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Monterey Symphony’s 2017-18 Annual Report

After a few challenging years, The Monterey Symphony has been able to right the ship and is looking to 2018/19 as a season of financial stability and growth.

Monterey, CA, August 07, 2018 — After a few challenging years, The Monterey Symphony has been able to right the ship and is looking to 2018/19 as a season of financial stability and growth. The most recent annual report just released reveals one of the Symphony’s most successful seasons.

The Symphony’s concerts were within two dozen tickets of selling out each; its Music for the Schools programs was so successful a fourth county will be added to the roster; and it met and exceeded its foundation granting goals in December 2017, halfway through the last season, which ended June 30.

“We’re doing well, everything’s up, and 2018/19 is going to be a spectacular year for the Symphony,” says Nicola Samra, Symphony executive director. When Samra was named the new executive director in July 2017, she was able to hit the ground running. She was already a member of the Symphony staff as director of Institutional Advancement with several months under her belt, she had experience as director of development for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU Monterey Bay, and for almost four years as director of development and marketing for the Carmel Bach Festival.

As the Symphony’s director of Institutional Advancement she had already developed a three-year plan for the Symphony and her experience in development gave her the confidence to approach the various foundations and rebuild their relationships with the Symphony.

“I met with every program director from every foundation, if I couldn’t meet with them in person, we spoke on the phone. I also read proposals and reports from the last five years,” says Samra. “I took it as a vote of confidence from the community that what we do here is important, that what we do is important and impactful.”

Concert ticket sales only account for 18% of the Symphony’s annual budget, with grants from foundations and donations from individuals and other sources accounting for 80%. The 2018/19 budget is $1.74 million, smaller than the 2017 budget, but one that allows the Symphony to “live within its means,” says Samra.

The Symphony was able to save $250,000 by consolidating its concert venues and focusing on the two concerts Saturdays and Sundays at the Sunset Center in Carmel (along with a free concert on Monday for student groups).

In fact, with new funding, the Symphony will add two youth concerts in Salinas in May of 2019 and hopes to add additional transportation for some of the school districts that don’t have funding for buses to the concerts.

“We are now on the path to financial sustainability, we’re grateful to the community for its support, we’re excited by the increased attendance at our concerts and we’re looking to the future to see how we can continue to serve our patrons,” says Samra.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455


CEO Justin Ligeri Named Fastest Growing Online Retailer with Three Year Growth of 16,689 Per Cent

Hypergrowth is a term used to describe an economic BOOM. Today that word is also being used to describe Justin Ligeri’s astonishing rise in the online retailing world. In 2010, his fledgling company was broke. Today the three year old company is on track to produce over $20 million in retail sales.

Sebring, FL, September 16, 2013 (Straight Line PR) — When speaking with Justin Ligeri it quickly becomes apparent that he doesn’t have much patience or appreciation for other peoples’ rules. The young eCommerce phenom is famous for reminding his staff that most rules are there to create “normal” conditions. Normal is a four letter word to Justin Ligeri. His perspective is that the only way to create abnormal hypergrowth is to “think outside the box”, creating unconventional results.

The 35 year old eCommerce phenom’s company, Yagoozon, is on track to do in excess of $20 million in sales this year. Starting over with only $40 in the winter of 2010, he has bankrolled that amount into a hypergrowth business that has venture capitalists, suppliers and competitors amazed at his ability to sell merchandise. In fact, over the last three years, Yagoozon has grown 16,689%.

Ligeri called his company Yagoozon ( http://www.amazon.com/b?me=A393ZKPVGVX3TX ) because that word symbolized his online journey. He had started doing pay per click marketing and driving traffic to a website using Yahoo. Then he migrated over to Google. In the winter of 2010 he fell in love with Amazon. Ya-Goo-Zon. Very memorable.

“I believe in Abundance,” says Ligeri. “Although I am not a technologist, I know that technology makes abundance possible. Here in Central Florida we have millions of acres of orange orchards. Imagine all of the low hanging fruit being picked and eaten. The news media comes along and tells you that there is no more supply of fruit. Everybody agrees with the media. I come along with a ladder and discover that there is an amazing abundance of oranges, you just need to climb the ladder to be able to reach them easily. I tell my friends about ladders and the news media comes along and shares with everyone all of the horrible accidents that happen on ladders. This cycle is never ending. When you discover that you are an entrepreneur you trust what you see and what you know, regardless what the masses say. That will also ruffle some feathers. Because in spite of the horrible economy the opportunity to amass huge wealth has never been bigger. New technology creates new opportunities and new rules for amassing wealth,” he explains.

In a short YouTube video, Ligeri speaks briefly about what it’s like to run a company that has grown 16,689% in only three years: http://youtu.be/IjvQYWn7mPQ

He attributes his success to understanding and embracing the power of the web. Today, he is clearly a top contender to be the Entrepreneur of The Year.

“People often ask me to describe what it is like to create a company that has experienced 16,689% growth over three years. My response is to paraphrase Walt Disney and say that ‘doing the impossible is a lot of fun’,” Ligeri quipped.

The 2013 Inc. 500|5000 Conference is scheduled for October 10-12 in Washington, D.C. It is expected that Yagoozon, Inc. will be recognized once again as a rapidly rising star in the eCommerce firmament.

Ligeri’s blog can be found at http://www.JustinLigeri.net/

About Yagoozon, Inc.:
Yagoozon is the fastest growing online retailer of toys, costumes, and novelty items. The company focuses on customer service and purchaser simplification. Headquartered in Sebring, FL, Yagoozon leverages the strengths of the Amazon retail platform, adding their self-described “obsession” with excellent customer service, to take online retailing to a whole new level.

For more information, visit Yagoozon online at http://www.amazon.com/b?me=A393ZKPVGVX3TX or find Yagoozon on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Yagoozon/226200834154092

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Justin Ligeri
Yagoozon, Inc.
1843 US Highway 27 N.
Sebring, FL 33870

Luxury Travel Vietnam Recruits California-based team for Growth

Luxury Travel Ltd is recruiting a California-based team to sell its Vietnam and Indochina tours and holidays to other tour operators on the West Coast of America.

Hanoi, Vietnam, December 12, 2012 – Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is recruiting a California-based team to sell its Vietnam and Indochina tours and holidays to other tour operators on the West Coast of America.

Over 50 million American people travel abroad each year. The U.S. plays a pivotal role in Asia Pacific and Vietnam, especially with diplomatic and business relationships better than ever since the end of the war. Vietnam is considered one of the emerging luxury destinations in Southeast Asia for American travellers.

Luxury Travel Ltd. announced that, next month, it will open a sales office in California, U.S.A. responsible for developing business and supporting travel agents on the West Coast and in Canada for Luxury Travel’s destinations in Southeast Asia.

With many years in the tourism industry as a destination Asia specialist, Paul Ciaccio has been engaged as Regional Sales Manager of Luxury Travel Ltd. in the U.S (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com).

According to Paul, the bulk of growth from the U.S. to Asia derives from the upper-middle to luxury-end of the market, which comprises a small portion of the US outbound market.

“The US outbound engine is revving up once again. After having suffered heavy blows in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, we see a surge in bookings to Vietnam from the U.S.A. We recorded a 30 percent rise in booking volume from the U.S. to Indochina so far this year, compared to 2011. Particularly Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar were experiencing the strongest uplifts, and the U.S.A. is one of our top ten markets.” said Pham Ha, founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd.

The opening of the U.S.A. office is part of the company’s effort to elevate its business profile in the American market when the economy is getting better and Vietnam and the Indochinese Peninsula are becoming more popular with American travelers. American tourists, according to Ha, picked Vietnam for their vacations for its history, safety, affordable prices, exotic landscape, authenticity, and the hospitality of the Vietnamese people.

The U.S. is a very multicultural society and many Americans are familiar with Vietnamese food and culture, especially on the West Coast. Further, Vietnam now has world class hotels and resorts, beaches and cuisine, in addition to its natural beauty, rich history and traditional culture. The past few years have seen the completion of many luxurious resorts with names such as Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa, Intercontinental Peninsula Danang Sun Spa and Six Senses Con Dao, entering the market, plus Hilton and Marriot offering more choices for travelers. The country received roughly 340,000 American tourists in the first 9 months of 2012, up % 20 compared with the same period last year.

According to Pham Ha, the U.S. has been a great market for the company, which has appealing high-end products for Americans’ tastes and preferences. The company targets the right clients with personalized products and services and has increased the number of private, small groups that it serves, primarily with tailor-made holidays and special interest tours. This has been a winning strategy since American holidaymakers like family travel and custom, private tours, more than big group trips.

“According to statistics of international tourism organizations, over 50 million American people travel abroad each year. The U.S. plays a pivotal role in Asia Pacific and Vietnam, especially with diplomatic and business relationships better than ever since the end of the war. Vietnam is considered one of the emerging luxury destinations in Southeast Asia for American travellers and receives roughly 340,000 American tourists yearly. Many are cruise passengers who want quality holidays and are big spenders. The top-end never really took a hit in the 2008-09 crises and business is now better than ever. American tourists like the sea, haute cuisine, shopping, golf, spas, and high quality services and we have it all to offer to American travelers. With our sales office in California, we are targeting double digit growth in this market for 2013.” added Ha.

Vietnam-based Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is a long established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers with luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel excels in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences to fulfill the most sophisticated traveler’s expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd. Has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator. www.facebook.com/luxurytravelcompany

Linh Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444