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Faces of Avanti – Ronald Wise

July 2, 2016

How about a Blast from the Past? Ronnie Prof Photo

We are proud of our intern program at Avanti Business and Insurance Services because we still believe in the power of youth.  One of our first interns reached out to us last month with an update.  Let us share what Ronald is doing these days.

After graduating with a B.A. in English and Art History from Colby College (ME) in 2008, Ronnie (as he is known to us), made his way to the west coast.

Like any young college graduate, between 2008 and 2011 Ronnie kept himself very busy. He held a legal research position for a Public Defender’s office then worked for an entertainment law firm performing contract drafting and negotiation planning.  Along the way, he also found time to get involved in various community volunteering opportunities including the non-profit Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles and the Eagle Rock Music Festival.

Joining Avanti in 2011, he worked as an intern working out of our Studio City office (a suburb of Los Angeles) situated in the San Fernando Valley.  Ronnie focused on our agency’s strategies and five-year plan which involved completely re-working the business model from that of a former captive agency to the flourishing independent agency we are today. He was instrumental in defining the agency’s web presence including the design of our web site, helped get our social media strategy up and running, and assisted Avanti in building a footprint for our virtual office, bringing on clients from Los Angeles’ burgeoning cottage food industry.

As a side note, while employed by Avanti he concurrently held a position with The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens leading a staff of 43 student volunteers, initiating partnerships with local organizations, and cross-collaborating with the Huntington’s Education, Botanical, Development and Volunteer departments.

Leaving Avanti (and the Huntington) in July 2014 to pursue his dream of an MBA, Ronnie achieved that goal this summer and graduated with honors from the UCLA Anderson School of Management (Finance Concentration), attaining a UCLA Anderson Merit Fellowship.  He was immediately offered a position with NBCUniversal, Universal Picture Home Entertainment in a newly developed role that taps into his natural analytical and leadership abilities.

In closing we have some fun facts about Ronnie.  His additional achievements during his tenure at UCLA include leadership recognition for his position as Corporate Finance Director of the Investment Finance Association and as a UCLA Anderson Admissions Ambassador.  During his time at Colby College, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a distinction in both majors, made the Dean’s list for three semesters and was also the Co-Captain of the Colby College Lumberjack Team.  He enjoys Tabletop Board Gaming (i.e. Scrabble), Geocaching, and Ronnie Wise Woodsman Club Colby Collage Log Rolling Compof course, Timbersports.

We are honored to have had Ronnie as part of the Avanti family and wish him the best of luck in his very bright future.

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