Q&A with LA25 Member RJ Smith

May 09, 2016

Member Name: RJ Smith
Business Name/Website: RJ Smith Constructions
Rjsmithconstruciton.us

Tell us a little bit about your business:
We are a construction and development firm, specializing in high end homes in Manhattan Beach.

What’s most rewarding about your work?
The people we are able to build homes for. We are creating a home for a family to live in for a long time. Nothing better.

How did you choose the nonprofit organizations that you support?
My grandmother, mother, and wife are all Sandpipers and we love what they do for our community.

Do you host events to help the public learn about important topics?
We do not. Most of our clients are very private and do not like their homes on display.

How do philanthropic efforts of your business make our community a better place?
By making sure each area we give back to gets our full attention and support—from the kids art events to Walk with Sally.

Do your clients influence your choice of causes to support?
Yes and no. We love our certain groups that we love to give back to but we love learning about new ones.

What are the biggest benefits of making of making social responsibility a priority?
Get out of the work mode to talk about life and other items that go along with it. Not just business all the time.

What’s one simple way a local business can reach out and make a difference?
By helping support our events. Every little act goes a long way in helping.

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Q&A with LA25 Member Christopher DeRosa

May 11, 2016

Member Name: Christopher DeRosa

Business Name/Website (or physical address):
Davis and DeRosa Physical Therapy | davisandderosa.com

Tell us a bit about your business:
4,000 square foot state of the art physical therapy practice, providing one-on-one treatments by expertly trained physical therapists to decrease pain, increase strength and return to your prior level of function. Ultimately improving the way you move.

What’s most rewarding about your work?
The ability to help patients regain their function after being injured.

How did you choose the nonprofit organizations that you support?
We try and support mainly organizations that help raise funds for schools, debilitating diseases and local families who have suffered.

How do philanthropic efforts of your business make our community a better place?
Creating awareness and leading by example, I feel is what makes it.

Do your clients influence your choice of causes to support?
I think it’s nice to help people who foster your business. We like to help as many clients as we can, supporting them in our goal.

What are the biggest benefits of making social responsibility a priority?
Seeing the result of something positive. Helping teach the youngsters how important it is to be socially responsible.

What’s one simple way a local business can reach out and make a difference?
Taking time to listen to the needs of your community. Help foster an environment where people want to stay local and create awareness within your community.

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Q&A with LA25 Member Adam Deierling

May 19, 2016

Member Name: Adam Deierling

Business Name/ Website (or physical address):
Industrial Property Trust (“IPT”) http://industrialpropertytrust.com/

Tell us a little bit about your business:
IPT is a public non-traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) focused on providing returns to our investors based on purchasing and operation industrial real estate in major markets across the country.

What’s most rewarding about your work?
I operate our West Coast portfolio, which affords me the opportunity to have my finger on the pulse of the industrial drivers in and around the most active industrial markets in the country. Additionally, working with as lean a model as IPT employs, I have the opportunity to execute on all facets of the commercial real estate business.

How did you choose the nonprofit organizations that you support?
I have followed my heart/passions when it comes to my philanthropic endeavors. Children and our military are two of the greatest things I am surrounded by in my life so it is a natural fit for me to support those groups in any way possible.

Do you host events to help the public learn about important topics?
I host a charity golf tournament annually which brings awareness to those less fortunate than most. We create awareness at this event for an issue/topic that tends to be eye-opening to most of our attendees. I also enjoy being involved in the philanthropic events we put on through LA25

How do the philanthropic efforts of your business make our community a better place?
IPT has always been open to and generous with causes that make a difference in people’s lives. As IPT becomes more successful, so too does our campaign to give back. When companies take on this persona, the world becomes a better place for all.

Do your clients influence your choice of causes to support?
We are always open to hearing about new charitable endeavors whether those come from our clients (which we do sponsor many of their campaigns), or from our own employees. IPT supports as many of these opportunities as possible.

What are the biggest benefits of making social responsibility a priority?
When those less fortunate and/or in need can be helped by those with capacity, the feelings of despair and helplessness diminish, which then hopefully becomes a contagion throughout all of society.

What’s one simple way a local business can reach out and make a difference?
Minimize internal waste (time, materials, unnecessary expenses) and return that benefit via gracious giving to those in need. Find something a business can relate to or be passionate about and then making a difference comes easy.

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