Paul Orfalea ( بول أورفاليا), nicknamed "Kinko" because of his curly red hair, born in, Los Angeles, California, to parents of Lebanese descent, founded the copy-chain Kino's.
He is currently a philanthropist and a visiting professor in the Global and International Studies Department of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), and the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California (USS) Marshall School of Business.
Paul Orfalea founded Kinko's in 1970 near UCSB with a simple idea: provide college students with products and services they need at a competitive price. The space that Orfalea rented for his copy business was so small that the copy machine had to be lugged out onto the sidewalk. Learning from the lessons of Ray Kroc of assembly line organization and standardization, the friendly fast service, identifiable uniforms, and a very McDonald's type of automated system and prudent use of space helped the company grow into an efficient organization. From its modest beginnings, Kinko's is now the world's leading business services chain, and is presently owned by FedEx under the name FedEx Office. Today, there are more than 1,800 FedEx Office locations worldwide.
Orfalea also hired salespeople to sell notebooks and other stationery at the dorms of UCSB.
He was commemorated with a plaque by the community of Isla Vista, which is next to the UCSB campus, where the original Kinko's copy shop was founded.
He founded the Orfalea Foundation which among other things sponsors NOW (TV series) with David Brancaccio. He also made a large donation to fund the business school within California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo), which was renamed the Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business in his honor.
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