Business Buzz – April 2019

(Elana O'Loskey)
Tim and Jarred Myiamoto-Mills are excited to announce the re-opening of Zamboni’s Pizza in Orinda.

Grand Reopening of Zamboni’s Pizza 
    Zamboni’s Pizza has been in the same location since it opened in 1995 and is a favorite spot for local pizza lovers. Tim Miyamoto-Mills, a Miramonte grad who worked there for 10 years, bought the business in 2018 when his boss, Magid Aboutalebi, retired. Everyone knows when a restaurant is sold, the ownership is legally transferred. Everyone may not know this transfer triggers various regulatory agencies to require the new owner to bring the premises up to present-day building codes. Marilyn Underwood, director of environmental health for Contra Costa County, confirmed this was the kick-off point for Zamboni’s remodel. To say a lot of work was required to satisfy updated building codes is an understatement. Not one inch of the restaurant has gone untouched. 
    Miyamoto-Mills, his dad, Jarred, and a host of contractors, plumbers and electricians have been hard at work since September. As the business opens this month, it will not only be up to code but up-to-date in every way. Fresh paint, new carpets, a flat screen TV and a brand new ADA compliant restroom are just a few of the changes. Zamboni’s is also as “green” as possible with an energy-efficient exhaust system for the oven, LED lighting, high-efficiency digital water heater, compost program for waste management and water conserving fixtures. “Now everyone can watch sports games on the new TV,” says Jarred. “We’re all looking forward to that.”
    Tim is planning a grand reopening this month and asks patrons to keep in touch via his Instagram handle “@zambonispc” for details, weekly and monthly specials. Local sports teams are invited to stop by with a current team photo to place on his newly painted walls. He is keeping all the menu items people have enjoyed for generations but plans to add options such as a personal-size-pizza (8-inch slice), updated local beer list, gluten-free options, more vegetarian choices and happy-hour specials. 
    “I want to thank my parents, Jarred and Janis, for their patience and help with this project, and my sister Melissa for graphic design and menus,” says Tim. He says he is also grateful to his loyal customers for their support. “I can’t wait to welcome back all my customers, and the school, sport and Sierra Club groups,” says Tim. “I hope they like the new look. I especially can’t wait to serve my four-year-old nephew Malcolm Miyamoto his favorite slice – pepperoni.”  
    Tim invites everyone to check out the space at 1 Camino Sobrante, No. 4, across from Safeway. Hours are Mon.–Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 925-254-2800.

(Elana O'Loskey)
Ian Castille and Donna Zinman of Capital Advantage in Lafayette say their firm has big city credentials without the commute.

Capital Advantage 
    Capital Advantage (CA) was founded in 1982 by John Hayman of Orinda who is its president. For a wealth management company, 37 years in business is a proven track record. They report $700 million in assets from individual clients under management. Their usual practice is to collect one-percent of the assets they manage per year as a general fee. The San Francisco Business Times ranks CA in the top 50 largest Bay Area wealth management firms.
    Senior Financial Advisor Ian Castille, a certified financial planner who is also a principal says, “We work on a 100-percent fee-only registered investment advisor (RIA) basis. This means our client’s financial interests are first before anything else.” 
    Five of the 12 employees are owners. Most employees have bank experience and bachelor’s or master’s degrees in business. There are three certified financial planners on staff who have master’s degrees in business and financial analysis. They also have certified retired planning counselors, chartered financial analysts for analyzing securities and a client service staff with qualified financial paraplanners. 
    Executive Vice President Donna Zinman says if you look at the four part economic cycle – often described as boom, slowdown, recession and recovery – the economic cycle from recession to recession has historically lasted eight to 10 years. She says that we just passed the 10-year mark in March, with the longest economic recovery recorded in U.S. history. With odds of a recession increasing, managing and protecting your money becomes more important.
    Zinman says the next couple of years will look very different as compared with the last 10 because the end of a boom cycle usually enhances volatility, making professional portfolio management vital.
    “We are connected to a network of other financial professionals. This way we work as a team to take care of a client’s full and whole financial picture,” says Zinman. 
    Castille, who is on the board of directors of the Alameda County Community Food Bank, says, “It’s a big puzzle piece, a challenge I enjoy, to fit together a complex financial plan for someone here at the office, then go to the other side of the spectrum to answer the question: ‘Where is my next meal coming from?’ at the Food Bank.”  
    He invites people to join him on May 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Empty Bowls 2019 to support the Alameda County Community Food Bank, 7900 Edgewater Dr., Oakland.
    When Zinman is not working she is busy learning how to cook vegetarian meals for her 14-year-old daughter. A member of the Orinda Country Club where she plays tennis, Zinman also is a member of the Oakwood Athletic Club. Hiking around the beautiful hillsides and redwoods in the area provides a meditative experience, she says.
    “I return to work feeling balanced and ready to do my best work for our clients,” says Zinman. “To give back, I work on the mission endowment fund for the Cancer Support Community (CSC). We have been gifted with a 5.75-acre site adjacent to the Lafayette Reservoir to build a new CSC building and grounds.” For more information about the project go to  
     Visit Capital Advantage at 3470 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite A215, Lafayette. Hours are Mon.–Thurs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 925-299-1500 for more information or visit  

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