Everybody loves a story…and every city has its own legends. We have found a special way for cities, counties and regions to share their folklore – welcome to the ‘Honor Walk” from Walk of Fame International. Walk of Fame International partners with local governments to commemorate key elements and people in a municipality’s history. We accomplish this in a unique and entertaining manner with custom-created pathways featuring medallions, public art, landscaping enhanced by accompanying apps, websites, games, education modules and contests. Our business plan invigorates cities’ promenade districts and may raise funds that can be used for a variety of ventures, including city improvement projects.
Working with local governments, groups and stakeholders, Walk of Fame International transforms underutilized public spaces into thriving community gathering points. We utilize the existing landscape and create urban trails and cyber hubs that convey the essence of a city’s unique and exciting story and its message. Our Honor Walks bring individuals together to enhance community bonding inspired by collective experience and shared input. These efforts create local identity, entertain, educate, teach, share, stimulate local economy and contribute to local and national education curricula.
Our company, Walk of Fame International and our 501(c)3 WOFI Honor, partner with city governments and local sponsors to pay tribute to their City and its attributes. Using custom-created wall, walkway and sidewalk medallions, sculpture, urban furniture, apps, urban trail markers, websites, merchandising, games, contests and incentives, we create a new destination landmark and increase tourism revenues.
Walk of Fame International came into being in 2014 because of the need to physically unite neighborhoods and invigorate urban areas. Founding member Jodi Summers was serving as a Community Liaison and member of the prestigious Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Working Group. She knew there had to be an entertaining and inspiring way to link the landmark Civic Auditorium to downtown Santa Monica, which was on the other side of the freeway, a half mile away. The vision was to create an urban trail; making the walk an attraction in and of itself as well as the unifier between here and there.
Everybody loves a story…and every city has its own legends that it is pleased to embrace. Walk of Fame International partners with local governments to commemorate key elements and people in a city’s history. Our urban trails are unique because Walk of Fame International incorporates a customized combination of medallions, plaques, landscaping, urban furniture, street art, interpretive signs, merchandising, apps, websites, games, contests and other innovations to share a memorable local experience. Our business plan can invigorate cities’ promenade districts and may raise funds that can be used for a variety of ventures, including city improvement projects.
We are in conversation with cities, counties and municipalities throughout the country developing and executing ideas on how to invigorate their urban areas and take advantage of existing assets. Our country has a wealth of stories hidden in plain sight, we want to bring those stories into modern reality.
The Walk of Fame International team is a group of accomplished professionals who are enthusiastic about the idea of sharing local art, heritage and history and making urban trails a 21st century treasure.
WALK OF FAME INTERNATIONAL KEY PERSONNEL
JODI SUMMERS – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER – With her background, experience with urban affairs, Jodi Summers coordinates with cities and sponsors to bring the Walk of Fame International projects to life. Having built the business from the ground up, she is familiar with all aspects of creating Honor Walks and urban trails.
Summers is uniquely qualified to coordinate the Walk of Fame International, as she possesses both the knowledge and the experience to get the job done. She has been actively involved in urban affairs for nearly 20 years. She has grown accustomed to each city’s unique rules and regulations. She sits on various development subcommittee teams that meet regularly with Government Affairs and Planning & Community Development teams.
When she founded Walk of Fame International, Summers was a Broker Associate with Sotheby’s International Realty. Sotheby’s International Realty’s legacy dates back to 1744 in England. Today the company boasts nearly 13,000 sales associates, located in more than 660 offices in 49 countries and territories. Summers is the founder of the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group, a top producing team with Sotheby’s International Realty in the Los Angeles area. She sold off this business to focus on Walk of Fame International.
ANDY SECHER – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER – Andy Secher is an accomplished expert who came out of retirement to work with Walk of Fame International.
Secher built is empire during his 30 years’ experience in the music industry. During his tenure, he did everything from writing and editing some of the era’s most successful rock & roll magazines to running his own record label, Titanium, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. He also served as Executive Producer for two nationally syndicated rock-oriented TV shows, writing scripts, directing and appearing on camera. Currently he is a Field Associate in Paleontology with the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
NEIL DONAHUE – FINANCIAL ADVISOR – Neil Donahue is the founder of Marblehead Capital, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. Summers and Secher have been partnering on projects with Marblehead Capital for more than 20 years on a variety of ventures.. As a non-profit the extra service of having an investment advisor offering solid advice on our corporate strategies and guiding us on performance attribution has been invaluable.
CORWIN ACCOUNTING GROUP – accounting –The Corwin Accounting Group is a premier accounting firms serving nonprofits in the United States. With more than 30 years of experience serving public charities and private foundations, they are well-versed on current nonprofit benchmarking and governance issues.
HAY PARALEGAL SERVICES – contract paralegal – Emily Hay is a seasoned contract attorney who is now taking on her own clients. She is familiar with charitable and non-profit organizational planning practice provides services in the development supporting organizations and other public and private charities.
DIGITAL SHAKE – technology – The design our custom online applications, programming and development. Their strength is helping Ad Agency and Marketing Partners succeed by creating unstoppable solutions through technology. Their culture of innovation and fresh ideas means that their development is current, relevant and inspiring.
PC MEDIA – marketing and promotion – PC Media is a diversified publicity company embracing the new technological, demographic, and cultural aspects of entertainment and marketing, serves a lengthening and diverse slate of creators and corporate clients.