YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY AND BRYDANT CAPITAL
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking nine-month program that guides students in Middle and High School through the process of starting a real business, including business plan development, pitching to an investor panel, obtaining funding, launching the venture, managing media campaigns, e-commerce and web development, sales events, and trade shows. Entrepreneur guest speakers, business mentors, and visits to local companies anchor the instruction around real-world applications and experiences. The end result of the YEA! Program, unlike other simulation models is a fully formed and functioning business, which is carried on by students after graduation. Launched in 2004 at the University of Rochester, the program focuses on themes of driving innovation, viewing the world in new ways, recognizing opportunities, valuing risk taking, networking, providing solutions and creating value. Students are taught to recognize the power of their ideas, and develop the skills necessary to turn those ideas into meaningful enterprises. All of the learning at the Young Entrepreneurs Academy is real, experiential, and fun. For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please call 602-515-3800 or visit www.yeausa.org.
Pamela Manwaring has 20 years experience within start-up and redevelopment capacities for various companies in the entertainment, media and hospitality industries where she directly impacted new channel monetization and profit performance. Ms. Manwaring held marketing positions with Activision, Mattel and Action Performance Companies managing licensed products and held key business development roles at various ad agencies. Ms. Manwaring led corporate marketing for an independent collection of boutique and resort hotels and was integral in the development of a hotel asset and acquisition management group.
In 2010, Pamela ventured out into the entrepreneurial world as a full-time marketing consultant. She also co-founded a wireless technology company in 2011 and continues to lead the company forward as the Chief Marketing Officer.
In the community, Pamela volunteers as the program director of Ahwatukee Chamber Community Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a 30-week program that teaches students how to become CEOs of their own companies.
Pamela is a doting mother of two fine young men, Kyle 19 and Ryan 13. The newest addition to her family is her rescue boxer named Charlie.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Pamela chose to move to Phoenix in 1993 after college and then to the Ahwatukee Foothills area in 2001. She adores the village of Ahwatukee and the outdoor recreation lifestyle that comes with living around a mountain preserve.
Program Director, Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Ahwatukee Chamber Community Foundation
480-753-7676 | 4435 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 140 | Phoenix, AZ 85048
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Ahwatukee/East Valley YEA! webpage: http://www.ahwatukeechamber.com/young-entrepreneurs.html
Brydant is a corporate real estate and development firm with an additional focus on Public Benefit Facilities. With unparalleled expertise in every aspect of the development and investment process, Brydant provides proprietary analyses to formulate the most comprehensive solution to meet the growing needs of corporations and community projects. Bolstered by best-in-class strategic partnerships, Brydant delivers a fully-integrated real estate development solution from concept to completion.
Brydant’s comprehensive approach delivers the greatest value to its clients, stakeholders, investors, and communities alike. By utilizing the comprehensive offerings of business acumen, real estate services, development expertise, and financial structuring, Brydant delivers unmatched efficiency and delivery methodology. Brydant is a solutions-based organization, focused on relationships and results.
Michael Zajas is Brydant’s Chief Investment Officer. Michael manages capital market relationships, underwrites the financial structure and feasibility of proposed projects, and manages the newly formed Fund for Brydant Capital. He has been involved in numerous developments, brokerage and investment deals, representing the development team or the capital source.
As part of an investment team he analyzed over 250 deals, most of which were new developments in industries like healthcare, hospitality, education, and franchises. He also has been exposed to a number of venture capital deals and public/private partnerships through his time vetting EB-5 (foreign investment) deals.
Michael has over 11 years of experience in real estate and recently finished an Executive Program at the Harvard Business School for Fund Managers in Private Equity and Venture Capital. His prior studies at Thunderbird School of Global Management focused on Negotiation and Global Finance. Michael obtained a Master’s of Real Estate Development from the WP Carey School of Business at ASU with focuses in Finance, Construction, Design, and Real Estate Law. He is also a member of the ULI’s (Urban Land Institute) Young Leaders Group, LAI Pathfinders, and on the board of ASU’s MRED Alumni.
Chief Investment Officer
Cell: 480.277.2516 | Office: 602.396.5295
2777 E Camelback Rd. | Suite 375 | Phoenix, AZ