STAN KURTZ, CHIEF OF STAFF, LA SOLAR GROUP:
“I have been consistently impressed with Calvin's attitude and approach during the time that I have known him and worked with him. Calvin is reliable, dedicated, upbeat ... He is loyal and always placed the welfare of the company in a high regard and priority. Calvin is very detail oriented, and cares deeply about the quality of communications and the work product created. His is tenacious in his work and beliefs. If his performance here is any indication, he is destined to achieve success in his career for any employer he works with.”
RAQUEL BALDELOMAR, FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, QUAINTISE:
“As a consultant to Quaintise, Calvin Naito has provided valuable counsel to me -- the head of an advertising and marketing firm -- on public relations, branding, and marketing issues, starting in 2013. He has been very insightful in analyzing my strengths and weaknesses, the evolving healthcare and hospitality marketplaces, and the media landscape. Calvin thinks like a management consultant and has great strategic insights. I treasure his entrepreneurial instincts, wide knowledge, and judgment. He has also evolved into a trusted friend, someone who is genuine and without hype. I recommend highly the services of Calvin Naito Enterprises to others.”
MARY-JANE WAGLE, FOUNDING PARTNER AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEIGHBORHOOD EMPOWERMENT (O.N.E.), A DEVELOPER:
"Calvin worked with our firm on press for the grand opening of the Park William Apartments in Pomona, California, representing the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission. He was wonderfully eloquent, professional, dedicated and effective in his work with us. He wrote a very concise and yet complete and persuasive press release for the event and then followed up tirelessly with all of the press contacts. The proof is proverbially in the pudding -- and Calvin was successful in getting a front page Metro section article with pictures in the Los Angeles Times, an article in La Opinion, and a placement on the AP wire service that was picked up in other parts of the country. He was wonderful to work with; I hope we have the opportunity to do so again."
The 31-unit Park William Apartments features an edible landscape and was the first "tenant cultivation" affordable housing development in the state. Additional media that covered the summer 2001 event included KABC-TV Channel 7, KCAL-TV Channel 9, KVEA-TV Channel 52, City News Service, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Inland Valley News, the Los Angeles Times' Real Estate section, and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The total estimated audience size exceeded 5,000,000 people. For his communications work on this project, Calvin received an "Award of Excellence" from the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) Los Angeles Chapter at its PRism Awards ceremony held in November of 2002.
ALLYSON MASON, CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, INTRACOM:
"I had a lovely conversation with Abby (the manager at the Federal Reserve who hired and supervised Calvin). Although I didn't require any further confirmations, she could not have spoken more highly of you ..."
"You (as vice president of communications) are a competent and talented communications person. I've thought many times about how right it was to have hired you ..."
"You were such an asset to the company! Thank you for everything you accomplished --which was significant."
ROBERT T. PARRY, PRESIDENT AND CEO, FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF SAN FRANCISCO:
"Thank you for your exemplary service in coordinating the media activities for Chairman [Alan] Greenspan's visit to Los Angeles on January 12 . I understand your careful oversight and attention to detail before and during the Community Reinvestment Forum were major factors in their success. Please be assured that the executive officers of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Board are proud and pleased to have someone of your caliber on our staff, and we wish you continued success in your career at the Fed."
MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS, LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCILMAN:
"I have been pleased with the volume and quality of the work you have produced over the past three years. You have performed your duties with diligence, energy, and willingness. The quality of your output has been of consistently high caliber ... You may use me as a reference. You can be sure that I will recommend you highly."
During Calvin's tenure, the councilman was in the Los Angeles Times more than any other councilperson and was among the top ten TV newsmakers in Southern California, according to a TV monitoring service.