Kanatsiz was born in 1974 with Turkish descent, studied at Chapman University
, entered the business world and became a success in both the public and private sector and in his philanthropy endeavors.
Named as the Young Alumnus of the Year in 2000 by his university, Kanatsiz was also given the distinct honor of being given the Hall of Fame Award from Santa Ana College in 2005 and the California Community College Alumnus of the Year from a large group of more than 600,000 state-wide alumni.
Following his time in academics, Kanatsiz dedicated his time and energy in business by establishing KCOMM
, a public relations firm and an Internet marketing company located in The Golden State.
After the success of KCOMM, he started Newsblaster.com
, an online news distribution publication that is targeted toward small- and medium-sized businesses. At last count, the company maintains more than 300,000 media contacts.
Kanatsiz now serves as a board member
of the Boys Town of South California in which he meets with local students regarding the benefits and rewards of entering the field of entrepreneurship. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at SAFE BIDCO, a position that involves assisting in the initiation of investment for California-based start-ups.
Although he has accomplished quite a bit, Kanatsiz received what may have been the most fulfilling post: an appointee to the U.S. small business administration's National Advisory Council
by former President George W. Bush.
He has also made various media appearances, such as on Fox News
, and has met many different celebrities, including NBA icon Kobe Bryant