Featured Karma Member of the Month



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. 



Current Featured Member

Previous Featured Members

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NILE NIAMI, Real Estate Developer

Karma Member Since: 2017

Nile Niami is an ex-movie producer turned mega developer of the country’s most extravagant and elegant mansions with over 30 properties under his  portfolio. His latest project “The One”, is  known as the most expensive  private residence in the United States currently in development in Bel-Air  which will list for $500 million. Nile garnered much attention in 2017 for  creating the most watched real estate trailer in the world for P U , his 

$100 million estate on Beverly Hills “Billionaire’s Row”. Previous works have  sold to the likes of celebrities including Sean Combs ($39 million), the  Winklevoss twins and Floyd Mayweather. Nile’s homes also reap  international attention, selling a home most recently to a Saudi buyer for $49  million. He has been profiled by he New York Time, he Wall Street  Journal,  rchitectural Diges, and was named one of ariety Magazine’s  Real Estate Elite 2018.  


NHI VAN, Owner of  Corpus Christi Medical Aesthetics

Karma Member Since: 2017

MS. NHI VAN holds a Bachelor of Science degree with  a concentration in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University, and a continued post bachelor's in Chemistry concentrating in Biochemistry with more than 5 years experience in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science.  Furthermore, Ms. Van has assisted in the process of solving several cases for the Corpus Christi Medical Examiner’s office and Corpus Christi Forensic Services. In the years dedicated to the forensic world, Nhi was able to aid and counsel those needing guidance by giving them insight on how to understand and emotionally cope with difficult cases. With a strong affinity and gift for art, Ms. Van evolved her career into medical aesthetics. In 2016, Ms. Van opened Corpus Christi Medical Aesthetics. Nhi has built a company that not only helps her patients feel beautiful, but has given the gift of beauty to the community. Growing up in a humbling childhood, Nhi has always dedicated time when it comes to philanthropy opportunities. As an active member who volunteers her time as a facilitator for the “Look Good, Feel Better” foundation for the American Cancer Society, in which, she found her calling to help individuals cope with life after cancer.  This has motivated Nhi to proudly introduce a foundation to give back to patients who have undergone cancer treatments and trauma patients in her community and the state of Texas. This foundation assists with scar reduction and scar camouflaging for trauma and cancer patients that have had mastectomy procedures to re-pigment their areolas after chemotherapy/radiation treatments. With this new opportunity, Nhi’s hope and dream is to aid trauma and cancer survivors and become a safe haven to help patients close chapters of the past, and bring light to new chapters in their lives through reconstructive art.

In a pursuit of finding a fulfilling path, it is critical to live a life that makes one truly happy and use that ability to spread the joy around you.” – Nhi Van

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KATHY TRAVNICEK, Physical Medicine and Pain Management Physician, Speaker, Athlete

Karma Member Since: 2015

KATHERINE TRAVNICEK was born in Nebraska and has since lived all over the country, currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. After training at the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for residency and The Cleveland Clinic for fellowship, she is a physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain management physician. In addition to private practice, she lectures at national conferences and internationally for NASS (North American Spine Society).  She is a life-long avid athlete, running Division I cross country at Northwestern University and now competing and placing in ultra marathon races.  Kathy has a goal of doing a 100 mile race in 2019.  Other than running, her leisure activities include traveling all over the world and reading as much as possible.  She will be taking on the exciting new challenge of running her first business in 2018.  She joined Karma to meet successful, business oriented people to expand her network, to learn from others, and spread some Karma love. 

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DR. MEL KURTULUS, Robotic Surgeon, San Diego Women's Health

Karma Member Since2015

Dr. Mel Kurtulus is one of the pioneers of robotic surgery, who trained with the country’s best surgeons, and after many years of dedication, practice and determination, he joined the ranks as one of the top 23 Epicenter robotic surgeons in the country. Today the medical director of San Diego Women’s Health is recognized worldwide as an expert in pelvic and gynecologic robotic surgery. He also is the first surgeon to perform a single-site robotic surgery in San Diego.

Kurtulus pays it forward by training many other surgeons, both nationally and internationally. He’s even had live broadcast of his surgeries internationally for this purpose. Design and development of medical and surgical tools is his other passion. His company, Matrix HealthTech, has developed a number of surgical tools and now is working on a new device. He is the founder of the nonprofit group named” MIS 4 me,” which is dedicated to increasing the awareness of robotic surgery and other minimally invasive surgical methods, and provides free surgeries to the less fortunate.

Looking forward, Kurtulus says he believes that the robotic surgery field will continue to advance even further with the introduction of better tools and technology.  

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BETTY ANN GOLDEN, VP of Karma Las Vegas Chapter, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Golden Greetings, Inc.

Karma Member Since: 2015

BETTY ANN GOLDEN is an influential entrepreneur nationally recognized for her business acumen, trustworthiness, and interpersonal skills resulting in exceptional outcomes within the fields of business and in the Las Vegas community.  Together with her husband, Bob Golden SR, of 47 years they own Golden Greetings, Inc. (a relationship marketing system. For the past 12 years, they have built a large rewarding community marketing team spanning the globe.

She has written published articles in magazines and is currently writing her first book based on her and Bob’s experiences together over the past 50 years.

Betty Ann is a wife, mother of two sons, grandmother of three, and an accomplished Realtor & Broker of 27+ years. Besides being published, she is an awarded Top Agent & Top Referring Agent between California and Nevada. Betty Ann is currently the Vice President of the Karma Las Vegas Chapter.


ALEX DYES, VP of Acquisitions/Divestitures and Reservoir Engineering at Yuma Energy

Karma Member Since: May 2016

ALEX DYES was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. In the late 1990’s, Alex moved to the U.S. to pursue his education. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Petroleum Engineering and a Business Certificate from McCombs School of Business from The University of Texas at Austin. Alex has over 10+ years of experience in oil & gas exploration and production, the upstream part of the Energy Business. He has worked in a variety of roles in conventional and unconventional plays, including drilling horizontal wells in Texas, and acting as an Operations and Reservoir Engineer in many of the major plays across the U.S including California, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Alex has worked for multiple large, publicly-traded oil companies such as Chevron and Apache Corporations.

The world oil & gas industry has changed drastically with new horizontal drilling and completion technologies developed within the last decade. Working at these successful corporations has inspired Alex to branch out and become part of the management team of a small cap E&P company, Yuma Energy. At Yuma, Alex serves as the VP of Acquisitions/Divestitures and Reservoir engineering, where he focuses on exploring and finding oil and gas using the latest technologies, as well as making sure we provide energy in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

Currently, Alex serves the Karma Houston Chapter as the Vice President Chapter Leader.

Wendy Salyers

Co-Owner and President
Beauty N Brilliance

Karma Member Since: January 2016

Wendy Salyers is an entrepreneur, born and raised in Southern California, who spent 11 years building her multi-million dollar manufacturing corporation in the Home Furnishings industry. Wendy is known for wearing many hats and handles her demands in family, business, and travel with a passionate and positive attitude.

Currently, she is gearing to launch her latest online project, Brilliance n Beauty, an online shopping experience where women can shop with confidence, be inspired, and connect with other like-minded women in a safe and non-judgmental environment. As a Co-Founder/Owner to the platform, Brilliance n Beauty is the business result of a passion and vision she shares with her Co-Founder, Pam Engstrom.

Through real conversations, educational content, and timeless, unique and practical products women can shop for, Brilliance n Beauty provides women everything they need to enhance and enrich their businesses, careers, leisure time, and life. The platform offers women a one-stop shop offering products that tell a story and features both brand named products along with BNB exclusive finds from other entrepreneurs. Product categories range from lifestyle, beauty, fitness, travel, business and home products. 

Wendy also is very active in her philanthropic projects with Unforgotten Faces, City of Hope, and the American Heart Association.

She joined Karma International to keep her inspired and to engage with like-minded individuals that continue to support and help each other ascend to the top of their game. She truly believes that Karma has helped her stay true to her potential and that "anything is possible."


Jeff Russell

Owner and President of Team Real Estate Alliance at Keller Williams Realty.

Karma Member SinceNovember 2016, Los Angeles Chapter

Jeff, our featured member, was born and raised in Los Angeles. Aside from being a private pilot, Jeff is currently the Owner and President of Team Real Estate Alliance (REA) at Keller Williams Realty, based in Marina del Rey. He has has been in the real estate industry for nearly 20 years. Although Jeff has extensive experience in working with private and portfolio investors and managing several major bank's foreclosure portfolios, Jeff’s true passion is in marketing luxury homes. He has recently formed a real estate expansion team (REA) in partnership with several Keller Williams Realty offices throughout L.A., Orange & Riverside Counties, covering a large portion of Southern California.

Aside from Jeff’s professional life, he enjoys quick trips to Santa Barbara for lunch, unwinding in Las Vegas, snowboarding in Big Bear, and spending quality time with his girlfriend Kelly. He is constantly helping others and sharing his passion with people through volunteering regularly, with his favorite charity organization, Make-a-Wish Foundation. Jeff lives life to the fullest and continues to make the very best of every day for himself and those around him.

Jeff joined Karma to meet and socialize with like-minded individuals that he felt could consolidate common business goals and longtime relationships. 



Nazita Gaff

Notable Dentist and Owner of a laser training institute.

Karma Member Since: January 2016, Karma Orange County Chapter

Dr. Nazita Gaff is an active member of Karma and serves as the Membership Committee 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 and owned and operated two large dental practices in Massachusetts. In 2007 she moved to Southern California and opened two additional practices in Orange County. Dr. Gaff has an advanced education in the field of dentistry with a special interest in lasers. She co-owns a laser training institute together with her partner, Dr. Brad Labrecque, where they educate and train dentists and dental professionals in the use of lasers in their dental practices. She 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.

Currently, Nazita serves the Karma Orange County Chapter as the Co-Social Chair.


Carlo Cisco

Founder & CEO of SELECT, a next generation membership community and concierge service.

Karma Member Since: April 2017

Carlo is a serial entrepreneur who launched his first successful business in college, helping bring thousands of customers to local venues throughout Miami. He has helped build and grow companies of all sizes. Most notably, he helped build Groupon Japan, turning it into one of the company's largest and most successful international markets in just two months. He is currently the Founder & CEO of SELECT, a next generation membership community and concierge service that provides access to exclusive events, insider pricing and VIP perks at thousands of premier partners. SELECT partners with top rated local restaurants and nightlife venues as well as premier global brands in travel, retail, entertainment & more. SELECT's 10,000+ members receive exclusive benefits at over 500,000 partner locations. Carlo is frequently featured as an expert on entrepreneurship, investments, business, and marketing in news outlets including Mashable, Forbes, Fox Business, Tech.co, USA Today, TheNextWeb, Entrepreneur, Yahoo!, WSJ, ReadWriteWeb, and Inc. among many others.


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


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.