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Belinda Bain

By Tamirra StewartPublished: March 01, 2010

President and Owner of California Hazardous Services
Action Zipline Tours – actionziplinetours.com
Soil Surgeon Inc. – soilsurgeoninc.com
California Hazardous Services, Inc. – calhaz.com
All companies are in Santa Ana

Age: 47
City of residence: Laguna Niguel
Family: My husband, Ron Bain; my daughter Brianna, 9, and my son Dillon, 16; and our dog, Harley – I can’t have (the motorcycle) so I might as well name my dog that.
First job: At a Tastee Freez – I was 14 years old, and I fibbed on my application because you were supposed to be 16.
What or who inspires you: I love business. Some people get a rush from who knows what, but I love coming up with ideas – ideas for other businesses. Soil Surgeon came about because we were out at oil fields with no backhoe. We had to do all sorts of things to get water out to the field. We attached stuff to a truck, and it worked!
Advice to other women in business: Go for it. You go, girl! I mean, I don’t know that (my invention is) going to work. Something gets stuck in my mind, so I think, “How would I market it?” You’ve just gotta go for it.
Favorite TV show: “Lost”



« Belinda Bain owns a mountain.
   
“Well, it’s actually half a mountain,” she says. “Why lease when you can own?”
   
The (half) mountain in question is located in Big Bear Lake and houses the first zipline tour in Southern California. Bain’s corporations are diverse, certainly: a petroleum company, a device that brings water to oil fields, transportation – and ziplines. But throughout her 23-year career, Bain pioneered them all, breaking through the petroleum industry’s “good ol’ boys club” to make her inventions multimillion-dollar corporations.
   
“They had wall-to-wall pictures of naked women, never thinking they would have a woman in their offices,” she says. “I would ask them where they got all of these photographs of me.”
   
Stay fearless and diligent, Bain says.
   
“I’m not afraid to work hard. I just keep knock, knock, knockin’.”



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