Dr. Jaswinder Ghuman: Dental Excellence
Sam Laplaca: Property Management Expert
Justin Greer: Tree Enthusiast
Dr. William Schneider: Dental Genius
Gary Rossiter: Moving Maestro
Brett Weinstein: Real Estate Reformer
Michael Ra: Plumbing Excellence
Jason Webb: Synthetic Turf Innovator
Crystal-Rose Britto: Hospitality Expert
Donna Merritt: Remodeling Specialist
Greg Sutliff: Insulation Innovator
Jeffrey Pickard: Window Star
Carlos Rodriguez: Roofer Extraordinaire
Dr. Judy Husen: Dental Veteran
Frank Walsh: Automotive Enthusiast
Rich Campusano: Automotive Authority
Debbie Shanks: Dental Expert

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If you want to gain knowledge on specific local services and become a more savvy consumer, we encourage you to access the Diamond Certified Expert Reports through the search options on the right. These mostly industry-specific articles, tip sheets, videos and blog entries are created for consumers by local experts. The authors know what they’re talking about because they own or manage a local Diamond Certified company that’s been rated Highest in Quality. Each has contributed their expertise to create these reports for you and other consumers as a way to give back to their community.

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Video: Maintaining Your Vehicle

With Rich Campusano of John's Automotive, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO −Host, Sarah Rutan: To ensure the longevity of your vehicle, it’s important to inspect and maintain your fluids. Today we’re in South San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Rich Campusano of John’s Automotive to learn more. Diamond Certified…Read More

The Importance of Preventative Auto Maintenance

By Rich Campusano of John's Automotive, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO − From intermittently checking fluids to monitoring tire pressure, taking a preventative approach to maintaining your vehicle can keep it running optimally and minimize the need for repairs. One good preventative maintenance step is to keep an…Read More

Rich Campusano: Great Responsibility

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO − While many automotive professionals are drawn to the industry purely by a love for cars, for Rich Campusano, it was equally a matter of responsibility. “Growing up, we couldn’t afford to take our cars to a repair…Read More

Video: Wine Country Planning Tips

With Crystal-Rose Britto of Concierge of the Valley, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

NAPA − Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning a wine tasting trip to the Napa Valley, it’s a good idea to make your arrangements in advance. Today, we’re in Napa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Crystal-Rose Britto of Concierge of the Valley to learn more. Diamond…Read More

Helpful Hints for Planning a Wine Tour

By Crystal-Rose Britto of Concierge of the Valley, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

NAPA − When planning for a wine tour, the biggest mistake people make is trying to “wing it” the day of. However, to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable experience, there are a few considerations you should make beforehand. One of…Read More

Crystal-Rose Britto: Hospitable Aspirations

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

NAPA − Considering the conditions of her upbringing, it’s no surprise that Crystal-Rose Britto ended up in the hospitality industry. “I grew up amid tourist destinations like Hawaii and the Napa Valley, and my father was in the food and…Read More

Video: Choosing a Reputable Mover

With Gary Rossiter of Rossiter Relocation Services, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LIVERMORE − Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning for a move, one crucial aspect  is finding a professional mover you can trust. Today we’re in Livermore with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Gary Rossiter of Rossiter Relocation Services to learn more. Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Gary…Read More

Choosing a Legitimate Moving Company

By Gary Rossiter of Rossiter Relocation Services, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LIVERMORE − If you’re planning on moving, one of your foremost considerations should be hiring a reputable moving company. While it may be tempting to choose based on price alone, it’s important to realize that not all moving companies are…Read More

Gary Rossiter: Movin’ Right Along

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

LIVERMORE − Like most young entrepreneurs, Gary Rossiter started out small, performing residential relocations in a single moving truck. However, with time and persistence, his business gradually grew into something much bigger. “While attending University of the Pacific, I got…Read More

Video: Preventative Dental Care – Xylitol

With Dr. Judy Husen of Judy L. Husen, D.D.S., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LARKSPUR − Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to caring for your teeth and gums, a little known product can really benefit you when added to your dental routine. Today we’re in Larkspur with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. Judy Husen, to…Read More

The Benefits of Xylitol for Dental Health

By Dr. Judy Husen of Judy L. Husen, D.D.S., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LARKSPUR − Dental hygiene is all about prevention, which is why many dental professionals are recommending that their patients use xylitol products in addition to brushing and flossing. A natural sweetener more commonly known for its use as a sugar…Read More

Dr. Judy Husen: In Her Father’s Footsteps

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

LARKSPUR − Even though she’s the daughter of a dentist, Dr. Judy Husen didn’t initially intend on following in her father’s footsteps. “I originally planned to become a veterinarian,” she says. “After college, however, I was looking at a pretty…Read More

Video: Understanding Realty Fees

With Brett Weinstein of Realty Advocates, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

OAKLAND − Host, Sarah Rutan: When hiring a real estate company, its important to understand how fees work. Today we’re in Oakland with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Brett Weinstein, of Realty Advocates, to learn more. Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Brett Weinstein: Most…Read More

The Truth about Real Estate Commissions

By Brett Weinstein of Realty Advocates, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

OAKLAND − Most home buyers and sellers assume that real estate commissions are legally fixed at 6 percent, but this isn’t the case—real estate agents are free to charge any commission rate they want. Likewise, buyers and sellers are free…Read More

Brett Weinstein: Real Estate Reformer

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

OAKLAND − Brett Weinstein quickly found success when he started working as a real estate investor, but the more familiar he became with the industry, the more he sensed a need for change. “I started out buying and fixing up…Read More

Video: Understanding Your Tree’s Life Cycle

With Justin Greer of Western Tree Removal Specialists, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WINDSOR − Host, Sarah Rutan: When performing landscaping work on your property, it’s important to understand the life cycle of your trees. Today we’re in Windsor with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Justin Greer, of Western Tree Removal Specialists, to learn more. Diamond…Read More

Understanding Tree Lifespan

By Justin Greer of Western Tree Removal Specialists, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WINDSOR − Many homeowners assume that all the trees on their property have equivalent lifecycles, but that usually isn’t the case. It’s not uncommon for a homeowner to call a tree service company to perform maintenance on an ailing tree…Read More

Justin Greer: Out on a Limb

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

WINDSOR − Few people discover their life’s calling at an early age, but for Justin Greer, it just came naturally. “I grew up in western Sonoma County, in the town of Rio Nido, which is basically in the middle of…Read More

Video: Considerations for an Investment Property

With Sam Laplaca of CM Property Management Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to managing a rental property, there are a few important things that you’ll need know. Today we are in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Sam LaPlaca, of CM Property Management,…Read More

Taking a Preventative Approach to Tenancy

By Sam Laplaca of CM Property Management Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − When it comes to managing a rental property, preventative maintenance is essential. In addition to maintaining the physical aspects of the property itself, however, an equally crucial part of preventative maintenance is handling non-physical aspects such as…Read More

Sam LaPlaca: Virtuous Properties

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

SAN JOSE − While Sam LaPlaca began his career in the tech industry, it would gradually prove to be a catalyst for another career altogether. “I was working as a computer programmer for Stuart Title, doing title insurance and working…Read More

Video: Increasing the Lifespan of Your Roof

With Carlos Rodriguez of Mr. Roofing, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO − Host, Sarah Rutan: While most roofs tend to look alike, what really determines the lifespan of roof are its components. Today we’re in South San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Carlos Rodriguez of Mr. Roofing,…Read More

Avoiding Water Intrusion Issues with Steep and Flat Roofs

By Carlos Rodriguez of Mr. Roofing, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO − While water intrusion is a concern with any roof, different roof styles present different areas of concern. Here are two prevalent roof styles and the water intrusion issues commonly associated with them. Steep roofs Roofing contractors…Read More

Carlos Rodriguez: Close to Home

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO − After he graduated college, Carlos Rodriguez was on the cusp of a promising career in the corporate world. However, when a need arose at his family’s roofing company, he opted to apply his administrative abilities closer…Read More

Video: The Benefits of Synthetic Lawns

With Jason Webb of 1st Impression Synthetic Lawns & Greens, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN RAMON − Host, Sarah Rutan: Synthetic lawns can be a good alternative to real grass. Today we’re in San Ramon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jason Webb of 1st Impression Synthetic Lawns & Greens, to tell us why. Diamond…Read More

How to Avoid Damaging Your Synthetic Lawn

By Jason Webb of 1st Impression Synthetic Lawns & Greens, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

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Jason Webb: Turf Impressions

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

SAN RAMON − When Jason Webb started working in the home improvement industry, he was handling a broad range of projects, but when an opportunity arose to cater to a niche market, he couldn’t resist. “Initially, 1st Impression Synthetic Lawns…Read More

Video: Trenchless Sewer Line

With Michael Ra of Mr Plumbing, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − Host, Sarah Rutan: If your sewer line needs replacement, you might want to consider the benefits of a trenchless sewer line. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Mike Ra, of Mr  Plumbing, to learn more….Read More

The Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement

By Michael Ra of Mr Plumbing, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − When a sewer problem strikes, it often results in the need for sewer line repair or replacement. While traditional methodology requires a plumber to excavate the entire line—an expensive, time-intensive process that often leaves the customer’s yard…Read More

Michael Ra: Plumbing Excellence

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

SAN JOSE − After working in restaurant management for several years, Michael Ra was looking for a change of pace. So when an opportunity arose for him to get involved in the plumbing industry, he decided to give it a…Read More

Video: Understanding Your Dental Insurance

With Debbie Shanks of William R. Hummer, DDS, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN LEANDRO − Host, Sarah Rutan: Prior to scheduling a dental appointment, its important to understand the terms of your dental insurance. Today we’re in San Leandro with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Debbie Shanks of William Hummer, DDS, to learn more….Read More

Dental Insurance Tip

By Debbie Shanks of William R. Hummer, DDS, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN LEANDRO − Dealing with insurance can be a daunting and confusing experience, and dental insurance is no exception. Patients are often perplexed as to what kind of coverage their policy provides and whether or not they’re eligible for certain…Read More

Debbie Shanks: An Impactful Experience

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

SAN LEANDRO − While many people don’t find their professional callings until adulthood, for Debbie Shanks, it was a firsthand experience early in life that led to an accomplished career in the dental field. “I had a childhood dentist who…Read More

Video: Designing For Your Remodel

With Donna Merritt of Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ROHNERT PARK − Host, Sarah Rutan: When thinking about a remodeling project, there’re a few things you can do before meeting with a designer and a contractor. Today we’re in Rohnert Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Donna Merritt of Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders,…Read More

How to Break the Ice with Design

By Donna Merritt of Merritt-Nelson Custom Builders, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

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Donna Merritt: The Athlete in the Office

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

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Video: The Importance of Checking Your Oil

With Frank Walsh of William Michael Automotive, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

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Two Important Things to Know about Engine Oil

By Frank Walsh of William Michael Automotive, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA CLARA − Almost every vehicle owner knows about the importance of routine oil changes, but even the most diligent drivers can neglect to address oil-related maintenance in between these services. Due to developments in automotive technology, the need for…Read More

Frank Walsh: An Automotive Fascination

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

SANTA CLARA − Considering his lifelong interest in cars, it’s no surprise that Frank Walsh ended up working with them professionally. “I’ve always been fascinated with cars,” he affirms. “My dad used to do a lot of his own auto repair,…Read More

Video: Newborn Dental Care

With Dr. Jaswinder Ghuman of Blossom Dental Excellence, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LOS GATOS − Host, Sarah Rutan: It’s never too early to begin caring for a child’s teeth and gums. Today, we’re in Los Gatos with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. Jaswinder Ghuman of Blossom Dental Excellence to hear more. Diamond Certified Expert Contributor,…Read More

Caring for Your Infant’s Oral Health

By Dr. Jaswinder Ghuman of Blossom Dental Excellence, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LOS GATOS − Even though infants aren’t yet brushing their teeth, they’re still susceptible to oral health issues. So, to ensure beautiful smiles later in life, it’s important for parents to take proactive measures to care for their infants’ teeth….Read More

Dr. Jaswinder Ghuman: Blossoming into Excellence

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

LOS GATOS −Like many dentists, Dr. Jaswinder Ghuman’s career decision reflected a dual interest in hands-on ingenuity and humanitarian compassion. “Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve enjoyed working with my hands and doing things like craftwork and embroidery,”…Read More

Video: Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

With Jeffrey Pickard of Five Star Windows, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CAMPBELL − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re thinking about installing energy efficient windows and doors in your home,  you’ll first want to know your options. Today, we’re in Campbell with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jeffrey Pickard of Five Star Windows to learn…Read More

Video: Cleaning Your Stainless Steel

With Milton Gooden of Good & Clean Co. Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

STINSON BEACH − Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to cleaning stainless steel, its important to know the proper methodology. Today we’re in Stinson Beach with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Milton Gooden of Good & Clean Company to learn how to clean stainless…Read More

The Importance of Proper Window Installation

By Jeffrey Pickard of Five Star Windows, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CAMPBELL − When it comes to having new windows installed, most homeowners are concerned about getting the right products, but it’s even more important to be concerned about using the correct installation methods. According to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association…Read More

Jeffrey Pickard: A Five-Star Development

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

CAMPBELL − Jeffrey Pickard didn’t get to be second-generation owner of his family’s business by mere default; rather, he started from the bottom and worked his way up just like anyone else. “I was helping my dad set up at…Read More

Video: Energy-Efficient Attic Improvements

With Greg Sutliff of Alcal Specialty Contracting, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SACRAMENTO − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re looking for ways to improve energy efficiency in your home, one of the first places to look is your attic. Today we’re in Sacramento with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Greg Sutliff of Alcal…Read More

Improving Home Energy Efficiency with Attic Air Sealing

By Greg Sutliff of Alcal Specialty Contracting, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SACRAMENTO − In addition to upgrading your insulation and installing a radiant barrier, a great way to improve your home’s energy efficiency is with attic air sealing. The purpose of attic air sealing is to prevent the transmission of conditioned…Read More

Greg Sutliff: A Light in the Attic

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

SACRAMENTO − While he enjoys both the hands-on and operational aspects of the construction trade, Greg Sutliff says what he loves most about his job at Alcal Specialty Contracting, Inc. is his ability to make a positive impact on the…Read More

Video: Addressing Sleep Apnea

With Dr. William Schneider of William M. Schneider D.D.S., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you suffer from sleep apnea, there are some solutions available. Today we’re in Walnut Creek with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. William Schneider of William M. Schneider D.D.S. to learn more. Diamond Certified…Read More

How to Identify and Treat Sleep Apnea

By Dr. William Schneider of William M. Schneider, D.D.S., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK − Although it’s often mistaken for mere snoring, sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes the sufferer to literally stop breathing during sleep—potentially hundreds of times in a single night. In addition to daytime sleepiness (which can…Read More

Dr. William Schneider: An Early Intuition

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

WALNUT CREEK − While many people remain in search of their professional callings well into adulthood, Dr. William Schneider says he was one of the “lucky ones” who know exactly what they want to do at a young age. “I…Read More

Video: Buying a Used Vehicle

With Kris Cesena of Auto Medics - Asian Car Specialists, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN MATEO − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re thinking about purchasing a used vehicle, there is a list of things you’ll need to know. Today we’re in San Mateo with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Kris Cesena of Auto Medics to…Read More

Considerations for Buying a Used Vehicle

By Kris Cesena of Auto Medics, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN MATEO − While purchasing a used vehicle can be a financially viable option, it can also be a gamble. Whereas purchasing from a dealership offers the assurance of a comprehensive warranty, buying from an independent seller rarely affords such…Read More

Kris Cesena: A Mechanical Inclination

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

SAN MATEO − While Kris Cesena spent years working as a mechanical drafter, she never thought one day she’d be applying her knowledge toward repairing cars. “I’ve been mechanically inclined ever since I was a kid,” she says. “I went…Read More

Video: Preparing To Meet With Your Contractor

With Dan Phippen of Delta Pacific Builders, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

BETHEL ISLAND − Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning a remodeling project, its good to do some homework before meeting with a contractor. Today, we’re in Bethel Island with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dan Phippen of Delta Pacific Painters to learn…Read More

Homework to do Before Meeting with a Contractor

By Dan Phippen of Delta Pacific Builders Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

BETHEL ISLAND − If you’re planning to take on a building or remodeling project, it’s a good idea to do your homework prior to calling a contractor so you can put together some ideas of what you want. While most…Read More

Dan Phippen: From Start to Finish

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

BETHEL ISLAND − When asked about his professional philosophy, Dan Phippen cites the slogan of his company, Delta Pacific Builders Inc: “Quality from start to finish.” “I take pride in providing quality experiences for my customers, from the time I…Read More

How to Apply Water-Based Paint Over An Oil-Based Surface

By Cleve Dayton of The Painting Pros, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LOS GATOS − While environmentally-friendly materials offer a healthier approach to home improvement, they aren’t always compatible when used alongside traditional ones. One example of this is using a water-based paint on an oil-based surface. While it may take a…Read More

Cleve Dayton: True Calling

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

LOS GATOS − Like many high school graduates in search of direction, a young Cleve Dayton had hoped to discover his professional livelihood in the academic realm. However, it wasn’t until he looked beyond the classroom that he found his…Read More

Video: Caring for your Area Rugs

With Babak Falasiri of Serapi Rug Gallery, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LOS GATOS − Host, Sarah Rutan: To keep area rugs in your home looking their best, it’s important to exercise proper care. Today, we’re in Los Gatos with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Babak Falasari of Serapi Rug Gallery to learn…Read More

How to Care for a Decorative Area Rug

By Babak Falasiri of Serapi Rug Gallery, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LOS GATOS  − When it comes to caring for a decorative area rug in your home, a few basic steps can go a long way toward preserving its beauty and durability. One simple proactive measure is to turn your rug over…Read More

Babak Falasiri: Weaving in Success

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

LOS GATOS − For Babak Falasiri, working at a decorative rug gallery while in college went from being a means of financial sustenance to a passion that extended to both his personal and professional livelihoods. “In Iran, decorative rugs are…Read More

Video: Considerations for Buying a Roofing System

With Cameron Radonich of Los Gatos Roofing, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − Host, Sarah Rutan: Prior to investing in a new roof, its good to know the full extent of your options. Today, we’re in Los Gatos with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Cameron Radonich of Los Gatos Roofing to…Read More

A Systematic Approach to Roofing

By Cameron Radonich of Los Gatos Roofing, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − When it comes to choosing materials for a new roof, there are a couple of ways to go about it. Many homeowners opt to trust the expertise of their roofing contractors and let them use the materials…Read More

Cameron Radonich: Bring it on Home

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

SAN JOSE − Aiming for a career in professional sports, Cameron Radonich was in the process of earning his master’s degree when a simple realization led to an abrupt change in direction. “I was working on a master’s in organizational…Read More

Video: The Revival of Vinyl Records

With Craig Allison of Lavish Theaters, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

HEALDSBURG − Host, Sarah Rutan: There is a renewed interest in vinyl records and today we’re in Healdsburg with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Craig Allison of Lavish Theaters to learn more. Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Craig Allison: Today people are…Read More

The Resurgence of Vinyl LPs

By Craig Allison of Lavish Theaters, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

HEALDSBURG − Today, an increasing number of people are returning to a format of music listening that’s more than 50 years old: vinyl LPs. In an era where digital music is readily available, what could account for this movement toward…Read More

Craig Allison: High Fidelity

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

HEALDSBURG − Upon purchasing his first stereo system in 1966, a young Craig Allison found himself immersed in a scintillating new world of sound that would prove to be a seminal influence throughout his formative years. What he didn’t realize,…Read More

Video: How To Choose The Right Frames

With Harry Mankabadi of Site for Sore Eyes - Dublin, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

DUBLIN − Host, Sarah Rutan: When picking out a pair of glasses, its important to choose frames that best compliment your features. Today we’re in Dublin with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Harry Mankabadi of Site for Sore Eyes-Dublin to learn…Read More

Choosing the Right Eyewear Frames for an Oval Face

By Harry Mankabadi of Site for Sore Eyes - Dublin, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

DUBLIN − When diagnosed with deficient vision, many people are hesitant about getting a pair of glasses because they fear their appearance will be compromised. The good news is eyewear doesn’t have to be an eyesore—by becoming educated about the…Read More

Harry Mankabadi: Head and Heart

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

DUBLIN − Besides having a mind for numbers, Harry Mankabadi has always had a heart for helping others, so when he came across a professional field that incorporated both, he didn’t think twice about getting involved. “In school, my main…Read More

Video: Water Heater and Toilet Maintenance

With Gary Packard of MAPLEService, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA −Host, Sarah Rutan: Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Gary Packard of MAPLEService, Inc. to hear his at-home maintenance tips. Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Gary Packard: Hi. Springtime is a great time when most…Read More

“Spring Cleaning” for Your Plumbing System

By Gary Packard of MAPLEService, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA − With the arrival of more congenial weather, spring is the time when many people begin tackling various home maintenance projects. In addition to common “spring cleaning” tasks such as repainting your house or cleaning your carpet, it’s…Read More

Gary Packard: Plumbing Heritage

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

SANTA ROSA − As a fourth-generation industry professional, you might say that Gary Packard has plumbing in his blood. “My great-grandfather was a plumber in Salt Lake City, my grandfather was a plumber in Idaho, and my dad spent more…Read More

Video: Sophisticated Smog Test Technology

With Chandra Lahiri of San Rafael Smog, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN RAFAEL − Host, Sarah Rutan: To improve both accuracy and efficiency, smog test stations throughout California are changing the way they perform emissions testing. Today we’re in San Rafael with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Chandra Lahiri of San Rafael…Read More

The New State of Emissions Testing

By Chandra Lahiri of San Rafael Smog, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN RAFAEL − To improve both accuracy and efficiency, smog check stations throughout California are changing the way they perform emissions testing. The California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) is replacing the current mode of testing with a new system…Read More

Chandra Lahiri: Retiring to Success

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

SAN RAFAEL − After nearly four decades as a global management executive, Chandra Lahiri was ready to retire from the bustle of the corporate world. However, rather than retreat to a life of leisure, he wanted to do something he’d…Read More

Video: Choosing a Home Inspector

With Michelle Carr Crowe of Michelle Carr Crowe and the Get Results Team, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CUPERTINO − Host, Sarah Rutan: Before purchasing a home, it is vital to hire a home inspector. Today, we’re in Cupertino with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Michelle Carr Crow of the Michelle Carr Crowe and the Get Results Team to…Read More

Michelle Carr Crowe: Carrying the Torch

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

CUPERTINO − For many people, following in the professional footsteps of a parent can be a daunting prospect that provokes fears of falling short of elevated expectations. Michelle Carr Crowe experienced similar feelings when she was first considering a career…Read More

Determining the Best Time to Sell Your Bay Area Home

By Michelle Carr Crowe of Michelle Carr Crowe and the Get Results Team, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CUPERTINO − In real estate, one of the biggest questions a seller faces is, “When should I sell my home?” While determining the right time to sell entails several variables (the time of year, the state of the housing market,…Read More

Video: Water Management for your Garden

With Alain Joske of Inscapes, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ROHNERT PARK − Host, Sarah Rutan: In order to maintain a healthy landscape, it’s important to regulate the amount of water your plants receive, Today, we’re in Rohnert Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Alain Joske of Inscapes to learn…Read More

Alain Joske: Second Nature

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

ROHNERT PARK − Like many professionals who follow in a parent’s footsteps, Alain Joske found success by taking up the trade of his father. “My father was a landscape architect, so I’ve pretty much been involved in it all my…Read More

The Key to Effective Landscape Watering

By Alain Joske of Inscapes, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

ROHNERT PARK − When it comes to landscape irrigation, a common misconception is that plants need to be watered on a daily basis. In reality, by adopting strategic water-wise methods, you can easily reduce the frequency of your landscape watering…Read More

Video: Cabinet Choices

With Scott Westby of MSK Design Build, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning on installing new cabinets, you’ll want to know your options. Today we’re in Walnut Creek with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Scott Westby of MSK Design Build to learn more. Diamond Certified…Read More

Differentiating Cabinet Styles

By Scott Westby of MSK Design Build, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

WALNUT CREEK − Some homeowners assume shopping for new kitchen cabinets will be a simple endeavor, but there are actually numerous options to choose from. By familiarizing yourself with the various cabinet styles ahead of time, you’ll be able to…Read More

Scott Westby: West by Northwest

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

WALNUT CREEK − The son of a building contractor, Scott Westby had been involved in construction for most of his life when he decided to return to school in pursuit of a new career. However, even after he became a…Read More

Milton Gooden: Clean Living

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

STINSON BEACH − While professional success is often the result of a deliberate venture, in some cases, it develops as a natural outgrowth of a prior occupation. For Milton Gooden, it was a job showing vacation homes for a realty…Read More

How to Properly Clean Stainless Steel

By Milton Gooden of Good and Clean Co. Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

STINSON BEACH − Manufactured from a material called chromium, stainless steel is a beautiful, durable metal that’s used in almost every kitchen. It’s resistant to stains and corrosion, but it’s not indestructible—in fact, if you use the wrong cleaning products…Read More

Video: How to Secure a Load

With Jim Dengler of 3D Design & Construction, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN ANSELMO − Host, Sarah Rutan: When transporting a load in your vehicle, its important to know how to properly secure it. Today, we’re in San Anselmo with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jim Dengler of 3D Design & Construction to…Read More

Securing a Load with a Standard Rope

By Jim Dengler of 3D Design & Construction, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN ANSELMO − When transporting a load on top of a car or truck, a crucial safety measure is to make sure it’s fully secured. While a mechanical cinching strap can take the guesswork out of tying down a load,…Read More

Jim Dengler: The Art of Building

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

SAN ANSELMO − While many people plan ahead for their occupations, for others, a career can be the result of a gradual series of events, a fateful interaction or even a seemingly random coincidence. For Jim Dengler, it was an…Read More

Video: Importance of Drying Time

With John Molloy of John Molloy Painting, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

FAIRFAX − Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to painting your home, its important to allow ample drying time. Today, we’re in Fairfax with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, John Molloy of John Molloy Painting to learn why. Diamond Certified Expert…Read More

Video: Differentiating Countertops

With Jack Benning of Golden State Granite, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning on installing new counter tops, you’ll want to know the differences between natural and man-made products. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jack Benning of Golden State Granite to…Read More

The Hard Truth about Manufactured Stone Products

By Jack Benning of Golden State Granite, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

CONCORD − When choosing new kitchen counters, many consumers want to know what’s better: a natural product such as granite or marble, or a manufactured product like Caesarstone or Cambria. While there are pros and cons to either option, a…Read More

Jack Benning: Granite Ambition

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

CONCORD − With his background in general construction, Jack Benning says his transition into selling and installing stone products was a gradual process. “Granite really came into its own as a home remodeling product back in the early ’90s. A…Read More

Video: Proper Tree Maintenance

With Terry Powell of Terry’s Tree Service, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LIVERMORE − Host, Sarah Rutan: In caring for your landscape, its important to know how to properly prune your trees. Today we’re in Livermore with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Terry Powell of Terry’s Tree Service to learn more. Diamond Certified…Read More

The Benefits of Proper Tree Maintenance

By Terry Powell of Terry's Tree Service, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LIVERMORE − The upkeep of trees on a property is an important yet often overlooked aspect of home maintenance. In addition to having their health periodically assessed by a professional, you should keep your trees well-trimmed via regular pruning and…Read More

Terry Powell: Early Entrepreneur

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Staff

LIVERMORE − While many children get their first taste of the vocational realm by performing yard work around their neighborhoods, for Terry Powell, it became a genuine entrepreneurial enterprise. “When I was about seven years old, I started doing chores…Read More

Video: Landscape Lighting

With Louise Leff of Leff Landscape Associates, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

PETALUMA − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re considering adding lighting to your landscape, there are a few things you will want to consider. Today we’re in Petaluma with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Louise Leff of Leff Landscape Associates to learn…Read More