Celebrating Men in Business

Top quality products and customer service pave the way for success in business. These featured businesses are helmed by men who lead by example to provide the best services and products, creating long-term, happy customers.

Bryan and Larry Gold

Aldik Home

Reimagine your outdoor space with Aldik Home’s stunning selection of Summer Classics outdoor furniture. The line is meticulously crafted from premium materials using both age-old building methods and state-of-the-art finishing processes to ensure the furniture will last for years to come. Not only is this furniture stylish and sophisticated, but you simply will not find more comfortable outdoor furniture. Experience the Summer Classics difference in person at one of L.A.’s most beautiful stores—there’s no place like Aldik Home! 818.988.5970 | 

Ramon Simental

Amores Tequila Grill & Bar

Amores proudly presents a variety of delicious dishes from Mexico. With 27 years of experience working together to bring you the most delicious dishes you will ever taste, Amores offers a wide selection of mouthwatering Mexican food for the whole family. 818.318.1365 |

Tim Murphy

Angelus Paving Stones

Beautify any outdoor area with Angelus Paving Stones, an industry favorite since 1946 for concrete paving stones and decorative retaining wall blocks for municipal, commercial and residential projects. The family owned business’ dedication to quality and service has fueled the company’s growth for the past 70+ years, catapulting it to become the largest dry cast concrete manufacturing capacity facility in California. Servicing, selling and distributing to contractors and dealer networks throughout Southern California, Angelus stocks a wide range of products, including the popular Paseo and Pavilion large format pavers for patio and pool decks, as well as plank-style Aqualina and Timberline pavers. 805.485.1137 | &

Matt Trouts

Athens Service

Founded in 1957 on the simple principle of providing excellent service at the most value, Athens collaborates with more than 32 communities to provide waste, recycling and organic waste collection, as well as street sweeping and recyclable material processing. 805.852.5264 |

Justin Kopicki

Cal CustomScapes

Cal CustomScapes specializes in the design and construction of architecturally inspired hardscapes, planters, water features, grill enclosures, firepits and low-voltage LED landscape lighting systems.

Justin enjoys working with clients to create outdoor features as unique as their homes and personal tastes: “No two projects are ever the same, allowing for limitless opportunities in creative input and design.” 818.369.9500 |

James McPherson, MD

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County

Specializing in early diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of heart, lung and vascular disease, Medical Director James McPherson performs all aspects of adult cardiothoracic surgery, including minimally invasive surgical treatments for lung cancer, open heart surgery including coronary artery bypass graft surgery, aortic and mitral valve surgery, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Dr. McPherson is also skilled in traditional and minimally-invasive surgical approaches, including robotic-assisted surgery for more precise results, less tissue damage and faster recovery times. 805.988.2033 | 323.480.0275 |

Scott Berry

Cellar Masters

Creating custom-built wine cellars and features in homes and businesses throughout the Greater Southern California area for more than 30 years, Cellar Masters specializes in the design, construction and installation of climate-controlled wine cellars and wine storage solutions. Scott takes pride in designing unique wine cellars, from traditional to modern styles, for those who share a passion for wine to safely store and showcase their wine—be it 100 bottles or 10,000 bottle collections. 

“You gotta like what you do,” says Scott. “I get to meet a ton of interesting people that have a shared passion for wine; I tell people all the time, when I go out and on sales calls, ‘I’m not selling anything—I’m guiding and consulting people to achieve their dream of a wine cellar.’” 805.375.5040 |

Aaron Wiggins

Device Pit Stop

Device Pit Stop is your one-stop shop for all tech repairs, upgrades and recycling.

“I love that I can help serve the city of Thousand Oaks by offering both repairs and affordable phones, tablets and computers to our community. Because we refurbish too, we are also helping to recycle these devices,” says Aaron, who credits perseverance and family support for his success in business.

“It took about two years to get my shop off the ground, after an unexpected change in my employment. Sometimes it seemed impossible, but I stayed positive and focused on my long-term goal. I owe my success to believing that it could be done and to my family for supporting me.” 805.241.0441 |

David Dorenfeld

Dorenfeld Law

Whether you have a legal question or are facing a serious case, partner with an experienced and honest attorney at Dorenfeld Law to discover the right answers and solutions. Serving a wide-ranging clientele in the areas of business law, real estate and insurance law for more than 30 years, Dorenfeld Law takes pride in practicing law with integrity, building relationships and solving problems. 888.678.5933 |

Philip Shindler, DDS

Agoura Hills Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Everyone deserves an A-list smile! Offering a full range of dental and cosmetic services for the whole family, Dr. Shindler is a trusted local dentist with a reputation for excellence. He and his caring team of experienced, skilled dental professionals take pride in creating beautiful and healthy smiles for all ages. Expect compassionate, expert care provided in a comfortable, welcoming dental office employing the latest state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technology. The entire staff makes it their mission to ensure each patient’s visit is as pain- and anxiety-free as possible. 805.495.0187 |

Alan Duben, DC

Duben Holistic Chiropractic Center

Offering a combination of holistic therapies to reduce and control pain, Doctors Duben and Erickson aim to help patients understand what is causing their symptoms and address the root issue(s). Focusing on the three main influences on the body—structure, nutrition and emotions—they help patients make adjustments, such as eliminating foods that increase inflammation and uncovering emotional imbalances to begin the healing process. 805.494.1339 | 

Aldo Trejo

Exclusive Auto Shop

A designated 3M pro shop offering quality products and services for custom window tinting, car wraps, paint protection and paint correction, Exclusive Auto Shop also offers powder coating and ceramic coating, gloss and satin vinyl wraps, and more. Plus, they make house calls too, transforming regular home windows into energy-efficient windows using 3M™ Thinsulate™ Climate Control Window Film to insulate windows from the weather. Tinting home windows can lead to energy savings for families too, says Aldo, who runs the business with his wife and business partner, Arletty.

“We’re truly a small, family business,” Arletty says. “Even our girls—ages 5 and 7—love to help out around the shop.” 805.917.2036 |

Dustin Wilson  

Grabbagreen Thousand Oaks

Grabbagreen® is a quick service restaurant where great tasting, healthy food meets the speed and convenience of traditional fast food. With a menu full of fresh ingredients and whole foods and a mission to “create a happy, healthy experience that makes you want to come back,” Grabbagreen promotes a healthy lifestyle. Known for their fresh-pressed juice, handcrafted smoothies and house-made sauces, Grabbagreen uses whole foods, locally-sourced whenever possible; responsibly sourced proteins and farm fresh superfoods; and recycled boxes and napkins. 805.418.5959 |

Dwight Brown

Home Helpers Thousand Oaks

MAKING LIFE EASIER®, trusted caregivers provide seniors and families with exceptional in-home care, assisting with a variety of tasks, from preparing meals and running errands to bathing/dressing, visiting, light housekeeping and transportation. Serving the local communities of Conejo Valley and Ventura County for more than 12 years, Home Helpers strives to provide the highest quality caregivers. They are licensed and insured, and their caring staff is available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“We treat every client as if they were a member of our own family,” says Dwight. 805.777.8111 | 

Ray Stuehrmann

Law Offices of Raymond Stuehrmann

The Law Office of Raymond L. Stuehrmann is an experienced and dedicated firm with a focus on helping clients address all aspects of estate planning. With a reputation for thoroughness and providing practical solutions to avoid contention in estate administration, Ray takes the time to ask in-depth questions and ensure he understands a client’s needs before recommending a course of action. 805.230.1288 |

Greg Barnett

Nabu Wines

Featuring a wide selection of handcrafted wines from Napa Valley and local Malibu Coast wineries, Nabu Wines was voted Best Wine Tasting in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Daily News 2020 Readers Choice Awards. Make a reservation for weekend wine tastings from 12 to 5 p.m., often accompanied by live music. 805.778.1100 |

Jordan Klempner

The Original Pizza Cookery

The Original Pizza Cookery has been serving up delicious pizzas, pastas, salads and warm homemade garlic cheese bread to happy customers since 1975. Founded by Jordan with the goal to “serve the best tasting pizza in town in the friendliest of environments,” the pizzeria features an open-view kitchen, sawdust floors, warm homemade garlic cheese rolls, enormous serving sizes and a friendly wait staff—many who have been there for over 15 years.

"Everybody comes in through the front door and it's just like they're coming into my own living room," says Jordan. 818.887.4770 |

Steven Kim

Silver Oaks Cleaners

Established in 1982, Silver Oaks Cleaners specializes in clean and gentle dry cleaning services and alterations. The family run Westlake Village business provides diligent dry cleaning, tailoring and laundry for a great price.

“Come by and let us help you with your dry cleaning and tailoring needs!” invites Steven. 805.496.1900

David Stowell

Stowell Learning Center

Helping children and adults permanently change dyslexia and other learning and attention challenges by addressing the underlying, lagging processing/learning skills at the root of the problem so that students can reach their potential and thrive in school, Stowell Learning Center has helped hundreds of students stop struggling and love learning. 805.601.6633 |

Steven Eisenberg

The Drapery Guy

For quality drapes, blinds, valences and roman shades for the home, The Drapery Guy is your go-to locale. From Hunter Douglas duettes, silhouettes, pirouettes or vignettes for redecorating to blind repair, The Drapery Guy offers the knowledge and expertise customers appreciate. Their extraordinary selection of custom blinds, drapes and shades, as well as bedding and faux iron at reasonable prices make them an area favorite. The friendly, professional staff is happy to answer questions and help customers select the best products for their needs—they even offer home design services for a full-service experience. 818.707.8500 | The

Paul Trent

The Sofa Guy

“Inspire, design, build,” invites The Sofa Guy, a family owned design firm and furniture store where clients can create custom sofas, sectionals, chairs, ottomans, beds and more. With the mission to provide a long-lasting, extraordinary experience in a warm, friendly and knowledgeable environment, The Sofa Guy collaborates with clients to create custom furniture and provide design consultations, including fabric selection, spacing and style design. Find couture fabrics for custom pillows, bedding and draperies; reupholster furniture and cushions; and shop a wide selection of rugs, lighting and accessories at The Sofa Guy. 805.497.3222 |

Brad Kinder

The Folding Door Store

From your imagination to installation, The Folding Door Store can make your dream home a reality. With over 30 years of construction experience, Brad and his team of design consultants believe quality is paramount. Door selection may seem relatively straightforward, but the details of construction and function can be the difference between a subpar and stellar user experience. This insight inspired Brad, a builder and general contractor, to start a company and set to work.

“I travelled all over the country, met with owners, toured manufacturing facilities and brought only the best folding and sliding doors back to the showroom,” says Brad. The result was more than eight brands offering a range of prices and styles. The Folding Door Store is the best choice to help you seamlessly bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home. 949.333.3711 |

Max Moncayo, DDS

Palisades Surgical Arts

Dr. Max Moncayo is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and board-certified dental anesthesiologist. He specializes in oral surgery, dental implants, tooth extraction, bone grafting, and gum surgery. Additionally, Dr. Max is extensively trained in craniofacial trauma and all aspects of head and neck reconstruction. He is also the only oral and maxillofacial surgeon with a full-time office in the Palisades. He graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry, where he teaches residents, and he completed his medical/surgical training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. 

Dr. Max and wife, Dr. Cerisa Moncayo of The Palisades Dentists, enjoy working side by side in their "sister" practices in the Palisades, where they combine truly personalized and compassionate care with cutting-edge dental technology. 310.459.0014 |

P. Darius Raulinaitis 

Lake Avenue Group at Morgan Stanley

P. Darius and his Lake Avenue Group at Morgan Stanley team offer total wealth management and financial planning for individuals, families and small business owners. 805.494.0236 |

Tom Malinowski

Thousand Oaks Fireside and Design

A far cry from the traditional “mom-and-pop” fireplace hearth stores, Thousand Oaks Fireside features modern displays of efficient gas fireplaces, dynamic and useful retrofit options for existing fireplaces and dazzling electric fireplaces by featured brands, including Heat and Glo, Heatilator, Twin Eagles/Delta Heat Grills, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, Luxor Outdoor Kitchen Products, Kamado Joe Ceramic Grills, The Outdoor Plus Fire Pits, Infratech, SunPak and more. The locale also sells stone and wood mantels, custom-built outdoor kitchen islands complete with the latest grilling equipment, pizza ovens, outdoor heating solutions, fire pits and an extensive selection of mailbox options. Visit their showroom for inspiring backyard options.

805.496.6660 |

M. Asif Taqi, MD

Vascular Neurology SoCal

Dr. Asif Taqi is a triple board-certified interventional and stroke neurologist with a background in neuroendovascular surgery, vascular neurology and neurocritical care. He has been treating brain aneurysms for more than a decade and has worked on the front lines to advance brain aneurysm treatments. Dr. Taqi has also conducted several clinical trials and published numerous scientific papers on brain aneurysms. 

805.242.2884 |

Robert Lopez

Ventura County Solar Energy Groupe

Providing turnkey residential solar energy consultation services, minus the upfront costs, Ventura County Solar Energy Groupe aims to help consumers gain control of their energy future. Driven to help homeowners “find a better way to consume, own and generate their own power,” Robert enjoys teaching others about solar power.

“We want our customers to know that we are here to educate, not so much to just simply get more homeowners to go solar,” says Robert. “We believe in what we are doing so much that if we know solar isn’t going to help them save money or tremendously benefit them, we will be the first ones to tell them.” Ask about their special offer for CVL readers. 805.990.6888 |

Stephen Meli 

Westlake Private Wealth Management

Westlake Private Wealth Management was founded to break free from the traditional
Wall Street model and build an independent practice focused on objective advice,
personalized service and full transparency. The boutique wealth advisory practice offers investment guidance, financial advice and coaching and investment management to select high net worth individuals, multi-generational families, entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the U.S.

“Our purpose is to build intimate and meaningful relationships with clients who consider us their most trusted financial advocates.” 818.436.6801 |

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