Top 10 Entrepreneurs Making Their Mark on Los Angeles Going into 2023

1 – Rachael Osgood and Camille Nelson

Rachael Osgood and Camille Nelson, the duo behind the Nelson and Osgood team, are multi-generational real estate professionals. They grew up going to open houses and watching their families sell and invest in real estate, which gave them a deep understanding of the industry from a young age. Growing up in Los Angeles, the two are well-versed in their neighborhoods, which has helped them guide their clients to find their perfect homes. The team was formed almost a decade ago, and since then has been striving to be different from other agents, constantly finding new ways to stand out to their clients.

The duo prides itself on being hands-on with clients, educating them, and walking them through the entire process. They ensure that their clients are actively listened to, consistently feel supported, and are easily accessible to them at all times. Rachael and Camille also make sure that even with multiple deals at hand, each client receives the full dedication and attention they deserve. Specializing in first-time homebuyers, they offer buyer consultations before the process itself commences. They are equally effective when representing seasoned buyers, sellers, and investors.

As a consistent scorer of the top 5 sales teams in their office, they also take on the responsibility of training and mentoring new agents in the office. With aspirations to grow their team and continue mentoring new agents in the future, the Nelson and Osgood team is committed to providing a seamless and stress-free experience for their clients.

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2 – William Rodriguez

William Rodriguez, Founder of Silvercrest Advertising, is a proud LA native who’s dedicated his career to helping small businesses achieve success. With a passion for finding solutions to local marketing challenges, William started Silvercrest Advertising with just $20 in his pocket at the age of 28. In a short span of five years, his business was recognized by Franchise Update Magazine for its rapid growth and received numerous awards from clients for its exceptional services.

With a focus on innovation, William and the team at Silvercrest have created the first-ever enterprise-level marketing ecosystem, the Local Marketing Automation Platform (LMAP), which offers a comprehensive suite of tools for marketers and business owners to manage their

campaigns. The platform’s unique features, such as the ability to buy media and promotional items, launch email and SMS campaigns, visualize competitors on an interactive map, and manage social media campaigns, have earned Silvercrest recognition and awards from clients and industry publications.

With an unwavering commitment to delivering value to clients, William and the Silvercrest team are always looking for new ways to innovate. In recent years, the company has expanded its offerings to include a commercial print shop and a full-service branded apparel business,

positioning Silvercrest as a one-stop shop for local marketing needs. Looking ahead, William is determined to continue providing the best possible solutions and customer experience for his growing client base.


3 -Tim Strube

Tim Strube is a creative visionary who has carved out his own path in the world of media and marketing. With a background in film and a degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Tim initially found himself working in live TV before becoming an editor and creative director at some of the best entertainment marketing agencies in the business. But despite his successes, Tim walked away from it all to pursue his passion for storytelling by collaborating on feature films and documentaries. This pivot eventually led him to start Sequence Creative – which has since become the fast-growing, award-winning agency it is today – and Sequence Media, a nascent production and consulting group.

With multiple Golden Trailer Awards, a Gold Clio, and Telly Awards for his work on Black Lives Matters campaigns in 2020, Tim has continually proven his ability to create meaningful, impactful campaigns driven by storytelling. Yet, he considers the most significant accomplishment to be seeing his team grow and succeed in their craft. For Tim, empathy is the key to success in work and life. He believes that understanding others and having a curious, open mind is what makes one a better artist, craftsperson, and entrepreneur.

In the future, Tim sees himself continuing his journey of constantly striving toward excellence and sharing his triumphs and joys with his team. Furthermore, he hopes to turn his dream into a reality by opening a coffee shop and record store adjacent to his agency, creating a haven for creativity and collaboration where he can help to inspire others to connect and share their passions.

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4 – Justin Morgan

Justin Morgan, a successful CEO of Rentado and entrepreneur with deep ties to the Los Angeles region is a force to be reckoned with. Coming from a family of accomplished business leaders, Morgan has inherited a legacy of “big” things and is determined to continue pursuing and growing it in his own unique way. With a passion for success and hard work, Morgan has achieved numerous achievements throughout his career, including serving as an elected Commissioner for the City of Long Beach, sitting on Pepperdine University’s Regional Leadership Board, and being selected by Fast Company Magazine to join their Executive Board. He is also an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institution of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and recently joined the Long Beach Accelerator.

With an eye on the future, Morgan aspires to become an industry leader and make positive changes in public and private policy for the greater Los Angeles area. He encourages others to be honest with themselves about their aspirations and pursue them with intentionality. He believes that by doing so, one will go far, even if they don’t end up where they expected. Morgan is a true visionary and a leader to watch.


5 – Taylor MacDonell

Taylor MacDonell is an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California and the founder of College Genius, a college counseling platform that innovates by connecting prospective college applicants to current college students for application support. Her mission: offer students from varying demographics the educational tools they need to excel alongside their more privileged peers.

With $250,000 from angel investors, MacDonell turned her vision into a reality: developing, launching, and growing a database of 100+ student advisors, who attend top 50 universities and offer one-on-one tips and tricks over video calls.

MacDonell explains that College Genius is “Sparking opportunity and clarity for students by offering experience-based knowledge and expertise from advisors who recently and successfully underwent the application process. Captivating hindsight from our advisors and then leveraging it for students is our trademark. It’s our electrifying distinction from conventional counseling.” She explains, “Our advisors problem-solve for students from the perspective of once having met similar challenges and mastered an understanding of how to overcome them in savvy ways”.

Besides leveraging resources for students, MacDonell has led numerous projects in her hometown of France, like raising funds for various children’s cancer hospitals there and helping her brother grow his startup, One28, as their CMO. As Salutatorian of her graduating class and MVP of her Volleyball Team, MacDonell has a proven track record of success and a unique determination to gain diverse skill sets. Her appetite for growth and self-development continues, as she sets out to pursue a Masters in Engineering at USC this fall.  Keeping herself continuously challenged is the best way she sees to continue optimizing her personal and professional life to become a better decision-maker for herself, her team, and the students who benefit from her initiative.

6 – Natalie Schwan

Natalie Schwan is a remarkable figure in the entertainment industry, known for her work as an entrepreneur, film director, and creative producer. Despite not having a formal film education, Natalie has shown that anything is possible with determination and a passion for the craft. A few years after graduating college, she followed her heart and started production company, Velocity Creatives, embarking on a journey that has been both challenging and rewarding. The sense of curiosity, groundedness, and connection she emphasizes in her work and life has helped her achieve notable career milestones.

Natalie’s film projects have garnered recognition and awards, including being a Webby award nominee and multiple Telly Awards winner. To date, one of her most memorable projects was filming an adventure short in the Canadian wilderness outside Montreal, which she cites as one of her life’s most surreal and rewarding experiences. With a wise voice in the industry, she’s always keen to offer advice to any newcomers getting into the industry, including the importance of integrity and individual values, celebrating accomplishments, and paying it forward.

In the upcoming months, Natalie has exciting plans for her new venture, Velocity Films, which is focused on long-form content creation. She hopes to direct her first feature film next year, telling stories that inspire and connect people in a world that can often be divisive. In addition to her aspirations as a film director, Natalie is also eager to take on the role of creative producer for feature films and episodic content. When she’s not working, Natalie indulges in her adventurous spirit and is working towards her Sommelier license, with a dream of exploring Patagonia.

IG: @velocitycreatives

Film IG: @nschwanfilm

7 – Anthony (Tony) Williams Raré

Anthony (Tony) Williams Rare, CEO of Global IT Communications, is a remarkable figure in the world of Cloud and Managed Services. With an inspiring story of resilience, innovation, and adaptability, Tony built his company from scratch and turned it into a highly sustainable and culturally adaptable empire. With minimal resources, he legally immigrated to the United States, where he recognized the potential for Data Center services to be available to small and medium-sized businesses.

Rare is an early adopter of Cloud technologies, and his unwavering belief in the future of business has been a driving force behind his success. Global IT Communications has gained recognition for providing a distinctive healthy organizational culture, future-oriented innovative technologies, high-paying industry salaries, and excellent medical benefits. The company was named the Impact Company of the Year by DotCom Magazine in 2021 and has been mentioned in Forbes on multiple occasions, The Silicon Review, and Enterprise Services Outlook.

Under Tony’s leadership, Global IT Communications has grown and flourished, and he shares his knowledge with his trusted team by training, coaching, mentoring, and inspiring them to replicate his vision. With an eye toward the future, Tony hopes to continue innovating technologies that help productivity, efficiency, and growth for themselves and those they support. With Tony’s leadership, doubling the company’s operational size and productivity within 3-5 years is an ambitious goal that is well within reach.


8 – Ricardo Garcia Turegano

Ricardo Garcia Turegano, Founder and Owner of Canica Studios, is an accomplished professional with over 26 years of experience in the advertising industry. He has established a reputation as a successful creator in the United States, having built Canica Studios from the ground up as a successful post-production and editing company. Through dedication and hard work, Ricardo, along with his family, arrived in the US with only 9 suitcases and has since served a diverse clientele and is known for his expertise in creating effective commercials for the Hispanic market. Ricardo’s work has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including the prestigious Cannes Lions, Effie Awards, Festival Iberoamericano de la Publicidad, Ojo de Iberoamérica, and Pantalla de Cristal.

Despite the challenges he faced in starting over in a new country, Ricardo has been able to distinguish himself from other editors in the industry by utilizing his bilingual abilities and tech-savvy skills. His hard work and determination have paid off, and he’s created over 1000 commercials in the US alone. With aspirations to establish one of the leading post-production companies for advertising, working on Hollywood motion pictures, and winning an Oscar, Ricardo is a prime example of the American Dream. His story of resilience and success serves as inspiration for those who believe in their dreams and work hard to achieve them.

9 – Jessica Irwin

Jessica Irwin, an entrepreneurial spirit, is the Founder of the thriving jewelry brand Violet Moon Jewelry. Despite obtaining an undergraduate degree in mathematics from UC Santa Barbara, her passion for arts and crafts has always been a constant presence in her life. Initially starting her career as an actuary, she soon discovered that the corporate world needed to be aligned with her aspirations. This led her on a journey of self-discovery, evaluating various avenues to become her own boss.

Eventually, a fortuitous encounter with a friend’s handcrafted jewelry rekindled her love for the arts, prompting her to enroll in a weekend-long jewelry course in Santa Monica impulsively. Jessica’s newfound passion took hold, leading her to invest the bonus from her day job into purchasing the tools and materials needed to launch her jewelry business as a side hustle. Over three and a half years, her business grew and flourished, eventually allowing her to leave her day job after several of her TikTok videos garnered viral attention.

As a jewelry industry veteran with five years of experience, Jessica prides herself on her achievements and continues to develop her skill set by taking jewelry courses. With a substantial following of nearly 50,000 individuals on the popular social media platform TikTok, she’s established herself as a prominent figure in the jewelry industry. Violet Moon Jewelry’s unique jewelry collection is designed to create an unforgettable experience that her clients can cherish and share with the people they love most. In the future, Jessica hopes to expand her team, grow her skill sets, and make Violet Moon Jewelry a household name in the jewelry industry.



10 – Ryan Walters and Evan Gering

Ryan Walters and Evan Gering, Founders of Two8, are a dynamic filmmaking duo with over a decade of experience in the industry. As founders of their own production company, they’ve established themselves as leaders in their field, known for their cinematic approach and superior quality work.

The duo has built a reputation for creating visually stunning and impactful work, from their eye-catching product work in the cannabis industry to their award-winning documentary films. They have also worked with a diverse range of clients, from the Museum of Neon Art to businesses all around the globe. Despite facing the challenge of breaking into a competitive market, they’ve managed to establish a unique reputation and distinguish themselves through their experience with large-scale productions.

In addition to their professional accomplishments, Ryan & Evan have a strong commitment to mentorship and community. They both share the importance of patience, consistency, and gratitude in one’s pursuit. In the future, the duo aspires to create an environment that supports storytellers from all backgrounds and uses their position in the commercial and documentary world to fund impactful narrative projects.

Instagram: @two8productions


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