The past August 2014, JAVIER™ was nominated at the 2014 Entrepreneur Awards among other 35 LA’s most influential CEO’s, entertainment industry leaders and other recognized entrepreneurs making difference in Los Angeles at the De Luxe Banquet Hall in Burbank, CA.
Judges included Harry Leon (Cresenta Valley Town Council-council member), Ginger Mandes (Vice President, AML Filed Officer, Retail Banking and Wealth Management HSBC), and George S. McQuade III (Director of Communications, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)).
Javier Samudio, Founder and Creative Director at JAVIER™
Creative with 15 years experience living in Los Angeles, he helps business and entrepreneurs by creating branding and marketing strategies to increase sales and grow in the modern market.
The forte behind his work comes from a detailed design process which he uses to create effective solutions to set companies and business apart from their competitors and get clients buying products or hiring services.
The experience acquired managing his own design studio and being part of different projects in studios and agencies in Los Angeles, has given him the tools to lead projects as a Creative Director or to be part of design teams, additionally, due my roots, we has a solid experience reaching the Hispanic Market, which is increasing significantly its purchasing power in California and the United States.
Darin Fishman, Vice President Small Business banking
Darin Fishman is a Vice President within the Small Business Banking Group. Mr. Fishman is responsible for the growth and expansion of new and existing business clients within $250k and $5mm. Through his proficiency of the vast business / personal products and multiple lines of business the bank has to offer—Lending, Cash Management Services, Wealth Management just to name a few, he is able to manage and maintain all of the clients’ needs. Mr. Fishman is actively involved in networking groups such as the Chamber of commerce, Rotary Club and staying involved in the community through the City of Hope among other non-profit organizations while always keeping abreast of changing business trends that impact the small/middle market segments and translates those trends into business opportunities. He prides himself on being the Private Banker for all of his clients’ needs. Mr. Fishman works out of the Encino and Sherman Oaks Banking Centers at Bank of America.
Prior to joining the World Class team at Bank of America 3 ½ years ago, Mr. Fishman spent 7 years with Wells Fargo Bank and 3 years with California Federal Bank holding positions from teller to Personal Banker to Premier Banker / Assistant Manager and capped it off with a Business Deposit Consultant role within the commercial banking group.
Learning, experience, growth is always something that pushes Darin Fishman to be the best while striving for success His future goals are to be in Management and Upper Management within Bank of America so his knowledge and experience through different roles in banking can be shared on to others.
Mr. Fishman received his undergraduate degree from California State University Northridge with a major in Marketing and minor in finance. He is future goals in schooling is going for his master’s within the next few years.
As a 25+ year veteran entertainment professional, Los Angeles-based Steve Owens offers expertise as a Music Producer, Supervisor & Consultant, Social Media & Brand Specialist, Radio Personality and Celebrity Life Coach. In his posse: 43 Platinum & Gold Records, including Grammy albums from Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Lionel Riche, Stevie Wonder and Journey. He has also helped break Anita Baker, Expose, Cyndi Lauper, Culture Club, The Beastie Boys and Gloria Gaynor.
As Founder & CEO of Branding Avatar LLC in Glendale, California, Owens provides music consulting, music production and entertainment social media marketing for pop and urban music artists, actors and models—from artist development to records to radio. His firm works with movie studios, TV networks, record labels, and artists/managers, as a central, hands-on hub to connect your PR team, social media and promotion team in a one-stop shop. The company also assists in producing and/or finding music producers, hiring radio promotion, video, social media & PR teams, and licensing products/merchandise.
In addition, since 2008, Owens has provided Music & Social Media Consulting and A&R for Hitlab, while judging the Grammy’s Emerging Artist Contest for the firm. He is also a Music Supervisor & Music Publisher with L.A.’s Fashion Lounge Music; PD & on-air personality with Live 365 Internet Radio’s Top 20 Pop Station; and CEO/Editor of online entertainment magazine “Entertainment World” (with a focus on celebrities sharing news—and not paparazzi).
Previously, Owens commandeered the globally focused Steve Owens Management for 16 years, specializing in celebrities, and movie/TV stars, along with managing talent and providing life coaching and goals strategies. He also worked as a Freelance Producer with Paramount Pictures for Real TV and radio marketing.
Owens is currently producing two burgeoning music artists signed to record label deals, and providing A&R for two UMG imprints. He is also working with Quarterbacking Record Promotion Team efforts with Social Media Companies and PR, via Branding Avatar. In addition, he is packaging a major motion picture with G Mack Brown (“Departed,” “Men in Black 3”).
James Huang, President & CEO, BRC Advisors
James Huang is the President and CEO of BRC Advisors, a Los Angeles – based commercial real estate brokerage firm with over 100 agents at five office locations. The firm specializes in investment sales and leasing, property management and advisory services, debt and equity investment platforms, and construction design and build services.
Mr. Huang founded BRC Advisors with a vision for creating a brokerage firm with a new culture embracing diversity, collaboration, and teamwork. This energized teamwork has paid off through the years with BRC Advisors emerging as a leader in the Los Angeles real estate market. The firm has built a solid reputation for superior market knowledge and exceptional client service through customized financial and operational solutions and Mr. Huang has been recognized with the California Excellence Award in 2013, and by Angeleno Magazine in their April 2014 feature, “100 Faces of the Beverly Hills Centennial.”
Due to his extensive knowledge of the industry and reputation for collaboration, Mr. Huang was appointed National Commercial Chairperson of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) in January 2014. In this role, he provides global strategic direction to the organization and has helped establish a larger, more prestigious collective of members.
In June 2014, Mr. Huang led AREAA’s first US/China summit in Beverly Hills, CA., where Chinese nationals from leading industries and top, Chinese government officials came to learn best practices in real estate, development, and finance from U.S. experts. Based on the success of this endeavor, Mr. Huang is now putting together a Korea Trade Mission, which will take place in 2015. The focus of the trade mission will be to establish communication and partnerships with Korean real estate business leaders and government officials to stimulate future growth opportunities.
Mr. Huang has taken AREAA to the next level in other ways, including his efforts to establish a platform for an ongoing training program for its members by utilizing the expertise of a network of leading, U.S. real estate professionals. On the national level, he is currently developing a quarterly, real estate summit for AREAA, showcasing prominent speakers to share their expertise at these events, as well as at other national industry events.
James Huang currently serves on the boards of the Real Estate Associate Program (REAP) and Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW), and is the Real Estate Advisor and Fundraising board member for the Korean Church Community Development. He is also the Vice Chairperson for the early education children’s program, Jumpstart Southern California, and an Assistant Scout Leader for the Boy Scouts of America, Greater Los Angeles chapter.
Shant Sahakian is the Founder of Sedna Solutions, a leading full service marketing and design firm based in Glendale, California. Sedna Solutions serves businesses, non-profit organizations, and government institutions with integrated Internet Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Event Marketing, and Branding services. Shant proudly serves on the International Executive Council of the Internet Marketing Association, one of the world’s largest professional organizations, and is one of the founding members of Glendale Young Professionals, an organization that connects, develops, and empowers the next generation of business and community leaders. Shant’s entrepreneurial spirit is matched by his passion for community service and philanthropic causes and he is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of a number of local non-profit organizations.
Chairman at Int’l Fashion SuperModel Committee. Director at IFSM Fashion Production. VP Executive Board Member at Chinese American Film festival. Adviser at The World Networks. Regional Director at World Fashion Organization. More than 30 years in fashion/entertainment production, which included but not limited to Clients management, event, concert, TV/ film production, fashion brand name management.
He had involved in many different way of event production, such as Chinese American Film Festival (CAFF) since 2005, and also has produced many documentaries/ television shows and series, as well as full-length entertainment shows for major television networks, and in 2008 he launch Int’l Fashion Super Model Search around the globe , and others like Yves Castaldi Fashion Night, Miss Asia HK (2006-2008) , Jackie Chan’s Disciple, Eric Tsang Chinese New Year Gala …. and established a broad client base in promo & advertising.
Through ingenuity, imagination, and supreme resolve, In 2009 Michael with his production team producing a feature film “Cherish “ won the best independent film award from CAFF and that will spanning well into the foreseeable future. In 2014 will well expand across a variety of different genres, and doing JV with HK/China Production Company, genres including drama, Kung Fu action, and comedy.
Michael will be counted on to be a mainstay in the industry, busily maintaining the integrity of the fashion entertainment industry for years to come.