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Paul Orfalea

Founder of Kinko's, Philanthropist-Chairman of the Orfalea Foundation & a Serial Entrepreneur

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 Paul Orfalea Biography

Paul Orfalea founded Kinko’s in 1970 near the University of California at Santa Barbara with a simple idea: provide college students with products and services they need at a competitive price. The space that Orfalea rented for his copy business was so small the copy machine had to be lugged out onto the sidewalk. From its modest beginnings, Kinko’s is now the world’s leading business services chain. Today, there are over 1100 Kinko’s worldwide.

Much of Kinko’s success can be traced directly to Orfalea’s unique business philosophy that was based on the founder’s freethinking, creative style. Orfalea’s theories and instincts on how to operate a successful business were grounded in his passion for retailing, his insistence on taking care of his co-workers and customers, and a sharp eye for opportunity. Through Paul Orfalea’s leadership, Kinko’s has taken an exemplary leading role in environmental responsibility.

Orfalea encouraged active participation from all 25,000 co-workers and generous incentive programs were implemented to stimulate creativity. In fact, co-workers at every level were encouraged to share ideas freely in organizational decisions. A reflection of this success is that Fortune Magazine selected Kinko’s as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work with in America” for three years in a row. Forbes Magazine also ranked Kinko’s 84th on its year 2000 “Forbes 500 Biggest Private Companies.” Working Mother magazine lists Kinko’s in it’s Best Companies for Working Mother’s 2001 issue.

The year 2000 brought about many changes for Orfalea as he retired from his position as Kinko’s Chairperson, and assumed the role as Chairperson Emeritus for Kinko’s Inc. Orfalea is no longer involved with Kinko’s. He now devotes much of his time to new business ventures with his associates.

One of those ventures is the formation of the Orfalea Family Foundation, which supports various philanthropic efforts, but specifically spotlights early care and education at children’s centers, care giver training and intergenerational programs. Orfalea, his family, and Kinko’s have a long history of supporting educational initiatives including scholarships and child development programs with efforts concentrated in California.

Paul Orfalea’s current focus is to increase public awareness of the important need for businesses to act “family friendly” and support for working parents. Orfalea is working with government leaders to encourage businesses and educational institutions to provide these benefits to co-workers and students.

Orfalea is in great demand for public speaking, often addressing business organizations, especially entrepreneurs and working women, with his inspirational messages. He frequently lectures at University of Southern California, (his alma mater), UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, as well as various community and state colleges, and he has taught at NYU and Wharton School of Business among others. Both USC and Cal Poly plan to dedicate business schools in the Orfalea name in honor of his many ongoing contributions.

In 2000, People Magazine profiled Orfalea as one of several prominent leaders who has overcome dyslexia and gone on to have illustrious careers. Other recent prestigious awards are the 1998 Entrepreneur of the Year award from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business; the 2000 Philanthropist of the Year by the Network of California Community Colleges; and in 2001 the Conrad Hilton Entrepreneur award, the Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship, along with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Salvation Army “Sally” award for Business Leadership.

Despite all of these high profile activities, you will find Paul Orfalea very down to earth, friendly, compassionate and continually curious about the world around him – he is a true modern adventurer.

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The Entrepreneurial Investor: The Art, Science, and Business of Value Investing

The Entrepreneurial Investor: The Art, Science, and Business of Value Investing

Speaking Topics
  • Business Motivation

  • Customer Loyalty

  • Early Care Importance

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Financial Management

News
  • Paul Orfalea on Creating the Kinko's Brand

    Paul Orfalea is the founder of Kinko’s, a philanthropist, and a serial entrepreneur. He is a visiting professor in the Global and International Studies Department of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business.....

  • Paul Orfalea Goes for Big Impact

    After a six-year hiatus, Paul Orfalea is returning to public life with a very big splash, investing large quantities of legal tender on an 11,000-square-foot State Street property ?that he’s betting will morph into a fecund spawning ground for socially minded and eco-conscious new enterprises....

  • Kinko's Founder Paul Orfalea Gives His Unusual Recipe for Success

    Paul Orfalea, the founder of Kinko's and a 1971 graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business, is by his -- and anyone's account -- one of the business world's most unusual success stories.

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  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Paul Orfalea?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Paul Orfalea for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Paul Orfalea for your next private or corporate function.
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Paul Orfalea

Founder of Kinko's, Philanthropist-Chairman of the Orfalea Foundation & a Serial Entrepreneur

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Paul Orfalea Biography

Paul Orfalea founded Kinko’s in 1970 near the University of California at Santa Barbara with a simple idea: provide college students with products and services they need at a competitive price. The space that Orfalea rented for his copy business was so small the copy machine had to be lugged out onto the sidewalk. From its modest beginnings, Kinko’s is now the world’s leading business services chain. Today, there are over 1100 Kinko’s worldwide.

Much of Kinko’s success can be traced directly to Orfalea’s unique business philosophy that was based on the founder’s freethinking, creative style. Orfalea’s theories and instincts on how to operate a successful business were grounded in his passion for retailing, his insistence on taking care of his co-workers and customers, and a sharp eye for opportunity. Through Paul Orfalea’s leadership, Kinko’s has taken an exemplary leading role in environmental responsibility.

Orfalea encouraged active participation from all 25,000 co-workers and generous incentive programs were implemented to stimulate creativity. In fact, co-workers at every level were encouraged to share ideas freely in organizational decisions. A reflection of this success is that Fortune Magazine selected Kinko’s as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work with in America” for three years in a row. Forbes Magazine also ranked Kinko’s 84th on its year 2000 “Forbes 500 Biggest Private Companies.” Working Mother magazine lists Kinko’s in it’s Best Companies for Working Mother’s 2001 issue.

The year 2000 brought about many changes for Orfalea as he retired from his position as Kinko’s Chairperson, and assumed the role as Chairperson Emeritus for Kinko’s Inc. Orfalea is no longer involved with Kinko’s. He now devotes much of his time to new business ventures with his associates.

One of those ventures is the formation of the Orfalea Family Foundation, which supports various philanthropic efforts, but specifically spotlights early care and education at children’s centers, care giver training and intergenerational programs. Orfalea, his family, and Kinko’s have a long history of supporting educational initiatives including scholarships and child development programs with efforts concentrated in California.

Paul Orfalea’s current focus is to increase public awareness of the important need for businesses to act “family friendly” and support for working parents. Orfalea is working with government leaders to encourage businesses and educational institutions to provide these benefits to co-workers and students.

Orfalea is in great demand for public speaking, often addressing business organizations, especially entrepreneurs and working women, with his inspirational messages. He frequently lectures at University of Southern California, (his alma mater), UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, as well as various community and state colleges, and he has taught at NYU and Wharton School of Business among others. Both USC and Cal Poly plan to dedicate business schools in the Orfalea name in honor of his many ongoing contributions.

In 2000, People Magazine profiled Orfalea as one of several prominent leaders who has overcome dyslexia and gone on to have illustrious careers. Other recent prestigious awards are the 1998 Entrepreneur of the Year award from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business; the 2000 Philanthropist of the Year by the Network of California Community Colleges; and in 2001 the Conrad Hilton Entrepreneur award, the Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship, along with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Salvation Army “Sally” award for Business Leadership.

Despite all of these high profile activities, you will find Paul Orfalea very down to earth, friendly, compassionate and continually curious about the world around him – he is a true modern adventurer.

Paul Orfalea Videos

  • Paul Orfalea on Creativity
  • People Are Innately Good Paul Orfalea 1080 The Leap
  • Life Advice for MBAs (Paul Orfalea)

Paul Orfalea Books

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Paul Orfalea Speaking Topics

  • Business Motivation

  • Customer Loyalty

  • Early Care Importance

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Financial Management

FAQs on booking Paul Orfalea

  • How to book Paul Orfalea?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Paul Orfalea for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Paul Orfalea, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Paul Orfalea or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Paul Orfalea?

    Booking fees for Paul Orfalea, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Paul Orfalea, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Paul Orfalea?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Paul Orfalea for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Paul Orfalea for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Paul Orfalea or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Paul Orfalea or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Paul Orfalea is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Paul Orfalea for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Paul Orfalea generally travels from Santa Barbara, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jim McCann, Terry Jones, Peter Guber, Daymond John and Pat Croce. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Paul Orfalea for an upcoming event.

Paul Orfalea Speaker Videos

  • Paul Orfalea on Creativity
    People Are Innately Good Paul Orfalea 1080 The Leap
  • Life Advice for MBAs (Paul Orfalea)
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Paul Orfalea Speaking Topics

  • Business Motivation

  • Customer Loyalty

  • Early Care Importance

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Financial Management

Paul Orfalea News

  • Paul Orfalea on Creating the Kinko's Brand

    Paul Orfalea is the founder of Kinko’s, a philanthropist, and a serial entrepreneur. He is a visiting professor in the Global and International Studies Department of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business.....

  • Paul Orfalea Goes for Big Impact

    After a six-year hiatus, Paul Orfalea is returning to public life with a very big splash, investing large quantities of legal tender on an 11,000-square-foot State Street property ?that he’s betting will morph into a fecund spawning ground for socially minded and eco-conscious new enterprises....

  • Kinko's Founder Paul Orfalea Gives His Unusual Recipe for Success

    Paul Orfalea, the founder of Kinko's and a 1971 graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business, is by his -- and anyone's account -- one of the business world's most unusual success stories.

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