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  • 21 Apr 2021 by Shanele Stoll

    Santa Clarita, Calif. — After a year of record growth, Santa Clarita-based financial planning firm Vance Wealth is excited to welcome back Chief Operating Officer Chris Pelch, who is returning to the team to help support a new phase of expansion.

     

    “Over the last three years, we’ve grown our team from 6 to 13 employees while also growing our family of clients,” explained John Vance, President and Visionary of the firm. “From an operational perspective, it’s really important to have someone who can oversee your systems and processes and ensure our client experience is second to none. That’s why we brought Chris back to the team.”

     

    Chris adds an expertise in teaching, operations management and financial planning to the firm, and as COO, he’ll help strengthen and support the team, while continuing to serve as advisor to a select group of clients. He’s most excited to work with people he respects and admires, and he’s eager to help Vance Wealth grow according to plan.

     

    “I’m extremely excited about this role because I get to work with a lot of different people. I get to focus on the overall offerings and growth of the firm, while also figuring out how I can break down barriers for a team that’s already doing great work,” Chris explained. “My goal is to allow our team members to focus on the areas where they excel and provide support in the areas where we can grow.”

     

    With two master’s degrees in education and business administration – and nearly a decade of experience in the financial planning industry – Chris is perfectly positioned to help teach business owners how to run a financially sound and operationally efficient company. While he began his career with Teach For America, he eventually turned his passion for education toward the financial world. He’s worked for a nationally recognized financial firm, a Beverly Hills-based Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and, previously, for Vance Wealth.

     

    In 2013, Chris first joined the team to streamline operations, implement a new trading platform, oversee the investment committee and help launch Advanced 401k Solutions – all while managing his own book of clients. He quickly learned that his passion lied in the business owner’s journey, and in 2017, he decided to deepen his knowledge by pursuing his MBA.

     

    “I realized I had a gap in my understanding of a business owner’s journey, specifically in terms of operations and how they affect a company’s financial success,” Chris explained. “To best serve my clients, I knew I needed to get a clearer understanding on what goes on internally. Only then could I be of true value when looking from the outside in.”

     

    Vance Wealth is founded by John Vance and headquartered in Santa Clarita, with an additional office in Pasadena. To schedule a complimentary consultation with Chris Pelch, please call 661-775-0950, email info@vanceweath.com or visit VanceWealth.com.

    About Vance Wealth

    Since 2003, Vance Wealth has served as a premier Santa Clarita-based financial planning firm passionately committed to helping clients and families succeed at every step of their financial journey. Serving Southern California, the practice delivers innovative and comprehensive wealth management strategies precisely customized to each client’s goals and needs.

    Vance Wealth, Inc. (“Vance Wealth”) is a registered investment advisor. Advisory services are only offered to clients or prospective clients where Vance Wealth and its representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

  • 24 Mar 2021 by Socal Gas

    Southern California Gas Company is excited to share with you an ambitious commitment we’re making -- to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our operations and delivery of energy by 2045.

    SoCalGas’ commitment makes us the largest North American gas distribution utility to set a net-zero target that includes scopes 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions. We plan to reduce our company’s direct emissions and those generated by customers. This means not only will the trucks we drive, the buildings we own, and the pipelines we operate make this transition, but also the fuel we deliver to our customers will be net zero emissions by 2045.

    America’s decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement reaffirms our national commitment to a global clean energy future. California lawmakers have set even more ambitious goals – carbon neutrality across all sectors of the economy by 2045. SoCalGas supports these goals. As we take this journey to a cleaner energy future, it is vital that energy remain reliable and affordable for all Californians. No energy company is more dedicated to achieving that than SoCalGas.

    SoCalGas’ commitment to net zero 2045 is a natural extension of our decades-long industry leadership. Since the passage of California’s landmark California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), our decarbonization, diversification, and digitalization efforts have supported the reduction of over 7 million metric tons of CO2e below our 1990 levels – the equivalent of removing 1.5 million cars from the road for a year.

    We invite you to read our Climate Commitment here and our press release announcing the news here.

    You can follow our journey to net zero 2045 by visiting socalgas.com/Mission

    Thank you for your continued partnership and support

  • 17 Mar 2021 by LYFE Networks

    IT support company continues to expand its client roster during COVID-19 pandemic by providing IT support and managed services to the media giant.

    Valencia, CA - October 12, 2020 -- LYFE Networks, Southern California’s most trusted IT support partner, has signed an agreement with CBS Television Studios to provide support and help manage the media giant’s IT infrastructure. 

    CBS Television Studios will outsource IT support to LYFE Networks, taking advantage of their vast array of services including: business computer support and setup, business technology security, data recovery, data cabling, remote helpdesk support, computer network design and hardware/software purchase and support. LYFE will be working closely with the network’s producers and studio heads to make their workflows more efficient, reduce downtime and enable secure telework for employees.

    A Project Manager for CBS Television Studios stated: “LYFE Network’s instant attentiveness to offer lightning fast solutions to our system’s problems is unbeatable. They jumped in head on and did a lot of the initial leg work to get our systems to a place where our teams could work, both remotely and on-site, without interruption. LYFE Network’s CEO personally answered every email, call and request, no matter when it came up - I have never been so impressed with a company prior to this.” 

    Founded in 2004 by Adam Ashby, LYFE Networks mission is to build people’s confidence in their computers and networks so they can be more productive and efficient. While they support an array of different industries, they specialize in IT support for small businesses as well as the medical, legal, and manufacturing industries.  

    “As an entrepreneur whose business comes mostly through word of mouth, we are incredibly grateful and honored to be working with an enterprise like CBS Television Studios,” said Adam Ashby, CEO and Founder of LYFE Networks. “In fact, during these hard times, we’ve seen more big companies looking to expand their IT security teams, as the new work-from-home environment can open up previously unforeseen vulnerabilities. We have seen a drastic increase in demand for our services and have helped many of our clients ensure that their systems are sound and protected.” 

    For more information about LYFE Networks, check out our website https://lyfenetworks.com/. 

    About LYFE Networks

    Located in Valencia, California, LYFE Networks was founded in 2004, and is the trusted IT support partner for businesses in Santa Clarita, Lancaster, Palmdale, and throughout North Los Angeles County. We design and support reliable and secure modern office technologies, while mitigating IT risks for our clients so that they can focus on running a productive and efficient business. 

  • 18 Feb 2021 by Vance Wealth

    Santa Clarita, CA – John Vance President, of Vance Wealth located at 26491 Summit Circle was among the Raymond James-affiliated advisors named to the Forbes list of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors. The list, which recognizes advisors from national, regional and independent firms, was released online February 11, 2021.

    Since 2003, Vance Wealth has served as a premier financial planning team passionately committed to helping clients and families succeed at every step of their financial journey. Serving Southern California, the practice delivers innovative and comprehensive wealth management strategies precisely customized to each client’s goals and needs.

    Our mission is to help our clients and families succeed at every step of their financial journey, inspiring them to achieve more. We are committed to stand by their sides to help make the difficult decisions, celebrate life’s joys and be a trusted partner for every moment in between.

    Passionately delivering personal care and expertise. While our clients represent a broad range of unique backgrounds with differing dreams and goals, our team offers specialized experience and deep expertise particularly in the following areas: retirement planning, business planning, loss of a loved one and divorce planning.

    To learn more about John Vance or the advisors at Vance Wealth, more information can be found at VanceWealth.com.

     

    About Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors

    Data provided by SHOOKTM Research, LLC.

    Source: Forbes.com (January, 2021). The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years’ experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Out of approximately 32,725 nominations received, based on thresholds, more than 5,000 advisors received the award. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receives a fee in exchange for rankings. This ranking is not indicative of advisor’s future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients’ experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. For more information: www.SHOOKresearch.com.

     

    About Vance Wealth

    Vance Wealth, Inc. (“Vance Wealth”) is a registered investment advisor. Advisory services are only offered to clients or prospective clients where Vance Wealth and its representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

     

  • 21 Oct 2020 by Vance Wealth

    Following six months of massive change and volatility, Vance Wealth, a Santa Clarita-based financial planning firm, is on track with its 10-year plan and entering a period of intentional growth. 

    After 17 years with Raymond James Financial Services, the locally owned company formed an independent registered investment advisor, or RIA, firm, purchased its second building in Santa Clarita and grew its staff by 50% in a three-year period.

    “This next phase in the evolution of our firm allows us to use the full extent of our expertise for the benefit of our clients and community,” firm founder and President John Vance said in a prepared statement, “and that’s the driving force behind all of our decisions here at Vance Wealth.”

    “We’re following the natural progression of a strong, vibrant firm and taking a major step toward independence,” Vance said. “Forming our own RIA will help us focus on becoming a firm of the future, while simultaneously offering our clients even more tailored solutions to achieve their goals and dreams.”

    Expanding its physical space, Vance Wealth purchased the building adjacent to the Santa Clarita-based firm and has been remodeling to accommodate recent and future growth. 

    “We’ve been hard at work building out our new space, which gives us the room to double in size over the next decade,” Vance added. “The new building houses offices for our growing team and a new media room, which will allow us to share even more information with our community through webinars, videos and virtual presentations. But all that space isn’t useful without the right team to fill it.” 

    As the firm continues to grow, Vance Wealth is expected to look for Santa Clarita-based candidates who are involved with the community, a quality that has become an important part of company culture. 

    The firm also plans to double-down on its duty to support the Santa Clarita Valley community. For example, Vance currently serves as chair of the board of directors for Single Mothers Outreach of Santa Clarita, and in 2021, Vance is set to chair the board of directors for the SCV Chamber of Commerce. 

    Vance Wealth (VanceWealth.com) is headquartered in Santa Clarita, with an additional office in Pasadena.

  • Santa Clarita, Calif. — Erika Kauzlarich-Bird, former Southland Regional Association of Realtors president and lifelong Santa Clarita resident, joined Compass, an innovative real estate brokerage, this summer to help SCV families find their next dream home.

    Bringing more than 25 years of experience in managing all aspects of the sale as an agent, manager and entrepreneur, Kauzlarich-Bird decided now was the right time to bring something new to the Santa Clarita Valley real estate community.

    “I just knew this was the right move for me because I love this community and what I do so much,” Kauzlarich-Bird said. “Having worked with different agencies over the years, I know from experience that Compass will help me build my ‘dream team’ of agents.”

    While she’s worked on all aspects of a home sale, most previously working in a management role, Kauzlarich-Bird realized how much she missed working in sales, directly with families looking for their perfect place.

    Real estate is truly a family business, with Erika at the helm and her mother behind her. Diane Kauzlarich, who still lives in the Placerita Canyon home where Erika grew up, was an early mentor for her. During their years as a mother-daughter team, Erika worked in all aspects of real estate.

    At Compass, she enjoys running her office with the creative energy and innovative technology of a startup firm – plus the experience and sophistication of a luxury brand, she said.

    While every industry is looking to cutting-edge technology to create social distancing for employees and customers alike, Compass has been a leader in this area for years. Compass agents are trained in the latest tools and tech available, along with traditional care and amenities. Erika’s experience combined with bonuses like Compass’ concierge service make the entire process convenient, intelligent and seamless.

    “When I heard about what we have access to with this brokerage, I knew we’d have what we needed to keep our clients’ best interests at the heart of every sale and purchase,” Kauzlarich-Bird said. “Compass isn’t about the agent; it really is all about the client – a philosophy that aligns with my personal approach to real estate.”

    That’s a perfect fit for Kauzlarich-Bird, who also enjoyed the leadership portion of her past industry roles, and looks forward to mentoring agents on her team.

    “It just felt right to come back to my home base in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Kauzlarich-Bird. “This is my hometown, and I can’t think of a better place on Earth to buy a home, work and raise a family.”

    Erika Kauzlarich-Bird is a community-driven real estate agent in the Santa Clarita Valley and a broker associate for Compass, who can be reached at connectwitherika.com, erikabird@outlook.com or 661-510-3136.


    About Erika Kauzlarich-Bird
    Erika Kauzlarich-Bird is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident who’s active in a number of professional and nonprofit organizations. In addition to her 25 years of experience, including SRAR leadership, she’s also worked as an advocate on behalf of SCV homeowners for the California Association of Realtors and the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce. Her community involvement includes volunteer work with school site councils, parent-teacher organizations, the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center at Bella Vida and the equine therapy nonprofit Heads Up Therapy and Blue Star Ranch.

    About Compass – a national network of local experts
    Our agents are trusted advisors, helping everyone from the first-time buyer to the seasoned seller make better, more informed decisions. With more than 12,000 agents serving vibrant communities across the U.S., Compass is now the country's largest independent real estate brokerage.

    CONTACT
    Erika Kauzlarich-Bird
    Broker Associate, Compass
    661-510-3136

    erikabird@outlook.com

  • 18 Sep 2020 by Lief Labs

    Valencia, CA – September 18, 2020 – Lief Labs, a premier formulation and product development innovator and manufacturer of dietary supplements, is pleased to announce that the firm and Lief’s CEO & Founder, Adel Villalobos, were recognized as the Latino Business Alliance Business of the Year Award recipient at the Hispanic Heritage Virtual Celebration on September 16th, hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley (SCV) Chamber of Commerce to honor the achievements of Hispanic businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley.


    The Hispanic Heritage Virtual Celebration was emceed by the City of Santa Clarita Mayor Pro Tem, Bill Miranda and was virtually attended by other elected officials, as well as Lief’s Villalobos and fellow members of the Santa Clarita Valley business community who had the opportunity to virtually connect and network at the interactive event. Members of Lief’s Leadership Team and staff also attended the virtual celebration.


    "The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce was pleased to award the Latino Business Alliance Business of the Year award to Lief Labs at this year's annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, which was held virtually,” said Ivan Volschenk, President of SCV Chamber. “Lief Labs can be proud of their achievements and we look forward to their continued growth and success."


    “I take great pride in my Hispanic Heritage and in the successful business and diverse culture we have built with our talented and dedicated team at Lief Labs, all of whom contributed to our company’s growth and client service excellence in an extremely challenging year,” said Villalobos. “As the son of Mexican immigrants who taught me a strong work ethic, it’s truly an honor to have received the Latino Business Alliance Business of the Year Award from the SCV Chamber, who organized a wonderful, interactive virtual event,” said Villalobos.


    Villalobos added, “Managing an essential business during the Coronavirus pandemic, I have Iearned the importance of consistent and strong leadership required to be able to drive an organization forward during trying times, as well as the responsibility to continue to give back to the community. At Lief, we were proud to support our local restaurants to help them continue to thrive and we also launched our Lief Cares nutritional supplement donation program.”

     

    Through the Lief Cares donation program efforts, the company has donated over 1,000 bottles of immune support nutritional supplements, formulated in-house by Lief, for distribution to first responders local to Lief’s Valencia, CA headquarters and in other regions throughout the state.


    The Lief Cares donation program has also provided 2,500 bottles of immune support supplements to be distributed to Southern California-based field workers in highly impoverished areas as a show of commitment and support for this vital and essential work force. Lief plans to continue this charitable initiative by identifying other areas of need where Lief Cares can help to inspire, elevate and enrich the lives of the firm’s community.


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    About Lief Labs
    Lief Labs is a premier formulation and product development innovator and manufacturer of dietary supplements with 170 employees. Our in-house Product Development and R&D team creates the best tasting and most cutting-edge formulations of supplements. Lief also houses a state of the art, full-service cGMP* manufacturing facility, which offers custom solutions for a multitude of supplement categories. Lief collaborates with entrepreneurial firms to help them build premier brands. Our turnkey solutions allow us to engage in seamless partnerships that help brands with scalability and sustainable growth. Lief hosts the Beyond the Supps podcast which covers a wide range of topics such as entrepreneurship, social media, quality control, health & wellness, and the impact the dietary supplement industry has worldwide. The company is based in Valencia, CA. To learn more, please visit www.lieflabs.com.


    *Current Good Manufacturing Practice


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    For Media Inquiries, please contact: Cathy Loos Loos & Co. Communications +1-347-334-4135 cloos@looscomm.com

  • 04 Jun 2020 by SCV Water

    2020 WATER QUALITY REPORT

    https://yourscvwater.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020-SCV-Water-Quality-Report.pdf

     

    THIS NOTICE CONTAINS INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOU TO OBTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER. TRANSLATE IT, OR SPEAK WITH SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS IT.

    The Consumer Confidence Report, or CCR, is an annual water quality report that the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires SCV Water-Valencia Water Division to provide all of its customers. The purpose of the CCR is to raise customers’ awareness of the quality of their drinking water, where their drinking water comes from, what it takes to deliver water to their homes, and the importance of protecting drinking water sources.

    To view your 2020 Consumer Confidence Report and to learn more about your drinking water, please visit the following URL:

    https://yourscvwater.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020-SCV-Water-Quality-Report.pdf after June 30, 2020.

  • 03 Jun 2020 by SCV Water

    After serving the Santa Clarita Valley for 23 years as a Board member for the Newhall County Water District (NCWD), Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) and SCV Water, Tom Campbell resigned his position, effective May 27, 2020. Campbell represented Division 2 on the SCV Water Board of Directors, serving portions of Valencia, Saugus and Canyon Country. Moving forward, Campbell will focus his time and efforts on his family.

    “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Tom for his years of exemplary service to our board and to the SCV community. During Tom’s tenure on CLWA’s Board, his efforts helped to secure our long-term water supply reliability here in the SCV,” said Gary Martin, SCV Water board president.

    Campbell’s background in the water industry has been an asset to providing the Agency’s Board of Directors with valuable insights into infrastructure construction and maintenance as well as its overall capital improvement plan.

    Campbell was elected in 1997 to the NCWD Board of Directors. There he served as Vice President in 1998, President in 1999, and Vice President again in 2000. He was appointed to the CLWA Board of Directors in 2001 to fill an at-large seat. He served on the CLWA Board for 16 years, six of those years as Board President. Most recently he served as the Chair of the SCV Water Engineering and Operations Committee and was a member of the Finance and Administration Committee and Water Resources and Watershed Committee.

    “I am thankful to have been a part of some defining moments in the Agency’s history, like the purchase of the Valencia Water Company and the formation of SCV Water,” said SCV Water Director Tom Campbell. “It’s been rewarding to see our customers and community benefit from our regional approach to water management.”

    “I think his most enduring contribution will turn out be the creation of our new valley-wide water agency, SCV Water,” added Board President Martin. “It is fitting that as Tom moves on to the next chapter of his life, SCV Water is already making strides to accomplish his vision of becoming a best-in-class water agency. We wish Tom and his family the very best."

    Campbell’s current term will expire January 2021. At the June 2, 2020 regular SCV Water Board meeting, the board voted to eliminate the now vacant seat. Initially at 15 seats when formed in January 2018, the Board is set to reduce in size from the current 12 members to 9 members over the next two elections. The elections scheduled for November 2020 and November 2022 will result in three elected officials representing each of the three new electoral districts.

    “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our valley for over two decades, and I want to thank the board and staff for all of their hard work and dedication over the years,” said Director Campbell.

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    About SCV Water:
    The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCV Water) is a full-service regional water agency located in the Santa Clarita Valley. SCV Water provides water service to approximately 74,000 business and residential customers. It was formed on January 1, 2018 when local water suppliers combined into one integrated, regional water provider. More information can be found at www.YourSCVwater.com

    For more information, please contact:

    Kathie Martin

    Public Information Officer SCV Water kmartin@scvwa.org

    661-513-1265