaster who impacted my style,” explains Colin. “Smart. Direct. Willing to be hated.” Colin doesn’t try to pass off his opinions as facts; they’re just his opinions. “You can’t be afraid to be wrong in my business,” explains Colin. “If it bothers you to be called out on social media, then get out of the business. This business is not for the squeamish. I have a strong belief system. I have never much worried about what people think of them.” In 2013 Colin released the first of two books. He was also one of the original hosts of radio show SportsNation. After making a controversial comment about the education level of baseball players from the Dominican Republic, Colin left ESPN in 2015. Colin’s now hosting The Herd with Colin Cowherd on FOX Sports with cohost Joy Taylor. They cover football, basketball and baseball. These three sports play to the masses and are the bread and butter of the show. “Rinse and repeat—you play the hits,” he says. “From Labor Day until February 3, the NFL takes up 75% of my show.” The South Bay provides Colin and his family a level of anonymity he doesn’t find elsewhere. “There are so many pro athletes living around here that I’m no big deal,” he says. “Which is exactly what I want.” ■
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ADNAN KARAMA & EDWARD POWELL Attorneys, Guzman Law Group
Helping clients reach their goals with professionalism and excellence for more than 30 years is what makes Guzman Law Group the Face of Law in the South Bay. Under the leadership of founder Denise M. Guzman, the firm continues to be a trusted advisor for this community. “Our team is continuously evolving to better serve our clients,” she shares. One of the newer members of that team is transactional business attorney Adnan Karama, who advises companies across a variety of industries on corporate matters. How does he help these clients reach their goals? “I strive to use my business background to not only serve as an effective legal advocate but also a trusted business advisor,” he shares. Senior Counsel Edward Powell assists clients with straightforward, expert advice based on his nearly two decades of experience. “We ensure they understand each step, that they have the opportunity to make the most informed decisions and that there are no surprises,” he says. A South Bay native, Adnan earned his law degree at Loyola Law School. He focuses on corporate, commercial, real estate and finance transactions. Ed earned his law degree at UC Berkeley and started working in the South Bay in 2013. Specializing in the areas of corporate, securities, finance and banking law, he represents companies at all stages of development and need. When a business requires professional assistance in corporate, financial, estate, trust, entertainment or litigation, the highly skilled team at Guzman Law Group is ready to help them meet their goals—in the South Bay and beyond.
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TORRANCE MEMORIAL HUNT CANCER CENTER Torrance Memorial opened its doors in 1925 to provide quality health care services predominantly to the residents of the South Bay. No longer just a hospital, today Torrance Memorial—a Cedars-Sinai affiliate—includes an extensive system of physicians and comprehensive services to provide outstanding medical care. The hospital consistently receives top-quality ratings from leading health organizations for their commitment to quality, safety and putting patients first. In 2019 two national hospital studies in Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report recognized Torrance Memorial as the topranked hospital in the South Bay. This December Torrance Memorial will expand its comprehensive cancer program with the opening of the Hunt Cancer Center. Torrance Memorial’s Hunt Cancer Institute has a long, successful history of caring for cancer patients and their families, and soon the Hunt Cancer Center will provide a patient-centered environment to meet the needs of oncology patients all in one place. A team of surgeons, oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and nurse navigators will work collaboratively to fight cancer with new treatments and diagnostics, including genetic counseling, an infusion center and clinical research. Its increased space will allow more room for families to visit, and new features will enhance the patient experience during treatment. What really makes Torrance Memorial shine as the Face of Cancer Care in the South Bay is its affiliation with CedarsSinai. Now in its second year, this alliance continues to bring expertise, new technologies, medical research, clinical trials and innovative treatments to southern California. Providing highly skilled care with compassionate support and services throughout the journey of cancer treatment and beyond is just one way Torrance Memorial continues to expand access to the most advanced medical care— right here in our community.
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Christine Petti, MD, FACS Medical Director | Owner Palos Verdes Plastic Surgery Medical Center, Inc. Spa Bella Medical Day Spa As a young child, Christine Petti learned from her cosmetologist mother that looking good often means feeling good. So it was no surprise that she chose to work in the beauty industry herself—as a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Petti is passionate about enhancing and preserving the unique attractiveness of people and things all around her: her home, her garden, her own appearance and, of course, that of her patients. “I am obsessed with beauty—natural and enhanced,” she says. “You deserve to be preserved!” She trained at the University of Chicago and opened Palos Verdes Plastic Surgery Medical Center in 1990. Realizing that her patients were also interested in minimally invasive and noninvasive rejuvenating services, she opened Spa Bella Medical Day Spa in 1998. She and her team are honored year after year with “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” and “Best Medical Spa” awards and recognition. One of Dr. Petti’s specific areas of expertise is plastic surgery for the modern man. “There are anatomical and physiological differences between men and women,” she explains. “I can vary my surgical and nonsurgical technique so it is specific and customized to both the male and female face and body.” Dr. Petti is driven by her love for all things lovely and her passion to help others look and feel their best. Most days find her sharing tricks of the trade with her friends and patients about how to make their skin glow, their hair grow, their eyes sparkle, and their body and face look natural and youthful. As the Face of Beauty of the South Bay, she knows that true beauty is far more than skin deep.
“WHAT A PRIVILEGE FOR ME TO BE A PLASTIC SURGEON. I AM GRATEFUL EACH DAY THAT I CHOSE THIS BLESSED PROFESSION.”
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Not long after moving to Los Angeles, while he was attending college and then dental school, Michael Fulbright became keenly aware of two passions that remain dear to his heart today: living near the beach and cosmetic dentistry. He discovered the South Bay and met his future wife, Molly—and fell in love with both. Hermosa Beach is where they chose to raise their beautiful three children. “The small-town feel and wonderful community is what keeps us here and allows us the lifestyle we prefer,” says Dr. Fulbright. “We’re grateful to be in a place where we work and live and can commute with our bikes or golf cart.” After earning his dental degree, Dr. Fulbright continued to elevate his education in aesthetic techniques. “I have cultivated my smile design protocols and created an experience so patients play an active part in personalizing their smile,” he shares. Although he is the Face of Cosmetic Dentistry in the South Bay, Dr. Fulbright and his team are passionate about helping patients achieve complete health—beyond just the mouth. “Our mission is to transform the total health of 30,000 people in the Beach Cities by 2022,” he says. “We now know the links between systemic diseases and oral health. I want to be one of the pioneer dentists who helps create the paradigm shift in our profession from having a ‘drill-and-fill’ mentality to being leaders in preventative medicine and ultimately oral physicians.” Combining his passions for his work and his community, Dr. Fulbright continues to make an impact on patients in the South Bay—improving their smiles as well as their total health.
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More than a decade ago, two renowned orthopedic surgeons—Dr. Brad Thomas and Dr. William Mealer—had a vision of creating a practice where medical excellence was offered in a beautiful facility at an affordable price. Today Beach Cities Orthopedics has fulfilled its vision and is thriving in the South Bay and beyond. BCO prides itself on utilizing the most advanced technology to treat patients. Dr. William Mealer explains: “What separates BCO is that we are constantly changing, adapting and practicing medicine with the latest technology available—technology that has never before been seen in a private orthopedic office.” This state-of-the-art technology includes the first-ever 4-K video technology for arthroscopic surgery, two Siemens 1.5 Testla MRIs with 3-D multiplanar imaging, and high-definition ultrasound used for all in-office injections. “BCO is evolving to meet the needs of our patients and the South Bay community,” says Dr. Thomas. “In 2018 we built a state-of-the-art surgery center in our Manhattan Beach location to complement our other services including acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, physical therapy and occupational therapy. This unique blend of services allows us to fully integrate the care of our patients from start to finish.” In 2020 BCO will continue to evolve. They are expanding to a new office location in San Pedro, opening a second MRI location in Torrance and will begin to offer primary care, executive health physicals, executive wellness and overall health maintenance. The doctors share, “We are truly a one-stop shop for those seeking optimal health and longevity.”
“WE ARE TRULY A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR THOSE SEEKING OPTIMAL HEALTH AND LONGEVITY.”
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the right stuff FROM AN ASPIRING POLEVAULTER TO A CHARISMATIC GYMNAST, THE SOUTH BAY IS RAISING ELITE ATHLETES. FIVE YOUNG COMPETITORS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS SHARE WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE THE JUMP FROM PROMISING TO PROLIFIC. Written & photographed by Kat Monk
The Mehra family is sitting in their
years for Oiselle, a women’s apparel company, after get-
Palos Verdes kitchen, jokingly
ting both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Stanford.
reminiscing about how one of their own became a successful professional runner. A badminton champion in India long ago, Grandma
Coming full circle, her professional coach is Lauren Fleshman—her original running idol. In her first year running the event as a professional, she placed seventh at the USA National Championships in the 800m. She ran a personal best of 4:08.14 in the 1500m and 2:02.55 in the 800m. She recently finished
trumps everyone and insists she is
third at the 5th Avenue Mile in New York City against
some of the best “milers” in the U.S. and the world with
Rebecca Mehra will be vying for a spot at the Olympic
a time of 4:22.0. “Rebecca is barely getting her feet wet as a pro runner
track and field trials in the 800m (½-mile) and 1500m
at this level. She has a deep belief in her abilities but
(1-mile) events. The trials will be held in Eugene, Oregon,
doesn’t float away from reality,” adds Lauren. “I like to
just a month before the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
say she keeps both feet on the ground—but lightly. This
Rebecca started running at age 11—her first competi-
is a great way to be open to improvement without the
tion a middle school track meet at Peninsula High School.
trappings of bad decision-making that come from an
Hooked on running, she soon joined a local running club.
unrealistic view of oneself.”
But it wasn’t until high school that she really started to take the sport seriously. “She came to Palos Verdes High School with some
relatives who were either pole-vaulters, surfers or both.
as well as she did so early on,” explains Brian Shapiro,
His Uncle Tim won the pole-vaulting title in 1973, and
PVHS athletic director. “Rebecca had a precocious and
his father, Anthony, was a two-time state champion in
feisty presence, but underneath she really valued the
1977 and 1978. Tate got hooked on pole-vaulting by age 7 but only
fellow competitors.” As a senior, she won PVHS’s first
vaulted occasionally until he started at Redondo Union
state championship alongside her freshman sister.
High School. Homeschooled most of his life, he continued
After a trip to Stanford early in her high school days,
with independent study in high school so he could pole-
she knew the university was her dream. Yet she stayed
vault and also compete on the surf team, his preferred
humble, worked hard, trained even harder and took every
AP class she could to achieve her goal of admission. Although Rebecca struggled at Stanford with various
Tate’s best friend’s dad offered his son $100 to beat his record, which inspired Tate to ask his own dad to do
stress fractures, she graduated as a three-time All-
the same. With a similar competitive spirit to his son’s,
American, 2017 USA Track & Field Championships semi-
Anthony blurted out, “I will give you $1,000 if you can
finalist in the 1500m and four-time All-Pac-12 in the
beat my freshman record.”
1500m. If that is not enough, she also has one of the
In 1978 Anthony set what was then a national high
fastest 1500m times in Stanford University history with
school record when he cleared 14’9” for Encino’s Crespi
High. Eventually Tate accomplished the goal and won the
She has been running professionally for the last two
blessed with some excellent DNA. Tate has numerous
running experience, but nobody expected her to perform
mentorship and help she got from her teammates and
If pole-vaulting talent is genetic, Tate Curran is
bet. “He said he would never bet me again,” smiles Tate.
Tate describes his trajectory as a bit of a Cinderella story. Anthony, the UCLA pole-vaulting assistant coach
it.” Adds Anthony, “One of the greatest feelings a dad can have is seeing your son break your record.”
since 1983, was not able to coach his son due to conflicting schedules. Tate’s dream to go to UCLA and vault for his dad seemed out of the question.
Before he was even old enough to play soccer or T-ball, 4-year-old Jack St. Ivany played in hockey matches for
The acceptance rate at UCLA is one of the lowest in
the Lil’ Kings league in El Segundo. Initially part of the
the country at 14%. So after graduating high school, he
swarm chasing the puck down the rink, Jack realized at
attended El Camino for a year. “I ended up jumping high
an early age to strategize and defend the goal too.
enough where I could get a scholarship into UCLA, and
“It was an advanced way to look at the game at such
I instantly became one of the best pole-vaulters in the
a young age,” explains Patricia St. Ivany, Jack’s mom. At
country,” says the athlete.
that moment, his parents knew he had a future in hockey.
While competing in Albuquerque for UCLA, Tate
Although many National Hockey League (NHL) players
jumped a lifetime best of 17 feet, 6½ inches. “I knew
currently live in the South Bay, few were born and raised
the second I got on the runway that it was going to be a
here. Jack drafted in the fourth round of the NHL to the
good day,” he says. “My dad coached me right through
Philadelphia Flyers. With commitment, dedication and
athletic ability, he has achieved success as a defenseman. The NHL allows their draftees to choose between two
As they walked by fellow U.S. athletes, they were given high fives. Why? They had just won the U.S. a silver
options: play 68 to 70 games per season in the profes-
medal. Never in Izzy’s life had she felt this level of cama-
sional Western Hockey League (WHL) in Canada or play
raderie or pride.
30 to 34 games per season for their college team. Players
Being a gymnast these days is not without challenges.
who choose to play in the WHL are no longer eligible for
The conviction of Larry Nassar, the former physician at
NCAA college play in the United States.
Michigan State University, sent shockwaves through the
Jack chose to play for his college and is currently a
community. Unlike other countries with full support and
sophomore at Yale University in Connecticut, where he
stipends, USA Gymnastics lost its sponsorships and is
continues to get stronger and develop as a player. In
currently trying to rebuild its program. Many gymnasts
addition to understanding the importance of his educa-
now have to pay for a significant portion of their pursuit
tion, he also realized that playing too many games in
to represent the USA in Tokyo in 2020.
the WHL before a player has fully developed can lead to career-ending injury. “Jack is someone who can play in all situations, can
While attending Pennekamp Elementary School, Manhattan Beach Middle School and Mira Costa High School, Izzy trained at the L.A. School of Gymnastics 25
contribute offensively as well as defend against the other
to 30 hours a week. Starting with individual artistic gym-
team’s best players,” explains Keith Allain, Yale’s hockey
nastics, she switched to rhythmic when she was 10 years
head coach. “He is a player who can log lots of ice time.
old. “I preferred the artistry, complexity, beauty and
He had a huge impact last year as a freshman, and with
flexibility of rhythmic gymnastics over artistic gymnas-
his competitive drive I expect him to improve each and
tics,” she shares.
every day.” While Jack was growing up, he would watch the
Rhythmic is a sport that consists of five gymnasts who combine elements of ballet, gymnastics and dance
International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Junior
performed on the floor, using apparatus such as a rope,
Hockey Championships. “In the world of hockey, it is
hoop, ball, club or ribbon. Izzy loves connecting with the
‘the’ tournament,” explains Patricia. “The thought of
music so much that she quit gymnastics for a short stint
even being a part of the tournament is unimaginable.”
while she pursued dance.
When Jack’s invitation came to be a member of the
In 2017 Izzy was honored to make the United States
team, he quickly accepted. “It is the best opportunity to
Olympic rhythmic gymnastics team, also known as the
play against the best players in the world,” he explains.
National Team. She trains at North Shore Rhythmic
The team won the silver medal for the USA after losing to
Gymnastics Center in Chicago four to seven hours a day
Finland in the finals. Jack is more determined than ever
every day but Saturday. The team has traveled the world
to continue his development and play for the Flyers in the
competing in countries including Belarus, Russia, Spain,
France, Portugal and Italy. Azerbaijan is the next competition that will ultimately decide the team’s Olympic fate
Within the athlete’s village of the Pan American Games
in Lima, Peru, sat a dining hall the size of a football field filled with hungry, competitive athletes. As Isabelle
With the sun setting in the background, bodies were
(Izzy) Connor and four of her USA rhythmic gymnastics
flipping and flying in the air just above the seas some-
teammates came through the doors, they were met with
where in the middle of the Caribbean. Mesmerized,
an uproar of applause.
8-year-old gymnast Jacob Haim was watching in awe as
a dozen professional divers jumped from 40-foot platforms and trampolines into pools. He was so riveted, he decided diving would be his future. Jacob soon started taking diving lessons with Coach Hongping Li through the Trojan Dive Club at the University of Southern California. Within two months,
with lots of hang time.” In 2014 Jacob won Nationals, one of his proudest moments thus far. His favorite dive on the 3m is a 5335d, a reverse 1½ with 2½ twists. “I have always loved twisters, so I learned a few that I like to do,” he explains. “He has a long and extended body line, which makes
the coach put Jacob on his Junior Olympic team. In a
his dives smooth and beautiful to watch in the air,” notes
local meet just a few months later, Jacob won his first
Coach Li. “Jacob knows how to rip into the water; that is
medals in two events: gold and silver. Later that year he
very impressive for diving.” Jacob, now 18 and a senior,
also competed in the USA swimming and diving national
is diving for Mira Costa High School. The 2024 Olympics
championships and placed 16th in the United States.
could be his year. ■
Jacob’s favorite event is the 3-meter dive. “There are more opportunities,” he says. “It’s a board you can take all the way to the Olympics, and it’s much more exciting
Aleksandra Dobranić SHE SOARS TO NEW HEIGHTS. Written by Sara Debevec | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell
I considered myself tall until I met Aleksandra “Sasha” Dobranić. In a crowded bar turning a corner to say hi to a friend, I walked right into her chest. Here was a woman who is unafraid to wear heels at an already impressive 6’4”. Naturally, I was intimidated but also intrigued by this beautiful being towering over me. When she was in second grade, Aleksandra was the tallest among her peers and claims her basketball journey was predecided. Her dad, someone she always looked up to, was already an avid basketball player—always bringing balls on family vacations. “Growing up tall, basketball became a part of me,” she says. In high school it became more serious, and she started playing for her national team in Serbia, where she is from. “In Europe there are no high school and college sports like in the U.S., and when you are excelling at your sport, you can start playing professionally while in high school.” In her senior year, she left the family nest and moved to the capital, Belgrade, to attend a sports-centered high school and play professionally for the well-known Serbian team Radivoj Korać. “I moved by myself and lived with two other girls on the team,” she shares. “We would practice twice daily right before and after school for about two hours at a time. It’s a normal thing to practice so much when you are a pro. On top of that, three times a week we would do lift and conditioning.” She recalls this as an intense but fun period in her life. Halfway through her senior year of high school, when some of her athlete friends relocated to the United States for school and to continue their athletic growth, Sasha also decided to explore that path. She had to take her SAT and TOEFL exams to transition to the U.S. education system. “I was scared once I took the test. I was like, ‘OK, this is real. It’s happening.’ I was scared, but if I didn’t try it, I would never know what it was like.” In 2009 she made the transcontinental move from Belgrade to Ohio as an international student athlete to play basketball and receive a higher education at Ohio State. With a new team, she acquired a new nickname: Fierce. It was initially inspired by Beyoncé’s I Am… Sasha Fierce album, but it quickly served as a reflection of her drive, determination and hard work. After college she decided to move to California. She never thought she was going
to get into coaching, but it seemed like a natural thing to do as she already had some experience with kids at Ohio State summer camps. Understanding there is only so much attention you can dedicate to a player when coaching a team, she decided to focus on private lessons. She quickly developed a network of clients all over L.A., including West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Playa Vista, El Segundo and Manhattan Beach. “I had a couple clients in Manhattan Beach, and then word of mouth got around,” she says. “Now I spend most of my time here.” Sasha works with kids ages 6 through 17, but her favorite age group to work with is between 6 and 8 years old. She notes that when they are really young, you can see them improve quickly. Some people think it’s challenging, but she finds it quite satisfying. “I act like I am 8 when I am with them, and it’s really fun,” she says. “Sometimes the attention span is short and that can be tough, but it’s important to just be patient with them, giving them breaks, understanding and tweaking the practice to make it more enjoyable for them.” Sasha not only coaches but also works for a software company called Simple Practice. She hopes to continue to excel in her field while sharing her love for basketball with the kids. “The key to success in life is happiness and finding something to do in life that makes you truly happy because then it doesn’t feel like work,” she explains. “Happiness, patience and hard work are major when it comes to success.” ■
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clear as a bell THIS AUGUST AT THE INTERNATIONAL SURF FESTIVAL, THE CITY OF MANHATTAN BEACH WON INTRACREW RELAY, AND THE L.A. COUNTY SOUTHERN SECTION TEAM TOOK HOME THE COVETED BELL IN THE JUDGE IRVIN TAPLIN LIFEGUARD MEDLEY RELAY. LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER BO BRIDGES LAUNCHED HEADFIRST INTO THE GRUELING EVENT TO CAPTURE THE GRIT AND PASSION OF THESE COMPETING LIFEGUARD TEAMS. Photographed by Bo Bridges
In 1936 Bud Stevenson, former chief lifeguard and the first assistant director of the Los Angeles County Department of Beach, approved the first ever Judge Irvin Taplin Lifeguard Medley Relay. The event’s namesake was a Los Angeles County Municipal Court judge and a former Los Angeles lifeguard. A way to showcase lifeguarding skills in Southern California, the relay originally consisted of four swimmers, four paddlers and four two-man dory teams. The race is held at night to accommodate the lifeguards’ work commitments during the day. During World War II, the competition was discontinued for four years and restored in 1947. A couple years later, the Taplin bell was first introduced. This coveted trophy features all the winning teams and their members from 1949 to the present. It’s said that Bud stumbled upon the bell while on Terminal Island and discovered that it was from the tanker he served on during the war: the F.H. Hillman. When Bud presented the yard superintendent a photo of himself posed next to the bell, he sold Bud the bell for $25. After the Taplin Relay, each member of the winning team is called to the stage to ring the bell. The lifeguard is allowed one ring for each year he has won. In 1963 the cities of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach joined forces with the three chambers of commerce and Los Angeles County to present a combined beach festival known as the International Surf Festival. A few years later the city of Torrance and
“PEOPLE WHO ATTEND THE RACES SEE THE SAME LIFEGUARDS—WHO KEEP THEM AND THEIR LOVED ONES SAFE EACH DAY AT THE BEACH— DEMONSTRATE THEIR OCEAN SKILLS. ON INTRACREW NIGHT, YOU ARE RACING WITH THE SAME LIFEGUARDS YOU HAVE WORKED SIDE BY SIDE WITH ALL SUMMER AS A COHESIVE UNIT. WE DEVELOP A STRONG SENSE OF CAMARADERIE WORKING AS A TEAM ON THE BEACH EVERY DAY, AND I BELIEVE THIS IS EVIDENT TO THE SPECTATING PUBLIC. THE TEAM IS MADE UP OF EVERY RANK.” — CAPTAIN TOM SETH, LIFEGUARD SERVICES AT LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT, TIED WITH MEL SOLBERG FOR THE MOST TAPLIN WINS AT 20 EACH
“THE MORE TIME LIFEGUARDS SPEND IN THE WATER IN A RECREATIONAL SETTING, THE BETTER THEY BECOME IN THE WATER WHEN THE SETTING IS NOT RECREATIONAL. NOTHING WE DO IS ALL THAT IMPORTANT IF IT DOES NOT OUTLIVE US, AND TAPLIN IS NO DIFFERENT. I HOPE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF LIFEGUARDS ARE FAR the Torrance Chamber of Commerce joined the others to be co-sponsors of the festival. The International Surf Festival has been held every year for 57 years. For the last five years, the relay has taken place in Hermosa Beach. Throughout the years the trophy has bounced between lifeguard teams from Los Angeles County, Orange County and Ventura County. In 1977 the Los Angeles team split into three separate teams: L.A. County South-
BETTER IN THE WATER THAN MY PEERS AND I, AND TAPLIN IS SPECIAL WAY TO FOSTER THAT.”
ern Section, L.A. County Central Section and L.A. County Northern Section. The event has become so prolific, teams from Australia have participated in the relay; they even established their own version of the competition in their home country. ■
— MICHAEL MURPHY, OCEAN LIFEGUARD SPECIALIST AT LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
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ince 2009, Terranea Resort has
schedule, the North Pole’s most famous
provided a “home away from home”
resident will listen to wish lists and take
for residents all over Southern
photographs after a delicious buffet of baked
California—especially during the
goods, waffles and other breakfast favorites.
holiday season. During their annual celebra-
If you’re looking for a unique gift to give to
tion this year, things are looking especially
a loved one this year, the resort will hold sev-
merry and bright at the Palos Verdes destina-
eral craft-making classes for guests through-
tion with an itinerary of special events from
out the season. Get a head start on Holiday
November to January.
Card Crafting—a family activity sure to bring
The season of traditions kicks off for early risers on Thanksgiving morning with the annual Turkey Shoot Out at The Links.
smiles to the mailbox—on Sunday, November 24, and Sunday, December 22. On Monday, November 30, a Candle-
This nine-hole, five-person team scramble
Making Workshop guides you to making your
starts on the course and finishes with lunch,
own custom-scented, coconut wax-blend
awards and prizes.
candles plus your own custom label. Choose
The celebration continues at the Thanksgiving Ballroom Buffet. With numerous seating times throughout the afternoon, this
from scents inspired by Terranea and the California coast. Reflect upon this past year with Mandala
multi-station dining experience, accompanied
Ornament Decorating on Sunday, December
by live entertainment, will have a cornucopia
1 and 15. Guided by a wellness coach, you
of delicious options, including Champagne,
will learn the art of mandala while enjoying a
seasonal cider and a dessert bar. Want to
seasonal cocktail or mocktail, chips and salsa,
enjoy the tastes of Terranea at home or in the
and your very own ornament to take home.
comfort of your villa or casita? sea beans will
The Gingerbread House Workshops on
offer a Turkey Take-Out, including all the fix-
Saturday, December 7, 14 and 21, delight with
ings to host a feast of your own.
individual, edible houses and all the frosting,
You know the holiday season has officially started when Terranea lights its beautiful Christmas tree. This popular tradition on
candies and materials to make your own tasty masterpiece. For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,
Sunday, December 8, will also present festive
make a reservation at one of the resort’s
music from local entertainers and holiday
wonderful eateries or bring the bounty to your
crafts for all ages. Share your holiday spirit with
home with Christmas To-Go from sea beans.
an unwrapped gift to donate to Toys for Tots.
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Keep the magic going with a lavish buffet
and enjoy prime rib, country-style mashed
dinner at catalina kitchen and savor the tastes
potatoes, roasted vegetables, acorn squash
of the season—including well-crafted cocktails,
and pink peppercorn jus. Finish the meal with
a diverse list of beer and wine and a “build your
your choice of pumpkin or pecan pie.
own old-fashioned” bar. Also that evening, Mrs.
Continue the party until the stroke of mid-
Claus will be making a very special appear-
night 2020 with dinner and dancing at three
ance at sea beans with popcorn, holiday cookie
unique Terranea New Year’s events. All ages
decoration and collecting letters for Santa.
will enjoy a New Year’s Eve Winter Wonderland
Your children will certainly have an
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the long game FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS, CASEY BOYNS HAS HEFTED PLAYERS’ GOLF BAGS ONTO HIS BACK WHILE GUIDING THEM AROUND ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST ILLUSTRIOUS COURSES. HIS EXPERIENCES AT PEBBLE BEACH ENCAPSULATE THE LEGENDARY APPEAL OF THE COURSE—NOW CELEBRATING ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY AND STILL WORTHY OF THE SPOTLIGHT. Written by Shaun Tolson | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell
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As early morning rays of sunlight stream across the perennial ryegrass fairways and poa annua greens of
more than it is at their backs. As for Pebble Beach’s other famous par 3, the seventh hole—which plays only 109 yards from the championship tee boxes and is pitched precipitously downhill to
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Casey Boyns
a less-than-expansive green that juts out over Carmel
makes his familiar walk from the
Bay—Casey eases the anxiety of first-time players. “It’s
resort’s caddie shack to his group of golfers waiting near the first tee. “It’s time for another Oscar-winning performance,” he says, casting a grin toward the caddie master.
only 90 yards, but they don’t know how easy to hit it,” he explains. “I say, ‘Don’t be long, left, right or short.’” If the key to a successful golf swing is tempo and rhythm, then the key to a masterful caddie performance—according to Casey—is comedic timing. “Every now and then I’ll get a guy who will ask, ‘What’s the best place to putt from?’ And I’ll say, ‘The green.’” It’s a statement laden not with sarcasm but wisdom.
The comment isn’t meant to suggest that Casey simply
“The whole thing about Pebble is the short game,” he
puts on a good face each time he shoulders a guest’s golf
explains. “The course has some of the smallest greens on the
bag, nor does it mean that his enthusiasm for the course
tour. People say it all the time: ‘These greens are small.’ And
and his daily role as a caddie is disingenuous. Rather it’s
they are. Even the big greens are small, and there’s so much
an acknowledgement that after more than three decades of
slope that even the chips are hard.”
being a full-time caddie at Pebble Beach, he knows the talking
It’s clear that Casey has accrued almost a lifetime’s
points for each hole by heart. The 63-year-old ranks second
worth of perspective assessing and appreciating one of the
in seniority among the course’s 287 caddies and is himself an
world’s most famous golf courses. What initially attracted
accomplished amateur golfer.
him to Pebble Beach Golf Links—and influenced his three
“It’s like a monologue out there,” he explains. “Every
decades of loyal service there—is the course’s history.
hole has its own script that you follow. It’s so ingrained
Pebble Beach is celebrating its centennial this year—a
in me. I could do it with my eyes closed. It’s the same
milestone that brought the U.S. Open back to the Monterey
script every time.”
Peninsula for the sixth time last June.
For example, Casey will tell his golfers as they select
For Casey, however, it’s the course’s legacy of hosting
a club for their tee shot on the second hole, “You can hit
prominent amateur championships that better distin-
anything you want here. Just hit it straight.”
guishes it from so many others. On that topic, Pebble
On the eighth fairway, he’ll make sure his clients know
Beach and Casey Boyns are intimately linked.
that while their shots to the green may look downhill, they’ll still play the full yardage. He’ll manage their
expectations on the next hole—the longest par 4 on the
Pebble Beach Golf Links was built in 1919 by the Pacific
course—reminding them that they should approach the
Improvement Company to solicit interest in the greater
hole as if it were a par 5 and be happy with a bogey.
Monterey Peninsula area. It was also built specifically for
And on the 17th, a 208-yard par 3 famously immortal-
the California State Amateur golf championship, which was
ized by a Jack Nicklaus tee shot that struck the pin during
first conducted in 1912 at nearby Del Monte Golf Course. It
the 1972 U.S. Open (more on this later), Casey makes
moved to Pebble Beach seven years later, once those revered
sure his golfers know that the prevailing wind is crossing
fairways overlooking Carmel Bay had grown in. In fact,
Pebble Beach Golf Links hosted the California State Amateur
LESSONS OF LOOPING
matches uninterrupted for more than eight decades, finally
Since his first Pebble Beach caddying job—as a kid,
relinquishing host duties following the 2006 season.
he shouldered a golf bag during the 1967 Bing Crosby
For avid, competitive amateur golfers across the coun-
“Clambake” (now the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am)—golf
try, winning a state championship is considered a pinnacle
has evolved tremendously. So too has the art of caddying.
achievement. Such is certainly the case for Casey, who
“People nowadays, they want to be entertained,” Casey
has competed in the California State Amateur about 25
explains. “It’s a show. It’s a little bit of [being] a tour
times—earning his entry through qualifying tournaments
guide. They want it all.”
about two-thirds of the time. On two occasions—1989 and
When Casey was a rookie, during his first year caddy-
1993—Casey won the tournament and hoisted the champi-
ing full time back in 1981, he learned a lot from listen-
onship’s ultimate prize: the Edward B. Tufts trophy.
ing and observing. He took note of which landmarks the
The year prior to claiming his first state amateur title,
more experienced caddies used to determine distances.
Casey actually caddied for the winner and credits that up-
Like his unofficial mentors, he advised his own clients to
close-and-personal experience as a key factor in his own
simply aim for the middle of the green. (This remains a
victory the following year. “Caddying for this guy in the
prudent strategy.) However, being a caddie decades ago
final match, I saw what it took,” he says. “If you see it,
was more about assisting and enhancing a round of golf
you get the gist of it. You realize that it’s doable.”
in relative silence.
Of equal importance at the time was Casey’s eight
“The best stuff was, ‘Don’t say too much,’” Casey says
years of full-time caddie experience at Pebble Beach.
of the advice he received during those early years. “The
“It’s a home field advantage, no doubt,” he says of the
older caddies didn’t talk much. It was show up, shut up
opportunity to compete for a championship on a course
and keep up.”
he walked every day. “I knew exactly what clubs to hit
As one of the longest-tenured caddies at the resort,
every time, where the other guys might be guessing a
Casey gets to choose his own schedule, which means he’s
typically out on the course with one of the first groups
But Casey will be the first to tell you that the knowledge
of the day. He prefers that slot not because it allows him
of what shot to hit will only get you so far. “You can know
time for another loop on the course—caddies who do that
everything about the course, but you still have to hit the
are called “loopers”—but because it frees up his after-
shots. If you’re confident that you have the right club and
noons. He can run errands, pick up his granddaughter
know how it’s going to react, it makes hitting the shots
from school or squeeze in a round of golf with his friends
easier—but you still have to hit ’em.”
at the Pasadera Club, where he is a member.
Reflecting on those two pinnacle victories, Casey
One drawback to being out on the course early: Those
remembers his putter being the critical club in 1989. “I
first groups are held to a very efficient pace. By 8:30 a.m.,
made every putt from five feet or less; I didn’t miss one,”
groups teeing off on the first hole are mostly going to
he says, still somewhat amazed by the accomplishment.
play without marshals or rangers keeping too close an eye
“It was incredible.” In 1993, as he recalls, it was his ball
on their progress. By that time, the course is busy enough
striking that set him apart from the competition.
that occasional delays are inevitable.
Was one victory sweeter than the other? Absolutely. “Winning the second time,” Casey says, “was validation.”
But as one of the first groups off before 7 a.m., Casey and his golfers are expected to keep it moving. For club members who play the course regularly, this isn’t a problem. For guests who want to soak in the experience
“IF YOU’RE CONF IDENT THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT CLUB AND KNOW HOW IT’S GOING TO REACT, IT MAKES HITTING THE SHOTS EASIER— BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO HIT ’EM.”
of playing Pebble Beach (perhaps for the first time), the pressure to keep moving can mar an otherwise memorable experience.
shots ever.” As for his own best shot at Pebble Beach, Casey shares, “In the State Amateur finals in 1993, on the ninth hole, I hit a cut 5-iron to a front pin position right over the
SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND EXCEPTIONAL SHOTS
bunker. You just can’t get at that pin, but I got it to about
Dating back to the early 1970s when Casey and his friends
15 feet and made the putt for birdie. It was the opportune
from Pacific Grove High School would sneak onto the
moment to hit a good shot. The momentum had really
course for late-afternoon rounds, the veteran caddie has
shifted [in the match], and that helped. That’s one of the
played Pebble Beach more than 200 times. Given that he
best shots I ever hit.”
typically caddies close to that many rounds in a single year, it stands to reason that Casey has witnessed his fair
share of remarkable shots on the bucket-list course.
Although most golf enthusiasts rightfully consider Pebble
In 1972 Casey was a forecaddie on the 14th hole during
less brightly than it did 30 years ago. “Like a lot of things,
hero at the time—was playing in the final group. Once
when you do it a lot, the pizzazz wears off,” he says of his
Nicklaus and his final-round partner, Bruce Crampton,
days spent looping around Carmel Bay. “It used to be a lot of
finished the 14th hole, Casey was free to follow the group
fun, but it’s more like a job than it used to be.”
for the final four holes of the championship. As luck
influences his lack of sentimentality. “I can be bought!” he
hole and watched Nicklaus pull a 1-iron from his bag and
says with a laugh. “I’ll go with the worst golfers for the most
hit a piercing tee shot that secured him the win. Nicklaus
money.” This also suggests (though it doesn’t guarantee)
already had a three-shot lead, but when his ball hit the
that Casey can be lured away from his early morning tee time
flagstick after one bounce and landed a few inches from
if the price is right.
“I was directly behind the tee box, about four rows back,”
More often than not, however, Casey is reminded on a daily basis just how special Pebble Beach is—sometimes
Casey recalls. “The lip of the front bunker hides the pin. We
through his golfers’ reactions as they soak in the wonder of
could see it [the ball] going at the hole, but we couldn’t see
the course and the joy that comes from playing there. Other
it land. I don’t remember if I saw it [the flagstick] move,
times he arrives at that mindset on his own.
but everybody was going nuts ... so I knew it was close.” As a caddie, Casey has watched his golfers hit equally
“The course itself—the views of the ocean along the cliff—it’s just so damn pretty,” he says. “There are days
remarkable shots. During the 2010 U.S. Open, Casey was
when I get out there, and I find myself staring at the ocean
Jason Allred’s caddie and watched the PGA Tour pro hit a
and not watching my player hit.”
recovery shot out of the left fairway bunker with a 6-iron,
Casey, of course, recognizes that on most days, the golfers
landing his ball on the green. It remains one of the best
who are entrusted into his care are checking off a prominent
shots Casey has seen hit on the course.
box on their bucket lists. Rather than adding pressure, he ac-
“I’ve seen holes-in-one, so don’t get me wrong,” he says. “But this was in the U.S. Open, and he was in this
The very nature of the job—one that is tip-driven—also
would have it, Casey managed a great seat on the 17th
the hole, the Golden Bear’s victory was all but assured.
Beach to be a course utopia, for Casey the luster shines a little
the final round of the U.S. Open. Jack Nicklaus—Casey’s
knowledges, it makes his job that much more special. “They’re really excited, and you have to be excited
fairway bunker where most people are laying up. But he hit
with them and for them,” he says. “It motivates me to
this 6-iron on the green and made the birdie putt. Under
go the extra mile. You want them to have the best pos-
the circumstances of the U.S. Open, it was one of the best
sible experience.” ■
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Stein Metzger A FORMER OLYMPIAN TURNED CHAMPION BEACH COACH Written & photographed by Kat Monk
On a balmy, windy afternoon in Gulf Shores, Alabama, history repeated itself for the UCLA Beach Volleyball team in 2019. Stein Metzger, the head coach, stepped onto the tarmac with a huge smile on his face, trophy in hand, to board a chartered flight back to Westwood after winning his second consecutive NCAA championship. At 6’3”, Stein has deep roots in volleyball starting in his early days playing on the beaches of the Outrigger Canoe Club in Honolulu. He was the setter for the indoor volleyball team at Punahou High School and went on to attend UCLA, where he won three NCAA championships in 1993, 1995 and 1996. Stein made his Olympic beach volleyball debut at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens with Dax Holdren after winning the silver medal at the 2003 World championships in Rio de Janeiro. They came into the Olympics ranked 12th in the world and tied for 5th place. Stein, nicknamed Stein-O, was the top-ranked player on tour after he and Jake Gibb played in the semifinals of 11 out of 13 events. Jake still plays and is on a quest for a run at the 2020 Olympics teamed up with another Punahou alumni, Taylor Crabb. “Stein was the fiercest competitor I ever played with but had fun doing it,” says Jake. “He taught me the importance of putting good people around you and then trusting in those people.” Stein was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009 and is second alltime in UCLA history in assists (5,158) and sixth in aces (110). He returned to his alma mater as an assistant to the women’s indoor team with teammate Mike Sealy. In spring 2013 it was announced that Stein would start coaching the inaugural women’s beach team for UCLA assisted by Jenny Johnson Jordan, another UCLA alumni. As the women’s beach coach, he won the 2017 and 2018 Pac-12 Coach of the Year and the 2018 AVCA national coach of the year. The tally so far for Stein, as a player and coach, is five national championships— amazing when you think about the short amount of time he has been involved at the collegiate level. And he doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon. His 2020 team is loaded with talent, and he continues to recruit the country’s best athletes.■
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a level playing field WHEN CLARE AND JIM GURBACH CAME FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE DISPARITY OF RESOURCES BETWEEN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN LOS ANGELES, THEY GOT TO WORK WITH A FEW FRIENDS TO MAKE A CHANGE. Written by Amber Klinck | Photographed by Jeff Berting
It’s 2007, and Clare and Jim Gurbach’s oldest daughter, Sarah, is in the seventh grade. A student at American Martyrs, Sarah and her teammates are competing in a volleyball tournament at St. Monica Catholic School in Santa Monica. The American Martyrs girls are
level the playing field; they just needed to figure out how. A bit more research later, and Clare and Jim felt ready to start discussing a plan of action. In the fall of 2008, seven friends sat down at a table at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House for what would later be referred to as the first board meeting of the Saint Sebastian Sports Project (SSSP). Sitting at the table with Clare and Jim were Jennifer Lovoy, Tim Lovoy, Jamie Wagenbach, Karin Muff and Donna Foote Shalvoy. Together the group discussed how they could help. With a pool of talent within arm’s reach, Clare and Jim
ready. They’ve received excellent
were discussing their plan with a dream team. “What’s
training from their coach, two-time
great is your friends are really good at what they do,”
UCLA All-American and professional beach volleyball player Patty Dodd. Their uniforms are pristine, with each player sporting kneepads and the proper footwear. The same cannot be said for the girls on the opposing team. A couple of the players have their numbers taped on the back of their jerseys. Many aren’t wearing
Jim says. “We have a very strong board who founded [the Saint Sebastian Sports Project] 11 years ago,” Clare adds. “It’s a group of doers with different skill sets. And we all contribute a ton of time. This is a team effort.” The mission behind establishing SSSP was to raise funds in order to provide resources for Catholic schools in need. The goal was clear, but reaching it would be a learning process. “We were a bunch of well-meaning volunteers trying to figure this out,” Jim says. SSSP’s first fundraiser was held in Clare and Jim’s
appropriate shoes or protective kneepads, despite play-
living room with roughly a dozen couples and a few
ing on blacktop.
school principals in attendance. “I literally used Legal-
“We won that game 25 to 2,” Clare notes. But it wasn’t
Zoom to file our initial documents,” Clare points out.
a sweet victory for the Gurbachs. The disparity of avail-
Soon after, a lawyer friend of the family enlisted the
able resources between the two schools was staggering.
help of his law firm to take on SSSP’s legal work pro
And Clare and Jim wanted to better understand why.
bono. “We were fortunate that we had a lot of people
“A lot of schools in this archdiocese are underresourced; their families cannot pay even close to the full
supporting us,” Clare says. In spring of 2009, SSSP gave their first school dis-
tuition,” Clare notes. “And as a result, they struggle to
bursement. “We wrote five checks for $2,500. That is
provide any extracurricular activities. Art, music, sports—
where we started,” Clare notes. “Last week we wrote 60
it’s hard for them to have any of these.”
checks for over $100,000.”
Living in a community where many children grow up
What began as a well-intentioned, grassroots effort
playing club sports and attend clinics or camps to culti-
has evolved into an organization serving more than 60
vate their athleticism, the Gurbachs had not previously
schools across Southern California and Denver, Colorado.
witnessed the gross lack of resources for some of L.A.’s
With that growth, SSSP has been able to gain access to
most underserved Catholic schools. Seeing it firsthand
data providing information that enables the organization
stirred something inside them. They knew they wanted to
to approach schools that really need their help.
Their annual fundraiser, The Mulligan, has gone from a dozen or so couples in the Gurbach’s living room to 250 attendees in the American Martyrs O’Donnell Hall. This year marked the 11th annual Mulligan; the Knights of Columbus Queen of Martyrs Council 4567 was honored with the 2019 Karen Beebe Arrow Award for its “incredible commitment to both funding SSSP but also volunteering to be liaisons,” Clare notes. Additional funding comes from other organizations in the form of grants, including LA84—a foundation established with the surplus from the 1984 Olympics hosted in Los Angeles. “We get a grant from them every two years because we are fulfilling their mission of assisting with sports,” Clare says. Private donations have also greatly contributed to SSSP’s growth. When Los Angeles Angels orthopedic surgeon Lewis Yocum died, it was requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to SSSP. “He was passionate about helping kids who are less fortunate, and passionate about sports,” Jim notes. With donations pouring in from professional baseball teams, players and agents who knew Dr. Yocum, SSSP received a large sum of money. Partnering with J.F. Shea Co., they put that money to work refurbishing the gym at St. Albert the Great Elementary School in Compton. Since 2014, the Lew Yocum Memorial Gym has served athletes from 20 nearby schools. An annual tournament at the gym raises money to maintain the facility. In addition to fundraising for improved facilities, uniforms, refs and, in some cases, registration fees, the most basic need for these young athletes is balls. “That’s where Kerri Walsh Jennings comes in,” Clare points out about the professional beach volleyball player and Manhattan Beach resident. “She really understood our mission, so through her agent she got us a discount at Wilson. We’re going directly to the source now, and she 100% made that happen. We just bought about $10,000 worth of balls. Every school walks away with a bag of balls when they get their check.”
“I CAME FROM A FAMILY WHERE OUR PARENTS TAUGHT US TO ALWAYS GIVE BACK AND ALWAYS BE THINKING OF OTHERS.”
To aid in the training of these young athletes, SSSP
comes increased responsibility. “We have to grow at a
provides soccer camps and tournaments for soccer,
pace we can sustain because once you bring in a school,
volleyball, football and basketball. “We’ve developed re-
they’re really counting on you to help them every year.”
lationships with USC and LMU, and we have college visit
The Gurbachs, along with SSSP’s executive and ad-
days,” Clare adds. With the help of Jamal Adams, head varsity basketball coach at Loyola High School and SSSP advisory board member, SSSP initiated a Leadership Academy in May
visory boards, don’t have any plans to slow down. With SSSP’s increased growth, they hope for increased awareness and perhaps to gain the interest of future partners. “Giving back is in her DNA,” Jim says about his wife.
2016. “An eighth-grade girl and boy from every school
“I came from a family where our parents taught us to
that we support is nominated by their school to come to a
always give back and always be thinking of others,” Clare
leadership day,” Clare says. “We develop self-awareness
says. “I was definitely raised with this mindset.”
and skills to thrive in high school through games and activities. We’re really proud of that academy.”
Clare and Jim’s three daughters, Sarah, Lauren and Taryn, have already shown an eagerness to give back
This year SSSP added 11 new schools—their largest
through partnerships with their respective universities.
increase to date. “The word is out,” Clare says. “We just
Clearly, giving back is a mindset they were raised with
saw a surge in applications.” But with increased growth
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The South Bay has gone through a number of evolutions—the culture shifting with the times. But legendary surfer Mike Purpus points out the key fundamentals that shaped the beach communities into what they are today: “The South Bay was built on surfing and jazz,” he says. Raised in Hermosa Beach, Mike began surfing when he was 10 years old. “I was always in the water, and my dad was worried about me. He wanted me to be on something that floated, so he bought me a surfboard,” Mike notes. “Wise call by the senior Purpus, as Mike would go on to become a legend in surfing,” adds Eddie Solt, founder and organizer of the Hermosa Beach Hotdogger Championships presented by Subaru Pacific. “He was a five-time U.S. champion in surfing in the ’70s and notorious for his outrageous moves and contribution to the shortboard evolution of the late ’60s.” “I invented the roundhouse cutback and the 360; those are my maneuvers,” Mike says. Eddie describes Mike’s quintessential role in the South Bay’s surf history: “Purpus was elected to the inaugural class of the Hermosa Beach Surfing Walk of Fame with surfboard manufacturers and surfing greats like Dewey Weber, Greg Noll, Hap Jacobs, Rick Stoner, Bing Copeland and Dale Velzy. This group of individuals made Hermosa Beach the true surf city in the ’60s when each of them had a shop literally one mile from each other to form a miracle mile of surf shops.” Like the South Bay, the culture of surfing has gone through its own evolution. But in its initial years, when the boards were long and the soundtracks for surf videos were made by jazz musicians, the vibes were good. That’s the period Eddie and the Bay Cities Surf Club want to celebrate with the Hotdogger Championships.
“THERE WAS A NEED FOR SOMETHING THAT WOULD CONNECT THE YOUNGER GENERATION WITH THE OLDER GENERATION.”
“The roots of surfing are in the South Bay, and the Hotdogger contest brings the whole thing full circle,” Mike says. “There was a need for something that would connect
The event has attracted people of all skill sets from up and down the coast. “I’ve had three guys that have been on the cover of Surfer’s Journal,” Eddie notes. “It’s a
notes. “There are other surf contests that are a little more
contest set up for the longboard purist,” Mike adds.
The Hotdogger is communal and laid-back, a tribute to
And ironically, Hermosa’s typically less-than-desirable surf levels the playing field for the Hotdogger competi-
a simpler time. “To be in the Hotdogger you have to ride
tors. “There’s an old saying: If you can surf Hermosa, you
a specialized board with traditional roots to the ’60s,”
can surf anywhere in the world cause the waves dump
Eddie explains. Traditional means a board with a bit of
really fast,” Mike says with a smile.
weight to it, over 9 feet long and no leash. The divisions are unique with categories like “best
For Eddie, the Hotdogger is more than a surf contest; it’s an atmosphere. “It’s an homage to the greats, and
nose ride,” “best roller coaster” and “best wipeout.” The
the great surf brands,” he says. “You’re seeing the hot-
cash purse is the same between the men’s and women’s
test longboarders in the world, but you’re also getting a
divisions. “The guys don’t get more than the girls,” Eddie
good experience.” ■
notes. “Everything is equal.” Heat times aren’t posted ahead. “That’s not the kind of contest we want,” says Eddie. “We want you to hang out all day.” The Legends 60+ division is the one exception.
of our Legends.”
the younger generation with the older generation,” Eddie aggro; we’re not about that shit.”
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“We are in the job of protecting people, and that role comes quite naturally to me. Guzman Law Group brings extensive experience and professionalism to every case. Our team is continuously evolving to better serve our clients, and we customize our support to each client’s specific needs and concerns. I know each client is receiving the best possible advice because of my and my team’s knowledge and years of experience as attorneys.”
The key to financial success—for individuals and businesses alike—is a professional team of trusted advisors. These experts inform us about our options and help us discover solutions for life’s challenges. When making decisions that impact business, home and family, we can depend on the guidance of these South Bay specialists, known for innovative solutions and top-notch client care.
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GUZMAN LAW GROUP, PC DENISE M. GUZMAN, FOUNDER/PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY
uzman Law Group, a staple in the South Bay community for more than 30 years, works with businesses on mergers and acquisitions, raising capital and securing financing, organizing and restructuring for tax or estate planning purposes, and exit and succession planning. Founder Denise M. Guzman and her team of experienced attorneys also work with individuals to help protect their families and put estate plans into place. Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, the firm represents a diverse client base in various areas of law including business, financial, entertainment, trust and business litigation. WHY DO YOUR CLIENTS CONSIDER YOU THEIR “TRUSTED ADVISOR”? Marcus Chang, Business and Estate Planning Attorney: “My clients consider me to be their trusted advisor because they know that in assisting them with their objectives, I will take the time to explain the ‘legalese’ so they understand the work that is being done on their behalf. Part of advising our clients includes making sure they are fully informed about the legal decisions they will need to make and what the potential consequences are of making those decisions.” WHY SHOULD A POTENTIAL CLIENT CHOOSE YOUR FIRM? Denise M. Guzman, Business and Estate Planning Attorney: “We have a high level of expertise in our firm and the highest form of integrity. Our team environment and the collaborative process we use make the firm more efficient and keep projects moving in a timely manner for our clients.” WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR TEAM? Charles Shelton, Litigation Attorney: “Two things: First, we have real depth of experience
in the area of trusts, estates and business. Second, we leverage the expertise of the other lawyers within our firm. When I was in business school, I noticed that a small group of people working together could inevitably produce better results than even the smartest person could working alone. Guzman Law Group understands the value of teamwork.” DESCRIBE THE SERVICES YOU PROVIDE. Carol T. Contes, Entertainment, Copyright & Trademark Attorney: “I provide services as if I were a client’s ‘in-house’ lawyer, providing advice and action to secure the rights necessary to allow for the successful development, production and distribution of entertainment content across all media throughout the world. Every business has its unique requirements (business and legal), and the entertainment specialist must ensure that a client’s ‘brand’ or ‘product’ is secure in all respects.” SPEAK ABOUT AUTHENTICITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN YOUR LINE OF WORK. Marcus Chang: “It is necessary to be authentic and transparent with our clients so they can make well-informed decisions concerning their matters. There are times where there is not one clear path forward that will achieve all of their desired outcomes, so it is necessary to lay out their options and help the client determine their priorities.” TELL US A RECENT CLIENT SUCCESS STORY. Carol T. Contes: “The firm has recently been a part of major media projects for national television and subscription video on-demand networks, as well as lending our expertise to young talent just getting their careers started.” WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE? Adnan Karama, Business Attorney: “There used to be a mindset that to get high-quality
legal services, you had to travel to the Westside or Downtown. I’m proud to be part of a firm that plays a role in changing that perception. The level of sophisticated clients and complex transactions we work on reflects the thriving South Bay business community. The legacy I wish to leave is that I served my community well and was a part of supporting the next generation of business leaders.” TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR EXPERTISE IN YOUR INDUSTRY? Edward Powell, Business Attorney: “I began my legal career as a banking lawyer in the 1990s during a transformational time for financial institutions. This resulted in exposure to a great variety of acquisitions, financings and securities offerings involving companies in all industries and of all sizes. My representation of businesses draws on this experience every day in formulating creative, efficient and solid solutions for our clients.” HOW HAS THE GROWING TECH SECTOR INFLUENCED YOUR PRACTICE? Drew Hallett, Litigation Attorney: “With the emergence of Silicon Beach, the rise of the tech industry in the Los Angeles area has been prominent. The tech space is overflowing with startups and new, smaller businesses hoping to climb their way to the top. We work with companies like these, guiding them in business and legal manners and putting them in a position to succeed. The tech space is always evolving and adapting, and we want to do the same as a new generation makes their mark in business.” HOW HAS THE SOUTH BAY CHANGED? Carol T. Contes: “Sophisticated media companies are discovering the remarkable aspects of this community; it is wonderful to have them here!"
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avigoe is a South Bay fee-only financial fiduciary that works with business owners, executives and families concerned with maintaining and growing their financial prosperity. Owner and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional Scott Leonard has more than 25 years of experience in financial planning and wealth management. For the past two years Navigoe has been selected as one of the “Best Financial Advisors & Wealth Management Firms in Los Angeles” by AdvisoryHQ. IS THERE AN OVERRIDING CONCEPT THAT BEST DESCRIBES NAVIGOE’S SERVICES? “We call it Family Wealth Preservation. Our clients have worked hard, sacrificed and saved to achieve financial independence. They are looking to generate a steady income stream in retirement for themselves while still preserving their financial legacy for subsequent generations.” HOW DO YOU APPROACH THE DIFFICULT TASK OF WEALTH PRESERVATION? “Our entire service model is set up to design, implement and oversee a custom financial strategy that integrates all aspects of family wealth preservation: investment management, tax mitigation, estate planning, income generation, wealth transfer, charitable giving and asset protection.” WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT NAVIGOE’S FAMILY WEALTH PRESERVATION VERSUS OTHER TRADITIONAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT SERVICES? “What is unique is the focus on both preservation and income. There are many different factors that can impact families’ financial health. Most firms primarily focus on the
investments. However, other elements such as taxes, costs and complexity are much greater forces affecting the long-term value of capital and its ability to generate usable income. We use a holistic approach to the preservation of capital, always seeking to determine if it can be accomplished for less money, less complexity, less risk and lower taxes.” WHAT CLIENTS ARE BEST SUITED FOR THIS WEALTH-PRESERVATION SERVICE? “Family Wealth Preservation is best suited for families that have already accumulated a seven-figure net worth. Yet it is extremely appropriate for those who are still in the accumulation—or saving—phase of their lives. Since taxes are one of the biggest expenses for most people, doing proper multiyear tax planning early is critical to minimize the effects of taxation later in life. Planning earlier for financial independence and family wealth preservation leads to a higher probability of achieving these goals.” IS THERE AN EXAMPLE OF A TYPICAL NEW CLIENT TO NAVIGOE? “There tend to be two different life events that cause families to seek our services. One is a family milestone of their kids approaching college graduation. For many of these families, the focus has been on career growth, savings and paying for college for their kids. Now that they are empty nesters and often well-established professionally, their focus turns to retirement. This is a natural phase to turn their financial focus to retirement income generation and wealth preservation. The other major event that causes new clients to seek Navigoe’s services is a financial windfall of some type: inheritance, large pension or retirement plan rollover, selling
of a business, major equity event from their employer, etc. This increase in wealth allows families to consider new options for their lives, and preserving capital is a key component to ensuring their next chapter is fulfilling.” NAVIGOE IS AN INTERESTING NAME; WHAT DOES IT MEAN? “‘Navigo’ is Latin for ‘navigate’ or ‘to sail.’ The translation is specifically ‘to navigate a sailboat across oceans.’ At Navigoe we believe that we serve as our clients’ financial navigator, helping them achieve their goals and doing so in a secure and enjoyable manner.” YOU PERSONALLY KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT NAVIGATING OCEANS. “Yes, in 2011 my family and I departed on a 2½-year sailing trip through the Caribbean Sea and the South Pacific. I worked remotely on the boat with periodic trips back to the South Bay for meetings. In the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression, I literally sailed off into the sunset ... and we did not lose a single client as a result of the trip. I attribute that to the incredible staff of Navigoe, our commitment to service and the peace of mind we provided to our clients during the Great Recession and market crash.” WHAT’S MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR WORK? “Helping clients achieve peace of mind around their financial lives. Once this is accomplished, we can truly begin to focus on helping our clients pursue their dreams. At Navigoe, investments, taxes and estate planning are simply the tools that allow our clients to live their lives to the fullest.”
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CHASE LAW GROUP, PC
hase Law Group helps clients form a business entity, purchase a professional practice or business, dive into commercial real estate, hire employees and independent contractors, or transition their family-owned business to the next generation. Owner DeAnn Flores Chase founded the firm in 2007 and has practiced law for more than two decades. She frequently speaks for business and professional associations on a range of legal issues that impact the business community. DeAnn has achieved an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards for the past three years. She currently serves on the boards of Leadership Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Beach Kiwanis Club and Manhattan Beach Kiwanis Children’s Charitable Fund. She earned her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the South Bay Bar Association. WHY SHOULD A POTENTIAL CLIENT CHOOSE YOUR FIRM? “If you are a business or professional practice owner or looking to start or purchase one, we are the law firm for you! We offer an innovative, holistic approach to help our clients create a strong legal foundation for their business. We utilize a team-oriented approach to evaluate your current business structures and provide in-depth guidance from legal specialists who collaboratively protect your interests at every turn, while keeping the bottom line in mind.”
WHY DO YOUR CLIENTS CONSIDER YOU THEIR “TRUSTED ADVISOR”? “Our clients come to our firm seeking guidance in challenging times, and our attorneys are committed to serving them with kindness and compassion. We want our clients to know that we truly care about their well-being and are here to support them as they grow their business or professional practice. Our firm loves the people of the South Bay, as we are beyond committed to giving back and supporting each other.” WHAT IS YOUR BACKSTORY? “I was raised in a blue-collar household. My dad worked at General Motors, and my mother drove a school bus—until she decided to drive an over-the-road tractortrailer truck. I was the first in my family to go to college and the first (and only) lawyer in the family. I put myself through UC Berkeley by working three jobs at the same time in the hospitality industry, which taught me to pay close attention to the needs of the customer to be sure they leave your business happy and satisfied—so they will tell their friends. I have applied this client-focus to my law practice.” HOW DO YOU BALANCE HOME LIFE AND WORK LIFE? “I left the partnership track in a big law firm in order to design my career around my family. From the time I founded the firm in 2007 to the present, my kids (now 15 and 17) have always come first! As the founder of my own firm, I picked its location, and it happens to be four minutes from my house and about five minutes from the high school—depending on the light at Sepulveda! I balance my home
and work life by having an incredible staff and highly skilled lawyers to support me.” WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT YOUR FIRM? “Every person at our firm cares about the success of the firm and our clients. We are truly a team! Our office is easily accessible for our local clients; they do not need to pull into a high-rise building and lose their car in the parking structure to visit our office. We carefully designed the space to provide a comfortable, ‘living-room’ feel, and our clients often comment on how much they appreciate that they can stop in whenever they want. I also enjoy working with a diverse range of business owners in the fields of restaurants, sports and fitness, entertainment and technology, as well as professional practice owners such as dentists. Every business needs the same ‘legal essentials,’ and we provide that advice in a holistic, interactive manner.” WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR AREAS OF SPECIALTY? “Brian Cole has more than 30 years’ experience representing individuals and companies engaged in various aspects of franchise and distribution businesses. He enjoys working with Chase Law Group to provide complementary services in the areas of general business and trademark. Carol Glover is a commercial real estate specialist. The firm’s business clients require sophisticated real estate solutions for their businesses, whether it be a building purchase, lease or a development project. She also works with our clients who are real estate investors building or managing a real estate portfolio.”
1721 N. SEPULVEDA BLVD., MANHATTAN BEACH | 310-545-7700 | CHASELAWMB.COM
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L to R: Brianna Sweeney, Associate Attorney Jacqueline Schock, Associate Attorney DeAnn Flores Chase, Founder and Principal Attorney Brian Cole, Of Counsel Carol Glover, Of Counsel
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NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL PAUL BABOOLAL, WEALTH MANAGEMENT ADVISOR
aul Baboolal is a wealth management advisor at Northwestern Mutual Los Angeles with more than 26 years of experience. He partners with successful attorneys, business owners, commercial real estate developers and South Bay families to assist them with their financial goals. As a disability income specialist, he educates clients on financial literacy and wealth management strategies and solutions. Paul started his career with Northwestern Mutual as a college intern and began working full time with the firm after he graduated from UCLA with a B.S. degree in political science. He is a nine-time member of the Northwestern Mutual Forum, the top segment of the firm’s industry-leading field force. WHAT IS YOUR SPECIALTY SERVICE? “Our firm specializes in the creation of holistic financial game plans for our clients. Through careful listening and a goal-oriented approach, we help our clients feel secure in a complex world. It’s our job to alleviate financial fear and make sure that our clients’ money is working hard for them as they work hard for it.” WHY DO YOUR CLIENTS CONSIDER YOU THEIR “TRUSTED ADVISOR”? “We aim to make sure our clients feel taken care of—no matter the area of need. Not only can our team create solutions for a wide array of financial concerns, we have intentionally built a network of professionals in other areas—such as estate planning attorneys and CPAs—who can help serve our clients’ needs as a supplement to the plan we’ve established. This means our services do not stop with our clients’ financial lives but extend to address their greater needs.”
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT YOUR FIRM? “I am proud to have been with Northwestern Mutual for more than 26 years. During that time, the company has always delivered on its promises to clients—even in trying times. A true example of this was the economic crash of 2009. During a time when many people felt anger and frustration with financial institutions, clients were calling to thank us for upholding the promises we made to them.” WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU KNEW WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED YOUR CAREER? “I wish that I had fully appreciated the power of starting a financial game plan early in life. I have seen countless examples of clients who are better off because they have taken advantage of what I fondly refer to as the Eighth Wonder of the World: compound interest. Saving as much as possible as soon as possible is the secret to any financial plan.” SPEAK ABOUT AUTHENTICITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN YOUR LINE OF WORK. “This business would not work without authenticity and transparency. Our clients want a clear, well-articulated and thoughtful financial plan tailored specifically to their dreams and goals. We work to deliver just that while keeping things simple and understandable in an area that many find to be overwhelming. By taking the extra step not only to implement but to educate, our clients feel secure working with us.” WHY SHOULD PROFESSIONALS OF THE SOUTH BAY CHOOSE YOUR FIRM? “We are excited to be opening a new office in Manhattan Beach in December, meaning that potential clients living in the South Bay will have a local hub where they can go to begin
creating a secure financial future—closer to home than ever before. Under the leadership of our new managing director, Josh Johnston, we are committed to changing the face of the financial services landscape, and we pride ourselves on our diverse and inclusive culture. Our new office is well-positioned for growth, and we would love to introduce driven and entrepreneurial South Bay professionals who are looking to make a career change and align with a Fortune 100 company to our business. If you are interested in making a change, contact Michelle Lorenzi at 213-2437179 or email@example.com.” HOW DO YOU USE YOUR SUCCESS TO DO GOOD IN YOUR COMMUNITY? “Our success has given us the freedom and flexibility to spend our time and energy not only enhancing the lives of our clients but the lives of our community members. My family supports the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation and the Hermosa Beach Little League. We believe that an investment in the quality of our children’s education is an investment in the prosperous future of the South Bay. We also invest in the quality of children’s lives through the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, which focuses on caring for families affected by pediatric cancer, both through research and support initiatives.”
Disclaimer: Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (NM) (life and disability insurance, annuities and life insurance with long-term care benefits) and its subsidiaries. Paul Baboolal is an Insurance Agent of NM, primarily licensed in California and may be licensed in other states. CA License: #0B03803. This is a paid placement.
1230 ROSECRANS BOULEVARD, SUITE 100, LOS ANGELES | 213-243-7073 | PAULBABOOLAL.COM
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L to R: Dominik Yates, Maye Gutierrez, Paul Baboolal, Nicole Hernandez, Travis Larsen
GRUVER WEALTH MANAGEMENT OF WELLS FARGO ADVISORS
ruver Wealth Management is led by Shawn V. Gruver and is part of the full-service financial firm Wells Fargo Advisors, which offers high-end wealth management and investment planning services. Prior to his current position, Shawn was a vice president and senior portfolio manager at UBS. His tenure also includes Morgan Stanley and Paine Webber, where he began his career in 2001. Since joining Wells Fargo Advisors in 2014, Shawn has been named a Premier Advisor every year.1 He has also been recognized by Forbes as one of the Top NextGen Wealth Advisors in 2018 and Best-In-State Next-Gen Wealth Advisors for 2019.2 Shawn and his wife, Colleen, live in Hermosa Beach and spend their free time traveling the world. Shawn is bilingual in German and English and also is an avid freestyle skier. WHY DO YOUR CLIENTS CONSIDER YOU THEIR “TRUSTED ADVISOR”? “Our motto is ‘Wealth Management. Redefined.’ We are their trusted advisor because we strive to deliver on our goal of a ‘Plan for Every Client.’ This process beings with a deep understanding of our clients and their diverse needs and key goals. Armed with this knowledge, we collaborate to define and implement appropriate solutions that eventually help our clients find that ultimate goal of financial freedom.” WHAT’S THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE WITH THEIR MONEY? “We believe too many people are willing to accept the status quo with their advisor. We see too many portfolios where inertia turns one year of mediocrity into five years of poor performance. We know that money is hard to make and harder to keep, so we make sure it is managed properly.” WHAT TYPE OF INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY DO YOU BELIEVE IN: ACTIVE OR PASSIVE? “When it comes to investing, there’s no such
thing as a one-size-fits-all portfolio. We believe our clients benefit from a combination of active and passive strategies. That’s why we offer both and construct custom portfolios for each client.” WHAT DO CLIENTS OFTEN ASK YOU? “‘Is your fee worthwhile?’ We believe it is, and so does the Vanguard.3 Even though Vanguard is well-known for catering to ‘do-ityourself’ investors, a 2016 study has concluded that financial advisors may help increase their clients’ investment returns by about three percentage points. Vanguard highlights three areas where an advisor provides value. Behavioral finance: We keep clients focused on the long term and urge them to stick to a regular investment plan. We help them resist the allure of market-timing and the temptation to chase performance. Diversification: We help our clients become and stay diversified with their investments, which could help protect their downside. Record-Keeping: We take care of the record-keeping and tax-reporting chores for our client so that they don’t have to.” WHAT IS YOUR JOB WHEN INTERACTING WITH CLIENTS? “My job is to listen—to what clients say and also what they do not say. As CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals, we need to deliver custom-made solutions for our clients’ needs, goals and desires. We should almost understand what our clients financially want for their lives better than they do themselves.” WHAT MISTAKES DO INDIVIDUALS MAKE WHEN PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT? “We see five areas where individuals need to pay careful attention in order to keep their retirement on track: 1. Do not apply to Social Security benefits too early. 2. Make sure to de-risk your portfolio as you near retirement. 3. Manage your spending once you have
retired. 4. Make sure to properly calculate your Required Minimum Distribution from your IRAs. 5. Make sure to have properly planned for rising health care costs.” WHAT’S THE SECRET OF YOUR SUCCESS? “We assist our clients in growing their assets and educate them on protecting their most important asset—their family’s financial wellbeing. We work side by side with our clients, taking the time to understand their individual needs, goals and dreams." DO YOU OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS? “All initial consultations and proposals are free until a family starts working with our group; then we can structure the compensation in a way that the client feels is most appropriate for their situation.”
1 - The Premier Advisor designation is held by a select group of Financial Advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors as measured by three or more of the following: length of service with the firm, completion of educational components, business production and professionalism. Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo and Company. CA Insurance #0E23437. 2 – The ranking algorithm is based on industry experience, interviews, compliance records, assets under management, revenue and other criteria by SHOOK Research, LLC, which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. Investment performance is not a criterion. 3 - Vanguard Research – Putting a value on your value: Quantifying Vanguard Advisor’s Alpha – September 2016. INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE PRODUCTS: NOT FDIC INSURED
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Shawn V. Gruver, CFPÂŽ, Managing Director-Investments & Senior PIM Portfolio Manager Not pictured: Natalie Broderick, Associate Vice President & Senior Registered Client Associate
MORGAN’S JEWELERS PALOS VERDES MARSHALL VARON, OWNER
organ’s Jewelers Palos Verdes is a full-service jewelry business offering a variety of gemstones and custom designs, as well as watch and jewelry repair. Morgan’s Jewelers opened for business 72 years ago and has been family-owned and operated ever since—now with the third generation of family members. Owner Marshall Varon joined the business 54 years ago. He is a Graduate Gemologist® and a Certified Gemologist® Appraiser. WHY DO YOUR CLIENTS CONSIDER YOU THEIR “TRUSTED ADVISOR”? “My affiliations for gemstones are worldwide. Being a CGA, I offer my clients the best knowledge using the best ethics for the best recommendations for their investments.” WHAT IS YOUR BACKSTORY? “I love designing jewelry. I have a thirst for knowledge, and I love gemstones and importing and creating.”
WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU KNEW WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED YOUR CAREER? “I wish I had better marketing skills back then.”
education on gems and pricing. We offer an amazing selection of outstanding jewelry lines and the finest watches.”
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT MORGAN'S JEWELERS PALOS VERDES? “Our store has excellent ambience and a professional environment with seasoned, friendly staff.”
TELL US A RECENT CLIENT SUCCESS STORY. “I sold a large ruby ring that increased in value approximately 50% in one year.”
SPEAK ABOUT AUTHENTICITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN YOUR LINE OF WORK. “We are members of the American Gem Society, an organization devoted to consumer protection, ethical business practices, and development and maintenance of superior gemological skills and knowledge. Being members of AGS means we offer ethics, education and honesty to our clients.” WHY SHOULD A POTENTIAL CLIENT CHOOSE YOUR FIRM? “They receive the finest service and current
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED? “Be patient, and don’t get upset over the small things.” HOW DO YOU USE YOUR SUCCESS TO DO GOOD IN YOUR COMMUNITY? “I give to approximately 30 charities each year.” HOW DO YOU SEE THE SOUTH BAY CHANGING IN RECENT YEARS? “The South Bay is continually growing and improving.”
50-C PENINSULA CENTER, ROLLING HILLS ESTATES | 310-541-2052 | MORGANSJEWELERSPV.COM
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BAKER, BURTON & LUNDY, PC
aker, Burton & Lundy is a full-service South Bay law firm specializing in civil litigation—probate and personal injury, estate planning, and business and real estate law. Founders Brad Baker, Kent Burton and Albro Lundy have more than 120 years of combined legal experience. WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR FIRM? “The people! From an amazing and caring staff (many of whom have been with us for 20 to 30 years) to the clients who grace our offices and allow us to serve them, we are blessed. Over the years, we have been able to serve thousands of clients, and they ask us to serve their friends and family.” WHY SHOULD A POTENTIAL CLIENT CHOOSE YOUR FIRM? “BB&L offers top-flight legal services with the
best value for those services. We don’t charge high-rise lawyer prices, but we deliver highrise lawyer time and advice. Often our advice extends beyond the legal components and brings to bear our experience in business and life issues. Our results speak for themselves.” WHY DO YOUR CLIENTS CONSIDER YOU THEIR “TRUSTED ADVISOR”? “Our clients are loyal to us, and we are loyal to them. This loyalty manifests itself in the fact that we are performing work for the next generation as our clients send their children to us. We treat our clients as we would like to be treated. One of the ways we do this is by bringing common sense into complex legal issues. We pride ourselves in being able to explain what we are doing and how we are doing it, giving our clients peace of mind when dealing with naturally stressful situations.”
HOW IS YOUR FIRM A PART OF THE SOUTH BAY? “We are a local cornerstone for legal services here in the South Bay. We have grown and developed along with the South Bay, staying on the cutting edge with our legal analysis and trial expertise. But we remain one of the ‘locals’ and are always ready to provide services to another local. Partner Albro Lundy recalls answering the door late one evening, and a neighbor was in serious need of legal advice regarding an anticipated demolition that was going to encroach on his property. The bulldozer was literally in the driveway. We were able to stop the unlawful demolition and secure damages for the violation of his rights. The next day, a bottle of fine tequila was our client’s thanks for us answering the door after the close of business."
515 PIER AVENUE, HERMOSA BEACH | 310-376-9893 | BAKERBURTONLUNDY.COM SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
L to R: Cynthia Sun, Chris Adishian, Trevor Zeiler Not pictured: Laura Mayer
ADISHIAN LAW GROUP, PC ADISHIAN CAPITAL
dishian Law Group practices business, employment and real estate law. The firm’s work includes leading mission-critical transactions and litigation, and high-stakes employment cases involving highly compensated professionals. Adishian Capital is a licensed real estate brokerage that provides property management services and select brokerage services. Together the companies assist clients with all their real estate activities. Owner Chris Adishian earned his math economics degree at Berkeley with a business minor from Haas School of Business and was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient at Loyola Law School. He is rated an AV-Preeminent attorney by his peers.
life. They understand that the two great equalizers are time and decisions. Over time, the compounded results from a good decision process (and avoiding the compounded result of a bad decision process) dwarf any legal fees. Quite often, the best decision is deciding to not do something.”
WHAT CAN OUR READERS LEARN FROM YOUR MOST SUCCESSFUL CLIENTS? “They are committed to improving their decision-making process in business and
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN THIS PROFESSION? “When I graduated from law school, practicing law was the last thing on my
WHAT BUSINESS LESSONS HAVE YOUR LEARNED RUNNING YOUR OWN COMPANIES? “There are so many. Here are some of the most important in our view: setting the culture of the firm, recruiting/retaining the right people, working for clients we enjoy and, of course, delivering the highest level professional service and advice.”
mind. I was fortunate to meet a number of outstanding individuals—some significantly more experienced than I was—who were kind, strong, wise, fair-minded, lived balanced lives, contributed significantly to their community and were financially comfortable. They had one other thing in common: All were lawyers running smaller practices. Eventually that made a lot of sense to me. This fall is our 16th anniversary.” WHAT IS THE BEST LEGAL ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED? “I read this in a business book, probably long before I went to law school: The most important term in the contract isn’t in the contract; it’s dealing with people who are honest.” WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PODCASTS? “During my commute, I enjoy listening to ‘The Knowledge Project,’ ‘On Being’ and ‘How I Built This.’”
222 N. PACIFIC COAST HWY., SUITE 2000, EL SEGUNDO | 310-726-0888 | ADISHIANLAW.COM | 310-426-8832 | ADISHIANCAP.COM
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EDWARD JONES AUDREY A. STANSBURY CFP®, AAMS®, FINANCIAL ADVISOR
s a financial advisor for Edward Jones, Audrey Stansbury helps local families meet their financial goals, including retirement plans, insurance needs, education savings and estate considerations. Audrey joined Edward Jones in 2004 and was named a limited partner in 2014. She is a Certified Financial Planner® and Accredited Asset Management Specialist®. WHY DO YOUR CLIENTS CONSIDER YOU THEIR “TRUSTED ADVISOR”? “At Edward Jones, I take a holistic approach to financial strategies. All of my clients meet with me face-to-face so I can really know them and understand what is most important to them. We use an established process to build personalized strategies to help them achieve their goals. We first determine where they are today by assessing their risk tolerance and then discuss where they would like to be, such as a desired retirement date. I look at their entire financial picture: income sources, liabilities, necessary and discretionary spending, tax bracket, assets
and current savings rates. From this comprehensive assessment, we can determine the likelihood that they will meet their goal. Then we partner together throughout their life to help keep them on track toward their goal.” WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT YOUR FIRM? “At Edward Jones, we are encouraged to build our practice in the communities where we live. Living and working in the same community allows me flexibility to have a healthy work-life balance. I have two children: a daughter in fourth grade and son in first grade at American Martyrs. I can volunteer at their school, coach one of their sports teams and still be available to help my clients meet their long-term financial goals.” WHY SHOULD A POTENTIAL CLIENT CHOOSE YOUR FIRM? “Edward Jones is a private company that has been in business for nearly 100 years. This gives us an advantage because we do not have to answer to shareholders regarding investment
choices and do not offer any proprietary investments. Our firm serves just one client: the serious, long-term, individual investor. Our investment philosophy emphasizes quality and well-balanced investment strategies for our clients. In addition, our business model fosters an environment that greatly values personal relationships. Thus, the Edward Jones brand appeals to the careful and deliberate investor who prefers a long-term relationship with his or her financial services firm.” Disclaimer: Edward Jones, Member SIPC. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. awards CFP® certification to individuals who meet the board’s requirements for professionalism in financial services. To gain certification, a financial advisor must pass the CFP® Certification Examination and the CFP Board’s Fitness Standards for Candidates and Registrants, agree to abide by the CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and comply with the Financial Planning Practice Standards.
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MIONI FAMILY LAW, APC LOVETTE T. MIONI, MANAGING PARTNER
fter working at large family law firms, attorney Lovette Mioni opened Mioni Family Law in 2014. The firm specializes in divorce, custody, support, prenuptial agreements and division of assets. Lovette is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in family law and has worked in the industry for eight years. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM. “My firm practices exclusively family law. As a result, we are very good at what we do. I have been selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2016 to 2019. I have also been selected as a Top 100 Up and Coming Attorneys in Southern California, and Top 50 Up and Coming Women Lawyers in Southern California by Super Lawyers.” WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO BECOME REGARDED AS A “TRUSTED ADVISOR”? “By making clients feel confident in my ability. Clients need to feel heard, informed and advocated for. I strive to make sure my clients feel confident in my ability and in their decision to trust me with their divorce or other family law issue.” LOGIC OR EMOTIONS—OR BOTH? “Logic, always logic. Divorce is hard. And emotional. I am certainly empathetic with my clients and try to guide them through their legal issues in a way that makes sense for them and that they are happy with. However, I always give my clients realistic expectations and educate them as to what the law is. Divorces can get really out of hand financially and emotionally if it’s an emotionally driven process.” WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE SOUTH BAY? “I have a great situation in that my office is located in the Redondo Riviera, which is walking distance from my house. I regularly leave the office, get home in five minutes and then walk back down to the Riviera with my husband and kids to have dinner at one of our many favorite spots.” ARE YOU INVOLVED IN PHILANTHROPY? “My firm takes on pro bono domestic violence cases that are referred to us by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. I also volunteer my time as president of the Palos Verdes Chapter of MOM’s club; we organized a canned food and clothing drive for the holiday season.”
1815 VIA EL PRADO, SUITE 203, REDONDO BEACH | 424-259-1770 | MIONIFAMILYLAW.COM
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L to R: Paula Buckley, Director of First Impressions Roger J. Conde, President Kelley Stoddard, Personal Wealth Advisor Sherrie Delaine, Client Services Associate
JLIFE WEALTH MANAGEMENT
Life Wealth Management is an independent firm of fiduciary advisors who help families and individuals in all stages of life build and preserve their wealth. Owner Roger J. Conde graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in finance and started working in the financial services business in 1993. He founded jLife Wealth Management in 2005. WHY DO YOUR CLIENTS CONSIDER YOU THEIR “TRUSTED ADVISOR”? “Our goal is to build a long-term relationship with our clients. They lean on us for many personal life decisions. Our holistic approach helps us better prepare for these decisions, as life is always changing. We believe this works best by implementing a team approach; many times we work with our clients’ CPAs and estate planning attorneys to help manage their entire life.”
SPEAK ABOUT AUTHENTICITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN YOUR LINE OF WORK. “As Accredited Investment Fiduciaries®, we truly work in the best interests of our clients. Our investment philosophies and values align with our financial planning process, which we tailor to each individual or family based on their life and financial goals and objectives. Our goal is to alleviate the financial stress in people’s lives by focusing on guidance-driven investing and utilizing our comprehensive, holistic approach. With more than 32 combined years of experience in our industry, we uphold a reputation for being completely transparent and applying prudent practices.”
educating individuals in an easy-to-understand manner so they can grasp personal finance and use those concepts to pursue their financial objectives.”
WHY SHOULD A POTENTIAL CLIENT CHOOSE YOUR FIRM? “We are confident that with our understanding of personal finance, coupled with our training as financial professionals, we can help people better prepare for the future. After years in the business, we have developed a reputation for
Disclaimer: Investment advisory services provided by First Allied Advisory Services, registered investment advisor company. Roger Conde is a Registered Representative offering securities through First Allied Securities, Inc., a registered Broker/Dealer and member FINRA/ SIPC. CA Insurance License # 0B57717.
WHAT’S THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE WITH THEIR MONEY? “Not having a plan or road map to help them achieve their goals in retirement. Having a plan will help build the proper portfolio for steady growth potential that is in line with each clients’ objectives—without taking on too much risk. We can show you that a portfolio does not need to be aggressive to achieve your retirement goals.”
898 N. PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, SUITE 730, EL SEGUNDO | 310-545-8500 | JLIFEWEALTH.COM SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
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JWM CPA & COMPANY, PC
WM CPA & Company offers clients accounting services, tax preparation and planning, business consulting and estate management. In his early 20s, John McLellan started his career as the executive administrative assistant to a CFO, which led to him become the accounting manager/controller of an international construction company before becoming a CPA. He started JWM CPA & Company in 1999. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR FIRM? “We are a boutique CPA office specializing in providing individual and business clients with personalized tax, accounting and consulting services based on their specific needs.” WHAT QUESTION OR CONCERN DO YOU FREQUENTLY HEAR FROM CLIENTS? “Clients are most concerned about protecting their family’s assets and about the ever-changing new tax laws. They want to be in compliance with tax laws, to not have any issues with the IRS and to not have to pay any more taxes than are necessary. They want a CPA who is available year-round and not just during tax season. We take away the stress of taxes for our clients by planning and keeping them informed. We listen to our clients’ needs, and we go beyond just crunching the historical numbers by providing proactive advice.” IN WHAT WAYS IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CLIENTS A PARTNERSHIP? “We have a vested interest in the financial growth of our clients. As our clients accumulate wealth, advance their businesses and/or focus on transitioning assets to the next generation, we are able to offer more comprehensive services such as helping them with cash planning and evaluating financial investments.” WHAT DO YOU ADVISE YOUR CLIENTS IN TERMS OF PHILANTHROPY? “We provide clients with the knowledge of the tax benefits of philanthropy while understanding the intrinsic value of being philanthropic.” ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND OUR FAMILIES? “If you have a small business with employees, you should be incorporated. If your family’s estate holds real estate, you should set up a trust to avoid probate. Lastly, everyone should have umbrella insurance policy to protect them.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE WORK. “My free time is typically spent with my family and young son. I love to get away camping and also enjoy surfing, mountain biking and Motocross.”
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UP P E R B L AC KWATER CYN ROAD, RO LLING H ILLS Hidden away on the fringe of the city lies a 6-acre private oasis overlooking incredible canyon and queens necklace views. No expense was spared on this 5,800 sq. ft. main house featuring 5 beds and 4.5 baths, plus a 2,500 sq. ft. guest home. The grounds includes a pool and spa, 4-stall barn with riding ring, an observatory and endless amenities to enjoy the land with the convenience and privacy of living in the gated city of Rolling Hills. $7,950,000 | www.RollingHillsLuxury.com
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100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
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1801 Oak Avenue, Manhattan Beach | 6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms – 5240 Sqft (btv) | $4,999,000
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