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Laguna Beach Business Club announces Mo Honarkar as speaker for Nov 21 meeting

The Laguna Beach Business Club is proud to announce Mo Honarkar, the founder, CEO, and president of Honarkar Ventures, as speaker at the group’s November 21 meeting. 

The LBBC holds a breakfast meeting the third Thursday each month at 7:30 a.m. and hosts speakers that discuss topics valuable to achieving success in your personal and professional lives.

The topic of Mr. Honarkar’s discussion will be “good to great.” Mohammad “Mo” Honarkar is founder, CEO, and president of Honarkar Ventures, which oversees a diverse portfolio of businesses and investments, including Laguna Beach Company, Laguna Creative Ventures, 4G Ventures, and The Honarkar Family Foundation.

Honarkar has invested heavily in his beloved hometown of Laguna Beach, and is currently overseeing development projects including the renovation of Hotel Laguna, a landmark jewel on the Southern California coast, as well as The Cleo Hotel and The Heisler Project, an art-infused and inspired hotel meant to complement the community and the neighboring museum. 

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Mo Honarkar standing next to historic photo of Hotel Laguna

In addition to the hotels, Honarkar seeks to develop affordable housing and mixed-use projects, with the goal of reviving revenue to local businesses and ensuring that artists, students, and local employees alike can continue to call Laguna Beach home.

Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Honarkar moved to the U.S. in the late 70s to study and earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from University of California, Irvine. After working as a software engineer for Toshiba, he discovered cubicle life was not for him. A people person with an entrepreneurial spirit, he opened his first business in the early 90s – a successful line of high-end men’s clothing stores called “Chez Lui.”

Shortly thereafter he founded GSM Wireless, Inc., a groundbreaking retail agent of PacBell, Cingular Wireless II, LLC and later AT&T Mobility. Within 10 years, GSM experienced exponential growth and expanded from two to more than 180 wireless retail stores across the Western U.S.

In 2006, Honarkar founded 4G Wireless, Inc., a Verizon Wireless premium retailer, which he spearheaded as chairman, CEO, and president. By 2016, when the retail stores were sold, it had become one of the largest Verizon Wireless retailers in the region with approximately 160 stores and 1,200 employees across five states.

Honarkar lives in Laguna Beach, has two adult daughters and a grandson he adores. He enjoys fitness, spending time on the ocean, travel, and has a passion for the arts.

Club meetings begin with a buffet breakfast and brief networking roundtable. Meetings are hosted at Seven7Seven. Non-members are welcome! The non-member guest fee is $30, payable in cash or check (payable to the Laguna Beach Business Club) the day of the meeting. 

For more information about the LBBC or to register to attend a meeting, visit www.lagunabeachbusinessclub.com or contact Pamela Knudsen at (949) 285-3730. 

Seven7Seven is located at 777 Laguna Canyon Rd.