Art As An Investment

James R. ("Jim") Hedges, IV was one of the early leaders in the hedge fund and alternative investments industry and is the author of Hedges on Hedge Funds. He began his career as a runner and clerk on the floor of The Chicago Board of Trade and by working as an apprentice to legendary economist, Art Laffer. He was the Founder, President, and Chief Investment Officer of LJH Global Investments, LLC, an alternative investment advisory firm. Following the sale of LJH, in 2010, he founded Montage Finance, to make asset-backed loans secured by contemporary art and is also Managing Member of Hedges-Projects (, a family organization created to oversee principal investments a

Beyond the Game: How One Coach Helps Provide Better Socioeconomic Opportunities For Her Team.

Rose Shoen is a semi pro soccer player in the Women’s Premier Soccer league. She received all star selection in 2016 and 2017. She also holds a C national USSF coaching license and founded her own men’s soccer franchise, Azteca FC in 2013. She is the only female owner/manager/coach in the San Francisco Soccer Football League’s history. Rose also works coaching high school youth from low income minority groups with the objective to help them receive college scholarships. Many of these players otherwise would recieve a college education and are provided greater socioeconomic opportunities life through her efforts. Alan: Can you share for the listeners your background of how you came to where y

Social Entrepreneurship & Why It Matters

As the daughter of a Sierra Leonean former UN official, cabinet minister, and international scholar, Nzinga spent a majority of her childhood in Japan, Kenya, and the United States. Nzinga graduated cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Film, Television and Digital Media with a concentration in documentary and scripted television production. She has worked as a host, actress, producer, writer, director and host for the past 15 years in Los Angeles, CA. From 2006 - 2008 she worked as a host, writer, producer and voice-over talent on Al Gore’s former Emmy award-winning network Current TV. After Current, she worked as an entertainment correspondent for BET,

How One Man's Film Brought Peace to a War Torn Region

Kenneth A. Carlson, a graduate of Brown University, specializes in writing, directing and producing theatrical fiction and non-fiction films. Carlson recently wrote, directed and produced Go Tigers! (2001), a feature-length documentary film on Ohio's high school football team, the Massillon Tigers. Among other honors, Go Tigers! was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and a Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Documentary. Previously, Carlson produced Amargosa (2000), which premiered at the 2000 Slamdance Film Festival. This feature-length documentary is about the life of eccentric ballet dancer/artist, Marta Becket and her opera house located in remote Death Valley Juncti

Muse Me: Making "Old Art" Cool

Heather Gokhman is a member of the International Society of Appraisers, holds a Masters degree in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York City, and a Bachelors degree in Art History from the University of Southern California. Prior to opening State of the Art Appraisals, Heather was a partner at EG Art Brokers, a fine art appraisal and auction brokering company and Assistant Director at contemporary art gallery, Avran Art, in Laguna Beach. Heather has also worked at Montgomery Gallery in San Francisco and the leading fine art appraisal firm, O'Toole-Ewald, in New York City. In her spare time, Heather raises money for the ABT Gillespie Ballet School as chairwoman of Pas de De

The Next Gen 911

Vic A. Merjanian, Esq., is Founder and CEO of Titan Health & Security Technologies, Inc. Mr. Merjanian is dedicated to improving school safety, as well as organizational safety (spanning private and public businesses, NGOs, and governmental agencies). Mr. Merjanian envisioned Titan HST when he visited his Alma Mater High School before Christmas in 2013 and experienced first-hand the day-to-day experience of a high school student today. His beloved campus was on daily “lock down” – enhanced security measures, closed campus, a discovery Mr. Merjanian abruptly experienced when he was nearly tackled by a “security parent” in the front office after nonchalantly walking onto campus. Mr. Merjanian

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