Expert Contributors

Auto Sales & Service
Kerri Anderson
Pleasanton Automall
925-399-1348

The Pleasanton Automall is a luxury automotive dealership housing the Acura and Lexus dealerships located in Pleasanton, CA. In addition to our flagships, we also carry a wide selection of quality pre-owned vehicles. We pride ourselves in offering a World Class experience to all of our guests. Visit us today or contact us online to experience the Pleasanton difference.

Catering
Draeger's Markets
Draeger’s Market
650-244-6500

Draeger’s Market is a grocery store that offers fine foods, high quality meats and seafood, fresh and locally sourced produce, from scratch baked goods, over 3,000 of the world’s finest wines, and catering platters for special events. Knowledgeable staff are ready to serve you, including the Director of Marketing, who has functioned as a journeyman grocery clerk, bakery clerk, beer and wine buyer and now spearheads marketing for the company. 

Chiropractor
Dr. Tracey James
Anatomy Power Wellness
925-457-0210

Dr. Tracey James joyfully serves as a chiropractor, doula and educator. She provides chiropractic care to individuals of all ages, specializing in pregnancy and pediatrics with over a decade of experience immersed in supporting families during their birth process and fertility journeys. Dr. Tracey graduated with honors from Life Chiropractic College West with further studies through the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) where she gained certification in the Webster Technique.

Cosmetic Surgery
Blackhawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpa
Blackhawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpa
925-736-5757

Blackhawk Plastic Surgery has been offering their patients the highest quality cosmetic treatments in the Blackhawk area for more than 15 years. Now they are thrilled to introduce the Blackhawk Migraine Clinic led by migraine specialist, Alicia Choquette. Alicia brings over 5 years of migraine expertise to the Blackhawk Migraine Clinic and looks forward to helping patients live a better quality of life migraine free.

Dance
The Dancer’s Institute
(510) 703-7630

We are a new dance school serving the San Ramon Valley area. We are striving to bring proper technique to students in a firm but friendly environment. We believe in fostering the passion to move in a dancer and creating an environment where that passion can grow and mature. Technique, creativity, passion and love are all elements of dance in which we want to see our students find success by taking class at our studio. 

Dentist
Dr. Larry Porteous DDS
Larry Porteous Family Dentistry
925-736-9000

Porteous Family Dentistry- Larry Porteous DDS and Linda Porteous RDH have been serving the dental needs in the communities of Rodeo,Vallejo and Blackhawk/Danville for over 30 years.They are a full service practice, eliminating, in most cases, the need for referrals. Offering extended hours for your convenience. “Our practices are dedicated to treating and preventing dental diseases in a friendly  and relaxed atmosphere. We strive to give each person the same respect, concern and care we would expect as patients.

Education
St. Isidore School
925-837-2977

St. Isidore School is the East Bay’s largest Catholic School serving TK-8th Grade. We believe each student is a unique and beautiful gift. We foster individuality in a familial environment, inspiring students to explore and grow. Our teachers create a love of learning by nurturing an inquisitive spirit, building connections, and developing critical thinking. We understand that today’s learners are tomorrow’s leaders.

Home Maintenance
Mark Beck
Home Inspections Plus
925-240-0441

At Home Inspections Plus, we have two basic rules: client satisfaction and long-term relationships. With our many years of business experience and over 6,000 fee paid inspections, we believe after you try our service, you will gladly refer others to us and use us in the future. Realtor and consumer inquiries welcome! 

Home Remodeling
Chris Ruggieri
Ruggieri & Co
925-263-2448

Chris Ruggieri is a skilled and premier residential contractor residing in Blackhawk and serving Contra Costa County. Chris has the earned reputation of being both highly creative and original. Ruggieri & Co brings to each client experience, quality and originality. Having served Contra Costa County for over 25 years Chris has partnered with many of the top local designers in the East Bay. Chris approaches construction with a passion that strongly emphasizes communicating and understanding the wants and needs of his clients, in doing so he keeps design channels and creativity open and relevant until the fulfillment of the ultimate goal – a unique and excellent completed project. 

HVAC & IAQ
Todd Rilston
Awesome Heating And Air Conditioning
925-989-7414

Awesome Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. knows how important it is to make sure your business is comfortable for your employees and your customers. We are experienced in commercial sized HVAC. We can provide HVAC service contracts to make sure the air is healthy and comfortable. We do duct work and filtration and insure the best possible environment. We make sure to inspect and correct any issues. If you feel that your work environment is not right, give us a call today! 

Insurance
Roger Fernando
Roger Fernando Insurance
925- 244-1700

Roger Fernando has been a State Farm Agent for 30 years, starting his insurance agency in 1988. Roger and his team are fully licensed. We take pride in giving personal, exceptional service, in talking and listening to our clients about their insurance needs. Our mission has always been to consult with customers as their insurance needs change, protect their insurance for the risks of everyday life and help recover from the unexpected loss.

Investigations
Michael Framé
The Framé Group
925-837-8309

Michael F. Framé received his formal investigative training from the United States Department of Justice (FBI), the United States Secret Service, IRS, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) while serving as an undercover narcotics investigator assigned to the Vice Crimes Division of the Oakland Police Department. This training included asset identification and discovery, money laundering, fraud, financial crimes, business intelligence, organized and white-collar crime, narcotics processing, sales, possession, and influence. 

IT
Anthony Regina
Bay Area IT Solutions. Inc.
707-361-4454

After more than 25 years, Anthony Regina has continued to advance his knowledge in security tools and solutions in the IT world. He became a nerd when his family bought the first home computer and that is what he has been doing ever since. Cyber Security is not an option anymore in the modern business world. We focus on providing the best security solutions to our clients to make sure they are protected. In this modern day, nobody is exempt from Cyber Threats, so we study the latest threats and security solutions to make sure you get the best, in a multi-layered solution. Anthony is constantly in classes and conferences to make sure we can provide you the best solutions. Visit: https://bayareaitsolutions.com to learn more of how we protect you. 

Jeweler
Steve Padis
Steve Padis Jewelry
415-626-8288

Steve and Judy Padis own and operate Padis Jewelry, which has four locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. They founded the company in 1974 and are proud to have earned a reputation as one of the finest jewelers in San Francisco, serving generations of clients for their most precious moments in life, from engagement to anniversary to milestone gifts. Padis Jewelry maintains top-tier relationships with the most sought-after designers including Tacori, Forevermark, Verragio, Breitling, Tag Heuer, and Roberto Coin. As members of the American Gem Society, Padis is among the top 5% of jewelers across the country.

Landscaping Construction Design-Build
Emmanuel Gomez
Native Soil Inc.
510-332-9048

Emmanuel Gomez has a degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and has been installing landscape since he was 12 years old. He is very passionate about Sustainable Landscape Practices and has worked for many years at perfecting his craft. Native Soil has been in business since 2015 and we have installed many Landscapes for High End Residential Homes, Schools, and Parks around the East Bay. 

Mortgage
W. Todd Galde
CrossCountry Mortgage LLC
925-854-5238

After more than 20 years, Todd Galde has mastered the process of helping borrowers with different income sources, matching the correct loan to their unique circumstances. We teach and advise, then we customize. A Direct Lender, Team Galde offers solutions with competitive rates and financing programs that give you more qualifying options, including the unique NINE Loan for owner-occupied purchase or refinance. Learn more at www.The9Loan.com. 

Pool Service
Jon Lubrano
Atlantis Pools
925-736-0447

Atlantis Pools Inc. is a family owned business that has been serving Contra Costa County for over 25 years. From pool repair, maintenance needs, remodels and updates, no job is too big or small for us. We take pride in the high quality service we give to each customer.

Real Estate
Emiliana Flemate Baker
Emiliana Flemate Baker
408-718-4381

Emiliana Flemate Baker is a Luxury Real Estate Professional with over 28 years of experience in the Bay Area. Our team focuses on providing a high level of service to others during one of the most exciting and stressful times in one’s life; buying or selling a home. We strive to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible. With global outreach and expertise in the industry, we are like a secret weapon! 

Residential Bridge Loans
Cesar Peña
Rubicon Mortgage Fund, LLC
925-239-6609

Cesar has been with Rubicon Mortgage Fund, LLC since 2013. Currently V.P. Director of Sales, Cesar is responsible for overseeing Rubicon’s loan originators and placing non-conventional financing for his clients throughout California. 

Cesar received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from Cal State East Bay, Hayward, CA, focusing in Finance and Real Estate Management. Cesar serves on numerous real estate organizations located in the Bay Area. CA BRE #01984871. 

Soloist & Private Voice Lessons
Elizabeth Hunter Ashley
Elizabeth Hunter Ashley, The Performance Studio
925-548-2694

Professional lyric coloratura soprano, Elizabeth has extensive experience as a soloist in oratorio, concert, musical theatre, sacred music, and new music.  She performs nationally and internationally with renown conductors, orchestras, composers, international communities, and holds a myriad of national credits including MM degree. As the proprietor of her vocal music studio, she has taught 300+ private students from youth to mature adults offering them a sustainable vocal technique, bi-annual voice recitals which include philanthropic fundraisers, music connections in the community, performance preparation for high school top choirs, vocal competitions, college prep. recordings, pageant training.  Elizabeth is a member of NATS, CCMTAC, an adjudicator for CMEA, and NATS.

Tree Service
Trex Donovan
Buena Vista Tree Service
415- 531-1247

Buena Vista Tree Service is committed to preserving our urban forests and environment. They recycle 100% of our green waste into a reusable landscaping product. Trex safely and efficiently handles all types of tree emergencies 24 hours a day to eliminate tree risks to people and property and significantly reduce your liability exposure.

Wealth Advisor
Phil Kang, CExPTM and Henry Chau, CPWA
WestPac Wealth Partners
925-350-6588

Uniquely positioned to offer our clients access to one of the most comprehensive financial product platforms available today, Westpac envisions and enhances our clients’ goals by designing a customized strategy and creating a life map to achieve and protect their wealth.