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Seaver College Hosts 2013 Commencement

Seaver College will host its 2013 commencement ceremony Saturday, Apr. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at Alumni Park, Malibu. Paul H. Reim ('83), principal/founder of Reim Advisors, LLC, a real estate investment advisory firm located in Newport Beach, will be honored as a Distinguished Alumnus. Blake Mycoskie, the founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS and the person behind the idea of One for One, will address the graduates and receive an Honorary Degree.

Paul Reim

Paul H. Reim is a real estate investment professional and the principal and founder of Reim Advisors LLC, a real estate investment advisory firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California. In his real estate practice Reim provides confidential consulting services and wealth management strategies to investors who seek to maximize the long-term value and benefit of their real estate holdings through portfolio management, asset repositioning, and estate planning.

Prior to forming Reim Advisors, Reim was an investment property salesman for Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate, where he was recognized as one of the firm's top investment salespersons both on a local and national level.

Reim and his family are members of the Yorba Linda Friends Church where they have attended for the past decade. He is an avid supporter of the Mt. Hermon Christian Conference Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and he sits on the board of Affordable Housing Access in Orange County.

Reim is a vital part of the University community. He has been on the Seaver College Board of Visitors for the past ten years, currently serving as chair, and is a member of the Business Advisory Council. Reim also has served as an adjunct business faculty member, career coach at the Seaver Career Center, and advisor to the Pepperdine Microfinance Club. In 2005 he endowed a scholarship at Seaver College to benefit business students who demonstrate need.

Reim received his bachelor's degree in finance from Seaver College in 1983, starting an impressive family tradition of Seaver loyalty and scholarship. His wife of 25 years, Marie ('81), is also Seaver business graduate, as is son Nathan ('12). Daughter Elizabeth currently attends Seaver College and son Peter will be an incoming Regent Scholar at Seaver this fall. Paul and Marie Reim and family reside in Yorba Linda, California.

Blake Mycoskie

Blake Mycoskie is the founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One, which has turned into a global movement. TOMS has given over two million pairs of new shoes to children in need since it began in 2006. The company also recently expanded its unique business model to include TOMS Eyewear, helping to save and restore sight for those in need.

While traveling in Argentina in 2006, Mycoskie witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes. His solution to the problem was simple, yet revolutionary: to create a for-profit business that was sustainable and not reliant on donations. Mycoskie's vision soon turned into the simple business idea that provided the powerful foundation for TOMS. Over the course of its first five years, TOMS was successful enough in providing shoes for children in need. But Mycoskie, having recognized other vital needs during his travels around the world, realized that One for One could be  applied to more than shoes. He developed the idea for TOMS Eyewear in which for every pair of eyewear purchased, TOMS would help give sight to a person in need.

In the fall of 2011 Mycoskis released his first book, Start Something That Matters. He references other companies and individuals who have been motivated and inspired to integrate philanthropy into their profession as well as their personal lives. The book became a New York Times best-seller. More importantly, it is Mycoskie's hope that Start Something That Matters inspires others to turn their passion and dreams into a reality.

Mycoskie's unique approach to business has awarded him with numerous accolades. In 2009 he and TOMS received the Secretary of State's 2009 Award of Corporate Excellence. People Magazine featured Blake in its "Heroes Among Us" section, and TOMS Shoes was featured in the Bill Gates Time Magazine article "How to Fix Capitalism."

For more information about 2013 commencement ceremonies at Pepperdine, visit the 2013 Graduations Web site.