Employee in the Spotlight: Jerome Chau, Technology Manager

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Jerome Chau, Barrister’s Technology Manager

 

Meet Jerome Chau!

 

Jerome has been with Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. for 13 years, and currently serves as the Technology Manager.  Jerome oversees all aspects of the technology department including voice and data networks and IT infrastructure at all Barrister locations. Prior to managing all technology at Barrister, Jerome was a Suite Manager and Finance Manager.

Jerome has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from UCLA. He resides in Monterey Park with his wife Yvonne and two daughters Krystal and Kirsten.

Jerome has a unique skill set, holding previous positions in sales, finance and information technology during his 20 years in the real estate industry. Prior to joining Barrister, Jerome was a broker with CB Richard Ellis in the Central Los Angeles region.   Jerome and his wife Yvonne serve as Youth Leaders at First Southern Baptist Church of Monterey Park where they mentor high school kids to serve the church and the community.

Jerome is our behind the scenes super star! He jets from one property to another at a moment’s notice. Next time you see him around, be sure to say hi!

Dressing for Success: It’s All About the Context!

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There was once a time when every professional, no matter his or her industry, put on a suit each morning.  Today, there are many interpretations of formal, business casual, smart casual, etc.  If you’re not aware of the environment you’re in it can be easy to look sloppy, and it can be equally easy to be over-dressed.

 

Dress Codes vs. Self-Expression

“Dress codes have most certainly relaxed over time, particularly since the introduction of ‘jeans Fridays’ and dot-com era casual attire,” says Judah Kurtz of BPI group, a human resources consulting firm in Chicago, Illinois. “What is considered ‘appropriate’ varies by company and culture, as well as what parts of the house are strictly internal versus client/public facing.”

“Dress code policies walk a fine line between portraying a professional image to clients and customers while allowing employees to be comfortable, engaged, and expressive,” said Kevin Sheridan, senior vice president of HR optimization at Avatar HR Solutions, also in Chicago.

While some have adopted casual dress code policies that allow for self-expressions, others believe it’s important to have dress codes with limitations of expressions.

Franki Brandt-Pethtel, the Director of Operations for Bond Jewelers in the Tampa Bay Area, thinks maintaining a proper dress code shows respect for your employer, clients and yourself.

“Would you purchase an expensive piece of fine jewelry from a woman with a green Mohawk and sleeve full of tats? That’s why I wear a suit to work every day. My personal expression can wait until my day off,” she said.

While it’s ultimately up to each organization’s culture to deem what is fit, various human resource professionals believe general dress guidelines are useful as they create some parameters and expectations around what is considered appropriate.  At the same time, allowing some freedom of individual expression can have positive impacts on company culture and employee satisfaction.

“You may be memorable, but make sure you are memorable for the right reasons,” said Kurtz. “Be yourself, but don’t let your appearance or behaviors detract from your selling points: your intelligence, accomplishments, strengths and experience.”

 

Business-Meetings

Before you decide on an outfit for any professional appointment, carefully consider your audience. If you’re meeting someone abroad, research what the locals wear for business meetings and dress accordingly. When meeting with a high-level executive, do your best to mirror what he or she will wear.

For men, putting your best look forward often comes down a clean, crisp look from head to toe. Svelte suit. Slick tie. Shined shoes. Spruced hair. For women, the same rules apply. An equally unfettered, conservative — basically safe — professional look is often the best choice for meetings, regardless of your gender. If you wear a skirt with your blazer and blouse instead of dress pants, double check that it’s not too short.

 

Tech start-ups

Startups are notoriously contrarian cultures; they are looking to change the status quo. Dressing in a suit represents the status quo, or at least, a caricature of it.

Silicon Valley has a peculiar and yet virulent bias against the suit. It’s even a euphemism for an overly conservative, corporate-buzzword-speaking, pointy-haired Dilbert boss. No one wants to work with an “empty suit”. Software engineers help strongly define the culture in Silicon Valley, and they overwhelmingly don’t wear suits, or in general they don’t want to work with people who do.

If you are meeting with a tech startup, business casual dress is often the way to go.

Source:  Entrepreneur.com

 

Employee in the Spotlight: Jacqui White Jansen

Jacqui White Jansen

Assistant Vice President, Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.

Jacqui White Jansen
Assistant Vice President, Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.

 

Meet Jacqui White Jansen!

 

Jacqui has been with Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. for 23 years, and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President.  She’s primarily responsible for the West Los Angeles region, where we recently opened our newest location: 233 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400, Santa Monica.  With 8 locations in the Westside region, Jacqui is kept busy!

Having been born and raised in Manchester England, Jacqui immigrated to the U.S. at age 22. Jacqui has two children, Zoe and Zari, and she lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Skip.

Jacqui brings valuable knowledge, great energy and experience to everything that she is involved with. While managing the Westside area for Barrister, Jacqui is involved in the local community in many other aspects. She has been volunteering on the Oncology Floor at St. John’s Hospital every week for 6 years, and is a member of LACRA (the Los Angeles Commercial Real Estate Association).  She serves on the Planning Committee for the LACRA Broker Challenge, a day of fun taking place on September 21st, 2015 at the Beach Club in Santa Monica (see our post Calling all Brokers! for more information).

Stop by our newest Santa Monica addition and say hi! We will be hosting our Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Party on November 4th.  Stay tuned for more details.

The Power of Power Couples

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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

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!

 

Ventura Chamber’s The Mix! Progressive Mixer / Poker Run

Get your poker face ready!  On April 23, 2014, starting at 5:00 pm, 30 Ventura Chamber member businesses are joining forces with the Ventura Chamber of Commerce to put together the first ever Progressive Mixer & Poker Run. 

 

There will be 7 stops, including: Plan B Wine Cellars, ServiceMaster Elite Restoration, Surf Brewery, Four Brix Winery, ending at Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.  At each stop, attendees will receive a playing card and a stamp.   The mixer will end at Barrister Executive Suites, Inc., where attendees can present their best poker hand of all the cards received at each spot.  Best hand wins the grand prize!!

 

Event Details:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

5:00 pm: Be sure to visit all stops by 7:30 pm

7:45 pm:  Final stop at Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. – 1500 Palma Drive, Ventura, CA 93003

 

This event is FREE and open to the public

 

Visit http://ventura.chambermaster.com/events/details/the-mix-off-market-businesses-progressive-mixer-poker-run-3904 for details on all participating businesses.

 

Contact Ashley Hutchins, Area Manager, for details on Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. in Ventura: ahutchins@barrister-suites.com or call 805-654-0600

 

Be sure to make the final stop to show your hand!

Vote Yes for Better Office Space

 

Due to the current recession, many businesses are down-sizing and looking to cut costs in any way possible. For some businesses, this may mean the transition from a daily office space to home offices for all employees with a once-a-month meeting to regroup and move forward. For this monthly meeting or for whenever the business needs an actual meeting space, rental conference rooms will certainly be the smart decision.

 

Rental conference rooms allow you to rent professional meeting space by the day, or even by the hour, if the business only needs the space for a short time. Having a professional setting, even if it’s only for meetings, can do wonders for a small business. If a small business rents a conference room, it allows them to project the appearance of a larger company, which can increase their ability to make larger sales to more reputable clients. Small businesses deserve better office space and rental conference rooms are the answer.

 

A rental conference room allows businesses to choose the location based on what they need at that time. If a business is trying to get a client in a certain city, they can simply rent a location that is easily accessible by the client in hopes of helping the sale. It is also a smart decision to select a location that has convenient parking. While a building may be in a great location, if it does not have convenient parking, the client, and the workers, will need to worry about finding a parking space and may cause unneeded stress or aggravation.

 

Many locations that offer rental conference rooms also offer monthly mail services to provide a desirable business address for the business; this creates the illusion that this business is based in a high rent area and can help entice prospective clients to learn more. In addition to mailing services, many rental locations also provide the technology needed to give an effective and compelling presentation; some even provide pens, pencils, paper, flip charts, or whiteboards to help your presentation run as smoothly as possible. If the little nuances are already taken care of, it gives the business owner more time to prepare and focus on the growth and success of his business.

 

Small businesses need to remain flexible in order to grow, which means knowing which expenses are necessary and which could be strategically eliminated. If a small business tries to rent a full time office, much of the revenue will go towards overhead costs, which doesn’t leave sufficient funds for effective growth. By renting a conference room only when a physical location is necessary, it can free up the funds for a small business to focus on growth.

The Value of Virtual Offices

Virtual offices are becoming a popular trend in the business world, especially for small and mid-sized businesses. By having a virtual office, these smaller companies have the ability to project the image of a large company to their clients, which can greatly increase their reputation and sales. Virtual offices provide these companies a chance to thrive in a recessionary economy.

A virtual office is the combination of an off-site address and live communication services, which allows smaller businesses to purchase services and time as their business needs. This allows a small or starting business to eliminate almost all overhead costs which can make or break a company. Virtual offices allow a company to hand select the services they desire, which makes it easy for any company to select services that will allow them to thrive without breaking their budget. Companies are also able to rent conference rooms or office space by the hour or by the day, so if a face-to-face meeting is necessary, the business has the ability to rent what they need and impress their client with an upscale office building.

The services that are offered by virtual offices include call forwarding, receptionist services, auto-attendant services, and voicemail services. Call forwarding allows an incoming call to be forwarded directly to the employee’s phone or even to multiple employees’ phones, without the client ever knowing the call has been forwarded outside of the office building. The live receptionist is provided with database software so that they are able to respond to any incoming call with specific information about the company in a professional manner. The receptionist will also schedule appointments, and occasionally handle small tasks such as data entry, bookkeeping, and maintenance. Auto-attendant services are recorded, client focused greetings. These automatic recordings are able to provide the client with information such as directions to the company, or with the ability to push the call through to an employee. Lastly, voicemail services are provided so that the employee does not have to worry about multiple voicemail boxes, all of the voicemails are stored in one location, at the virtual office. This makes it easier for the company to receive messages and they will not have to worry about missing a message due to a voicemail box being overlooked. These services are all designed to give the company the opportunity to run a highly efficient and effective business, even if they are small.

The virtual office also gives a small or starting business the ability to appear as a large company to potential clients. This professional appearance can entice clients to want to hire the business because their appearance makes them seem trustworthy and important. These offices also make it easier for a business to start a new location. The ability to start a location in a city where you are not actually located can make the transition easy for any business.

The low cost of a California virtual office allows small businesses to put a prestigious address on their business cards and provides them with an elegant office and professional receptionist. In addition to the basic services, the virtual office provides the company with software and the IT infrastructure of larger businesses, which can work to help the company prosper. Overall, a virtual office is an excellent option for any business looking to expand or to get a start in the professional world.