2016 Twelfth Annual Pace Pitch Contest - Pitch 5 Ondori Anime - Christopher Dunn-Meynell (8 Of 10)
Japanese animation (more commonly known as Anime) fans in America are one of the most passionate fans ever. They go to conventions and often, spend hundreds of dollars on action figures and stuffed animals. But one thing they cannot always do is support the shows they like the most. The main reason is because of the complicated process of licensing anime merchandise in addition there is only one small American merchandiser, therefore many shows fans love fall between the cracks. The other reason is many of these merchants are confined to a very small booth or a slightly bigger permanent storefront. Therefore, they can only fit the most popular shows into their shops. This has created an opportunity due to the customers not having access, to merchandise for around 90% of the shows released. This in turn creates the problem that the fans cannot give money to the production most shows, meaning they are less likely to get any additional seasons. So for a new retailer to succeed, they must integrate these other shows into their inventory, to offer customers better selection.
My name is Christopher Dunn-Meynell I’m originally from Warren, New Jersey. I am a current senior at Pace University, in the Lubin School of Business. I currently am majoring in entrepreneurship. I have on past venture in which I started my own food business selling food services at my high school’s events. It was very successful and helped finance a lot of my high school’s clubs. During college I got a few jobs but mainly I worked for Spirit Halloween as a manager for three years. During my time with them I was appointed assistant manager of the flagship store in New York, their Times Square store, brought in to save an underperforming store, as well as construct 18 pop-up stores. I was also appointed the official training manager for the company’s charity division for my entire district, in which raised $40,000 for The Children’s Hospital in Bellevue. I personally enjoyed this job so much, that I have decided to combine all of the things I’ve learned from it, with my other passion anime to help bring joy to all my fellow anime fans. I always live by my motto to work smarter AND harder.
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