Monday, September 10, 2012

Long Time Leeds Group Client, Chandler's Roofing, Selected for "Best of the Best in the Roofing Industry"

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Chandler's Roofing, Inc. of San Pedro, CA, has been honored with a recognition by Roofing Contractor Magazine and GAF in its selection of "Best of the Best in the Roofing Industry." 

September 06, 2012 -- Announcing a special recognition which appeared in the July, 2012 issue of Roofing Contractor Magazinepublished by Business News Publishing Co.. Chandler's Roofing, Inc. was selected for the following honor:
"Best of the Best in the Roofing Industry"

Chandler's Roofing, Inc.'s CEO, Brian Hicks, commented on the recognition: "This is quite an honor for us. The fact that Roofing Contractor Magazine and GAF included Chandler's Roofing in its selection of "Best of the Best in the Roofing Industry," signals that our commitment towards business excellence, continued education and quality workmanship are paying off. We are proud to be included in this list of top roofing contractors from the Western US and Canada."

Originally established in 1942, Chandler's Roofing, Inc. has been routinely recognized for their quality work and high level of craftsmanship, earning leading industry awards such as the 2011 Residential Roofing Contractor of the Year2011 Angie's List Super Service Award and the prestigious Master Elite Contractor status with North America's largest roofing manufacturer, GAF. With a long history in high quality craftsmanship, Chandler's Roofing is skilled in a wide range of re-roof applications for residential, commercial and industrial properties and provides complete roofingsolarrain gutterskylightinsulationand sheet metal solutions to its extensive client base. Having roofed projects in some of Southern California's most prominent neighborhoods and cities, Chandler's Roofing's client list ranges from Mr. Donald Trump and legendary basketball coach, Phil Jackson, to large HOA projects and Cerritos College.

About Chandler's Roofing, Inc.:
Chandler's Roofing, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA is a privately owned company serving all of Greater Los Angeles and Orange County. Primarily focused in residential, commercial and industrial roofing, Chandler's Roofing also provides solar, rain gutters, skylights, insulation and sheet metal services to its clientele. For more information on Chandler's Roofing, Inc. you may visit their website at or contact their office at (310) 831-7663.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Leeds Group Client, Chandler's Roofing Inc. Awarded the 2011 Roofing Contractor of the Year Award

It All Starts With Quality

Brian Hicks never wanted to have the biggest roofing company in the world — just the one that did the best work. After 35 years in the roofing industry, including the last 21 years as owner of Chandler’s Roofing in San Pedro, Calif., Hicks has earned a reputation for top-quality work. His company has cemented that reputation with the 2011 Roofing Contractor of the Year Award in the Residential category.

Chandler’s Roofing was originally founded in 1942 by Coy Chandler. After Chandler retired, Hicks, a longtime employee of the original Chandler’s Roofing, re-incorporated the company under a new contractors license in 1990. The company currently has more than 20 employees and does all types of work, including commercial roofing, rain gutters, skylights, waterproofing, and custom sheet metal, but Chandler’s is best known for its high-end residential work.

Past high-profile clients include Madonna and Sean Penn, Barbara Streisand, David Geffen, Joan Collins, Olivia Newton John, Johnny Carson, Diane Cannon and the Wrigley Ranch on Catalina Island. Recent projects include several homes for Donald Trump in Beverly Hills and Rancho Palos Verdes; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Blake’s home in Manhattan Beach; and Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson’s home in Los Angeles. The company also installed the roofs in a Habitat for Humanity project in Lawndale, Calif.

Getting Started

Hicks’ start in roofing was anything but glamorous. One of his high school friends needed some help on a roofing project, and Hicks, then 17, pitched in as a laborer.

“The first job I can recall was a tile re-roof in San Pedro with my friend Richard Mavar,” Hicks said. “His dad was a big-time contractor, and Richard and I worked with him.”

After attending San Pedro High School, Hicks entered a local community college with hopes of becoming an engineer. He credits a heart-to-heart talk with his father during his sophomore year of college for helping him make the decision to enter the roofing industry.

“It’s a day I’ll never forget,” Hicks remembered. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I’d always had roofing work — weekend jobs, summer jobs — and I picked it up quickly and the money was good. School was a struggle for me, and my dad came home one day and we talked it over. He said, ‘School’s not for everybody.’ He thought roofing would be a better fit for me. I had a surfer background and loved to work outside. About a week later I talked myself out of finishing school and was looking for a full-time gig in roofing.”

He soon landed a job at Chandler’s — but not without a struggle. “I answered an ad in the Daily Breeze, but they didn’t hire me,” he said. “I saw the ad a week later and I called back and talked to the boss. I asked him what happened, and he said they didn’t hire me because they thought I was overqualified. I needed a job and talked him into hiring me. I basically had to beg for the job.”

The position turned out to be a great fit for Hicks and the company. Chandler’s eventually made him a repairman, and all of his roofing experience came in handy. “I did it all — repaired flat, tile, shake, and composition shingle roofs,” he said. “They could send me out on just about anything. I did hot mopping, tile, shingles, shake. We did a lot of shake in those days, and I just loved it. I loved the smell. Now it’s almost all outlawed in California.”

Eventually he moved into sales. “They quickly realized that I had other potential beyond roofing. They offered me a job in sales and I jumped on it. I already knew how to measure, and I knew how to do the job. I jumped right into sales and learned how to sell really well. I got to learn the whole industry from the bottom up.”

Constantly Improving

Hicks had a wealth of experience in roofing when he took over the company in 1990, but he realized he still had a lot to learn. But he had lived through tough economic stretches before, so he was ready when the economy went south a couple of years ago.

“I remember a day in January — two-and-a-half years ago — we were running 100 jobs on the backlog, and all of a sudden it just stopped,” he said. “I had a meeting with the staff and I said, ‘Now is the time to downsize.’ As the owner of the company, you know the bills are there no matter what, so I threw myself back into sales.”

The company had to cut back on some perks and benefits, and salaries were cut, but everyone kept their job and the company has positioned itself to succeed in any economic climate. “We work long hours, but we don’t let it get to us,” Hicks said. “We’re constantly improving. There’s always room for improvement, and we’re always fine-tuning, fine-tuning, fine-tuning.”

The company is a certified installer with many of its manufacturer partners, including GAF, CertainTeed, IB Roof Systems, Boral Roofing and Custom-Bilt Metals, as well as a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). Chandler’s is a GAF Master Elite Contractor, and Hicks credits that program for helping him improve his business on many levels.

“The training has been excellent,” Hicks said, noting that he’s benefitted not only from formal training programs, but informal discussions with his peers from all over the country. “The neat thing about the GAF program is that it’s nationwide; you’re working with people that don’t compete with you, and you can share ideas. It’s been very beneficial to us. We want to be the best and learn from the best, and we’re working with these companies to meet and exceed those expectations.”

The Golden Rule

Hicks believes the key to success in the roofing world is to do exceptional work. It all starts there. He sums it up this way: “Our Golden Rule is ‘It’s quality, not quantity.’ I’m not looking to be the biggest and baddest guy around. I just want to do high-quality work.”

Great customer service is essential, noted Hicks, but the greatest customer service in the world won’t help much if the roof leaks. And that’s why the company focuses on quality workmanship. “We don’t cut corners. We do things right,” asserted Hicks. “Our priority No. 1 is: Are we doing it the right way? Is this the way you’d do it at your mother’s house, or your brother’s house, or your house? And if not, why not?”

The company ensures quality through extensive training and the hands-on touch of its top employees. Hicks tries to oversee every job he can, and when he can’t be there, his most trusted employee is: Jorge Pena Sr. “He has been with me since the beginning,” Hicks said of Pena. “He’s just a super talent. He always knows just what we need.”

Hicks credits Pena with training and developing the company’s workers and making sure they use proper safety techniques and stay on top of new developments in products and application methods.

“When it comes to roofing, there’s not much we can’t do,” said Hicks, who credits his employees’ exceptional work ethic for much of his company’s success. “Most of our foremen have worked here 15-plus years,” said Hicks. “Most started as laborers, and all of them worked under Jorge Pena. We keep the best of the best. All of our crews have been hand-trained by our No. 1 employee.”

Employees must excel as individuals and work well together, noted Hicks. “We’re a team,” he said. “If I need a few guys at one job, I can move them over. We’re diversified, and we’ve got great teamwork — and great players.”

Management strives to keep an open door policy with its employees; maybe that’s one reason many have stayed around so long. “Our doors are basically never closed,” said Hicks. “We’ve all had bosses whose door was always closed, or the boss who was always gone — or just unavailable. When my employees or customers have a problem, my cell number is the 24-hour emergency line. If there’s a problem, I want to know about it right away and make sure it’s taken care of.”

Lines of communication are kept open at morning meetings, when staffers update one another on ongoing jobs. The “backbone of the office” is Cherie Hicks, Brian’s wife, who has been with the company 15 years and manages the office staff. There are several employees who have relatives at work in the company, which adds to the family atmosphere.

“The only way to run a company is to have an owner who is hands-on and employees who work together,” said Hicks. “We feel like we’re a nice little family. It’s a tough business, but everyone knows their job. We don’t have high turnover. I was a roofer. I can relate to what they do every day. I know what they need, and I try to show up on every job.”

Teamwork Pays Off

Great communication was essential while re-roofing Phil Jackson’s residence, noted Hicks, as work took place during the playoffs, making it hard to predict the work schedule. They stayed in constant touch with Jackson’s personal assistant, who kept them apprised of Jackson’s schedule. “We worked around his schedule, which was pretty tricky, but we made it happen for him,” said Hicks. Another key to the job was specifying the right system. “He had a galvanized sheet metal standing seam roof that was all rusted,” Hicks noted. “He lives on the beach, and the weather is pretty extreme. We recommended a GAF Golden Pledge lifetime composition shingle. It won’t rust, and GAF backs up its workmanship for 25 years, with a 50-year materials warranty. He loved our work so much we also installed custom-made copper gutters.”

Hicks’ team excels on the jobsite, and it’s now helping the community as well by participating in Habitat for Humanity projects in the local area. When GAF offered Master Elite contractors the opportunity to participate with Habitat for Humanity, Hicks jumped at the chance.

“Brian wanted to make sure we were involved,” said Trevor Leeds, the company’s marketing manager. “We contacted Habitat for Humanity of Los Angeles and told them we want to be an ongoing part of the organization. Two weeks after processing the paperwork, we found out there were two roofs that needed to be installed. It was perfect timing.”

According to Leeds, GAF donated the shingles, underlayment, and warranty, while Pacific Supply donated other ancillary materials. “Our foremen and workers stepped up to the plate and donated their time and labor for the install,” said Leeds.

“It was a fun project,” said Hicks. “Everyone in the company got out there, got their hands dirty, and we had lunch with the families. It was a great experience and it’s definitely something we plan to be involved with going forward.”

Staying Ahead of the Curve

Chandler’s Roofing has embraced new technology, including interactive social media sites such as Facebook, Yelp and Angie’s List. Recent technology upgrades include iPhones and iPads for the sales team, and an updated website ( “We’re a nice, family company, but we want to be ahead of the curve,” said Hicks. “And technology and the Internet is a big part of that.”

Hicks chalks up his company’s success to a couple of things: teamwork and quality craftsmanship. “Without good teamwork, it’s a really difficult business to run,” he said. “I know that with quality, our roofs won’t leak. When people hurry, they do. For us, it’s teamwork and quality versus quantity. We want to give our customers the best and safest choice. That’s what separates us from the other companies in our area.”

Looking back, Hicks credits his dad with helping him find the right path. “I hope he’s looking down on me today and is proud of me,” said Hicks. “I’m sure he is.”

Chris King is editor of Roofing Contractor.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Leeds Group Client, Chandler's Roofing, Inc. Installs Two Roofs for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Project in Lawndale, California

Chandler's Roofing, Inc.

SAN PEDRO, CA, August 06, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- GAF and Chandler's Roofing, Inc. are partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to provide roofing materials and professional installation for two local Habitat homes in Lawndale, California. The installation and materials donations are part of a national partnership between GAF and Habitat for Humanity, to match roofing materials donations from GAF with installation services donated by GAF Master Elite and Certified Contractors in communities across the United States.

"Our National partnership with GAF will support Habitat for Humanity's mission to eliminate poverty housing across the country and we are excited that Chandler's Roofing has made the decision to partner with us on a local level," said HFH GLA President and CEO, Erin Rank. "We look forward to partnering with Chandler's Roofing and GAF to complete the roofing on the two homes currently under construction in Lawndale, CA, as well as helping Habitat for Humanity to serve more families throughout our service area."

Chandler's Roofing, Inc. is one of more than four thousand GAF Master Elite and Certified Contractors who are eligible to participate in the partnership. The installed roofs will carry GAF's System Plus ltd. warranty.

"We are thrilled not only to be able to offer this contribution to an organization creating affordable housing, but also to have the ability to reinforce the efforts of our Master Elite and Certified Contractors as they strive to support the communities in which they live and work," stated Jim Slauson, vice president of Certified Program and Services at GAF.

"Chandler's Roofing, Inc. is honored to have this chance to work in partnership with Habitat and to give back to our neighbors in Lawndale, California," said Chandler's Roofing CEO, Brian Hicks. "We have a great sense of pride in knowing our work is part of a solution that creates affordable housing for families in our area."

Construction on the houses is in progress and expected to be completed by winter of 2011. Roof installation will begin August 6, 2011.

About Chandler's Roofing, Inc.
Originally established in 1942, Chandler's Roofing, Inc. has been recognized as the premier Southern
California roofing contractor. With a long history in quality craftsmanship and certified as a GAF Master Elite contractor, Chandler's Roofing is skilled in multiple residential, commercial and industrial new and re-roof applications and provides complete roofing, solar, rain gutter and sheet metal solutions to its clients. For more information about Chandler's Roofing, Inc., visit

About GAF Materials Corporation
Now proudly celebrating its 125th year in the industry, GAF Materials Corporation has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, with sales of nearly $3 billion annually. The company's products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and low-slope roofing systems, as well as composite decking, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by a commitment to provide property owners and specifiers with the best and safest choice in roofing and by helping supportive contractors and distributors to build their businesses and avoid hassles.

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed Advanced Protection shingle technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance, while reducing the use of scarce natural resources.

The Company also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 professionals. CARE's mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. For more information about GAF, visit

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build simple, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated more than 700 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar Valued Partner. For more information, please visit or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at

Monday, March 28, 2011

Long Time Client of The Leeds Group, BioLargo Announced Today an Exclusive Agreement With Central Garden & Pet Company

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LA MIRADA, CA--(Marketwire - 03/28/11) - BioLargo, Inc. (OTC.BB:BLGO - News) today announced that it has reached agreement with Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT - News), the leading marketer and producer of premium pet supplies in the United States, to develop, produce and sell products that the parties believe will set the mark for delivering the pet industry's highest standards in performance. The two companies will work with the E.T. Horn Co. as a supplier of ingredients and contract manufacturer. The agreement calls for Central to purchase minimum quantities of materials from BioLargo in order to maintain world-wide exclusive rights within the "pet supplies industry," as well as the first option to take new pet products to market as they are developed. Central also secured the first right of refusal to acquire BioLargo's operating division, Odor-No-More, Inc., should the company be considered for sale in the future. The agreement covers all pet industry products, but excludes all equine and livestock products as well as pet products which may be sold under a BioLargo trademark, should Central not exercise its first option. The details of the agreement were reported in the Form 8-K filed by BioLargo on March 28, 2011.

According to the 2009-2010 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, U.S. pet ownership is at its highest level, with 71 million households, or 62%, owning a pet. During the past decade, the number of pet-owning households increased 12%. An excess of $45 billion dollars was spent in 2009 on our pets.

"It is an important market and we know pet lovers want the best for their pets. Many of Central's brands are the industry leader and household names with more than 20 years of history, and some are over 100 years old, serving customers with trusted products that get the job done," stated Joseph Provenzano, President of BioLargo's Odor-No-More, Inc. "Central's commitment to quality and value along with BioLargo's product innovation and game-changing technology make for the perfect fit."

"We believe that Central is the best strategic partner in the pet industry for us," states Dennis Calvert, President of BioLargo. "Most of their brands are the number one or two brand in their respective U.S market category. They operate the largest sales and logistics network in the industry, which strategically supports its brands. With sales in the pet industry of more than $840 million annually, we believe they are the perfect partner for BioLargo to take products to market that improve the standard of care and maintenance of pets. We look forward to a long and successful journey with Central, which we believe could involve dozens of products that go to market featuring the BioLargo Technology."

About BioLargo, Inc.
BioLargo's business strategy is to harness and deliver Nature's Best Solution™ -- free-iodine -- in a safe, efficient, environmentally sensitive and cost-effective manner. BioLargo's proprietary technology works by combining micro-nutrient salts with liquid from any source to deliver free-iodine on demand, in controlled dosages, in order to balance efficacy of performance with concerns about toxicity. BioLargo's technology has potential commercial applications within global industries, including but not limited to oil and gas, animal health, beach and soil environmental uses, consumer products, agriculture, food processing, medical, and water. It features solutions for odor & moisture control, disinfection and contaminated water treatment. BioLargo's strategic partner Ioteq IP Pty Ltd. was named a "Top 50 Water Company for the 21st Century" by The Artemis Project™; BioLargo markets Ioteq's iodine based water disinfection technology, the Isan system. The company's website is In 2010, Odor-No-More was awarded two Editor's Choice Awards, including a "Product of the Year" award, by the Horse Journal, a top industry award for excellence and are sold by BioLargo's wholly owned subsidiary, Odor-No-More, Inc. (

About Central Garden and Pet
Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers. Participating categories in Lawn & Garden include: Grass seed and the brands PENNINGTON®, SMART SEEDTM and THE REBELS; wild bird feed and the brand PENNINGTON®; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, IRONITE® and Over 'N Out®; and decorative outdoor patio products and the brands NORCAL®, NEW ENGLAND POTTERY® and MATTHEWS FOUR SEASONS. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Participating categories in Pet include: Animal health and the brands ADAMS and ZODIAC®; aquatics and reptile and the brands OCEANIC®, AQUEON and ZILLA; bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE®, SUPER PET® and CRITTER TRAIL®; dog & cat and the brands TFH, NYLABONE®, FOUR PAWS®, PINNACLE® and Avoderm®; and equine and the brands FARNAM®, BRONCO® and SUPER MASK®. We also provide a host of other application-specific Pet brands and supplies. Central Garden & Pet Company is based in Walnut Creek, California, and has approximately 4,300 employees, primarily in North America and Europe. For additional information on Central Garden & Pet Company, including access to the company's SEC filings, please visit the company's website at

About the E.T. Horn Co.
The E.T. Horn Company is one of the nation's largest distributors, marketers and manufacturers of raw materials and chemicals for use in coatings, building materials, elastomers, lubrication, nutrition, cosmetics, personal care, and food products. Founded in 1961, the company has focused on providing formulation solutions, superior customer service and technical expertise in distributing products from only the finest manufacturers. For additional information contact the company at 800-442-HORN or visit

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The statements contained herein, which are not historical, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, BioLargo's filings and future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in the BioLargo's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Orange County Outlaws Make Official Announcement to Enter USA Rugby League


PRLog (Press Release) – Mar 21, 2011 – Newport Beach, CA - The Orange County Outlaws Rugby League Football Club today made an official public announcement that they would be entering into the USA Rugby League as an official developmental team in 2011 and full-time team in 2012.

After many months of preparation by the OC Outlaws Board of Directors, it was unanimously decided to place the Outlaws into the USARL for developmental purposes in 2011 and an official fully scheduled team in 2012. "Though we had initially anticipated remaining independent in our first year of development, it became clearly apparent to us that the USARL had strong momentum and a clear plan to develop Rugby League in the USA, in particular here in the West Coast," stated Outlaws Board Chairman and President, Freddie Lewis. "The USARL is offering its full support, resources and infrastructure, while inter-play with the other USARL West Coast developmental teams should become easier for travel arrangements and club development."

With the newly announced Los Angeles Raiders RLFC and Utah Avalanche RLFC coming into the USARL and two other franchises poised to make their announcement soon, the Outlaws will find immediate and local USARL competition. Ryan McGough, the CEO of USA Rugby League comments, "The USARL is honored to have the OC Outlaws enter its Western Expansion. They have an impeccable management team, with a strong business sense and understanding of the local sports market in Southern California."

Though an extremely difficult decision for the OC Outlaws management, the decision to enter the USARL comes with many positive advantages for the team. Out the gate, the team will be on track to develop into a full-time official USARL team in 2012, with a voice and voting rights in the League. Additionally, USARL brings two strong suppliers to the Outlaws, Akuma Rugby and Vanguard Rugby, the official uniform and ball supplier’s respectively of the USARL. "Though not required by the USARL to commit to the above mentioned companies as team suppliers, we believe Akuma and Vanguard are extremely strong with a respected history in Rugby League which is crucial to the Outlaws initial success. These relationships, amongst other infrastructure and support being provided by the USARL are critical pieces to the Outlaws development and ultimately became the green lights for us," remarks OC Outlaws Board Member and General Counsel, Brad Hakala.

2011 is shaping up to put the Outlaws on a winning path, with several local sponsors already in discussion with the Outlaws Management and talks under way to secure a top notch venue as the OC Outlaws official playing field. Soon to be announced will be the Outlaws coaching staff, with 3 coaches anticipated to sign from the UK, Australia and USA. Following these mammoth announcements will be team try-outs and official dates for a summer camp and OC Outlaws hosted 9's tournament here in Orange County.

Comments OC Outlaws Board Member and CEO of The Leeds Group, Trevor Leeds, “We are entering a great time for the OC Outlaws, with many strong sponsors, Rugby League enthusiasts and community leaders lining up to support the growth of the Outlaws franchise. 2011 is going to be an exciting year!”

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About Orange County Outlaws:
Orange County Outlaws are a semi-pro rugby league football club in Orange County, California. OC Outlaws, through their affiliation with the USARL, will provide Rugby League players on the West Coast, the opportunity to compete and become one of the world's elite players, through highly competitive, semi-professional Rugby League. The team's website is

About USA Rugby League:
The USA Rugby League (USARL) is the source for high-level, semi-professional Rugby League competition in the USA. The USARL is committed to developing the sport of Rugby League at a grassroots level with a focus on expanding the sport both in player numbers and in youth initiatives. This commitment embraces the sport at semi-professional and amateur levels in an effort to further progress Rugby League in the USA. The league's website is

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Leeds Group Announces the Appointment of Brad Hakala as Outside General Counsel


PRLog (Press Release) – Mar 02, 2011 – Newport Beach, CA - The Leeds Group today announced that Brad Hakala has been named Outside General Counsel. Mr. Hakala will be responsible for overseeing the legal work for The Leeds Group’s diverse business portfolio.

Having previously practiced at an American Law 100 firm as well as in-house counsel for a multi-national corporation, Mr. Hakala, as the outside General Counsel for The Leeds Group, brings both legal expertise and business sense to the transactions that The Leeds Group seeks to accomplish.

“We are very lucky to have Brad Hakala on board as our legal counsel,” states The Leeds Group CEO, Trevor Leeds. “His diverse experience in business litigation and transactional law will be a perfect fit for The Leeds Group and our partner companies.”

Mr. Hakala has not only litigated various complex business and employment matters on behalf of Fortune 100 clients, he also provides general business, technology, and media law representation to various companies, including start-up businesses and those in the renewable energies sector. Mr. Hakala is an experienced business litigator who has also been involved in negotiating, structuring, and bringing to life thousands of business transactions. Having significant experience in both transactional matters as well as litigation has allowed Mr. Hakala the unique perspective and know-how to structure a deal to avoid unnecessary pitfalls leading to litigation, and a deeper understanding of the matters which he typically litigates. Mr. Hakala will handle The Leeds Group’s diverse book of business start-ups, partnership transactions, private equity contracts, licensing, employment matters, general commercial contracts and transactions.

Additionally, Mr. Hakala has also served as Corporate Counsel for American Suzuki Motor Corporation, where he was responsible for the company’s legal operations, which included negotiating and drafting numerous multi-million dollar business, sponsorship and athlete agreements, obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights including patents and trademarks, negotiating and drafting licensing agreements, advising on various employment matters including wage & hour code, and overseeing all legal aspects of Suzuki’s advertising.

Aside from The Leeds Group, Mr. Hakala currently represents well-established clients in the automotive, power sports, action-sports, health care, biomedical, and health and fitness industries, as well as upcoming companies who are focused on environmentally conscious technologies.

Mr. Hakala is also a registered sports agent who holds a weekly spot on a nationally syndicated radio show dedicated to action sports.

About The Leeds Group:
The Leeds Group is a strategic marketing and business development firm located in Orange County, California, USA. The Leeds Group helps develop unique business opportunities, builds lasting corporate ventures and implements strategic marketing solutions, all of which enhance their partner's business with increased visibility and sales. With both domestic and international reach, The Leeds Group has clientele in technology, the building industry, financial sectors, manufacturing, food and beverage, as well as sports and entertainment. The company’s website is

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Long Time Associate and Client of The Leeds Group Launches Auto Medics Complete Auto Repair in Tucson


Mar 01, 2011 – Tucson, AZ -- On March 1st, long-time Southern Arizona resident and serial entrepreneur, David Carlson announced the grand opening of his new auto repair company, Auto Medics in Tucson, AZ. The store will be the flagship location for what Carlson plans to develop into a multi-location auto repair business in the Tucson and greater Arizona marketplace.

Auto Medics will focus on delivering an outstanding level of customer service, while providing superior mechanic work through its highly trained team of mechanics. “Our first location here in Tucson is strategically important to the growth of the Auto Medics brand in Arizona”, stated David Carlson, CEO of Auto Medics. “We are thrilled to open this first location right in our backyard and though we anticipate growing pains, we are confident that our superior services and community relationships will allow us to grow very quickly.”

The new Auto Medics location, located on 22nd Street in Tucson, is a 6-bay operation with focus on complete car care, including diagnostics, brakes, suspension, fluid services, tires and much more. Vladimir Stojkoski, General Manager of Auto Medics states, “Our repair shop will offer convenient hours of operation and a complete range of auto services for the community. We think opening this business helps to support the community of Tucson and we’re excited to create a strong tie to residents and businesses through our fleet services.”

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About Auto Medics:

Auto Medics is a full service, general automotive repair and maintenance shop serving the greater Tucson, AZ market. For additional information on Auto Medics call , visit our website at, or email at You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter