Electrify Expo Brings E-Mobility To The Masses in Southern California

Electrify Expo, North America’s largest e-mobility event, hosted the first of three stops on its nationwide tour beginning September 18-19, 2021 at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA. 

Electrify Expo sold out of exhibit and demo space from industry leading brands seeking to engage with thousands of attendees looking for hands-on experiences with Electric Vehicles, E-Bikes, E-Scooters, E-Skateboards and more. 

The event hosted nearly 20,000 attendees across 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, and generated over 12,000 demo rides on various electric vehicles from high profile exhibitors such as Hyundai, Volkswagen, Kia, Volvo, Jeep, Polestar, MINI, Rad Power, SUPER73, Serial 1, and dozens of others. Nearly 2,000 demo rides alone were made on electric vehicles. 

Notable speakers such as Senator David Min of Orange County’s 37th State Senate District and Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan presented on the importance of shifting to electric vehicles as a way to combat climate change. 

“Orange County was the ideal location to kick off Electrify Expo as it is known as an electric vehicle hub,” said Electrify Expo Founder BJ Birtwell. “Our attendees came ready to experience and demo all types of electric vehicles to inform their purchase decisions both on-site and over the immediate near future.” 

In addition to the extensive exhibits, attendees also had the opportunity to watch electro-pop phenomenon A R I Z O N A take the stage for a thrilling performance on Saturday evening. 

The next stop for Electrify Expo will be in Miami on October 16-17 at the Miami Marine Stadium, followed by the final stop Nov 12-14 in Austin at Circuit of the Americas. 

For more information on Electrify Expo and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.electrifyexpo.com/attend#great-park 

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About Electrify Expo

Electrify Expo is North America’s largest e-mobility event. It is an outdoor weekend festival showcasing the best of electric mobility including EVs, e-motorcycles, e-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards, and e-surfboards. Attendees will experience test drives, new product unveilings, and future technologies from the world’s leading brands.

Three stops in 2021 will bring Electrify Expo to Orange County Great Park (September 18-19), Miami Marine Stadium (October 16-17), and Austin Circuit of the Americas (November 12-14).

Caterina’s Club Serves 6.5 Million Meals 

Caterina’s Club, which provides warm meals, affordable housing assistance, and job training to homeless and low-income families throughout Southern California, is delighted to announce that it has served over 6.5 million meals to families and children in need since Caterina’s Club first began! It could not have made it without the enthusiasm and support of our community, who are dedicated to helping achieve its mission to end childhood hunger and homelessness. Caterina’s Club is hosting its 16th Annual Gala at the Anaheim White House restaurant on October 10th. For more information on this event, visit: http://caterina2021.givesmart.com

Taking Flight with Orange County United Way

You’re invited to Orange County United Way’s Taking Flight event – a very special evening presented by the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, which will showcase and celebrate the leaders, donors and volunteers from the past, present and future!

It will be taking place at the Lyon Air Museum in honor of General William Lyon who was an incredible friend of Orange County United Way.

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 12th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. For more information, please visit: https://www.unitedwayoc.org/event/taking-flight/ 

5 Keys to Get Ahead of the Holiday Shopping Season

By Tompkins Solutions

Coming off a chaotic year and an unprecedented holiday shopping season in 2020, businesses have barely had time to catch their breath as they grapple with changing consumer preferences, labor shortages and rising costs brought on by the pandemic. But as the 2021 holiday season swiftly approaches, businesses looking to get ahead this season need to prepare now.

For shippers, the holidays will be a major test of their ability to compete in a post-COVID era. Here are five ways to get ahead of the holiday season and optimize supply chain operations.

Take E-Commerce Strategy from Ad-Hoc to Agile

The pandemic completely transformed supply chains, with shoppers rushing to purchase everything from groceries to electronics online. 

Massive changes in shopping habits require massive changes to the way businesses manage their supply chains. But don’t make the mistake that many businesses did last year, scrambling to meet demand by creating a patchwork fulfillment plan. While this approach may be faster to implement, it’s less efficient and more expensive in the long run. Taking the time to develop a cost-effective and comprehensive e-commerce strategy will better prepare you for the holiday sales surge and beyond.

Design for Customer Experience

Your customers are everything, and their expectations have only grown higher during the pandemic. Customers want lower prices, a broader selection, more convenience and a more personalized experience. 

This all adds complexity for shippers, especially traditional brick-and-mortar businesses that are getting a crash course in e-commerce fulfillment. A thoughtful approach to network optimization can help improve delivery speed and create positive shopping experiences for customers.

Maximize Warehouse Space

Meeting the rising surge of holiday orders will be difficult without adequate warehouse space. CBRE predicts that the United States will need an additional 330 million square feet of warehouse space for e-commerce fulfillment by 2025.

To develop a successful warehouse strategy, businesses need to review all facilities and consider current and future requirements. Finding the gaps and areas to streamline will increase your company’s agility and help prepare for the holiday season.

Optimize Fulfillment Operations

E-commerce fulfillment requires three times the labor and space of traditional operations, according to Prologis. Coupled with market pressures like price hikes and parcel limits, it’s imperative to increase flexibility and efficiency within fulfillment operations.

Staying on top of fulfillment requires a mixture of smart planning, automation, network visibility and the workers to get it done. Fixing simple warehouse inefficiencies can improve operations and enable you to meet customer demands this holiday season.

Automate to Offset the Labor Shortage

As of June, 1.2 million retail jobs remain unfilled, including 460,000 jobs in the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector. Not having enough workers can hinder your company’s growth and ability to meet customer demands.

Consider automation solutions like robotic goods-to-person solutions, which can reduce travel time for workers while increasing accuracy. Companies should also assess floor operations to increase efficiency and limit unnecessary product handling.

Check out our other resources to learn more about how to optimize your fulfillment operations and meet changing customer demands.

Volonic Raises $2,000,000 Of Capital, Powering Its Mission To Transform The Consumer Electronics Industry

Volonic – an Orange County, CA based luxury lifestyle brand fusing innovative technologies with fashionable works of art – today launches into the marketplace with $2 million raised. Notable investors include: Lawrence Armstrong, Chairman of Ware Malcomb; Carey Ransom, President of Operate Studio; and the Sirpilla family, through Encourage LLC. Volonic intends to invest its newly raised capital into company infrastructure, product development and strategic partnerships, as it prepares to launch its Series A fundraising round in the coming weeks.

Founded by Shawn Dougherty, co-founder of mophie and pioneer in the mobile power industry, Volonic is set to disrupt the consumer electronics industry by creating functional, yet elegant high-end technology solutions.

Volonic’s flagship product is the Volonic Valet 3; the world’s first customizable free placement wireless charging solution. Featuring the revolutionary Aira FreePower™ technology, the Volonic Valet 3 can charge up to three qi-enabled devices simultaneously and be tailored to compliment an endless range of sophisticated living spaces with highly-coveted stylish material options that include CNC anodized aluminum, fashion grade 100% authentic Alcantara and genuine full-grain leathers.

“Successful funding, media coverage and consumer interest has validated our vision for the brand and products,” said Shawn Dougherty, Founder & CEO of Volonic. “The support thus far has been empowering and we look forward to providing consumers with more luxurious technology solutions to match an elevated lifestyle.”

Volonic recently launched their Amazon store and loaded into Maceoo, a custom fashion house in Las Vegas, offering consumers a hands-on experience with the Valet 3 charging solution. The brand expects to announce several strategic partnerships later this year across the luxury hospitality, high-end automotive and visual arts verticals.

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 at www.volonic.com

Anneliese Schools Announces Wendy Bana Has Joined the Administrative Team as Head of School for the Willowbrook Campus

Anneliese Schools, an award-winning private institution dedicated to providing unique educational opportunities for nursery school through 6th grade, today announced Wendy Bana, Ph.D. has returned as Head of School of the Willowbrook Campus.

Bana returns to Anneliese Schools with a wealth of experience as an educator and administrator. In her previous position as Head of School for LePort Schools in Irvine, she directed all faculty and administrative staff throughout academic services and maintained annual budget administration, while leading cross-functional teams within an educational environment and generating $1.6M in annual revenue. 

In 2014, Bana first joined the Anneliese team as a Special Programs Lead Teacher, managing all aspects of development and implementation of learning plans based upon curriculum instruction. Within this role Bana challenged students in core academic areas while successfully establishing professional development of school faculty and administration. After three years in this role, Bana became the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for two of the Anneliese campuses. In this position she executed operational oversight for all organizational levels, managed the development and deployment of curriculum and instruction focused on behavioral and developmental course design. She supported faculty and staff, ensuring optimal performance within a learning environment.   

Given Banas past success, Anneliese is excited to have her step into her new role as Head of School. In this position, Bana will serve as a support structure for the various department heads, including the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Preschool Directors, Manager of Administrative Services, Director of Operations, and Director of Human Resources. Banas goals in this new role include creating an inclusive and cohesive environment that promotes a positive learning and working experience, which is a key element in her educational philosophy. Wendy is a firm believer in the power of education within a community, and is committed to creating learning environments that make students feel safe, loved, and empowered to better themselves and their communities as they mature and grow.

Wendy has been a crucial and valuable part of the Anneliese team for many years now, and we are very proud of everything she has accomplished thus far, said Liesa Schimmelpfennig, Research and Development Director of Anneliese Schools. Wendys educational methodologies coupled with her robust expertise and experience in education will continue to add even more depth to the Anneliese community. We look forward to her continued successes within Anneliese as Head of School.

Bana is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, a member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society, Psychology and the Ninety-nines Club, Women Pilots. She holds a Master of Science degree, Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon and a Master of Arts, Teaching from Oregon State University. Bana received a Ph.D. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition & Learning from Grand Canyon University.

About Anneliese Schools (https://annelieseschools.com)

Anneliese Schools is an award-winning private institution dedicated to providing rich educational opportunities to grow the intellect, humanity, curiosity, and creativity of children. Founded in 1968 with 3 locations in Laguna Beach, Anneliese Schools offer nursery school up to 6th grade, with various enriching programs offered across the unique campuses. The school teaches to the many facets of the intellect, while fostering independence and freedom to learn. Fundamental to the school’s mission is helping children develop a strong understanding of self and a passion for lifelong learning.  For more information, please visit https://annelieseschools.com/

Eric Frazier Named Financial Advisor at Spinnaker Investment Group

Spinnaker Investment Group has hired Eric Frazier to join its team as financial advisor, announced Morgan Christen, CEO and Chief Investment Officer. At Spinnaker, Frazier will help individuals, families and businesses develop personalized investment management strategies.

Frazier joins the growing Newport Beach investment-advisory firm from Warmington Residential, a family-owned home builder that has been building homes in Southern California for almost a century, where he coordinated subdivision projects and worked directly with homeowners. Frazier received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Chapman University’s Argyros Business School and was active with on-campus clubs and philanthropies while also competing as a triathlete.

Frazier said his involvement with ministry work at an early age instilled a passion for helping others and he found that a career as a fiduciary financial advisor would allow him to help others for a living. “Few people in my personal network have dedicated financial advisors helping them prepare for the future,” he said. “I learned while training for triathlons that you make better progress and feel more confident when working with a coach.”

Recognized by the OC Business Journal among the fastest-growing privately owned small businesses in 2020 and for the past three straight years, Spinnaker Investment Group currently has over $420 million in assets under management. 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.’

Spinnaker serves a broad customer base throughout Southern California, as well as many clients throughout the United States. An independent practice that does not represent a specific company, bank or Wall Street institution, Spinnaker confidently and autonomously advises clients with individually tailored financial strategies designed to achieve financial independence. The firm’s services include Financial Planning, Wealth Planning, Retirement Planning, Asset Management, Securities and Insurance. For more information, visit www.SpinnInvest.com.