Paul Orfalea


Paul Orfalea

Paul Orfalea ( _ar. بول أورفاليا), nicknamed "Kinko" because of his curly red hair, born in Los Angeles, California, to parents of Lebanese descent, founded the copy-chain Kinko's.

He is currently a philanthropist and a visiting professor in the Global and International Studies Department of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), and the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business.

Kinko's

:"See FedEx Kinko'sPaul Orfalea founded Kinko's in 1970 near UCSB with a simple idea: provide college students with products and services they need at a competitive price. The space that Orfalea rented for his copy business was so small that the copy machine had to be lugged out onto the sidewalk. From its modest beginnings, Kinko's is now the world's leading business services chain, and is presently owned by FedEx. Today, there are over 1,500 Kinko's worldwide.

Orfalea also hired salespeople to sell notebooks and other stationery at the dorms of UCSB.

He was commemorated with a plaque by the community of Isla Vista, which is next to the UCSB campus, where the original Kinko's copy shop was founded.

Publications

In 2005, Orfalea coauthored the book "Copy This! Lessons from a hyperactive dyslexic who turned a bright idea into one of America’s best companies". Indeed he seems to take pride in having dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

“I get bored easily, and that is a great motivator,” he said. “I think everybody should have dyslexia and A.D.D.”

In 2007 he also coauthored the book "The Entrepreneurial Investor: The Art, Science, and Business of Value Investing" [ [http://800ceoread.com/products/?ISBN=9780470227145] ] along with West Coast Asset Management coauthors Lance Helfert, Atticus Lowe, and Dean Zatkowsky. This book explains the balance of art and science in investing, guiding readers on how to succeed as a knowledgeable investor. Orfalea's insights draw from a past rich with investment experience, from childhood visits to his father's stock broker to co-founding successful money management company West Coast Asset Management.

Biography

Orfalea graduated from USC, and is a 1969 initiate of the Gamma Eta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha.

Philanthropy

He founded the Orfalea Foundation which among other things sponsors NOW (TV series) with David Brancaccio.He also made a large donation to fund the business school within California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo), which was renamed the Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business in his honor.

References

External links

* [http://www.paulorfalea.com Paul Orfalea's official website]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Paul Orfalea — (* 28. November 1947 in Los Angeles), dessen lockiges, rotes Haar seinen Spitznamen Kinko inspirierte, gründete den US amerikanischen Copyshop Kinko s. Heute ist er ein Gastprofessor bei der University of California, Santa Barbara. Im Jahre 2005… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Orfalea — Paul Orfalea (* 28. November 1947 in Los Angeles), dessen lockiges, rotes Haar seinen Spitznamen Kinko inspirierte, gründete den US amerikanischen Copyshop Kinko s. Heute ist er ein Gastprofessor bei der University of California, Santa Barbara.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Orfalea College of Business — The Orfalea College of Business Motto Discere Faciendo (Latin for To Learn by Doing ) Established 1959 Type Public Dean Dr. Dave Christy Academic staff 78 [2010 Fall] …   Wikipedia

  • Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business — The California Polytechnic State University Orfalea College of Business (or OCOB) is the business college of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. It offers bachelor s and master s degree programs with a variety of concentrations. The school offers classes… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Arab Americans — This is a list of famous Arab Americans. ListAcademics*Dr. Imad ad Dean Ahmad teaches religion, science and freedom at the University of Maryland, College Park and directs the Minaret of Freedom Institute. [… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Lebanese people — This is a list of Lebanese people. The list has been ordered by Alphabetical order of Section names. No specific order was used within the sections.ActivistsActivists of Lebanese Descent* John Snow born Hanna Talj * James Zogby founder of Arab… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people diagnosed with dyslexia — The following is a list of notable people who have been diagnosed with dyslexia. *Abhishek Bachchan, Bollywood actor. [cite web|title=Times of India|work=Aamir praises Abhishek|url=http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Entertainment/India Buzz/Aamir …   Wikipedia

  • Liste der Biografien/Or — Biografien: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Etymologie von Firmennamen — Dies ist eine Liste von Unternehmensnamen (Firmen) und ihrer Herkunft (Etymologie). # 20th Century Fox gebildet 1935 durch die Fusion William Fox’ Fox Film und Twentieth Century Pictures. 3M Die Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (etwa… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Etymologische Liste von Unternehmensnamen — Dies ist eine Liste von Unternehmensnamen (Firmen) und ihrer Herkunft (Etymologie). # 20th Century Fox gebildet 1935 durch die Fusion William Fox’ Fox Film und Twentieth Century Pictures. 3M Die Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company (etwa… …   Deutsch Wikipedia