Leslie Levy August, Principal
Leslie Levy August
CEO | Investor | Growth Architect | Advisor
Phone: (650) 391.7759 |
Leslie Levy August has held progressively senior executive roles in global trade facilitation, surety bonding, and captive insurance companies with a specialty in cross-border financial guarantees. Her recent CEO role at Kernow Capital Corporation, a specialty niche insurance broker, included a Managing General Agent appointment for a $35M book of surety bond business. Early in her career, she assisted in the creation of captive insurance companies in the Cayman Islands and more recently in Hawaii.
Recognized as a leader in the field of global trade facilitation, Ms. Levy August speaks regularly to business organizations and trade associations on the topics of ATA Carnets, temporary import bonds, women in global trade, global trade leadership, public-private sector collaboration for trade and career advancement in global trade. Her leadership on the Board of Directors of the Women in International Trade – Northern California chapter spanned 12 years and provided valuable insight into the global trade compliance operations of the technology sector in Silicon Valley. She was recognized by the Organization of Women in International Trade as Woman of the Year 2017 and awarded this honor in Nairobi, Kenya by an international association of her peers. Thus, she has developed an extensive network of trade experts including attorneys, consultants, and practitioners. Her SME and global trade business experience resulted in an appointment as the U.S. SME Representative to the World Customs Organization (WCO) where she advocated for the rights of SMEs to have the same access to importing and exporting as multinational organizations.
She has designed growth strategies, executed growth, and marketing strategies (including digital), and successfully increased ATA Carnet's market share from 16% to 44% and profit by 1000+%.
Ms. Levy August’s marketing and business development experience began early in her career when she was part of the early-stage creation of the world-renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Later, as an entrepreneur, she saw the potential of “multimedia” in marketing and advertising. She has since launched dozens of websites, hundreds of social media and email campaigns and was an early adopter of SEO best practices and pay-per-click advertising.
Ms. Levy August is an entrepreneur in the film and video technology, real estate, human resources and investment sectors. She co-founded the first digital film and video editing company in New York City, Digipix Editorial and Bruce Ventures LLC, a real estate investment and valuation company. She recently started The Leslie August Corporation and Fremont Peak Capital LLC.
Digipix, a fast-growing start-up, successfully introduced an entirely new editing technology to market. Ms. Levy August co-founded the post-production facility with entrepreneur Don Levy where they hosted clients such as Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Stephen King, Pearl Jam, BBD Needham, John Sayles, U2, Los Lobos. They edited and post-supervised television commercials and prime time programming, public television series, show opens, music videos, mini-series, corporate programming and theatrical movie releases. They successfully completed 1000+ projects.
Bruce Ventures LLC, co-founded with appraiser veteran James Black, specializes in multi-state residential real estate investments and advises to the residential real estate valuation industry including appraisal management and appraisal companies.
The Leslie August Corporation (TLAC) was recently established to help organizations reduce the costs associated with employee complaints, claims and lawsuits. It specializes in the emerging field of anti-workplace bullying and provides assessment, policy and advisory services. As a result, TLAC improves employee psychological safety and employee engagement. It is actively involved in the development of an assessment tool for that purpose.
Fremont Peak Capital, LLC (FPC) was founded to capitalize on her diverse and unique background in insurance, international trade, film/television/technology, entrepreneurship and growth strategy. FPC is an investment and advising LLC that is industry-agnostic. Current investment sectors include global trade facilitation, cross-border financial guarantees, insurance companies, insurance agencies, employee health & safety, therapeutic cannabis, real estate valuation services and residential real estate.
Ms. Levy August is a Licensed Property & Casualty Insurance Producer in the State of California, an Affiliate of the Workplace Bullying Institute and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from De Paul University in Chicago.
She currently resides in pastoral San Juan Bautista, California with her husband, son and two cats.
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