KEYT-TV Joins the Father's Day Celebration with Chandler's Men Salon

By: Amy Bentley

KEYT-TV came out to cover Father’s day for 2019 with our client, Chandler’s Men’s Salon in Santa Barbara, which offered free beard trims and clean-ups for dads and sons on Saturday, June 15, to honor Father’s Day the following day.

Stylists from Chandler Men’s Salon opened up a pop-up shop for the day in the Funk Zone to toast dads and sons and help them look their best with some complementary pampering. The salon’s stylists said they enjoy getting out into the community and giving back, especially to all the great dads out there who helped raised their children. It was a fun event and the customers came away looking sharp.

Owned by Gillian Ireland, a licensed cosmetologist, Chandler’s Men’s Salon is located at 401 Chapala Street, Suite 104, in downtown Santa Barbara and specializes in men’s haircuts for all ages and styles. The website is

Check out the TV clip, narrated by KEYT Anchor Tracy Lehr, here.




Vanessa Kirker Wright in Noozhawk Business!


Kirker Wright Adds Mediation Services

March 14, 2019

Kirker Wright Law Group is adding mediation and settlement services to firm offerings. 

The Santa Barbara practice specializes in divorce mediation, voluntary settlement conferences, appeals, neutral case evaluation, evaluation and settlement of high-conflict custody matters, and minors' counsel services.


Vanessa Kirker Wright, a California native and Santa Barbara resident for more than 40 years, leads the firm. She is a state certified family law specialist.
Kirker Wright is a member of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association and Santa Barbara Women Lawyers. She is a past chair of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association Family Law Section, according to a news release.

For the past 19 years, Kirker Wright has volunteered as settlement master with the Santa Barbara Superior Court, and she has often been recognized for her outstanding services.

Kirker Wright also is associated with several sections of the California State Bar including the Family Law Section Executive Committee, where she served as Chair, and the State Bar Council of Sections. She has further contributed to her local community by working with the Santa Barbara County Legal Aid Foundation and teaching Community Property at the Santa Barbara College of Law.
The Kirker Wright Law Group is located at 817 Garden St., #200 and may be reached by telephone at (805) 964-5105.



Jeff Landau On The Cover of VC Star Business Section!

Check out our client, Jeff Landau, on the Cover of the Ventura County Star Business Section:

“Simi Valley real estate agent finds a niche in a crowded selling market.” (VC Star 1D).

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International news for our client, Textured Coatings of America, Inc.

Check out Paint & Coatings Industry today to see how TEX•COTE® is working with KALOS, one of the largest commercial property developers in Mexico.

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Mexico Buildings are Coated to Last

October 1, 2018

Some of Mexico’s largest commercial properties are being built and refurbished for the ages with the help of Textured Coatings of America, Inc.

Continuing its international expansion, the Los Angeles, California-based Textured Coatings of America, Inc. is working with the Monterrey, Mexico-based KALOS on a wide variety of new construction and maintenance projects. KALOS is one of the largest commercial property developers in Mexico.

KALOS has elected to use the full suite of TEX•COTE® products for its massive new industrial parks. The sprawling projects incorporate KALOS’ preferred method of construction, which is concrete tilt-up wall construction. In concrete tilt-up wall construction, the walls are poured flat on the ground and then lifted to their final upright position. All interior exposed steel is being primed with TEX•COTE® METAL-PRIME™ PRIMER, then coated with TEX•COTE® COOLWALL® SUPER-COTE™ in Bright White to provide a clean white high-gloss finish.

The exterior walls are coated with patented TEX•COTE® COOLWALL SUPER-COTE, while the exterior metal is finished with the TEX•COTE® REFLECT-TEC® heat-reflective roof and metal wall coating system, to reduce cooling costs and maintain a trouble-free, fade-resistant appearance for years to come.

To increase impact and chemical resistance, many surfaces are finished with TEX•COTE® CLEAR-GARD™, a two-component polyurethane top coat.

In addition to ongoing new construction, KALOS is now beginning to recoat millions of square feet of existing commercial buildings with these same products.

For more information, visit

By Textured Coatings of America, Inc.




In Concrete Decor: our client, Textured Coatings of America, and their "Revolutionary Concrete Product Cools Paws on the Dog Days of Summer"

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Revolutionary Concrete Product Cools Paws on the Dog Days of Summer

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The call came in from a government contractor who said his guard dogs were burning their paws on the scorching hot pavement. Was anything available to help cool off the outdoor concrete surface and spare the dogs’ pain?

Yes, replied the folks at Textured Coatings of America, Inc., they had just the thing. The premier architectural coating firm recommended and eventually provided to the contractor its revolutionary patented COOL-TEC® heat-reflective concrete and wood-deck coating, which can reduce surface temperatures by up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Days later, the company received a hearty thank you letter from the contractor, who raved that, with the COOL-TEC® coating, the ground had gone from being too hot to touch to literally cool enough to walk on barefoot. It was saving the paws of their beloved and elite trained dogs, whose job required that they run the outdoor grounds.

The happy ending to this story led the folks at TEX•COTE® to begin recommending their COOL-TEC®product to all government agencies and other companies as well as residents with outdoor dogs, to help them solve the common problem of dogs damaging their paw pads on the unbearably hot grounds of summer.

Each year, animal-care experts across the country warn of the damage the hot pavement can cause to dogs’ paws. PetMD advises that, in addition to making sure outdoor dogs are kept hydrated and cool, “it’s essential to look out for paw pad burns on your dog or cat whenever your pet is let outside.”

COOL-TEC® is one of many patented architectural coating products in the extensive TEX•COTE® line. The company also offers its COOL-TEX® coating for garage floors, patios, walkways, balconies, ramps, recreational areas and aquatic centers. And its patented COOLWALL® System has the same effect on building exteriors. In an independent study, The U.S. Department of Energy determined the COOLWALL® coating is highly efficient at reducing absorbed infrared heat, thereby lowering cooling costs.


Founded 57 years ago, Textured Coatings of America, Inc., is a family-owned and operated industry leader in researching, developing and manufacturing technologically advanced sustainable architectural coatings. The Los Angeles-based company has covered some of the world’s most prestigious buildings and landmarks ─ everything from the iconic Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles to seven of the top 10 bridges in America, FAA control towers, college campus buildings, major retail centers, and homes from coast to coast. With manufacturing plants in Florida and California, TEX•COTE® products are distributed internationally.

For more information on TEX•COTE®, its products and how to become a part of the TEX•COTE® story, contact the company today.



Winner, winner: celebrating two clients, Barry Kurtz and Terri Hilliard Olson, 2018 "Trusted Advisor" recipients

We had the honor to nominate two outstanding attorneys this year to San Fernando Valley Business Journal's Trusted Advisor: Lewitt Hackman franchise attorney Barry Kurtz and Terri E. Hilliard Olson, Esq..

Of all nominees, Barry and Terri walked home with Attorney of the Year titles.

Congratulations to you both! Both awards are deserving. We shared the good news via social media on August 14th and 16th.

"Wow! Attorney of the Year! We are honored to have nominated franchise attorney Barry Kurtz, to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal Trusted Advisors. Go Barry!

"Wow! Attorney of the Year! We are honored to have nominated franchise attorney Barry Kurtz, to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal Trusted Advisors. Go Barry!

"Our client, Terri E. Hilliard Olson, Esq., nominated by The Goddard Company, walking the "red carpet" of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal after receiving the Trusted Advisors' Trailblazer Award last week. Two years in a row!"

"Our client, Terri E. Hilliard Olson, Esq., nominated by The Goddard Company, walking the "red carpet" of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal after receiving the Trusted Advisors' Trailblazer Award last week. Two years in a row!"



We are proud to announce our client, Textured Coatings of America, is coating the nation's second-tallest control tower!

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By Coatings World 5.14.18

North Carolina Control Tower Coated with TEXCOTE®

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The nation’s second-tallest control tower is under construction at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. Scheduled to open in 2020, the soaring state-of-the-art FAA tower is erected and is now being protected for the ages, with the standard-setting architectural coatings of Textured Coatings of America, Inc.
More than 700 gallons of TEX•COTE® products will cover the 370-foot-high structure. This includes water-based primer, TEX•COTE® 600 Smooth Coating, COOLWALL® Classic Smooth Primer and COOLWALL®SUPER-COTE™ Satin Finish ─ all going into covering the facility’s 69,000 square feet of exterior wall space.
“It’s an extraordinary structure and a huge project ─ which is pretty much what we do,” TEX•COTE® Spokesman Dick Barnes said. “It’s looking great. Everything is being done right, as we’d expect and as we guarantee, to keep the tower and the administration building well-protected for decades.”
Founded 57 years ago, the Panama City, Fla.-based company has protected the iconic Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, to giant bridges, college campus buildings, major retail centers and homes from coast to coast. It’s also previously covered control towers at international airports including Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Orlando, Palm Beach and Memphis. Its next control tower project is scheduled in Tennessee.



Congratulations to our client, American Riviera Bank, on the grand opening of their Paso Robles branch May 16th!

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Published by Paso Robles Daily News on May 8, 2018.

Grand opening to be held for new Paso Robles branch of American Riviera Bank


–American Riviera Bank opened a new, full-service branch in Paso Robles on February 26, 2018. They will be hosting a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, May 16, 4-7 p.m., at the bank, located at 1601 Spring Street in Paso Robles. The new branch is American Riviera Bank’s first full-service branch in San Luis Obispo County.

The new branch occupies 4,957 square feet, features a large parking lot for customers, a drive-up teller, and an ATM. American Riviera Bank fully renovated the property’s interior and exterior to bring customers the best experience and service possible. In addition to serving customers with personal accounts, the new branch offers business, commercial real estate, agricultural, residential mortgage, construction and Small Business Administration loans. Please visit




We are happy to announce our client, HUB International Insurance Services Inc., has named VP of employee benefits!


Published by the Ventura County Star.

HUB International Insurance Services Inc. names VP of employee benefits


HUB International Insurance Services Inc. announced that Jason Herbison has been named vice president of employee benefits, bringing his 18 years of industry experience to the HUB teams in Westlake Village and Oxnard.

Herbison previously worked for LISI as a regional sales manager on the Central Coast. In his 12-year tenure with LISI, he was responsible for new sales, client retention and relationship management. Herbison’s duties consisted of training agents and brokers in employee benefits. Prior to working at LISI, Herbison held positions as an account executive for both Health Net and Blue Shield of California.

Herbison has established a reputation as an expert on the Affordable Care Act, consumer-directed health care, self-funding and other aspects of the employee benefits industry, according to HUB.

With offices throughout the United States and Canada, Chicago-based HUB International Insurance Services Inc. is a full-service agency offering homeowners, auto, property and liability business insurance as well as employee benefits and life and health.



Congratulations to our client, World Business Academy, for being chosen for the cover story of Voice Magazine!

Published by Voice Magazine

The World Business Academy: Taking Responsibility for the Whole

When it comes to “thinking globally” and “acting locally,” Rinaldo Brutoco, founder of the World Business Academy, has been working for 30 years to lead a global and local conversation about corporate and business responsibility towards “the whole” of society—particularly the environment.

“During the Thomas Fire and after the mudslide, thousands of people were left without power for days when the electrical grid system was damaged,” noted Brutoco. “Relying on Southern California Edison’s outdated and vulnerable grid leaves the region vulnerable to outages during extreme weather events.”

Their first goal is to close the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. The Safe Energy Project has been working in coalition to demobilize the last nuclear power reactor in California, owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric, located in San Luis Obispo County.

Next up, to replace nuclear and fossil fuels, the Academy is proposing SBR3: The Santa Barbara Microgrid. “We must produce energy locally and use it efficiently. Southern Santa Barbara County is at grave risk of extended blackout because of our antiquated energy system,” explained Brutoco. “SBR3 stands for Santa Barbara Reliable, Resilient, and 100 percent Renewable—to get there we need to develop a microgrid that can operate even in cases of emergency to keep the lights on.”

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Taking the plan statewide is the third prong of the plan. “Applying the promise of distributed energy production and use to the entire state of California, we can quickly and efficiently shift away from centralized energy production and toward a future where all communities make use of their rooftops and degraded land to create energy.” The Academy calls it The Clean Energy Moonshot. It’s a roadmap to achieve 100% renewable energy in California in ten years.

The Academy is no stranger to challenging the status quo for the betterment of the environment. In ongoing litigation against the State Lands Commission, the Academy is leading the effort to obtain PG&E’s consent to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant by 2025 with a 100 percent green energy replacement, and establish the first-ever environmental review of the plant. The case seeks to protect the California Environmental Quality Act at a time when the Federal government is backing off all environmental enforcement. The Academy’s commitment to social and environmental justice also lead it and its allies to obtain the closure of the Ellwood Peaker Plant in Goleta by the California Public Utilities Commission and the rejection of the Puente Peaker plant in Oxnard by the Energy Commission.

The Academy, with its international reputation as a leading think tank, has been bringing technical and legal know-how to the local effort to create a clean energy future in Tri-County communities. The SBR3 program – Santa Barbara Reliable, Resilient, Renewable – is the Academy’s four-year-old initiative to update the community’s power infrastructure with a modern grid that reflects the environmental values of our region and is able to provide us energy when we need it most, especially in light of recent events.

February 20th at the Belmond El Encanto, the Academy, along with County Supervisor Das Williams, representatives from the Montecito Planning Commission, the Santa Barbara County Division of Energy & Sustainability, and the Clean Coalition highlighted the need to put resiliency at the center of Montecito rebuilding efforts. Special focus was given to a proposed renewable community microgrid for Montecito to provide energy stability and resiliency in the face of the increasingly unstable climate.

“Facilitating the conversation between local government, key stakeholders, local nonprofits, and community members about the future of our local energy, the Academy hopes to create a better, more resilient local grid and a community more prepared for the challenges that climate change will pose,” concluded Brutoco. “California’s regulatory agencies are finally realizing that a clean energy future begins now, not tomorrow, so now is the time to act.”

The World Business Academy is a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit devoted to elevating the consciousness of people in the business community and encouraging business leaders to use their power and influence to take greater responsibility for the communities and the environment their work touches, has advocated for projects based on this perspective that address critical issues such as climate change. The group has been an outspoken advocate for mediating the effects of the change and for sustainable energy use.



We are excited to share our client, American Riviera Bank, is expanding!


Published by Noozhawk.

American Riviera Bank Opens Branch in Paso Robles

Company did a complete renovation on the building

New American Riviera Bank branch, 1601 Spring St., Paso Robles. (American Riviera Bank)

New American Riviera Bank branch, 1601 Spring St., Paso Robles. (American Riviera Bank)

American Riviera Bank's new full-service branch in Paso Robles opened for business on Feb. 26, furthering the bank’s commitment to serving customers in San Luis Obispo County.

The new branch, at 1601 Spring St., is American Riviera Bank’s first full-service bank branch in San Luis Obispo County.

The bank building was vacant when American Riviera Bank bought it in the fall. American Riviera fully renovated the property’s interior and exterior.

The new branch occupies 4,957 square feet, features a parking lot for customers, a drive-up teller and an ATM.

In addition to serving customers with personal accounts, the new branch offers business, commercial real estate, agricultural, residential mortgage, construction, and Small Business Administration loans with an experienced loan team.

American Riviera Bank had been operating from a loan production office headed by Neil Amarante, SVP/regional credit manager with Ann Hansen, vice president/commercial and ag banking officer; Paul Tognazzini, community relationship officer; Tyler Flesner, AVP/senior credit analyst; Emily Brush, credit assistant; and Nancy Enholm, residential loan processor.

The loan production team has moved to the new branch, joining Heidi Cummings, vice president/branch manager and her staff: Kirsten Goodwin, Michelle Brewster and Cindy Brennan.

American Riviera Bank expects to open more branches between Goleta and Paso Robles, offering customers expanded banking options and providing local employment opportunities.

Branches in Santa Barbara County are at 1033 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, 525 San Ysidro Road, Montecito; 5880 Calle Real, Goleta. Visit



We are proud to announce our client, NV Earth, is expanding its product line nationally!


Published by Total Landscape Care.

NV Earth products introduce ISO hydraulic

Dynamics Green Products, a Southern California-based company, is preparing to launch the newest addition to its NV Earth line of high-performance, bio-based outdoor power equipment lubricants. The company says these new fluids can completely replace conventional petroleum in over 200 million pieces of equipment in North America.

“The human population consumes almost 4 billion gallons of crude per day; it’s absolutely staggering when you think about it,” said Dynamic Green Products founder Scott Porter. “Petroleum contaminants are spread into the air, water and food supplies every second of every day, which negatively impacts the health of all human beings and our planet’s ecosystem. We can do better, but it all starts with you, with me, with us making better choices.”

Made from renewable content that’s biodegradable, the company says NV Earth ISO Hydraulic fluid is compatible with mineral oil and is able to outperform conventional lubricants. The company says it has surpassed the most stringent OEM (original equipment manufacturer) standards, vane pump tests, dielectric safety requirements and the ASTM D943 turbine oil test for superior oxidation stability in the presence of water.

For those working for golf courses, municipalities, tree services, utility companies, forestry services, mining and construction companies, Dynamics Green Products says this lubricant is the responsible choice.

NV EARTH outdoor power equipment lubricants now include:

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  • ISO 32/46/68 Hydraulic bio-based oil: The company says this is a full synthetic, biodegradable and oxidatively stable with outstanding shear prevention with long interval drains. To fit all geographic applications, the company says it has a high VI, over 240C flash point and low pour point of -45C, and it complies with the EPA’s VGP (vessel general permit) and exceeds corrosion, foam, emulsion and elastomer compatibility requirements of the ISO (International Organization for Standardization).
  • Bar and chain bio-based oil: The company says this is certified as nontoxic and is biodegradable, water-safe and produces no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) at high temperatures. It’s a proprietary blend of American-grown seed oils and performance additives that the company says deliver incredible lubricity, superior tack and lower bar temps.
  • 2-Cycle Engine bio-based oil: The company says this reduces emissions and carbon buildup and is a high-performance synthetic formulation using renewable content. The company adds that it will prevent sludge, abate smell and smoke and maximize throttle response.
  • 4-Cycle 10W-30 and 10W-40 bio-based oil: The company says this oil is made for larger equipment and is a full synthetic engine oil that extends drain intervals beyond OEM recommendations. According to the company, advanced metal protection is delivered through proprietary CLEAN BASE technology and high-temperature stability with enhanced anti-wear additives.

“It’s the biggest no-brainer option that every state and city should implement considering the immediate impact on safety and environment,” Porter said. “There’s no change in operating procedure, no changes to equipment and there’s no training required. Simply stop buying petroleum and use bio-based, then recycle and repeat! Why not?”