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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Encino, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Encino, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
 Mobile Storage Containers Encino, CA
When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Encino, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Encino, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Encino, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Latest News in Encino, CA

Sutton Stracke: My reaction to Dorit Kemsley’s break-in was ‘insensitive’

By Evan RealSutton Stracke is sorry for how she reacted to the news of Dorit Kemsley’s home invasion while filming the new season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”“I had a weird day and so I wasn’t focused and I was insensitive to what happened,” Stracke, 50, exc...

By Evan Real

Sutton Stracke is sorry for how she reacted to the news of Dorit Kemsley’s home invasion while filming the new season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

“I had a weird day and so I wasn’t focused and I was insensitive to what happened,” Stracke, 50, exclusively tells Page Six.

“Once I kind of got my brain settled and understood the severity, I think contrite can only explain how I felt.”

Bravo released a preview to People magazine Tuesday that shows Kyle Richards recapping Kemsley’s terror with Stracke, who appears apathetic when she states, “I’ve been putting out fires all day today, too.”

In the clip, Stracke expresses frustration over the trouble she’s had getting a French designer to California to help her complete a business-related project. “It’s all relative. I mean, I wasn’t held and gunpoint,” she tells Richards. “I’m sorry. It’s been a weird day, a weird morning.”

Richards, 53, shocked by Stracke’s remarks, then asks in a confessional, “Are you that wrapped up in yourself that you are not grasping what just happened to our friend?”

Kemsley, 45, was at her house in Encino, Calif., with her two young children on the evening of Oct. 27, 2021, when armed men broke in and stole high-end belongings including jewelry, handbags and watches.

“There was someone … who said, ‘Just kill her, just kill her already, just kill her,’ and all I could think of [was], ‘I have to save those babies.’ I begged them, I begged for my life, and begged for their life,” the Beverly Beach founder previously told “Access Hollywood,” recounting the horrifying incident.

Kemsley’s son, Jagger, 8, and daughter, Phoenix, 6, whom she shares with husband Paul “PK” Kemsley, were asleep at the time of the robbery, while PK, 54, was in London.

“I never would want anything bad to happen to Dorit or her family, ever,” Stracke asserts in her chat with Page Six. “None of us want anything bad to happen to any of us. That is the scariest thing and the environment that we live in, especially here in LA in Beverly Hills, it kind of set me off a little bit.”

The SUTTON boutique owner adds, “I just wasn’t there. I wasn’t being present. And so I think insensitive is the best word for [my reaction to the break-in]. And I was very sorry for it.”

The two women eventually forged a stronger friendship, though Stracke teases that it took some effort on her part.

“I think we’ll see how the show unfolds a lot of clarity — and we’ll just see how she reacts to me and if I can offer any help,” the cashmere designer says of her attempts to support Kemsley. “I call it [my] season of forgiveness.”

Stracke and Kemsley recently hung out at the Stagecoach country music festival with Richards and “The Middle” singer Maren Morris, proof that progress was made.

“I’ve loved getting to know her [and] I’ve loved getting to know PK more,” Stracke notes. “He’s very funny. And her children, I could eat them up. The idea of anything happening to them is awful.”

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Season 12 premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.

Why Termite Inspections In The Encino-Tarzana Area Are Worth Every Penny

An ounce of prevention can save you lots of money in the long run and keep your home safe from damage.Every year, termites cause billions of dollars of structural damage, and property owners spend over $2 billion treating these destructive pests. Preventing an infestation can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars out of your own pocket since ...

An ounce of prevention can save you lots of money in the long run and keep your home safe from damage.

Every year, termites cause billions of dollars of structural damage, and property owners spend over $2 billion treating these destructive pests. Preventing an infestation can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars out of your own pocket since many insurance companies will not cover termite damage. The destruction can be extensive, requiring repairs to structural beams, windows and even interior wall framing, which is why it's vital to have a professional termite inspector visit your home annually.

Fortunately, Thumbtack — a convenient home services app used by millions — makes it easier than ever to find top-rated termite inspectors in the Encino-Tarzana area. Each pro on Thumbtack has their own profile with price information, allowing you to find a termite inspector who works within your budget.

While the cost for inspection will vary depending on various factors — such as your home's size, if there are hard-to-reach areas and whether you have additional outbuildings to inspect — the average fixed cost for a termite inspection in the greater Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA region is $439, according to data obtained by Thumbtack.

Clearly, the cost of an annual termite inspection is a small price to pay when you consider just how costly the damage of an untreated infestation can be. Here are some top-rated termite inspectors in the Encino-Tarzana area.

After your termite inspection is complete, you can use Thumbtack to connect with other pros in the Encino-Tarzana area to complete nearly any job on your list. You can hire a house cleaner, landscaper, plumber, HVAC technician and just about any other professional who is ready to help you knock out your home maintenance tasks. Thumbtack pros even have reviews, so you know exactly what other Encino-Tarzana community members thought of their services.

Need to hire a professional termite inspection service in the Encino-Tarzana area? Let the pros at Thumbtack help you get the job done!

Pricing data is based on projects requested on Thumbtack in the past 24 months as reported directly by the independent service professional or individual consumer.

C.A. Affirms Judgment Against Lawyer/Realtor Who Lied

Superior Court Judge Found He Lacked Credibility in Denying Having Promised the Lessee of Premises That He Would Cause Power to Be Restored to Fire-Damaged Building; Manella Sees No ErrorBy a MetNews Staff Writer . A non-practicing lawyer with a disciplinary record who leased a fire-damaged unit to a woman upon the promise he would restore power to it, but failed to do so, then disclaimed ever having mad...

Superior Court Judge Found He Lacked Credibility in Denying Having Promised the Lessee of Premises That He Would Cause Power to Be Restored to Fire-Damaged Building; Manella Sees No Error

By a MetNews Staff Writer


A non-practicing lawyer with a disciplinary record who leased a fire-damaged unit to a woman upon the promise he would restore power to it, but failed to do so, then disclaimed ever having made the commitment, must pay the former tenant nearly $40,000 in attorney fees, in addition to damages, under an opinion of this district’s Court of Appeal, filed yesterday.

Presiding Justice Nora M. Manella of Div. Four authored the opinion, which was not certified for publication. It affirms a judgment by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Wendy Chang in favor of the ex-tenant, Connie Hernandez.

Hernandez sued after repudiating the lease. Months had passed since she leased the premises in Pearblossom, an unincorporated area of the Antelope Valley, and power for the premises, which she had intended to use for a restaurant, had not been restored.

The lessor, Phoenix Thottam, a lawyer on active status who is in the real estate business, insisted that he had never promised to reinstate electricity, though the Craigslist ad to which Hernandez responded said that the lessor was “in the process of restoring power.”

Chang’s Decision

Chang said in her decision, following a bench trial:

“The court… finds that Defendant’s denials of his assurances of restoring power by August 2018 to lack credibility.”

Thottam claimed that the intended purpose of the space being leased was for storage, but Chang said: “The court finds Defendant’s assertion that the Lease was not for a restaurant, but rather, for storage, to lack credibility and in contravention of the terms of the Lease itself. The Lease, drafted by Defendant, asserts that it is for the purpose of a Mexican seafood restaurant.”

The judge determined that “Defendant did not lack good faith in attempting to make repairs—what he lacked were funds.”

Attorney Fees

She awarded damages in the amount of $13,200, costs totaling $2,895.70, and ruled that attorney fees were due because Thottam had inserted a provision in the lease that he would be entitled to such fees if he prevailed in litigation and, under Civil Code §1717, Hernandez would necessarily have a like entitlement if she won. Chang later set the fees at $39,790.

In her opinion affirming the judgment, Manella rejected Thottam’s contention that Chang violated the parol evidence rule by considering extrinsic evidence as to a promise to restore power when the lease, itself, said the premises were being let “as is.”

She wrote:

“The trial court correctly concluded that the lease was ambiguous as to appellant’s obligation to restore power to the unit. On one hand, the lease repeated several times that the unit was provided on an ‘as is’ basis and that respondent would be responsible for all necessary repairs. On the other hand, the lease repeatedly referenced appellant’s work to restore power to the unit:…These provisions, which tied appellant to the task of restoring power to the unit, appear to depart from the “as is” provisions, which generally laid responsibility for all repairs on respondent.”

Resolving Ambiguity

There was no error in resolving that ambiguity against Thottam, she said, and no error in construing against him an ambiguity as to attorney fees. Manella noted Chang’s reliance upon the fact that it was Thottam who drafted the lease, and said:

“[T]he trial court’s reasoning was correct.”

The case is Hernandez v. Thottam, B306547.

Robin E. Paley and Shivali Kasbekar of the Encino Law Offices of Robin E. Paley represented Hernandez. Thottam was in pro per.

Thottam was suspended from law practice from Oct. 31, 2008 to Jan. 29, 2009 based on an Aug. 26, 2004 conviction for petty theft.

Copyright 2022, Metropolitan News Company

AACD Orlando 2022 an Unequivocal Success

More than 1,000 American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) members, dental professionals, students, sponsors, and exhibitors attended the 38th Annual AACD Scientific Session in Orlando, April 27-30, 2022.After two annual events were cancelled due to the pandemic, AACD came back stronger than ever kicking things off with a blowout welcome reception, Wonderland: We’re All Mad Here. Then, innovative esthetic education and hands-on workshops took center stage.Headliner general session educators included...

More than 1,000 American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) members, dental professionals, students, sponsors, and exhibitors attended the 38th Annual AACD Scientific Session in Orlando, April 27-30, 2022.

After two annual events were cancelled due to the pandemic, AACD came back stronger than ever kicking things off with a blowout welcome reception, Wonderland: We’re All Mad Here. Then, innovative esthetic education and hands-on workshops took center stage.

Headliner general session educators included Dr. Join Kois, plus Drs. Miguel Ortiz and Carlos De Carvalho.

AACD 2022 delivered an exceptional continuing education experience for dental professionals who are passionate about pursuing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry and those committed to begin their AACD Accreditation journey—the only advanced credential in cosmetic dentistry.

The conference concluded with the memorable Celebration of Excellence gala event, Bring Back the Magic, honoring AACD’s newly Accredited and Accredited Fellow members. In 2022, three Accreditation classes took to the stage since previous conference cancellations caused them to have to wait for this unforgettable honor and peer recognition.

The Academy also welcomed its new President, Marilyn Calvo, DDS, AAACD. An AACD Accredited Member, Dr. Calvo is a 1979 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry. She has been in private practice in Encino, California, since 1980 where she focuses on cosmetic restorative dentistry.

New AACD Leaders for 2022-2023

At the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Annual Member Meeting, held Friday, April 29, 2022, during their annual scientific session in Orlando, Florida, the following leaders were elected by acclamation:

Board of Directors

Adamo E. Notarantonio, DDS, FAACD – Vice President

Sarah Slone, DMD, AAACD – Accredited Member

Grace EM Gerrity – Corporate Member

Aikaterini Papathanasiou, DDS, DMD – University Member

Errin Depalma, DDS – General Member

American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry

Brenda K. Jennings, DDS, AAACD – Board Member

Amanda N. Seay, DDS, FAACD – Board Member

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (Elected Position)

Chiann Fan Gibson, DMD, AAACD

The AACD is excited to work with these new volunteer leaders who will be instrumental in the continued success of the Academy and its charitable foundation.

Through its charity auction and fundraising event at TopGolf Orlando, the AACD Charitable Foundation raised more than $50,000 for its Give Back a Smile program! Give Back a Smile restores damaged smiles of adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The Charitable Foundation’s incoming volunteer leaders also took office.

Dwight G. Rickert, CDT, FAACD, and Les Latner, DDS, AAACD, were reappointed to each serve three-year terms on the Board of Trustees and Alexandra H. Arnold, DMD was appointed for a one-year Associate Member term. Dwight G. Rickert, CDT, FAACD will serve as Chair for the upcoming year.

The Academy is already looking forward to AACD 2023 Texas, which is scheduled for April 26-29 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine.

For more information, visit

About the AACD

The AACD is the world’s largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care, combining art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics, and function.

Comprised of cosmetic dental professionals in 70 countries worldwide, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities, promoting and supporting a respected Accreditation credential, serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas, and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.

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UFCW Local 770 approves contract with Gelson’s

Grocery store associates represented by six United Food and Commercial Workers locals in Southern and Central California voted “overwhelmingly” to ratify a new labor contract with Gelson’s Markets, UFCW Local 770 reported.Under the new agreement, most workers will receive wage hikes of $4.25 per hour over the three-year contract, and some classifications will get higher pay raises, Los Angeles-based UFCW 770 said late Friday following the vote tally. The pact also guarantees a minimum of 28 hours a week for eligible ...

Grocery store associates represented by six United Food and Commercial Workers locals in Southern and Central California voted “overwhelmingly” to ratify a new labor contract with Gelson’s Markets, UFCW Local 770 reported.

Under the new agreement, most workers will receive wage hikes of $4.25 per hour over the three-year contract, and some classifications will get higher pay raises, Los Angeles-based UFCW 770 said late Friday following the vote tally. The pact also guarantees a minimum of 28 hours a week for eligible part-time employees and cuts the time required to advance in the wage scale, which means that more workers will receive their benefits sooner, the union noted. That change also will lead to “significant increases” in take-home pay, as much as $3,000 annually for some employees, according to UFCW 770.

The contract covers more than 2,000 supermarket employees represented by UFCW Locals 135, 324,

770, 1167, 1428 and 1442, spanning market areas from Paso Robles in Central California to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Overall, Encino, Calif.-based Gelson’s operates 27 upscale supermarkets from Santa Barbara to San Diego, mostly along the Southern California coast and in the Los Angeles area but also with one location in Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs.

“This historic contract gives power back to the employees and lays the foundation for future great contracts for workers. It provides the highest wage gains employees have seen in their careers, and we were able to close the gap between food and GM rates,” bargaining committee member Matthew Plotkin, a bookkeeper at a Gelson’s store in Encino, said in a statement.

UFCW 770 noted that the new labor deal with Gelson’s also improves dental and vision plans, safeguards pension benefits and adds new safety language to ensure employees are part of health and safety committees at all stores. The union said the latter provision ensures store associates will be able to make safety decisions to protect workers and customers.

“I am excited about this contract. The raise in wages, reducing the number of hours employees need to reach the next tier increasing their pay, and the change of language in the contract benefits us. With this contract, employees will be able to enjoy financial stability,” commented bargaining committee member Lawrence Martinez, a service deli clerk at Gelson’s store in West Hollywood. “My co-workers deserve this great contract. Their stellar personal customer service, being knowledgeable and helpful employees, always providing good quality products, makes it so convenient for customers so they don’t have to go shopping anywhere else. Our daily work builds the Gelson’s brand that differentiates us from the rest.”

UFCW 770’s contract ratification with Gelson’s continued a flurry of approvals in California. Last week, UFCW Local 8-Golden State has ratified new labor agreements for supermarket workers at Safeway and Vons (Albertsons Cos.) and Save Mart, Lucky and Food Maxx (The Save Mart Cos.) stores in Northern and Central California. The new collective bargaining agreements cover more than 15,500 members of UFCW 8GS as well as members of UFCW Local 5 in the San Francisco Bay Area and Local 648 in San Francisco.

Southern California members of UFCW 8GS also approved contracts with Food Maxx, Save Mart, Stater Bros. and Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions. The union said talks were ongoing between UFCW 8GS and Raley’s/Nob Hill and Bel Air stores in Northern California.

Roseville, Calif.-based UFCW 8GS, too, was one of seven UFCW locals in California — also including UFCW 135, 324, 770, 1167, 1428 and 1442 — on April 14 to ratify three-year contracts with Ralphs (The Kroger Co.), Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions after reaching a tentative deal on April 4. The initial deal averted a strike, which had been authorized a week earlier. More than 47,000 workers are covered under the new agreement. UFCW 8GS, 135, 324, 770, 1167 and 1428 also approved a new contract with Stater Bros. on April 9.

“It was time to improve our pay and win a substantial contract,” according to Chad Harris, a food clerk at Gelson’s store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles and a UFCW 770 bargaining committee member.

“I’m very glad that all classifications are getting a pay raise in this contract,” Harris stated. “Employees are going to be able to afford basic necessities such as paying for gas and buying food.”


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