Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Las Vegas Investor RoundTable, sponsored by inNEVation Center, Half Price Lawyers, Joyah, AA Printing. This event was in inNEVation Center on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Monty Lapica, Managing Partner, Coloma Ventures
Monty Lapica is the founder and managing partner of Coloma Ventures, a seasoned technology entrepreneur, and award-winning film director. Mr. Lapica is also the founder and director of Thought Division, an Emmy award-winning production company and advertising agency responsible for creating commercials and creative content for many of the world's leading brands.
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Monty was the recipient of two academic scholarships graduating Magna Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television in just three years. Monty has merged his film background and passion for technology to create numerous ecommerce initiatives. Mr. Lapica is the founder of Recognition Networks, a web based company responsible for discovering and lauding thousands of talented artists around the world, with annual events taking place in numerous destination cities across the U.S. and abroad. Monty is also the creator of the internet sensation Facebook app, 'Break-Up Alert,' which went viral and received international media attention within 48 hours of launch.
'Self-Medicated,' Monty's debut feature film, which he wrote, directed, and co-produced at age 24, was the winner of 39 international film awards – the most of any independent film in its year of release – including the top prize at the Australian International Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize at the Rome Film Festival, and the PRISM Award. 'Self-Medicated' went on to be acquired by Lionsgate and was released in theaters nationwide and overseas.
Monty's work has been recognized by publications such as the New York Times, TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Times of India, and The Boston Globe. He has been invited to lecture at a variety of institutions including the University of Utah, Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica College, and UNLV. Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goodman, honored the achievements of Monty and his producing partner by formally declaring August 31st to be 'Monty Lapica and Tommy Bell Day.'
Monty is firmly entrenched in the Las Vegas arts community and is the founder of the Las Vegas International Film Festival, the state's premiere independent film event, which he built into the state’s largest film festival before selling the event in 2012. He serves as the Vice President of the United States Tennis Association – Nevada and is an advisory board member of the Marty Hennessy Junior Tennis Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and educational opportunities for underprivileged youths through tennis.
In his free time, Monty unwinds in the snowboard parks of Mammoth Mountain, California, where he was a competitive ski racer as a child. He's a fanatical tennis player, loves 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' and believes avocados and sushi are the world’s best foods.
Josh Stech, CFO, Purpose Built Investments
Josh is Chief Financial Officer and head of Las Vegas operations for Purpose Built Investments (PBI), a real estate private equity firm. PBI attracts and manages capital from domestic and international clientele and provides complete research & analysis, education, investment and private lending solutions to investors.
Over the past 36 months, Josh launched three distressed asset investment funds for PBI, ranging from two distressed luxury vacation rental funds to a turnkey acquisition, disposition and private lending fund. All three funds have produced substantial returns to investors. As CFO Josh oversees all internal financial management for PBI, including: coordinating with the firm’s fund administrator and tax preparer, maintaining budgets, revenue forecasts and re-investment plans, drafting investor presentations and modeling new investment opportunities.
In mid-2012 Josh joined the UNLV Professional Network Mentor Program in an effort to help college students preparing for the ever-so-tight job market. Josh was designated Nevada's Regional Director of SPIRE in late 2011, a Stanford real estate non-profit. Josh also sits on the Board of Advisors for MINT, a software and hardware R&D firm dedicated to advancing the health care industry through innovation and cutting-edge technical solutions.
After graduate school, Josh joined PBI and relocated to San Diego as Investment Manager for west coast operations. Prior to that, Josh lived in Palo Alto for 4 ˝ years and graduated with honors from Stanford in 2008 with his B.A. in Economics and B.A. in Spanish, and in 2009 with his M.A. in Latin American Studies/Political Economy. Josh wrote his honors thesis on the long-term impact of the sub-prime lending crisis on the Latino community.
Ed Brown, Chief of Finance/Lead Lender Relations, Small Business Administration (SBA)
Edward P. Brown has served as the Lead Lender Relations Specialist in the SBA Nevada District Office, Las Vegas, NV since October 1, 2007. As the chief of finance and commercial lending operations, he provides management oversight of SBA lending programs to the banking and business communities. He provides policy guidance and program training to commercial lending institution and their respective bank officers. He also regularly responds to requests for policy and program interpretations on the applicability of SBA 7(a) and 504 loan programs for loan applications being considered by individual businesses and/or banking institutions.
Ed is a 36-year career veteran with the U. S. Small Business Administration. Prior to joining the SBA Nevada District Office in 1994, he served in the SBA, National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as a Staff Accountant for the Office of the Comptroller from 1976 to 1993. During this period in the SBA national office, he served 10 years in the SBA’s loan liquidation department, 4 years in the loan servicing department and 3 years in the SBA agency-wide budget department.
When coming to the SBA Nevada District Office in 1994, he initially served as an Economic Development Specialist for loan servicing in the lending department. On October 1, 2003 he was appointed as the Acting Chief of Finance for the Nevada District Office and on October 1, 2007, he was promoted to his present position as Chief of Finance /Lead Lender Relations Specialist.
Ed is a graduate of Ben Franklin University School of Accounting located in Washington, D.C.
Welcome Address: Aaron Sahagun, Las Vegas Manager, FundingPost
Prior to FundingPost and Las Vegas Revealed, Aaron founded Alumwire, Inc. where he managed corporate networking events during the early days of the Company in Berkeley, CA. He drove the Company’s strategic direction, business development, technical activity, and marketing activities as its CEO. Aaron has been named by BusinessWeek as one of “The Top 25 Young Entrepreneurs.” Aaron has been also featured on NBC, CBS and CNET. The initial sales of $100K+ from Alumwire’s Fortune 500 beta clients led to a $1.4 million dollar financing round. Aaron successfully exited Alumwire in 2011.