Member Spotlight: Glenn Yamada

This month our SBPA Member Spotlight shines on Glenn Yamada!
We are pleased to announce Glenn as our SBPA Treasurer. We continue to grow. Stay tuned with us!

Glenn Yamada is an Estate Planning Attorney and founder of HG Estate Planning. Through witnessing the pain his father endured due to the lack of estate planning, Glenn understands the importance of leaving behind a legacy of caring for our loved ones, especially children. Glenn guides his clients through the process to create a plan that truly meets their unique needs in a professional yet compassionate manner.

Born in Japan, raised in Gardena and currently living in San Pedro, Glenn has a deep connection with the South Bay. Glenn graduated from Nathaniel Narbonne High School in Harbor City, attained his B.A. in Philosophy from UCLA, his J.D. law degree from The Ohio State University and returned to UCLA for his Masters in Public Policy degree. Inspired by the pursuit of justice he saw on his favorite TV show, Law and Order, Glenn interned in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office and transitioned into immigration law after graduation. Disheartened by the general adversarial nature of law, Glenn was receptive when his wife suggested that he use his skill and legal experience in estate planning. Glenn focuses on building relationships based on caring and trust. By listening to his clients and engaging in honest conversation, Glenn constructs a plan – with the foundation of a will, trust, power of attorney and advance health care directive – that ensures that his clients’ desires are carried out as they had wished.

When not attending to his clients’ peace of mind, Glenn enjoys spending time with his wife and extended family. Glenn also fancies singing karaoke (his go-to song is Billy Joel’s Piano Man), playing basketball and appreciating good movies.

After reading the self-help book What Color Is Your Parachute, Glenn acted on the book’s suggestion to find a job search group and discovered the South Bay Professional Association. Glenn was impressed by the welcoming and encouraging atmosphere of the membership. He has learned helpful strategies and tools to challenge his comfort zone, which motivated him to create and engage in group and one-on-one presentations. With practice and constructive feedback, Glenn honed exceptional techniques to be of optimal service to his clients. Glenn looks forward to sharing that same knowledge, fellowship and support with any new or current SBPA members.

In-Person Sessions Have Resumed

During this transition post-pandemic, we meet in person on the first Monday of the month beginning Monday, Nov. 1, 2021

Location and Time:

South Bay 1 Stop Business & Career Center
1220 Engracia Ave., Torrance, CA 90501

In-Person Monthly meeting:

First Monday of each month
9:00 a.m. to noon

Subsequent Monday meetings will be over Zoom at 9:00 a.m.

Join us here:
Meeting ID: 817 6731 0984
Passcode: 401303

New Member Orientation

Becoming a member is simple! Attend Orientation on the fourth Wednesday of each month in person at South Bay 1 Stop Business & Career Center in Torrance.

New Member Orientation Dates

  • May 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Jun. 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Jul. 27, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Aug. 24, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sep. 28, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Oct. 26, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Member Spotlight: Harold Salas

This month our SBPA Member Spotlight shines on Harold Salas!
As an SBPA member, Harold served in several capacities and is currently Vice President.

As a certified Data Scientist from University of California, Irvine (UCI) and with a Bachelors in Communications from California State University Dominguez Hills, Harold has over 10 years of experience and brings a wealth of knowledge. Using both Windows 10 and Linux distros, Harold successfully accessed a variety of databases to export, transform and analyze data.

With Harold’s positive (Can Do) attitude, you can count on him to not only find value in the data analyzed, but to share that data with others in a way that is both understandable and valued.

Harold has covered a wide array of topics in data science including data-driven discovery and prediction, data engineering at scale (inspecting, cleaning, transforming, and modeling data), structured and unstructured data, pattern recognition, data mining, data visualization, exporting from different databases, SQL and machine learning. 

Working in different industries and departments Harold is intimately familiar with data associated with Financing, Inventory, Marketing, Manufacturing and other departments. Harold would make a great addition to any team.

At SBPA, Harold’s communication and technical contributions are held in high regard and it is for this reason that Harold Salas has been selected to be in the Member Spotlight.

Click on the link if you wish to know more about Harold Salas.

Member Spotlight: Tamiko Wakabayashi

This month our SBPA Member Spotlight shines on Tamiko Wakabayashi!
A SBPA member, Tamiko has served as Vice President of SBPA. She is also an architectural and interior designer who has worked internationally in Asia and the US.

Hello. My name is Tamiko Wakabayashi. I am very honored to be a first spotlight member of SBPA. I am originally from Japan and have been living in the Southern California since 2012.

I studied Interior Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree. After the graduation, I started my career as an interior designer at Nakamura Display and Equipment, Corp. where I had various commercial projects such as retail stores, bowling alleys, office spaces, hotels and so on.  

After working as an interior designer in Tokyo, Japan for 4 years, I decided to move to the US and to enter into the three-year Master of Architecture program at Washington University in St. Louis. I was shocked to learn how the deign approach between Interior Design and Architecture was so different. I almost felt like I needed to think everything upside-down when I design a building. I finished the program and started my first architecture job as an intern at DTS Shaw Architects (later merged with Perkins & Will) in Boston, Massachusetts. I had experience in residential, commercial, and institutional projects while living in Boston.

In 2007, I returned to Japan. My immigration status needed to be approved by the US government, so I found a job at ARTERIOR, Co. Ltd., the Tokyo-based interior design organization and started working there. The company gave me another opportunity to work on bigger scale commercial projects in Asia. It was fun going back and forth China and Japan to attend design and construction meetings. I could see the fusion of classic and modern aspects happening at the same time in the city of Beijing and other major cities in China at that moment.

My immigration status had been approved, so I moved back to the US with my family in 2012. Since then, I have been living in Torrance. I have worked on small residential and office renovation projects since living in the South Bay and would be happy to get involved in more bigger projects right now. You can find more about me at my website at

I would be happy to meet and help people in the South Bay Community and beyond!

Zoom Link Updated

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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 to receive the Zoom session link and details. We look forward to seeing you then!

Career BridgeBuilders update

Like SBPA and just about every other group or association, Career BridgeBuilders has transitioned to meeting online over Zoom.

Here is the list of scheduled sessions and topics:

CareerBridgeBuilders – LinkedIn 101
Date:  Thursday May 7th
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
LinkedIn is one of the most powerful tools to manage your career. During this session we will provide an overview and discuss the basics of establishing a profile. Career BridgeBuilders connects those in career transition to other professionals, community businesses leaders, and provides workshops designed to help build job search skills. During this session we will discuss

Career BridgeBuilders – Fear, Faith and Fingernails – ‘How a leap of faith transformed me. From extreme anxiety and into a life of freedom’
Date:  Thursday May 14
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am    
We welcome Rachel Watkins who will share her story. Join us to hear how network marketing with a company called Color Street has given her a life of freedom. This simple, one product company is on fire and has been a perfect fit for her and so many others. “I am exited to share my journey with you”.

Career BridgeBuiiders: Developing Your Story – Zoom Meetup
Date:  Thursday May 21       
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Grace Moniz will lead a motivating and personal session, geared toward helping craft your story and develop awareness about oneself and one’s career direction and to form the foundation of a resume and the achievements contained therein.  

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Guest Speaker for Monday, April 27, 2020

Lindsey Levine, Resume and Job Interview Consultant, will be joining our Monday Morning Zoom session.

About Lindsey

Lindsey recently left the corporate world where he was a Sales Manager for a large consumer goods company. Among many of his responsibilities were selecting, interviewing and hiring candidates for positions with his company. Over the course of his career he reviewed tens of thousands of resumes, conducted thousands of interviews leading to hundreds of hires.

He hired through the dot com bust and the recession of 2008. He is familiar with what it takes to set yourself apart during economic upheaval in the workplace. He left the corporate world and started Lindsey Levine Professional Preparation helping working professionals write effective resumes, create a strong LinkedIn profile, and prepare for interviews.

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