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Tennessee Talks

IMG_8452Merlin’s talks in Tennessee last weekend went really well. He received a standing ovation from a very appreciative audience at the All Taxa Biodiversity Index (ATBI) Conference organized by the nonprofit Discover Life in America.  As a special treat, a group of schoolchildren and their parents and teachers came to the talk in Gatlinburg. IMG_8435

The following evening he gave a talk in beautiful Downtown Knoxville, where the mayor, Madeline Rogero, presented Merlin with a Proclamation recognizing his contributions. He signed copies of his latest National Geographic Article Call of the Bloom for lecture attendees.

We met many fine folks doing wonderful work to preserve the amazing biodiversity of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, America’s most visited national park.

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Michael Lazari Karapetian

Michael Lazari Karapetian has over twenty years of investment management experience. He has a degree in business management, is a certified NBA agent, and gained early experience as a money manager for the Bank of America where he established model portfolios for high-net-worth clients. In 2003 he founded Lazari Capital Management, Inc. and Lazari Asset Management, Inc.  He is President and CIO of both and manages over a half a billion in assets. In his personal time he champions philanthropic causes. He serves on the board of Moravian College and has a strong affinity for wildlife, both funding and volunteering on behalf of endangered species.