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Entrepreneurship Series: Business Plan Pitching from Cousins Maine Lobster

Southern California Campus

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)

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Pitch like the Sharks Event
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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Pitch like the Sharks: Business Plan Pitching from successful entrepreneurs and "Conversations with Shark Tank Winners" - Cousins Maine Lobster and Lollacup


Join the discussion with show contestants and owners of Cousins Maine Lobster, Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac and Lollacup's Mark Lim, as they pitch their business plan to you!  The pitches will be moderated by Rey Ybarra, multi-media talent and author of "Conversations with Shark Tank Winners". Get tips on starting your own business from some of LA's newest, successful entrepreneurs! 

Tuesday, June 17
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Registration and networking begins at 10:30 AM

Pasadena Learning Center
299 N. Euclid Ave, Suite 100
Pasadena, CA 91101


  • Owners of Cousins Maine Lobster, Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac will pitch their busines plan and share their success.
  • Mark Lim will share how he and his wife Hanna catapulted their Lollacup brand after an investment from one of the Shark Tank investors. 
  • Meet School of Business Campus College Chair, PeterMax Miller and network with like-minded innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • Try out the no-host Famous Maine Lobster Truck for lunch. Bring your appetite!

Register today and invite a friend!

For more information, please contact torye.nguyen@phoenix.edu or 714.338.7444

Presenters and Speakers  

Pitch moderator and author, Rey Ybarra, is a multimedia talent with more than 17 years experience producing a variety of interviews/programming in various formats including TV, broadcast radio, internet radio, podcasting, live streaming, internet TV, on-demand video, and now venturing into the world of digital publishing with his multimedia book Conversations with Shark Tank Winners.

His first published book is his innovative effort available in a down loadable app form for multiple devices including Mac/Android/Kindle and more featuring written, audio, and video interviews with the entrepreneurs from the smash TV show Shark Tank. 

The book includes a special preface written by business expert, NY Times best selling author, and featured on the ABC TV show "Secret Millionaire" Steve Kaplan.

Download the Kindle edition of "Conversations with Shark Tank Winners" here.



Cousins Maine Lobster brings the tradition and quality of Maine’s iconic lobster industry to California. We are proud to serve fresh, sustainably harvested lobster product directly from Maine’s icy cold waters to consumers on the West Coast.

Cousins Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis grew up together near Portland in Southern Maine where each family celebration started with a pot of steaming red lobsters and ended with blueberry pie. Sabin relocated to Los Angeles following his graduation from Hofstra University in 2003 and has watched the food truck movement explode. Meanwhile, back on the east coast, Jim has watched the lobster industry land record-breaking catches year after year. Tselikis and Lomac decided to combine the strength of the lobster product with the strength of the LA food culture, and in early 2012, Cousins Maine Lobster was born.

Cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac had one vision: To fly fresh, Maine lobster overnight and serve the food they grew up eating to the hungry people of Southern California. The product quality couldn’t be ignored. Lines of 40- 60 lobster-lovers stretched along their polished, black truck, and the lines never subsided. Cousins Maine Lobster serves only Certified Maine Lobster and is also known for flying in their New England style Hot Dog Rolls, Lobster Ice Cream, and hand made soups from Maine. Cousins Maine Lobster just brought the highest grade product in the world to you...we just saved you a trip to Maine!

Cousins Maine Lobster made history when they served their 1st lobster roll on April 27th, 2012 in Artesia, California. The night before serving the 1st roll, Cousins Maine Lobster was featured on UrbanDaddy.com, garnishing them an immense amount of exposure in the Los Angeles area. Minutes later, ABC’s smash hit “Shark Tank” sent an email and asked the two if they would be interested in appearing on the show. 2 months later, on July 11th 2013, Jim and Sabin stuck a partnership with real estate tycoon Barbara Corcoran on the stage of Shark Tank, thus propelling them to unforeseen heights. By 2013, Cousins MaineLobsteropenedtheir1st brick and mortar in Pasadena, CA, launched an ecommerce business where they ship daily products, from Maine, nationwide, and were voted the #1 Food Truck in Los Angeles/Orange County. Additionally, they have won countless awards throughout San Diego County and are the top producing food truck in California. Cousins Maine Lobster has been the top food truck featured at the Del Mar Race Track and has been the top producing food truck at each Del Mar event.

Since those early months, Cousins Maine Lobster has been voted the Best Food Truck in Los Angeles/Orange County for 2012 & 2013, been featured on the Katie Couric Show, The Chew, Good Morning America, Good Day LA, KTLA, The Hallmark Channel, MSNBC, QVC, Fox Business, and countless other media outlets, all showcasing the one of a kind product that Cousins Maine Lobster serves. 

Cousins Maine Lobster has become the top producing food truck in California, grossing over $3,500,000 in earnings in their 1st 1.5 years in business. 

Learn more by visiting www.cousinsmainelobster.com 


Mark and Hanna Lim

After experiencing difficulty finding a sippy-straw cup that worked with her first child, Hanna, a former high school chemistry teacher, decided to create a new cup on her own.  With no experience in plastics manufacturing, it took her about a year to create the first prototype of the lollacup.  

While Hanna was creating the lollacup, Mark had just finished earning his MBA at UCLA with a concentration on Entrepreneurship.  

Once Hanna was ready to take the cup to market, Mark joined in to run the back end of the business. After receiving some traction early on, they decided to take their idea to the hit ABC show Shark Tank where they succeeded in teaming up with business moguls Mark Cuban and Robert Herjavec.

Currently Lollacup now sells out of more than 500 stores and has global distribution in countries such as China, South Korea, Canada, Dubai, and Africa.

Learn more by visiting www.lollacup.com. 




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Pasadena Learning Center
299 North Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PDT)

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