The Carlsbad Chamber Podcast is a podcast dedicated to connecting San Diego North County leaders in business, education and civic engagement. Join us every week as we talk with people dedicated to all aspects of our quality of life and are dedicated to leaving a lasting impact.
Ep. 100 Carlton Lund: Co-Founder of Lund Team Real Estate Firm
A licensed Broker since 1980, Carlton is the backbone of the team. Carlton leads negotiation, strategic planning, and the team's promotion community service projects. These special projects have created community goodwill in the areas the team services and are a part of The Lund Team’s phenomenal success. He is a nationally recognized expert on Value Range Marketing and has consistently been one of North San Diego County’s top-producing real estate brokers.
MOST RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
City of Carlsbad Citizen Of The Year - 2007 Consistently ranks Top 10 for properties sold in San Diego County Participated in over $2 Billion in residential real estate transactions Prudential’s Chairmen’s Circle Award Recipient (top 100 of 50,000 agents nationally) 1992-2007 Chair-Elect for the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
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Office Phone Number: (760) 438-0800
Ep. 099 Stephanie San Antonio: Founder & President of SSA Insurance Services
Stephanie founded SSA Insurance Services in June 2013 with a passion and goal of elevating the benefits experience for employers and their team members. She brings over 20 years of experience in the industry to her clients, including starting and growing the benefits division of a financial planning firm for 10 years prior to starting her own firm. Stephanie served on the board of directors for her local insurance association and is currently vice chair for the San Diego Employer’s Association, an HR organization providing HR support to businesses in San Diego County. In addition, she sits on the board of directors for the Carlsbad Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization that contributes to the enrichment of nearly 11,000 students in the Carlsbad Unified School District. With degrees in Economics and Sociology from UC San Diego, and many credentials in the health insurance industry, she brings a passion for learning and education to the table, which come across in her consultative approach in working with employers on their benefits strategy.
Her free time is spent playing beach volleyball at sunrise, playing sports with her 2 boys, or making memories traveling as a family to unique spots all over the world.
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Ep. 098 Sharla Fagan: Owner/Founder Of Shear Karma
Sharla has been in the salon industry for almost 30 years, a Certified Emotional Intelligence Life Coach and Soul Healer. Her purpose is to help others with their self-love, love for others, inner strength, and giving gratitude to everything they are and experience in life. She teaches mindfulness practices, meditation techniques, and the importance of using non-toxic products to take care of the health of the earth and body.
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Ep. 097 Kevin Sharrar: From Kevin Sharrar Realtor - Sharrar Builds Community
Kevin is a seasoned professional with over 11 years of experience in the residential real estate industry. Throughout his career, he has assisted numerous individuals in buying and selling properties, earning a reputation for his expertise and exceptional service. With a background in architecture, residential development, and executive leadership, Kevin possesses a well-rounded skill set that he utilizes to benefit his clients.
Kevin is a person of faith who finds fulfillment in various aspects of his life. He and his wife, Tracy, are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year! Together, they have raised two adult children. Brayden, who resides in Pasadena, has found his passion in the music industry, while Savanna, based in Oceanside, thrives in the commercial property management sector.
Kevin embodies his core value of service by actively contributing to his community. He volunteers his time and resources to local charitable foundations, recognizing the importance of giving back. Additionally, he is an active member of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, actively participating to foster growth and collaboration among its members.
Drawing inspiration from Winston Churchill's philosophy that "we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give," Kevin wholeheartedly embraces the idea of a purposeful and meaningful life. He is a firm believer in the power of education and constantly seeks to expand his knowledge by collaborating with his peers, attending conferences and reading as much as possible.
In his leisure time, Kevin’s “happy place” is in the kitchen, where he channels his creativity into preparing delicious plant-based meals for friends and family. He also enjoys indulging in his passion for music by listening to his vinyl records.
From Kevin's point of view...It's a good life!
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096 Olivia Rutman: From Banker to Childcare Innovator - The KidsCareFinder Story
There's a certain magic in finding silver linings amidst trying times, isn't there? That's exactly what our guest, Olivia Rutman, found during her journey navigating from a banking career while being an expectant mom, to founding an innovative platform for parents - KidsCareFinder. Reflecting on her own struggles to secure reliable childcare for her three boys, Olivia's story is a testament to the power of turning personal frustrations into purposeful solutions.
Olivia's brainchild, KidsCareFinder, is an exciting disruptor in the childcare industry, and we delve into the nuts and bolts of how it works. This all-in-one platform allows parents to connect with local communities for nanny sharing options. Plus, for that added peace of mind, background checks are available for unlicensed providers. Olivia also shares about the site’s potential to provide a specialized platform to find programs like special needs programs, parent and me classes, and vacation Bible schools.
Finally, we examine the upcoming launch of KidsCareFinder and its potential to not only connect families with childcare providers but continue to expand its offerings. Olivia unveils that the soft launch will include categories such as preschool, daycare center and home daycare, and private school, with future plans for babysitter, nanny, and nanny share options. Looking for the future of childcare? We’ve got you covered in this episode with the dynamic Olivia Rutman.
Let’s Get Social! Website: https://www.kidscarefinder.com
095: Meet Ashley Hawkins - Director of Childcare at Bitchin' Sauce
Join us as we chat with Ashley Hawkins, Director of Childcare at Bitchin’ Sauce. Discover Ashley's fascinating journey, from her internship at MSNBC to managing childcare at Bitchin’ Sauce, along with her deep-rooted passion for early childhood education. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the rise of Bitchin’ Sauce, from a farmer’s market cult favorite to a nationwide sensation. Hear Ashley's insight on their delicious vegan, gluten-free, and keto-friendly almond-based dips, including the much-anticipated Hatch Chili flavor.
In the second half of our conversation, Ashley shares about Bitchin’ Sauce's commitment to their community through their Volunteer Time Off program and partnerships with over 65 nonprofits. Learn about the unique benefits at Bitchin’ Sauce, including the Bitchin’ Beach Club, a space for team activities and events, and their robust sampling program. If you're looking for a new opportunity, don't miss Ashley's announcement about job openings at Bitchin’ Sauce. Listen in to learn how to join the team spreading the 'bitchin’ addiction' and make a positive impact in your community.
Let’s Get Social! Website: http://bitchinsauce.com/
Bitchin Sauce on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bitchin-sauce/
Ashley on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-hawkins-554ab3143/
Produced by Imagine Podcasting, https://www.imaginepodcasting.com/
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