Know Your Peers - The Alternative Board San Mateo County

We asked our members to share with us their life story including people and experiences that have influenced their personal and business philosophies. Following are stories as told by them.

Martin Simenc: Home Safety Services

We asked Martin Simenc at Home Security Services to share with us his life story including people and experiences that have influenced his personal and business philosophies. We also asked him to answer some fun questions. Following are excerpts from that interview.

 

Business Owner Name: Martin Simenc

Business Name: Home Safety Services

Business Location:  Foster City, CA

What was your childhood like?  

I am the youngest of five children.  My parents emigrated from Europe (Slovenia) following WWII and arrived here with nothing.  They successfully raised and educated their children and provided a loving and supportive environment and modelled a caring, spiritual and courageous life.  My parents had many friends that were older than they were and spent a lot of time corresponding with and supporting them as they aged.  I learned to respect and value older persons and grew to find that I got a great sense of satisfaction by helping them.  No doubt those experiences as a child influenced the development of our business.

Peggy Martin: Partner/Wealth Manager, The Family Wealth Consulting Group

We asked Peggy Martin at The Family Wealth Consulting Group to share with us her life story including people and experiences that have influenced her personal and business philosophies. We also asked her to answer some fun questions. Following are excerpts from that interview.

Business Owner Name: Peggy D. Martin

Business Name: The Family Wealth Consulting Group

Legacy Planning Across Generations™

Business Location:  San Jose, CA and Morgan Hill, CA

 

What was your childhood like?  

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For most of my growing up years, I lived and went to school in Novato – from third grade through Junior College.  Novato is/was a bedroom community of San Francisco and has/had aspects of both a large and small community.  I liked the small community best, believing that I made a difference.  As an adult, I looked for that small community environment.  I now live in Morgan Hill and love being a community participant.

Holly Devito: CEO, Sum of All Numbers

We asked Holly DeVito, Owner of Sum of All Numbers to share with us her life story including people and experiences that have influenced her personal and business philosophies. We also asked her to answer some fun questions. Following are excerpts from that interview.

Business Owner Name: Holly DeVito

Business Name:Sum of All Numbers

Business Location:  Fremont, CA - Serving the greater Bay Area and Sacramento

 

What was your childhood like?

 I grew up on a 600 acre dairy farm in Northern Utah. It was just how you picture farm life. Lots of work, playing outdoors, no TV, rescuing abandoned kittens.

Ron Chauvel: Managing Partner, Chauvel & Glatt LLP

We asked Ron Chauvel, Partner at Chauvel & Glatt to share with us his life story including people and experiences that have influenced his personal and business philosophies. We also asked him to answer some fun questions. Following are excerpts from that interview.

Business Owner Name: Ron Chauvel

Business Partner: April Glatt

Business Name: Chauvel & Glatt, LLP

Business Location:  San Mateo, CA

 

What are some significant experiences in your life, and explain what effects they have had on you?

My childhood was pretty good. Grew up in Palo Alto.  Good neighborhood.  Great parents and sister. My parents both worked.  My mother is a musician and still teaches at Stanford.  My Dad worked for Kraft Foods his whole life as a personnel manager in their SF office. Many good class mates all the way through High School. 

Alex Vaysberg: President, All Industrial Electric Supply (AIES)

We asked Alex Vaysberg, President of All Industrial Electric Supply (AIES) to share his life story including people and experiences that have influenced his personal and business philosophies. We also asked him to answer some fun questions. Following are excerpts from that interview.

Business Owner: Alex Vaysberg

Business Name: All Industrial Electric Supply Inc.

Business Location: Burlingame, CA

 

Who or what influenced the direction of your life, and when?

My grandfather and father influenced the direction of my life at a very young age.

Ramon Canova

Marque Foods, Inc.

I initially joined TAB to learn how to better deal with ‘me.’ I perceived myself as a primary obstacle to growth. With TAB, I got plenty of ideas on how to view myself and the business differently and this has definitely improved my business. I learned that my business plan is a living document and track it periodically using the monthly progress report. In short, TAB has helped me design business processes that are more systematic, efficient and get results.

Carla Kell-Smith

C Kell-Smith & Associates

Being in business for the last 25 years and then joining my TAB board, I’ve seen such an improvement in my management style and effectiveness. TAB is a great resource for me, the information and the experience with small businesses as well as the insights shared.

Martin Simenc

Home Safety Services

For us, it’s all about generating clients. And how we’ve gone about generating those clients with the help of TAB has really been key to our ongoing success. I knew that I needed a sounding board, needed some outside expertise. And that’s exactly what TAB brings to the table. And it also holds my feet to the fire and keeps me accountable.Kalar is a patient and inquisitive listener who seeks a thorough understanding of the root origins and causes of issues before collaborating on potential solutions. He also helps me to consider "out of the box" type solutions and opportunities that invariably expand my thinking. With his help and guidance, we have resolved numerous tactical and strategic issues and positioned our company for significant growth.

Alex Vaysberg

All Industrial Supply, Inc.

TAB helps you recognize that pretty much everybody has the same type of issues with their business. It clears your head and it re-energizes you. When I leave a tab board meeting I’m re-energized to conquer not only that day, but the next year. TAB helps us focus on ourselves and the other TAB members…the answer is sometimes written on your forehead and you just need a mirror to be able to read that answer.

Adam Messner

Live Wire Supply

Being a CEO can be lonely at times. You’re looking for places to get ideas, other people to speak with to solve problems; this is the perfect place to do that...there is a good exchange of ideas and experience for growing your business and solving problems.