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Super Men

Local Men Who Are Making our World a Better Place

Seth R. Teigen, FACHE

Seth Teigen’s healthcare career began at age 14 and today he’s chief executive of Providence Mission Hospital overseeing all aspects at the Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach hospitals and Providence Mission’s associations.

Teigen is proud of his alma mater, The University of Wisconsin, as evidenced by the vast collection of Badger memorabilia in his office. He says it’s a daily reminder of, “that time in my life, my alma mater, and the importance of our work.” A passionate and humble leader, Teigen came up through the ranks washing dishes at his hometown hospital then providing patient care followed by leadership positions in virtually every department of the hospital. 

He reflects on this past year and jokes he would not have picked a global pandemic as a team-building exercise, although in many ways it turned out to be one. “I was blessed with an experienced senior leadership team and an incredibly engaged medical staff. I believe the Mission Hospital team feels a deeper connection to one another and I’m humbled to be in their presence every day; they are my heroes.”

While Seth takes immense pride in his work, his greatest accomplishment is family. He and his wife, Nicole, have two young boys who share his passion for golf and of course Wisconsin Badger sports!

LaVal Brewer

Meet ‘Super Man’ LaVal Brewer. Well-versed in all areas of nonprofit leadership, LaVal is the president & CEO of South County Outreach, whose mission is to prevent hunger and homelessness by helping people help themselves. LaVal grew up in South Los Angeles as part of a middle-class family and a part-time summer job at Culver City Parks & Recreation Department provided the initial spark for nonprofit work.

Over the past 32 years, SCO grew from a food pantry aiding a few families in need to a multi-service provider of food, housing, rental and utility assistance, homeless prevention coaching and counseling, and computer skills training.  In his first year at the helm of SCE, Brewer transformed the organization’s Food Pantry into a grocery store experience with options for nutritious and healthy food. In March, the nonprofit’s fundraising enterprise, Upscale Resale, went through a major transformation at their new location in Laguna Hills, raising money through sales of donated items (clothes, home goods, and furniture).

Brewer is an Elder at the Presbyterian Church of the Master in Mission Viejo where he resides with his wife and three daughters, who provide him with inspiration every day.

Andrew Buchanan

Former US Navy Seal Andrew Buchanan proudly calls Laguna Niguel home where he resides with his wife and two young sons. As a Navy Seal, he honorably served for 10-years (1990-2000), where he was a combat-decorated veteran with multiple deployments covering European, Middle Eastern, African & Caribbean theatres. In 1997, he was selected to brief the Secretary of State, select members of Congress, and Chairman-Joint Chiefs of Staff on classified Special Operations combat missions.

More recently, Andrew has worked in the financial services industry at investment banks Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and most recently as a Managing Regional Director at Natixis Investment Managers, a global asset management firm. He finds time for a variety of charitable efforts including serving on the board of Special Operations Support Foundation and supports Warrior National Foundation, Navy SEAL Foundation, The Honor Foundation, and Tunnel to Towers which helps families of first responders.

One of his great passions is baseball and he volunteers his time as a coach, mentor, and board member helping to fundraise for Dana Point Youth Baseball - the county’s largest children’s nonprofit sports league. A dedicated husband and father, Buchanan is an avid golfer, enjoys weight training, skiing, and engaging in competitive athletic events.

Trevor Baird

In 1984, Trevor Baird’s family moved to the new community of Laguna Niguel, a city he still calls home. Husband and father to two young boys, he’s the namesake of the popular San Juan Capistrano eatery, Trevor’s at the Tracks.  

With the motto, “Locally Acquired/Globally Inspired,” Trevor’s opened in early 2017 in a building with a rich history. Built in 1894, as a train depot, it’s one of the first examples of Mission Revival architecture with deep arcades, a corner domed tower, and a red Spanish roof. Trevor was in hospitality for over two decades and managed the former Sarducci’s Restaurant Depot before renovating the space with tremendous family support while paying great homage to its history.

Trevor’s features a front garden, a small Trackside Café, a large outdoor patio bar, and unique spaces for special events. He recalls some rough times during the pandemic but feels fortunate to have weathered the storm that in fact created opportunities for smarter operations.

An avid surfer, Trevor’s is environmentally conscious and certified “Ocean-Friendly” by the Surfrider Foundation. As for the cuisine, “We aspire to be an all-scratch kitchen and use local ingredients whenever possible. We don’t do these things because they are trendy - we do them because it’s the right thing to do.”

Cecil Spearman

Cecil Spearman is a Duke graduate where he played varsity tennis and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He served in the Marines after Duke and was an FMF Artillery Officer. He later worked at a resort hotel on the Mississippi gulf coast as a head tennis pro and assistant manager. In 1956, Cecil became friends with Elvis, on his rise to becoming the King!

Cecil met his wife Jean in 1960 and they have been married 60 years. He has three outstanding sons, nine amazing grandkids, two step-grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

He started his business career in sales and rose to vice president in 10 years. He and his boss started his first racquet club in 1971. After becoming president of a struggling public company in California, he successfully turned the business around; and profits from stock options allowed Cecil to acquire Laguna Niguel Racquet Club in 1983. He bought and sold many clubs since then, and now owns and operates three very successful clubs in Orange County: the Laguna Niguel Racquet Club, the Tennis Club at Monarch Beach, and the Racquet Club of Irvine. As you might expect, Cecil has never regretted leaving his career in Corporate America!

Rischi Paul Sharma

Laguna Niguel resident, and City Council Member, Rischi Paul Sharma, is an active member of our community. As a Certified Financial PlannerTM and a Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistTM, he has a forward-thinking mindset. Rischi moved to California in 1996 from a small farming town in Indiana where he spent nearly two decades working on the family farm. Now happily married—and the proud father of four children—Rischi is a highly visible part of our community. He is owner and CEO of Assembly Pointe Financial and enjoys the work-hard, play-hard, lifestyle. In addition to serving on the City Council, Rischi is co-chair of the City’s Investment, Banking, and Audit Committee, as well as the Military Support Committee. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and the Elks, Rotary, and Lions Clubs. “I would not be who I am but for my family and those who have trusted me along the way,” says Rischi. “Now it’s my turn to give back.”