The Power of Power Couples

Power Couples

The Power of Power Couples

The term “power couple” usually evokes images of wealth, charisma, and glamour, but for many prominent professional couples, life in the dual-career lane can be anything but a smooth ride.

There are many challenges in maintaining a loving relationship and a chaos-free household when both partners work long hours and may often travel. Here are some of their road-tested ideas for making such relationships work:

Put the relationship first.

Marriages require a lot of care, feeding and attention, but, the relationship is unfortunately the thing that tends to get neglected first.  It’s important to be fully present for your spouse as much as possible. Steve Vassallo, a partner at Foundation Capital, uses a metaphor to make this point. “It’s like being in an airplane when the oxygen masks come down,” he says. “You’ve got to make sure that the relationship is healthy before you worry about other things.”

Define your roles.

As a management consultant for Strategy & (formerly Booz & Company), Alex Conrad spent a good deal of her career on the road, while her husband, Parker Conrad, co-founded companies in the Bay Area–most recently Zenefits, a free human-resources platform. Neither Alex nor Parker had much time to focus on home life. So they worked out an arrangement early on: She would handle the tasks that could be done remotely, like paying the bills; he would take care of anything that needed to be done in person. “Just being explicit in advance about what your roles are is really helpful,” Alex says.

Set your limits.

When Hagel was returning to her job at the Boston Consulting Group after earning her MBA in 2012, she knew that her spouse would be traveling a lot, “so one of my non-negotiables was that I didn’t want to be on the road all the time,” she recalls. Similarly, Eva Sage-Gavin turned down several lucrative job offers over the years so that her daughter, an only child, could grow up surrounded by uncles, aunts, and cousins in Northern California. “Without a doubt,” she says, “you’ve got to define what is important to you as a family, and you’ve got to stick to it.”

Outsource whatever you can.

The Vassallos experimented with a variety of caretaking arrangements for their three young children before settling on hiring a nanny who could also serve as a domestic executive assistant. “A big turning point for me was when I realized that it was as cost-effective to hire a nanny in the Bay Area as it is to have two kids in full-time daycare,” Trae says. Besides helping with the children, their nanny does the grocery shopping, child chauffeuring, and other routine errands. “By having logistical things taken care of on the home front, I feel like we’re able to spend real quality time with our kids,” she says.

Have realistic expectations.

People often think they know exactly what they want in a future spouse, including good looks, brains, earning power, and the disposition to be a good parent. But Dennis Gavin cautions against “over-optimization” in that department. “I guarantee there are a bunch of [men] in this room who say, ‘I really want to marry someone who is a brilliant [career person],’ but then when they get married, they also want their spouse to have kids and be a supermom,” he says. It’s critical for dual-career couples to have an open dialogue about their expectations before marriage.

Remember that the laundry really can wait.

Another strategy that is helpful is to lower your “Martha Stewart” standards. Perhaps it’s best to live in a small apartment that doesn’t require a lot of upkeep. If the laundry isn’t folded promptly, remember it’s no big deal.

Keep rituals.

While they were dating and attending Stanford GSB, Lindsey Scrase and Theresa Hagel started taking long walks together in the campus foothills. The regular outings gave them the time and space to talk about big agenda issues in their lives–work-life balance, mental and physical health, finances, and relationships with family and friends–before they became problematic. Now married and living in San Francisco, they take walks in the city at least twice a month to check in with each other on the bigger issues.

 

Reference/Source: http://www.inc.com/stanford-business/how-power-couples-balance-work-and-family.html

The Grilled Cheese Truck is coming to YOU!

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On August 6th, The Grilled Cheese Truck will be located outside of our very own

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. in Ventura!

 

Be sure to make your way for a deliciously cheesy lunch!  This is open to all!

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Where: 1500 Palma Drive, Ventura, CA 93003

When: August 6, 2014 |  11:00am – 2:00pm

 

 

Visit www.thegrilledcheesetruck.com to see the mouth-watering menu.  For any questions about the location of the truck or Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. in Ventura, please call Ashley Hutchins at       805-654-0600 or email ahutchins@barrister-suites.com

 

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. Grand Re-Opening at Airport Spectrum!

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Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.’s Grand Re-Opening of the newly remodeled LAX location was a success!   On Thursday, June 19th, 2014, guests were invited to “Take flight with Barrister” as they revealed the beautiful renovations throughout the suite on the 7th floor of 5757 W. Century Blvd.  The reception area and hallways throughout the floor have been updated with new furniture, carpet, wall covering, and reception desk.  Several interior offices were also reconstructed.  The current tenants and their clients are very pleased with the new contemporary look.

 

Barrister thanks the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce for their help in the ribbon cutting of the refurbished floor.    It was such a pleasure seeing so many familiar faces at the party.  Guests enjoyed a variety of foods and cocktails from around the world, great networking with other active local professionals, and an exciting raffle drawing.  Prizes included an iPad Air, a delicious bottle of wine, and the grand prize – a trip for two on Southwest Airlines.  Congratulations to Dean Kumagawa of Independent Capital Management Inc., the lucky winner of the Southwest Airlines prize!

 

For more information on Barrister’s LAX location at 5757 W. Century Blvd., 7th floor, Los Angeles, CA, 90045, or to refer a client, please contact Ana Blaisdell at 310-338-0031 or email ablaisdell@barrister-suites.com.  If you were unable to make the party, please feel free to stop by anytime to tour the property.

 

You are welcome to visit our website www.barrister-suites.com to view our location portfolio.  To see all the photos from the party, click here

 

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. extends their gratitude to all who attended!

 

Start the Year Off Right, Help Save a Life!

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Next week, the CIM Group at 11620 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles will be hosting a Tenant Blood Drive.  This is a great opportunity for all tenants and employees at Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. Brentwood to donate blood.

Start the year off right and help save a life:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

10 am – 2 pm

11620 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 280

 

Appointments are recommended.  Please contact Sherry at 310-829-8886 or email sherry.arroyo@stjohns.org.  Remember to bring a picture ID. As a token of CIM Group’s appreciation, all participants will receive a coupon for a Pint of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream (conveniently located right across the street from Barrister in Brentwood!)

 

For more information about Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. Brentwood, call Sondra at 310-388-8799 or visit barrister-suites.comst johns logo

Barrister Executive Suites Wins Prestigious Award

Barrister Wins Best Executive Suite in Santa Clarita Valley for Fifth Consecutive Year

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. wins “Best of” award in Santa Clarita Valley for fifth consecutive year. The nomination comes from The Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper. Readers and community members weighed in and voted to select the best company in various categories. Barrister’s Santa Clarita Valley office is located at 27240 Turnberry Lane in Valencia.

Barrister Executive Suites: 2013 Best Executive Suites & Office

“We’re honored The Santa Clarita Valley Signal’s readers and community members voted us the number one executive suite provider in the area,” says Suite Manager Barbi Davis. Davis continues, “The cornerstone of our offering is our team. We take great pride in the service we deliver to our clients. Our commitment is to provide our clients with a superior facility, technology platform and a forum to network with other clients to increase business opportunities. We work hard every day to ensure we fulfill this promise.”

 

Barbi Davis has worked at Barrister for 20 years and also been a long time Valencia resident. Davis was a nominee in 2012 for the “Special Achievement Award” from the SCV Chamber of Commerce and has served eight years on the Ambassador Committee with the Chamber and previously served on the Economic Development Committee for the City. Barbi is regularly seen at networking events throughout Valencia.

Suite Manager Barbi Davis

 

Carrie Gates, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Barrister states, “The congratulations and credit go to our team in Valencia. Having the right people is key to the success of any business, and Barbi, Wendy, Melanie and the rest of our team truly go above and beyond, not only for Barrister but also for our clients. They’re deeply committed to the success of our clients’ business and the overall community. It’s great to see them recognized with this award. We’re very proud of our team!”

 

Barrister’s Santa Clarita Valley location is known in the community for providing superior office solutions that make business sense. Barrister’s Valencia location has had an active role in the community for nearly nine years. Businesses that operate out of Barrister enjoy turnkey office space that is customized to fit any business model and needs.

 

All of Barrister’s 26 locations provide small to medium-sized businesses a wide rage of workspace solutions, including full-service offices, virtual offices and meeting rooms, as well as reception services and on-site management. Barrister clients enjoy 24/7 suite access, furnished or unfurnished offices, VoIP telephone system, enterprise grade high speed Internet and WiFi, a networked color copy center and break room with free coffee and beverage service.

 

Full time space starts at $500 per month. Virtual offices are available for $99 per month. For more information on executive suite solutions, please visit http://www.barrister-suites.com.

 

About Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.
The originator of the executive suite 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. Today, with 26 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 http://www.barrister-suites.com.

 

New inquiries should be submitted to:
Bonnie Ogilvie, leasing@barrister-suites.com
Phone: 310-258-8000

Location Contact: (to schedule viewings, follow up, etc.)
Barbi Davis, Area Manager
Email: bdavis@barrister-suites.com
Phone: 661-362-0700

 

And the winner is …

           On September 9, 2011 we announced our excitement to once again be involved in LACRA’s Annual Los Angeles Broker Challenge. This year, Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. donated a brand new beach cruiser bicycle to the raffle. And the lucky raffle winner was Richard Lewis Fields. Richard purchased his raffle tickets along with his wife Willa McNamarra Fields from Beitler Commercial Real Estate.
          “Once again, it was a fantastic evening at LACRA’s Broker Challenge,” says Airley Ogilvie, Suite Manager. “This year, fellow Barrister Suite Managers Jacqui White, Barbi Davis, Gerri Wulff and I came a little early to watch some of the challenges before the reception which was so much fun. It was exciting to see all the brokers who came out to support Family Service of Santa Monica.”
           The funds raised from the event will go to Family Service of Santa Monica, a division of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. For more information on the event, please view our blog posted on September 9, 2011 using this link: Putting the FUN in Fundraising

           Pictured here is the winner, Richard Lewis Fields, and Gerri Wulff, Suite Manager and Broker Relations Manager for Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. in front of our offices at 100 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA.

Raffle winner Richard Fields and Barrister’s Gerri Wulff

Taste of South Lake in Pasadena – Celebrating the Art of Food

On Saturday, October 15th come out to Pasadena for a day filled with food, music, and fun!  Local restaurants and businesses are participating for a full day to “Celebrate the Art of Food.”  The free outdoor festival will be held at the Corporate Center Pasadena located at 251 S. Lake Avenue, just a couple doors down from Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.’s offices at 225 South Lake Avenue. 

Throughout the day, there will be food demonstrations and tastings from popular restaurants on South Lake Avenue.  There is sure to be something for everyone from local vendors to international restaurant chains.  Guests will also enjoy live performances from three local bands with music ranging from folk to swing and funk. 

“South Lake Avenue and the surrounding area in Pasadena is a hub of many restaurants and businesses.  I love coming to work every day at the Corporate Center Pasadena with various dining and services at my fingertips.  I can’t wait for the Taste of South Lake to meet local businesses and try restaurants that my tenants are always talking about,” says Toni Hernandez, Barrister’s Suite Manager.

For more information on the event, visit:

http://www.southlakeavenue.org/2011/09/08/taste-of-south-lake-2011-art-of-food/

Ending Summer on a Sweet Note

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. tenants in Downtown San Diego are invited to an Ice Cream Social to welcome new tenants and mingle with fellow tenants on the floor. 

“No one wants to say goodbye to summer, but we thought the best way would be an Ice Cream party,” says Suite Manager, Amy Hicks.  “We also wanted to welcome the new tenants on the floor to meet the other business professionals.  We have seen many friendships, business relationships, and referrals amongst our tenants over the years.”

The Ice Cream Social will be on Thursday, September 22nd from 2:30 – 4:00 PM in the large boardroom at 525 B Street, Suite 1500, San Diego CA 92101.  All tenants are invited and welcome to bring friends or business associates to join in the fun.

For more information on Barrister Executive Suite, Inc.’s property in Downtown San Diego, call 1-800-576-0744.

Putting the FUN in Fundraising

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. is gearing up for the 25th Annual Los Angeles Broker Challenge.  The Los Angeles Broker Challenge is an all day event at a private beach club in Santa Monica where teams compete in various beach games including volleyball and basketball.  The day ends with an awards ceremony, dinner, live auction, and raffle.  The funds raised from the event will go to Family Service of Santa Monica, a division of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services.  Family Service provides a range of services to children and adults who are struggling with emotional, social and economic issues to help those in need lead self reliant, stable and productive lives. 

Barrister will be donating a brand new beach cruiser to the raffle this year and some of our Sales staff will attend the dinner. 

“This event is a fun way for us at Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. to do our part in helping such a deserving organization.  We can set aside our everyday worries and have fun playing games, while at the same time gaining perspective on how lucky we are to be able to enjoy such things.   The money raised for the event is appreciated, however I think more important than the money is the opening up of a person’s eyes to the idea of charity and how fulfilling it can be,” says Derek Otte, Sales and Marketing Manager.

For more information on purchasing raffle tickets or attending the event, contact Airley Ogilvie at 310-917-1000 or aogilvie@barrister-suites.com