Call for Recruiters, Hiring Managers, and HR Professionals

South Bay Professional Association (SBPA) of Torrance, CA, is seeking recruiters, hiring managers, and HR professionals in and around the greater Los Angeles area interested in speaking at our weekly meetings. Because we are comprised of educated professionals from a variety of fields, we welcome all industry hiring experts to share valuable information, challenges in your industry, market trends or skill requirements to help increase our hiring potential.

Each Monday and Wednesday, SBPA members meet to share our experiences about the job market and learn more about what it takes to secure employment in the field of our choice.

Over the last couple of months, we have been fortunate to have guest speakers talk to us about a wide range of topics useful to our job search or career choice. And we would love for you to visit us, tell us about your organization’s hiring needs, and discover the trove of talent our members bring to the table.

In the meantime, we welcome you to visit our Member’s List page to see a list of professionals eager to begin the next stage of their career and eager to understand your company’s needs to help provide an effective solution. Also, check out our Employer’s Information page to learn more about what SBPA can do to help you fill those critical positions you have open.

To learn more or to schedule a speaking date, contact us at or fill out this form.

We look forward to hearing from you.

No Meeting on Monday, April 1, 2018

SBPA will not be meeting on Monday, April 1, and Tuesday, April 2. The EDD office will be closed Monday, April 1 in observance of Cesar Chavez holiday. And because of the holiday our next schedule meeting will be Wednesday, April 3.

See you on Wednesday, April 3, were we will cover the subjects of networking, resumes and elevator speech.

For more about Cesar Chavez Day, go here.

GUEST SPEAKER: Aneta Thinkofall

UPDATE: Visit our Training section to view a video of Aneta’s presentation.

On Monday, March 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., guest speaker Aneta Thinkofall will join us for a special presentation titled Attracting Your Next EnJOYable JOB…from a Bird’s Eye and Bug’s Eye View.

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 Aneta Thinkofall

With a foundation of a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, my career spans over 25 years in the corporate world where I worked, primarily, in the telecom industry (at AT&T and Sprint) as a seasoned trainer, facilitator, analyst, and quality assurance manager. I also worked at some other Fortune 500 companies in information technology, financial services, and biotech as a consultant.

After an abusive experience happened in my life around the time the big 9/11 happened in New York City, I developed 1) a heightened awareness of the impact our internal, invisible, but all-important choices have on others and 2) empathy for others suffering emotionally after being hurt by a criminal’s selfish choice…whether it is a simple one-on-one incident or a large-scale tragedy affecting many people like terrorists’ attacks in which no one else feels their pain as much as themselves.

I call those internally painful incidents like my abusive experience *Private 9/11s*. Because of my own ‘private 9/11’ in my personal life plus one in my professional life that is similar to what happened to the Silence Breakers and #MeToo women, I now focus – primarily – on promoting respectfulness vs having to tolerate disrespectfulness.

As a part of my massive research to better understand the underlying reasons why people make selfish, harmful choices, I studied hundreds of resources about ethics, choices, and decision-making…enough to be worthy of an informal PhD This led me to the work of Nobel laureate, Dr. Herbert Simon, whose studies revealed that the underlying way people make their choices and decisions is based on self-interest…whether it’s good or bad.

While billions of good people make choices that are considerate of others, unfortunately, there are some [criminals] who make selfish choices that hurt 1000s of innocent victims. My work is to promote a process by which all can ‘think of self’ first, but not only when making any choice. Instead, by ‘thinking of self plus others affected by one’s choice, each of us is making a conscious choice to *create* an external good result vs a selfish choice that may harm others.

Because of the wide variety of people in our world e.g. different cultures, generations, lifestyles, religions, political affiliations, unfounded judgments, etc., my research highlighted the need to have an easy way that everyone can use to think of both self and others when making a choice.

After studying hundreds of resources on decision-making techniques, I used my ‘business process improvement’ skills a.k.a. BPI skills acquired throughout my 25-year career to develop a simple process that everyone can use to make respectful choices and decisions. Now, my work is to promote this easy-to-use process that doubles as a standard that everyone can use because I believe Public Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility.

Contact Aneta


GUEST SPEAKERS: Wendy Hohn and Laura Stevenson of Ajilon

On Monday, March 11, 2019, two guests from Ajilon will be speaking on Job Search in Today’s Market.

A meet-and-greet will follow their presentation. Bring your resume so any questions can be answered right away.

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

Please note we have changed our meeting location for this Monday to the Torrance Volunteer Center at 1230 Cravens Ave., Torrance, CA, (main Conference Room) to give us a bigger space. This is across the street from our usual meeting space at Torrance One-Stop.

Wendy Hohn, Business Development Manager

Born and raised in beachy Santa Monica, California, Wendy launched her sales career in Entertainment Advertising & Marketing, where she spent the majority of her career managing and growing relationships with entertainment studios, advertising agencies, and marketing firms. Her keen ability to negotiate and license intellectual property for use in different media formats helped propel her to continued years of success and awarded her numerous recognitions and President’s Club Awards. Wendy’s desire for continued growth and exploration of emerging markets with an emphasis in helping others, led her to join Ajilon Professional Staffing. Here she has used her unique perspective as a Los Angeles native and works closely with companies in the Silicon Beach cities of the South Bay. Her transparent approach to partnering companies with amazing talent has been very successful and often reminds clients of how satisfying it is to have this type of impact in people’s lives. In her free time, Wendy loves spending time with her husband, 2 young sons, and family. She is a devoted Los Angeles Kings Hockey fan, and loves watching her husband play beer-league hockey and her sons following in his footsteps. She also enjoys hosting get-togethers, game nights, music, cooking, volunteering and traveling.

Laura Stevenson, Staffing Manager

Born in Indiana and Raised in New York, Laura Stevenson graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in Psychology. She has been recruiting for over four years and started in the Torrance Accounting Principals office in October of 2016. Laura started as a Staff Recruiter and worked her way up to Staffing Manager within a year. She relishes the moments where she can call her candidates and tell them “You got the job”. In her free time, Laura enjoys drinking coffee, hiking and spending time with her huskies and friends.

Guest Speaker: Gary L. Polk, Sr., MS

On Monday, March 4, 2019, at 10:00 am, Gary L. Polk, Sr., will join SBPA to speak on Why Entrepreneurs Fail (To Win): An Insider’s Perspective.

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 Gary L. Polk, Sr., MS

Gary L. Polk, Sr. is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director of the brand new Innovation Incubator at CSUDH. Also, since 2001, Gary has served as an Adjunct Professor of Business Management, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship at CSUDH. Gary began his teaching career at CSUN in 1991.

Gary earned his BA in Marketing from Loyola Marymount University and his Master’s degree at CSUDH. The quote that most personifies Gary comes from Gandhi, “Live as if you were going to die tomorrow, Learn as if you were going to live forever.”

Guest Speaker: Shenae Johnson-Allen

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 10:00 am, Shenae Johnson-Allen will join SBPA to speak on Resume Writing and Interviewing with Ease.

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 Shenae Johnson-Allen

At the helm of The Allen Project is Shenae Johnson-Allen, known for her innate ability to build noteworthy business portfolios, fluently articulate written proposals and administrate order.

She is Educated in Organizational Management and Career Planning, with over 20+ years in the field of Education, Administration, and Job Development. Under her bi-vocational umbrella as Educator/Trainer and Proposal Writer, Shenae thrives in small and large forms, workshops, and panel discussions. She speaks to INSPIRE audiences towards personal development, professional advancement and excellence in presentation to become their own #PHENOMENAL best!

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South Bay Professional Association Elects New Leadership for 2019

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South Bay Professional Association (SBPA) is proud to announce that the membership for this association elected three new leaders for the offices of President, Vice President, and Secretary on the Executive Committee (EC) last week. Our Treasurer, Tiffany Vakharia is staying in her role.

We note deep appreciation to the esteemed outgoing officers — Chantalle Graham (President), Beatrice Dawson (Vice President), and Diane Naval (Secretary) — for their major accomplishments over the past 12-18 months and their ongoing work to assure a smooth transition.

(Photo above, left to right: President Murphy Witherspoon, Vice President Chris Tritschler, and Secretary Marie Margol)

About Murphy Witherspoon

Murphy Witherspoon, President, is known for his manufacturing, process and leadership/management experience, including being a Black Belt in Lean and SMED (Shingo Methodologies). He also brings his ToastMasters Leadership experience to the organization as well.

About Chris Tritschler

Chris Tritschler, Vice President, is an American Veteran who has proven the ability to be an entrepreneur in various businesses. Especially focused on Facility, Project, Production, and Inventory Management, he is now back in the classroom to pursue his next endeavor, perhaps family counseling.

About Marie Margol

Marie Margol, Secretary, has a Master’s degree in Project Management and extensive experience in corporate contracts and procurement. As an advocate for healthy living, she recently earned her Certificate of Completion in Nutrition and is making a career transition as a Healthy Lifestyle Consultant, educating others on nutrition and healthy choices.

About South Bay Professional Association

The South Bay Professional Association (SBPA) is the Torrance Chapter of Experience Unlimited (EU) sponsored by Employment Development Department (EDD). SBPA is a peer support and networking organization comprised of professional, managerial, and technical people with industry expertise who find themselves back in the job market. Working together, members support each other to identify employment opportunities.





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Guest Speaker: Jonathan Eckman

On Monday, February 4, 2019, at 9:00 am, Jonathan Eckman will be joining SBPA to speak about, “It’s the Link You Didn’t See.”

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 Jonathan:

Like many, Jonathan found himself changing his career path, sometimes by choice and sometimes by necessity. While on his journey he found that many of the experiences and skills he had acquired were often less helpful than the assistance of the people in his life, often people he never would have expected to offer such assistance. This not only helped him to develop a “pay it forward” attitude, but to concentrate more on the people he came into contact with. In turn, this also led him to create situations where he could help others as he had been helped.

Recently retired after 34 years in Maintenance and Operations at Long Beach City College, Jonathan now spends much of his time working with an educational non-profit organization – Toastmasters International, where he currently serves as an Area Director working with several Toastmaster clubs. One benefit of retiring is that he can spend more time catching up on his reading, movies, and gardening.

Guest Speaker: Michelle D. King

On Monday, January 28, 2019, Michelle King will be joining SBPA to speak about the Six Pillars of Customer Service and why they are important in the workplace today.

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 Michelle

Michelle D. King

Michelle King is known for energetic enthusiasm that serves her well in never meeting a stranger that didn’t become a friend.

As a Customer Service Ambassador, Motivator, Speaker, and Team Leader, her mission is to “go above the norm to provide excellence in service.”

Michelle always speaks to encourage. Having 24 years of vocational experience with Memorial Care, she has served as Customer Service Ambassador with key focus areas being providing excellent customer service and creating exceptional experiences for all internal and external partners.

As a Community Partner, Michelle has established a reputation of “getting the job done with a T.E.A.M. mentality” which has garnered her several accolades and leadership opportunities particularly with Toastmasters International. Serving in the non-profit educational organization as Club President, Area Director, and Division Director, Michelle has helped develop local and internal initiatives for the purpose of promoting communication, public speaking, and leadership development.

Having an innate ability to “draw others” with her smile and winning personality, Michelle excels in Customer Service, Team Building, Patient Care, and Strategic Development, which leads to her ability to teach others key fundamentals of “serving with excellence.”

Being a skilled and experienced professional, she is now utilizing her transferrable skills to help others as a Workshop Presenter, Speaker, Panelist, and Hospitality Planning Strategist.

Together with her husband, Edward Sr., she is extremely proud to have four adult children, five grandchildren, and the divine purpose of helping others navigate towards “stellar service.”