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.

Barrister Comes Together to Help with Relief & Recovery in Japan

Barrister Area Manager Terry Ray, Receptionist Arisa Todoroki and Sales & Marketing Manager Derek Otte send a donation to the Japan relief effort.

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. is encouraging its tenants and staff to join together in reaching out to help the victims of the recent disaster in Japan. Barrister has a wide portfolio of tenants.  Our Torrance location is honored to work with many Japanese clients and corporations. Our hearts go out to their friends and family currently in Japan.  We, at Barrister, would like to do everything possible to encourage members of the professional community to donate to the relief efforts in Japan. If you would like to join us in our quest to help provide recovery to Japan, please donate via the website below:


You can also send check donations to:

Consulate General of Japan

350 W. Grand Ave., Suite 1700

Los Angeles, CA 90071-3472

Memo line: Japan Earthquake Aid Fund

*Please note all donations made to the Consulate of Japan in Los Angeles will be sent directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society.*

City of Torrance Recognizes Barrister Chairman

Vince OtteBarrister Chairman Vince Otte has received his share of accolades throughout his illustrious career.

This time around, Mr. Otte received recognition for his contributions to the City of Torrance as a business owner, and for Barrister’s renewed lease in the South Bay Tower at 21250 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 500 and 700.

Mr. Otte was formally presented with a “Certificate of Recognition” from Mayor Frank Scotto at a recent open house event held at the suite.

The Torrance Mayor praised Barrister for its role in providing jobs within the community and its instrumental role in accommodating the needs of start-up businesses.

For more information on Barrister’s Torrance location click here.

Torrance Executive Suite Celebrates Lease Renewal and Gets A Brand New Look.

Torrance-Office-SpaceBarrister Executive Suites, Inc. showcased its newly renovated Torrance location with an Open House business mixer last week on October 15, 2009. The firm recently renewed its office lease for the Executive Suites at 21250 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 500 & 700, Torrance, California.  The event was attended by a variety of business executives and commercial real estate brokers.

While other real estate companies are still experiencing a downturn in the market, Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. location in the South Bay is continuing to thrive. The company first opened the facility in 1996, and provides plug-n-play office space and virtual office programs with flexible terms at economical rates. “We are very committed to serving the business community and to providing top quality service” said Terry Ray, Area Manager.  Since opening the Torrance location in 1996, the client base has diversified from being legal centric to very eclectic; clients include major industries such as entertainment, financial, and technology.  One recent client is the Japanese Defense Ministry which chose the location because they were able to move in immediately, with a flexible lease term at a favorable lease rate. “Once they move-in, many clients are still surprised by how much they truly get for their money, and what an advantage it gives them,” said Terry Ray “we even have a bi-lingual receptionist that speaks Japanese.”

Dorthy Bright, President of Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. predicts the increased demand for executive suites will continue regardless of the economy. “Our business model allows companies more access to cash flow.  In lieu of investing in administrative staff, a phone system and photocopiers, they will see that Barrister provides all of the above.  This allows companies to focus on their growth strategy and capital investment.  Regardless of the economic environment, Barrister should always be the first alternative in leasing office space.  It’s just good business practice.”  The Open House event provided an excellent opportunity to preview the location and enjoy some business networking.   To find out more about Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. location in Torrance, Click Here.