17 November 2011

Sherine Smith, Superintendent, Laguna Beach Unified School District

Sherine Smith, the Superintendent of the Laguna Beach Unified School District, will be talking about the State of Our School system. Laguna Beach High School was just voted in the top 350 high schools throughout the United States.

20 October 2011

John Petig, City Manager, Laguna Beach

John Petig will speak to LBBC members and guests about the status of governence within the City of Laguna Beach. Find out what the current hot topics are, and how best to do business with city.

15 September 2011

LauriBurnsLauri Burns, Founder, Teen Project

Laurie Burns grew up in a Jewish family on Long Island and by all outward appearances, she lived in a “normal” family. She was physically abused by her father starting at an early age. She became an IV drug user and began “walking the streets” to support her habit. She was pregnant at 19. On Jan. 5, 1987 she was picked up by two men that almost beat her to death after raping her and leaving her for dead. After struggling through drug addiction, she raised her daughter and became a Computer Consultant. She set up a Non-Profit Organization called the Teen Project that helps to take “at risk girls” off the streets and into a safe home. Lauri spoke at the Laguna BeachRotary Club back in April and when she finished it was dead silent without a dry eye in the crowd. You will be amazed at the strength of Lauri Burns.

18 August 2011

Lt. Jason Kravetz and Detective Zach Martinez

Laguna Beach Police Department's Lt. Jason Kravetz and Detective Zach Martinez will speak about the crime scene in Laguna Beach as well as, identity theft. Jason is a terrific speaker and always has some interesting insights into what is going on in Laguna Beach whether it is the homeless, gangs, petty crimes and heavier duty crimes. Detective Martinez will discuss identity theft which can be a real nightmare.

16 June 2011


Rick Cirelli
RTC Mortgage


Rick Cirelli with RTC Mortgage will be our guest speaker. Rick has been in the mortgage business for 35 years and will talk about why housing isn't better, what's wrong with the tight underwriting guidelines on mortgages, as well as what the government should or shouldn't do

Rick specializes in Residential and Commerical mortgage lending adn planning. He is a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist with over 30 years of experience. His goal is not only to obtain the best rates and terms for his clients, but also to work with thier Tax and Financial Advisors to integrate their mortgage into their overall long and short-term financial plans.

A shared worldly passion for design

By Melissa Almon

At this year’s Honors Convocation at Laguna Beach High School, senior Seena Shahmardi proved that entrepreneurism is in high fashion. Shahmardi was named the recipient of the 2011 Laguna Beach Business Club Entrepreneurial Scholarship and will receive $1,000 towards tuition at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London.  He plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design Womenswear and eventually create a European line of clothing under his own name.

Seena is no stranger to the world of design or entrepreneurial endeavors. At the age of thirteen, he bought a screen-printing kit and began designing his own t-shirts. He would test market a new design by wearing it to school (6th grade at Thurston), take orders that day, print them that night, and sell them the next day for $10, making a healthy $5 profit on each sale. He soon became a Photoshop expert and expanded his brand and web designing abilities. Seena was later hired by Anastasia Café & Boutique to expand their website and tap into social media and online marketing.

As his design and web skills expanded, so did his client list. Today, six years after printing his first t-shirt, and four years after making his first website, Seena’s clothing company is still developing original ideas carried by six stores around the United States. His web design company is currently responsible for building over ten original full working websites, as well as e-commerce sites for twenty clients.

This year, the LBBC scholarship was given in memory of Steve Ewing, a Laguna husband, dad, and