Jasmine Pachnanda Named Senior Vice President for CEO Leadership Alliance, will lead SoCal AI Initiative

CLA-OC Focuses On Growing Southern California into a Recognized Global SuperHub for Artificial Intelligence

The CEO Leadership Alliance – Orange County (CLA-OC) is expanding its staff by naming Jasmine Pachnanda to the role of Senior Vice President, announced CLA-OC President Mark Percy. Pachnanda will work with a range of partners and stakeholders, harnessing efforts to grow and demonstrate Southern California’s emerging leadership as a worldwide center for Artificial Intelligence (AI). 

“We are thrilled to welcome Jasmine Pachnanda to our team,” said Percy. “AI and its applications across a range of emerging technologies represent the worlds fourth Industrial Revolution, and Jasmine will be at the center of our long-term efforts to foster business and academic partnerships at the regional, national and global levels to build upon Orange County’s fundamental strengths as a hub for innovation.”   

Southern California’s innovation economy has helped vault the three counties of Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County to a combined GDP of approximately $1.3 trillion, which would rank the region as one of the top 15 economies in the world. Investment and employment growth in the fields of AI, machine learning, 5G, quantum computing, and other emerging technologies in particular have advanced region-wide and in Orange County, which is home to leading enterprises in these fields such as Masimo, Anduril, Loko Ai, and Cylance. 

CLA-OCs AI SoCal initiative seeks to align business, investment capital, talent development and education resources in an intentional framework that will accelerate Southern California’s innovation economy. At the core of its rationale is the shared belief that growing the number of high-quality innovation jobs, along with the talent prepared to fill those positions locally, is a key to sustained regional prosperity.

Pachnanda’s new role at CLA-OC leverages two decades of experience leading innovative public- and business-facing educational initiatives. Pachnanda held leadership roles at The Broad Center and Boston Consulting Group after earning an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Most recently, she served as Chief College Officer for Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, one of the Los Angeles regions largest charter-school organizations serving more than 13,000 students. In this role, Pachnanda successfully built and executed an overall strategy for the organization, including establishment of best practices and performance metrics.

About CLA-OC

Orange County CLA-OC represents diverse business sectors with guidance from talented leadership who are passionate about their community. The organization seeks to be a catalyst and collaborator to move the county forward around a common vision to build a Thriving Orange County for All. CLA-OC was founded to help build a vibrant collaboration of multiple stakeholders in higher education, government, business and non-profit to help address the major issues uniquely facing Orange County.

With a Two-Year Revenue Growth of 62 Percent, Spinnaker Investment Group Ranks No. 216 on Inc. Magazine’s List of California’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 Regionals: California list had an average growth rate of 535 percent. 

Newport Beach, March 18, 2021 – Inc. Magazine today revealed that Spinnaker Investment Group is No. 216 on its second annual Inc. 5000 Regionals: California list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing California-based private companies. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the California economy’s most dynamic segment, its independent small businesses. 

“A significant amount of our growth has come from client referrals and investors leaving banks and larger brokerage houses to get more personal service,” said Morgan Christen, Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Spinnaker Investment Group. 

The companies on this list show stunning rates of growth across all industries in California. Between 2017 and 2019, these 250 private companies had an average growth rate of 535 percent and, in 2019 alone, they employed more than 40,000 people and added nearly $7 billion to the California economy. Companies based in major metro areas Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and San Diego brought in the highest revenue overall.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000 Regionals: California, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, metro area, and other criteria, can be found at https://www.inc.com/inc5000/regionals/california starting March 16, 2021.

“This list proves the power of companies in California no matter the industry,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “The impressive revenues and growth rates prove the insight and diligence of CEOs and that these businesses are here to stay.”

About Spinnaker Investment Group

An independent practice that does not represent a specific company, bank or Wall Street institution, Spinnaker Investment Group confidently and autonomously advises clients with individually tailored financial strategies designed to achieve financial independence goals. The firm’s services include Financial Planning, Wealth Planning, Retirement Planning, Asset Management, Securities and Insurance. 

Spinnaker serves a broad customer base throughout Southern California, as well as many clients based across the United States. For the past three years, Spinnaker has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing privately owned small businesses by the Orange County Business Journal. The firm’s approach to client success is to combine carefully researched wealth management guidance and a wealth of human capital, with a style that is both high-touch and high-tech.  For more information, visit www.SpinnInvest.com.

3 Ways Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Can Help Your Commerce Business Stay Strong Post-COVID

By Krassimir Boyanov, CEO, KBWEB Consult

2020 saw businesses worldwide rushing to establish an online presence as the global pandemic forced doors shut. However, with some restrictions beginning to ease, businesses will be defined in 2021 by how flexible they can be in maintaining a strong digital presence and simultaneously supporting a return to brick-and-mortar establishments. Managing your company’s marketing operations in this dynamic landscape may feel overwhelming, especially since many countries, states, and even cities will re-open at different rates, and E-commerce is firmly here to stay. With the robust Adobe Experience Manager® (AEM) platform, companies can feel empowered to navigate this new landscape and confidently reach customers both online and in-person, in any locale. 

The pandemic has accelerated the move towards E-commerce.

With the solidification of online business over the past year, companies are expected to make a quick and seamless transition to E-commerce. With countless time-saving features, including cloud-native Digital Asset Management and intelligent AI, AEM allows your team’s creatives, marketers, and developers to collaborate more efficiently, and not waste time on minutia like tagging, cropping, and adapting assets. Using Adobe’s powerful core components, companies can get up and running with AEM Sites and Assets in under 90 days.

E-commerce is no longer a “nice-to-have” feature for customers, it is a “must-have”.

A new report from the Associated Press indicates that the trend of strong growth in E-commerce sales will persevere long after the pandemic subsides, and with that grows the demand for convenience in E-commerce. Customers are making purchases across more channels than ever before – whether that be a brick-and-mortar store, their phone, their smart home, or their wearable device – and expecting a homogenous experience everywhere. AEM’s omnichannel experience management uses a hybrid approach that allows companies to deliver consistent content quickly in a personalized manner that easily scales across different products, services, and geography. 

Customers have far higher expectations of their digital experience with companies. 

A recent Experian report found that 60% of people have higher expectations of their online experience now than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic, and failing to keep up with the new dynamics of online experiences can severely cost companies the brand loyalty they’ve worked hard to earn with customers. AEM allows businesses to provide an individualized experience tailored to customers’ online persona and behavior, which is critical to retaining an authentic experience for customers online. AEM’s integration with Adobe Target and Adobe Analytics further allow companies to best optimize customer experiences based on real data-driven insights.

KBWEB Consult is committed to helping our clients maximize their investment in AEM from the very start of onboarding, all the way through AEM custom development, and successful implementation. We ensure that your business is getting the most out of the platform and has the versatility to reach customers via any marketing channel, no matter what 2021 brings.

Read more about the benefits of AEM for your business here.

New Podcast/Digital Series Dedicated To The Inspirational Stories of Women Leaders in Business Launches This Spring

The SteppingUp Show To Be Hosted by Jeanniey Walden, Award-Winning Business Expert and Author

The SteppingUp Show Presented by DailyPay, a new nationally distributed podcast and digital series, will launch this spring featuring the inspirational stories of women business leaders from an array of different industries. Click HERE to see a teaser of the show.

Hosted by Jeanniey Walden, an award-winning business expert, author, mentor and Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer at DailyPay, each 30-minute episode will feature a frank and honest discussion with an inspirational female business leader, providing insight into the challenges they faced in rising up the corporate ladder. The conversation will showcase actionable tips for viewers to create their own path to success and shatter whatever glass ceilings arise on their journey. 

The show will also include a Rising Stars segment that showcases a rising female star in business who exemplifies the next generation of fearless and ambitious leaders.

“Inspired by DailyPay’s inclusive culture that fosters mentorship and career growth, SteppingUp will create meaningful dialogue and conversation that is well-positioned to have a lasting impact on the next generation of women leaders in business,” said Irene Hendricks, Chief People Officer, DailyPay.

The SteppingUp Show, executive produced by Nataliya Yakushev, Paul Beck and Walden, will be available on Spotify, Apple and Google. The show will also be available across a series of platforms including YouTube channel. 

Walden, a highly sought-after public speaker and frequent guest on television and radio, was inspired to launch the podcast while serving in a leadership position for the DailyPay’s Employee Resource Group, DailyWomen.

“SteppingUp will celebrate women in business who every day are blazing trails, knocking down barriers and shattering glass ceilings,” Walden said. “These are the everyday heroes who inspire us, motivate us and drive us to be the best version of ourselves. Announcing the launch on International Women’s Day is our way of commemorating this important day.”

For more information on the launch of The SteppingUp Show click HERE 

About DailyPay:

DailyPay is the award-winning, recognized gold standard on-demand pay platform offering comprehensive pay experience solutions to world-class companies and their millions of employees including Adecco and Berkshire Hathaway. DailyPay has created an ecosystem with the most advanced, modern technology stack in the industry and delivers the most secure, compliant and seamless on-demand pay benefit in our rapidly growing marketplace. DailyPay is headquartered in New York City with operations based in Minneapolis. For more information, visit www.dailypay.com/press

Volonic Debuts with $250,000 Solid Gold Wireless Charging Solution

Limited-Edition Unit Featuring Solid Gold, Vicuna Wool and Aira FreePower Technology Showcases the World’s First Customizable Position-Free Wireless Charger

Volonic – a luxury lifestyle brand fusing innovative technologies with fashionable works of art – announced today the official launch and immediate availability of the Volonic Valet 3, the world’s first customizable, free placement wireless charging solution. To celebrate the introduction of the brand and its Valet 3, Volonic is offering pre-orders for a special-edition Volonic Valet 3 LE featuring a solid gold frame created from over 1,500 grams of 18-karat yellow gold.

The charging surface of the limited-edition Volonic Valet 3 LE will feature 100% authentic Vicuna Wool – a fabric once reserved for royalty and recognized to be the rarest, softest and most expensive fiber in the world – imported from Peru. The purchase price of this limited-edition Volonic Valet 3 LE will fluctuate with the daily value of gold. Final purchase price will be determined on the day of purchase. The March 29th price is $249,933.99. 

“The charging industry has become value-driven at the expense of innovation and artistic design,” said Volonic founder and CEO Shawn Dougherty, who, as co-founder of mophie, established the mobile charging standard. “The limited-edition Volonic Valet 3 LE is a dramatic expression of our brand ethos. We believe innovative technology, forward-thinking industrial design and elegant style can produce functional pieces of art for discerning customers.”

 As a signature offering of the Volonic brand, the Valet 3 is also available for complete customization at Volonic.com. Featuring a variety of elegant world-class materials that can be tailored to compliment an endless range of sophisticated living spaces, pricing starts at $585.

As an industry first, the new Volonic Valet 3 product line offers a 4-step, fully custom design buildout experience via the Volonic digital configurator. Each consumer is offered distinctive, world-class materials to choose from including CNC anodized aluminum, fashion grade 100% authentic Alcantara and genuine full-grain leathers. Consumers can compare and visualize digital renderings in real-time before finalizing design details and product specifications for order.

Under the hood, the Volonic Valet 3 is powered by Aira FreePower™ technology enabling full surface charging for up to three Qi-enabled devices. Unlike traditional wireless chargers, which require devices to be precisely aligned with a small hot spot, FreePower™ features full surface charging from corner to corner. As devices are placed across the surface, precise power is delivered and intelligently managed to optimize performance. FreePower™ is also the first-ever wireless charging technology to allow for software updates.. 

For more information, visit Volonic.com or follow @WeAreVolonic on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

ABOUT VOLONIC

Volonic was created to make you take flight through the fusion of technology and fashionable works of art. To create a transformative experience that makes you see the world from a different perspective. We don’t take shortcuts. We don’t compromise. We don’t settle for anything less than perfection because we have you in mind. We are here to inspire you. We serve a new generation of consumers who believe that beauty and elegance can live in the same space as technology and functionality. Take flight.

Joshua Kreitzer Founded Channel Bakers To Provide an Amazing Global Service For Brands

How proficient are you in merchandising, advertising, and marketing? What methods and strategies can you employ to increase your brand presence? It’s precisely why Joshua Kreitzer founded Channel Bakers—to increase sales channels for established brands worldwide! With his experience and a vast repertoire, he drove more than 1$ Billion in actual sales since his company’s launch! Find out how Joshua leveraged his expertise to its full potential. You will love this episode!

Full episode here: https://actionandambition.libsyn.com/joshua-kreitzer-founded-channel-bakers-to-provide-an-amazing-global-service-for-brands

Who is California Love Drop?

The California Love Drop started in April of 2020 as a delivery of 300 meals to Hoag Hospital in Irvine, CA. The mission was simple: to place a smile on the faces of the frontline heroes of the pandemic. To say, THANK YOU. 

We initially started with a few friends combining their efforts to provide food, treats, and beverages to our frontline workers. It quickly grew with many new friends, and corporate support movement, providing smiles to the frontline, essential workers and our local community in need. We have spent the last eleven months dropping off meals & much needed PPE to hospitals, nursing homes, testing sites, police and fire stations. We have also fed the elderly and the homeless, filled trunks with boxes of food, provided backpacks filled with school supplies, and toys for kids during the holidays!

Some over 200 Love Drops later, and over 17,300 meals served; the team is growing and still going strong! As we just finished our 200th Love Drop, we continue to look forward by staying positive, spreading good vibes, and making a difference in local communities by continuing to carry out our mission. We are honored to work with so many vibrant and generous companies, and we look forward to working with many more in the future. Without the founders, partners, and supporting droppers, California Love Drop could not have achieved its success.

We thank you all.

Jennifer Annes, Wing Lam, Wendy Ellis, Eric Morley, Charles Antis, and all our volunteers and supporters!

Visit our website to learn more – https://californialovedrop.org/

Primior Announces 17,381-Sq.-Ft. “Symphony” Luxury Residential Property on 14+ Acres with Hiking Trails Overlooking Pacific Ocean in Dana Point

Primior, a leading real estate development and investment firm, has announced a spectacular new single-family luxury residence in Dana Point, CA. Preliminary construction has begun on this exponential estate. The impressive site, named Symphony, is a one-of-a-kind dwelling in Orange County with panoramic ocean views and extensive natural grounds with hiking trails. Symphony is nestled on the hilltop of Monarch Beach in Dana Point, CA at 32354 Carribean Drive.

Sited on 14.7 acres of land, three structures are planned for the Symphony project, offering versatility and privacy. The structures include a 15,975-sq.-ft. main house, 2,036-sq.-ft. guest house and 1,370-sq.-ft. recreation building, with 14 bedrooms with 19 bathrooms.

In addition, the property’s unique set of exceptional amenities will include:

– Dual kitchen including a chefs kitchen

– Recreation room featuring a gym and steam/sauna recharging station

– Poker and pool room attached to a rooftop bar

– Extensive outdoor area capable of hosting up to 500 people for private events or concerts

– Infinity pool 

– Private beach access via Monarch Beach Club

– Koi pond in Chinese themed courtyard

– Mahjong room 

– Meditation patio

– Smart home theatre

– Wine cellar and tasting room large enough to store 2,000 bottles of wine

– 7 covered parking spaces

– Private driveway with plenty of additional parking 

– Guard gated entrance 

– State-of-the-art property security system

– Office with 270 degree ocean views 

– Private membership to Monarch Beach

– 13 acres of private hiking trails throughout the property

The new property will be a welcome addition to the surrounding community, with the site having lain dormant for over 20 years. It is expected to add an inspiring and captivating presence for the area as well as a stellar lifestyle experience for the buyer.

“We are very excited about the beauty and functionality of this new luxury home in Dana Point. The interplay between world-class design features, including floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the Pacific Ocean, give rise to the concept of Symphony as its name,” said Primior CEO Johnney Zhang. “It will be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood, while offering a very special living experience for the owner with tremendous privacy that is hard to find in Orange County.”

Primior serves as developer on the project with Brion Jeannette as the Architect of Record and James Magni serves as the interior designer. The world famous Landscape Architect, Jamie Durie together with general contractor, Corbin Reeves, provided an unparalleled masterpiece that will be delivered to the world by 2022.

For more information on Primior and its real estate portfolio, visit www.primior.com.

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About Primior

Primior, based in Diamond Bar, California, is a strategic real estate development and investment firm offering a uniquely vertical integrated approach and resources to maximize returns for its investors. The full-service firm is focused on generating attractive, risk-adjusted returns for investors over the long term. Its deep expertise, professional team and cutting-edge technology combine to deliver superior levels of value, income generation and return on investment. www.primior.com

Pedego Electric Bikes Launches Hello Fun Tour To Celebrate Community 

Pedego Electric Bikes, a leading electric bike brand, recently launched the 2021 “Hello Fun Tour”. It kicked off on February 27th in Grayton Beach, Florida and will feature multiple stops across the United States and Canada, ranging anywhere from community-wide customer appreciation events to ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremonies. 

With stops in nearly 80 communities, The Hello Fun Tour will highlight more than 40 brand-new store openings, expanding the brand’s footprint to over 140 locations and growing. At each of the stops on this tour, The Hello Fun Mobile, a 40-foot custom-wrapped tour bus, will be in attendance to draw attention and help gain excitement for each community event. The Hello Fun Tour events will vary from city to city, as they are planned by a local Pedego store owner and will be unique to its location. 

“The Hello Fun Tour is the highlight of our year at Pedego,” said Pedego Electric Bikes CEO, Don DiCostanzo. “We love the opportunity to celebrate our communities and the Pedego Owners who make them up. This tour is a unique way for us to show our appreciation and to surprise and delight our store owners and customers. Pedego is all about community, connecting with others, and having fun– the Palooza events embody just that.” 

Founded in 2008, Pedego was created to be the best brand of electric bikes, not necessarily the biggest. Don DiCostanzo founded Pedego Electric Bikes out of a desire to combine quality and style in the e-bike category. Thus, Pedego’s premium, quality bikes were born. 

For more information on the Hello Fun Tour, a list of stops, and to find a store or try a Pedego, please visit pedego.com. To follow the travels along the Hello Fun Tour search #pedegopalooza on social media. 

About Pedego® Electric Bikes 

Founded in 2008, Pedego Electric Bikes offers a line of 20 premium quality electric bikes of different styles and colors, suited for the needs of every Pedego customer. Electric bikes are designed to make outdoor exercise easy and convenient for people of all athletic abilities. Created with a vision to be the best brand of electric bikes, the brand has expanded its footprint to more than 140 locally-owned stores nationwide. Visit pedego.com to find a store or try a Pedego.

Meeting the COVID-19 Challenge and Successfully Fundraising with “Pie”

By: James Le, Associate Director of Engagement, Project Access

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, the term “unprecedented” seems to lack the punch or importance it once had. The past twelve months have fundamentally changed all of us in ways large and small. Many of us have been simultaneously challenged on multiple fronts – our health, work, finances, family structure, social circle, education, etc.   

Acknowledging the gravity of the situation, all our communities across the country quickly pivoted to meet the challenges facing our Residents and Staff. From providing masks, hand sanitizers, socially distanced programs, increased communications, and health guidance, throughout 2020 Project Access met the need at hand and the numbers are impressive: 84,303 meals and groceries distributed; 20,802 wellness calls to Residents;12,965 Grab & Go kits distributed (activities for kids, adults, and seniors); and 10,452 participants in virtual programs.

Project Access has continued with these efforts but has now expanded to assist many of our Residents to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. Efforts like this ensure that the most vulnerable among our Residents have access to the peace-of-mind the vaccine affords.

Although our collective fight against COVID-19 is not over, there is now light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Our communities have faced natural threats before such as fires, floods, earthquakes, and such, but nothing as personal as the pandemic. Together we have met an extraordinary global event with an ongoing and equally extraordinary response.

We’re very proud that in the 13 states Project Access calls home, in communities from coast to coast, our valued Staff and Residents have successfully come together in the common cause of defeating COVID-19. It’s an effort we can all be proud of!

While we acknowledge the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 we have undertaken our annual PIE IN THE SKY campaign to equip youth with the important skills they need to be successful in the classroom and well beyond. Thanks to this fundraising campaign we have a winning recipe for success to ensure kids have a terrific head start. Less than half-way through this March fundraising effort we attained more than 75% of our fundraising goal of $36,500.

According to McKinsey & Company, the average K-12 student in the US could lose $61,000 to $82,000 in lifetime earnings, or the equivalent of a year of full-time work, solely because of COVID-19–related learning losses. These costs are significantly worse for youth in low-income communities. 

In response to this, Project Access is implementing curriculum focused on equipping youth with the needed skills to set them up for lifelong success which include Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision Making, Relationship Skills and Social Awareness. Research has shown that developing these skills can increase a student’s academic performance by 11%. Other positive outcomes include an improvement in classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and demonstrating better attitudes about themselves, others, and school.