Maurice Levin -- I grew up in Los Angeles, California in the 60s and 70s. Now I grow, preserve and sell rare endangered plants. Here's more:
Maurice Levin is founder of Jurassic Garden--A&A Cycads, a family-owned rare plant nursery in North Hollywood, California. He has been growing cycads and other rare plants for nearly 25 years. Maurice Levin has served on the Board of Directors of The Cycad Society and the Board of Directors of the Harvard Club of Southern California.
Prior to Jurassic Garden, Maurice Levin worked in real estate, investment banking, and retained executive search. Maurice grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Palisades High School, received his AB in History from Harvard University in 1979, and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1984, both with honors. He has completed coursework in the Horticulture and Gardening Program at UCLA. Maurice Levin is an Eagle Scout.
Founder/Owner, Jurassic Garden--A & A Cycads | Los Angeles, CA | 2001 to Present
Commercial Grower and Wholesale/Retail Nursery, growing, preserving and selling endangered species plants called cycads, and other rare drought-resistant plants. Created business from “scratch”, including building and developing a 1.5 acre nursery and an extensive e-commerce marketing website http://www.cycads.com, to sell to and educate customers. Generated over $5.5 million in sales.
Executive Search Consultant, McCray, Hewett & Assoc. | Los Angeles, CA | 2000 - 2001
Conducted retained search assignments for Chief Executive Officers, Presidents, Chief Operating Officers and other Senior Officer positions.
Founder/Owner, Optimal Health, Inc. | Los Angeles, CA | 1996 - 2000
Built and led healthcare international healthcare distribution business.
Commercial Real Estate Broker, The Goodglick Company | 1988 - 1999 | Los Angeles, CA
Represented tenants and owners of commercial and industrial real estate in lease, sale and investment transactions.
Securities Analyst, Paine Webber | 1987-1988 | New York, NY
Special Situations Analyst, developing, analyzing and providing investment recommendations to institutional investors and the company’s brokerage force.
Corporate Finance Associate, Lehman Brothers | 1983 - 1986 | New York, NY
Worked on public offerings and merger/acquisition transactions in the Corporate Finance department of this investment bank. Developed 2 merger/acquisition clients for the firm as a “new” associate.
Commercial Banker, Bank of America | 1979 - 1982 | New York, NY & Toronto, ON
Worked with corporate clients in providing lending and other commercial banking services.
Harvard Business School
1982 – 1984
MBA, Focus on Finance and Marketing, 2nd Year Honors
1974 – 1979
AB , cum laude, with magna cum laude thesis in History, U.S. & East Asian
UCLA Extension Program
Concentration: Gardening and Horticulture
Eagle Scout. Completed the 1984 Boston Marathon and the 1985 New York Marathon Climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (highest point on the African continent) in 1984. Enjoy college sports and gardening. Born & grew up in Los Angeles. Past Board Member of the Cycad Society, the Harvard Club of Southern California and The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (President).