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As of Monday, September 28, 2020, the Zoom link has changed:

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Guest Speaker for Monday, August 31, 2020

Andrea Connolly of Career BridgeBuilders will be joining us as guest speaker on Monday, August 31 at 9:00am (Pacific)!

About Andrea

Senior Business Executive that helps business leaders solve complex business problems, build capabilities and improve results. With extensive experience in Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness, Andrea helps zero-in on the key opportunities for improvement that will move the business forward, building organizational capability, unleash human potential and improve business results. Committed to excellence through continuous improvement, business process efficiencies and high-performance teams.

Andrea has led major transformation change initiatives for companies at every stage of the business life cycle. She led Leadership Development for Raytheon’s Government and Defense business; acquisition integration for Texas Instruments, Yahoo! and L-3; and enterprise-wide operational excellence implementations. She has earned a reputation as the ‘go-to’ for start-ups like Rehab Systems and Raytheon’s DD(X) program, which evolved into a key component of the Zumwalt class of destroyers for the United States Navy.

New Member Orientation: Wed. Aug., 5, 2020

How is your job search going? With the pandemic keeping the Torrance One-Stop location closed, SBPA has been meeting weekly via Zoom.

We are doing our first NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION via Zoom on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 1:00pm (Pacific). If you are interested in learning more about SBPA and how we can help you in your job search, consider attending our new member orientation.

Contact us at info@sbpa-la.org to receive the Zoom session link and details. We look forward to seeing you then!

Guest Speaker: John Cruikshank

On Monday, January 13, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., guest speaker John Cruikshank, President and CEO, JMC2 Civil Engineering & Surveying Okamoto Structural Engineering, will be joining us.

SBPA meetings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 45 people, so arrive early to secure your spot.

About John

I am a native Southern Californian born and raised in the beach cities of Los Angeles County. I grew up in El Segundo and graduated from ES High School leveraging my education and musical background to get into USC. There I studied civil engineering and played in the Trojan Marching Band.

Right out of college I worked for the public sector at Caltrans. Then, I left for the private sector where I worked for two different transportation design firms.

I have run my own engineering and surveying business since 1996 and have offices in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA, and near John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa, CA. I have used Sam Carpenter’s Work The System book and classes which have helped my business run better.

On Dec. 5, 2017, I was sworn in as Councilmember for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and still serve on the Board of Directors for the Harbor Association of Industry & Commerce (HAIC). On Dec. 4, 2018, I became Mayor Pro Tem which is an amazing honor.

I previously served as the Chair of the Rancho Palos Verdes Planning Commission where I served for four years.

I am always looking to build business relations with public agencies, contractors, and other design firms (architects, MEP, etc.) to pursue work in Southern California.

I hire staff that can learn quickly and work with confidence. My goal is to continually provide easy to follow and trouble-free solutions to all our clients.

I owe my early success to my parents, Janice and Jack Cruikshank, who helped guide me in the right direction. And I owe my continued success to my wife, Jennifer, who has never stopped believing in me.

Specialties: Structural and Civil engineering and Surveying: Storm water, Drones, A.L.T.A. surveys, Permit processing, 3D mapping, QSD/QSP, Utility plans, Master plans, Constructability reviews.

Guest Speaker: Liliana Ortiz

On Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., guest speaker Liliana Ortiz of Torrance Adult School will join us to discuss her work as a Career Coordinator.

SBPA meetings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 45 people, so arrive early to secure your spot.

About Liliana

Liliana Ortiz is currently a Career Coordinator at Torrance Adult School where she works with the Student Support Services Team to assist adults from various backgrounds and with barriers to employment to transition into the next phase of their career or into career training. She previously worked at the California Department of Business Oversight supporting the Franchise and Securities Division, and at a local non-profit assisting students prepare for the workforce.

Guest Speakers: Michael S. Oden and Alina J. Ugas

On Monday, October 21, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., guest speakers Michael Oden and Alina Ugas will join us to discuss Life Transition.

SBPA meetings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 45 people, so arrive early to secure your spot.

About Michael and Alina

Michael S. Oden is a Behavioral and Communication Expert, inspirational speaker, trainer and workshop facilitator. Founder of Final Step International and its trademark technique, The Needs Based Method®. He is an expert in behavior who for the past 20 years as a probation officer has helped thousands of clients (adults and teens) who struggle with abuse, low self-esteem, poor performance, addiction, or unhealthy relationships, turn their lives around.

Alina Ugas is a Business and Communication Mentor and Co-founder of Final Step International and its trademark technique, The Needs Based Method®. With over 35 years’ experience in the health care, mental health and business sector, Alina, a Neuro Linguistic Programming® Practitioner, National Certified Recovery Coach, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and trainer, has always had a passion for helping others discover their “Why” or their emotional decisions and self-destructive behaviors that prevent them from reaching their highest potential.

This dynamic combination of experiences makes Michael and Alina an exceptional team. Alina’s experience in business management and Michael’s knowledge from the psycho-social behavioral component gives participants a closer look at how their business can run more efficiently and decrease employee turn around and friction on the job.  By teaching the business owner how to better communicate with employees, as well as, with the clients, these new tools will increase productivity and generate a harmonious work environment.

By offering people practical tools to take with them and to apply this method to any situation will empower those individuals to transform their lives. The Need Based Method® is a cutting-edge thinking, learning and communication style process that reduces conflict & connects people to live a purposeful life.