David Drake and Dolph Lundgren at SMASH VIII: Night of Champions. Photo credit: Glenn Francis
David Drake, Chairman of LDJ Capital and The Soho Loft Media Group, presented an award to Dolph Lundgren at the SMASH VIII: Night of Champions in Los Angeles, California
SMASH Global presented the lifetime achievement award to the latest SMASH Honorees including actors Dolph Lundgren, Lou Ferrigno, and boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley and gave the SMASH honor award to Mickey Rourke at the SMASH VIII: Night of Champions at the Taglyan Complex Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles, California on December 13, 2018.
LDJ Capital Chairman David Drake presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dolph Lundgren on the SMASH VIII event together with BQT.io’s CEO Edward Mandel. Recently, David Drake is seen as a thought leader in the fintech, blockchain, and cryptocurrency industry. Drake was part of the early movers who lobbied for the US JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) and because of this pioneering work he was invited by then President Obama at the White House for the Champions of Change celebration in 2013. He was also an invited speaker at the UK Parliament in the same year for the 1st National Crowdfunding day. His multi-family office LDJ Capital includes investments in The Soho Loft Media Group and in the crypto and blockchain space through his $200 million LDJ Capital Cayman Fund.
David Drake said, “I am very excited to give the award to my fellow Swede, Mr. Dolph Lundgren. I am fascinated with how SMASH Global was able to combine an exclusive gala setting with an exciting showcase of bouts from professional mixed martial artists.”
Dolph Lundgren famously played the Soviet boxer Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV” and Gunnar Jensen in “The Expendables.” Lou Ferrigno is the original actor to play the Hulk on the big screen. “Sugar” Shane Mosley is in the boxing Hall-of-Fame with an impressive 49-10-1-1 fighting record. SMASH Global CEO Steve Orosco, actress and former MMA athlete Gina Carano, and the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend and former SMASH ICON awardee Rigan Machado were in attendance at the event.
The partners of this event include BQT.io, NOYO Web Development Inc., and Omela. The BQT platform, under the leadership of CEO Edward Mandel, offers secure, quick, transparent, and user-friendly interface for users in managing their crypto assets in various transactions. BQT.io has started to expand in North America and the Asia-Pacific region and will soon expand their market globally.
SMASH VIII: Night of Champions featured a gala dinner, a hosted bar, a silent auction where all the proceeds from the auction will benefit The Collective Access, and the bouts of mixed martial artists and athletes vying for the championship belts. The MMA main event was for the Bantamweight Championship Title bout between Flavio Carvalho and Jordan Winski, replacing Joash Walkins who won’t be able to join the fight.
Former SMASH ICON Awardees include the iconic actors and directors Mel Gibson and Steven Seagal, boxing coach extraordinaire Freddie Roach, and MMA legends Tito Ortiz and Chuck “The Iceman” Lidell.
About LDJ Capital:
LDJ Capital is a multi-family office that invests and manages investments for partners and clients in the areas of hospitality, real estate, tech, telecom, mobile, entertainment, media, and recently digital assets, such as cryptocurrencies.
LDJ Cayman Fund is focused on cryptocurrency, mining, and ICO acquisitions. The firm is involved in asset management and market-making of cryptocurrency from, but not limited to, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Malta, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Dubai.
LDJ Capital has three divisions:
1. LDJ Capital Group: Victoria Partners, LDJ Venture Capital, LDJ Capital Advisory, and LDJ Cayman Fund.
2. LDJ Real Estate Group: Acquisitions, Developments, and Hospitality
3. The Soho Loft Media Group: Times Impact Publications, The Soho Loft Conferences, and Victoria Global Communications. Times Impact Publications include the digital publications: The Soho Loft News and Family Offices Today.
For more information on LDJ Capital, visit: https://ldjcapital.com/