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November 7, 2002
John Tuan Nguyen of Star Real Estate has achieved five sales in his first month in the real estate industry. His experience in sales management has been a key factor in his rapid rise in real estate. "I am able to achieve results for my clients because I really listen to what they say and strive to achieve their goals," Nguyen said. "Fortunately, I am able to connect with people quickly. This helps me to put people at ease and fulfill their needs.
NEWS
February 20, 2003
service New Star associates Lisa Vallefuoco and David Bayley are full of enthusiasm for the exciting challenge of a real estate career. "We want to offer the best service to our clients possible and build a trusting relationship that will carry on the rest of their lives. We chose Star Real Estate for its extensive training and access to experienced top producers who are glad to share their experience and knowledge. What impressed us most was the on-going training that was offered to increase the motivation and skills of even the most experienced pros in the company.
NEWS
March 20, 2003
clientele "Julie Pham will always be a 'Star' no matter where she goes, but we're glad she chose Star Real Estate to hang her license," said Frank McDowell, CEO of Star. "She holds herself to the highest standards to help her clients achieve their real estate goals. With a degree in business administration, accounting and a certificate of passing the CPA exam, Julie enhances her ability to advise clients on their options. With a background with the Treasury Department, handling tax related issues, her advice carries weight.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | October 7, 2009
Thirty-three criminal charges, including grand theft and the unauthorized practice of law, have been leveled against a Huntington Beach woman who turned herself in at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach on Monday. Vickie Khanhvi Dang, 28, is accused of running a fraudulent mortgage-adjustment firm in Costa Mesa that bilked many clients out of thousands of dollars. Dang posted $100,000 in bail bonds Monday, county records indicate. Costa Mesa police and detectives from the Orange County district attorney’s office raided Dang’s Anton Boulevard office Sept.
NEWS
August 22, 2002
Carol Gober of First Team Real Estate was recently honored at the company's prestigious Hall of Fame Awards banquet, held at the Ritz Carlton-Laguna Niguel. This 2001 award makes four in a row for Gober, who has also been ranked in the top one percent of all real estate agents in the U.S. since 1994. "The key to Carol's amazing success is her focus on client satisfaction and exceptional service. She is very aware of her clients' needs and goals, and strives to exceed their expectations.
NEWS
November 7, 2002
the past 16 years Fran Meyers of Star Real Estate has been a perennial top producer since she was licensed in 1986. Her son Mike, a real estate broker and her daughter Paula, a real estate associate and marketing specialist, recently joined her team. "It's such a pleasure to welcome my children to the business. My experience in sales, management and personnel have given me the skills to guide my clients through the entire marketing, offer negotiation and escrow process.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | May 27, 2010
R andi Rubenstein knew the house was just a house. But as she cleaned out the rooms in Newport Beach where she had raised 10 foster children, she found herself overwhelmed with memories — and wanting to preserve them. A quick call to Keri Gee Semmelman fixed that. Semmelman, a Huntington Beach resident, launched My Memory Catcher last fall to help people capture their favorite moments with spouses, children, pets and more. She and her team of interviewers, known as the happiness historians, talk to clients every two or three weeks and write down their cherished stories.
BUSINESS
By Britney Barnes | October 22, 2009
Closing the doors of her day spa, Skin Deep, is going to be a sad day for owner Deborah Woods, but she is thankful for the time she had. After 18 years of serving the community, the spa, which has been struggling since 2008, is going to succumb to the effects of the economic downturn next month. “I had a dream,” Woods said. “I made my dream come true, and I couldn’t have done it without the community and the city of Huntington Beach.” Woods opened her first company in 1987 when there were no other day spas in the area.
NEWS
November 23, 2000
Angelique Flores HUNTINGTON BEACH -- Lilia Lamas dropped off her 1974 Plymouth Valiant to be serviced at Total Car Care, but the mechanics at the Surf City automotive shop offered more than she expected. They gave her a genaerous helping of free labor through Pathways to Independence, a nonprofit group that helps struggling young adults get through school and on the road to self-sufficiency. Dave Bishop founded the organization nine years ago. The retired principal at a continuation school in Los Alamitos came up with the idea after taking in a former student who was unable to support herself and her 2-year-old daughter.
NEWS
By: Elia Powers | September 29, 2005
Two Costa Mesa-based nonprofit organizations that serve residents with developmental disabilities are considering a merger that would likely mean a boost in resources and a significant expansion in programs. Board members from the Vantage Foundation and Project Independence, both founded in 1977, are in preliminary discussions about the potential merger. The agencies are already united through Debra Marsteller, who was named executive director of Project Independence in July and who has headed Vantage Foundation for 25 years.
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NEWS
By Anthony Carpio | January 2, 2013
Starting a business from the ground up is difficult task for anyone. An even more challenging task is starting that business during a struggling economy. But for Anne Mason-Arnold, she made it look easy as her business, CloudMover Day Spa, received the accolade of Best Day Spa on the 2012 Orange County Hot List in November on CityVoter.com - a business promotion website. This is the third top honor Mason-Arnold's business has received, being named Best Day Spa in 2010 and Best Massage in 2011 by the same organization.
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NEWS
By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | February 23, 2011
If Danny Maika can charm a panel of judges the way he charms a gondola, Greg Mohr expects him to clean up at this year's OC Music Awards. Maika, the fan favorite this year for the Best Live Acoustic category, worked for a decade at Mohr's Newport Beach-based company Gondola Adventures. One night, Maika and Mohr joined in a flotilla, in which several gondoliers row out together into Newport Harbor, taking turns singing for their passengers. It may not have been an official contest, but Maika clearly took the spotlight that night.
NEWS
June 29, 2010
A Fountain Valley man and former police officer is expected to be arraigned July 7 for more than 60 charges related to defrauding clients of his unlicensed private investigation business and soliciting women online to have sex with his dog. His original arraignment was supposed to have been Monday. Kevin Michael Sianez, 53, a former police officer in Santa Ana and Stanton between 1979 and 1986, is charged with 51 felony counts and 12 misdemeanors, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | May 27, 2010
R andi Rubenstein knew the house was just a house. But as she cleaned out the rooms in Newport Beach where she had raised 10 foster children, she found herself overwhelmed with memories — and wanting to preserve them. A quick call to Keri Gee Semmelman fixed that. Semmelman, a Huntington Beach resident, launched My Memory Catcher last fall to help people capture their favorite moments with spouses, children, pets and more. She and her team of interviewers, known as the happiness historians, talk to clients every two or three weeks and write down their cherished stories.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | January 28, 2010
Mikey’s had a hard-knock life, but the sun has come out for him. He began his life in a neglectful household. When he was 3, he was taken away from his home and put up for adoption. Upon being adopted, he had to be treated for a potentially fatal heart disease. Today, at the ripe old age of 8, he’s starring in a Broadway-caliber show and has his own touring van, handler, understudy and dressing room. He’ll make his Orange County debut tonight, where he will star as Sandy the lovable stray dog in the 30th anniversary production of “Annie.
FEATURES
By Britney Barnes | January 21, 2010
A local organization dedicated to feeding homebound seniors is having to get creative to support Orange County’s aging population by dipping its hand into social enterprise. Community SeniorServ is trying to expand the for-profit side of its business to meet the growing needs of its nonprofit side by growing its bulk food manufacturing to produce edibles for commercial vendors. SeniorServ is a nonprofit working to help seniors maintain their independence through a series of outlets, including a Meals on Wheels program.
BUSINESS
By Britney Barnes | October 22, 2009
Closing the doors of her day spa, Skin Deep, is going to be a sad day for owner Deborah Woods, but she is thankful for the time she had. After 18 years of serving the community, the spa, which has been struggling since 2008, is going to succumb to the effects of the economic downturn next month. “I had a dream,” Woods said. “I made my dream come true, and I couldn’t have done it without the community and the city of Huntington Beach.” Woods opened her first company in 1987 when there were no other day spas in the area.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | October 7, 2009
Thirty-three criminal charges, including grand theft and the unauthorized practice of law, have been leveled against a Huntington Beach woman who turned herself in at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach on Monday. Vickie Khanhvi Dang, 28, is accused of running a fraudulent mortgage-adjustment firm in Costa Mesa that bilked many clients out of thousands of dollars. Dang posted $100,000 in bail bonds Monday, county records indicate. Costa Mesa police and detectives from the Orange County district attorney’s office raided Dang’s Anton Boulevard office Sept.
LOCAL
By Michael Alexander | July 23, 2008
The dramatic trial of Rachael Mullenix, charged with the brutal stabbing of her mother when she was 17, came to a close last week with a first-degree murder conviction. But the trial of her former boyfriend Ian Allen looms in the near future, and Mullenix’s jury didn’t find she held the murder weapon. Mullenix is headed to a sentencing hearing Sept. 5; her conviction carries a sentence of 25 years to life. Allen, who Mullenix claimed was the sole killer during her testimony, was initially scheduled for jury trial July 11, but it was pushed back because her trial wasn’t finished.
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