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)!

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.

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