Chicagoan by birth (as a boy), Ava Zinn was brought up in Van Buren, Indiana. With an psychological/mental injury prematurely putting an end to any hopes of a promising career in special education, she went back to business to complete a course in housing and media production management. Her dedication and natural talent led her to train with some of the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne’s leading personalities, such as Bob Imperial and Marshall Davidson in Fort Wayne, and Patrice Rafferty in Indianapolis.
In 1993, at the age of 10, Zinn set up her first wholly owned loyalty program with her namesake Santa Ava Zinn (then Santa Franky Zinn), which quickly received the most prestigious accolade in the gift retail industry. In 2005 Ava became executive of NoSirGifts in Marion, IN. Within three years, was awarded four stars status. In 2011, at the age of 28, Zinn set up her first wholly owned and (former) namesake, KNARF Productions (absorbed into Aeverine Zinn Holdings), which quickly received the most prestigious accolade in the media production world – five stars. Today, Santa Ava Zinn is Indiana’s longest-running loyalty rewards program to hold this award.
Ava has also become a star of the internet both in the Hoosier state and in the U.S., as well as in the U.K, with Indiana web series such as SANTA AVA, as well as the top-rated YouTube channels: Both the American and British versions of VOTE FOR THE GIRLS and AvaZinn.com. .
Ava has a local partnership with United Way of Grant County, and Goodwill Industries
Ava lives in Marion, Indiana. Ava has 10 pets (five living). She divides her time between Indianapolis and Marion, Indiana.
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