I would like to give a big Thank You to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal for recently naming me as a recipient of the special “Trail Blazer Award” in the Journal’s annual 2017 Trusted Advisors program. Each year, the Woodland Hills-based publication selects an award winner from among hundreds of nominees in four categories: Trail Blazer, Innovation Leadership, Client Services and Community Service. The Trail Blazer Award goes to a nominee who started a new enterprise and/or has moved their industry or profession forward. Award recipients were honored at a dinner held Aug. 9 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City that was attended by hundreds of professionals. The annual event recognizes the positive impacts of attorneys, accountants, bankers, wealth managers and insurance professionals in the San Fernando, Conejo, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys. The Trusted Advisor nomination noted that senior citizens and people with special needs are among the community’s most vulnerable people, which is why I was so touched to receive the award. I’ve dedicated myself to giving the special help and assistance they need to prevent abuse and fraud. I’ve also donated my time for many years to the senior and special needs communities, developing creative solutions to help seniors and their families find programs and resources so elders can stay in their homes longer and avoid nursing homes or care homes. I’ve found it especially valuable to help with veterans benefits or Medi-Cal benefits and financial assistance, and help families avoid court intervention.