BUSINESS CLUB

Laguna Beach is a special place, home to some highly respected business leaders and business people of refreshing intellect and creativity.

It was only logical that a forum would evolve for sharing ideas, stories, and humor.

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We are a diverse group of highly respected business professionals who work or live in the community.

We meet once a month for casual, breakfast meetings with timely presentations by engaging speakers in-the-know.

You are invited to join us for breakfast, lively conversation, and the chance to experience our speaker series on the third Thursday of every month (except December) from 7:30am – 9am.


We meet at the 7° [seven-degrees] Events Center, 891 Laguna Canyon Road (between Sawdust Festival and The Hive) in Laguna Beach. Guest fee of $30 includes buffet breakfast (cash or check only - no credit cards).


One visit to a LBBC meeting and you’ll see we are a friendly, lively and casual group.  Our gatherings are free from any referral or networking requirements.  We are about friendship, diversity, curiosity, and professional and personal growth.  Monthly speakers come to inspire, support, inform, and sometimes entertain us.  We are also focused on staying connected to the business community and each other in an informal but meaningful way.  Our annual Holiday Party is a favorite tradition.


LBBC was launched and founded in 1996 by a handful of local professionals and entrepreneurs and incorporated in 1998.  The intent was to spark an ongoing conversation around business opportunities and shared insights within the context of our community and our lives.


The Club has grown into a vibrant group of successful men and women from a broad spectrum of businesses, meeting for breakfast on a monthly basis.  The tradition continues­, building and maintaining a pool of professionals and businesses we are proud to recommend to our clients and friends.


LBBC membership is by application only.  We allow one member for each classification of business, specialty or profession.  Reasonable quarterly dues cover the cost of breakfast meetings and cooperative marketing.




Billy Fried


Serial Entrepreneur and Local Columnist

November 18, 2021, 7:30AM

Billy Fried grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Amherst College with a degree in English Literature and Asian Studies. Billy worked as a waiter in Honolulu, where he saved enough money to travel the world with a backpack, and immerse himself in Asian culture, which he had studied in college. A little serendipity led to some modeling gigs in Japan, which he then parlayed into travels and work in Europe. He met his then wife in Italy, and they launched a fashion line called Billy Ballo. After selling the business, Billy launched a magazine called Buying, Selling & Owning YOUR HOME. Billy embarked on a career in advertising, first working for global agency WB Doner as Sr VP, Business Development. The agency offered him an opportunity to move to Orange County to oversee and help grow the business. In 2003 he launched kayaks into the ocean with the birth of La Vida Laguna. Over the course of nearly 20 years his eco-friendly business has flourished and grown to now offer stand-up paddling, surfing, hiking, electric bike tours, and a number of corporate teambuilding activities. He has become a thought leader and speaker on corporate culture building through team play.

Shohreh Dupuis


Laguna Beach City Manager

Cottie Petrie-Norris


Assemblywoman California’s 74th Assembly District

Sue Kempf


Mayor Pro Tem - Laguna Beach City Council member.


August 19, 2021, 7:30AM

Ms. Dupuis will discuss her top priorities as City Manager, including listening and collaborating with all the voices in our community through meetings with various organizations in town and via one-on-one conversations with business owners, residents and staff.


She will also discuss a series of comprehensive engagement and satisfaction surveys to include our business community, residents and entire City staff.   The results of these surveys will be presented to the City Council at a future strategic planning session so they can set goals and objectives to pursue over the next five years.

September 16, 2021, 7:30AM

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris is a businesswoman and community leader who was elected to the State Assembly in 2018. In her first term, Cottie has secured millions of dollars in funding for projects in our district and introduced important legislation to combat sea level rise, improve services for veterans and help small businesses.


Cottie serves as Chair of Assembly’s Accountability and Administrative Review Committee and as Chair of the Select Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She also serves on the Assembly’s committees for Banking & Finance; Revenue & Taxation; Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy and Veterans Affairs.

October 21, 2021, 7:30AM

Mayor Pro Tem Sue Kempf is nearing the end of her 3rd year as a Laguna Beach City Council member. Prior service to our community includes nearly 5 years as a Laguna Beach Planning Commissioner, 4 years as Chair of the City's Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee, and a member of the Council appointed team to draft the View Preservation Ordinance.

In her professional career, Sue was the President of Mirion Technologies Dosimetry Services Division, Managing Director Vodafone PLC and Executive Director at Verizon Wireless.  Sue has served on a number of boards including the Vodafone Foundation and the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association.

Peter Blake


City Council Member

Mike Garcia


Laguna Fire Department Chief

Laura Ford


Pollinator Protection Fund

May 20, 2021, 7:30AM

Peter Blake is a renowned dealer of California Light and Space who opened his eponymous Laguna Beach gallery in 1993. The Peter Blake Gallery is recognized today as the longest standing and leading exhibitor of West Coast Minimalism and is know for its rigorously curated solo and group exhibitions. The Gallery’s program has an ongoing history of exhibiting artists long due for reappraisal such as Peter Alexander, Lita Albuquerque, Larry Bell, Mary Corse, Tony Delap, Fred Eversley, Joe Goode, James Hayward, Scot Heywood, John M. Miller, Helen Pashgian, and DeWain Valentine. Over the last decade the gallery has also participated in a number of prestigious art fairs including The Armory Show, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Design Miami, EXPO Chicago, and Seattle Art Fair.

JUNE 17, 2021, 7:30AM

Mike Garcia came to Laguna after spending over 35 years in the Fire Service working for 3 different departments, most recently working for the City of Long Beach for 28 years.  While in Long Beach he worked in Operations in all districts within the city, holding the ranks of Firefighter, Paramedic, Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, also participating as a long-term acting Fire Chief. He has held many administrative assignments during his career. As a manager he has led the Bureaus of Support Services. Also leading the Fire Prevention Bureau as the Fire Marshal, which included New Construction/plan review,High-Rise, State Mandated Facilities, underground tank/hazmat, Special Events and Filming, Harbor and port Fire Prevention, fire /arson Investigations, and code enforcement.

JULY 15, 2021, 7:30AM

Ms. Ford's motto is: ‘We’re not here forever, I should give it a go; if you put your mind to it, you can do it!’ This motto has pushed her to perform stand-up comedy to sold-out crowds at the Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd. This was six weeks after arriving into the US.  It was also right after Laura learned of the loss of her grandmother the night before the performance. She lost some hair in the grieving process, but she learned that she could do it and make her grandmother proud.

Laura immigrated to the US with her husband on New Year’s Day 2015, arriving in Seattle. Laura went to law school on a scholarship and graduated at the age of 21 and chose to specialize in Environmental Law.

Cary Redfearn



Howard Robin, M.D.


Founder of NeorahDx

Elizabeth Pearson


Founder of Laguna ADU

FEBRUARY 18, 2021, 8:30AM

Cary will discuss the impact of COVID-19 closure orders and restrictions on his Laguna Beach restaurants. Cary’s ability to pivot and adjust his business model over the last year has been a stunning example of just how a successful restaurateur/entrepreneur survives these times.


Cary began as a busboy at the Marine Room in San Diego working his way through college on his way to a career in medicine, but quickly discovered that medical charts were no rival for the energy of the restaurant business. Before opening Lumberyard, Cary opened eight other restaurants including five Enterprise Fish Companies, what is currently known as Brophy Brothers (it was the John Dory when Cary ran it) in Santa Barbara and Walt's Wharf in Seal Beach.


March 18, 2021, 8:30AM

Howard Robin, M.D. is Board Certified in both Anatomical and Clinical Pathology and Immunopathology. His areas of medical expertise include pharmacology, toxicology, autopsy pathology, clinical laboratory medicine, and cancer diagnosis and treatment modalities. He has provided forensic expert testimony in medical malpractice, product liability, civil litigation, and criminal cases.

Nationally known as a compelling speaker and medical expert, Dr. Howard Robin is currently chief medical officer and founder of NeorahDx, a microbial pathogen detection company. The first diagnostic test developed by NeorahDX will be deployed to detect and diagnose COVID-19. The technology is suitable for home use for the diagnosis of flu, colds, urinary infections, and GI problems.

April 15, 2021, 8:30AM

Elizabeth served the City of Laguna Beach as a Planning Commissioner for 6½ Years and as a City Council member for 12 years. She served 3 terms as Mayor and is very familiar with the city’s planning and building department processes and also has many positive relationships with City Hall and the City leaders. She also has relationships with many architects and builders who have designed and built in Laguna Beach.

For 12 years, Elizabeth championed the creation of a new Senior Center in Laguna Beach, working tirelessly to move the project forward at City Hall. She garnered citywide support and raised much of the funds to help with the construction costs of the building. The Susi Q Senior Center officially opened in 2009.



Sue Kempf


City Council member

Tommy Phillips


Philharmonic Society

Mayor Bob Whelan


Mayor of Laguna Beach

FEBRUARY 20, 2020, 7:30AM

Sue Kempf is serving in her first term as City Council member in Laguna Beach. Prior to her election win, she served 3 terms on the Planning Commission, co-chaired the Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee and was a member of the View Ordinance Task Force. Sue spent her entire career in the private sector as a company President and an executive in the technology industry.

She will talk about the new Urban Economist report on the downtown as well as the major components of proposed downtown specific plan.

JANUARY 16, 2020, 7:30AM

President and Artistic Director.

In a career spanning more than 15 years, Tommy Phillips is known for his innovative programming ideas, reliability and trust within the classical music industry, and for his capacity for creative ingenuity.

JANUARY 21, 2021 8:30AM

In a past year of turmoil for our business community and uncertainty about 2021, Mayor Whalen will speak to the successful efforts the City of Laguna Beach has taken and will convtinue to take on behalf of our business owners and residents amidst the COVID-19 chaos. Bob Whalen is currently serving as the Mayor of Laguna Beach. He was first elected to the City Council in November 2012 and was re-elected in November 2016 and in November 2020. He is now serving his fourth term as Mayor. Bob has a long record of public service in the City having served as a board member and President of sevveral local nonprofit groups including SchoolPower, the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach and Laguna Beach Little League.


  • Alexander Alvarez

  • Business Information

    301 Forest Ave.

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • Anita Wang MD FACEP

  • Business Information

    255 Thalia St, Ste B

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • Diana Cimino, Esq.

  • Business Information

    401 Glenneyre, Ste. D

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651





  • Anne F. Davies, DAOM

  • Business Information

    1100 South Coast Hwy. St. 312

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • M.K. Gustinella, Ph.D

  • Business Information

    380 Glenneyre, Ste. D

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • Dr. Alex Kalmanovich

  • Business Information

    380 Glenneyre Street, Ste. E

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • Mark Meisberger

  • Business Information

    668 N. Coast Hwy

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




Our members

  • Nicole Anderson, Esq.

  • Business Information

    1000 N. Coast Hwy, Ste. 10

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • Noah Arciaga

  • Business Information

    1965 Laguna Canyon Rd.

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • Peter Chang

  • Business Information

    26012 Laguna Canyon Road

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • John L. Campbell, CPCU

  • Business Information

    P.O. Box 4497

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • Richard T. Cirelli

  • Business Information

    1000 N. Coast Hwy, #7

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • David Cler, OD

  • Business Information


    265 Laguna Avenue

    Lagune Beach, CA 92651


    e-mail:  ph: 949-494-1892

  • Peter C. Freeman, Esq.

  • Business Information

    384 Forest Avenue

    Laguna Beach, CA  92651




  • Deanna Frieze

  • Business Information

    Women’s Clothing & Accessories


    1200 N. Coast Highway

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651



  • Paula Hornbuckle-Arnold - Executive Director

  • Business Information

    375 Glenneyre Street

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • Pamela Knudsen

  • Business Information

    20982 Laguna Canyon Road

    Laguna Beach, CA  92651




  • Al Oligino

  • Business Information

    377 Holly Street

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • John Benecke, ASID

  • Business Information

    2180 Temple Hills Dr.

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • Diane Christopherson-Reed, DC

  • Business Information

    1502 N. Coast Highway

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • Dave Csira

  • Business Information

    950 Glenneyre Street

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • Kurt Grosz

  • Business Information

    1409 Glenneyre Street, Suite A

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651





  • Jerry Immel

  • Business Information

    1217 Temple Hills Dr.

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • Josephine Brooks

  • Business Information

    1833 South Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite 130

    Laguna Beach, California 92651



    ph: 949-497-8461

Community and Corporate partners

We are proud to announce that a new collaboration has been created between the Laguna Beach Business Club and Laguna Beach Seniors. Entitled “Community and Corporate Partners”, the collaboration provides a community of local businesses committed to supporting the aging population by incorporating the skilled volunteers and resources of the Business Club Members into activities of the Susi Q.


For the benefit the constituents of the Susi Q, the Business Club members are committed to providing service and support to the senior community throughout the year by:


• Having access to expert advice when needed

• Creating opportunity for local corporate employees to volunteer with LBS

• Sponsor programs offered by LBS with name recognition and visibility

• Incorporate annual opportunities for days of service

• Establishing a lasting partnership with our friends.

• Business Club members commit to providing service support to the senior community during the year.



“We are delighted to join with the members of the Laguna Beach Business Club who are offering to share their professional expertise and experience to help the Susi Q serve the community more successfully.”


                                                                                                                                                                    Cody Engle, Susi Q President






Gail Allyn Landau, Esq., Founder

Catmosphere Laguna Foundation


Vice President:

Anita Wang, M.D.



Pamela Knudsen,

Blue Bell Foundation for Cats




Jerry Immel, Pacific Microsystems



Membership Director:

Rick Cirelli, RTC Mortgage Corporation


Past President:

Dave Csira,

Cove Canyon Realty

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