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)!

Ninth Consecutive Year Winning “Best Of” Award

For the ninth consecutive year, Barrister Executive Suites was awarded The Signal’s “Best Of” Santa Clarita Valley Award for Best Executive Suites & Offices. Readers of The Signal vote on businesses in various categories each year, and Barrister’s Valencia location has consistently been recognized for excellence.

barbidavisThe Santa Clarita Valley area Suite Manager, Barbi Davis, was spotlighted in The Signal for her efforts in helping businesses with turnkey office space that is customized to fit a wide variety of business models. Barbi and her team work diligently to provide superior executive suite solutions to businesses, which is evident in the many awards they’ve collected over the years. Barbi has worked at Barrister for 25 years, and her dedication to the mission of Barrister is apparent in how she is constantly working to deliver the best experience for tenants in Valencia.

Barrister’s Valencia office space location was established in 2004, and has quickly become one of Barrister’s shining stars. Located in the  Valencia Gateway Office Park, the Summit at Valencia has convenient access to I-5 Freeway and Highway 126, just 10 minutes north of the San Fernando Valley and 30 miles north of Downtown Los Angeles. Tenants enjoy close proximity to Championship Golf Courses, Newhall Ranch and Valencia Town Center. These inspiring offices have lots of natural light, high ceilings, and come equipped with all of the amenities needed to run a business efficiently.

The onsite staff is friendly and professional, we’re proud to receive so many compliments on our amazing Team. Clients also enjoy all of the included amenities such as conference rooms, employee lounge/break room, telephone & internet service, and free parking. This location also has a relaxing outdoor courtyard with ample seating and water feature, which is very popular with Tenants. It’s a relaxing place to enjoy your lunch, or host a business networking mixer.

Learn more about this executive suite and other suites located throughout southern California on our executive office suite locations page.


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


Upcoming Barrister Events in Valencia & Westlake

VALENCIA -Barrister Executive Suites Inc. in Valencia will be hosting a free 1 hour presentation in the large conference room on Tuesday, March 15th at 1:30 PM. SCV Concierge will be discussing with our Valencia tenants and other local Santa Clarita businesses the advantages of growing their customer base and market share and the power behind strong business connections; while getting company names, and the services provided, promoted throughout Santa Clarita Valley. This is an opportunity for our tenants to make new connections and form strong alliances with other successful businesses.

WESTLAKE -This week the tenants and staff at Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.’s Westlake Village location are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a fun networking mixer. Barrister is supplying fun themed cupcakes on Thursday, March 17th. The conference room will be decorated in the spirit of the day, and tenants and staff will be encouraged to wear the color green while they mingle.

A suite business model

This article originally appeared on The-Signal.com

By Josh Premako

Seemingly gone with the recession are the days of staking your business claim with a dedicated office building. Now, the trend, particularly for small businesses, is shifting toward eliminating the overhead and paying for an executive suite.

The Santa Clarita Valley is home to several executive suite buildings, among them Barrister Executive Suites and Studio e Valencia.

With flexible lease terms, businesses can set up shop quickly and easily, said Max Sucee, a consultant for Barrister. The company’s Turnberry Lane location is home to more than 90 businesses, which he said include everything from attorneys and psychologists to travel agents.

“There’s an influx of corporate professions in transition as a result of the economy,” Sucee said.

Executive suites provide a good return on investment, he said, because there’s no need to pay administrative staff -Barrister offers reception and secretarial service – and allows for a focus on the core business.

Another growing trend has been that of “virtual offices,” he said. For instance, a real-estate agent can work from home, but have his calls routed through Barrister’s office.

Sucee said Barrister has more than 1,000 virtual-office clients, with 42 at the Valencia location.

Doing business with Barrister also means tenants have access to more than 700 conference rooms throughout the country.

“Virtual offices are the big push,” he said.

The suite systems has short- and long-term appeal, one business advisor said.

“Executive suites can be good solutions,” said Steve Tannehill, director of the Small Business Development Center at College of the Canyons.

He’s observed both startup businesses and laid-off professionals looking to hang out their own shingle take advantage of the system, using a suite as a way to get started and build a professional presence.

It depends on the firm, but an executive suite typically tends to be a stepping stone toward a dedicated business location.

Conversely, he said some businesses may be completely content with their size and staying in a suite.

“For some people, it can be a great long-term solution,” he said. “I don’t really see a downside.”

The executive-suite option is a smart one for entrepreneurs, said Christine Van Scoy, property manager for Studio e, located on Smyth Drive.

“In an economy like this, it keeps costs low,” she said. “It helps the small business person continue.”

Studio e is owned by eSuites Inc., which also has a site in West Hollywood. Businesses can look at spending anywhere from $99 a month for a virtual-office setup to about $975 a month for an office suitable for three to four people, she said.

Studio e has about 36 office spaces, most of which are filled, Van Scoy said, and added about a third of the tenants have been there from day one.

She said Studio e is mostly home to business professionals – everything from court reporters and attorneys, to financial planners and mortgage agents.

“We can have people up and running in 24 hours,” she said.

Article source:http://www.the-signal.com/section/24/article/30497/