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Businesses win awards for advice

Posted: October 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Three Santa Clarita businesses won a Valley’s Trusted Advisor award Wednesday from the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

The awards were given at an event honoring the professional achievements of attorneys, business bankers, CPAs and insurance professionals.

The publication honored individuals who actively serve their clients as the primary client interface, SFVBJ Publisher and President Pegi Matsuda said.

More than 120 professionals were nominated in the four categories and local business owners took home the award in three of them. Five professionals were awarded in each category.

Carl Kanowsky of Kanowsky and Associates was awarded Trusted Advisor in the legal profession, from 36 nominees.

“People told me I’d been nominated,” Kanowsky said. “I’m really gratified about that. It’s a really nice way of them saying that they appreciate what I do for them.”

Attorneys nominated had to have at least $500,000 in annual billings. The group of legal professionals was acknowledged by Matsuda for employing more than 750 people in their firms.

Their firms are billing $146 million, and each attorney nominee an average of $1.8 million, annually, she said.

CPAs nominated for an award had to actively manage annual client billings of at least $1 million. Gary E. Condie, of Condie and Wood in Valencia, walked away with a Trusted Advisor award. His firm opened in 1976.

“What a big honor, what an award, what a nice surprise,” Condie said, one of 34 nominees.

The CPA firms employ 1,200 workers and bill $373 million annually, with nominees billing $63 million of that or an average of $1.85 million per nominee.

Mitzi Like of LBW Insurance & Financial Services won the Trusted Advisor award from a pool of 34 insurance professionals.

“I was very surprised and honored,” Like said. “But I was most excited about three businesses in Santa Clarita being awarded and noticed in the San Fernando Valley.”

Insurance nominees had to have an annual premium threshold of $2.5 million, and Matsuda told the attendees the professionals’ firms in this category employ nearly 25,000 workers and write more than $1 billion in annual premiums, with the nominees writing more than $180 million in annual premiums, Matsuda said.


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