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.




Marc Wiener


Community Development Director

June 15, 2023, 7:30AM

Marc Wiener was appointed Laguna Beach Community Development Director in December 2019.  He has 15 years of experience working in coastal communities, having previously worked as director for the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea. He enjoys public service and the unique challenges that come with the position of being director.


Marc focuses on clear communication and finding the most direct path to a solution. He is pragmatic and thoughtful in his approach and seeks common objectives in a collaborative manner. His goals are to improve the Community Development Department practices and procedures, streamline the entitlement process in a sensible manner, address longstanding policy issues, and ensure that the staff is providing exceptional customer service to the community.

Bob Whalen


Laguna Beach City Mayor

Chief Calvert


Laguna Beach Police Chief

Sean Guin


Founder of Raw Timberwood

April 20, 2023, 7:30AM

Laguna Beach Police Chief Calvert is a 25-year law enforcement veteran who began his career as a reserve Deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department before being hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. In 1996 he found his calling at the Laguna Beach Police Department. During his tenure in Laguna Beach, Chief Calvert has worked a variety of assignments, including Patrol, Field Training Officer, Special Investigations Unit Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant Shift Commander. As Captain, he also led both major divisions within the Police Department: the Support/Investigative Services Division and the Field Services Division.

March 16, 2023, 7:30AM

Bob Whalen has lived in Laguna Beach since 1984 with his wife Kirsten.  Their three children attended and graduated from Laguna schools.  His wife Kirsten is a fine artist who has been showing her work at the Festival of Arts for the last 15 years.

Bob is a lawyer who has been practicing for 45 years with a focus on public finance.  He has assisted many public agencies in California finance and build all types of public improvements.

Bob has been serving the residents of Laguna as an elected official for 20 years with ten years on the School Board and ten on the City Council.  He is currently serving his fifth term as Mayor.

Bob has also served on the board of several nonprofit organizations including the Orange County Community Foundation, Project Youth, the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, SchoolPower and the Laguna Art Museum.

May 18, 2023, 7:30AM

Sean is the founder and president of Raw Timberwood, Orange County’s premier importer of tropical exotic hardwoods. The company specializes in the manufacture and wholesale of unique residential and commercial furnishings. With his gallery and warehouse rooted in the Laguna Beach Canyon, Sean has created a home for his life’s work showcasing the endless possibilities that Raw Timberwood has to offer.

During a career that spans over two decades, Sean has developed a reputation for his creative outlook in designing and manufacturing one-of-a-kind architectural masterpieces. Sean’s passion for carpentry started at a young age shadowing his grandfather in the trades.

Sean’s roster of high end residential and commercial projects include NFL stadiums, hospitals, universities, hotels, and his personal favorite—the beautiful homes and restaurants of Laguna Beach.

Ian Cairns


Surf champion co-founder of - World of Waves

Alex Rounaghi


Laguna Beach City Council

Jorg Dubin


Artist / Production Designer

November 17, 2022, 7:30AM

Ian Cairns was born in Melbourne, Australia on July 24th, 1952, grew up in Cottesloe, a beach suburb of Perth, Western Australia and has been a surfer for over 55 years. Honing his surfing in the big and stormy waves of Yallingup and Margaret River, 200 miles south of Perth, Ian developed world-level big wave skills that lead to a successful 10-year pro surfing career. Ian was influential in establishing the world professional surfing circuit and particularly the World Championship Tour. He was known as the premier "power" surfer of his era who dominated the North Shore during the mid to late-seventies.

In the 1980s Ian coached young surfers and in 2010 became the Head Coach of Surfing America winning world Championship Gold at the ISA World Games in 2010, ISA World Masters in 2013 and ISA World Standup and Paddling Championships in 2015. In late 2020 Ian and his partners launched a new media venture,, and produced and syndicated the World of Waves TV (WOW).

January 19, 2023, 7:30AM

A lifelong resident of Laguna Beach, Alex Rounaghi was elected to the Laguna Beach City Council in November 2022. His top priorities include undergrounding power lines on Laguna Canyon Road, fully funding public safety, addressing housing needs for seniors and artists, protecting the environment, and advancing data-driven government. Prior to his election, Alex served as Chair of the Laguna Beach Housing & Human Services Committee. Alex is a graduate of Laguna Beach public schools and Dartmouth College.

February 16, 2023, 7:30AM

Based in Laguna Beach, CA, Jorg Dubin has had an extensive career creating paintings, sculptures, ceramics and working in design for over forty-five years. Dubin studied painting at the Art Institute of Southern California with Stephen Douglas and sculpture and design with Kris Cox and Richard White. He has been the art director, set builder, and production designer on seven films for O Entertainment. Dubin designed and fabricated the Sept. 11th. Memorial for the city of Laguna Beach titled, “Semper Memento”, (Never Forget), built from two I-beams from the world trade center. He has also created over ten site-specific sculptures and has created work for the hospitality industry all around the country for their public spaces and high-end restaurants. Dubin currently maintains a painting and sculpture studio in Laguna Beach, CA.

Anders Lasater, AIA


Anders Lasater Architects, Inc.

Marilyn Montero


C.Ht. Clinical Hypnotherapist

Marian Keegan


Art of Fitness co-owner

July 21, 2022, 7:30AM

By the time Anders was 10 years old, he knew that he’d grow up to be either an architect or a heavy metal drummer. Anders shifted focus from the music studio to the architectural studio when ‘90s, grunge and alternative music pushed heavy metal out of the spotlight, and he began working for some of the best architects in Orange County. After finishing two degrees in architecture and design theory, Anders opened the doors to his own firm in 2005 where Anders specializes in innovative designs for custom homes, galleries, salons, restaurants, retail fashion boutiques and specialized commercial projects. He’s fortunate to have a diverse group of passionate architects working for him who find the same joy in making thoughtful architecture as he does.

Anders received a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA and Bachelor of Architecture degree, cum laude, from Cal Poly Pomona and served on the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona where he taught architectural design studio for 2 years.  Anders continues to be a guest lecturer and juror for architecture and design classes at Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Baptist University, USC, Saddleback College, Orange Coast College, Cal State Long Beach, Los Angeles Institute of Architecture, and Design, and Chapman University.

August 18, 2022, 7:30AM

 As the owner of Marilyn Wellness Studio located in beautiful Laguna Beach, California, Marilyn Montero serves clients to provide a magical experience with hypnotherapy, life coaching, and wellness coaching for all areas of their lives. These areas include weight loss, anxiety, stop smoking, depression, relationship, habit control, and much more. Marilyn uses her wisdom, education, skills, kindness, and natural intuition to provide an enhanced experience that allows clients to achieve optimal wellness.

Her goal is to understand where her clients are and help them discover their true-life desires to devise a personalized treatment plan that includes hypnosis to help them elevate as individuals to support all areas of their lives. Marilyn is driven by the concept that everyone she can help will have positive effects in the world.

As a clinical hypnotherapist, wellness coach, and life coach, Marilyn is passionate about helping others grow towards wellness. She lives with a deep passion for helping people, this fuels her soul when the results become their reality.

October 20, 2022, 7:30AM

Marian will discuss surviving COVID and maintaining a business in Laguna Beach for over 20 years.


Marian has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Northern Kentucky University where she was a scholarship athlete in basketball and volleyball. She went on to receive a master’s degree in exercise physiology while pursuing coaching at Indiana University, ultimately becoming a head coach at University Of Wisconsin-Richland. Marian’s love for sports and fitness, and wide-ranging experience as a business owner has helped guide her vast experience in the industry as a general manager, sales manager, and owner.



Sean Cook


Founder of Ciao Languages

Patrick Di Giacomo



Ingardia Bros. Produce Inc.

Denise Di Novi



Award-winning film and TV producer

April 21, 2022, 7:30AM

After graduating with an incredibly useful degree in philosophy from UC Santa Cruz, Sean Cook decided he would live in Florence, Italy for "a year or so." He figured he'd teach a bit of English, ride a scooter around the city like in a Fellini movie and learn to speak some Italian. While there he worked as an English teacher, Italian translator and then as the owner/manager of a largish English school in a medium-sized city on Italy's second biggest island, Sardinia. Never having really intended to move to Italy permanently, and having noticed that twenty-six years had elapsed since his arrival there in 1994, he decided it might be time to move back to the US, which he did in July of 2021, with his wife and two teenagers in tow. He has recently founded the online language school, Ciao Languages, where it is theoretically possible to study any language you could care to learn. He works from his office/home on Holly Street, right next to his mom and step dad's house (Pam and Al Oligino), just like a nice Italian family.

May 19, 2022, 7:30AM

After 30 years as a successful financial planner, Patrick decided to pursue another passion.

He enrolled in the chef’s school at Laguna Culinary in Laguna Beach. After graduating in 2008, Patrick took his passion for cooking and community and became head volunteer chef for the Orange County Rescue Mission homeless shelter. Patrick founded and operated the popular Kitchen in the Canyon in Laguna Beach, and is currently working as brand manager/sales rep for Ingardia Bros. Produce Inc. while still serving the community with his culinary skills through Orange County Rescue Mission

June 16, 2022, 7:30AM

Denise Di Novi is an award-winning film and television producer, whose projects have grossed over a billion dollars worldwide. Denise counts among her producing credits such diverse motion pictures as Heathers, Little Women, Practical Magic, Crazy Stupid Love, Focus, and a number of films during her producing association with Tim Burton, including Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood and James and the Giant Peach.

Denise also has experience as a director. Her directorial debut, the sexy, psychological action thriller, Unforgettable, starring Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl was released in April 2017. Di Novi has also directed television episodes of Sneaky Pete, Outlander, and Ray Donovan.

Denise set up her own production company, Di Novi Pictures, in 1993 at Columbia Pictures.  She went on to have a production deal at Warner Bros Pictures for two decades where she produced many incredible films. Most recently, Di Novi produced the AppleTV+ film The Sky Is Everywhere, directed by Josephine Decker.

Denise was the recipient of Women in Film’s 2016 Crystal + Lucy Award for Excellence in Film.



Billy Fried


Serial Entrepreneur and Local Columnist

Steve and Embry Munsey


Owners of Jedidiah Coffee

Jacob Cho


Cho's Academy

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.

February 17, 2022, 7:30AM

After six years of managing various local coffee shops, Steve and Embry Munsey had friends and family encouraging them to start a coffeehouse. Because of their love for community and grand adventures, the idea took well—and it took quick! In late 2010 they started dreaming up and working on plans to open a Laguna Beach Coffee Shop in 2011.

Life, with its detours and curveballs, including the sudden loss of their son Jedidiah at birth led them to putting the dream on hold. They found themselves back in Embry’s hometown of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas five years later in 2016, and ended up launching their Mobile Coffee Bar Experience, “Jedidiah Coffee”. They were a part of many special events, exploring North Texas with their three kids in tow, but SoCal never stopped being home. In 2019 they settled back in Laguna Beach to continue the grand coffee adventure. . They love how coffee cultivates community; one of the many reasons why that they added “coffee roasters” to their resume in 2019. At the heart of Jedidiah Coffee (and the Munsey Family), they see a community gathering around a great cup of coffee.

March 17, 2022, 7:30AM

Jacob Cho has been actively teaching martial arts in Laguna Beach since 2008.  He started with an after-school program at Anneliese’s private schools then opened Cho’s Academy in September of 2009 with Dana Sara, both lifelong practitioners of the martial arts. Cho’s Academy is currently owned and operated full-time by Jacob.

He has a lifetime of experience coming from a family of martial arts experts.  More specifically, his father, a first-generation Korean-American immigrant is a Tae Kwon Do master and pioneer who began grooming Jacob at a very young age.

Jacob knew he wanted to teach full-time, but never imagined how challenging, rewarding and life-changing it would be.  Although his academy offers classes for all ages, he is most proud of the many opportunities he’s had to have a positive impact working with local kids.  His youth programs emphasize and cultivate discipline, work ethic, self-respect through commitment, effort and resulting accomplishments, respect and caring for others, patience, self-control, fitness, self-defense and much more.  Cho says, “The values and life-skills that traditional martial arts offer are timeless."

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.


  • 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





  • 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




  • Michelle Highberg

  • Business Information


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




  • Dave Csira

  • Business Information

    332 Forest Avenue, Ste 27

    Laguna Beach, CA 92651




  • Elizabeth Pearson

  • Business Information


  • 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




  • 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






Dan Niazi, Laguna Beach Company


Vice President:

Pamela Knudsen,

Blue Bell Foundation for Cats



Pamela Knudsen,

Blue Bell Foundation for Cats




Noah Ariciaga, Laguna Canyon Smog and Repair


Membership Director:

Rick Cirelli, RTC Mortgage Corporation



John Wallace Benecke, Interior Design


Past President:

Anita Wang, MD, FACEP, APC

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