Category Archives: Profiles


Embrace Financial Renewal: The Importance of New Checks and 2024 Financial Cleanup

As the calendar flips to a new year, it’s not just about setting resolutions for personal growth; it’s also the perfect time to embark on a journey towards financial organization and cleanliness. One often overlooked aspect of this process is the simple act of purchasing new checks. Let’s explore why getting new checks is an essential step in preparing for a thorough 2024 financial cleanup.

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Jonathan Levy: A Lesson in Humility That Launched a Successful Career

Concept of sustainable development with green vision in a tablet

By MJ Plaster

One of the hardest decisions a college student can make is selecting a major because it should, in theory, lead to a career choice. The problem is that few young adults, when they enter college, have a solid grasp on what they want to do “when they grow up.” Jonathan Levy, also known as the Zero Waste Guy, was one such college student.

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Kevin Kwan & Century 21 West Coast Brokers:“The Harder I Work, the Luckier I Get!”

House owner/real estate agent giving away the keys - house out of focus

By MJ Plaster

High school graduates relish the precious few weeks between high school graduation and the beginning of college classes. It’s the last hurrah with classmates before they all scatter to the wind. Kevin Kwan knew he wouldn’t have that last “hot fun in the summertime” because his mother had warned him that he’d have to get a job as soon as he graduated.

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One Savvy Writer: CheckWorks Turns the Table on Its Writer



In an end-of-year twist, CheckWorks interviewed its writer, MJ Plaster (

How did you get into writing?
A funny thing happened on the way to my journalism degree. I was an airline brat, and I lost my pass privileges, my freedom. What I had once taken for granted (free travel) became a fixation to the exclusion of everything else.

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CheckWorks: The Story of Real-Life Pioneers


CheckWorks began blazing trails in the bank printing business four years after the end of World War I when Aloysius J. (Al) Uniack Sr. emigrated from Canada and made California his home. When epic advances have been made in check printing, the Uniacks have been at the epicenter of the innovations. First Al Sr., then his sons and now his granddaughter, carry the banner of innovation into the future. Join us as we journey through history with the Uniack family.

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Old Town Fight Club: A Wealth of Training, Conditioning and Strength


By MJ Plaster

When you first enter Old Town Fight Club, the creation of owner Alek Loarca, you’re struck by the fact that this is no ordinary gym. The eclectic atmosphere belies its purpose: to train and condition people to champion the fight of life. Don’t let the modern ambiance fool you; the training is classic and combines self-defense with discipline.

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Armed Exterminators: Putting People First


By MJ PLaster

On a beautiful California afternoon, you might find Dale Rodgers, owner of Armed Exterminators (, taking an occasional walk along the beach in Malibu. Those who rise with the chickens can catch him swimming laps at the YMCA most mornings. If you were to connect the dots between these two data points, you might conclude he lives a life of leisure. But things are not always as they seem.

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