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Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones! We appreciate your continued support of the IMA and look forward to new opportunities in 2022!

I'm excited to announce that I recently partnered with Santa Ana College (SAC) to kickstart a new program, called "Kicking into College.", where we will work to identify some of the most underprivileged students in all of Orange County and provide them with a full–ride scholarship at SAC. The Kanatsiz Scholars Program, established in honor of my father's legacy, is envisioned as one of the largest funds of its kind at Santa Ana College. A $250,000, fully–funded Kanatsiz Scholars Fund will generate a minimum of $12,500 annually in perpetuity for the investment in the lives of our community's children and future leaders. Read about the full program here.

Our latest IMPACT SHOW episode features my colleague Tim Smith, Founder of SmithGroup, an award–winning international architectural, engineering and planning firm. We discuss his background in real estate, how he's able to cultivate meaningful relationships with his clients, and how he used the power of film to disrupt the industry with his well–known production "Teach Me How To Duffy."

Throughout his company, he strives to work with those who have a uniting passion for design excellence to solve complex, meaningful problems for their clients and ultimately bring their vision to life. Check out the full interview with Tim Smith here.

Be sure to mark your calendars for IMPACT 22 (October 7-9), our next virtual conference in 2022. Register today at

We also encourage you to take a look at our partner articles below.

Thank you,

Sinan Kanatsiz
Chairman, IMA
Partner News Partner News
Acceleration of AI Adoption

By Pepperdine Graziadio

Dr. John Mooney, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s associate professor of Information Systems, provided an analysis on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) impacts businesses and customers and shares examples of how businesses are uniquely using AI technologies.

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The Chinese Economy – What to Expect

By Dan McClory, Boustead Securities

Dan McClory discusses the latest expert predictions for China's economic outlook as well as other countries and what factors, including the next COVID-19 variant are behind these predictions.

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Artist and Architect Lawrence R. Armstrong Partners with Volonic to Launch "Artist Series" of Luxury Wireless Chargers

By Ware Malcomb

Lawrence R. Armstrong, in partnership with Volonic, a luxury consumer technology company, today announced the launch of Volonic's "Artist Series" – the latest in the company's line of handcrafted wireless chargers. The Artist Series celebrates artists as creative trailblazers who "dare to imagine a more elegant, yet functional world," and joins Volonic's Aluminum and Grand Piano collections.

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Welcome Home, Purple Plus!

By Purple

Just over five years ago Purple started a Kickstarter campaign to manufacture and sell a completely unique mattress. After incredible support from the community, we launched the Purple Mattress–a revolutionary product that placed a two-inch layer of Purple GelFlex Grid on top of a foam base. Since then, this bed, and our business model, changed the mattress game forever.

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The Parallels between being a Ballroom Dancer and a Leader: How dancing has taught me more about being a better leader

By Erin Levzow, VP of Marketing Technology, Del Taco Restaurants Inc.

Almost a year ago I started ballroom dancing. It was a Christmas Gift to Fred Astaire near our home. I like to dance, but had never done ballroom dance or much partner dancing of any kind other then maybe in a few theatre productions. I took a leap and tried it out.

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Facility Location Planning for the New Normal

By Tompkins Solutions

With the level of disruption and uncertainty in today's world, many brands and retailers are experiencing widespread change across their business and distribution operations. Continued e–commerce growth is prompting many companies to add new distribution centers (DCs) and fulfillment methods to cope with changing order profiles and volumes.

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Palmer Luckey Interview at Pacific Club – December 2 2021

Palmer Luckey is an American inventor, innovator, entrepreneur, Founder of defense technology company Anduril Industries, designer of the Oculus Rift, and Co–founder of Oculus VR, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $2.3b. In this interview, we unraveled a journey that began with Palmer's bold vision as a young entrepreneur.

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An Introduction to Bitcoin

By iTrust Capital

Bitcoin has become a household term in the past decade, but many are still uninitiated into what it really is. Here's your chance to dive in.

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Loko AI

Founded as a direct result of the Route 91 Festival shooting in Las Vegas, Loko AI's mission is to automate worker safety, security and reduce insurance liability. We're pioneering Autonomous Systems, Computer Vision and Synthetic Data to solve the hardest risk management problems for our customers.

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Down the Rabbit Hole of Crypto Currency: Life, Business, and Growth - IMPACT SHOW EP 33

As a graduate from Berkley's inaugural block chain focused curriculum, and as VP of Growth for iTrustCapital, Anthony Bertolino has certainly got his finger on the pulse of all things finance and crypto. In this episode, Sinan chats with Anthony about the importance of creating trust in a highly trust sensitive marketplace, the future of digital versus fiat currencies, and the value of content creation as it pertains to company growth.

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