Monday, January 5, 2015

Test of Tyme, A Development and Construction Consulting Firm, To Hold Seminar at Gallery Sur in Carmel-by-the-Sea on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Founded in 2008, Test of Tyme is an international real estate investment and development company that restores, builds, buys and sells estates in Carmel and Pebble Beach and beyond.

Pacific Grove, CA, January 04, 2015 - Founded in 2008, Test of Tyme is an international real estate investment and development company that restores, builds, buys and sells estates in Carmel and Pebble Beach and beyond. It will hold a free seminar, “Old World Construction Techniques Used in Carmel & Pebble Beach Estates” with a presentation by Don Whitaker of Test of Tyme and Justin Iles of Decorative Stone Works on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The seminar will be held at Gallery Sur located on 6th Avenue between Dolores and Lincoln (next door to the Little Swiss CafĂ©) in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Refreshments from the new Carmel restaurant, Affina, and beverages will be served. Space is very limited and RSVPs are mandatory by calling (831) 655-2008 or emailing

See some beautiful examples of Old World Design Construction techniques used locally in Carmel and Pebble Beach estates. During their fascinating seminar,

Don Whitaker and Justin Iles will discuss:
- What is the Old World Design style?
- The adoption of Old World Design in the New World
- What tools and techniques are utilized in Old World Design?
- How Old World Design techniques bring authenticity and character to a home
- How to recognize quality craftsmanship in a home
- Wood and stone elements of Old World Design
- Examples of Old World Design ceilings, fireplaces, entryways and more
- Demo of an Old World Design technique by Don Whitaker
- Q and A

About Test of Tyme:
Known as two of the most sought-after artisans and consultants on the Monterey Peninsula, Don Whitaker and Scott Coulter and their hand-picked group of sub-contractors, have worked together to build or renovate many of the largest estates in the area. Due to their passion and talent, artistic vision and top craftsmanship, they have been honored to work on more than 350 of the largest and most beautiful homes and structures in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach, including more than 20 homes on the ocean side of Seventeen Mile Drive in Pebble Beach as well as the Cypress Point Golf Course Club House and Pebble Beach and Tennis Club. Most recently, they have worked on a 28-room mansion near the Lone Cypress Tree. Their work, simply stated, is created to stand the Test of Tyme!

One of their specialties is in the replication and creation of Old World-inspired finishes (1680’s – 1740’s European style), as well as the creation of original pieces designed for a specific home or space. They also restore paintings and other works of art.

Since the establishment of Test of Tyme in 2008, Scott Coulter and Don Whitaker’s artistic work has been featured in the prestigious Perspectives on Design California, a publication on creative ideas shared by leading design professionals. This is a showcase of the state’s finest architects, artisans, homebuilders, landscape architects, interior designers, craftsmen, and other industry specialists, under whose creative direction the extraordinary is made possible. This publication is part of a popular series that spans the Southwest, Chicago, New England, Florida and other design-savvy regions in North America and Europe.

Test of Tyme consists of artisans whose passions lie in the transformation of a home into an embodiment of three-dimensional art. According to Scott Coulter, “We are a community of craftsman and artisans that transform dwellings into habitable works of art. From the hand laid tile individually treated to match flawlessly with one another to the revival of a damaged painting thought to be untreatable. Rustic furnishes, antique revitalization, old-world finishes, varnishes, and custom painting.”

Test of Tyme can transform every aspect of the average home into a marvelous homage to the old-world escapes captured off the pages of a European novella. The craftsmanship and artistic vision of every member of this team poured into the very foundation of each of their passionate projects. But the artistic skill of Test of Tyme extends beyond the palette of the metamorphosis. Their skills including restoring other art such as damaged sculptures, paintings, or manipulating unique pieces of art to fit with the motif of your home. Rejuvenating and recovering the vibrancy of art that was believed to be beyond saving, or modifying other pieces to synchronize fluidly to ambience of your living areas.

About Don Whitaker/Test of Tyme:
A partner in Test of Tyme, Monterey native Don Whitaker is also the owner of The Golden Hammer in Pacific Grove providing cabinetry and custom millwork, including furniture design. He earned local, state-wide and international awards for his carpentry work and has over 40 years of experience, primarily on the largest homes in the Carmel and Pebble Beach area. His passion for perfection is reflected in his wood artistry seen in doors, beams, cabinets, floors and more. Don is a graduate of Monterey High School and attended Monterey Peninsula College. He began work in his field at the cabinetry shop that his father managed.

About Scott Coulter/Test of Tyme:
A partner in Test of Tyme and also the owner of Time Honored Finishes, Scott is legendary for his custom painting and extraordinary “time honored finishes” that transform the interior and exterior of a home into a work of art for generations to come. Specializing in rustic furnishes, antique revitalization, Old World finishes, varnishes and custom painting. His surfaces are scraped, distressed, shaded, brushed, aged and inspired by Scott’s vision. Scott also skillfully restores damaged sculptures and paintings, as well as modifying other pieces to synchronize fluidly within a home. Together with Don Whitaker, surfaces featuring wood, paint, plaster, stone, effects and iron are perfectly finished to suit an estate’s unique character.

About Justin Iles/Decorative Stone Works:
Owner of Decorative Stone Works, Justin Iles apprenticed to become a stone carver and mason in England in 1985. He studied for 5 years and attended Stone Masons College at the city of Bath and also the Architectural Stone Carving College in Weymouth, Dorset. While training with a family run company, he worked on many churches and ancient buildings. Also, during his time of training, he worked at the famous Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire. He moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1999 and lived in Big Sur for many years before relocating to Carmel Valley in 2007. He has worked on over 100 homes in Carmel and Pebble Beach and frequently works with the Test of Tyme team. The masonry work Justin does can range from the foundation to finished work using hand carved Old World techniques. His projects encompass grand entryways, window and door surrounds, fireplaces, fountains and chimneys. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest and Stone World Magazine, among others.

About Gallery Sur:
Gallery Sur specializes in dramatic oversized color photography of Big Sur, Carmel and Pebble Beach along with a dynamic collection of color cityscapes and architectural abstracts. For the golfer, we have an impressive collection of memorable golf landscapes of Pebble Beach, Cypress Point and other courses around the world. Each piece is custom designed to suit your individual needs. Also now proudly representing the Nyanhongo family of sculptors, a stunning array of original African stone sculpture that touches your soul.

About Affina Restaurant:
Located at the corner of San Carlos and Sixth, Affina Restaurant offers farm fresh-to-table California-fusion cuisine. It also serves small sustainable wines from all over the world in its fun and friendly atmosphere.

For more information about Test of Tyme, go to or call (831) 655-2008.

Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940

“How to Use Negotiation and Mediation Skills in Public Policy Advocacy” Symposium and Training at Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management featuring California State Senator Bill Monning and a Policy Maker Panel on Friday, January 23, 2015

The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management will hold a valuable full day event, “How to Use Negotiation and Mediation Skills in Public Policy Advocacy” Symposium and Training featuring Bill Monning, California State Senator, 17th State Senate District, Lead Speaker and Facilitator, the Honorable Fred Keeley and a panel of policy makers.

Seaside, CA, January 04, 2015 - The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management will hold a valuable full day event, “How to Use Negotiation and Mediation Skills in Public Policy Advocacy” Symposium and Training featuring Bill Monning, California State Senator, 17th State Senate District, Lead Speaker and Facilitator, the Honorable Fred Keeley and a panel of policy makers. The event will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., including lunch, at The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management, located adjacent to the Monterey College of Law, 100 Col. Durham Street, Seaside, CA 93955, on the Former Fort Ord.

From local to national to international policy, a common skill set can be learned, developed, and practiced to advance policy objective related to environmental, land use, business, education, labor, healthcare, and other policies. This not-to-be-missed training program will include policy issue and advocacy planning and strategy development rooted in fundamental negotiation and mediation analysis and skills. Whether you work with a non-profit organization or represent stakeholders in the public policy arena, this important training will provide valuable tools for effective public policy development and advocacy.

The Symposium fee is $295 (private sector), $175 (non-profit organizations), $150 (students with ID), Discount for Groups of 5 or more. California State Bar attendees qualify for 6 hours of MCLE credit for participation in the Symposium. Space is limited so register early. For more information and to register for the Symposium, go to or call (831) 582-5234.

The distinguished group of speakers will include:
State Senator Bill Monning – Lead Speaker/Facilitator
Honorable Fred Keeley, County Treasurer of Santa Cruz/Former California State Assemblymember – Lunch Keynote Speaker

Policy Maker Panel:
Honorable Sue McCloud, Former Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea
David Stoldt, General Manager, Monterey Peninsula Regional Water District
Mary Claypool, President, NAACP/Monterey County Branch
Cesar Lara, Executive Director of both Monterey Bay Central Labor
Council and Central Coast Citizen Project
According to Senator Monning, “In my experience as an attorney, non-profit director, advocate, and elected official, I have seen a range of styles and techniques advanced in public policy advocacy. It is my belief, that we can all improve and hone our skills to be more effective and successful in the public policy arena. Our particular subject matter expertise does not always qualify us to be effective as advocates in the public policy arena and this Symposium will provide some important skills for all of us.”

Speaker Bios:
State Senator Bill Monning
Senator Monning was the founding Executive Director of the Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management and is a distinguished Professor of Law at the Monterey College of Law.

He also served as Professor of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Bill has worked with the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as a trainer in trade dispute negotiation and is a co-founder of Global Majority, an international non-profit organization committed to education, training, and advocacy in the field of non-violent conflict resolution. Bill currently serves in the California State Senate, 17th Senate District representing Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo counties and parts of Monterey and Santa Clara counties.

The Honorable Fred Keeley
The Honorable Fred Keeley has served as Treasurer of the County of Santa Cruz since 2005.
Prior to his service as Treasurer, Fred served as Executive Director of the Planning & Conservation League, and the PCL Foundation, both environmental organizations that are established leaders in the research, development, and enactment of major environmental protection policy. From 1996 through 2002, Mr. Keeley represented the Monterey Bay area in the California State Assembly. As the highest-ranking member of the Speaker’s leadership team, Fred was responsible for analysis and management of the majority’s policy initiatives. His legislative leadership during the California Energy Crisis is credited with stabilizing electricity prices and electricity supply. Fred currently serves on the Chairman’s Task Force at the Fair Political Practices Commission. He also teaches at California State University, Monterey Bay, as is a frequent lecturer at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy

Mary Claypool
Mary Claypool is the current President & Board Member of the Monterey County Board of Education, Trustee Area 6, and is current President of the Monterey County Branch NAACP in 2013 & 2014; former Chair (3 1/2 yrs.) She also is currently a Board Member of the Central Coast Visiting Nurses' Association and Hospice. She received the 2014 Monterey County Woman of the Year Award and the 2014 Visiting Nurses' Association & Hospice Woman of the Year Award. Mary worked for the City of Seaside for 20 years in finance, redevelopment, community development and economic development. She also worked for the County of Monterey in economic development for 17 years and as Executive Director of the Monterey County Business Council for five years. While at the County of Monterey, in 2003, she developed the very successful Monterey County Competitive Clusters Project, bringing together over 300 business and community leaders across agriculture, tourism, education building and technology. The program is still active and continues today to provide cross-pollination of industries, job creation and workforce development programs. Mary was on the Seaside Planning Commission for six years, serving as Chair for 4 years and other numerous non-profits.

Honorable Sue McCloud
Sue McCloud was the longest serving Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea from 2000-2012. In 2013, she was appointed by city council to serve on the Planning Committee for City Centennial in 2016. Prior to her work in Monterey County she served as a member of the Senior Intelligence service of the Central Intelligence agency from 1964-1994. Upon retiring in 1994 she moved back to her roots, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and immediately got down to work. She was on the Board of Director of Monterey Institute of International Studies and chaired its Planning Committee, was a member of the Carmel Planning Commission and the Board of the Carmel Music Society. In 1998 Sue joined the Monterey Regional Waste Management District and also was elected to the Carmel City Council. She became Director of the MRWMD (Monterey Regional Waste Management District) and continues to this day as vice chair.

Cesar Lara
Cesar Lara has served as the Executive Director of both Monterey Bay Central Labor Council and Central Coast Citizen Project. He be began his service to the Central Coast Citizen’s Project in 2010 and MBCL since 2006. Mr. Lara has previously served at the State Director for La union del Pueblo Entero from 2004-2006 and worked Representative Sam Farr in US Congress from 2002-2004. For the past four years Cesar has also been the Treasurer Secretary for Teamsters 809.

David Stoldt
David Stoldt joined the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District as General Manager in September 2011. He has over 20 years of experience in the public infrastructure sector, including investment banking and consulting to public agencies. Dave has also served in various positions in the public sector, both appointed and elected, leading to an understanding of how to achieve results amidst the delicate balance of public and political interests. He served MPWMD as a consultant several times over past two decades, including the Regional Desalination Project proceedings at the CPUC in 2009, Carmel River Dam investigations in 1997, and he was lead investment banker for the public-private Water Reclamation Project benefitting Pebble Beach in 1992. He has worked on 40 other public agency projects totaling over $3 billion, including the Castroville Seawater Intrusion Project, the Monterey Regional Waste Management District, and Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency.

The Symposium and Training will cover the following topics:
Review of fundamentals
- Identifying preferred outcomes and objectives
- Mapping stakeholder interests
- Identifying those who influence decision-making
- Stakeholder interests and constituencies
- Options for success
- Alternatives to Pursuit of policy reform or action
- Use of research, understanding history, objective criteria

Developing a Public Policy Blueprint
- Coalition Building
- Developing Your Message
- Negotiation touch points

Engaging Elected Officials and Staff
- Who has the authority?
- Is there a legislative solution? Other solution?
- Planning meetings
- Role of Staff
- Use of “leave behinds”
- Follow-up and negotiations

(Small group planning session on a specific policy issue.)

Lunch with keynote speaker Fred Keeley

Policy Maker Panel
Mary Claypool, Monterey County Branch; Cesar Lara, Monterey Bay Central Labor Council; Sue McCloud, Former Mayor of Carmel; David Stoldt, General Manager, Monterey Peninsula Water Management District.

Q and A/Wrap-Up
About The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management
The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management (MGC), the non-profit alternative dispute resolution education and service arm of the Monterey College of Law, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is committed to providing mediation and training services.

The Mandell Gisnet Center, housed in remodeled LEED Platinum Ford Ord buildings in Monterey County, California, was founded with the vision that conflicts can be resolved in a peaceful, amicable manner and without expensive, protracted, and damaging legal battles.In 2005, Maurice Mandell and Rebekah Gisnet left a bequest to the Monterey College of Law as a result of their personal challenges related to the legal system. Their bequest was used to form MGC. Though they lived in a beautiful area and had significant resources at their disposal, Maurice and Rebekah spent the last years of their lives involved in a bitter legal battle over a property dispute with their neighbors. They spent many years fighting in court, but neither party ever found a satisfactory resolution. At the end of their lives, as they looked back on the wasted time, energy, and money spent on that dispute, they concluded that there had to be a better way. They resolved that a large portion of their estate would be given as a bequest for the creation and promotion of mediation and training services through Monterey College of Law. MGC has fulfilled this vision by offering a variety of ADR education and services, including mediation. The mission of the MGC is to:
- Promote and apply a mediative, empathetic, problem-solving approach to reduce and resolve conflict
- Train Monterey County and tri-county residents to resolve disputes collaboratively in their homes, workplaces and community
- Offer a variety mediation services to Monterey County residents regardless of their ability to pay
- Promote mediation as an alternative to hostility, court battles, and violence
- Educate law students and attorneys in mediation, and engage them in community service to resolve disputes

One popular MGC program involves their NEIGHBOR Project mediation services, a dispute resolution process in which an impartial panel of mediators facilitates a conversation in a safe and respectful environment. The mediators do not make decisions about the outcome and the participants themselves work towards a solution with which they are comfortable.

To donate, volunteer, access mediation services, sign up for mediation trainings or for more information about our programs, go to, email or call (831) 582-5234.

Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940