Brown chosen as 'Man of Character'
John Brown, a resident and Laguna Beach business owner, was honored recently as one of eight "Men of Character" by the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
The men are chosen because of their contributions to the Orange County community and because they demonstrate the values that Scouting strives to develop in young men.
Brown was born and raised in Laguna Beach and moved his business here in 1999.
Brown's company, The Showpros Group, is a multimedia production and live presentation company that has been in existence for 28 years.
Brown spent much of his younger years involved in the Boy Scouts, attaining Eagle Scout status.
"I learned so much about character during my time with the Boy Scouts, and the lessons I have learned translate to how I run my business," Brown said.
Brown said he relishes his ability to give back to his community and to the many non-profit companies that make up his client list.
"I was really honored to be recognized for what I and The Showpros have done for the Boy Scouts during the past 25 years," Brown said.
"I am able to do what I love for a living and to be honored for that just makes it that much better," he added.
Brown has produced shows for many non-profit companies including Goodwill Industries, National Charity League, and American Diabetes Assn. and is involved in many projects, including Endangered Planet and Experience Laguna.
For more information about The Showpros Group, call (949) 464-0043.
Lawrence honored for puppy picture
Laguna Beach photographer Rik Lawrence won third place in a nationwide photo contest at an exhibit at Venice Beach on June 1.
Lawrence's winning photo, "Puppy Love," is also the cover of his soon-to-be-released book by the same title.
Lawrence will have an exhibit, "Perpetual Indulgence," at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana in August.
Winners of the photo contest will be published in a book to be released this summer.
For more information, call (949) 290-3347.