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.

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.

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! 

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. 

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.

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! 

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.