Antonio Alvendia is a photographer and the owner/founder of several automotive-related brands and media outlets, such as MotorMavens, DRIVEN Circle for entrepreneurs and 86FEST, as well as a recent venture, Socal FOODFEST.
With a background in commercial photography and editorial development, Antonio's photographs and stories continually appear in magazines worldwide. Blending his editorial background with his passion for Japanese car culture, Antonio gained some notoriety by authoring the first book to document the history and culture of Drifting, which was released worldwide in 2006.
As a connector and creative consultant within the automotive scene, Antonio has worked on many film, television, video game, and automotive marketing projects with high profile brands such as Electronic Arts, NBC Universal, Nike, Porsche, Scion, Nissan, Volkswagen, General Motors, Mobil 1, MTV, Speed Channel, Spike TV, Motors TV, FHM, Asus Computer, Olloclip, and more.
As an event personality with over a decade of expertise dealing with youth car culture, Antonio Alvendia is regularly asked to host and emcee events in different areas of the world. Antonio has also appeared in numerous film and television projects, such as Mobil 1's The Grid, which is a motorsports television show that airs on cable channels in 240 countries across the world, Slide America (documentary about American drifting culture), and was also one of the presenting hosts of the documentary film, "The Birth of Pro Street," which debuted on SpikeTV in the USA and in Europe on MotorsTV.
With a busy lifestyle juggling multiple projects and constant travel over the years, Antonio has come to focus much of his attention on wellness and has incorporated Phiten products into his daily regimen to stay on the go.