“I sat in the APU classrooms and literally crafted my ideas with him,” Case said. “I took what he taught me and applied it to ZuVenturez.”
According to Joseph, the money won in ZuVenturez will be used to buy equipment for their team, help market the brand and build their website which will launch soon.
Prosper Coffee Co. won $15,000 and Scriberr News won $7,500 for their companies in the ZuVenturez finale
Case delivered a strong pitch that reflected the unique aspect of her company, CBD infused cold brew.
“The news industry desperately needs entrepreneurs,” said APU alumna Jamie Roebuck-Joseph. “ This competition helped us to work out the details, especially in our finances. I think we grew tremendously throughout this process. Zuventurez made Scriberr better.”
Case invested $2,000 of her own money to start the company. She credited God for answered prayers.
“We have a problem today,” said senior journalism major Michael Ayetiwa. “Only 33 percent of those under the age of 30 say they trust the media.”
According to Case, the ZuVenturez money will help with the distribution cost and ultimately help her work towards the goal of Prosper Coffee being in stores all around the Pacific Northwest and California.
“The acquisition of BenCov Engineering is highly complementary to PBS, allowing us to expand the PBS customer base into Texas, while adding a natural extension to our existing product and services portfolio,” said Kunal Shah, PE, PBS President. “We identified BenCov as an attractive opportunity for PBS prior to this investment, and we are thrilled that BenCov and its leadership team are joining the PBS Engineers family of companies.”
Jon Shoemaker, CPA, a hareholder for Gumbiner Savett Inc., was named leader of the firm’s audit & accounting department as of June 1, 2020. A dedicated practitioner, Jon has managed and led numerous international accounting and income tax engagements and is well versed in small and large-scale audits.
Kamran Khosrovani has joined Pacific Premier Bank as the 1st VP / Sr. Relationship Manager for the Los Angeles Brentwood location. Kamran is an accomplished and respected business banker with roots in West Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. He has a proven track record of successfully managing and growing his portfolio and is committed to delivering superior service. Kamran holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge and will play a vital role at Pacific Premier Bank. Member FDIC.
“Maren has earned an impressive reputation among her colleagues and clients, and her addition to our team will help us strengthen our reputation as the “go-to” experts in the Entertainment Industry,” said Lori A. Roth, Global Managing Partner. “Her experience in Business Management enhances the services we provide to our clients, and she is a strong internal asset with relation to the firm’s future growth.”
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In her new role, Robinson leads CGI’s Southern California and Hawaii regions. A graduate of USC, Marshall School of Business, Robinson is a seasoned senior executive with experience leading $150+ million businesses. Prior to joining CGI, Robinson served in senior leadership roles at the Burwood Group, Novitex Enterprise Solutions, and Iron Mountain. Robinson is also passionate about STEM and diversity programs and lifting up the next generation of technologists.
Lindsay Dunn has been promoted to executive vice president and head of Real Estate Banking at City National Bank. Dunn, who’s been with the bank for more than 15 years, will now serve on the bank’s Executive Committee and report directly to President Richard A. Raffetto. She is on the board of Imagine LA as the finance committee chair.
Carisa Ferrer, CPA – Managing Partner
Carisa joined KKB in 2006 and became a Partner in July 2016, where she led the Firm’s Audit practice. Carisa is KKB’s first female MP in the Firm’s history and will carry on KKB’s core values of professionalism, attentive client service and exceptional work. Carisa accepts the reins from Stuart Jaffe, who continues his active role as Senior Partner.
Mendes has a long history of commitment to social justice and equity issues associated with infrastructure investment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Mount Holyoke College, and a master’s in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She will receive a Certificate of Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University in April 2021.
Martha has served on the board of the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority and as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of AIA. She is a former member of MIT’s Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the Board of the Community Foundation Land Trust, and the Board of Councilors for USC’s School of Architecture.