Had World War II continued two months longer, Kent Shoji would have been born in the Manzanar concentration camp. But his parents were released while his mother was pregnant and Shoji grew up in the San Fernando Valley.
Nina Tarnay earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Nina’s professional career has extended beyond the practice of law, evolving over the past three decades through various lines of work for private and public entities. She currently works for a non-profit water association.
Mary Ann Walker was born in Los Angeles and raised in Sonora, Mexico. With a degree from Webster University, she embarked on an entrepreneurial journey that led to the creation of Walker Advertising, which seeks to bridge the gap between a law firm’s need to grow and an underserved community’s need for trustworthy legal services. Walker recognized that many Latinos did not receive the justice they deserved simply because they did not speak English well. She shared her concerns with attorneys and proposed to publicize their services in the Hispanic community, leading to the creation of Los Defensores and, later, 1-800-THE-LAW2.
Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Dave studied business administration at California State University Los Angeles and, at age 19, demonstrated his prowess for sales by becoming the youngest salesman at a local HVAC manufacturer. His success and an entrepreneurial spirit led Dave and a business partner to acquire ToroAire in Long Beach and has grown the business into one of the largest providers of commercial HVAC engineered products in the Southland. Dave has served as President of ToroAire since 1981. He is a Life Member/Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.