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21st Annual JVS Strictly Business L.A. Looks to the Future of Work and Honors Corporate Giving

Founder and CEO Art Bilger of WorkingNation to deliver keynote speech on the Future of Work and OneWest Bank to be recognized for their support of the JVS BankWork$® program on May 24, 2018 at The Beverly Hilton.

LOS ANGELES – April 10, 2018 – PRLog — Celebrating 21 years, JVS Strictly Business L.A. will bring together hundreds of business and community leaders to engage on the future of workforce development and honor corporate partner OneWest Bank. In addition, the JVS Founder’s Award will be presented to former board president and long-time agency champion Jim Hausberg by his colleague and friend, HighTower Advisors CEO Elliot Weissbluth. The event takes place on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at The Beverly Hilton, with award-winning NBC4 weathercaster Fritz Coleman returning to serve as event host.

This year’s program will include keynote remarks by investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Art Bilger, founder and CEO of WorkingNation, a national non-profit media organization. WorkingNation exists to expose hard truths about the looming unemployment crisis in the United States and bring the country together to create new jobs for a changing economy. “With technological innovation eliminating entire categories of jobs and creating the need for new workforce skills, we are proud to partner with JVS SoCal in exploring the future of workforce development,” said Bilger.

OneWest Bank will be honored with the JVS Corporate Partnership Award at the luncheon. The Southern California based bank will be recognized for their significant contributions in providing those struggling in low-wage jobs with a first step on a professional career ladder. “JVS SoCal plays a pivotal role in preparing Southern California residents for bright futures in the financial services industry,” said Steve Solk, president of Consumer Banking. “We are pleased to support JVS for the sixth consecutive year, both as a sponsor of the BankWork$® program and through the hiring of graduates across our OneWest Bank branch network.”

Through its vibrant public-private partnerships, JVS SoCal is able to offer its award-winning training programs BankWork$®, HealthWorks®, and ApartmentWorks®, at no cost to participants, creating a career pathway to a sustainable future for people from underserved communities.

Jim Hausberg, former JVS board president and current chair of the Investment Committee, will receive the JVS SoCal Founder’s Award for his long-time commitment and his role in successfully expanding JVS partnerships and support within the corporate community. The award will be presented by HighTower Advisors founder and CEO Elliot Weissbluth, who said, “It’s a great honor for me to present this award to Jim.  He is a valued member of the HighTower community, a person of great integrity, and my friend. His efforts on behalf of JVS over the years more than merit this recognition, and are a reflection of his great magnanimity of spirit.”

The Strictly Business L.A. Awards Luncheon takes place on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Business Networking Reception begins at 11am, followed by the luncheon program from Noon to 1:30pm at The Beverly Hilton located at 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills 90210. Hosted parking. Individual tickets are $195. To register online, please visit: For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mary Koenig at or (323) 761-8888 x8891.

2018 Strictly Business L.A. Sponsors (list to date):

Presenting Sponsors:
AFEX, Belmont Village Senior Living

HighTower Advisors, The Hausberg Group, Patricia and Marshall Geller, Anita Hirsh

Armanino LLP., Avalon Bay Communities, Banc of California, Boeing, City National Bank, Harris Office Products, Pacific Western Bank, Wells Fargo, Martin J. Wolff

The Jewish Federation, Jill, Harris, Stephanie and Jordan Smith

Arthur J Gallagher Risk Management Services Inc., Ashjer LLC., Debbie and Rick Powell, Black Equites Group LTD., Cooper Design Space, Pam & Steve Hirsh, Alicia and John Goldsmith, Susan & John Schwarz, Karen & Matt Winnick, Robbi & Tom Schiff

About JVS SoCal
JVS SoCal is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1931 to assist immigrants and the jobless in the midst of the Great Depression. Over eight decades later the agency remains committed to providing hope and economic opportunity for all.  JVS SoCal builds better lives, one job at a time by empowering individuals to achieve dignity and economic independence through sustainable employment.