EVENTS - 2016

17 November

Ted Alvarez, John L. Campbell & Nicole Anderson

Ted Alvarez, John L. Campbell and Nicole Anderson will discuss topics valuable to achieving success in your personal and professional lives.

TedAlvarezTed Alvarez graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He passed the CPA exam while working for Arthur Young Accounting Firm in the audit division. In 1989 he earned a Master’s of Science in Taxation Degree from Golden Gate University. Ted has remained in public accounting primarily working on compilation accounting engagements and tax preparation for individual clients, businesses, estates, and trusts. In 1997 he purchased an established accounting firm in Laguna Beach and over the years it has grown steadily. With his commitment to provide his clients with superior customer service he has added to his staff to maintain the superior level of service his clients have come to expect.

JohnCampbellJohn L. Campbell opened his office on Forest Ave on 3-1-1976 as a Life, Health and Disability agent but within a couple of years I was doing more property & casualty insurance. I went through the Life Underwriting Training Courses (LUTC), parts of the Chartered Life Underwriter designation (CLU) and received my post graduate Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation in 1995. In 40 years of business we have grown to 8 employees doing Life & Health and Property & Casualty insurance throughout the United States. On September 15, 2015 we purchased a building at 450 Ocean Ave. where our current office location is today.

Nicole Anderson, Esq., LL.M., Principal of Anderson Law Group, practices exclusively in the area of estate planning and business law. She specializes in advanced estate and business planning, asset protection, business transactions, probate, trust administration, charitable and income tax planning. She received her Bachelor of
Arts in International Political Economy from The Colorado College with a minor in German. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Nicole attended the London School of Economics for one year studying economics and international law. Following her undergraduate education, Nicole received her J.D. from Wayne State University
Law School in Michigan. In order to better serve her clients with estate and tax planning, Nicole received her L.L.M. (Masters of Law) with an emphasis in taxation from Chapman University School of Law. Nicole utilizes her experience and background to help families design and implement their estate and tax planning.

Before founding Anderson Law Group, Nicole clerked for the United States Attorney in Detroit, Michigan. She gained further experience as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Gadola, Federal Judge of the Sixth Circuit, and as a law clerk for Cline, Cline & Griffin in Michigan. After obtaining her law license in California, Nicole served as a partner at the Law Offices of Anderson & Le in Orange County before founding Anderson Law Group in Laguna Beach, California. Nicole’s professional affiliations include: WealthCounsel, the nation’s premier association of estate planning attorneys; Orange County Bar Association, State Bar of California; National Association of Women Business Owners; Laguna Beach Business Club (President 2013, 2014, Vice President 2011, 2012); Laguna Beach Community Foundation Professional Alliance (Co-Chair) and the Laguna
Beach Professional Alliance (Co-Founder).

20 October mCOOK

Dr. Michael Cook

Dr. Cook is California Board Licensed to provide diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceutical care including 
glaucoma. He will be speaking about lifestyle, aging and genetics.  Topics will include a review of human anatomy, the second brain, the human microbiome, epigenetics, nutrition, and keys to healthy aging.

He was born in Indiana but has worked and traveled the world. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Indiana University School of Optometry in 1980. After graduating, Dr. Cook taught optometry and provided patient care domestically and internationally in South Africa, Hong Kong, and England. He has served as Chief Examiner for National Board of Optometry.
Dr. Cook is ever seeking challenges; his personal achievements include a black belt in Goju-Kai, certified master scuba diver, and instrument rated private pilot.

15 September

JohnPietigJohn Pietig, Laguna Beach City Manager

John Pietig will address important issues facing the City of Laguna Beach in the upcoming elections.The City has placed Measure LL, a local funding measure, on the November 16 ballot that would approve a 2% increase in the transient occupancy tax ("TOT"). This charge is assessed to tourists who stay in local hotels and other lodging establishments. The TOT provides revenue to help maintain the public resources and services that tourists use every year when they come to Laguna Beach to enjoy our beautiful beaches and city. Currently, Laguna Beach’s TOT rate is 10%. If passed, the measure would increase the rate to 12%. A 2% business improvement district tax is also separately approved by the hotels annually to fund the arts and market the City.

Additionally, an initiative designated as Measure KK has qualified for the November 2016 ballot. This initiative would rescind the City’s existing ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in town and allow at least two medical dispensaries. The City adopted a resolution on August 30, 2016 opposing Measure KK and supporting the current ban on dispensaries. 

Mr. Pietig will discuss these important measures at the LBBC Breakfast on September 15.

18 August

ChrisQuilterChris Quilter

Chris Quilter first came to Laguna in 1957, when his father got transferred to the Marine Corps base at El Toro. As an adult, he lived in New York City and worked as a wordsmith-for-hire for various corporate clients.

In the early 1990s, he moved back to Laguna where he was known as Charlie Quilter’s brother and the son of Susi Q, which was the title of a column his mother wrote in the local paper. He also made a career adjustment and began working as a wordsmith for nonprofits, including our Community Clinic. He says that it wasn’t until he tried to retire back to New York in 2002 that it finally dawned on him that he had a hometown and that it was Laguna.

In 2004, the four Quilter brothers and their families made the naming gift to help build the new senior center, and he and his sister-in-law Ann joined the board of Laguna Beach Seniors which operates the Susi Q, where he currently serves as Board President. At around the same time, Chris began to help Bree Burgess Rosen write Lagunatics, the annual musical parody roast of life on the coast. Much to his regret, he did not have anything to do with the Third Street Hitler video that recently made the rounds.

21 July

DionWrightDion Wright - Founder of the Sawdust Fesitival & Artist of Welded Sculpture

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Sawdust Festival, Dion Wright is the founder of the festival and exhibitor of welded sculptures for all 50 years.  Dion will share his story telling and history of the Sawdust Festival. Born the year the Golden Gate Bridge went up and the Hindenburg came down, come listen to Dion spin his tales.

As an artist for 56 years, Dion has created an inspiring body of work. He strives for as little compromise as possible concerning his life and the creation of his work. Dion was a Festival of Arts exhibitor from 1959 to 1964, a tail-end participant of post-Beat San Francisco culture, including the Batman Gallery, and participant of the shift from Beat to Flower Child.

He painted the Taxonomic Mandala (details seen in the background of this website) in a corncrib in Woodstock, New York in 1965 and '66, while being ensconced within USCO, and showing at “USCO Down by the Riverside”, NYC. He also "sampled the airs" at Timothy Leary's Castalia Foundation in Millbrook, NY during that time.
As a 1967 participant in Stewart Brand's “Whatever It Is” media Festival at San Francisco State, Dion bore witness to the Summer of Love, while having a one-man show at the Canessa Gallery of Montgomery Street in San Francisco. Dion returned to Laguna Beach in 1967 to manage the art gallery function of Mystic Arts World. He is currently the maker of many mostly-representational sculptures in welded metals, and the author of five books, the first of which is Tempus Fugitive.

16 June

Malcom Warner - Executive Director, Laguna Art Museum

Malcolm Warner joined Laguna Art Museum as Executive Director in January 2012. Previously he was Deputy Director at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; and Curator of European Art at the San Diego Museum of Art.

He was born in Aldershot (UK) and pursued both undergraduate and graduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. He received his PhD from the Courtauld in 1985. His doctoral dissertation was on the British Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. He remains the leading authority on Millais and, as a long-term project, is preparing a catalogue raisonné of the artist's works.

His publications have ranged widely over European art, with an emphasis on art in Britain, from the eighteenth century to the twentieth. They include various articles and essays on Millais and other Victorian painters, an introductory history of portraiture, a guidebook to places in Britain associated with artists, and a catalogue of British paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has taught courses in art history at the University of Manchester, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Chicago.

At Laguna Art Museum, Malcolm has revitalized the institution, organized nationally-reviewed exhibitions, such as Helen Lundeberg: A Retrospective which just closed on May 31, generated exhibition catalogues that have furthered research on specific areas of the art of California, expanded the art education program and turned the museum into a hub of cultural activity for the city.

19 May

johnJohn Pietig - City Mangager Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce

John Pietig is the City Manager of Laguna Beach of Laguna Beach. He will discuss all the current and future City plans, infrastructure projects, and financial conditions for Laguna Beach.

John Pietig has been in local government management for 27 years.  He has been the City Manager of Laguna Beach for the past five years and served as the Assistant City Manager for the prior 10 years.  Before coming to Laguna Beach, he worked for the cities of Alhambra and Riverside.  Mr. Pietig holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington State University.

21 April

Larry Nokes - President of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce

Larry Nokes is President of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. He has been an advocate for business in Laguna Beach serving on committees and consulting for the City of Laguna Beach regarding legislation governing views and historic properties.

Larry received his BA degree from the University of Utah and his law degree from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. His law firm, Nokes and Quinn focuses on litigation transactional work pertaining to real estate, land use, building defects, and eminent domain.  He appears in all California state and federal courts, and has served as a temporary judge for the Superior Court of California. Larry has been a featured speaker by the Society of Professional Engineers on issues concerning design and construction defects. Larry also serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Utah College of Social and Behavior Sciences.

17 March

Paul Freeman - Former Mayor of Laguna Beach

Paul Freeman is a consultant, speaker, author and former mayor of Laguna Beach, California. He has worked on Capitol Hill and presidential campaigns; with Nobel laureates, land owners, museums and universities; for entrepreneurs, philanthropists and family foundations; and as an advisor, observer or technical training instructor for diverse clients in Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

Among Paul's clients: U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, University of California, South Coast Plaza Partners, Laguna Beach Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, Democracy International, Pacific Council on International Policy and the United States Agency for International Development.

Paul's first novel, Water on the Rock, will be available later this year.

28 February

Dr. Douglas Harrington – "What Age is the Heart?"

Dr. Douglas Harrington has over 25 years of experience in the research, development, commercialization, and expansion of innovative healthcare technology and services. Dr. Harrington was a member of one of the first heart transplant teams led by Dr. Jack Copeland from Stanford University. He co-founded one of the first clinical molecular biology laboratories in the U.S. with the Nebraska Lymphoma Study Group headed by Dr. Jim Armitage. As President and Lab Director of Nichols Institute, Dr. Harrington expanded their molecular genetics, infectious disease, immunology, cytogenetic, and anatomic pathology offerings. Dr. Harrington led the team that developed one of the first digital microscopes targeted at minimal residual disease and circulating tumor cells as the founder and CEO of Clarient. Dr. Harrington also led the turnaround and reinstatement of the Federal license of Specialty Laboratories, a New York Stock Exchange company, as CEO and Laboratory Director.

Throughout his career Dr. Harrington has remained a Clinical Professor of  Pathology at the USC Keck School of medicine, a published author of numerous peer-reviewed papers, and a sought after speaker in the area of preventive medicine and technology development. In addition to being the CEO & Lab Director of Global Discovery Biosciences, Dr. Harrington received his BA in molecular biology, and MD
from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and is board certified in hematology, anatomic and clinical pathology.

21 January

WendyMarshallWendy Marshall - ExplorOcean
Directer of Education and Public Programs

Join Dr. Wendy Marshall, Director of Education and Public Programs of ExplorOcean, January 21st at the Laguna Beach Business Club meeting. Dr. Wendy Marshall brings more than 17 years’ experience in the education realm and spearheads the educational programming at ExplorOcean. She has carefully crafted rock-solid educational curriculum that not only helps students learn to think critically and problem solve, but is also in line with California Standard science principles, grounded in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and based on the seven principles of ocean literacy. Because of the quality of STEM education Dr. Marshall has created, the U.S. Navy has awarded ExplorOcean a grant to support more programming for K-12 students. Corporate and family foundations have also awarded Dr. Marshall’s educational programs annual grants.

Dr. Marshall’s programs at ExplorOcean include field trips, ExplorOcean Intensives single day camps for children ages 5 and older, multi-day camps for children ages 7 and up, a Dive Into Writing program for 4th graders and an Ocean Literacy Topic Workshops for children ages 7 and up. She developed and implemented a nationally-recognized robotic program where students design, build and pilot their own underwater robot. Her newest program is being developed in the soon to be opened Innovation Lab that features advanced learning tools for children 10 years and above that are not normally found in public or private schools.





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