Tenant in the Spotlight: Johnathan Razbannia

            We are excited to announce that one of our Encino tenants, Johnathan Razbannia, President of JMR Holdings, will be on radio station 670AM on October 17, 2011 to share insightful information regarding property tax reassessments. JMR Holdings provides an array of services that compliment developers needs, such as assistance with obtaining entitlements for subdivision of land, as well as providing reassessment services for properties that have been incorrectly assessed resulting in higher property tax payments.
            Reassessments are accomplished through the evaluation of property taxes for the fiscal year to verify if there would be any merit for a reassessment of the property taxes. This applies to a single-family residence, multi-family residence, commercial, and vacant land parcels purchased in 2002 to the Present. In some instances, JMR Holdings has been able to date back as far as four years in obtaining refunds on tax bills. In fact, JMR Holdings recently had a successful outcome in which the assessment of a new construction project totaling 9.2 million was reduced to 7.5 million, resulting in a total savings of $50,000.
          The Property tax reassessment deadline for 2011 is November 30th, so if you would like to inquire about how to possibly reduce your taxes please contact the office of JMR Holdings for a free consultation at (818) 201-0441 or contact him via email at jrazbannia@jmrlanduse.com. Visit his firm on the web at www.jmrlanduse.com.

        Please remember to tune in to radio station 670AM on Monday, October 17th from 1:30-2:00PM for some timely information relating to property tax reassessment and a potential tax savings opportunity!

Johnathan Razbannia, President of JMR Holdings

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

A Night at the Races

It was a night at the races for Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. staff and tenants on June 24, 2011.  Barrister tenant in the Airport Spectrum near LAX, Judd Matsunaga of Elder Law Services, invited Elder Law Services employees, Barrister employees, and friends to enjoy a night at Hollywood Park.

“We had a great time with our tenants outside of the office,” says Julie Capelouto.   “Typically, we talk to tenants in the hall or at a tenant mixer, but this was unique to go to the races.  We were so happy to be included and had an amazing night watching the races.”

Judd Matsunaga is a tenant of Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. at the Airport Spectrum Offices.  Mr. Matsunaga’s law firm, Elder Law Services, provides legal services for estate planning, Medi-Cal Planning, senior bankruptcy, California probate issues, living trusts, and wills.  For more information, call 800 403-6078.

The Airport Spectrum offices are located at 5757 West Century Boulevard Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045.  The offices are conveniently located near Los Angeles International Airport for those who travel or conduct meetings with guests who travel into the Los Angeles area.  The Airport Spectrum has on-site dining, valet parking, and shuttle to Los Angeles International Airport.  The offices are walking distance to a fitness center, restaurants, and hotels.

Upcoming Tenant Social in Pasadena

On Friday, August 26th, Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.’s tenants in Pasadena are invited to enjoy ice cream sundaes and networking. 

The Barrister staff at the Corporate Center Pasadena held a very successful tenant social on July 1st with lunch and now it is time for dessert!  “We just love to spoil our tenants,” says on Suite Manager, Toni Hernandez.  “We had such a great time last month that we wanted to extend the party!”

The Corporate Center Pasadena is a four building complex located along Pasadena’s popular South Lake Avenue.  Tenants have a variety of on-site amenities and convenient access to health clubs, restaurants, financial institutions, and shopping.

Westlake Village Knows How to Party!

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.’s Westlake Village location welcomed in summer with an old-fashioned barbeque. The large conference room was converted into a summer garden with cut-out flowers and bright table decorations.  Receptionist, Patricia, took charge of the grill, which in this case was an electric skillet provided by Area Manager, Barbi Davis. Barrister tenants and staff enjoyed hot dogs, refreshments, and ended the event with root beer floats!

“Everyone gets a break and a chance to mingle in a more relaxed environment,” said Ashley Hutchins, Assistant Suite Manager.  “These types of events are important because tenants are able to network with each other and get better acquainted, creating a friendly and fun office atmosphere.”  Barrister’s location in Westlake Village is a great community of business professionals and ideal for people who like to network.

“We had a Summer BBQ last year and decided since it was so fun, why not do it again?  Everyone enjoyed themselves and are still thanking us for all the fun they had,” said Jennifer Zimmerman, Senior Receptionist,” Thanks to Patricia the hot dogs were delicious!”

Chill Out! Ice Skating is Back at the Sherman Oaks Galleria

Ice skating isn’t only for the winter months, or for a city that gets snow!  This weekend the ice is coming to Sherman Oaks.  On July 23-24, the Sherman Oaks Galleria will set up an eco-friendly skating rink with synthetic ice.  Admission will be $2.00 for everyone, which includes skate rentals for those without skates.

“It was so much fun last year,” says Area Vice President, Christine Nam.  “I am so glad they are doing it again this year!”  Barrister’s offices at the Sherman Oaks Galleria are conveniently located so tenants can enjoy the on-site amenities.  There are plenty of dining options, shopping, and theaters.  Also, during the summer months there is live entertainment, along with food and drink specials at the restaurants.

For more information, please visit: http://www.shermanoaksgalleria.com/events/ice-skating/

The Summer Parties Continue at Barrister

Summer is a great time for parties with friends, family, and fellow tenants at your Barrister suite!  This Wednesday, July 20th,  Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. will be hosting a Tenant Meet and Greet Networking Mixer in Encino.

Barrister’s tenant mixers are the perfect environment for tenants to develop professional relationships.  Hosted by Barrister, tenants have a chance to take a break from work without leaving the suite and straying too far from their office.  “We have seen that tenants feel comfortable referring business to other professionals within their suite,” says Suite Manager, Sondra Hollis.  “They have a better idea of how that tenant runs their business or how that person works with clients rather than if they read a description online.  And our mixers give the tenants a chance to share their business and expertise with fellow tenants.”

Stay tuned for pictures from the event!

The mixer will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, from 12-2 PM in Barrister’s large conference room at 15760 Ventura Boulevard, 7th Floor, Encino, CA, 91436.  For more information, please call 818.788.2664 to speak with Suite Manager, Sondra Hollis.