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Readers' Choice 2012: Professional Services

4:48 PM PDT, August 7, 2012

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Accountant/CPA, Financial Planner, Investments
Gerber Kawasaki Wealth Management
2716 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, 90405
(310) 399-6397
www.gerberkawasaki.com 
Gerber Kawasaki is all about communication. Their experienced investment advisors utilize the latest advancements in technology to educate you about the best ways to achieve your financial goals. Whether you’re an experienced investor looking for full-service, personalized investment advice, or are looking to create and implement a financial plan for the first time, Gerber Kawasaki has a program for you. Want an alternative to the big boys of Wall Street? This is it.

Inland Empire: Mellon Johnson Reardon, CPAs
Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley: Brown Armstrong

Auto Mechanic
A&E Automotive
1869 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, 91107
(626) 795-9825
www.a-eautomotive.com
A&E automotive is a family-owned and -operated auto repair shop that has been serving Pasadena and the surrounding areas since 1955. All technicians are factory certified and all repairs are guaranteed for one year or 12,000 miles. But what keeps people coming back is the service. Whether you need an oil change or an engine overhaul, the staff at A&E can handle it. Best of all, you never leave with that “I-think-I-just-got-ripped-off-but-I’m-not-really-sure” feeling.

Inland Empire: Reid’s Honda (Ryan Miller)
SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: Tilley’s Rhys 76 Service
Westside: Ed Little Auto Service

 

Bank/Credit Union
Logix Federal Credit Union
2340 Hollywood Way
Burbank, 91505
(818) 565-2020
www.logixbanking.com
Logix is banking with a twist: Customers become members and part-owners when they open an account here. One hundred percent of all profits are then returned to members in the form of better rates, lower fees, improved services and increased reserves. And 96% of all members say they’d recommend Logix to a friend. Now that’s a rarity in this day and age.

Multiple regions/locations: Wells Fargo
Multiple regions/locations: Chase
Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley: Pasadena Federal Credit Union

 

Legal Service/Law Firm
The Trust Pros
15127 Morrison St.
Sherman Oaks, 91403
(866) 993-0299
www.thetrustpros.com
Since 2001, Michael Crupi has been operating an innovative living trust document service in Sherman Oaks. The company’s goal is simple: to provide its clients with attorney-designed quality living trusts without the attorney fees — all while maintaining the highest level of professional service. Needless to say, it’s working. More than a thousand living trusts later, the Trust Pros is proud to have maintained the highest service rating from the Better Business Bureau.

L.A. Central/Hollywood: Los Angeles Legales
Orange County: Hasan & Associates, PC
Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley: Hahn and Hahn

 

Real Estate Company/Broker
Realty World All Stars
9113 Foothill Blvd.
Rancho Cucamonga
(909) 942-3003
 www.rwallstars.com
While large brokerages and traditional franchises have become bloated and impersonal, Realty World All Stars has remained firmly committed to the client. They view client relationships as partnerships, understanding that representation is a privilege conferred and a trust earned. The company’s emphasis on technology has also earned it fans. They are a prolific presence on the Web and in social media, years ahead of the rest of the industry.

Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley: Podley
SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: Vanand Nikolian

 

Veterinarian
The Cat Care Clinic
2638 N. Tustin St.
Orange, 92865
(714) 282-2287
www.catcare.com
Based in Orange, the Cat Care Clinic is a full-service veterinary hospital and outpatient facility designed exclusively for the treatment of (you guessed it) cats. Dr. Elaine Wexler-Mitchell founded the practice in 1991, recognizing that feline patients have special needs not always addressed at traditional veterinary treatment centers. The result is a much-beloved Orange County institution devoted to the care, comfort and health of your cat.

L.A. Central/Hollywood: Dr. Edd Jordan
Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley: Foothill Veterinary Hospital
SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: Media City Animal Hospital
South Bay/Southeast: Bay Animal Hospital
Westside: Overland Veterinary Clinic