The Valley Industry Association announces Earvin “Magic” Johnson, an American icon and NBA legend, will keynote the organization’s luncheon address at the 2012 Business-to-Business Industry Show on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.
“VIA has earned an outstanding reputation throughout the business community for the caliber of its luncheon speakers,” said VIA CEO/President Kathy Norris. “We are honored to welcome Mr. Johnson to address attendees at next year’s Industry Show luncheon.”
Known worldwide for his talent on the basketball court, Johnson has an equally impressive career off the court. The two-time Hall of Famer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, motivational speaker and business mogul has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity on the court into the business world.
As chairman and chief executive officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE), Johnson has helped launch major business initiatives focused on revitalizing ethnically diverse urban communities by bringing brand-name businesses into them. He has been voted number one among organizations and individuals in representing the urban community, and is the celebrity most able to influence minority consumer purchasing.
Founded in 1987, MJE provides high quality products and services that focus primarily on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities through strategic alliances, investments, consulting and endorsements. The conglomerate is comprised of multiple business entities and partnerships that include three capital management funds, with over $4 billion dollars in developed real estate and $2 billion dollars in committed capital, SodexoMAGIC, Magic Airport Holdings, 24 Hour Fitness Magic Sports Centers, T.G.I.F. Fridays Restaurant, Best Buy, and the recently acquired Vibe Holdings, LLC. Johnson will serve as chairman of the multi-cultural media company that houses the Vibe, Uptown, and Soul Train brands.
He is most noted for his unprecedented Starbucks partnership, which served as the catalyst for redevelopment in urban communities and became the blueprint for corporate America’s engagement and success with urban consumers. In 2010, Johnson divested his Starbucks and Los Angeles Lakers shares for over $100 million dollars; however, he continues to assist Starbucks with their community development initiatives and remains vice president of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Johnson also serves as chairman and founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, where his commitment to transform urban America is continued through HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs, Community Empowerment Centers, and the Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program. Approaching their 20th anniversary, the Foundation has become one of the most recognizable philanthropic organizations around the world.
Magic Johnson recently formed a partnership with Tim Lieweke of AEG, working together in an effort to build a new stadium and bring an NFL team back to Los Angeles.
“I am so excited we can bring Mr. J’s story of building a successful business in his community to Santa Clarita,” said DeLynne Ano, president of SCAPE Inc. and chairwoman of VIA’s B2B committee. “His message aligns so perfectly with VIA’s mission of connecting and building SCV industry.”
VIA’s annual event is Santa Clarita’s largest business-to-business industry show. Each year, hundreds of business owners, senior executives, purchasing agents, human resource managers, government officials and other decision makers visit the show to connect with local sources.
Organizers have moved the event up on the calendar and to the Hyatt Regency Valencia in order to draw larger attendance and showcase local businesses in a professional setting.
The 2012 B2B Industry Show luncheon sponsors include RL Environmental, Inc. in Bakersfield and Bayless Engineering & Manufacturing. Information regarding luncheon reservations, additional sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor priority registration will be available at a later date.
ABOUT THE VALLEY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (VIA)
The Valley Industry Association of Santa Clarita represents business interests throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. VIA provides its members – industrial, commercial and service companies – the opportunity to collaborate on a broad range of business issues. In addition to being a legislative advocate, VIA serves as a one-stop shop for relevant business information, supports local educational initiatives, and provides networking opportunities. For information visit www.via.org.
Join the Los Angeles county Department of Economic Opportunity and the Department of Public Health for town halls throughout LA CoLos Angeles County to provide feedback on a potential new law that will allow residents to legally operate a minature restaurant in their home kitchen, or a Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operation, also known as MEHKOs.
Old Town Newhall has quickly become a one-stop shop for the arts, entertainment, retail and dining. As you enter Main Street, you are greeted with a modern, bustling street, filled with an abundance of dining choices that will create the beginning of a memorable evening.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond celebrated the signing of Assembly Bill 1078 , which bans “book bans” in schools, prohibits censorship of instructional materials and strengthens California law requiring schools to provide all students access to textbooks that teach about California’s diverse communities.
Death and Taxes Swing Band will make its debut appearance in the Santa Clarita Valley on Sunday, Oct. 1 at Club 507 Newhall. The Death and Taxes Swing Band is unavoidably swingin'. You've heard all the usual swing bands, time to check out something a little different. Featuring extra danceable arrangements, sultry vocals and a whole lot of rhythm.
Theatre in a Week presented by Theatre in a Week and Off Book Theatre will present more original one-act comedies written by Barry Agin. The one-acts will feature mistaken identities, family malfunctions and outrageous hijinks, resulting in madcap merriment and touching moments. Each one-act has a different cast, different director and different hilarious storyline prepared in only one week.
The Maker’s Marketplace at "Light Up Main Street" to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 is a curated shopping experience at the city of Santa Clarita’s largest holiday event, featuring 20 artisans who specialize in making one-of-a-kind, handmade items.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation announced that Saugus Union School District had 15 schools among the 781 schools nationwide to be awarded and named America’s Healthiest Schools for the 2022-2023 school year.
The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency has notified residents and commuters the Dickason Drive Waterline Improvement Project is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 2, at 8:30 p.m. The project will require the full closure in both directions of Dickason Drive in Valencia, from from Decoro Drive to Smyth Drive, 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Monday to Saturday mornings. Anticpated completion is expected in February 2024.
It has been a busy and triumphant spring and summer for landscaping firm Stay Green Inc. A number of awards have been captured by CEO Chris Angelo and his $36 million company, which has corporate offices in Santa Clarita.
Living in an era where information is easily accessible at the tips of your fingers, one of our goals at the city is to improve our digital presence so that residents can easily find what they are looking for. Whether you are searching for Seasons classes, the latest city news or how to report a pothole in your neighborhood, you should be able to access this all and more online in mere minutes.
College of the Canyons student-athletes Motoko Shimoji (women's golf) and Jackson Volk (football) have been named the COC Athletic Department's Women's and Men's Student-Athletes of the Week for the period running Sept. 11-16.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church invites the community to its Diamond Jubilee Gala Celebration and Fundraiser celebrating their 60th Anniversary as part of the Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday, Oct.14, beginning at 5 p.m.
Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo announced the kickoff of her Small Business Town Hall Series, aimed at providing guidance and insights for entrepreneurs looking to start, grow, or enhance their small businesses.