Q&A with LA25 Member Mark Duncan

March 09, 2016

Member Name: Mark Duncan

Business Name/Website (or physical address): ISU-The Olson Duncan Agency www.olsonduncan.com // 25550 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 203 Torrance CA 90505

Tell us a little bit about your business: We are a Property & Casualty and Benefits insurance agency providing risk management and insurance solutions to businesses and individuals.

What’s most rewarding about your work?
Protecting the assets that businesses and families / individuals work so hard to grow.

How did you choose the nonprofit organizations that you support?
Based on my convictions and beliefs.

Do you host events to help the public learn about important topics?
Yes, I speak regularly at Trade Associations about specific risk management and insurance solutions.

How do the philanthropic efforts of your business make our community a better place? We don’t have a business without the members of the community allowing us to service their needs. It’s important that we show them through action that we appreciate them.

Do your clients influence your choice of causes to support?
No, my convictions and beliefs influence my causes to support, but I feel those match up with many of our clients.

What are the biggest benefits of making social responsibility a priority?
I believe we were created by God to love and care for others. When we participate in the will of God there is no greater joy.

What’s one simple way a local business can reach out and make a difference?
Serving others with a smile and genuine compassion makes a difference.

Read all my blog posts

Read More
0 Comments:

Q&A with LA25 Member Michael Newman

March 21, 2016

Business Name/ Website (or physical address):
South Bay Plastic Surgeons
www.plasticsurgerysource.com

Tell us a little bit about your business:
Our business includes a four person group of plastic surgeons that offer the full spectrum of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and body. Our business also includes a complete medical spa staffed with nurses and aestheticians who offer facial rejuvenation treatments such as laser, fillers, Botox, peels, and facials as well as non-surgical fat reduction for all areas of the body.

What’s most rewarding about your work?
The most rewarding aspect of our work is to see and enjoy the improvement that our clients experience after engaging in facial or body rejuvenation treatments. We often have clients beaming with happiness when they leave our office since they are thrilled with their results.

How did you choose the nonprofit organizations that you support?
Our business is a proud supporter of the non-profit organization Evelyn’s Breast Friends Forever (www.evsbff.org). Our group frequently performs breast reconstruction surgery for people going through breast cancer treatment. This surgery is often complex, but patients are tremendously appreciative and we find it very emotionally rewarding. Evelyn’s Breast Friends Forever brings breast cancer patients together for fun events including breast cancer walks, social events, fashion shows, and spa treatments. We are honored to be involved in both the organization and the events in order to support these patients and their families.We also support numerous local schools and school events with financial donations annually based on our office staff and client affiliations.

Do you host events to help the public learn about important topics?
We host an annual BRA and SPA event in honor of national Breast Reconstruction Awareness day each year in October. This event is a festive fashion show with breast reconstruction patients as our models. This event is focused on increasing awareness of breast cancer and breast reconstruction in our community.

How do the philanthropic efforts of your business make our community a better place?
We make financial donations to several schools and school events each year in our community in order to support education and involvement. We also participate in breast cancer and breast reconstruction education and awareness events through the non-profit organizations we support and through the local hospitals (Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Hosptial).

Do your clients influence your choice of causes to support?
We definitely value input from our clients regarding causes, events, or organizations to support. We often donate to schools or school events based on our clients input. We are eager to remain involved and support our community.

What are the biggest benefits of making social responsibility a priority?
Giving back is rewarding and that positive reinforcement is critical to growth and happiness. It is a way to stay connected to our community and it is important to be a role model for others including our children, friends, families, and other business.

What’s one simple way a local business can reach out and make a difference?
Local business can easily find local events to support by reaching out to their clients during client interactions or by contacting local non-profit groups and schools. Making a difference is easy. The best way for a local business to make a difference is by starting small and expanding that effort each year.

Read all my blog posts

Read More
0 Comments:

Q&A with LA25 Member David Coe

April 05, 2016

Member Name: David Coe

Business Name/ Website: The Coe Real Estate Team, www.CoeRealtors.com

Tell us a little bit about your business:
We are South Bay real estate professionals. As Realtors®, our team's focus is working with divorcing couples and families being relocated. We also cater to passive & active investors looking to invest in SFR, MFR, commercial and note investments.

What’s most rewarding about your work?
Our vision is to help our clients achieve their real estate goals, one exceptional experience at a time. Real Estate is primarily a relationship business, secondarily a property business. We genuinely enjoy the process of building relationships with the people we advise and understanding how to help them make successful real estate decisions.

How did you choose the nonprofit organizations that you support?
My passion is childhood education. The LA25 Foundation of the Arts (LA25) is focused on supporting arts education in Los Angeles County. The Redondo Beach Educational Foundation (RBEF) is focused on helping to educate the whole child, which includes support for arts, science, physical and mental health. As a parent, I strongly believe that a well-rounded education will help kids to become better critical and creative thinkers, while increasing their empathy towards others. As a Realtor, I understand nothing can have a greater impact on a community like quality schools.

Do you host events to help the public learn about important topics?
I host a real estate investment club called For Investors, By Investors (FIBI) that promotes real estate investing education and networking with ZERO sales pitches allowed. I’m also involved with numerous fundraising events for LA25 and RBEF.

How do the philanthropic efforts of your business make our community a better place?
The primary ingredients needed to improve a community are time and money. I try to be generous with both. I personally serve on the Board for both LA25 and RBEF, contributing my leadership, energy and creative thinking. My business also donates a portion of every dollar we earn back to our or our client’s favorite charity. My favorite event is a Crawfish Boil we host each Memorial Day weekend to raise funds for RBEF.

Do your clients influence your choice of causes to support?
Absolutely. There are so many worthy causes out there that need support. If a client has one that is near and dear to their heart, we want to find a way to support it.

What are the biggest benefits of making social responsibility a priority?
I believe there are two main benefits to volunteer work. First and foremost, I believe that a handful of people can make a tremendous impact when they choose to participate in their community. Secondly, those like-minded people that participating are the people that I prefer doing business with. Observing how someone acts when they are doing volunteer work for “free” is a great indicator of type of person and professional they are.

What’s one simple way a local business can reach out and make a difference?
As stated earlier, all non-profits need time and money to be successful. If your business is willing to donate to either LA25 or RBEF, simply send me an email at David@COErealtor.com to discuss.

Read all my blog posts

Read More
0 Comments:

Q&A with LA25 Member Kyle Mealey

April 13, 2016

Member Name: Kyle Mealey // SBTF Consulting

Business Name/ Website (or physical address): sbtfconsulting.com
215 Pier Ave, Suite C Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Tell us a little bit about your business:
We provide accounting and tax services for small to mid-sized businesses, individuals and exempt organizations.

What’s most rewarding about your work?
I love working directly with business owners. It takes a certain type of person to get out there and create new products and services.

How did you choose the nonprofit organizations that you support?
I seek out causes that I feel a personal connection to and that match my own values. As an accountant I also review their annual filings to ensure that donations are well spent.

Do you host events to help the public learn about important topics?
Not at this time but it’s something I would like to get into.

How do the philanthropic efforts of your business make our community a better place?
We work with local non-profits to ensure that they can stay in operation with assistance on their finances, taxes, and other filings.

Do your clients influence your choice of causes to support?
Yes, I love hearing about the causes and initiatives that our clients are involved in. It’s inspiring and opens all kinds of new ways to get involved.

What are the biggest benefits of making social responsibility a priority?
Having goal that go beyond a profit motive increases overall satisfaction for my employees, my clients, and myself.

What’s one simple way a local business can reach out and make a difference?
I think there has to be a personal connection for the business or its employees to really motivate involvement in a cause. Find something you’re passionate about and embrace it!

Read all my blog posts

Read More
0 Comments:

Q&A with LA25 Member Christopher Yuhl

April 26, 2016

Member Name:
Christopher P. Yuhl

Business Name/ Website (or physical address):
Yuhl Carr, LLP
www.yuhlcarr.com
4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 550, MDR, CA. 90292

Tell us a little bit about your business:
Law firm specializing in complex personal injury, employment and contract case through litigation and trial

What’s most rewarding about your work?
Helping individuals who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford high quality legal counsel.

How did you choose the nonprofit organizations that you support?
I like organizations that help children and veterans.

Do you host events to help the public learn about important topics?
I participate in legal seminars and sessions from time to time but it’s mostly industry related.

How do the philanthropic efforts of your business make our community a better place?
It raises the image of lawyers who most folks do not realize how much pro bono and community work the legal profession performs to assist those in need. When people have access to the system, the community is a better place.

Do your clients influence your choice of causes to support?
In the sense that it’s a business sensitive to those in need, yes.

What are the biggest benefits of making social responsibility a priority?
It allows for a well-rounded life with a strong moral and ethical grounding that can be an example to others – when we all work together to help those who need a hand, we all win.

What’s one simple way a local business can reach out and make a difference?
Post important causes and events on website and social media – offer hands on help as time permits.

Read all my blog posts

Read More
0 Comments: