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Advancing Survival Systems

October 26, 2015

Mark Beatty, George Beatty, and Colin Hooper

As its name suggests, Survival Systems International (SSI) is in the business of saving lives. The company’s flagship product, a high-performance lifeboat capsule designed specifically for workers on offshore rigs and platforms, has been used in more than 60 emergency evacuations, safely rescuing more than 2,000 people. “Those numbers are unparalleled in the industry,” said… Read more »

Advancing Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery

September 21, 2015


Dr. Paul Chasan is not your ordinary physician. The well-known Southern California plastic surgeon is also a savvy business man, keeping busy with his practice—Ranch and Coast Plastic Surgery—while owning the state-of-the-art building he and other tenants occupy. Located in the affluent city of Del Mar, just a few miles away from Plaza Bank’s new… Read more »


September 15, 2015


Kimberly Caccavo and Kate Nowlan came up with their business idea while on a jog a few years back, and they literally have been running with it ever since. The result is a successful women’s athletic apparel company that continues to expand its brand and retail presence around the globe. “We talked about how our… Read more »

Advancing VERYS

March 13, 2015

L-R: Mike Zerkel, Ben Buskey, and Chris Antonius

Chris Antonius and Mike Zerkel were looking for a change. Both highly accomplished professionals for a leading global IT services company, each was logging more than 200 days of travel annually—rigorous schedules that began to take a toll on their professional and personal lives. “Though we held different positions at our prior company, Chris and… Read more »

Advancing Communities in Schools of Nevada

January 21, 2015


There’s something special happening in Nevada these days, and Plaza Bank is glad to be playing a supporting role. Communities in Schools of Nevada (CIS of Nevada) is working to address one of the state’s toughest problems: an exceedingly high public school dropout rate. In Nevada, ninety-four students drop out of school every day. Currently,… Read more »

Advancing CoreIP Solutions, Inc.

October 24, 2014

PHOTO: Scott Whitfield, Brian Côté, and Gene Galloway

PHOTO: Scott Whitfield, Brian Côté, and Gene Galloway In June 2014, CoreIP Solutions, Inc. had a growth spurt. That’s always a good thing. “It was a textbook case of business going from good to great,” said Brian Côté, CoreIP’s CFO. “Our clients are large, oftentimes Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies, and in our business,… Read more »

Advancing Merli Concrete Pumping

August 11, 2014


When people in construction in the Southern California and Nevada areas think of Merli Concrete Pumping, they think of the company that’s been doing its job forever with its fleet of pump trucks and booms that reach up or down fifteen stories and that look like massive, spindly Jurassic-period creatures. The Gardena-based company started in… Read more »

Advancing Skye Communications

March 19, 2014


Skye Communications, at first glance, sounds like it’s managing a list of contradictions. It is an expanding wireless company. It has a conservative approach. It is a family business. It owns 19 outlets in Las Vegas and Southern California. It has a meticulous focus on details and customer service. When founders Brian Bailes and Mark… Read more »

Los Angeles Pump And Valve – A True Family Business

October 23, 2013


The year was 1950, and Philip Pinto knew it was time. Philip had worked in foundries since the middle of the Depression, starting when he was just 16. But by 1950, he had saved $3,000 and it was time to own his own business. Philip built a 1,000-square-foot foundry in his backyard in South Central… Read more »