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The Connection Between New York Fashion Week & The Academy of Art University

If you’re aware of what’s going on in the field of fashion design, then you’ve probably heard of the Academy of Art University. This particular school dates back to the early 1900s, and it was founded by Richard S. Stephens. Student galleries, exhibits, student housing and technologically advanced facilities can be found on its grand campus. Some of its students have worked on blockbuster hits like “Get Out,” “Mad Max Fury Road,” “The Revenant,” “Sully,” and “Bridge of Spies.” Academy of Art University has played a role in developing some of today’s leading celebrity personnel, including:

  • Lauren Conrad (actress)
  • Raven Symone (actress)
  • Brandon Kee (project runway)
  • Rick Baker (makeup artist)
  • Asencio (figurative painter)
  • And many others

The Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion is state-of-the-art. This program uses advanced technologies, is taught by teachers who have a thorough history in the subject and prepares students for a career in fashion design. Some of AAU’s fashion design students has participated at New York Fashion Week. This just so happens to be one of the most prestigious fashion events in society today. This week-long affair plays host to thousands of spectators, but many of its contestants come from foreign nations. New York Fashion Week is basically the cream of the crop when it comes to fashion shows.

AAU was able to put together a number of fashion collections for the 2017 event. These individuals were BFA and MFA graduates of AAU. This collection helped the school in making its 21st appearance. That’s right! Academy of Art University has made it to a mainstream level. “AAU has become a huge powerhouse in the fashion world,” said Stephan Rabimov, the President of DEPESHA. This only scratches the surface of what this flamboyant school has brought to the table, but it’s looking to continue its dominance in the coming years.

Find out more about Academy of Art University: http://www.academygalleries.com/academy-galleries/about/contact-us.html

 

David Zalik, GreenSky Credit’s CEO, Doesn’t Need High School to Become a Billionaire

Lauren Gensler reveals hard-won insights into GreenSky Credit’s CEO, David Zalik in her article “Handyman’s Helper: How GreenSky’s David Zalik Skipped High School on his Way to Becoming a Billionaire”. The article, published with Forbes, reveals that GreenSky Credit’s co-founder and CEO passed on both high school and college to focus on his companies.

David Zalik may be an unusual CEO when compared to a typical Silicon Valley technology startup. The financial technology billionaire refuses to speak with the press very often, in fact, his first interview wasn’t until 2016. He revealed that he simply didn’t’ see the value in press releases and would rather focus on building his company. He is also an unusual case in the sense that Zalik not only skipped out on college, as many technology startup CEO’s like to brag, but he also skipped high school. After having such outstanding standardized testing scores, Auburn University invited him to attend classes when he was only twelve years old. After two years of classes, Zalik decided to focus on his computer assembly company, MicroTech.

The lack of formal education hasn’t slowed the CEO down, however. He sold MicroTech when he was only 22 for several million dollars. With the increase in internet and mobile apps, Zalik began a mobile and web consulting firm where he helped companies like Stanley Works and Home Depot Inc. He grew his latest venture, GreenSky Credit out of those consulting projects.

GreenSky Credit has also managed to succeed under the CEO’s leadership, despite his refusal to take outside funding for nearly ten years. After looking for external funding, he was able to raise nearly $50 million in funding and the company is valued at $3.6 billion.

The business model of GreenSky Credit is not set up to compete with banks. Instead, it acts as a technological middle man. The company uses an app for merchants that allow them to simply scan the barcode on a potential customer’s driver’s license and set up a loan. The loan is not only pre-approved, but directly approved. It also work’s in the customer’s favor since they have no payments and no interest for the first year. The company has also partnered with several federally backed banks.

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