We Wish Our Members & Friends Around The World A Happy Passover & Easter Season
In This Issue:
- New Members
- Member Profiles (Yeshiyah Amariel, Brandon Stec, Deb Zaluda)
- Israel Business Leads
- Illinois Innovation Index
- Upcoming Events
New Members - Welcome!
Bank Leumi USA
Hasan Barzani (profiled in 02/05/15 issue
The Lapin Group, LLC
Brandon Stec (profiled in this issue)
Israel Focused Non-Profits
Mr. Yeshiyah Amariel
Amariel Voluntary Israel Projects
Ms. Cindy Iglitzen-Socianu
Ms. Cari Margulis Immerman
American Friends of Magen David Adom
Ms. Karmin Daniel
Mr. Jacob Twig
The Professionals Moving Specialists
Barak Gilor (profiled in 02-18-15 issue
Hadar Investment Group
Mr. Shimon Mery
Mr. Eli Tal
Amariel Voluntary Israel Projects
Yeshiyah Amariel spent 7 years with the Nature and Park Authority of Israel and worked in research of the Negev alongside archaeologist Yehuda Govrin since 2002. He founded Amariel Voluntary Israel Projects (Amariel VIP) in 2009 with the core principle of "Assist through PDI or promotion/Development/ Investment." The organization has a conglomeratic business structure to start or support Pro-Israel NGO ventures, and to establish partnerships in academia, publishing, media, community, small businesses and religious institutions. They expect to provide benefits like advisory positions at startup NGOs for qualified members.
Amariel VIP offers young volunteers the opportunity to earn experience and college credits toward degrees in Jewish studies, agriculture, archaeology, history, business, journalism and media. Past partnerships include:
- Soup kitchens in Israel including Meir Panim in New York, Jerusalem and the Negev
- Ecological and community projects like the Netanya beach clean-ups with the Walk About Love
- Religious and community ventures like Project Torah in South Africa
Current partnerships and supported ventures include:
- Archaeology: Tel Arad Restoration Project
- Media ventures like Inside Israel
- Kosher Culture Foundation in Florida and Jerusalem
- Donations to GiveStar in Los Angeles
Co-Founder & VP of Business Development
Brandon Stec is Co-Founder & VP of Business Development for Procurement Concepts, a national company based in the Chicago area. Procurement Concepts is one-stop shop for a company's back office needs. As a group purchasing organization (GPO) that aggregates spend across small, medium and large corporations, their results end in extreme discounts and increasing purchasing power for their members. Membership to Procurement Concepts is totally free.
Brandon is a native of Buffalo Grove, IL and earned his Bachelor's Degree in 2007 from Indiana University in Sports Marketing and Management with minors in Business, Psychology. After college, Brandon moved to Kansas City, MO and worked with the Kansas City Chiefs and earned his MBA from Baker University. He was a volunteer adult adviser for BBYO
for four inspiring years. Brandon credits this experience with guiding him toward entrepreneurship and practicing his passion for creative writing, having written first drafts of three different novels.
Custom Private Tours
Chicago, IL 60614
Deb joined with Puzzle Israel, an Israel based tour company, this past spring. Puzzle Israel was founded 4 years ago by two young Israelis, Nir Margalith and Guy Marom, at about the same time that Deb founded her own Israel tour company, Journey Israel, LLC.
Deb grew up in Chicago and has lived there her whole life. But since first traveling to Israel at age 21, she learned a love of country and people she hadn't known before. She has since been back and forth to Israel dozens of times.
Each time Deb goes to Israel, she feels it's as if it's the first time. The feeling when she lands. The feeling when she hears Hebrew all around. Pure joy and excitement.
So after practicing law for many years, Deb decided to take that joy and excitement and share it with others. She started Journey Israel because she knew there was a better way to see Israel than "on the bus, off the bus" tours. After learning that Nir, Guy and the entire Puzzle Israel team had the same goal and understanding, she decided to team up with them to enable her to do even more.
Deb's passion for the people and culture and sights and sounds of Israel is contagious, and together with Puzzle Israel, she hopes to pass that passion along! Deb works with families and groups and communities to design journeys that highlight the land, people and culture and everything else that Israel has to offer.