Bryant founded Operation HOPE Inc., a non-profit banking group that helps inner-city L.A. businesses and individuals get loans from financial institutions. Since its founding in 1992, Operation HOPE has acted as intermediary between lenders and South Central L.A. customers on some $13 million in home and business loans.
"Every loan but one is paying, and that one has been reworked to get them paying again," said Bryant.
The organization also opened its Operation Hope Banking Center last September a collaborative effort of 40 participating banks to provide community lending and financial services and financial and credit education.
"These communities are viable most folks work and pay their bills, but they don't have access to capital or economic education," he says.
Not surprisingly, there was movement among the show business names.
Jamie Tarses, known by her maiden name McDermott in last year's report, moved from NBC to become president of ABC Entertainment, while Lisa Henson, no longer president of Columbia Pictures, now is a producer with a three-year deal at Columbia.
Meanwhile, the Barbie doll business was very good to Jean McKenzie, who has been promoted to executive vice president and general manager of Mattel Inc.'s Worldwide Barbie Division heading up the operation she had wanted to work for since she was a young girl.
McKenzie, 37, says her new role has kept her busier. She now must focus on more than just marketing. Under her direction, the division has created new versions of Barbie and has increased its sales by 20 percent worldwide.
That suggests more girls around the world are buying Barbies and those who had already owned Barbies now own more. At last count, the average American girl owned eight Barbies.
Not all of the company founders from last year's report have fared as well some, in fact, have hit some major glitches.
One example is Sae Hyun Uhm, president and CEO of K. Young Inc., a Koreatown-based real estate development firm.
With the backing of his father's massive South Korean construction company, Uhm had developed or was in the process of developing about $440 million worth of office and residential projects in the Western United States, including the proposed Palladian World Tower, a $106 million commercial project planned for a site in Glendale.
But the 30-year-old's ambitious plans were put on hold this past year when South Korea's construction industry was crippled, in part by political scandal, and his father was forced to give up control of his $2 billion empire.
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