Contributors

Alyse Hart
Alyse Hart
Alyse Hart has more than 30 years of sales experience in both B to B and B to C. She is a specialist in relational selling, which works best for companies who put a high priority on doing well by doing good. She works with small business owners and companies with 25 or fewer employees offering hands-on interventions to spot, train and turn around no growth situations. Strategic 1:1 executive coaching for sales managers is available as well as "The Sales Makeover"—her home study foundational program for small business owners who need to know how to sell. She can be reached at 310-463-7815. Read more about Alyse Hart...


Barry Kurtz
Barry Kurtz
Barry Kurtz is a Certified Specialist in Franchise & Distribution Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is the Chair of the six-attorney Franchise Practice Group at Lewitt Hackman Shapiro Marshall & Harlan in Encino, California. He can be reached at Lewitt Hackman, (818) 907-3006 or bkurtz@lewitthackman.com. Read more about Barry Kurtz...


Bob Green
Bob Green
Bob Green, CPA.CITP is Partner and Practice Leader for SingerLewak’s Enterprise Risk Management Services practice. Executives of growing businesses rely on Bob and ERMS to mitigate the risks inherent in the use of information systems. In 2010, Bob oversaw the birth of SingerLewak Systems—a Cloud Computing advisory services group, a business partner of various SaaS offerings, including Intacct and Avectra software. You can reach Bob at SingerLewak Systems, or visit his blog here. Read more about Bob Green Here...


Brenda Hill
Brenda Hill
Brenda Hill is a freelance writer in Los Angeles who specializes in current marketing trends.


Brian Hemsworth
Brian Hemsworth is the president of Newman Grace Inc., a Los Angeles-based marketing and brand consulting firm. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty of Pepperdine University, and has published more than 100 articles on business, marketing, technology, travel and fitness. Visit Newman Grace Inc. or www.executivemarketingcoach.com to learn more about Brian and his professional services. Read more about Brian Hemsworth...


C. David Joyce
C. David Joyce
C. David Joyce is the Owner and Chief Mac Consultant of iCare4Macs, an L.A. based consulting firm that has specialized in the Macintosh platform since 1992. The firm provides all levels of computer supported needed for a wide variety of clientele; from medium-sized businesses with multiple office locations, to small companies and home users whose needs may be more simple. They specialize in ad agencies, production companies, post production companies, music studios, and corporations, organizations and individuals who rely on their Macs to power their businesses and their lives. iCare4Macs.


Cindy Rakowitz
Cindy Rakowitz
Cindy Rakowitz is the CEO of Blackman Rako­witz Public Relations. She is a highly respected, award-winning executive with more than 25 years experience in marketing, communications, public relations, promotions and product development. Working in a variety of industries, including accounting, law, television, radio, magazines, film, packaged goods, sports, hospitality, fashion, music and wellness, she enjoys continued growth and success. Her newly released book, Emergency Public Relations, Crisis Management in a 3.0 World is available for purchase at www.emergencypublicrelations.com, www.amazon.com, and www.xlibris.com. More information on Cindy can be found at Blackman Rakowitz Public Relations, (818) 783-3307, or cindy@brpublicrelations.com. Read more about Cindy Rakowitz...


Davis Blaine
Davis Blaine
Davis R. Blaine is the Chairman of both The Mentor Group, Inc. and Mentor Securities, LLC (FINRA registered) as well as the founder of ProVisors and CEO of The Legacy Forums. He is an expert in the accounting, tax and financial aspects of acquisitions, recapitalizations, valuations and appraisal. He has frequently lectured and written on technical valuation issues. Davis has counseled many clients on buying, selling, or raising capital. In addition, he has prepared companies for public and private investment, strategic partnership, and joint ventures. You can find more information here at The Mentor Group, (818) 991-4150. Read more about Davis R. Blaine...


Jerri Hemsworth
Jerri Hemsworth
Jerri Hemsworth is Founder/CEO and Creative Director of Newman Grace Inc. Established in 1996, Newman Grace demystifies and simplifies marketing by providing great strategies, great creative materials, and doing so in a friendly way that makes clients feel comfortable and cared for. Jerri is an Editor of Southern California Professional. She is an adjunct faculty member of Woodbury University where she teaches Graphic Design. She also sits on the advisory board of directors for Shane's Inspiration (www.shanesinspiration.org), a non-profit organization committed to designing inclusive playgrounds and programs that unite children of all abilities.


Juan Ros
Juan Ros
Juan C. Ros, CFP® has a passion for working with clients who are charitably inclined while making sure their wealth is being properly managed. As vice president of Lamia Financial Group, he brings over a decade of prior experience working in charitable giving and estate planning on the non-profit side. Juan is completely committed to helping clients achieve their financial goals by creating wealth preservation and transfer strategies to meet those goals.


Karen Gabler
Karen Gabler
Karen L. Gabler, Esq. is an employment law partner and co-founder of LightGabler LLP. Having represented employers in all aspects of employment law advice and litigation for almost two decades, Karen focuses on proactive strategies her clients can implement to promote workplace productivity and defend against employee disputes. Karen’s seminars, articles, training programs and legal updates can be found at www.lightgablerlaw.com. Read more about Karen Gabler...


Matt Coletta
Matt Coletta
Matt Coletta is a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) issued by the IBBA and a Certified Business Broker (CBB) issued by the California Association of Business Broker (CABB). Matt currently serves on the Board of Directors for CABB and was the 2016 President. In addition, Matt is the Managing Partner of Business Team–Business Sales & Acquisitions, the largest Business Brokerage and M&A Advisory Firm in the western US since 1981. Matt has been representing sellers and buyers of privately owned businesses for over 25 years in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, service as well as many others. Matt can be reached at (818) 999-9621 or info@certifiedbizbroker.com Read more about Matt Coletta Here...


Sandy Allan
Sandy Allan
Sandy Allan is the President & CEO of ­Technology & Operational Solutions, Inc., a U.S.-based call center and product fulfillment outsourcer. Based in Simi Valley, Calif., TOpS provides outsourced support for other businesses with call centers, product fulfillment, warehousing, direct mail, email blasts, IT and virtual assistant programs. Their mission is to provide the utmost in excellent customer service while delivering cost and time efficiencies for their clients. Sandy can be reached at www.tops-us.com or 888-462-8677. Technology & Operational Solutions., (888) 462-8677. Read more about Sandy Allan...


Sheryl Mazirow
Sheryl Mazirow
Sheryl Mazirow, CCIM, is President and founder of Mazirow Commercial, Inc and brings 30 years of expertise in Tenant Representations Services to the table. Ms. Mazirow has been recognized as a “Women of Influence in Commercial Real Estate in Southern California by Real Estate Southern California Magazine, as well as awarded the San Fernando Valley Business Journal Executive of the Year award, and Woman of the Decade award. She also holds the coveted Certified Commercial Investment Member designation from the CCIM Institute, which less than 1% of the world commercial real estate professional achieve. Ms. Mazirow spent 20 years at a national real estate firm gaining invaluable experience. She can be reached at Mazirow Commercial, (805) 449-1945. Read more about Sheryl Mazirow...


Stephen Frueh, PhD
Stephen Frueh, PhD
Stephen Frueh, PhD, is the creator of business consulting firm Centrifugal Leadership. He has assisted small to medium sized companies in culture change, leadership development, and the creation of high performing teams. His is a frequent speaker and presenter on business topic, relationships, and productivity. His tag line says it well: “Leadership from the inside out.” He can be reached at Centrifugal Leadership, (805) 338-4286 or stephen@stephenfrueh.com. Read more about Stephen Frueh...



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