Featured Karma Member of the Month

 
 

WHY WE FEATURE...

Karma International is an exclusive private membership organization dedicated to connecting exceptional & inspirational individuals both socially & professionally. We are a collective of leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals and adventurers who share and expand our spheres of influence. 

We find that though our organization thrives off of its gatherings, the real secret to success is our members. The purpose of the Featured Member of the Month is for our members to be informed about each other's backgrounds and about their incredible work and dedication inside and outside of Karma. 


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Current Featured Member

 

Nazita Gaff

Karma Member Since: January 2016, Orange County Chapter 

Dr. Nazita Gaff is an active member of Karma and serves as the Membership Committee Co-Chair for Karma's Orange County Chapter. 

Dr. Gaff was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to United States in 1985. She attended Huron College (South Dakota) and Suffolk University (Massachusetts) and obtained her doctor of dental medicine degree from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Upon graduation, she started her own practice, owned and operated two large dental practices in Massachusetts. In 2007 she moved to Southern California and opened two additional practices in Orange County. She has an advanced education in the field of dentistry with a special interest in lasers. She co-owns a laser training institute with her partner, Dr. Brad Labrecque, where together they educate and train dentists and dental professionals in the use of lasers in their dental practices.

Dr. Gaff has been able to combine her passion for dentistry, traveling and helping others by joining 100 Smiles, a non-profit organization, which provides dental care to orphans in El Salvador, and soon in North Korea, Vietnam and Bali as well.


Previous Featured Members


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Enrique Velez

Karma Member Since: October 2014, Los Angeles Chapter 

Enrique Velez has been a great example of the true sense of Karma. His passion and continued participation in all areas of Karma demonstrates extraordinary dedication.

Enrique contributes to the growth of the chapter by serving as an active member on Karma Los Angeles’ Membership Committee and manages Karma Los Angeles’ Social Media. Enrique’s  loyalty has been a part of his character in all areas of his life. He has 26 years of experience as a senior executive in sales & customer service. His passion for helping others has earned him numerous elite customer service awards.

Born and raised in Texas, Enrique is an avid Cowboys & Lakers fan. He believes that the best investment one can make is in his or her family. For those who have met him and his lovely wife Marlo, you will agree. His favorite charity is Wesimplygive.org. His giving nature towards his fellow Karma members includes inviting them to Laker games, Angel games and even rides on the Goodyear blimp as he is constantly wanting to enjoy fun and memorable experiences with fellow members. Velez says, “Karma is the next step up in life and in living it fuller, by enjoying it more and giving to others.”


Diane Halfman

Founder & Principal of Diane Halfman Academy and Spa Life Retreats - celebrity and industry speaker on organizing your physical spaces for optimal productivity and excellence. 

Karma Member Since: September 2015, San Diego Chapter 

Introduced to Karma by: Satori Mateu

Whether it's de-cluttering an office space for her entrepreneur clients, or creating a SpaLife living space for a full-time mom, Diane helps people to create an ideal environment that supports their goals and inspires them to be at their best.

Diane leans on her diverse credentials to serve her clients with passion and practicality. She's served as a police officer, is an Ultimate Game of Life Certified coach, and holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management with an emphasis on structure and systems.

Giving back has always been at the core of Diane's work. 10% of her sales go to charities with a focus on women and children's health issues. Diane has also expanded her charitable reach within Karma by adopting a child through CorazonDeVida.org, as well as participating as a Karma ambassador for C4K.org and co-founding WOK (Women of Karma).

To spread some good Karma, Diane is offering 10% off her signature Clutter to Calm Academy (Use Discount Code KARMA), and 20% off any of her SpaLife retreats.

Diane is also graciously offering a complimentary Clutter to Calm Session for any Karma members ($497 value). Schedule a session here, and be sure to mention KARMA when you book the appointment.


Michael Garwood

Founder & President at the Garwood LLC and Avidus Inc.

Karma Member Since: Aug 2012, Los Angeles Chapter

Introduced to Karma by: Marvin Epstein and Mike Costache

Originally from Wisconsin, Michael relocated to Los Angeles in 1998. He remains a devoted Green Bay Packers fan and sports enthusiast. Also an avid traveler, he seems to always be planning his next trip.

As a business owner; his ventures have ranged from men’s fashion to recruitment consulting to organic foods.  In all of his endeavors, he nurtured the idea of building a brand that would provide enough personal resonance to carry his name when The Garwood Wood Watches were born. A series of serendipitous circumstances brought him to spend over a year from conception and development to market debut with just one watch prototype in 2013.  Almost immediately the unconventional use of wood for framing a wristwatch drew interest and attention. Now with 11 styles, the brand continues to draw a consistent following.  Karma members receive 20% off of their purchases at www.thegarwood.com with Promo Code “Karma”


Ankush Aggarwal

Founder & CEO at Northern Planet LLC, PartyBell.comAuraVR.comSpicyLegs.com

Karma Member Since: Jan 2016, Global Chapter (India) 

Introduced to Karma by: Mike Costache

Ankush Aggarwal is a serial entrepreneur based in Chandigarh, which is known as India's best-planned city with 1 million residents. In 2001, Ankush completed his MBA at Pepperdine University (Malibu), and has since started various businesses both in USA & in India, including SpicyLegs.com & PartyBell.com, which specialize in women’s clothing, costumes & party supplies. His Indian company, AuraVR was a pioneer in introducing Virtual Reality products in India and is currently the largest seller of VR products in India. Ankush's other business interests include mobile game development, software development and data collection services.

Considering Halloween is coming up, Ankush would like to spread some karma and offer and offer special discount of 10% to all Karma members on PartyBell.com where you can find a selection of over 5,000 costumes available for immediate delivery. See http://www.partybell.com/topic/karma


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David Sanders

Chief Executive Officer at CyberCSI

Member Since: May 2016 / San Diego Chapter 

Introduced to Karma by: Thomas Sparrvik

David Sanders is a successful serial entrepreneur based between Silicon Valley and San Diego. After serving as a consultant to Apple and Hewlett Packard, Mr. Sanders founded cyberCSI in 1993 where he serves as Chairman & CEO. cyberCSI provides IT outsourcing services, cyber security and proprietary cloud software to medium and large-size companies. Mr. Sanders is also an angel investor and is the founder of SXL Media Group which includes digital Properties such as GottaBeMobile.com, MoneyNation.com, MotorReview.com and Notebooks.com. Mr. Sanders supports numerous philanthropic causes and sits on the board of Goodwill Silicon Valley and most recently founded StrengthAndHope.com. Mr. Sanders has lead the effort in raising millions of dollars for outreach to disadvantaged individuals and families struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. He is also a supporter and volunteer at various Veterans of Foreign War events.


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Marian Bacol-Uba

Miami Real Estate Advisor at Ocean Insiders

Member Since: June 2015 / Miami Chapter

Introduced to Karma by: Keefe Roberts 

Marian Bacol-Uba grew up in Los Angeles and has lived in China, Singapore and the Philippines prior to making Miami her place of residence. She is a real estate advisor, a restaurant consultant, a partner in digital marketing agency and she always finds time to serve Karma's Miami Chapter as its Social Chair, offering innovating events to the local members.


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Dan Fleyshman

CEO/Founder of Model Citizen Fund

Member Since: Jan 2008 / Los Angeles Chapter

Introduced to Karma by: Marvin Epstein

Dan Fleyshman was the youngest founder of a publicly traded company in history. As a serial entrepreneur he's sold his energy drinks into 55,000 retail stores, built one of the largest online pokers sites, angel invested into 2 dozen companies and most recently skyrocketed his 1stSlice.com media site to over 300,000,000 page views in under a year. In between all of this, he's managed to release a book last week for entrepreneur's entitled: "How to Set-Up Your Business For Under $1,000" www.buythisbook.com - Dan's true passion is his charity www.modelcitizenfund.org that provides backpacks filled with 150 emergency supply items to the homeless.


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Alberto Jimenez Crespo

Principal/Global Portfolio Manager at Aristotle Capita Management

Member Since: Jan 2013 / Los Angeles Chapter

Introduced to Karma by: Mike Costache

Alberto Jimenez Crespo is a Principal & Portfolio Manager at Aristotle Capital with $9 billion under management. Previously, Alberto was a Managing Director at Tradewinds Global Investors with $32 billion under management (best performing global fund during the difficult times of 2008-2010). Alberto joined Karma in 2013 and is now working on starting the Karma Chapter in his home city of Madrid, Spain.


Andrew Yakub

CEO/Founder of Rayton Solar

Member Since: Feb 2012 / Los Angeles Chapter

Introduced to Karma by: Karma Staff

Andrew is the founder & CEO of Rayton Solar, which has developed a proprietary technology that allows the manufacture of solar panels that are 60% cheaper and 25% more efficient than the market standard. Andrew raised $1.6 Million in angel funding and was featured in "Top 30 Under 30" by Forbes recently.


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Keefe Roberts

Principal/Managing Partner of Keefe Roberts & Ass.

Member Since: Dec 2013 / Orange County Chapter

Introduced to Karma by: Dylan Marer

Mr. Roberts is the principal and managing partner of Keefe Roberts & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation. His practice focuses on real estate and financial law. Keefe also serves as General Counsel for Karma along with being Membership Chairman for the Karma Orange County chapter.


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Marc Puleo

Founder/CEO/Chairman of 1-800-PETMEDS

Member Since: Oct 2013 / Miami Chapter

Introduced to Karma by: Marvin Epstein

Marc is the Chief Marketing Officer of Karma International and is helping drive expansion in Karma's Miami Chapter. After attending medical school and serving four years of residency training in Cardiac Anesthesiology at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Marc moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and started a private medical practice.


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Chuck Horning

Investor/Rancher

Member Since: Feb 2015 / Orange County Chapter

Introduced to Karma by: Eric Stotz

Chuck Horning is a successful entrepreneur and real estate mogul. In 1970, he founded Newport Federal and today his portfolio of investment properties encompasses major commercial properties, ranches in the California and Hawaii, numerous West Coast hotels, as well as winter and summertime resort destinations in Colorado. Chuck invested over $40 million in acquiring and developing Telluride Ski & Golf Resort, which is today one of the preeminent year-round vacation spots in the country. Chuck earned a degree in business in 1966 from Pacific Union College in San Francisco. Outside of his professional pursuits, Chuck Horning enjoys spending time with family at his ranches in California and Hawaii.