Palmer Luckey, Frank Luntz and over 50 other Speakers to Drift into IMPACT 22 Conference in Park City, Utah

The Anduril founder will release his interview on nuclear warfare, the metaverse, and more

October 4, 2022 – Irvine, California – From Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9, hundreds of nationally recognized thought leaders will gather at the Montage Resort, Deer Valley for IMPACT 22.

The IMPACT 22 conference, hosted by the Internet Marketing Association, is designed to spark inspiration and conversation between the most significant marketing minds of our time. It will feature a slew of in-person and virtual speakers – including Palmer Luckey, the founder of Anduril.

The event is expected to obtain over 200,000 views on Youtube and will benefit 4 non-profit organizations including:

  • The Literacy Project, an organization which addresses illiteracy at its earliest stage by teaching at-risk second-graders how to read.
  • California State Guard Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to supporting a volunteer emergency response force protecting California and its citizens from wildfires, earthquakes, floods, pandemics, civil unrest, and other disasters, both natural and man-made. 
  • Operation Underground Railroad. a nonprofit organization involved in the rescue of human trafficking and sex trafficking victims, with a special focus on children, and a wider goal of eliminating sex trafficking world-wide.

All are invited to attend the conference virtually and learn about a variety of cutting-edge leadership and marketing topics, developed by the over 80 board members that represent the IMA.

The many different speaking events will be broken down into six “peaks” over the course of the weekend. Each of these will feature a handful of well-known leaders in marketing and technology.

If attendees want to tune into specific topics, here are the six peaks and their subjects and speakers:

  1. Peak 1 – Journalistic Integrity 

(Frank Luntz, Mick Mulvaney)

2.                  Peak 2 – Generational Impact 

(Maxine Marcus, Paul Smith, Roland Hess, Victor Cho, Chris Norton, Dr. Melissa Batchelor)

3.                  Peak 3 – Emerging Technology for Global Good 

(Justin Li, David Latona, Lauren Peters, Jeff Vol;pe, Doug Frederick, Tom Peck, Nam Nguyen, Vince Walden, Torrey Ward, Matt Collins)

4.                  Peak 4 – Security, Defense, and Proactive Solutions

(Shawn Collins, Joseph Zaki, David Fernandez, Tom Sauer, Adam Coughran, Blake Resnick, Todd Brockman)

5.                  Peak 5 – Digital Economies, Web3, Blockchain

(Kevin Maloney, Johnney Zhang, Joshua Johnson, Robert Gran, Keith Laska, Maika Isogawa, Liam Grant, Jason Les)

6.                  Peak 6 – Marketing Evolutions 

(Andrea Ward, Greg Schneider, Josh Kreitzer, MC Sungalia, Claudio Ludovisi, Daniel Langer, Joe Megibow)

Additionally, virtual attendees are invited to watch the streamed “Startup Pitch Challenge,” which will feature a Shark-Tank-style competition between 9 startups. A panel of judges will select a single winner, but viewers will also have the option to vote for their favorite brand!

The Startup Pitch Challenge contestants will include: 

  • Buderflys
  • NecoTech
  • Objective Ed
  • One Health
  • Ooli
  • OrionOne
  • SampleServe
  • Tampa Deep Sea Xplorers
  • Leisure Project

For in-person sponsors, the weekend will boast an array of special events. The first day will include a gourmet welcome reception and dinner, followed by two days of culinary experiences, outdoor excursions, networking opportunities, and more.

Thought leaders speaking at IMPACT 22 both virtually and in person include:

  • Palmer Luckey, Anduril
  • Jay Symonds, Amazon
  • Shawn Collins, Stradling Law
  • Jeanniey Walden, DailyPay
  • Blake Resnick, Brinc Drones
  • Joseph Zaki, Loko AI
  • David Fernandez, DFNDR
  • Frank Luntz, American Political Consultant
  • Andrea Ward, VidMob
  • Johnney Zhang, USPC
  • Robert Towles, Ink Games
  • Justin Chen Li, Helio Genomics
  • David Latona, Tompkins Solutions
  • Lauren Peters, Salesforce
  • Nam Nguyen, Nom Nom Data
  • Jeff Volpe, ViewSonic
  • Doug Frederick, HealthCues
  • Claudio Ludovisi, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • Daniel Langer, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • Paul Smith, Tangram Interiors
  • Paul McGuire, Konex AV
  • Reggie Judah, TV Liquidator
  • Mick Mulvaney, Former US Representative
  • Tom Peck, Sysco
  • Tom Sauer, Miramar Health
  • Adam Coughran, Safe Kids
  • Torrey Ward, HK3
  • Vince Walden, Kona AI
  • Robert Grant, Ceyeber
  • Maika Isogawa, Webacy
  • Liam Grant, Integral
  • Chris Norton, Marriott International
  • Victor Cho, Evite
  • Roland Hess, Google
  • Keith Laska, High Alpha
  • Jim Steele, Salesforce
  • Joe Megibow, Bright Cellars
  • Tim Shank, Swarts, Manning, & Associates
  • Josh Kreitzer, Channel Bakers
  • Todd Brockman, PIKU
  • Matt Collins, MedLab2020
  • Mary-Christine Sungaila, Buchalter Law Firm
  • Dr. Melissa Batchelor, The George Washington University’s Center for Aging
  • Erin Levzow, Del Taco
  • Kathy Casdorph, e360
  • Nicholas Vandennieuwenhof, New Way Out
  • Don Yahn, Cushman & Wakefield

Sponsoring organizations include:

  • Evite
  • Snap
  • Miramar Health
  • VidMob
  • Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • HealthCues
  • Tangram Interiors
  • Marriott
  • MedLab2020
  • Indr
  • Montage Hotels
  • Sysco
  • Built on Vision
  • Helio Genomics
  • NuAxess
  • Nom Nom Data
  • Tompkins Solutions
  • Original Sprout
  • Hardesty, LLC
  • LS Carlson Law
  • ViewSonic
  • DFNDR Armor
  • Swarts, Manning & Associates
  • Farmers & Merchants
  • Evite
  • Konex AV
  • Buchalter Law Firm
  • Bright Cellars
  • Primior / USPC
  • Vet TV / Xperiential
  • Salesforce
  • Loko Ai
  • Boustead Securities
  • TV Liquidator
  • Delarman
  • Learn Capital
  • Channel Bakers
  • Kona Ai
  • e360
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Datanetiix Solutions
  • Stradling Law Firm
  • Hughes Marino
  • Virgin Hotels
  • MOON Ultra
  • Ware Malcomb
  • Hawke Media
  • Snap
  • Rakuten Rewards
  • HK3
  • Google
  • + several other added organizations

About IMPACT 22 

IMPACT 22 is a thought-leadership conference hosted by the Internet Marketing Association (IMA). Some of the greatest marketing and technology leaders will be sharing their insights on best practices and ways to change the world.

Anyone is invited to attend IMPACT virtually. To learn more or stream the event live starting October 7, please visit

Internet Marketing Association Presents Digital Assets, Fintech, Machine Learning for Military Applications and top Thought Leadership in its 10th Annual IMPACT 21 Conference Live-Streamed from WYNN Resort, Las Vegas

Internet Marketing Association Presents Digital Assets, Fintech, Machine Learning for Military Applications and top Thought Leadership in its 10th Annual IMPACT 21 Conference Live

Title sponsor Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

Mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman presents opening Keynote – Palmer Luckey, Rod Carew and over 100 global leaders attend virtual summit that had over 127,000 pre-registered professionals

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.Oct. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Internet Marketing Association (IMA) held its IMPACT 21 virtual conference on Friday, October 1, 2021. This year’s theme was “Marketing to a New World,” with a 6 hour conference live streamed from Encore Resort, Las Vegas, focused on best practices and techniques to build market share and business growth, the latest tools and trends from the industry’s leading experts, and the roadmap for leveraging the power of internet marketing to benefit the masses.

“We had some of the most progressive new businesses break out at IMPACT this year, including iTrust Capital, which is America’s largest Crypto IRA investment platform. The company has scaled growth faster than any company I’m aware of in our network, and we have over 60,000 enterprises in the IMA,” said Sinan Kanatsiz, Chairman of IMA. “We also had disruptive content presented by, Anduril Industries, DailyPay and INK Games to name a few.”

The goal of IMPACT 21 is to share information around how to market to a new world and how businesses should pivot in order to thrive in today’s environment. While the past year was weighted by complications, it was also a spark for innovation and creativity. Consumer behavior has completely shifted and generations are changing, new tools and platforms are thriving. This year, viewers learned how top marketers are building purpose with their brands, connecting with fans and tailoring their strategies around upcoming generations. The second half of  IMPACT 21 focused on Resurgence, Return to Work, Return to Life. Many business leaders and IMA board members touched on how they revamped corporate culture, adapted their hybrid work environments, hired and retained talent and their ideas on office evolution. Finally, the conference ended with the annual IMA Startup Pitch Challenge, IMPACT Awards and sponsor giveaways.

Highlights of the information-packed event included:

  • 33 expert Speakers
  • 7 non-profit Partners
  • 127,000+ Registrations
  • 21,500+ Engagements and growing
  • 12 sponsor giveaways totaling over $100,000

“This year’s IMPACT 21 conference was a success as the organization celebrated its 10th anniversary of hosting IMPACT in Las Vegas. The unforgettable and exclusive Chairman’s Dinner, followed by top-tier speakers in our virtual conference, wrapped up with a performance by the Chainsmokers made for a record experience at IMPACT experience. We are looking forward to IMPACT 22 in Park City, Utah.” said IMA Chairman Sinan Kanatsiz. “We are proud to share that the IMA will be turning a new leaf with a shift from Nevada to Utah and as such, will open our mission to larger, social issues starting with journalistic integrity, the impact of social media on society, and how we can get our world back to fact based content from our thought leaders and business professionals.”

IMA Startup Pitch Challenge


  • Ethr Music
  • Lightning Fit
  • Mustard
  • Togathre


  • Ethr Music


  • Palmer Luckey, Founder, Anduril Industries
  • Jeanniey Walden, Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer, DailyPay Inc.
  • Joe Megibow, CEO, Purple
  • Rod Carew, MLB Hall of Famer
  • Jay Symonds, Senior Manager, Amazon
  • Tarek El Moussa, HGTV’s Flip or Flop
  • Carolyn Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas
  • Elizabeth Goodwin, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Sr. Director of Development, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • Joshua Kreitzer, Founder & CEO, Channel Bakers
  • Jeff Volpe, President, ViewSonic Americas
  • Andrea Ward, CMO, VidMob
  • Dr. Jon Marashi, Celebrity Dentist
  • Victor Cho, CEO, Evite
  • Adam Doti, VP/ Principal Architect, Design, Salesforce
  • Bree Jacoby, Founder & CEO, BREE JACOBY, Inc.
  • Emily Washcovick, Senior Field Marketing Manager & Small Business Expert, Yelp Inc.
  • Cristina Gibson, Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Management, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • Brent Freeman, Founder & President, Stealth Venture Labs
  • Evan Padgett, COO, Stealth Venture Labs
  • Don DiCostanzo, Co-Founder & CEO Pedego Electric Bikes
  • Keith Moore, Founder & CEO, Boustead Securities
  • Rob Towles, Founder & CEO, INK Games
  • Anthony Bertolino, VP Growth, iTrustCapital
  • Sean Conrad, Principal Epic Insurance Brokers & Consultants
  • Konrad Feldman, Co-Founder & CEO, Quantcast
  • Shawn Dougherty, Founder & CEO, Volonic
  • Lesley Brog, CEO, Wags & Walks
  • Bala Sriraghavan, Founder & CEO, Datanetiix Solutions, Inc.
  • Dr. Behnam Khaleghi, MD, President, Pacific Rheumatology Medical Center
  • Doug Frederick, CEO, Healthcues
  • Tim Shank, Owner, Shank & Associates Insurance Services
  • Carol Emert, Creative Strategy Senior Manager, Salesforce
  • Erin Levzow, VP of Marketing Technology, Del Taco Restaurants Inc.

Non-Profits Recognized:

  • California Love Drop
  • Caterina’s Club
  • The Literacy Project
  • Orange County United Way
  • S.T.E.A.M
  • Seneca Family of Agencies
  • Wags & Walks

IMPACT Award Winners:

  • Agency of the Year: Channel Bakers
  • Bank of the Year: Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Best B2C App: Del Taco
  • Best App B2B2C: Indi
  • Best Luxury Developer: Primior
  • Best Content Innovation: EPIC Insurance
  • Best Content Innovation: ViewSonic
  • Best Crypto Investment Platform: iTrustCapital
  • Best Integrated Campaign Strategy: EPIC Insurance
  • Best IoT Indoor Air Quality Monitor: VizAeras
  • Best Non-Profit Campaign: Produce Marketing Association
  • Best SaaS Innovation: After, Inc. for QuickReg ®
  • Best SEO Campaign: Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • Best Social Media Campaign: ViewSonic
  • Best Social Presence: GoTurkiye TGA/BUKAFA
  • Best Use of Facebook: Earnin
  • Best Use of Linkedin: Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • Best Use of Video (Informational): VidMob
  • Best Website For Conversion: Intellimize
  • Best Website Functionality: GoTurkiye TGA/BUKAFA
  • Brand of the Year: Pedego Electric Bikes
  • Business Leader of the Year: Victor Cho, Evite
  • Business School of the Year: Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • CEO of the Year: Joe Megibow, Purple
  • CMO of the Year: Andrea Ward, VidMob; Jeanniey Walden, DailyPay
  • Community Impact: California Love Drop,Caterina’s Club,The Literacy Project, Orange County United Way, S.T.E.A.M., Seneca Family of Agencies, Wags & Walks
  • CPG Company of the Year: Kadenwood Brands
  • CXO of the Year: Hope Frank
  • Developer of the Year: Datanetiix Solutions Inc
  • Disrupter of the Year: DailyPay
  • Education Disruptor of the Year: Learn Capital
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Robert Towles, INK Games; Joshua Kreitzer, Channel Bakers
  • Expo of the Year: Electrify
  • Financial Planning Company of the Year: Investment Banker
  • Future-Proofer of the Year: Ware Malcomb
  • Healthcare Leader of the Year: Healthcues
  • Hospitality Company of the Year: Montage Hotels & Resorts
  • IMA Member of the Year: Jay Symonds, Amazon
  • IMA MVP: John Christian
  • Innovative Sales Enablement Strategy: EPIC Insurance
  • Innovation of the Year: DailyPay
  • Innovator of the Year: Dr. Jon Marashi; EPIC Insurance; iTrustCapital
  • Insurance Provider of the Year: Keenan
  • Investment Bank of the Year: Boustead Securities, LLC
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Rod Carew
  • Luxury Product of the Year: Volonic
  • Personal Stylist of the Year: Bree Jacoby
  • Platform of the Year: VidMob & Upstream
  • Professional Association of the Year: Building Industry Association of Southern California
  • Rheumatologist of the Year: Dr. Behnam Khaleghi
  • Supply Chain Management Company of the Year: Tompkins International
  • Venture Capital Firm of the Year: Calibrate
  • Women’s Leadership Award: Emily Washcovick, Yelp
  • 2021 Integrity in Business: DailyPay


  • A signed Oculus VR Goggle from Palmer Luckey
  • 10 Silver Bats Photo Print & Signed Signature from Rod Carew
  • Magnum Cabernet Aperture Wine signed by Jesse Katz
  • 2 GA tickets to the Chargers, NFL game
  • 1 Pedego Bike
  • 6 Ozobot
  • 2 Purple Plus Mattresses
  • 10 Purple Twincloud Pillow
  • 10 Purple Double Seat Cushion
  • 5 Purple Pajama Set
  • 2 x 55 inch ViewSonic Monitor
  • 6 Volonic Valet 3 charging devices
  • Del Taco Promo Code for FREE stuffed Quesadilla Taco for every IMPACT 21 attendee
  • Yelp Promo Code
  • Bree Jacoby Promo Code for $100 off your first appointment

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About the Internet Marketing Association (IMA):
The Internet Marketing Association is one of the fastest-growing professional organizations in the world. Its mission is to provide a unique knowledge-sharing platform where proven internet marketing strategies are demonstrated and shared to increase each member’s value to their industry and their organization.

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DailyPay Honored as Fintech Company of the Year and Gold Standard in On-Demand Pay Industry at IMA IMPACT 20 Virtual Conference

IMPACT Award DailyPay

DailyPay, the recognized leading on-demand pay provider garnered dual honors as Fintech Company of the Year and Gold Standard in On-Demand Pay Industry during the recent IMPACT 20 virtual conference hosted by the Internet Marketing Association. The IMPACT Awards exemplify best-in-class creativity, expertise and results achieved by the top practitioners of internet marketing across every business segment.

DailyPay works with 80% of Fortune 100 companies that use on-demand pay and has created a distinctive ecosystem with the most advanced, modern technology stack in the industry. DailyPay delivers the most secure, compliant and seamless on-demand pay benefit in the rapidly growing marketplace.

The company also has become a sought-after thought leader in this space through their proprietary DailyPay “Rehire Index as well as commissioning polls to gather industry data for gauging the current state of personal finance as well as for helping guide employers in providing valuable employee benefits.

The goal of IMPACT 20 was to help attendees assess how this year has impacted organizations and how they are dealing with adversity. It also explored the process of identifying new markets, businesses, industries and innovations. Topics encompassed best practices and techniques for building market share and business growth, the latest tools and trends from the industry’s leading experts, real solutions for the new virus economy, and a roadmap for leveraging the power of internet marketing.

The event set a Guinness World Records achievement for largest attendance for a virtual marketing conference in one week.

For more information on DailyPay, visit

About the Internet Marketing Association
IMA is one of the fastest growing and largest Internet marketing groups in the world, with professional members in fields including sales, marketing, business ownership, programming and creative development. It provides a platform where proven Internet marketing strategies are demonstrated and shared to increase members’ value to their organizations. IMA is underwritten by corporate partners to provide an opportunity to learn, engage and define best practices without making a financial commitment.

Internet Marketing Association Announces Winner of IMPACT 20 IMA Startup Pitch Challenge


SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – Oct. 15, 2020 – The Internet Marketing Association (IMA) has announced the winner of the annual IMA Startup Pitch Challenge held during this year’s landmark IMPACT 20 virtual conference. The challenge is always one of the most highly anticipated segments of the event.

Contenders in this year’s IMA Startup Pitch Challenge were:

FAMEOS creates a friction-free marketplace where brands and celebrities can seamlessly connect and do deals faster, easier and globally. New streams of revenue are generated by automating the matchmaking of major consumer brands and celebrity talent. Represented by CEO Zack Below.

GrayKea reduces financial stress for college students in need through sustainable alumni giving. In turn, students who receive funding come back onto the platform as alumni to help other students. Represented by Ayushi Gupta (University of Southern California), Siddhi Chandak (University of California, Berkeley), Manav Modi (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

Learneum is addressing the needs of today’s learners and their potential employers who are no longer satisfied by traditional educational institutions. The app encompasses five learning-level modules from onboarding to internship/startup. Represented by Founder and CEO Ernie Delgado.

Kwema develops safety wearables that enable employees to alert safety staff, notify 911 or activate any security protocol as well as provide privacy-based contact tracing. The devices are designed to save precious response time while mitigating risk. Represented by CEO Ali Al Jabry.

VizAeras provides an IoT platform and indoor environment sensors for monitoring, transparency and remote access in improving indoor air quality and healthy building conditions. The system tracks air quality metrics and other critical health performance indicators in real time for any building from any mobile device. Represented by CEO Carl Tautenhahn, CTO Gerald Monroe.

Competitors were evaluated on criteria including capital raised, value proposition, projected revenue, go-to-market strategy, market saturation, executive team and likeliness to disrupt.

For this year’s Challenge, FAMEOS was the winner in both the Judges Pick and Audience Pick categories. Key factors were the company’s innovations in an outdated industry, strong backing of investors and partnerships, and robust technology platform. Zack Below, CEO of FAMEOS, was also awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the conference’s IMPACT awards.

“It is such an honor to win the IMA Startup Pitch Challenge and Entrepreneur of the Year at IMPACT 20,” said FAMEOS CEO Zack Below. “We have the fastest growing operating system in the world for deal making between celebrities and brands. The recognition is a tribute to our amazing team and years of hard work. The deal revolution is just beginning.”

IMPACT is the premier internet marketing conference of the year and convenes industry thought leaders to address the latest global trends, issues and best practices on wide array trending topics. This year’s event set a Guinness World Records milestone for largest attendance for a virtual marketing conference in one week.


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About the Internet Marketing Association

IMA is one of the fastest growing and largest Internet marketing groups in the world, with professional members in fields including sales, marketing, business ownership, programming and creative development. It provides a platform where proven Internet marketing strategies are demonstrated and shared to increase members’ value to their organizations. IMA is underwritten by corporate partners to provide an opportunity to learn, engage and define best practices without making a financial commitment.

Artistry by Larry Armstrong, CEO of Ware Malcomb, featured in Amsterdam Whitney Gallery

Artistry by Larry Armstrong, CEO of Ware Malcomb, featured in Amsterdam Whitney Gallery

AMSTERDAM WHITNEY GALLERY, 531 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York City, located on the Ground Floor, is proud to showcase in its exhilarating AUGUST 28-SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 exhibition, leading Contemporary Master Artists whose works explore the abstract, figurative and natural worlds, exalting the realm of the aesthetic through brilliant coloration and dazzling form.

This specially curated exhibition and “Chelsea Roaring 1920’s ~ Great Gatsby” Gala Champagne Reception on Saturday, September 7th from 3:00-5:00 p.m, at our beautiful Ground Floor Gallery, inaugurates the Opening of the Chelsea Fall Art Season and offers an exuberant visual synthesis of abstract, figurative, photographic, landscape and floral compositions which assiduously captures the senses of both art acquisitors and art aficionados alike with its scintillating regeneration of the visual realm.

Pulsating with dynamic synergy and mesmerizing artistic creativity, these artists’ sophisticated, eclectic and joyful representations of the world shine the spotlight on a universal artistic language. Compelling, lively and emotive, the artworks resonate through the medium of our shared humanity by celebrating the human spirit and connecting with fundamental aspects of identity.

ARTiculations of the ARTissimo explores the global legacy of the abstract world and provides a visual syntax of non-objective expression from the viewpoints of three artists.  Their unique sense of modernistic individualism and heightened emotional responses to the universe is filtered through their expressive abstract perception and visceral imagination. Passionately responding to the sublimity of the universe, they invite the viewers to experience newly redefined visions, carefully highlighted by magnificent color and masterful renderings.

Exploring the tensions between order and chaos and between free form and precision, California architect and artist LAWRENCE ARMSTRONG’s multimedia artwork illuminates a pure aesthetic which ignites creativity and accolades, while probing how a multitude of layers reveal inner thought and meanings.

View more of Lawrence Armstrong’s artwork here

Marketing Executive and Entrepreneur Sinan Kanatsiz Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Marketing Executive and Entrepreneur Sinan Kanatsiz Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor - Digital marketing association

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sinan Kanatsiz, founder and CEO of marketing communications firm KCOMM and Chairman and Founder of the Internet Marketing Association, has received the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor sponsored by the Ellis Island Honors Society.

Sinan Kanatsiz, CEO of KCOMM receiving 2019 Ellis Island Medal
Sinan Kanatsiz, CEO of KCOMM receiving 2019 Ellis Island Medal

The recognition is awarded annually to a group of distinguished American citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service and extraordinary accomplishments in their industry. These are individuals who preserve and celebrate the history, traditions and values of their ancestry while exemplifying the values of the American way of life, and who are dedicated to creating a better world.

“As a second-generation American with roots in Turkey, I remember my father who was an educator talking about this medal and what it symbolized to him,” Kanatsiz said. “I am deeply honored and gratified to have been chosen and accept it in his memory as the individual, along with my mother, who set me on my path in life.”

Past Ellis Island Medalists have included seven U.S. Presidents, three world leaders, several Nobel Prize winners and countless leaders in industry, education, the arts, sports and government as well as everyday Americans who have made freedom, liberty and compassion a part of their life’s work.

For the medal presentation event, Ellis Island is closed to the public as honorees and their guests arrive via a private ferry. More than 300 service members participate in an opening ceremony that includes a joint-service color guard representing all five branches of the military. Medalists accept their honor on stage in front of family and friends during a black-tie dinner in the historic Great Hall.

Criteria for the Ellis Island Medal of Honor include integrity, passion, gravitas, humanitarianism and ethnic heritage. Kanatsiz has been actively involved in a wide range of charitable and philanthropic causes, including service on boards of directors as well as a volunteer and financial contributor. Examples include organizations and advocacy for at-risk youth, civic engagement, education, entrepreneurism, family services and literacy.

About Ellis Island Honors Society
The Ellis Island Honors Society was created on the conviction of its founders that the diversity of the American people is what makes this nation great. Its mission is to honor and preserve this diversity and to foster tolerance, respect and understanding among religious and ethnic groups. Additionally, Ellis Island Honors Society continues its commitment to the restoration and maintenance of Ellis Island, a living tribute to the courage and hope of all immigrants. Since 1986, the Ellis Island Honors Society has sponsored the Ellis Island Medals of Honor which are presented annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life.

Sinan Kanatsiz Executive Bio

Cav. Sinan Kanatsiz, CIM (titles)

Sinan Kanatsiz has effectively made his mark as an entrepreneur in the United States. His parents who migrated from Turkey established residency and citizenship in America in the 1960’s where they had and raised Sinan and his Sister Sebnem. In 1998, while studying for a master’s degree at Chapman University, Kanatsiz followed his entrepreneurial spirit and formalized his first company, KCOMM, a Public Relations and Internet marketing agency. The company quickly evolved into a full-service marketing, government affairs and event marketing firm known for its Internet expertise and results-oriented approach. In less than ten years, Kanatsiz grew the firm to several million dollars in revenue, opening business operations and clients in DallasNew YorkDubaiIstanbulMontrealLondonArgentina, and Delhi. Currently, KCOMM works with over 100 specialized employees and independent contractors in several countries and has developed campaigns for over 1,000 companies and organizations around the world. These include organizations ranging from innovative start-ups to New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq listed companies such as Oracle, Sony, eBay, T-Mobile, HP, Adobe and the University of Phoenix.

KCOMM’s dedication to strategic programs and results-oriented campaigns has earned the firm several PROTOS awards, the highest honor bestowed by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The effectiveness of KCOMM’s strategies has become so widely recognized that the firm’s clients have now extended beyond the realm of technology to include elected officials, municipalities and multi-national organizations.

As a consummate entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kanatsiz takes his community responsibilities seriously. In addition to mentoring high school and college students, he is often asked to speak about entrepreneurship and the Internet. He has held engagements at several universities, including USCChapman UniversityUCLACal State FullertonPepperdine, UC Irvine, and Cal Tech. Additionally, he has been a keynote speaker at the Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) National Conference and is often called to speak on a variety of topics including Social Media, Search Engine Optimization, Email Marketing, Modernizing Government and the future of the Internet.

Kanatsiz’s belief in the power of entrepreneurism and politics led him to be the original founder of a group called Generation NeXt in 2004, a network of young business and community leaders committed to making a difference by empowering others for the betterment of the next generation. Additionally, he founded the Internet Marketing Association ( in 2000, which has a large number of professional members worldwide and its own conference series called “IMPACT.” Past events have included the executives and founders of Google, SalesForce, Tesla Motor, SpaceX, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, St. Regis Hotel, Wahoos, Quest Software, Amazon and YouTube to name a few. Kanatsiz is currently expanding the group globally and involving leaders from Europe, the Middle EastChina and India, working to create the largest association dedicated to Internet Marketing in the world.

While the IMA is a large, global organization, Kanatsiz recently created a spinoff in (2017), called the International Executive Council (IEC), which he founded to focus on the top 100 leaders in Southern California( The organization has been hosting monthly events around topics including Social Emotional Learning, Cryptocurrency, Leadership and The Creative Process to name a few.

Kanatsiz holds a B.A. in Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a certificate in Human Resources, all from Chapman University. Kanatsiz was designated Alumnus of the Year by Chapman University in the year 2000. He was also the recipient of the Community College of California Alumnus of the Year Award in 2005. Sinan was named in the Hall of Fame for Santa Ana Collegein the year 2006. He has also been named as 40 under 40 and a featured Entrepreneur of the Year by OC Metro Magazine. Recognized for his philanthropic involvement, Kanatsiz was appointed a Knighthood and invited to become a member of the Royal House of Savoy by Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy in September 2018. Sinan received the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his work in non-profit organizations, public relations, and internet marketing.

To this day, he credits his accomplishments to his Four Pillars of Success: personal integrity; coaches and mentors; family; and education.

Kanatsiz, his wife, Kai, son Archer, and daughter Arden, reside in San Clemente, California.

Media Contact: Rachel

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The Prince of Venice and The Prince of Piedmont will be the Guest of Honor at the “Notte di Savoia Los Angeles” on April 6, 2019 at the Montage Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, California – March 8, 2019 — HRH Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy will be the guest of honor at the second annual Notte di Savoia charity gala on April 6, 2019 in Los Angeles.  The white- and black-tie charity gala, taking place at the Montage Beverly Hills Resort, will benefit Caterina’s Club, which provides 25,000 weekly warm meals, affordable housing assistance, and job training to homeless and low-income families throughout Southern California.  The Notte di Savoia has been organized by the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, continuing the spirit and tradition of charitable giving and hospitaller care of the historic, dynastic orders of knighthood and merit of the thousand-year old Royal House of Savoy.

The elegant Mediterranean-style Montage Beverly Hills will provide the sumptuous surroundings for the Notte di Savoia, recreating the traditions and pageantry reminiscent of 19th-century European court events. Following a glittering outdoor reception on the elevated terrace, dignitaries and guests, with gentlemen resplendent in tailcoats and wearing colorful chivalric and military decorations, and ladies in formal gowns, will proceed to dinner in the Marquesa Ballroom to strains of historic Savoy royal anthems and marches popular when Italy was a monarchy under the House of Savoy.

The guest of honor, His Royal Highness Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, is the grandson of the late King Umberto II, Italy’s last reigning sovereign. His ancestor, King Victor Emmanuel II, united the nation of Italy under his rule between 1861 and 1870.

Prince Emanuele Filiberto said:  “The Savoy Orders are my family’s ancient orders of knighthood which date back to the Crusades. They have traditionally been devoted to charitable works, and recognize individuals for their contributions in public service, medicine, the arts, music, government, business and philanthropy. Caterina’s Club and the work of Chef Bruno Serato, a Savoy knight, is a great and contemporary cause to support in our royal tradition of assistance to the less fortunate,” the Prince concluded.

The American Delegation of Savoy Orders, through its charitable arm, the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, contributes to humanitarian, hospitaller and charitable projects and initiatives in the United States and abroad, particularly in healthcare and hospice care, disaster relief, education programs and children’s causes. The Savoy Foundation is an NGO at the United Nations.

For more information on supporting the Notte di Savoia and Caterina’s Club click here:


Daniel J. McClory, Notte di Savoia Event Chairman +1 949 233 7869
Larissa Van Duser, Executive Director, American Foundation of Savoy Orders, +1 212 972 0495


The Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy  are among the oldest orders of Knighthood and Merit in the world.  The Savoy Orders are headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and have 35 Delegations worldwide that support the Orders ongoing charitable works. Their origins and their principles, traditions and humanitarian goals date back a thousand years. HRH Prince Victor Emmanuel, Prince of Naples and Duke of Savoy, is Head of the House of Savoy and Grand Master of the Savoy Orders.  Prince Emanuele Filiberto is his son and hereditary Prince and currently serves as President of the Council of the Savoy Orders. Among his hereditary titles is Crown Prince of Italy.

In 1946, when the Kingdom of Italy came to an end, the House of Savoy was the Europe’s oldest reigning dynasty. The heads of the House of Savoy had ruled, first as counts, then as dukes and finally as kings, for almost a thousand years. Descended in the direct male line from a tenth-century vassal of the Holy Roman Emperor, the Savoys ruled the Alpine state of Aosta, as well as Savoy, where they established themselves at Chambery. Their dominion was eventually extended to include Piedmont and other territories in what are now Italy, France and Switzerland. By the eighteenth century, the Savoys were kings of Sicily and then Sardinia, and it was under their aegis that the Italian states were united by 1871.

The Royal Family’s heritage can be seen in castles and palaces, and in the beauty of the northwestern Italian city of Turin, the Savoys’ magnificent capital in the heart of Piedmont in the 16th into the 19th centuries.  The dynastic chivalric traditions of the House of Savoy continue. The Order of the Annunciation and the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, two of the world’s oldest knightly institutions, are still alive today, epitomizing the dynasty’s medieval spirit while supporting very modern charitable works in Italy, Switzerland, France, Japan, the United States and elsewhere. Chivalry lives. Today, the House of Savoy remains one of the oldest royal dynasties.


Headquartered in New York City, the American Delegation of Savoy Orders, which includes the United States of America, is among the 35 delegations of the Savoy Orders located throughout Europe, the Americas and Japan.

The American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated, a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, supports local, national, and international charities focusing on medical, educational, and humanitarian fields, including philanthropy for hospitals and relief agencies for children, the poor, sick and elderly. The Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organization in Roster Consultative Statues with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.


Caterina’s Club’s mission is to provide warm meals, affordable housing assistance, and job training to homeless and low-income families throughout Southern California. It is supported by a vision where we are creating a modicum of consistency in these children’s lives through something as simple yet meaningful as a nightly dinner.

Paul Winsper, Director of Athletic Performance for Under Armour, joins as IMA Board Member

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We are excited to announce Paul Winsper, Director of Athletic Performance for Under Armour, joins our leadership as an IMA board member.

Winsper is a graduate of Northumbria University in Newcastle. He started his career as Fitness Coach with Durham County Cricket Club.

In 1996 Winsper was hired as Fitness Coach for Newcastle United. He spent ten seasons with them and worked with some of the game’s biggest stars including England internationals Michael Owen and Alan Shearer.

In November 2006 Winsper resigned from his position at Newcastle United after becoming disillusioned when he was virtually ignored by the previous management regime at St James’ Park.

After leaving Newcastle United, Winsper set up his own consultancy company and quickly had large customers including Nike, English Cricket Board, British Columbia Soccer Association, Toronto FC and Complete Football.

On 11 January 2008, Toronto FC announced that Winsper had been hired as Strength and Conditioning Coach. He quit Toronto FC on 11 December 2009 to pursue an opportunity with Nike.