Mina Ebrahimi-Community Through Catering

Success in business does not happen overnight and Mina Ebrahimi has proven that with hard work come the rewards so well deserved. At the tender age of 11, Mina began working with her parents at their bakery learning the necessary customer service skills and diligent work ethic that has served her so well to date.

As the Founder and CEO of Saint Germain Catering, Mina has brought together her knowledge, experience, and savvy business skills turning the business into an established, award-winning company. Her years of dedication to her craft have earned her numerous awards including the 2014 Enterprising Woman of the Year Award, an award given by Enterprising Women magazine. This award is “provided annually in recognition of women entrepreneurs/business owners who experience rapid growth in the business world and provide support or mentorship for other women entrepreneurs, and have become community leaders.”

Not only has her dedication to her catering clientele in Virginia and beyond proven to be exemplary, Mina’s dedication to others within the community is demonstrated with her desire to give back to those in need fulfilling her passion of philanthropic giving. Through local non-profits such as Operation Homefront DC, assisting military families and wounded veterans in need and The 25th Project, an organization dedicated to helping the community of homeless in the woods of Northern Virginia her desire to instill positive change continues.

Food and catering aren’t the only things that Mina holds dear. She continues to fund the Jack Miller-Ebrahimi Program for Interventional Endoscopic and Radiologic Diagnostics and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania. This veterinary program provides assistance with minimally invasive soft tissue surgeries and other therapies for pets through progressive treatments.

Her tireless endeavors championing the cause for other women’s success are evident in her forming the Mina Ebrahimi Foundation. The foundations’ empowerment of women of all ages to build their future in the world of business through her leadership and continued support is something Mina takes seriously. She has proven that with hard work and dedication, skills learned at an early age will serve you through life.


How Producer Lawrence Bender Gave Us “Pulp Fiction”

Many people know that Quentin Tarantino was the genius filmmaker behind the seminal crime film “Pulp Fiction.” However, most people may not be familiar with the producer behind one of the most important films of the last 25 years. That producer, Lawrence Bender, has been challenging the conventions of cinema for almost three decades.

The story of Lawrence Bender did not begin at a major Hollywood studio. In fact, Mr. Bender cut his teeth on the outskirts of the industry, producing low-budget slasher movies. Then one day, the producer had a chance meeting with an underemployed actor and aspiring filmmaker. That meeting would change Hollywood forever.

During the summer of 1990, Lawrence Bender met Quentin Tarantino at a mutual friend’s barbecue. During their industry chit-chat, Tarantino pitched the producer on the idea of a heist film gone wrong. Sensing a great story, Bender asked Tarantino to go ahead and write up the story. The result was the art house favorite “Reservoir Dogs.”

In two short years, both Bender and Tarantino had made their mark on the indie cinema world. However, the two wanted to aim higher and change the big Hollywood industry. Tarantino went off and wrote one of the most impressive screenplays in movie history. Bender took that script and pulled together almost $8 million to make the movie happen. The result was the cult hit “Pulp Fiction.”

The duo’s second landmark film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where it took home the top prize. Months later, the film opened in theatres across America and grossed over $100 million dollars. Starring heavy hitting stars such as Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel Jackson, and John Travolta, “Pulp Fiction,” has inspired a generation of filmmakers. The icing on the cake came in early 1995 when the film was nominated for a slew of Academy Awards including a nomination for Bender for Best Picture.

Born in the Bronx, New York in 1962, Lawrence Bender has produced over 50 film projects in his three-decade career. His highest-profile films include “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown,” and “Good Will Hunting.” Today, Mr. Bender is considered one of the premier producer working in Hollywood today.