Pasadena Restaurateur Robin Salzer Awarded 2016 Small Business of the Year for 41st Assembly District

first_img Business News HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Assemblymember Chris Holden (l) and Robin Salzer (r)The Robin’s Woodfire BBQ sign at 395 N. Rosemead Blvd. has become a part of the landscape in the Hastings Ranch community of Pasadena.This year, the owner, Robin Salzer has joined an elite group of California entrepreneurs lauded with statewide recognition as “Small Business of the Year Honoree” status in their respective state assembly districts.Salzer was singled out by Assemblymember Chris Holden (41st District), who said he is “very pleased to recognize Robin Salzer of Robin’s Woodfire BBQ for his successful career as a small business owner, and the positive impact he has made in our community.”Out of 3.3 million small business owners in the state, Robin was one of 80 honored at the CA Small Business Day celebration held at the Sacramento Convention Center on May 25th. The day commenced with State and Assembly leaders holding a morning session, followed by the Awards Luncheon. “This was a once in a lifetime honor and experience,” was Robin’s sentiment. The day rounded off with a special reception held for the honorees and a tour of the Capitol.Robin got his start in the restaurant business at the age of 16 working at an IHOP in Milwaukee. Seven years later at the age of 23, he became the youngest IHOP franchise owner in the history of the company when he bought the restaurant. He’d grown up with a love for BBQ and in 1982 he moved to Pasadena and opened Robin’s Woodfire BBQ. Anyone who knows this long-time Pasadena resident is well aware of his passion for his family, the business of BBQ and his commitment to his community, as evidenced by his generosity, personal involvement and support for many organizations over the years.George Falardeau, former Senior Vice President of Real Estate & Operations, Art Center College of Design, who has been a longtime friend of Robin, says “The phrase ‘character matters’ fits Robin, he’s the real thing. When you are next at his restaurant, watch and listen to how he treats his employees – that says volumes. He’s one of the good guys and I’m proud to call him a friend, a good friend.”When you visit Robin’s Woodfire BBQ you step into a delightful gallery of small town memorabilia that Robin and his family have collected during travels throughout America. His old-fashioned process of slow-smoking meats creates an intoxicating aroma of BBQ that greets everyone upon entering the restaurant. According to Robin: “All Meats are smoked with Apple and Oak wood for hours in our four-ton smoker, the Real Way. NO GAS, NO PROPANE, and NO STEAMING like some of those wannabe BBQ places. This here is a Rib Joint, pure and Simple. All Meats are smoked daily to ensure their freshness.” His barbeque spot is lauded by such foodies as Rachel Ray and LA Restaurant Critic Johnathan Gold.Upon hearing of this honor to Robin, Gene Masuda, Vice Mayor, Council District 4 remarks: ”Robin Salzer & Robin’s Woodfire BBQ are both attributes to our community. Robin is the definition of a good citizen – he runs a great business and thankful for his loyal patrons, gives back to the community. That is part of Robin’s success, his commitment to reinvest back into the community. We are so proud that Robin and his business Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ is in District 4.”Robin’s 2007 run for the District 1 City Council seat was unsuccessful, but the campaign experience provided him with greater enlightenment about the interests, priorities and needs of residents in the district. He became even more inspired to leverage his business success to help the community and went on to launch two new projects, the Lemonade Brigade in Pasadena and Duarte, a youth entrepreneur-training program, and the Hot Meal Program at Jackie Robinson Center that provides meals for low-income and homeless residents.When knocking on doors during his campaign, Robin said he was repeatedly asked, “Can you help my son or daughter find a job? Or how can they get skills to get a job?” Hearing this so often opened his eyes to a need and in 2008 Robin founded the Lemonade Brigade, creating job opportunities for high school students in Pasadena working in conjunction with NATHA, a non-profit in Northwest Pasadena with John Muir High School students and in Duarte at Mt. Olive Alternative High School. This social enterprise project teaches youth how to start, operate and sustain a small business. The Lemonade Brigade pop-up canopy is now a familiar site at events in the region, including events at the Rose Bowl, the summer concerts at the Levitt Pavilion, Taste of Duarte, City of Hope and other events. In fact, the City of Duarte has acknowledged the Duarte Lemonade Brigade as the city’s official beverage. The success and growing popularity of this youth entrepreneurial program has resulted in discussions to expand the Lemonade Brigade throughout Assembly District 41 by working with local Chambers and Rotary clubs as sponsor and mentors.The Hot Meal Program evolved from collaboration between Robin and another Pasadena businessman Walter Jackson, who spent years visiting stranger’s homes as a locksmith and a volunteer delivering meals to homebound. Jackson set up an impromptu cold weather shelter to help feed hungry people and went door to door to restaurants asking for help to feed them and was greeted with, “No,” from everyone, that is until he approached Robin Salzer. Jackson was elated when Robin said, “As long as I have food you have food”. After winter passed and the shelter closed Robin and Walter lost touch, but they reconnected four years later when Robin was running for District 1 City Councilmember.While campaigning, Robin knocked on the doors of many people who knew him in the community or his restaurant and recognized him. Some would invite him into their homes to talk, usually the kitchen, and in offering him something to drink Robin observed that refrigerators of some of the residents were poorly stocked. This opened his eyes even more and he realized how blessed he was in life, and business. He realized that his continual reinvestment in the community over the years had been reciprocated by local residents, businesses and organizations. They had in fact helped sustain Robin’s Woodfire BBQ throughout the years when he weathered severe up’s and down’s of running the restaurant. An idea came to him and when he reconnected with Walter, they teamed up to proceed with Robin’s idea to create a Hot Meal Program.In 2010, Robin founded the Pasadena Hot Meal Program to not only help feed those in need, but also as a place for people to come together, eat a hot meal and develop friendships. In 2015, The Pasadena Hot Meal Program celebrated its 5th year with 100,000 hot meals served. Robin invests his personal resources and says the program also receives help from food brokers, the Rose Bowl and Restaurant Depot, stating, “We will take donated food and overruns any time.” He sees the Hot Meal Program a way to bring people together to rebuild our communities one meal at a time.According to Ishmael Trone of F & M Business Center is the incoming President of the Board of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce said: “Robin Salzer’s ultimate success in Pasadena comes not only from his established business and community involvement. It truly comes from his unwavering commitment to being involved in the business community, as he continuously assist business owners with daily operation challenges or local and state governmental policy changes affecting their business with his common sense approach. ‘He truly cares about the success of other business entrepreneurs.’ This is what makes Robin a valuable asset to the business community.”Throughout his years residing in Pasadena, Robin Salzer has been involved with numerous city, civic and community boards as a volunteer, including: Transportation Advisory Commission; Pasadena Center Operating Company, Pasadena Fire Dept. Advisory Task Force for Station 36; Assemblymen’s Portantino & Holden’s Small Business Task Force; East Pasadena Business & Property Owners Association; Gold Line Design Task Force for Sierra Madre Villa Station. He has also served on the following nonprofit boards: VP San Rafael Neighborhood Association; 1st VP, Foothill Unity Center; Pasadena Education Foundation; Pasadena NAACP; Pasadena Museum of History; Pasadena Chamber of Commerce; Crown City News; Center for Community & Family Services; and East Arroyo Residents Association.Robin is a proud resident of the Rose City where he resides with his wife, Ann-Marie Villicana and their twins Alexander and Nicolas (7 yrs. old) and Josefina (6 yrs. old).George Falardeau comment sums it up: “Robin Salzer epitomizes the adage, ‘Doing good, is good business.’ What an appropriate distinction for a local 2016 Small Business of the Year that has a reputation for great BBQ.” Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Community News Business: Retail News Pasadena Restaurateur Robin Salzer Awarded 2016 Small Business of the Year for 41st Assembly District From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 2:45 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community Newscenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. 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Adams Glass to open for Valentine’s Day visitors

first_img By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like TAKING AIM: Banks School hosts regional archery tournament Banks School is hosting the 2108 National Archery in School Program (NASP) Regional Tournament underway at the Troy Sportsplex. The… read more Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Adams Glass to open for Valentine’s Day visitors Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 9:38 am Friday, February 9, 2018 During that time, visitors will have an opportunity to visit Adams’ studio and see the latest Valentine’s Day glass creations that include roses on stems, a variety of Valentine’s Day sun catchers and small hearts for necklaces.Adams also has glass items, including kiln-fired pieces, for almost all interests.“We are doing a variety of kiln-fired pieces,” Adams said. “They are unusual and very versatile.”Along with Adams’ glass pieces, the creations of three noted potters are for show and for sale. Walter Black of Troy, Dawn Prietz of Andalusia and Scott and Jeanie Swindall of Troy are the featured artists. Any cause for celebration is time for Charles Adams and family to break out the “good china” and invite family, friends, neighbors and strangers to come eat, drink and be merry.And, so it is around Valentine’s Day.“We enjoy having people stop by the shop just to sit and visit,” said Adams, glass artist at Adams Glass Studio on Highway 231 south of Troy. “For quite a few years around Valentine’s Day, we’ve put on a pot of coffee, baked a batch of teacakes and hoped people would stop by on a Sunday afternoon. Going visiting is what folks used to do on Sunday afternoons, after church, dinner and a nap.”So, the Adams’ family is extending an open invitation to the community to stop by Adams Glass Studio and Nut Shop between 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday for coffee, teacakes and chatter. Skip Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “Walter and Dawn’s pottery is featured at major arts festivals in this area and beyond,” Adams said. “Scott and Jeanie have a great selection of functional pottery and some just for the beauty of it.”The Adams family invites everyone to stop by for coffee and teacakes on Sunday afternoon and to come planning to stay awhile.“We look forward to having folks stop by” Adams said. “And, I’m just old fashioned enough to enjoying sitting and talking. It looks like folks don’t have any trouble sitting these days; it’s the talking they don’t do too much of anymore.” Latest Stories Sponsored Content Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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7 ways to get more (and better) creative ideas from your credit union team

first_imgCredit unions are a unique business. However, there are certain things that all businesses share. One of these is the need for innovation. Because the credit union business is constantly changing (now there’s an understatement!), it’s vital that credit unions keep innovating to stay ahead of the curve. And all innovation begins with a single, creative idea. But how do you get those creative ideas? Here are 7 ways that you, as a credit union leader, can get more (and better) creative ideas from your credit union team. Get them out of the workplace.A change of location helps shake the brain out of its routine. It also gets people away from the multiple distractions of the workplace, which are not conducive to creativity. So try having a lunch meeting at a local restaurant. Maybe a nearby hotel has a nice lobby area for a small, informal meeting. If it’s nice outside, go to a park! Anyplace other than your credit union’s version of “Meeting Room C.” Give them the “What”; let them give you the “How.”Nothing kills the creative spirit more than being micromanaged. Creative people (and we are all creative people) love being challenged. As a leader, it’s your job to set the goal (the “What”). Now, ask your team to come up with the “How.” Tip: prepare to be surprised by some brilliant ideas that you would never have thought of! Ask crazy questions.When looking for creative solutions to your next credit union challenge, ask your team “crazy” questions. Questions like: “How would we solve this problem if we had $20 million to throw at it?” “How would a professional dancer solve this problem?” “How would three cats, working together, solve this problem?” Not only will this force your team members’ brains into their naturally creative space, you may just find the germ of an actual solution in some of the answers they come up with! Make a “play space.”Creativity needs stimulation to thrive. People are more creative when they play. If possible, furnish one of your meeting rooms with a few toys (Nerf® balls, Legos®, etc.) and interesting, colorful magazines (not credit union—or any industry-related—magazines!). And, if you’re really serious about this, paint this room a shade of green. Studies show that the color green boosts creativity! Invite an outsider.Every now and then, invite someone from outside the credit union (and, preferably, from outside the financial services industry) to sit in on a meeting. An artist, a comedian, an art historian. Someone who sees the world through a completely different lens than you or your team. This person might see solutions, or come up with ideas, that would never occur to someone from the credit union industry. Send your team out for a walk.According to recent research done at Stanford, people do their best creative thinking while in motion—outdoors, down a corridor, or even just a treadmill. Many leaders have discovered the multiple benefits (including, of course, health) of holding “walking” meetings. Initiate “Plagiarism Friday.”(Full disclosure: I plagiarized this idea from someone else, but I can’t remember whom.) Every Friday, have each member of your team bring in one great idea from outside the credit union industry and share what makes the idea creative and innovative. Then ask your team how that idea could be incorporated into the credit union. (a bonus tip!) Let your team know that ideas are welcome, encouraged, even required, from everyone.No one has a monopoly on great ideas! That next breakthrough idea—the one that takes your credit union to the next level—can come from anyone on the team.Creativity and innovation are the keys to your credit union’s success. Every new challenge (and it seems like there’s a new one every day) requires a creative solution. It’s up to you, as a credit union leader, to encourage, support, and value creativity from everyone on your team! 51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bill Stainton Bill Stainton works with extraordinary leaders who want to produce breakthrough results with their teams. A 29-time Emmy® Award-winning producer, writer, and performer, Bill speaks frequently to Credit Unions and … Web: www.billstainton.com Detailslast_img read more

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Old meets new in grand reno

first_img47 Hazelmere Parade, SherwoodA LANDMARK house in Sherwood that dates back to 1933 has been completely restored, and given a modern makeover by one of Brisbane’s leading architects.The heritage-listed English-style red brick residence, known as The Terrace, sits on a 2499sq m block. Built in 1933, and restored by architect Shaun Lockyer, 47 Hazelmere Parade at Sherwood is now on the marketThree years later, renowned architect Shaun Lockyer was engaged to extend the home, and reclaim some of the residence’s original features. A new “living pavilion” was added to the house, but Mr Lockyer said the focus was to make the new extension “speak with the older part of the house” without trying to mimic the original features.He said they also painstakingly “unpicked” the historically significant, older parts of the house to expose the brickwork and other features that had been hidden away. “The (original) house has a 45 degree terracotta roof which, as I understand it, is one of only three in Brisbane,” Mr Lockyer said. “When we did the pavilion extension, we mirrored that and used red brick.“We didn’t want to mimic the old house features, but rather preserve the existing fabrics of the house and then compliment them with the more modern additions.”And the results speak volumes. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago On the lower level, an area being marketed as “undoubtedly Brisbane’s best rumpus room” can be reconfigured to suit the needs of the buyer, and comes with exposed brick walls, timber bench seating and polished concrete floors. MORE: QUEENSLAND PROPERTIES HOTTER THAN THE HEATWAVE A fourth bedroom and the master suite with walk-in wardrobe, ensuite, striking timber feature wall, underfloor heating and window bench seat overlooking the gardens is also in this north positioned extension. MORE: THE BEST BEACH HOUSE IN AUSTRALIA IS UP FOR GRABS Hedges line the line white fence that leads to this storybook property, which opens in to a foyer.To the left of the foyer there is a library, office, a sitting with fireplace, a dining room, media room, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Decorative ceilings, leadlight windows and two original brick fireplaces are just some of the heritage features retained in the property. Turn right from the foyer and you find yourself in a stunning kitchen with scullery that leads in to a family room that opens on to a modern terrace with a day bed. Architect Shaun Lockyer. Photo AAP/ Ric FrearsonIt was one of the architect’s most challenging projects, and took three years to complete.“It was a very special, heritage-listed house to begin with,” Mr Lockyer said. “The whole job was challenging but the results speak for themselves.“It was equal to the best quality of work we have ever done.” Also on this level is a fifth bedroom, a bathroom, kitchenette, laundry, two terraces, and a huge undercroft.Outside, there is 2499sq m of landscaped gardens and freshly turfed lawns, a full size championship tennis court with floodlights, an 18m pool with Sunbather Downunder in-deck built-in thermal pool cover and 5m retractable umbrella and a central pavilion with its own outdoor kitchen. Other features property include full ducted airconditioning, a state-of-the-art security system, 60,000L hidden underground water tank, wine cellar, storage rooms and workshop. Mr Lockyer said the house was beautiful before the restoration and extension, and he would hope it would now survive another 85-plus years. “I would hope they are still talking about it long after I am gone,” he said. “I know that every time I go there I have a moment.”The property is listed with Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige, with expressions of interest closing at 5pm on December 18.last_img read more

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