Business Briefs: Prudential, High Pointe Catering, True Hair Studio, CATT, SmallPond Studio |

Business Briefs: Prudential, High Pointe Catering, True Hair Studio, CATT, SmallPond Studio

Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential Financial, Inc. [NYSE: PRU] company, and Prudential (DBA) announced that Prudential Real Estate ranks “Highest Satisfaction for Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2008 Home Buyer/Seller StudySM.

The inaugural study measures customer satisfaction of home buyers and sellers with major national real estate companies. Overall satisfaction is determined by examining four factors for the home selling experience: Agent (43 percent); marketing (38 percent); office (12 percent) and services (seven percent).

Among home sellers, Prudential Real Estate achieved a score of 793 on a 1,000-point scale ” and Prudential Real Estate received particularly high ratings from customers in the marketing and office factors.

“We are very proud of this distinction, as it underscores the quality of our affiliates and their hard-working sales professionals,” said Laurie Keenan, president of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. “Our sales professionals are local experts, and sellers appreciate their ability to market and price homes right ” along with providing exceptional, attentive service.”

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High Pointe Event Catering has launched a new Web site, featuring event planning tools, menus and information about their services for Tahoe and Reno clientele.

The new Web site,, allows visitors to view seasonal and themed menus, request a proposal for a special event or schedule a consultation with a culinary expert.

“We are thrilled to showcase our catering services through our new Web site,” said Mike Lathbury, owner and head chef of the company. “The site provides a convenient way for our Lake Tahoe and Reno clients to view sample menus and information about our services.”

Truckee’s SmallPond Studio designed the new site.

High Pointe Event Catering offers high-end catering services for weddings, corporate and special events. Owner Mike Lathbury brings 18 years of catering experience to Lake Tahoe, Reno and surrounding areas. For more information about High Pointe Event Catering, contact Cathy Thorne, director of sales and marketing at (530) 414-3357 or

For more information on SmallPond Studio, a graphic design and marketing company located in downtown Truckee, call (530) 587-5625 or visit

We are proud to announce Lissy Houdock has joined the True Hair Studio team.

Lissy is formerly of Wish Day Spa and has been a hairstylist in Truckee for more than six years. She specializes in cutting men and women’s hair and hair color. Her current work days are Tuesday through Saturday.

True Hair Studio consists of Erin Cinkel, owner and stylist, Beth Dill, stylist, Marianne Decrescenzo, stylist and now Lissy Houdock, stylist. True offers all hair services by appointment and welcomes walk-ins if time permits. True also has a full line of Redken and Pureology hair care and Earth Mama Angel Baby infant and adult skincare.

True Skin Spa offers many skin procedures including but not limited to custom tailored facials, microdermabrasion, peels, waxing, endermology and massage.

True Skin Spa consists of Michelle Brasington, esthetician, Katie Bushnell, esthetician, Summer Wood esthetician, Diane Petersen-Tantimonaco, massage therapist and Jane Bridges, endermologist.

True Hair Studio has been in business for nearly three years and is located at 10049 Martis Valley Road in The Ponderosa Professional Building. To schedule an appointment for haircare please call (530) 550-8476 or for skincare call (530) 550-8486.

The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe has moved across the street to a new office.

The association is now located at 12313 Soaring Way 1B West, Truckee in the Martis Outlook Professional Offices. The association’s previous offices were in the Truckee Town Hall building.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You may reach the association at the same phone number (530) 550-9999, fax (530) 550-9998, or email

The group’s mailing address is also the same at PO Box 10570, Truckee CA 96162.

Jessica Ford-Helzer joined SmallPond Studio as graphic designer and production artist. Ford-Helzer will assist the team in all areas of graphic design with a particular focus on print design and packaging.

“We are very excited to have such a talented and enthusiastic designer joining us,” said SmallPond Owner Meg Raymore. “Jessica is a great addition to our team.”

Originally from Reno, Ford-Helzer graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design. She recently returned to the Reno-Tahoe area to pursue a design career and be closer to her family.

In her spare time, Ford-Helzer enjoys snowboarding, camping, hiking and water sports.

SmallPond Studio is an award-winning marketing and design firm dedicated to helping customers create and maintain a strong corporate identity through inspired design, creative strategy, and a unique understanding of the bottom line.

SmallPond offers print design, web design, marketing consulting and brand strategy as part of its suite of services. For information, call (530) 587-5625 or visit

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