The Power of 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

Super Bowl Sunday!

"Snackadium"
“Snackadium”

 

Who will win: Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos?

 

Millions of football fans will be disputing this in their living rooms Sunday, February 2nd.  What will be on the minds of many others on Saturday, February 1st is: “What snack should I bring to the Super Bowl Party?”  Before you bring a bag of chips and your signature dip, take a minute to consider a “Snackadium” (snacks + stadium).  Impress your friends by combining everyone’s favorite dishes into one large creative presentation.  You can make it with savory treats, healthy bites or sweet desserts!

 

For tips on how to create one, visit http://www.pillsbury.com/holidays-celebrations/game-day/diy-snackadium

 

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. encourages all to have a safe and fun Super Bowl Sunday.

 

 

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.