Talent seems to be abundant in our Valley, and issue after issue, it is with great pleasure that we are able to highlight some of the many wonderful people who call Santa Clarita their home.  As you flip through élite, you will find stories of success and determination, from artists to athletes, musicians and more.

It is always fun to be a part of the excitement of the NFL’s Super Bowl and this year’s game was just a little more special as we were cheering for our hometown athlete, New England Patriot’s #34, Shane Vereen.  It was exciting to see the running back be the first graduate from the SCV to win a Super Bowl championship.  Read more about Shane’s season in our cover story.
Over the last few months, readers had the opportunity to vote for their favorite business professionals and the results for the first Ultimate Business Professionals Awards are in!  Congratulations to all the winners and to those who have supported our publication throughout the years.  Stay tuned for the winners of the Ultimate Beauty & Fitness in the next élite.
This issue, we have provided you with business profiles to help you find the right professional fit for your personal or business needs, and with Santa Clarita being home to dozens and dozens of professional services, we are happy to highlight some of the very best in our Business Profiles feature.  We have also highlighted medical professionals to help you continue your path toward good health and well being in our Medical Profiles.
There’s a new Chairman at the Chamber…and her name is Sue Nevius.  Read about Sue and how she made her way to the Santa Clarita Valley and what she looks forward to this year as Chairman.
There’s definitely no shortage of talent in our Valley.  Artist Patrick Ceo shares his talent with our readers.  Learn about how he has been making his mark with his artistic flair, creating portraits and murals with the airbrush.
Musicians and Santa Clarita residents Daniel, Robert, Aaron and Michael make up the band Midnight Escape Artists.  Read their story as they are headed for success.
Santa Clarita loves music and this April, get ready for the 12th Annual Summer Meltdown Festival.  Read more about the Yes I Can program and how the organization is helping assist students with special needs.  These students have been working hard alongside the professionals to put on a  fantastic show while raising awareness for Autism.
Speaking of success, Grammy award winning Broadway and film composer, Stephen Schwartz will be taking the stage at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.  The Santa Clarita Master Chorale and College of the Canyons are pleased to present Defying Gravity with Stephen Schwartz on May 31, and we are looking forward to the event!
This issue’s La Maison is located in the beautiful Peachland Estates in Newhall.  Read about the home of Steven and Michelle Gilbertson, and how they have taken on remodeling and redecorating throughout the last few years.
Be it indoors or out, spring is always the perfect time to redecorate your home.  Our Home Profiles focus on helping you find the right professional to do the job.
We took a little trip up the coast to Pismo Beach for a weekend getaway.  Read about some of the many things you can do on the shores of Pismo Beach in our Great Escape feature.

Let’s not forget that with May, comes Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.   Be sure and take a moment to remember all those who have fought and continue to protect the freedoms we enjoy today, and to all the mothers out there, we wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

-Moe and Linda Hafizi

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