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Reflections Video Productions

Tom Gertsen

Meet Tom Gertsen, the owner of Reflections Video Productions.
For 20 years Tom owned a commercial pool service company. Unfortunately due to physical complications he had to sell it and had to find a new line of work that did not require heavy lifting. Tom thought that was a good time to turn his passion into a business becoming a professional videographer.

After High School Tom started working in a print shop and attended 2 years of college at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA for Fire Science. Over the years he continued in the printing industry obtaining his apprenticeship as a letterpress man eventually moving on to two other large commercial print shops in offset printing. He was in the printing industry for 15 years. It was after that that he opened his own Pool Service business and did that for 20 years as a licensed contractor.

Tom and his wife also took several classes in Business Marketing and Real Estate Investments while running their pool service business. Now as a professional videographer he services Orange County and surrounding areas. Tom has trained for years with several top rated professional video editors and other videographers and is always learning new techniques.

Tom has been a valued member of BTN since 2010 and we look forward to having him as a member many more years!

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Orange County General Contractor

Pierre Charles

Let us introduce you to our General Contractor Pierre Charles-Alerini who has been a great member and asset to our business networking group since 2014.

Pierre is the owner of Pierre Charles Construction and has been in the business of beautifying homes since 1977. From landscape upgrades, to home remodels or room additions there is no project too big or too small for him. He serves the Orange County Community and surrounding areas.

Pierre was born in Casablanca, Morocco, lived in Paris for 25 years and studied at the Agriculture / Horticulture Technical School in France. He moved to the US in 1973 and started working for a Landscape Architect and a General Contractor before taking on his own venture. In 1978 Pierre got his general contractor’s license and has been in business since then.

Pierre has been happily married to a US TWA flight attendant since 1972. They have two children and two granddaughters. He enjoys golfing, skiing and playing poker. He loves giving back to the community and has been involved with the city of Laguna Niguel “NIGUEL BOTANICAL PRESERVE” since 1992.

Building Trades Network has been a great source of reputable, trustworthy subcontractors for his business which has allowed him to complete his projects seamlessly from beginning to end.
BTN is honored to have Pierre Charles as part of our business networking and leadership group.

If you interested in contacting him directly please visit his profile > Pierre Charles

Network Marketing Success

As an Office Manager of an established Southern California Painting Contractor – I was assigned responsibility for marketing tasks and advertising for Burks Custom Painting. Advertising budgets are tight in the Building Contracting business and looking for an inexpensive and yet cost effective utilization of our marketing dollars can be difficult. It was mentioned to me from a vendor that I should attend a variety of different Business Networking Events to see if that approach would fit into our business plan.

Was I ever delighted!? I attended several different Networking Events before visiting the Newport Beach Chapter of the Building Trades Network. The inexpensive cost of membership and joining B.T.N. showed very promising potential return on the investment. The cost was approved quickly by management and I joined the group the very next week.

Now, today this group has become an integral part of our annual budgets and returns to the company each and every year over $100,000 in Sales and over 20 times the expense in bottom line profits. This effort easily justifies the advertising cost.

I had never thought I could do very well at business networking, and my confidence in social situations had varied in the past. Now with the help of B.T.N. I am an expert networker! Not only has my attendance been a great business decision but, I have grown in personal confidence and confidence in public speaking as well.

Having a network of trusted members who work in the construction industry to assist each other in the growth and development of each others business is very beneficial and rewarding at the same time. With the help of Building Trades Network, my business knowledge in the construction industry has grown incredibly. I have even become an expert in the Painting and Construction field.

Our company loves Building Trades Network, and I personally recommend any business owner or manager in the construction industry to attend one of these meetings and see the incredible value for yourself.

Su Lamas

Business Development Manager

Burks Custom Painting

Orange Ca.

Philharmonic Holiday House

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is proud to announce its first Holiday House in Huntington Harbour, a beautiful waterfront community comprised of five man made islands surrounded by a network of channels.

Philharmonic Holiday House at Huntington Harbor is a fundraiser for the Orange County Philharmonic kids music program. 10 designers are decorating a 12,000.00 sq.ft. home in Huntington Harbor for public viewing November 7th- 19th. With two Thursday night late evenings until 9:00pm. BTN Designer Member Alix Flamm will be exhibiting in bedroom suite 2# with her friend Zara. Other members from BTN will also be helping with installation.

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