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  • 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, 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.

    Erika Kauzlarich-Bird
    Broker Associate, Compass

  • 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.


    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

    *Current Good Manufacturing Practice


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