Employee Spotlight: Wendy Umanzor #WCW

Happy #WomanCrushWednesday and happy 22-Year Work Anniversary to Wendy Umanzor, Barrister’s Valencia Operations Manager!

Wendy started with Barrister at their Beverly Hills location on July 21, 1999. 5 years later she was able to buy a house in the Antelope Valley right at the same time Barrister was opening their Valenica location. Having 2 young kids, Wendy transferred from Barrister Beverly Hills to Barrister Valencia to cut her commute down and the rest is history!

“I love our Valenica location.  The tenants are like family. I’ve known them almost as long as my children have been alive!  But the community love I feel while working at Barrister isn’t just due to the tenants. The company really takes care of us. We received full pay throughout the pandemic, even at the beginning when some of us were only able to go into the office for an hour a day. We are family, the company, it’s employees, and it’s tenants, and I love that.”

Wendy w/ Barrister Valencia tenants & employees during different holiday suite events.

Many of Wendy’s colleagues feel similar. “She is a rock star! She always has been! I met Wendy 22 years ago when she was a receptionist at Beverly Hills and she has grown so much with the company”, says 31-year Barrister team member, Carrie Gates, VP of Sales and Marketing. Mark Walter, current Brentwood manager and a previous associate of Wendy’s in Beverly Hills says “Delightful, absolutely delightful. Always so nice and sweet and she works so hard!” Megan Lasky, Valencia’s newest employee says “Wendy is terrific. I am very happy to have her as my manager and love watching her interact with tenants. I look forward to working with her for many more years”.

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. thanks Wendy Umanzor, Valencia Operations Manager, for 22 years of service (and counting)!

Task Lists and Workplace Productivity: The Ivy Lee Method

This post explores the Ivy Lee Method to enhance productivity. It was practiced by President and General Dwight D. Eisenhower and later repackaged as a time management matrix by Dr. Stephen Covey in, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” (1989) with special emphasis on distinguishing between important and urgent tasks.


Who was Ivy Lee?

Ivy Lee (1877-1934), a pioneer of public relations and workforce management, made a name for himself by successfully spinning popular media narratives in the early 20th century. The muckraker’s robber baron of the Gilded Age was reframed as a captain of industry in the Progressive Era. Lee’s client list included John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Charles Lindbergh, Walter Chrysler, and Charles M. Schwab (not this Charles Schwab).

The origin story of Lee’s eponymous method for workplace productivity traces back to Schwab’s executive suite at the Bethlehem Steel Company.  Schwab viewed employee enthusiasm and productivity as inextricably linked, and sought Lee’s advice on effective methods for cultivating both. Lee’s answer was the promise of a proven formula, the committed use of which was guaranteed to maximize workplace productivity.

Schwab inquired as to how much it would cost for Lee to share this formula, to which Lee responded, “Nothing. Unless it works. After 3 months, you can send me a check for whatever you feel it’s worth for you.” Schwab’s immediate reply is unknown, but it’s safe to assume that free of cost resonated with the man whom Thomas Edison (genius inventor’s to-do list) once referred to as “a master hustler.” Schwab promptly ushered the executives into the office space conference room where Lee articulated 5 steps.


The Ivy Lee Method

  1. Write a list of the 6 most important tasks you must accomplish tomorrow. It may be fewer than 6 but no more. The ideal time to do so is at the end of the work day;
  2. Prioritize the 6 tasks in order of importance. Make a distinction between what is important (long-term) versus what is urgent (short-term);
  3. Begin the first task when you arrive at work and see it to completion. Focus on completing each task one by one without jumping back and forth. No multitasking;
  4. Approach every task on your list this way. If only task 1 and task 2 are completed at the end of the day, then transfer tasks 3-6 onto the top of the next day’s list as tasks 1-4;
  5.  Repeat daily.

Following the steps serves many purposes, including but not limited to, provides a predetermined starting point to stymie the mind’s temptation to give-in to overwhelm, increase focus, decreases decision fatigue, prevents reacting to another’s agenda, and offers a clear metric for evaluating daily performance.

The $25,000 payment Schwab issued in 1918 (~$430,000 in 2021 dollars adjusted for inflation) affirms that Lee’s formula did, in fact, maximize productivity at Bethlehem Steel.


Productivity Apps for Task Lists

Whether task lists are handwritten on paper, the most effective form is whichever one you will actually use. You may maintain a list on the calendar in your office suite or in a preloaded Notes app on your smartphone. Other free apps worth exploring:

Microsoft ToDo  {https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-to-do/id1212616790}

Microsoft OneNote {https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-onenote/id410395246}

GoogleCalendar {https://apps.apple.com/us/app/minimalist-to-do-list/id993066159}

GoogleKeep {https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-keep-notes-and-lists/id1029207872 }

GoogleTasks {https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-tasks-get-things-done/id1353634006}


Disciplined practice of the Ivy Lee Method promises to enhance workplace productivity and improve your time management skills. Countless iterations of the method have endured for over a century for good reason!




Employee Spotlight: Bonita Johnson

32 year Barrister employee, Bonita Johnson.
Image credit: Bonita Johnson

In honor of National Receptionists Day, Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. would like to highlight The Torrance Assistant Manager, Bonita Johnson! Bonita has worked for Barrister since 1989 when it was previously known as Attorney’s Office Management. Ingrained in Bonita’s memory is when Vince Otte took over and renamed the company in 1990, taking all his new employees to Disneyland. Since then Bonita has worked at Barrister locations in Century City, Westwood , and Santa Monica before putting down roots as head of reception at the 21250 Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 500, Torrance location. “Bonita has such a calm, patient, friendly demeanor that is appreciated by co-workers and tenants alike. She is a reliable employee and has been at the Torrance location since 2002. Bonita maintains a professional image while overseeing a demanding front desk, representing a strong “first impression” for tenants and their clients,” says Terry Ray, Barrister’s South Bay Area Manager and Bonita’s supervisor since 2004.

Barrister 21250 Hawthorne Blvd. Grand Re-Opening in 2009.
Bonita Johnson (left) w/ Barrister Torrance & Corporate staff.
Image credit: Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.

“My favorite thing about my job is working the front desk. It allows me to interact with tenants as well as visitors and being able to put a smile on one’s face makes my job more enjoyable,” says Bonita. She continues, “Barrister is a great company to work for especially when you feel appreciated which is very important at any walks of life.”  The feeling is mutual. Vince Otte, President, and CEO of Barrister says “Bonita is a wonderful example of our ideal employee, and 30+ years of experience makes her an industry veteran to whom peers look up. We are grateful for her loyalty, reliability, and exceptional level of service that Bonita has consistently provided. Our high tenant retention rate in Torrance is due, in no small part, to Bonita.”

On this National Receptionists Day we thank Bonita for all of her dedication and hard work to Barrister and its tenants.

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. offers the exceptional service, flexibility, and convenience that their tenants need to run their businesses successfully. Visit our website today to learn about our special offers and affordable virtual office packages, full-time offices, and conference room rentals.

Tenant Spotlight – Abby Aboitiz

Beverly Hills Office Space 

Advanced Wearables, Inc. (AWI)

Abby Aboitiz
Barrister Executive Suites Beverly Hills Tenant, Abby Aboitiz.
Image Credit: Abby Aboitiz

“No matter how dark things are in your life,

there’s always something you can wake up and thank God for.”

– Stan Cottrell

Abby is an entrepreneur with a diversified scope of interests including beauty, health and wellness, and medical technologies. In addition, Abby is a devoted philanthropist and the founder/host of the Voice of Evidence podcast, which often uses the conference room of Barrister’s Beverly Hills office space as a recording studio.

At the forefront of technological innovations that are poised to transform delivery of the medical standard of care, Abby’s driven to arm humanity with the education to enhance and practical tools to define one’s health narrative.

Among the practical tools is a high-tech, lightweight body-sculpting suite by Abby’s company, AWI. The suits feature electrical muscle simulation (EMS) to maximize the efficacy and efficiency of your workout. Wireless electrodes conduct a current of low voltage electrical signals that target muscle fibers to expand and contract, providing a workout within a workout. The epitome of working out smarter, not harder.

AWI has partnered with the Guinness World Record holder for running across America, Stan Cottrell (AKA the real-life Forrest Gump), to present “Uniting America: The Amazing Friendship Run”.  The run will commence in Los Angeles on May 7, Cottrell’s 78th birthday, and conclude 3,103 miles later in Washington D.C. For the 100 day journey, Cottrell will spread a message of hope, health, and friendship to unite America. Abby and her AWI team will be joining as goodwill ambassadors to spread this important message. Thanks to Transparent Artist, they’ll be rolling in high-style for the 100-day journey.

custom re for friendship run
The custom RV where Stan will catch some Zzz’s and from where Abby will cheer on his efforts.
Image Credit: @TransparentArtist on Instagram

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. sends its best wishes to all participants for a safe and successful trip. If you are interested in learning more about “Uniting America, The Amazing Friendship Run”, please visit: https://friendshipsportsassociation.org or follow @amazingfriendshiprun on Instagram.

Remember what Stan says, “You can’t hold a person down who keeps moving,” so get out there and chase your dreams – like Abby!

The links in this article are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual.

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. Opens New Beverly Hills Office Suite Location

Barrister Executive Suites new Beverly Hills Location

The new Beverly Hills location will add to Barrister Executive Suites’ extensive portfolio of 23 locations across Southern California.

Beverly Hills, CALIFORNIA (PRWeb) – This month, Barrister Executive Suites will open a new Beverly Hills location and add to their extensive portfolio of 23 Southern California locations. This location is in the highly sought after “Golden Triangle” located at 9440 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 301. The 90210 location at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Beverly Drive has it all. This Class A building has floor to ceiling windows making the lobby reminiscent of a certain computer store and allowing a tremendous amount of natural light to flood in. To add to this “open” feel, Barrister’s suite 301 has exposed ceilings and it’s very own large outdoor terrace. The property 9440 Santa Monica Boulevard is near banks, theaters, health clubs, hotels and restaurants, and within walking distance to world-class dining and Rodeo Drive shopping. The Beverly Hills Barrister Executive Suites location offers a wide array of amenities and features that include:

  • Valet parking service for clients & visitors
  • Car wash/auto detailing & banking on-site
  • Conference room access to all Barrister locations
  • Online conference room reservation system
  • 24/7 access
  • On-site management
  • 2-hour free city parking next door
  • Janitorial services & utilities
  • Mail & package handling
  • Enterprise grade high speed internet & Wi-Fi

The shared office spaces offered by Barrister Executive Suites allow tenants to reduce overhead costs drastically and offer them more flexibility with lease terms than a traditional office space rental. Shared office suites are a smart alternative for professionals who want to lower their spending but are not willing to lower their business’s image or reputation.

“We’re experiencing increased demand from companies seeking our workspace environment. In our private offices workers can remain productive while maintaining social distancing, without feeling completely isolated from the outside world. Our flexible lease terms give companies the agility they need to respond to changing market conditions, and the services which we include allow workers more time to focus on their core business and revenue generating tasks. Our various virtual programs are a perfect complement by giving their teams the support needed to maximize productivity. They can choose any combination of services such as professional call answering, mail handling, or conference room usage on occasions when they need to have an in-person meeting,” says Carrie Gates, VP of Leasing & Marketing.

Barrister is actively leasing offices for their new Beverly Hills location and offers a full range of Virtual Office Packages which start at $99. To schedule a tour and to learn more about the Beverly Hills Office Space for rent at 9440 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 301, in the Bank of America Building, please call our leasing team at 800-576-0744 or email leasing@barristersuites.com .

About Barrister Executive Suites

The originator of the shared office space concept, Barrister was founded in 1966 as a cost-effective alternative to traditional office space by providing turnkey office space, virtual offices, meeting room facilities, and administrative support services. Independent business practitioners, small start-up companies, and national corporations benefit by having more time to focus on their core business with less financial risk. Since 1966, with 23 locations throughout Southern California, Barrister operates with a foundation of longevity and financial stability in providing its tenants with a business-friendly environment coupled with exceptional customer service. Additional information on Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. is available at barrister-suites.com.


Carrie Gates



Top 5 Strategies to Have a Productive Business

man sitting at desk and working remotely

Staying productive during work hours is always important, but now it’s more challenging than ever to stay productive due to COVID-19. Many of us are working from home which means adapting to a new work environment and having to deal with way more distractions. If you are struggling to maintain productivity during this time, below are some tips on how to stay productive during the pandemic and also during a normal work setting.

1. Manage Your Workspace and Storage Area

This is important for COVID-19 work conditions as well as normal working conditions. If you are working from home, be sure to designate a spot specifically to work that is away from other areas of your home that are meant for other things like eating and sleeping. This will help to reduce distractions and keep yourself focused.
Always be sure that your desk and work area are neat and organized. Everything should have a designated spot and be easy to find so that you don’t waste time looking for the items you need to complete a task. Also make sure that your desktop is not cluttered so that documents are easy to find and that you do not get overwhelmed.

2. Be Sure to Set Boundaries

Make sure you have a strict start and end to your workday. At the end of your workday, put the computer away and stop checking your email. This may be hard to do while working from home, but make sure you are setting these boundaries to prevent burnout. Also, make sure you are getting outside during this time. Some people find that taking a short walk before and after work can replace their work commute and give them the time they need to get in and out of work mode.

3. Use Digital Communication Technologies

During this time of social distancing, digital communication technologies like Zoom and Google Meets are among the limited ways to maintain a visible connection to others. Access to these technologies has promoted connectivity and productivity when working remotely. As we reenter the workplace, assessing to what extent such tools will continue to be of value to your business is a worthwhile endeavor.
Phone calls take away from the body language, eye contact, and connection needed to have a productive conversation. If you are having frequent phone calls with clients, try offering them video chats instead to enhance your meetings and conversations.

4. Keep the Team Motivated and Keep a Positive Attitude

Times are difficult for many of us right now and the uncertainty of the future could be weighing on your employees. Be sure to check in with them frequently during this time, but also during normal working conditions. Your employees want to feel valued so make sure you are showing them that you care about their physical and mental well-being. Also, try your best to maintain a positive attitude and encourage your employees to do the same. Our perspective is our greatest power and it can either empower you or drag you down.

5. Be Sure to Do Your Research

In addition to staying apprised of pandemic news in general, be sure to avail yourself of industry-specific updates and reporting. An unprecedented set of circumstances demands a reexamination of existing business practices and pivoting to adapt to a new reality. Identifying and implementing innovative solutions will assist your business in emerging from the pandemic as a viable entity.

Barrister Executive Suites allows you to have all the benefits of working remotely while also having a physical business address through our virtual office packages. To learn more about the virtual office packages offered at Barrister Executive Suites, contact us today.

Tips on How to Manage Your Mental Health During Quarantine

During this time of social distancing and isolation during quarantine, many of us are finding it difficult to maintain our mental health. This sudden shift in the way we live our daily lives is hard to adjust to and it can feel like you are living one continuous day. It is always important to practice self-care and to improve your mental health, but it is especially important during these trying times. If you are struggling with your mental health due to the effects of quarantine, below are some tips on how to practice self-care during this time.

Establish a Daily Routine

Keeping a daily routine can help keep a sense of normalcy and can help you stay productive. Be sure to start your day like you would any other workday to help you stay focused and feel like you are in an “at-work” mindset instead of an “at-home” mindset. Also, be sure to designate a spot solely for work that is away from areas that are meant for other activities such as eating and sleeping. This designated work area can help you stay focused by minimizing distractions and can help lower anxiety.

Stay Connected to the Outside World

Be sure to keep in touch with friends and family not only to reduce boredom, but to also reduce the feeling of isolation. Take advantage of the numerous digital communication technologies at your fingertips and call your family, text your friends, or video chat with your coworkers. Humans are social beings who need social interaction to be happy and healthy so make sure you are fulfilling this instinctual need.

Focus on Your Physical Health

Mental health and physical health go hand-in-hand. In order to have optimal mental health, you need to also focus on maintaining your physical health. Be sure you are eating healthy foods, drinking a lot of water, and keeping yourself moving. Take advantage of the numerous workout videos on the internet and use them to stay active.

Barrister Executive Suites offers the exceptional service, flexibility, and convenience that their tenants need to run their businesses successfully. Visit our website today to learn about our special offers and affordable virtual office packages, full-time offices, and conference room rentals.

Barrister Executive Suites Announces New Beverly Hills Location

Barrister Executive Suites new Beverly Hills Location

We are very excited to announce our third Beverly Hills location at 9440 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 301, in the Bank of America Building! This new suite now adds to our portfolio of over 20 Southern California locations. The addition of this new, beautiful office space will allow us to better serve our tenants by offering them yet another 90210 office suite option. This will help them decide which office building location is best for their business and clients.


Located in the highly sought-after Golden Triangle location, this striking building has a wide variety of property amenities. Some of the amenities include:

  • Class A Building w/ Floor to Ceiling Windows
  • Large Private Terrace Overlooking Los Angeles
  • On-Site Car Wash/Auto Detailing & Banking
  • Free On-Site Client & Visitor Valet Parking
  • Convenient Access to Santa Monica (10) & San Diego (405) Freeways
  • 14 Miles to Los Angeles International Airport
  • Banks, Theaters, Health Clubs, World-class Shopping, Hotels & Restaurants Nearby

Suite Features & Services

This location is loaded with features and services that will benefit you, your clients, and in turn, your business. Some of these features and services include:

  • On-Site Management
  • Professional Receptionist
  • Personalized Call Answering/Screening
  • Online Conference Room Reservation System
  • Mail & Package Handling
  • Telephone Service & Equipment
  • Enterprise Grade High Speed Internet & WiFi
  • Employee Lounge/Break Room
  • Janitorial Services & Utilities

This office suite is set to open June of 2020 and is now available for pre-leasing! Whether you are looking for a full-time office, virtual office, or conference room rentals, this building is the perfect location for your business. If you are interested in learning more about the new Beverly Hills office suite or any of the other locations that Barrister Executive Suites offers, please contact us today.

3 Benefits of Working Remotely

Virtual Office Packages in Southern CA

Many people’s daily routine consists of waking up, grabbing some coffee, getting ready for work, and heading out to the office. However, with the rising popularity of working remotely, more people are finding themselves with a much less hectic morning routine. Remote work can have many benefits for people, and we discuss these benefits below.

Saving Time

Depending on where you work, daily commutes can be anywhere from five minutes to a few hours. One of the major benefits of remote work is that it could either eliminate or greatly decrease the amount of time spent on traveling. This saved time may allow you to sleep in a little later, spend more time with your family, or even start work earlier.

Unique Office Spaces

Working remotely allows people to create an office space where they feel most comfortable and one that accommodates all their needs. If someone has a disability that makes it difficult to leave their homes, working from home can help alleviate stress and help prevent injury. Although working from home is great for many people, working remotely doesn’t just mean working from home. A great benefit of working remotely is that the world is your office, or at least areas of the world that have internet connection. Whether it be a coffee shop, a hotel, a bookstore, or anywhere in between, you can make your office scenery different every day when you work remotely.

Increased Productivity

Working from home can create a more productive workday. If you have a designated place of work, all of the distractions, noise, and people in the environment cannot be changed. When working remotely, you choose your office space, and you decide what type of environment is best suited for you to have optimal productivity. Also, reducing the travel time to work allows the employees to have more time to buckle down into work.

Overall, working remotely helps many people have a better work-life balance. This work-life balance can help reduce stress and improve your life at work. Barrister Executive Suites allows you to have all the benefits of working remotely while also having a physical business address through our virtual office packages. To learn more about the virtual office packages offered at Barrister Executive Suites, contact us today.

How to Impress Your Customers With Your Office Space

Corporate Meeting Spaces in Los Angeles, CA

When a current or potential client or customer walks into your office, your business’s office space is their first impression of you. Everything from the art on the walls to the chairs they sit in is a representation of your company’s brand. An office space design that is functional as well as visually appealing has many benefits for your company, your clients, and your employees.

Avoid Overused Designs

There is a good chance that a potential client entering your office has either already been to your competitor’s office or will be going there after yours. In this case, you really want your office to stand out against the others and hopefully influence the client to want to return. One of the most overused design elements for offices are motivational quotes and inspirational messages framed and hung onto the walls. Depending on your company’s culture, this type of design element can be overwhelming to employees and clients due to the amount of clutter on the walls.

Although it’s important to make your employees feel comfortable at work, having gaming consoles, hammocks, slides and swings may create a negative image in a client’s mind. This type of office design may make the client feel that there is more relaxing going on in the company and less work being done.

One of the best choices you can make for your office space is natural light. Many of the office spaces at Barrister Executive Suites offer floor to ceiling windows with beautiful views of Southern California. Natural light can help your space feel more open and inviting and can make employees feel more alert and productive.

Allow the Employees to Customize Their Space

Allowing your employees to customize their work space can help them feel more relaxed, which in turn can increase productivity. Incorporating your employee’s own unique design elements can also help the office feel less sterile and more welcoming by creating a design variety in the space. When it comes to office design, it is important to remember that not everything has to be the same, because that can sometimes create a boring space.

Invest in the Quality of Your Décor

Most offices have commercial carpets and seating which are great for functionality, but not so great for unique, eye-catching office design. Investing in statement pieces such as abstract wall art or vintage rugs can elevate your design to the next level. Make sure that your office space is leaving a lasting impression on your all current and future clients and customers!

If you are looking for a beautifully designed office space that is budget-friendly, Barrister Executive Suites offers many office programs to fit the needs of your business and your employees. With 20 convenient locations throughout Southern California, our outstanding service and flexibility can help take your business to the next level.