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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | February 16, 2011
As co-founder and vice president of Pacific BMW, Nick Lam is well versed in the world of luxury vehicles and salesmanship. On Wednesday, he stepped into Rosemont Middle School in La Crescenta to take on a new title — principal. Lam poured over standardized test scores, toured locker rooms, managed staff and motivated students, just a few of the tasks that his host, Principal Cynthia Livingston, executes on a daily basis. He also mixed in a bit of fun. A competitive ballroom dancer, Lam gave a Spanish class a brief lesson on the tango, twirling 13-year-old Natalia Victoria around the room to much laughter and applause.
BUSINESS
By Jason Wells | January 22, 2009
CORRECTION:  In Thursday’s “Business leaders advised to ‘hug’ customers,” the sales figures for IHOP were incorrectly given in millions. They should have been $1.12 billion and $2.31 billion, respectively. NORTH GLENDALE — The local business community Wednesday was told to embrace “a sense of urgency” as it faces a turbulent recession that promises to test the leadership chops of even the most seasoned executives. At the Glendale Chamber of Commerce business outlook breakfast Wednesday, Desmond Hague, president of Glendale-based IHOP Restaurants, told a crowd of local business leaders that as the recession takes hold, they’d be well-advised to “hug” their customers, maintain a company vision and embrace innovation.
BUSINESS
By Jeremy Oberstein | October 16, 2008
GLENDALE — With an economy in shambles, local business leaders are looking to each other for ways to stave off further fiscal loss. At 5:30 this evening, the first meeting of the newly formed Glendale Business Coordinating Council — a group of 10 regional merchants associations and chambers of commerce — will begin, where hundreds are expected to offer each other tips, advice and swap stories about the state of their business....
NEWS
May 16, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- The Glendale Chamber of Commerce is hoping to make something positive come out of recent violent events in the community. The stabbing death of Raul Aguirre on May 5 and a drive-by shooting Thursday motivated chamber members to hold a meeting of local business leaders today to see what they can do to keep such violence from recurring. "The businesses have a large part to play in this," said Sharon Beauchamp, the chamber's executive director.
NEWS
June 23, 2001
Tim Willert GLENDALE -- When Ron Bension took over as president and chief executive of Sega GameWorks, LLC in 1999, the Glendale-based entertainment company was losing money and morale was low. "It was a business headed in the wrong direction," Bension said Thursday. "But we turned around a company that was suffering and it is doing very, very well." On Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, Bension, 46, was recognized for the turnaround by receiving a Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.
NEWS
February 15, 2001
Alecia Foster NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- Giving students the tools they need to enter the working world is an important part of education. It's also one area that Glendale Board of Education candidate Wanda Dorn said she believes she can build upon. "We need mentoring and other programs that will prepare them to go right into the work place," she said. Dorn, who has owned a business and taught work experience classes, said her knowledge of the business world is one of her greatest assets in her bid for a seat on the school board.
NEWS
By Buck Wargo | February 11, 2000
DOWNTOWN -- The executive director of Glendale Water & Power promised business leaders Thursday the electric utility will dramatically cut rates and work to lower its cost of operating. Bernie Palk faced more than 20 members of the business community during a luncheon sponsored by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. He outlined his recommendation that the city shouldn't open its borders -- for now -- to outside competition when deregulation takes effect March 31. That would mean businesses would have to keep buying their power from Glendale.
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By Christopher Cadelago | September 13, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Civic and business leaders and champions of local nonprofits had dinner under the stars Saturday at the Americana at Brand as part of a fundraiser for PATH Achieve Glendale, the chapter’s first large-scale benefit since opening its doors to the homeless three years ago. More than 4,000 homeless people have transformed their lives during that time by receiving from the organization emergency, transitional and permanent housing...
NEWS
By Jason Wells | March 25, 2009
CITY HALL — The Redevelopment Agency, concerned over a potential lack of marketing research, applied the brakes Tuesday to a $150,000 “Buy Glendale” promotion aimed at supporting local businesses. Just two weeks after the agency asked for a promotional campaign to get residents to patronize local businesses, development officials obliged Tuesday with a mass-media marketing plan that included outreach through direct mailers, local access cable commercials, light pole signs and a website.
NEWS
November 1, 2004
Jacqui Brown Lilit Vardanyan, a senior at Clark Magnet High School in La Canada Flintridge, admits she wasn't that interested when first arriving at the recent Youth Leadership Conference, but by the time lunch rolled around, she'd had a change of heart. "We were talking about students cheating and thinking that the adults wouldn't have seen much of that," Vardanyan said. "But some of them started telling us about things they'd cheated on, and I realized that as much as I think we're different, I realized how much we had in common."
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | April 26, 2012
The importance of community collaboration in sustaining and bolstering student success at Glendale Community College was President/Supt. Dawn Lindsay's theme Thursday night in her final State of the College address. “This community is a very large small town, and people care about each other and people work together,” Lindsay said. The annual address, created as part of a larger effort to foster ties with stakeholders beyond campus boundaries, attracted several hundred people to the college auditorium, including City Manager Scott Ochoa and education advocate Harry Hull.
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Dan Evans | May 8, 2011
The last few weeks have been filled with a larger-than-usual amount of death, violence and general mayhem. On April 29, a woman was shot, her body dumped on the Foothill (210) Freeway. Her companion suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The day before, two men were arrested for allegedly robbing and beating a prostitute. The woman fought back, police said, dousing one of her assailants with pepper spray, and the pair fled in an orange Kia. This week, two men were arrested on suspicion of stealing more than $10,000 in utilities from Glendale Water & Power.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | February 16, 2011
As co-founder and vice president of Pacific BMW, Nick Lam is well versed in the world of luxury vehicles and salesmanship. On Wednesday, he stepped into Rosemont Middle School in La Crescenta to take on a new title — principal. Lam poured over standardized test scores, toured locker rooms, managed staff and motivated students, just a few of the tasks that his host, Principal Cynthia Livingston, executes on a daily basis. He also mixed in a bit of fun. A competitive ballroom dancer, Lam gave a Spanish class a brief lesson on the tango, twirling 13-year-old Natalia Victoria around the room to much laughter and applause.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2010
The Glendale Noon Rotary Club was treated to a very informative and inspirational business speech three weeks ago by John Kabateck the executive director, California, of the National Federation of Independent Business. Kabateck returned to his hometown of Glendale to bring us up to speed on what to expect and to watch for in the coming year. Kabateck has been the voice of the federation in Sacramento since May 2007. The federation represents 20,000 small businesses in California and more than 350,000 throughout the country.
BUSINESS
By Christopher Cadelago | January 19, 2010
NBC?s plans to reintroduce scripted programming in the final hour of prime time could generate as many as 1,500 jobs and $15 million a week in spending, industry observers said. Following the worst year on record for filming in Los Angeles ? one that saw motion picture, television and commercial productions flee the state for less tax-laden pastures ? the estimate served as a stark reminder of how quickly things can turn around, said FilmLA President Paul Audley. ?That?s how fast you can make a recovery in the film industry with jobs,?
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | September 13, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Civic and business leaders and champions of local nonprofits had dinner under the stars Saturday at the Americana at Brand as part of a fundraiser for PATH Achieve Glendale, the chapter’s first large-scale benefit since opening its doors to the homeless three years ago. More than 4,000 homeless people have transformed their lives during that time by receiving from the organization emergency, transitional and permanent housing...
BUSINESS
By Christopher Cadelago | May 29, 2009
BURBANK — Area business leaders Thursday converged on Woodbury University for an economic summit on trends expected to shape the 21st century, with some projecting far into the future and others focusing on success despite the spiraling economy. As Burbank and Glendale face uncertainties brought on by the state’s $24.3-billion budget deficit — $3 billion worse than the $21.3-billion estimate Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger planned for — officials are exploring ways to retain existing businesses and entice emerging industries.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | March 25, 2009
CITY HALL — The Redevelopment Agency, concerned over a potential lack of marketing research, applied the brakes Tuesday to a $150,000 “Buy Glendale” promotion aimed at supporting local businesses. Just two weeks after the agency asked for a promotional campaign to get residents to patronize local businesses, development officials obliged Tuesday with a mass-media marketing plan that included outreach through direct mailers, local access cable commercials, light pole signs and a website.
BUSINESS
By Jason Wells | January 22, 2009
CORRECTION:  In Thursday’s “Business leaders advised to ‘hug’ customers,” the sales figures for IHOP were incorrectly given in millions. They should have been $1.12 billion and $2.31 billion, respectively. NORTH GLENDALE — The local business community Wednesday was told to embrace “a sense of urgency” as it faces a turbulent recession that promises to test the leadership chops of even the most seasoned executives. At the Glendale Chamber of Commerce business outlook breakfast Wednesday, Desmond Hague, president of Glendale-based IHOP Restaurants, told a crowd of local business leaders that as the recession takes hold, they’d be well-advised to “hug” their customers, maintain a company vision and embrace innovation.
BUSINESS
By Jeremy Oberstein | November 13, 2008
GLENDALE — With the value of the U.S. dollar falling against the net worth of foreign currencies, Tony Bright is looking to capitalize on an increasingly competitive global market. Bright, chief executive of BMA Auto Parts Inc., a family owned business in Glendale that specializes in foreign auto parts, is looking to increase the scope of his business to overseas markets. But the maze of bureaucracy and worldwide hurdles that stand in his way have limited the extent to which Bright can fully engage the export side of his business.
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