Growing Revenue through Innovation and Technology
Wed Apr 21 2021, 09:00am PDT – 01:00pm PDT
- 9-9:05am — Welcome
- 9:05-9:10am — President Remarks
- 9:10-9:15am — Special Messages
- 9:15- 9:20am — US Bank Sponsor Message
- 9:20- 10am — Keynote Speaker (LIVE)
- 10-10:45am — Banking Technology Panel/QA
- 10:45am-11am — Fast Pitch Competition
- 11-11:45am — Marketing Innovation Panel/QA
- 11:45am-12:45pm — Virtual Exhibitor Booth/Networking
- 12:45-1pm — Closing Remarks/End
Speakers & Panelists
Co-Founder, Studio 18 Nail Bar
Co-Founder, Nailing It For America
I was born and raised by two extremely hard working parents who have sacrificed everything for my brother and I. For the first half of my life, we lived in Northern California and eventually migrated down to Southern California, halfway during my high school years. It was a bit rough to say the least, but definitely a blessing in disguise. As a proud alumni of Cal State Fullerton, I left with a strong sense of community and knowledge in 2010 with a degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing. Until this day, I still hold some of my best memories and professors at CSUF. While obtaining my degree at CSUF as a full time student, I also worked full time in retail and business banking for about seven years. This taught me growth, hard work, the importance of building relationships and managing my finances. It was about seven years into banking that I decided to leave the career I built, to embark on one of the most challenging yet rewarding journeys to date, to be a stay at home mom, now to three young and beautiful children who I have dedicated my life to.
Three years ago, my parents & I co-founded Studio 18 Nail Bar after they decided to retire from their engineering careers. We wanted to open the doors to an exquisite nail bar that catered to individuals who wanted to escape from the reality of life, where you could indulge in homemade, organic, luscious and top notch services. Studio 18 Nail Bar was officially born on April 15, 2017. As my parents work tirelessly as the Co-Director of Operations, I am the Managing Director of the business we pour our heart and souls into. As I offer the second generation viewpoint to our business, this has been the ultimate dream, to be able to work closely with the people I respect & love the most all while being a part of growing an amazing community, in the City of Tustin. Working so closely with my parents in our family business, this has given me insight of who they are and to see all the struggles they have ever endured from childhood to the Fall of Saigon to the present, there has never been a job that compares to what I am currently achieving side by side with them.
Banking Technology Panelists
VP Relationship Manager
Supplier Diversity and Development, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
Donna thrives to help diverse businesses do business with the bank and brings the necessary expertise to continue building on strong and sustainable supplier diversity initiatives. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and MBA. Before joining the Union Bank family, Donna brings more than 15 years of experience, supporting business development and managing supplier diversity for a non-diverse private corporation, where she was successful at implementing sourcing, process improvement and mentoring programs for small and diverse businesses.
Donna is a committee participant with the Financial Services Roundtable for Supplier Diversity, Western Regional Supplier Development Council Board Member, Advisory Council Co-Chairperson for the Asian Business Association – Los Angeles and Advisory Council member with the UC Small and Diverse Business Advisory Council.
Vice President, SBA Division, City National Bank
Mark not only helps businesses grow through loans, he has initiated multiple programs on SBA Loan Programs, Access to Capital and minority business certifications for CPA’s, business groups, chambers, corporations and business owners. He has been the featured speaker for the Beauty Industry Market Access (BIMA) Program for the Long Beach Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) since 2013. Mark has been the featured speaker at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, Business Fundamentals Bootcamp in Beverly Hills, Beauty Industry West trade group in Los Angeles, SBA Panel for the NGLCC International conferences in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Desert, California Department of Insurance 4 th , 5 th , 6 th and 7 th Annual Diversity Summits in Sacramento and Los Angeles, the US Veteran Business Alliance in Los Angeles, Farmers Insurance CEO, Executives and LGBT Employee Resource Group, Toyota Financial Services LGBT Employee Resource Group and Supplier Diversity Executives. Moderated the SBA/CPUC/LAGLCC/NGLCC program at Southern California Gas, Meet the Buyers Events at City National Bank and was the first LGBT Master of Ceremonies for the 4 th Annual SBA Los Angeles District Office Faith-Based Small Business Summit at USC.
Like his professional work, Mark’s humanitarian efforts lie at the intersection of business and community development by way of board involvement (Treasurer, Vice President and President) at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (LAGLCC) where he currently serves as President Emeritus. Serving with the LAGLCC allows Mark to use his skills to help cultivate strong relationships with professional leaders, corporate partners, sponsors and business owners.
In 2013 Mark purchased one of his long time business banking clients, Charles Jacobsen, Inc., an importer of antique furniture and accessories from Asia. Though he does not manage the day to day activities of the business, he was instrumental in arranging the financing, design of the new website, contract negotiation, social media, LGBTBE certification, charitable giving and community outreach of the company.
In March 2015 Mark was appointed to the State of California Department of Insurance “Insurance Diversity Task Force” whose mission is to encourage increased insurer procurement from California’s diverse suppliers and diversity amongst insurer governing boards. He was the first LGBT Business Enterprise advocate/representative since the task force inception in 2011. In eight months he grew the participation of LGBT Business Enterprises at the 2015 Insurance Diversity Summit in Sacramento by 700% over the prior year. Mark was reappointed in 2017 for a second term. In the time he has been on the task force the spend with California LGBT businesses has doubled to $10 million in 2017.
In October 2016 Mark was asked to join the SBA-Milken Institute Partnership for Lending to Underserved Markets (PLUM) Los Angeles Task Force as a member of the Financial and Insurance Industry Cluster Group. His experience as a business owner, a community leader, a minority advocate and a commercial lender give him a unique perspective in all of his endeavors.
Do You Have What It Takes?
Join the Fast Pitch Competition at SBDD
The Fast Pitch Competition is an opportunity for ABAOC members to pitch their business to our audience, panelists and potential investors. ABAOC members with existing businesses or startup ideas are eligible to participate. You will have 60-seconds to pitch your business!!!
- Submitted Video Pitches on vFairs
- 10 Contestants
- 60-second Pitches
- 3 Judges
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winners with Prizes