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Information Security Officer
Local Government Agency
As information security officer of a behavioral health organization, Jeffrey leads a division within the realm of information protection. He is responsible for all aspects of information security, including strategy development, adherence to federal information security policy, HIPAA rule compliance and implementation, division operations, and risk management. Jeffrey has experience in the automotive, healthcare, financial, technology, and consulting industries. Jeffrey has worked as a consultant for various fortune 500 organizations providing an array of services ranging from advisory roles to executive leadership to recommendations of technical solutions. Jeffrey holds industry certifications in information security and risk management.
Blanca is a dynamic business professional with nine years of experience in marketing and advertising. Blanca has worked with well-known organizations and has established strong relationships with multiple Fortune 500 companies and visionary brands ranging from automotive, entertainment, pharmaceutical, and healthcare. While raising her three children, she earned her bachelor's degree in business management. Blanca has an entrepreneurial spirit and thirst for knowledge.
Program Director - Talk
Harriet is the talk program director at KCRW, an NPR member station based in Los Angeles. Before coming to KCRW, Harriet was an associate director and producer for live television events. During that time she earned seven Emmy awards. Harriet was also the director of online video at Lifetime where she managed a team that produced original digital video content for the popular cable network. She graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and has an MA in media studies from The New School. She hails from Brooklyn, NY and lives in Los Angeles.
|Christopher M. Gardner
Vice President, Partner Sales
Chris is a seasoned and disciplined leader with over 17 years of experience delivering significant revenue growth and market expansion for digital marketing organizations. In his current role at Webtrends, Chris is responsible for the development and execution of a multi-tiered channel strategy focused on expanding sales and evangelizing the value of Webtrends' cross-channel digital intelligence platform. Prior to joining Webtrends, Chris worked in various business development and alliances roles at SapientNitro agency, DoubleClick (now Google), and RightNow Technologies (now Oracle). Chris earned his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Vice President - Manager
California Bank & Trust
Matthew represents over a decade of expertise in the areas of strategic bank leadership, commercial lending, and wealth management. Currently, he serves as vice president & senior manager with California Bank & Trust, leading one of the largest and most successful offices in California. Matthew's specialty is working with businesses with revenue sizes from $2 million to $25 million, as well as high net worth individuals with their wealth management and financing matters. Matthew graduated in the top of his class while earning his bachelors of science degree in business administration (finance) from San Diego State University.
Supply Chain General Manager
ICU Medical, Inc.
As the supply chain general manager for ICU Medical's global operations, Michael is responsible for planning, purchasing, forecasting, configuration management, and customer service. Over the last 15 years, he has advanced through the ranks gaining industry, business and process knowledge that contributed to his ability to perform at a high-level. Leveraging IT technologies, while using a results-oriented approach to manage his people and processes, has resulted in increases in efficiencies, job performance, and accountabilities that have improved both his and ICU Medical's results.
VP and Senior Operations Manager
Bank of America Enterprise Customer Relations
As vice president and senior operations manager for Bank of America's customer experience department, Diana leads the regulatory complaint intake team who are responsible for reviewing correspondence received from government agencies. She is accountable for many aspects of the business including department operations, strategy, as well as oversight and prioritization of key projects and initiatives to support business activities. Prior to her employment at the bank, Diana worked at a San Diego law office where she handled high grossing insurance claims for a large mortgage servicer. Diana holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and graduated with honors.
Senior Manager, Business Solutions
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Damon has demonstrated over 14 years of success in the healthcare/biotech industry. In his current role as senior manager of business solutions, Damon is responsible for developing overall strategy for account teams to create partnership opportunities and pull through with marketing initiatives. Previously, as associate director of customer marketing, he aided in the development of the customer marketing department and led the strategic/tactical plan for account manager's pull-through. As product training manager and brand manager, he developed the first distant learning platform for the entire field force and drove brand recognition. As a sales specialist he earned President's Club and MVP.
|Tiffany Laurence Leslie
Owner and CEO
2First Names Branding & Communications
Tiffany is an integrated marketing, brand communications, PR, social media, and events professional with almost a decade of ad agency, brand, start-up and non-profit experience, managing multi-disciplined and cross-functional teams. As the owner and CEO of 2First Names Branding & Communications, she produces eye-grabbing results for nationally-recognized brands and products, with B2C and B2B audience targets, across a multitude of industries, including health and wellness, beauty, luxury, CPG, music, electronics, toys and games, telecommunications, travel and leisure, automotive, advertising and ad technology, art, and publishing. Tiffany earned a B.A. in journalism with a minor in marketing from San Francisco State University.
Provider Network Manager
Anthem Blue Cross
In his current role as senior provider network manager for Anthem Blue Cross, Ben is responsible for maintaining the provider network through complex contract negotiations, relationship development, conflict resolution, business strategy, and product development by servicing health systems and multiple provider types. He is the CA contract lead for patient centered primary care payment innovation, and the individual exchange network in 2014. Prior to this role, Ben owned and operated a highly profitable real estate company coordinating strategic marketing and financial risk for overall profitability and growth. Ben earned his bachelor's degree in history and political science from Boston College.
Estimating and Pricing Specialist
The Boeing Co.
With more than 13 years of experience, Chimesa has worked in the aerospace/aviation industry in commercial ground operations, private feasibility, and logistics support services, and most recently in the defensive industry bids and proposals environment. She is well versed in the federal acquisition regulations, Truth In Negotiations Act compliance, cost accounting standards for government contractors per the Defense Contract Management Agency, as well as the Defense Contract Auditing Agency audit processes and procedures. Esteemed as a subject matter expert by her peers, Chimesa has also been a proud member of the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association for almost seven years.
United States Department of Justice
Moses is currently a consultant for the Department of Justice, where he focuses on security management. Prior to joining the DOJ, Moses was a Captain in the U.S. Army, and was deployed twice overseas. Moses has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Oregon, and a master's in criminal justice from Boston University.
Consultant, Marketing and Advertising
Grant is an entrepreneur working in advertising and marketing with a focus ranging from direct marketing, emerging markets and new business. He has assisted brands, including Absolut Vodka, Kraft Foods, Glaxo Smith Kline, Piaggio North America, Pendleton, Russian Standard Vodka, and Perno-Ricard, successfully push into emerging markets via direct marketing and online media. Grant has also been deeply involved in the motorcycle industry for over a decade, and recently sold his media company that built a class-leading reputation for its dedication to developing underserved markets within American motorcycle demographics.
Store Team Leader
Elena is a dynamic, results oriented professional with extensive experience in sales, administration and customer service in the retail industry. In her current role at Target, Elena oversees a $45 Million operation with 16 direct reports and 212 indirect reports. While balancing her day to day operations, Elena is actively involved with numerous community organizations to promote literacy and early childhood reading. Recently, Elena was appointed media spokesperson for Target, where she will utilize her prolific bilingual and interpersonal skills in order to leverage a wide variety of multicultural markets.
Serengeti Tea Co.
Jason runs the daily operations of his family's business in Southern California. He actively serves as Serengeti's director of international sales and heads its research and development department. He has successfully setup channels of distribution in over 20 countries on five continents. He especially prides himself on his ability to identify and penetrate emerging markets. Jason has a strong background in the art, antiques, and memorabilia industry operating an online gallery as a side venture, and is also very active in the financial markets, most notably within the bio-technology sector.
Director of Client Services
Bridget's strong interpersonal skills have enabled her to efficaciously direct multiple veterinary practices through significant change. While stationed in the VMTH-ICU at UC Davis, Bridget refined her skills in effective multi-tasking under highly stressful environments with constantly changing priorities. Her aptitude in quickly assessing an issue and following through with impactful decisions spurred her recruitment to Antech Diagnostics, where she has held tenure for almost a decade. While with Antech, Bridget established a strong rapport with the veterinary community, developed talent internally, and made substantial operational changes that were implemented on a national level.
Nasir has an extensive tech and business background and has built an award winning interactive/digital department utilizing the latest technology for marketing, communication, and workflow purposes. While building the department, he was also a part of creating and implementing new processes company-wide to accommodate the new services being provided by the organization. He is now managing a multi-million dollar portfolio of engineering projects for DirecTV, while advising on how to create a more efficient workflow between the different engineering teams and yielding a high quality product, delivering on-time and on budget. His passion lies where business and technology meet.
|Scott Van Winkle
Product and Channel Manager
Burlingame Industries, Inc. - Innovacyn, Inc.
In his management roll at Innovacyn Inc., Scott oversees a variety of animal and human health products with a focus on wound care technology. With a dynamic background in agriculture, he brings a focus in facilitating product development as well as strategies for market expansion. In five years, Innovacyn Inc. has seen rapid growth across 20 countries, giving new and innovative health care solutions to emerging markets. Prior to entering the field of pharmaceuticals, Scott managed the company's luxury sporting lodge in Idaho focused on providing corporations with customer entertaining and business development.
|Allusia 'Lucy' Wenas
Senior Creative Services Manager
Lucy is a highly creative, results-oriented, and dynamic graphic design professional. Over the last 15 years, she has worked in packaging design and branding identity for the consumer product goods industry, the most recent nine years holding a senior management title at Munchkin, Inc. In her current role, Lucy is responsible for all branded elements including packaging for over 300 active items. She manages a team of five designers and packaging engineers as well as numerous freelancers and interns. She is a superlative team leader who brings a positive "can do" attitude and a multi directional approach to problem solving.
Chief of Staff
Master & Muse
Esme is a Boston native with more than 10 years of management experience in a variety of industries. In her current role at Master & Muse, Esme is directly involved with the launch of a new socially responsible lifestyle brand and works in tandem with its founder, Amber Valletta, to handle all operational and marketing concerns. Esme is passionate about sustainable enterprise and social entrepreneurship. She is an ambassador for the Movember foundation and is involved each November in raising awareness towards cancers that affect men. Esme earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Miami School of Communications.
Meet EMBA 101S
Eddie is currently working at the Department of Public Social Services for the Los Angeles County. Prior to this, Eddie was an adjunct professor teaching courses to undergraduates in topics such as leadership and management. Eddie also retired from the U.S. Marine Corps where his primary job was in supply chain management and logistics. There he was responsible for a multi-million dollar aeronautical inventory, operations, training, consulting, and office administration, while supervising personnel. He has a bachelor of science in organizational behavior, masters of science in organizational leadership and he is lean six sigma black belt-trained.
Private Wealth Advisor
Rial is a private wealth advisor within the Merrill Lynch Private Banking & Investment Group. He uses his extensive experience working with officers and directors of public and private companies to manage both global investment decisions as well as the myriad of intricate details involved with corporate insiders. Rial has a significant understanding of concentrated stock positions, executive compensation techniques, hedging strategies, and restricted stock trading requirements. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Rial worked for Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan. He began his focus in corporate services with Hambrecht & Quist, in the Private Client Service Group.
Vice President - Information Technology
Unitrans International Corporation
Mark is vice president of information technology at Unitrans, an international logistics company. He leads the IT team in supporting five branches across the United States, ensuring availability of information services to internal and external clients. Mark has been with Unitrans for eight years, working in Operations, IT, and Accounting. He successfully led a yearlong project of evaluating and implementing a cloud-based logistics, accounting, and CRM system. Prior to Unitrans, Mark worked for reinsurance company Swiss Re as IT project manager and senior application engineer. He earned a bachelor's degree in multimedia arts from Middlesex University in London.
|Benjamin Chase Chandler
Chandler Advisors, LLC
Chase is the founder of Chandler Advisors, LLC, a financial and business consulting firm. He began in the industry in his early 20's with one of the largest planning firms in the U.S. He was featured as a 'Mover and Shaker' in Arkansas Business Journal in the summer of 2009 and is a member of the President's Council at Harding University. Chandler has authored two books and enjoys traveling and reading. Chase is married to Beth Chandler who runs various strategic operations Chandler Advisors.
|Dr. Wei Chen
Dr. Chen is a product manager with 14 years of experience in aerospace, electronics, and consumer product industry. He oversees product design, development, and commercialization; while advising manufacturing, quality, distribution, as well as business planning and strategy reviews. As a recipient of numerous and prestigious fellowships, a published author, and a product inventor, Dr. Chen specializes in innovation management and corporate entrepreneurship for medium to large market cap companies. His career highlights include commercializing multiple product offerings with major aerospace OEMs at Henkel and overseeing product launch activities for a 60M business unit at PPG.
Centria Commerce Inc. and DJM Capital Inc.
Marc has 14 years of professional experience in investment management, particularly in the industries of life sciences and real estate. Now, he is seeking for new business opportunities for DJM Capital, a private holding company in Montreal, who owns controlling interest in Fiera Capital and Centria. Since 2008, as part of the management team at Centria, he helped achieve targeted yields of investors, improve operations by more than 25%, and build a successful company. Marc earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from HEC Montreal and a bachelor's degree in biology from University of Quebec, Canada.
Senior Director, Global Consumer Affairs
Rushell is a change leader, team builder, and skilled operations and program manager who drove global programs and operations to achieve on-time and on-budget delivery of aggressive goals for over 18 years. Rushell is senior director of global consumer affairs for Herbalife, a global nutrition company. She established the Consumer Affairs department three years ago, increased visibility for product quality issues to implement the appropriate solutions, and ensured ongoing compliance and education of all Herbalife products. Rushell has a bachelor's degree in organizational communications and a master's degree in spiritual psychology.
|Avi Lee Kaplan
International Sales Manager
Barco Uniforms, licensee of Grey's Anatomy Professional Wear
Avi excelled in the international arena by developing strategic business opportunities and operations within the apparel industry. During her career as acting general manager and National Sales director for a West Coast mill, she spearheaded performance fabrics for Nike and Adidas. Later, she was instrumental in pioneering sustainable, eco-friendly products with Walmart and Disney. While fully employed, she also taught textile science and manufacturing during a brief tenure at FIDM. As sales director, she has increased revenue growth in untapped markets through departmental restructuring a creative innovative distribution channel with key targeted countries. Avi attended DAAP at the University of Cincinnati.
Estimating and Pricing Specialist
The Boeing Company
With more than 14 years of experience, Chimesa currently performs as a subject matter expert at The Boeing Company for estimating and pricing bids, acquisitions, contracts, and proposals. Her professional journey has contributed to the commerce of a vast array of defense aerospace and aviation products and services for NASA, MDA, USAF, NAVAIR, and multiple foreign military forces. Chimesa's experience includes interfacing with regulatory administration officials, developing policies and procedures, managing irregular operations, feasibility, logistics, as well as training and mentoring others to develop analytical skills. With a bachelor's of science in aerospace, she is able to provide both technical and business insight.
Quality Assurance Manager
PRC Desoto, PPG Aerospace
Farzad is a QA manager for Sealants Business of PPG Aerospace, a world leader in aerospace sealants and coatings industry. Farzad directly supervises a total of 25 employees. His responsibilities include quality control functions for all the manufactured products, final batch acceptance testing, and tackling customer complaints from all over the world, managing the Quality Management System (AS9100) and heading lean six sigma projects. Farzad earned his bachelor's in textile science and a master's in materials science and engineering with concentration in polymer chemistry from Clemson University of South Carolina. He is also an active lean six sigma black belt.
COO & President
Iliana is a young ambitious entrepreneur, who strategically leads Vasilio Inc. with confidence and innovative grand design to increase worldwide online sales by quickly becoming a top-rated seller in e-commerce. She is a dynamic, multilingual chief of operations, who implements managerial tasks, human resources and marketing policies, sustains company's growth, and manages revenue. The Bulgarian businesswoman obtained her bachelor's degree in international relations and political science from Lake Forest College in Illinois. Iliana is looking forward to successfully expanding her company by applying newly acquired knowledge from Pepperdine University.
Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
As the general manager of the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, the third oldest polo club in the United States, Ariana is responsible for all aspects of the business: operations, financial performance, strategic planning, and customer service. Prior to becoming the youngest general manager hired, Ariana was the assistant general manager for three years. Before joining the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, Ariana worked at DreamWorks S.K.G. in the Feature Development Department as a creative assistant. Ariana earned her bachelor's degree in cinema-television arts from California State University, Northridge.
United States Marine Corps
Kathryn is a career defense financial manager, serving 26 years in various senior finance leadership positions in the Marine Corps. Most recently, she served as operations officer at the largest Marine Finance Office located at Camp Pendleton, providing accounting and financial oversight to five military installations in the southwest region of the United States. While deployed, Kathryn was accountable to over 100 nation building projects during Operation Iraqi Freedom, highlighted by providing strategic pay support during the first Iraqi elections held in 2005. Kathryn earned her bachelor's of science in business management, human resources from Park University.
|Eddie Will Sifontes
Eddie is currently responsible for scheduling and planning material flow through various areas in an aerospace manufacturing company. The material being scheduled has to be in line with customer on-time delivery expectations, as well as to ensure that revenue is maintained on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis that matches with management and corporate expectations. Prior to his current role he was vice president of operations for a primary/broker dealer in charge of settlements, asset allocations, loan funding and securities issuance through various lending vehicles. His desire is to continue expanding in his current role, return to the securities' industry, and/or take advantage of new opportunities that may arise in quest for educational growth.
Ventura County Credit Union
Linda Sim, CFO at Ventura County Credit Union, offers an insightful perspective on business. Her expeditious climb to the executive level was characterized by assertiveness, an ability to learn by experience at a demanding pace, and quick maneuvers through fluctuating financial markets. Linda has taken on more tasks that are integral to the organization. She also produces successful strategies to holistically improve the credit union and strives to continually improve her knowledge base and networks in the workforce outside of the financial world. Linda enjoys spending her free time with her two wonderful teenagers.
School Age Site Director
Kids Klub Child Development Centers
In his current role with Kids Klub Child Development Centers, Brendan runs after school and camp programs for K-12 grade children. He is heavily focused on developing new educational and recreational programs, building training modules, and managing staff. In his 10 years with Kids Klub, Brendan was an integral part in growing the summer camp from 40 children per summer to 180 children per week. He is excited to partner with ownership to open new lefts and oversee even more services. Brendan graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a double major in political science and theatre and performance studies.
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Chief Marketing Officer
Audrey relies on her analytical and creative skills in her role as chief marketing officer for Energy Recovery, a position she's held since 2005. Audrey's role centers on building the Energy Recovery name into a premium global brand across multiple markets on all seven continents, while further strengthening its reputation in thought leadership. In addition to driving the company's growth objectives into new markets, Ms. Bold initiated a pilot STEM program as a corporate initiative to increase student interest in technology and innovation-related careers. Ms. Bold earned her BA in multidisciplinary sciences from Michigan State University.
When not enjoying the outdoors in the company of his family, Morgan spends his time working on critical development and capital programs for the technical operations division of a growing pharmaceutical company. Lately, this has included the transfer of new biologics to commercial scale production and global launch. Morgan has 14 years of progressive experience across a portfolio of supply chain, quality, capital, as well as product lifecycle projects and programs. He specializes in the development of people, processes, and tools with an eye on scalability. Industries served include consumer goods, healthcare, web applications, and biopharmaceuticals.
SESA Group, Inc.
Paul is creative problem-solver, innovative leader and global communicator. He graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech. After graduation, Paul accepted a position as test process engineer with Intel in Chandler, AZ. Enduring 120 degrees when he arrived, Paul continually broadens his experience around the world. Since Intel, Paul has worked in project management positions across the country, from Minnesota to California, all involving the international development of manufacturing process lines in the semiconductor business. His passion for this field led him to found several companies that focus on the design and manufacturing of semiconductor equipment. Paul is currently the owner and president of SESA Group, Inc. in Santa Clara, CA.
Director, Business Development
Vince is a dynamic business professional with more than 14 years of experience in the software industry. Mr. Hsu currently works at ArcSoft, a global software leader in imaging-intelligent technologies that drive visual experiences on many of the world's most popular mobile devices. Vince is responsible for strategic partnerships, user acquisition, and engagement-based marketing initiatives for their online consumer channel. He has a passion for computers and technology and earned his bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems at San Jose State University.
Senior HR Representative
Yasmeen is a senior HR representative at a leading medical device firm in Silicon Valley. She currently provides direction and support throughout the Intuitive Surgical sales force, Marketing Groups, and APAC region. Yasmeen is directly involved in the strategic operations and planning of future headcount needs, employee growth, and providing recommendations to leaders on how to best provide direction to the employees in their groups. Yasmeen earned her bachelor's degree in Marketing from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.
Superintendent / Project Manager
Daniel is a superintendent for Oltmans Construction Company, a leader in concrete tilt-up buildings. He specializes in tenant improvement and market ready projects. In this role he oversees all subcontractors to ensure that work is completed in a satisfactory manner and that the projects run on schedule. Prior to commercial construction he ran Eternal Greens, a small business that specialized in artificial lawns and putting greens. Daniel earned his bachelor's in finance at San Jose State University. He is an avid cyclist and wake-boarder and most weekends you can find him in the mountains or out on the lake.
Stanford Hospital and Clinics
Jyotika is a driven individual with over 15 years of experience in healthcare operations. She is currently a clinic manager at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and is responsible for developing and expanding three new services/clinics: Express Care, Executive, and Concierge Medicine. Jyotika ensures her clinics meet all regulatory and service standards. She is passionate about coaching her team members to meet their goals and those of the company. She is also an advocate for leading edge technology in healthcare and has worked to operationalize many innovative tools. Jyotika holds a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University.
Tim has 21 years of project management experience in the environmental services and hazardous waste management field. In his current role at Kimco, Tim is responsible for the training and development of all doctors, patient case managers, EMR team members, and billing personnel on the Nextgen Electronic Medical Records system. Mr. Rhiney also manages his family's investment portfolio. He oversees the research and investment strategies to determine which companies that his family should invest in. Tim earned his bachelor's degree in Organizational Management from Patten University in Oakland, California.
Director / Executive Producer
Mom3ntum Productions Pte Ltd
As the founder and head of the company, Celica leads her team regionally in South East Asia and internationally for travel show and commercial projects. Renowned for her creative vision and progressive ideas, she makes the impossible, possible for her clients. She has driven the company to achieve excellence in creativity and innovation, as evidenced by commercial marketing successes with Nokia, ESPN, and Nikon. Her redesign and rebranding efforts with Sony Style and Brunei's Empire Hotel further attest to this. Breaking the creativity barrier, Mom3ntum Productions Pte Ltd has won more than 20 regional and international awards, including the D&AD Award. She earned her BA in Industrial Arts degree from San Francisco State University.
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
MyMy is the senior manufacturing engineer at Finelite, a premier manufacturer of innovative lighting products that supplies superior lighting for offices, educational and healthcare facilities. As the only manufacturing engineer at Finelite, MyMy insists on LEAN manufacturing and LEAN assembly processes in achieving high productivity, lower cost, and premium quality within project schedule. She is also responsible for the NPI (New Product Introduction) sessions to ensure the production team has the adequate knowledge and confidence in building new products with efficiency. MyMy earned her bachelor degree in Computer Engineering and an associate's in Mechanical Design & Drafting.
|Susan Kim Thumasathit
All For One
Susan Kim Thumasathit, RN, PHN, CLNC, CRISC is currently the CEO of All For One, a healthcare consulting firm. Susan has over 20 years of healthcare experience in hospitals, surgery centers, and medical groups. Susan's fields of expertise include critical care, medical malpractice mitigation, quality improvement, patient safety, compliance, health information privacy and security, licensure, accreditation, and government relations. Susan received her RN & PhN from Loma Linda University and is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control.
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Paulina Garcia Gonzalez
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Meet the EMBA 104N Cohort
Corry is a Senior Buyer for San Jose-based retailer Fry's Electronics. With more than a decade of purchasing experience in the retail industry and experience managing categories including network infrastructure, batteries, and electrical products, Corry has been instrumental in driving growth and profitability in key sectors within his organization. With a current focus on growth in high-tech fields that include 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping, he works to develop innovative merchandising and marketing strategies as well as create relationships with technology companies striving to bring cutting-edge products to the consumer market.
Marketing Communications Writer
Jana is a marketing communications professional in the healthcare industry. She has spent time in the public and private sectors, and currently writes digital marketing content for Intuitive Surgical, the global leader in minimally invasive robotic surgery. Jana leads digital and social campaigns and serves as a co-producer for video projects. She also works closely with the legal and regulatory compliance teams and provides strategic recommendations for innovative content marketing and digital media in the rapidly changing medical device industry. Jana earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.
Manufacturing Product Manager
Stephanie is the Manufacturing Product Manager in Security Technology Group at Cisco Systems. She joined Cisco in July 1999 when the company was $12.2 billion and now at $48.6 billion. With more than 15 years at Cisco, she has held several positions within the organization such as: Human Resources, Cisco Capital, Cisco Services, and currently in Supply Chain Organization. Giving back to the community is very dear to Stephanie. She held a position as a Cisco Fellow within community outreach in Cisco Corporate Affairs. A nomination then landed her a seat on the Board of Directors at City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley. She holds a leadership position in iWise, inspiring Women through information sharing and experience.
Mortgage Loan Officer
John is a loan officer with LaSalle Financial, a leading residential mortgage firm in the East Bay Area. During his 12 years of experience, he has earned recognition for sales achievement by his organization and industry, as well as for service excellence by consumer rating agencies. John is also co-founder and program director for the Mortgage Tech Summit, a business planning conference for industry colleagues, focused on the introduction and implementation of emerging technologies and systems. He earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology at Vanderbilt University.
United Technologies Corporation
Craig is a relationship builder, skilled with conflict management and operations. Craig works with a team of engineers and program managers that handle accounts such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman. His skillset is laser focused on deliverables and customer satisfaction. Craig has had a rewarding career working domestically and internationally with the Wal-Mart Corporation as part of the leadership group and operations that was responsible for billions of dollars for over 10 years. Craig earned his bachelor's degree from Arkansas Tech University.
Jay Paul Company
Kris is a construction manager at Jay Paul Company, a San Francisco based developer. Focused on providing a prosperous investment for her firm, she closely manages the design and construction of both new development and oversight of tenant capital improvement projects. Tenants include: Google, Amazon, GoDaddy, and Microsoft amongst others. Prior to Jay Paul Company, Kris worked for Nova Partners as a project manager handling a wide array of construction projects including medical office buildings, corporate office campuses, and data centers. She earned a bachelor's degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University.
James is a project manager at Nutraceutical where he also assists with new company acquisitions and marketing. Previously he spent 6 years in the medical field as a device representative in the Salt Lake City area. While attending the University of Utah, he worked as a statistician at all of the football and basketball games. He also helped develop and launch a product with his father to help keep triathletes safe during the swim portion of their race. You will most likely find James in the mountains of Utah either hiking or skiing.
Regional Director, Revenue Cycle
While responsible for Kaiser Permanente's Northern California region, Tracey's passion for accessible healthcare drives her deliverables at the workplace where she leads the strategy around front-end patient for the organization. Her role centers on strategic long term planning aligned with short term tactical solutions to provide a branded experience for patients within 21 medical centers. With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare and healthcare advocacy, her experience includes providing paralegal support for uninsured, poverty stricken families to negotiating with national providers on industry standards in our nation's capital. Tracey is an advocate for leveraging public advocacy to achieve standards in outcome based healthcare � domestically and globally � and works with industry leaders to achieve this unified goal.
Assistant Project Manager
Alcal Specialty Contracting Inc.
Juan is currently a project manager with Alcal Specialty Contracting. His work ethic and keen eye for detail have allowed him to excel within Alcal, moving from intern to Project Manager in a span of two and a half years. Juan's role as a project manager encompasses many responsibilities, however none bigger than the safety of his crews and staying on budget. His ability to manage the difficult task of balancing safety and production, has allowed Juan to become the successful project manager he is today.
Ross works as a sales representative for Daiichi Sankyo, a pharmaceutical company specializing in cardiovascular medicine. Prior to this, Ross worked at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals where he got his start in the pharmaceutical industry in 2006. Ross spent four years in the United States Marine Corps before earning his bachelor's degree from San Jose State University in 2005. As a Marine, Ross completed 2 six-month deployments to the Arabian Gulf (1999 and 2001), working as a communications specialist with the Eleventh Marine Expeditionary Unit. In his free time, Ross enjoys Cross-Fit, golf, and watching the six-time Super Bowl Champions, Pittsburgh Steelers.
IT Project Manager
Santa Cruz Nutritionals
Cameron is an IT project manager for Santa Cruz Nutritionals, a leading nutraceutical manufacturer in Santa Cruz, California. He specializes in enterprise-level manufacturing technologies and has a breadth of experience leading IT, operations, finance, and human resource projects. Over the past 10 years, Cameron has worked for non-profit and manufacturing organizations across the US and Eastern Europe. Cameron earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a passionate student of wine and a Certified Sommelier with The Court of Master Sommeliers.
Environmental Testing Manager
NTS Silicon Valley
Felicia manages the environmental and mechanical testing operations at a diversified engineering services company which provides reliability and certification services for various industries. She earned her master's degree in Physics at Oklahoma State University. She is an analytical, results-focused engineering professional with more than 16 years of multidisciplinary project and program support for defense and aerospace industry corporations. In addition to spending time with her husband and two children, she actively supports several community service endeavors which promote the growth and education of future generations in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Commander and Director
United States Air Force (USAF)
As a seasoned combat Commissioned Officer for 20 years, Adam has achieved global success by creating truly collaborative partnerships and environments, built upon cultivating strong and enduring relationships. Geographically spanning from North America, throughout Southern Serbia and its surrounding countries, to Forward Operating Bases throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, he has conceptualized marketing strategies and successfully executed the development and integration of new emerging technology business requirements. Adam applied his field experience and knowledge learned with multiple degrees in Computer Science and Marketing, including Certifications in Network and Systems Development, Engineering, Implementation, and Program Management. As Director of Operations, Adam oversaw international teams (5-8,000 professionals) and leveraged nearly $4 billion to develop, collaborate and execute strategic plans with high-efficiency.
Meet the EMBA 105S Cohort
Natalie possesses 20 years of leadership experience in the healthcare and financial services industries. She is in her seventh year with Firefighters First Credit Union, serving as the Director of Member Experience. She has led the implementation of various corporate key initiatives (leveraging technology and innovation). These initiatives have paved the path to enhancing the member experience and increasing overall member satisfaction to industry 'Best in Class' levels. In 2012, Natalie joined the executive leadership team where she oversees regional offices, member services, online/mobile services, member feedback/relations, and business development.
Kevin is a senior business leader with more than 15 years of experience in the banking industry concentrating on strategically exceeding productivity goals while creating a cohesive team environment. In his current role as Senior Vice President, Kevin leads all of the call center operations, which he has built over the past four years from a start-up to more than 100 employees across two sites with outsourcing back office functions to a partner company in India. Prior to Rushmore, he was with HSBC for 13 years where he filled multiple roles primarily managing default on a $32B portfolio.
As Director of Human Resources for Glidewell Laboratories, an industry-leading provider of high-quality dental laboratory products, Leila helps develop robust HR strategies that align with the company's business objectives and vision. With 15 years of HR experience, she oversees six domestic and three international locations and is responsible for global human resources practices, policies and operations. Leila directs all areas of human resources management, including state and federal employment law, workforce management, compensation, recruitment and health and wellness.
As the General and Administrative Manager at Truitt Oilfield Maintenance Corporation, a leading oil and gas service contractor in California's San Joaquin Valley, Greg oversees all business, financial and administrative areas of the company, as well as developing growth strategies to increase sales. An avid runner and cyclist, Greg also serves on various non-profit organizations in Kern County, continuing his philanthropic efforts. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from California State University, Bakersfield.
Ahmad 'AJ' Jaber
As Director of Product Development for PropertyRoom.com, a global online auction e-commerce business, Ahmad has successfully implemented advanced auction capabilities, built improved client contract management tools and expanded the marketplace for the firm, taking it from a national to an international scope. As a Six Sigma Black Belt, he is focused on continuous improvement while managing a series of cross-functional strategic projects. He is a former U.S. Marine, and earned a Bachelor's degree in International Business from the University of Akron.
Rebecca is a dynamic and energetic sales and customer service executive with passion for developing strong, results-driven, autonomous teams. Managing diverse $10M businesses for eight years, she's nationally recognized for outstanding leadership with executive awards and new store promotions. With a B.S. from Philadelphia University, Rebecca thrived in the finance industry for seven years, managing Commerce Bank's $300M regional branch and expansion teams. A dedicated philanthropist, Rebecca raises $3M annually leading charitable community giving with United Way, Westside Food Bank and Venice Family Clinic.
As Banc of California's Senior Vice President, George handles the overall relationship management for Commercial Banking clients, as well as select Private & Entertainment Banking clients. His role specifically involves business development, strategic deal structure, management of the due diligence process, and the responsibility for overall client retention. He currently devotes significant time to the Inner City Arts organization as an Advisory Board Member. George holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Miami University and is also a competitive golfer and runner.
Balaji 'Bala' Sriraghavan
As the Director of Project Development, Bala heads a team in Mobile/Web Applications, Elearning and Animations. He also works on Business intelligence and ERP solutions. With more than 15 years working in the Technology Industry, he was the former VP of Marketing and founder of Emantras, Inc. where he successfully worked with Enterprise, Automobile, Education, Technology and Medical partners. Under his leadership, the company was responsible for designing more than 3,000 websites, hundreds of Animations and Elearning and Mobile applications. He earned a Master's degree in Computer Engineering.
Clinton Strickland III
At Yahoo Inc., Clinton leverages his experience in account management, sales, and team-building, to find and recruit talent for multiple project teams at Yahoo. He also develops high-performance recruitment strategies and policies. Prior to Yahoo, Clinton was a District Manager at Marketsource Inc., where he successfully transformed customer-experience service models for both regional and national companies across various industries, including retail and technology. Before joining Marketsource Inc., he was a sales, strategy and planning specialist at Apple Inc., and also held various positions with T-Mobile throughout the United States. Clinton received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Xavier University in Louisiana.
Ellen E. Swarts
Michele has more than 25 years of experience in the title industry with 16 years at Lawyers Title, leading the number one resale sales team in the county for more than eight years. Michele's commitment to her team, inside and out, has allowed her to increase market share, manage yearly revenue of $38 million and deliver profitability. Michele's previous employment accomplishments include serving as President of Weill Industrial Supply, Marketing Specialist at World Savings and Customer Service Manager at Fleischmann's. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of San Francisco.
Bryan has over 25 years of professional experience and has worked in the electrical utilities for the past seven years. In his current role, Bryan is the General Manager of Solar Star, one of the largest renewable energy projects in the world. Bryan is responsible for all aspects of the project including safety, regulatory requirements, and revenue goals. Prior to working in the electrical utilities, Bryan was a career officer in the US Navy. Bryan earned his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Paul J. Wilson
As Regional Vice President at Niagara Bottling, a family-owned private label water company based in Southern California, Paul leads a 500 person manufacturing team responsible for all facets of manufacturing performance within six facilities in the western region of the United States. In 2014, he was responsible for two major projects—the building of a new team and the start-up for a new Greenfield facility in the Pacific North West. He was also the lead integrator on his company's first acquisition. Paul has 28 years of manufacturing experience while living and working internationally in Brazil and the United Kingdom.
Meet the EMBA 106S Cohort
|E. Michael Aschim
Technical Project Manager
Michael is currently working as a Technical Project Manager for CoreLogic leading an international project team in software development. Michael also retired from the U.S. Army, Corp of Engineers where his primary job was in operations, personnel administration and logistics. There he was responsible for a multi-million dollar inventory, operations, training, and office administration, while supervising personnel. He has a bachelor of science in business administration from Boston University’s School of Management. His desire is to utilize the knowledge and experience gained from Executive Program to seize upon the new opportunities afforded him.
Litigation Team Lead and Executive Director
Neil Dymott Frank McFall & Trexler and San Diego Defense Lawyers
With more than 15 years in the legal industry, Dianna is currently a Litigation Team Leader at a San Diego law firm specializing in medical malpractice, and holds the position of Executive Director for the San Diego Defense Lawyers (SDDL, a non-profit organization). She directly manages a team of ten, which consists of attorneys and staff members, while overseeing everyday protocols of SDDL. A few of her duties include staff and board management, organization of conferences for the Southern California defense community, and marketing for SDDL. Dianna earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Diego State University.
Mikki Bey Eyelash Extensions
Mikki is the CEO of Mikki Bey Eyelash Extensions. Her company was recently featured on LA HotList as the best lash studio in Los Angeles. Mikki initially made her name as a celebrity makeup artist. Her work can be seen on networks like E!, MTV, VH1 and A&E. The Recording Academy selected Mikki to be a member of #GRAMMYglam, an elite team of beauty experts chosen to report live from the Grammys. Formerly, Mikki was a news producer for CBS in San Francisco. Mikki earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Director of Administrative Services
Pre-Cast Installation Specialists
Colleen is the Director of Administrative Services for Pre-Cast Installation Specialists. Having been involved with this firm since its inception, she has filled a variety of roles in the company’s 25 years and has been fundamental in sustaining growth. She has also stepped into the corporate world working in the administrative offices for Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Colleen graduated from Cal Poly, Pomona with a degree in Communication Arts. She is excited to take this next step in continuing her education. Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children.
Director of Operations
Kevin is a strategic executive at Shore Hotel as their Director of Operations. He has 14 years of experience for several companies in manufacturing, retail, construction, telecommunications, advertising, and hospitality. His past contributions surpassed $100 million in revenues. Kevin oversees the hotel management component which encompasses more than 100 employees from the Rooms Division, Engineering, Security/Administration, HR, Food & Beverage, and IT. His passion is in Human Resources Capital Management. He achieved certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources Management and Marketing from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
St. Anne's Transitional Housing
Amber joined St. Anne’s in 2005, a social service agency serving foster youth and their families. As director of transitional housing, she focuses on ensuring each family’s needs are met through comprehensive supportive services and housing, increasing federal and private funding, monitoring contract compliance, developing program designs and strategic plans, leveraging resources through collaborations, and training staff on best-practice standards. Amber is a strong leader who successfully balances both her administrative and social service responsibilities while exceeding agency performance targets. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Pitzer College.
Regional Plant Manager
PolyOne Corp., Designed Structures and Solutions
Marlon is a regional manager with an extensive background in manufacturing operations from various industries, to include: aerospace, automotive, healthcare, and consumer products. He currently has complete oversight for operations in California and Oregon. Marlon handles an array of departments that include Quality, Engineering, Environmental Health & Safety, Finance, Supply Chain, and Customer retention. His primary focus is to enhance PolyOne’s presence on the West Coast by driving strategy initiatives that focus on Specialization, Globalization, Operational Excellence, and Commercial Excellence. Marlon earned his bachelor’s degree from California Southern University. Marlon is looking to fully develop his leadership skills by acquired learning from Pepperdine University.
Director of Banquets
Beverly Wilshire - A Four Seasons Hotel
Kevin is currently working as the Director of Banquets for the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel located in Beverly Hills. Previously, Kevin worked at the British Colonial Hilton and The One and Only Ocean Club in The Bahamas. With more than 17 years of hospitality experience, 12 years with Four Seasons, he is now responsible for overseeing one of the largest banquet operations in the company. Kevin manages more than 100 employees at the hotel and is in charge of creating a flawless event experience for all guests having a wedding, cooperate meetings, social or charity events at the hotel.
|Peter G.F. Mais
Children of Earth and Belle Hawkes
Peter is a motivating, energetic entrepreneur and creative director for two LA-based socially responsible clothing lines. As respected innovative leader with 17 years of work experience in managing sales, production, client relationships, and design for multi-million-dollar businesses in the fashion and textile industry, Peter managed his own production facility, with leading contemporary manufacturers publishing his instructional works. He infuses his positive mental attitude, love of design and passion for people as well as philanthropic endeavors to inspire community giving by leading volunteer initiatives generating $1M annually through philanthropic efforts with global and local charities. Peter’s strength and courage are driven by his true loves, twin daughters Varrah and Veronique, and his wife Rebecca (EMBA 105).
Regional Director of Operations
Scott currently works as Director of Operations where he manages multiple hospitalist teams partnered within healthcare systems across Southern California and Hawaii. Prior to joining Sound Physicians, Scott served in the U.S. Army as a Medical Officer for ten years. Scott was assigned to the U.S. Army Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis Washington, responsible for medical support in combat operations in Afghanistan as well as hospitals in South Korea and Fort Drum New York. Scott has a bachelor degree in Human Physiology.
Kevin is currently the General Manager of the Los Angeles office for C.H. Robinson, a large global 3rd party logistics company. He is responsible for all functional areas of the business: sales, operations, customer service, strategic planning, and talent development. Kevin began his career with C.H. Robinson more than 20 years ago. Prior to moving to the Los Angeles area, he managed teams in Chicago, IL and Columbus, OH. Kevin earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s in Renesselaer, IN.
Plant Manager - Trainee
National Gypsum Company
Adam is a Plant Manager Trainee for a wall board manufacturing facility in Long Beach. His manufacturing experience has placed him in levels of increasing responsibility in both quality assurance and production. He has led a variety of process improvement projects in addition to his primary role. Adam started his career with a commission from the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as an Infantry Officer, deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He has a bachelor's degree in Political Science and he is trained as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
With more than 10 years of experience in retail management, Karley currently works for Louis Vuitton, one of the world’s leading international fashion houses. Currently the Store Manager for its second largest grossing store in Los Angeles, Karley focuses on leadership development, merchandising management, recruitment and training as well as sales deliverables. Karley previously held the position of Store Manager at two other locations over her 4.5 years with the brand. Previously, Karley worked for Nordstrom where she held various management roles, including interim Women’s Shoe Regional Manager. She received her bachelor’s degree, Entertainment and Media Management from Columbia College, Chicago.
Vice President of Global Key Accounts
Andrea is Vice President of Global Key Accounts at STMicroelectronics, the largest semiconductor company in Europe. He is responsible for a global sales organization and is a member of the executive management team for Region Americas. Andrea’s team is spread around the world, between Europe, Asia, North and South America. He spends considerable time travelling to all these locations to reinforce relationships with customers and employees. Andrea, a native from Italy, has worked his way up the ranks over the last 20 years, from Design Engineer, to Director, to VP which has contributed to his vast understanding of the industry.
|Hugh Van Den Driessche
Rockwell Collins - ARINC
Hugh has 19 years of experience with Rockwell Collins - formerly ARINC - delivering rail control centers for commuter, subway, light-rail or freight railway operators. These unique systems are fully integrated and tailored to meet customers’ individual needs. Hugh held various positions in the ARINC organization including Software Manager, Project Manager, R&D Manager, and Director of Software Engineering. Hugh is currently leading the Freight Systems Software group with a responsibility for delivering one of the key components of Positive Train Control (PTC) and managing more than $30M in revenue.
Dave is the Senior Director of the Real Estate and Gov. Sales Division of CoreLogic based in the downtown Los Angeles office. Dave is directly responsible for the Marshall & Swift product line, P&L and budget for this business unit. Prior to joining CoreLogic, he served as the Associate Director of Special Asset Services for Marcus & Millichap, and VP of Multi Housing for Grubb & Ellis. Dave is a seasoned veteran with more than $400M in total real estate transactions in his 20-year career.
|Sharon Dowd Hawkins
As an experienced project manager for Glidewell Laboratories, an industry-leading provider of high-quality medical devices and dental products, Sharon oversees global marketing campaigns from concept through production and distribution for six domestic and three international locations. With more than eight years of marketing experience, she guides and develops marketing strategies, campaign schedules, collateral design, and facilitates the launch of FDA-regulated products to the marketplace. Sharon is also a commercial photographer and produces dynamic imagery featured in industry publications and marketing media. Sharon earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Matt started his career in 1997 as a founder of Shopping.com, which sold to Compaq in 1999. In 2002, Matt joined Prime Ventures, where he was Chairman of SuperNation, which became part of the MySpace sale to Fox in 2005. In 2006, Matt started Shopit.com, which he later sold to Atrinsic. In 2009, Matt acquired Adjuice, which was subsequently sold to Beyond Commerce. Matt is currently the CEO of BarNone, an online finance business. Matt is an investor in MyLife.com, Realty Tracker (Sold to Guthy-Renker), Demand Media (DMD), and more. Matt earned his bachelor's degree from Boston College.
Jones & Jones Management Group
Chuntae is an accomplished legal professional offering a proven track record of success and experience in ADR disputes and civil lawsuits including landlord/tenant law. She acts as a liaison with attorneys, appointed mediators, and judges. Chuntae is a legal administrator for a property management firm, Jones & Jones Management Group, which is comprised of 2,900 apartments throughout Southern California. Chuntae enjoys spending her free time instituting clothing campaigns and professional skill building sessions to address the challenges of homelessness in Los Angeles.
Clinical Research Consultant
Robin is an experienced clinical development professional, with more than 20 years of experience managing the execution and implementation of complex drug development programs within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In Robin's most recent position as Director, Global Development Operations at Allergan, Inc., she was responsible for creating strategy and risk management in delivering fast-paced cosmetic and medical dermatology clinical research studies, leading to the approval of novel drugs and indications. Robin earned her bachelor's degree in Biology from Washington and Lee University.
Senior Executive Producer
iHeart Media, Inc.
Veronica possesses 18 years of experience in radio broadcasting and has an extensive background in music programming, talent development and content distribution for national syndicated talk programs. During her 16 year tenure at Univision Communications, Inc., Veronica managed a number of departments and worked with Sales and Finance to achieve revenue growth. Veronica implemented innovative strategies for Southern California's station KSCA-FM, which resulted in the highest rating performance. Most recently, she crossed over to SiriusXM satellite radio, and now works for media giant iHeart Radio.
Account Executive & Digital Strategist
Davis Elen Advertising, Inc.
As an Account Executive and Digital Strategist at Davis Elen Advertising, Andrew works with Toyota's LA Metropolitan region, the brands highest sales volume market in the country. During his time with the agency, Andrew has worked with McDonalds, Cisco, GreatCall, Mountain High Resort and the San Diego Chargers. Prior to joining Davis Elen, Andrew worked at Cars.com, where the division he worked for evolved into an agency that served the search engine marketing needs for sister companies HomeGain and Apartments.com. Andrew credits this experience for inspiring him to expand his knowledge of the digital media landscape, and join an established, full service agency.
Vice President of Human Resources
BLB Resources, Inc.
Through his broad business and human resources experience, Chris has partnered with leadership teams and employees at all levels of the organization to positively influence the culture, strategic direction and success of the organization. As the Vice President of Human Resources at BLB Resources, Inc., he helped manage the rapid growth of the company from six employees to 130 employees in just nine months. Chris brings 15 years of human resources experience specializing in change management and employee relations. He has worked in multiple industries that include Fortune 500 and Fortune Magazine's "Top 100 Companies to Work For."
Network Administrator and Security Consultant
With more than 15 years of experience in information technology and security, Edward currently performs as a Network Administrator in Yamaha Corporation, working with a team of experts supporting all branches of the company across the United States, ensuring the availability of entire network and information services for all internal and external clientele. He is multilingual and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Edward is currently working on earning his Cisco CCIE Certification.
Engineering Project Manager
Josh is a project manager with more than eight years of operations and project management experience in the military, defense, mechanical construction and aerospace industries. He currently oversees mid to large size capital equipment improvement projects for an aerospace manufacturer in Long Beach, CA. As a former Marine Corp Infantry Officer, Josh developed his leadership and management skills through high tempo strategic level operations both domestically and abroad. Josh earned his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and plans to leverage his experience at Pepperdine to advance his career and pursue his ambitions as an entrepreneur.
Senior Dealer Account Manager
Westlake Financial Services
Lilit is a Senior Dealer Account Manager with more than nine years of professional and management experience in the retail, banking and auto finance industries, and has a bachelor's degree in economics. Lilit is currently part of the Internal Sales and Marketing Department at Westlake Financial Services, and works with more than 90 independent and franchise dealerships, helping them achieve targeted goals by managing their portfolios, training them on the Dealer Management Services platform, and teaching them to develop skills and techniques for profit maximization. Her experience also includes training of newly hired employees and leading them to success by creating individual strategic game plans.
Senior Dealer Account Manager
Westlake Financial Services
Elen has worked in banking for more than eight years, starting in personal finance overseeing multi-million dollar accounts, where she quickly worked her way into a management position supervising bank employees. She is currently part of the West Dealer Account Management Division at Westlake Financial Services, where she leads dealer relationships and training for more than 70 automobile dealerships. Due to her strategic knowledge in this industry, Elen also serves on the company's marketing team, developing various programs and television advertising.
Director of Operations
Lorena is the Director of Operations for Precision Rehabilitation. She earned her bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine from Pepperdine University in 2008. Lorena has a broad professional and educational background in the Physical Therapy field for more than eight years and has always had a passion for helping others. As a big picture visionary and a goal driven performer with exceptional problem-solving skills, Lorena has continually helped the small business flourish within the ever changing healthcare industry. Lorena's dynamic vitality and expeditious advancement within the field has fortified and further encouraged her entrepreneurial ambitions.
LCSW, Embedded Mental Health Program
Naval Expeditionary Combat Command
Sarah has spent the past 17 years in civil service, recently serving on active duty with the U.S. Navy. While deployed to Iraq, Sarah's team reduced the medical evacuation rate by 800%, saving thousands of dollars and keeping Service Members on full duty. Sarah has been actively involved with various programs including Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and workplace climate assessments. Sarah earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Social Work from San Diego State University. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at her church.
Meet EMBA 108N
Fall 2015 Cohort
|Tammy M. Alvarez
Director, Risk Operations
John Muir Physician Network
Tammy is currently the Director of Risk Operations for the John Muir Physician Network. She assumed this role after managing the Revenue Cycle Team and multiple successful go-lives as part of an enterprise-wide electronic medical record implementation for John Muir Health. Tammy leads the charge for change and process improvement in risk operations as John Muir continues to optimize technology to continually improve the overall patient experience. Her excitement to grow her leadership skills equals her pursuit of educational excellence. Tammy enjoys spending what free time she has with her four grandchildren.
|Jason K. Baggett
Senior Procurement Specialist
Jason is a supply chain professional with expertise in government contracting within the Aerospace and Defense industries. He currently works at Raytheon Applied Signal Technology, who provides advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products. Jason is responsible for negotiations and overall contract administration. Prior to his current employment, Jason supported The Boeing Company as a procurement agent for the Space Launch Systems program. While at Boeing, he reduced costs through negotiations and established strategic suppliers needed to support production. Jason earned a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Administration and Operations from Oklahoma State University and a Master's degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Senior Director, Marketing
Jim is a seasoned marketing executive with more than twenty years of experience in startup to Fortune 100 organizations. Currently, Jim runs the marketing team at cPacket Networks, a startup that is revolutionizing the network monitoring space. Previously, he was with Gigamon Inc. for four years running Field, Channel and Alliance Marketing, while taking them through a successful IPO on the NYSE. In addition, Jim was Co-Founder and VP of Marketing at Telos Network, and has a range of other senior marketing and enterprise sales roles. When he is not at work, Jim enjoys cooking, hiking, and wine with his beautiful wife, Michelle.
Team Lead Process Engineering
Dani is Team Lead for the Process Engineering Department at the Chevron Richmond Refinery. With more than 15 years working in the oil and gas industry, her work experience includes: technology licensor consultant, technical services engineer, operations specialist, and technical lead - supervising more than 25 engineers. During her time as a consultant, she conducted business in a number of countries including Taiwan, Russia, Morocco, Turkey, Portugal, and Serbia. She earned Bachelor's degrees in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively. Dani enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two sons.
Deputy Chief of Staff
In less than two years, Christina grew Intel's Volunteer Matching Grant Program into a $2.5 million philanthropic engine for the State of California. Today, she travels the world as the Deputy Chief Staff to the Vice President and General Manager of Intel Education. Christina credits her nomadic upbringing in a military family for developing the unique skillset required to represent a Top 10 Global Brand. Prior to moving to Silicon Valley, Christina and her best friends trekked 2,000 miles across the Kingdom of Morocco as "The California Girls" on ABC's Expedition Impossible.
Senior Manager of Business Operations
EMC Corporation Inc.
Aya currently serves as the Senior Manager of Business Operations at EMC. Aya started as a product manager and was promoted to lead the team of internationalization engineers and program managers. After five years, Aya was ready for a new challenge and joined business operations as an analyst. She is result-driven and passionate about solving complex business puzzles. She currently provides product portfolio analysis and establishes quote-to-cash processes for emerging technologies such as Software-as-Services. Aya is excited about joining Graziadio Business School and hopes to apply her extensive experience to further develop strategic business skills.
Executive Director, Primary Care Services
John Muir Health
Bazil is the Executive Director of Primary Care Services for John Muir Health, a leading healthcare organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. His primary focus is to enhance John Muir Health's presence in new and existing markets by driving strategic initiatives that focus on operational excellence and patient experience. Bazil brings more than 13 years of experience in the healthcare industry. In his current role, he oversees all aspects of the operations for more than 30 clinics staffed with over 300 employees. In his free time, you will most likely find Bazil snowboarding in Lake Tahoe with his family.
|Charles Russell Kendall
SVP, Deposit Payment and Pricing Executive
Bank of America
Russell lives in Seattle where he finds time to be creative, analytical and enjoys taking risks on top of mountains for a good time. He has a strong devotion to innovation, including many patents pending in the financial services industry. Russell has worked at Bank of America for 13 years and, in that time, has served in various leadership roles in technology, international consulting, and change management. Russell is the Deposit Payments & Pricing Technology Executive which includes managing an international technology team from United States, Canada, Mexico, and India. Russell is also on the Federal Reserve Task Force to improve payments security.
SSL, formerly Space Systems/Loral, LLC
As an Engineering Manager and Project Lead for Innovative Initiatives, Freddy thrives on leading teams of driven engineers and scientists to redefine how space products are developed. Freddy is highly energetic and brings the same passion he shares for the outdoors to his work environment. He has more than 15 years of RF (Radio Frequency) telecommunications and space systems development experience. In those years, Freddy has managed and deployed missions overseas, organizing international subcontracts, and designing high-end systems. As an extreme sports athlete, Freddy relies on his ability to assess risk and adjust swiftly to the changing environment. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Physics and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
Prashant is a seasoned product leader with more than 12 years of experience delivering products resulting in significant revenue growth for Software-as-a-Service companies. In his current role at Twilio, a cloud communications company, Prashant is responsible for the definition, development and execution of new products serving as building blocks for next generation of cloud based software applications. Prior to joining Twilio, Prashant was a founding member of a hi-tech startup growing the company from 4 to 30 people, raising the first $5M and launching its first product. Prior to that, he worked in various product development and management roles at Adobe and Intel.
President of Patterson Investments
Tanya is an experienced and dedicated Real Estate Broker. After working at Intel Corporation for several years, Tanya began her real estate career in 1999. She worked for some of the largest real estate firms in the Bay Area and then founded her own real estate company (Patterson Investments) in 2006. Working with professional real estate investors, Tanya conducts detailed analyses of Bay Area real estate market conditions by looking at trend lines for various property types, forecasting future property values based on market velocity, and evaluating where in the Bay Area investors are likely to obtain the highest dollar return for their real estate investment. Tanya earned a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications from California State University, East Bay.
Vishal is an IT Director at Oracle Corporation with more than 15 years of experience in the IT sector. He is a consummate leader while focused on building high performance and diverse teams. Vishal has been one of the key leaders in IT organizations and has completed many high visible projects that has had direct impact on the bottom line of the company. He is also passionate about start-ups and is co-founder of "Kunact", a business for renting personal items. Vishal holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer engineering from University of Evansville.
Principal Talent Advisor
Aaron is the Principal Talent Advisor at Workday (WDAY), a global leader providing cloud based Finance and HR software. Prior to joining Workday, Aaron led staffing a new software division at HGST (WDC). Previously, he worked on international partnerships in EMEA and Asia Pacific as the global director of business development at the Chief Marketing Officer Council. Multiple start-up endeavors augment his corporate experience and 360-degree leadership perspective. He has memberships in the Human Capital Institute, and USASBE Association. Anchored by his values, Aaron passionately pursues human capital management innovation. He enjoys family time, mentoring, and great music.
Meet EMBA 109S
Fall 2015 Cohort
Regional Human Resource Manager
Eduardo is the Regional Human Resources Manager at CalPortland Company, an industry leader in building materials and construction solutions committed to energy conservation and environmental quality, Edward is dedicated to collaborating with senior management to provide strategic real-world solutions while helping the company achieve its vision and business objectives. He is a dynamic and energetic Human Resources professional with broad based experience in multiple private sectors. He oversees twenty production facilities and two regional offices throughout Southern California and the Central Coast and is primarily responsible for employee and labor relations, negotiations, recruitment, workforce management, compliance and employment law.
Vice President, Commercial Banking
Bank of the West
Mike is presently the Vice President at Bank of the West. He has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services and real estate industries, with the last four years in his current role as a Senior Relationship Manager focusing on providing middle market, privately held businesses with strategic advisory and commercial banking solutions. His prior positions in commercial credit analysis, mortgage finance and commercial real estate provide him with a comprehensive underwriting and client relationship management background that has contributed to his success. He is active in his community, currently sitting on the board of a small non-profit organization, volunteering with various animal rights advocacy groups and maintaining an active lifestyle including hiking and mixed martial arts. Mike holds Bachelor's degrees in Finance and Real Estate from California State University, Northridge.
Anthony is an IT Manager for Ensign Services, a long-term healthcare company. He has 15 years of top, diversified experience, holding positions of increasing scope and responsibility. He is currently responsible for IT field operations, Acquisitions and rollouts. He has spearheaded the acquisition and implementation of more than eighty acute care and long-term healthcare facilities throughout the country. He also is responsible for recruiting, training, supervising, and mentoring all levels of IT personnel. As a senior leader, Anthony enjoys providing a diverse personal and professional background, which has helped cultivate his leadership style. Anthony earned his Bachelor's degree in Health Informatics from Ashford University.
Nick began his financial services career on Wall Street in 1995. He worked as a stockbroker for a boutique investment firm specializing in Initial Public Offerings, a currency trading firm, Conseco finance originating loans and as a Financial Advisor with Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Further, Nick has managed and led a salesforce for a B2B e-commerce company. Nick's responsibilities include wealth management, risk analysis, development and implementation of financial strategies and tax management ideas, lending, training, marketing, management and sales. He has managed tens of millions of dollars for several hundred clients. Further, Nick has received accolades over the years for top sales production and has consistently performed in the top 20% versus his peers. At present, Nick trades stocks, commodities and options for his portfolio. After the 9/11 attacks and the passing of two firefighter friends, Nick left his practice to serve our country by enlisting with the Marines. This enabled Nick to do what he believed was a greater good and to stand and deliver in our country's time of need. Nick holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and has served with his local Chamber of Commerce, Rotary club and Ronald McDonald house.
|Albert James Chase, IV
VP of Operations and Product Development
Albert is the VP of Operations and Product Development of Notti Collection. He is known to his family, friends, and co-workers as Jaime. He is a highly adaptable and goal oriented professional with recent government contracting experience as well as nineteen years of military service. Before he began working as an executive, he served as a Foreign Military Sales Program Manager in war-torn countries, assisted the Iraqi government with the procurement of five billion dollars of military training articles from the US Department of Defense. Additionally, his adaptability and resilience were cultivated and developed while serving as a medic for the US Army, where his chosen career path was one of service. Long-term, he plans to obtain a senior executive management level position focusing on either finance or supply chain services with the US government or in corporate America. In addition to his current studies, Jamie is currently developing fitness products with Notti Collection which is awaiting release. In his free time, he is developing his hobbies of acting and comedy. Jaime earned his Bachelor's degree in Health Care Management from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.
|Nicolaus De La Vina
Director of Business
Nicolaus is a Director of Business at Sigue Corporation. With more than a decade of experience in managing an employee work force, Nicolaus offers a unique blend of leadership, knowledge, and vision. Sigue is a global leading money transfer service company operating in more than 145 countries. Since 2005, he has been able to apply his knowledge strategically in key areas to produce innovative products, cost cutting initiatives and process modernization to provide incremental grow to his organization. Prior to being appointed as Director of business in 2013, he held many positions throughout the company including sales management, marketing, development and operations. Nicolaus attended University of Phoenix where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Global Management. He is an innovative leader looking to further develop his talents at Pepperdine University and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
|Peter J. Delmolino
Transitioning Service Member
United States Navy
Peter recently transitioned from the U. S. Navy after 24 years of service as a Hospital Corpsman. His final assignment was as the Senior Enlisted Leader of Naval Expeditionary Medical Training Institute and its affiliate, the Navy Trauma Training Center at LA/USC Medical Center where as a member of the command triad he led, trained and mentored 57 personnel in the execution of the command's mission. Through his guidance, the command ensured the operational readiness of 3,517 students in both Expeditionary Medical Facility operations and Tactical Combat Casualty Care in preparation for deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. He himself deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with various U. S. Marine Corps units as a Senior Medical Department Representative with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division and as a healthcare operations advisor to the Iraqi Army with 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. Peter earned his Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences with a focus in Clinical Management and Leadership from the University of George Washington and is trained as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. He is excited to take this next step in his life working towards his second career.
Director of Service
Sonic Electronix, Inc.
Larsen is presently the Director of Service at Sonic Electronix, Inc., one of the top online car audio distributors worldwide. Within his six year tenure, he is now responsible for his company's service operations; specifically he oversees the customer service, verification, processing, warranty, claim, reputation, and email functions. His rapid vertical ascension is attributed toward his leadership and motivation for success; strategic analysis, problem solving and best practice implementation are his specialty. Larsen's style cultivates a positive culture within the workplace that emphasizes collaboration and team cohesion. Graduating Magna Cum Laude he earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology at California State University, Northridge.
Vice President, Operations
Frontier Electronics Corp.
Jonathan is the Vice President of Operations at Frontier Electronics, a premier designer and manufacturer in the global passive components arena. He is responsible for the strategic planning and development of company operations in North America, where he works with employees throughout all levels of the organization, ranging from senior management to new trainees. Being ISO certified, Jonathan is responsible for leading, developing, and implementing a company culture of continual improvement, as validated through annual third party quality audits that result in licensed certification for the entire organization. Previously, Jonathan worked in China for an American electronics manufacturer, Autec Power Systems. His bilingual talents and business acumen were utilized in establishing a new division for rechargeable battery solutions, securing qualified supply chains throughout China, Taiwan, and the UK. Jonathan went on to set up multiple satellite locations for the company in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Ningbo, and Guangzhou. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Head of Customer Success for Americas, Australia, APAC
Robert is currently Head of Customer Success for Americas, Australia and APAC at Magento, the world's leading e-commerce platform by market share. He oversees a team of account managers and support personnel with a portfolio of thousands of enterprise level clients. Prior to joining Magento, Robert was Sr. Director of Operations at Rent.com, where he led a team of more than 50 employees including sales, account management, billing and collections, support, trade marketing, events, and sales operations. He has more than 15 years of experience in e-commerce, retail and online advertising with more than 10 years of leadership experience. Robert studied business and mathematics at Citrus College and Cal Poly Pomona.
|Michelle M. Konstantarakis
Vice President, Senior Investment Consultant, Chief Compliance Officer
The Investment Council Office
Michelle is the VP and Chief Compliance Officer of The Investment Council Office. In addition to overseeing the daily operations and firm compliance for more than 12 years, Michelle has been assisting high net-worth families, corporations, foundations, and endowments with establishing investment goals and risk parameters, structuring and implementing investment plans to match individualized needs, and monitoring investment performance in relation to clients' stated objectives In 2004, Michelle graduated with honors from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. In addition to the CFP designation, Michelle also holds the professional designation of Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst which signifies that she has received formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility and is certified to conduct investment fiduciary assessments. In 2007, she completed the certification program of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and maintains the designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA). She currently sits on the President's Council for Nevada State College, and is a member of the finance committee for the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. Michelle devotes her free time to her 10 year old son, Michael.
VP Business Lending
Logix Federal Credit Union
Michael is VP Business Lending and has been with Logix for seven years, one of the nation's largest and most successful credit unions. He oversees the production, operations, portfolio management, loan participations, and processing of Commercial Real Estate and SBA loans. His division has been successful to produce loans in excess of $100 Million annually while maintaining high underwriting standards. He is in the process of implementing other Business Services such as business credit cards, lines of credit, and business term loans to cater to his credit union members. His past experience has been in commercial banking with emphasis in Commercial Real Estate and C&I loans. He has earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics at the University of California, Riverside.
Mike is Principal of Apex LA, a land use consulting company based out of Los Angeles. Mike combined his financial, restaurant and information technology experience with his partner's land use consulting expertise to develop a permitting and licensing consulting company that has grown to define development industry practice in South California. The firm focuses on maximizing the probability of a successful outcome for their clients through effective research on zoning requirements, clearly stated merits of the case, outreach to critical government and community interests and vigorous advocacy. His background working with diverse cultures allows him to effectively gain trust and develop agreements in a public process subject to competing interests and highly vested stakeholders. His unique values-based approach has transformed development from a zero-sum game to a collective wine situation. As a result, his clients, including Whole Foods, CVS, Grand Central Market, and America's Top Chef, Marcel Vigneron, are creating the new spirit of urban Los Angeles and developing Southern California into cohesive, vibrant communities.
Alex is a Sales Manager at Nowcom Corporation with an extensive background in sales operations and team development. His company is currently one of the leading management systems in the automotive industry including partnerships with full-spectrum finance companies and top-brand marketing verticals. In addition to managing his sales team, he also directs the efforts of an international call center based in the Philippines. His experience extends passed the automotive industry as he earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. Alex is a positive and assertive professional looking to further develop his leadership skills at Pepperdine University to not only better himself but the community surrounding him.
Jason is currently the Facility Administrator for Davita Dialysis. He currently manages all aspects for the business and has oversight over two centers. Jason served nine years in the US Army working as a combat medic with multiple deployments to southwest Asia, as well as duty stations in Baumholder Germany, Ft. Polk Louisiana and Ft. Bliss Texas (1993 -2002). Upon completion of his military service, Jason worked for the Texas Med Clinic. While there, he worked as a trainer, floor supervisor and as the clinic manager. He then took on a new challenge with Alamo City Medical Group as the Occupational Medicine Manager with oversight of seven centers of the workers compensation division and implementation of new centers. He decided to come back to California and started working for Concentra Urgent Care as the Operations Director. As the director, he oversaw all aspects of the business and day to day operations. Jason graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio Texas with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Chief Engineer, Director of Engineering
Toyota Financial Services
Steve is currently the Chief Engineer, Director of Engineering at Toyota Financial Services (TFS). In his role, he is tasked with leading the Design & Engineering team. This team is responsible for engineering all infrastructure platforms at TFS including storage, cloud, network, database, unified communications and enterprise tools. Prior to joining Toyota Financial Services, he worked as an engineer at Toyota Motor Sales as part of the Windows Server Engineering team. In this role, Steve helped migrate data center services including host integration server as well as dealer services. Additionally, Steve also supported various TFS applications in this capacity. Prior to joining Toyota Motor Sales, Steve was a Senior Consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young where he had the opportunity to work with a number of Fortune 500 companies including: Genentech, Safeway, Cisco, Farmers Insurance, HP and others. In one of his most significant projects, Steve helped deliver an Accelerated Delivery Center for Chevron. Steve is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer with experience engineering solutions in various facets of Infrastructure Technology. Through his work at Toyota Financial Services Steve is proud to be part of a team that has introduced innovative mobile and virtual solutions to the environment.
|Jason A. Samson
Director of Product
Jason is Director of Product at CU Direct, where he oversees their digital automotive experience products. In the last 12 months, he led a team who re-designed, re-platformed, and re-launched CU Direct's staple automotive solution, AutoSMART, for 900 credit union partners and 11,000 auto dealerships. Prior to CU Direct, Jason spent time at various mid-level startups, including Core Digital Media (formerly Experian), where he led product efforts for new verticals in their financial services lead generation space. Most recently, he was at one of Los Angeles' fastest growing startups, JustFab, where he was key in launching their mobile apps, their retail store's iOS point-of-sale app, and the first phase of their content management system. Jason is married to his wife, Rachelle and has one child, Roman. He likes spending time with friends and family, hanging out at the beach, and rooting for his Bay Area sports teams, especially the 49ers.
Senior Project Manager
Chris is a Senior Project Engineer at Hydraflow, a privately owned, fast growing, niche manufacturer of aerospace components. He has spent the last 12 years leading technical teams in program management and product management. The company has a reputation for innovation and high performance in both on-time delivery and product quality. In addition to launching new products for customers in the America's, Europe and Asia, Chris brings a strong analytical approach with an emphasis on problem solving, efficiency improvements and cost reductions. Chris has nearly 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and is excited to advance his career with a Pepperdine Executive MBA degree.
Vice President of Client Operations
Kyle is the Vice President of Client Operations for AutoAlert, a software as a service company in the automotive industry. He oversees the implementation, training and support in the US and Canada. In the six years with AutoAlert, he has been a driving force behind multiple efforts to design and implement training and customer support strategies to retain satisfied clients. Kyle is a capable leader who takes great pride in developing people and teams for success. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Spanish from Arizona State University. Kyle is strengthened and supported by his wife Beth and their four children. He is excited to take the skills and knowledge gained from the EMBA program to achieve even greater levels of success.
Fiscal Officer I
County of Los Angeles - Department of Beaches and Harbors
Denise is the Fiscal Officer at the Department of Beaches and Harbors, the Department that enhances access to, promotes and supports Marina del Rey and the beaches owned by LA County. She is responsible for the accounting, purchasing, and warehouse units and takes pride ensuring all county fiscal guidelines are adhered to in each process she oversees. Her professional experience includes six years of internal audit experience and eight years as fiscal officer. She earned her Bachelor's degree at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. She is a motivated, goal oriented individual looking forward to strengthening her leadership skills with the knowledge gained from the EMBA program.
Meet EMBA 110S
Spring 2016 Cohort
Director of Operations
As co-founder of n:Philanthropy, a women’s contemporary apparel company, Carolyn and her cousin started with one goal, to make great clothes for a great cause by donating 10% of all profits towards pediatric cancer research and animal abuse prevention. Over the past two years, Carolyn has made many key strategic decisions for the brand by overseeing all operations and analyzing the business by working with the sales team. With more than 10 years of experience in the retail industry, she is able to understand the consumer market and implement change to meet demand.
Chief Operating Officer
Mrs. Babatunde-Bey is currently the Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff of Overbrook Entertainment, the film, television, and trans media production company founded by producer James Lassiter and actor/producer Will Smith. As a veteran media industry executive, brand manager, and legacy builder, she oversees strategic development, operations, staff for the global brand and management of the actor, and provides leadership for the various enterprises of the Smith family. Mrs. Babatunde-Bey also serves as President of the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation. She is a UCLA Bruin, dedicated wife and proud mother who loves spending quality time with her family.
Chief Innovation Officer
Andy is an international management consultant with more than 20 years business experience working with corporates, startups and non-profits. Having lived and worked on three continents, Andy has extensive international and diversity experience that enables him to explore innovative ideas and help organizations realize their full potential. With a passion for driving social enterprise and Corporate Social Responsibility, Andy is currently a hands-on Board member of PureGame, a non-profit that helps at-risk children receive character education and mentorship and also an active Board member of the British American Business Council OC.
Senior Manager IS
Kaiser Permanente Health Plan
Lynn is a Senior Manager at Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest not for profit healthcare system. In her current position with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Lynn leads multiple teams providing technology services, including systems implementation and operations, to clients in the Sales and Marketing areas. Lynn has been with Kaiser Permanente for 17 years in multiple roles including leading initiatives for the implementation of Health Care Reform compliance mandates and growth strategies, Environmental Stewardship and Facilities Management. She has extensive experience in project and people management with a focus on inter-departmental collaboration to drive innovation and efficiencies.
Global Finance Director
Tia is the Global Finance Director of NeuroLeadership Institute, a human capital management consultancy firm transforming individual, leadership and workplace effectiveness through neuroscience research that is supported by accessible tools. Tia oversees the full finance and accounting functions for this multinational company, while supervising, training and mentoring a team that spans five countries. As a true business partner, Tia participates in key decisions pertaining to strategic initiatives, operating models and operational execution. She spearheads initiatives for increasing operational effectiveness by combining her 13 years of diversified business and management experience with the right technology solutions. Tia has six years of enterprise application experience, including ERP, SRP and CRM. Tia has lived and worked in London, Sydney, and New York, where she is currently based.
JL Media Consulting
Jen is a strategic media and marketing executive with a passion for quality entertainment, a reputation as a highly analytical self-starter, and a proven ability to drive revenue in an ever-changing media environment. Her 20+ years of experience show a recurring theme of launching and running start-ups including over-the-top digital channels, Acorn TV and UMC, for RLJ Entertainment, as well as, Biblio Distribution, the small press division of National Book Network. In her free time, Jen volunteers for CASA of Los Angeles, advocating for abused and neglected children. Jen holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from James Madison University.
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Corporate Giving Connection
As the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Corporate Giving Connection (CGC), Brandon is responsible for CGC’s day to day operations, in addition to overseeing the company’s marketing and finance departments. Before CGC, Brandon served as a non-commissioned officer within the 75th Ranger Regiment, where he spearheaded numerous special operation missions during his four deployments. He is passionate about serving others and providing solutions to the philanthropic community; a vision CGC hopes to communicate in partners and communities worldwide. Brandon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ashford University located in Clinton, IA and multiple certifications in data modeling and management from SAP.
Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
Afshin is the General Manager at Group 1 Automotive, Inc. a top three automotive dealership group in the United States as well as more than 50 stores in Brazil and England. The company has achieved this success through the execution of a strategy that emphasizes geographic and brand diversity, interrelated revenue streams, operational efficiencies and the prudent deployment of capital. Afshin is dedicated to collaborating with the senior vice president and market managers to provide strategic real-world solutions while helping the company achieve its vision and business objectives. He is a dynamic and energetic well rounded professional with broad based experience in financial services, wholesale, and retail sectors. He manages 75 employees working at Hyundai of Escondido, one of the 175 dealerships owned by Group 1 Automotive, Inc. throughout the nation and he is primarily responsible for employee and labor relations, negotiations, recruitment, marketing, financial services, service and parts products and workforce management, compliance and employment law.
Dax is currently an Underwriter for VEREIT, Inc., a full service real estate operating company that manages a diversified portfolio of retail, restaurant, office and industrial assets with a total asset book value of $18.7 billion. He is responsible for performing in-depth financial modeling, detailed lease analysis, sales and rent comps, and the review of third-party due diligence reports for each acquisition. Dax earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business and Urban Planning, as well as a Masters in Real Estate Development (MRED) from Arizona State University. In his free time, he enjoys golf and mountain biking.
Director, IT and Web Services
Implant Direct Sybron International
Fawad holds the Global Director for IT & Web Services operations for Implant Direct, Joint Venture of Danaher Corporations, one of the top leading dental implant manufacturer in the world that sells its products directly to the qualified dental professionals. In his past 10 years of service, Fawad has built a global successful IT & Web organization that supports their employees around the world. Fawad is responsible for the IT infrastructure, network, telephony system, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Manager (CRM), localized marketing websites and web shops, and integration interfaces with the security, scalability, and optimization in mind.
Product Application Specialist
Herman Miller, Inc. – Thrive Portfolio
As a Product Application Specialist, Tricia serves on the leadership team for Herman Miller’s Thrive Portfolio, one of the company’s top performing groups projected to exceed its $140M annual goal in just its sixth year. In a truly cross-functional role, she not only works with sales representatives and designers within the Herman Miller family and dealer network across the world, but also with Product Management to help decide the portfolio’s next products. Tricia has worked at distinguished architecture and design firms in New York City and abroad. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the School of Visual Arts.
Manager, Software Engineering
Priyanka is an analytical and skilled leader with more than 15 years of experience designing and developing cutting edge products in API Management, Cloud services, Internet/Intranet, and Client/Server applications. In her current role at Rovi, a media entertainment solution provider company, Priyanka oversees teams of geographically dispersed engineers in the execution of critical projects through product inception, research, definition, prototyping, development, and production release. She is currently working on the new Fan TV platform announced by Rovi at CES 2016, which integrated Fan TV with Rovi’s advanced Personalized Discovery Solutions on set-top boxes. Priyanka holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from India. She holds two US patents in media entertainment.
Glauce is a Program Director at Zodiac Interiors division, a leading Aerospace company with a global presence. She oversees a contract with one of the major aircraft OEMs, oversees the execution of engineering solutions, and is responsible for product manufacturing and delivery. Over the past seven years, she has successfully managed programs and people achieving great financial results while fostering valuable relationships with European, North and South American customers. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, speaks Portuguese and has collaborated on several continuous improvement projects. Glauce is honored to be a part of this EMBA cohort, and looks forward to enhancing strategic decision making skills and business acumen.
Campbell Soup Company
Gina is a Distributor Manager covering the western region and managing the sales of the V8 beverage line for New Jersey based Campbell Soup Company. With 10 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry, she specializes in distributor management, key account management, coaching and training, joint business planning, forecasting, and strategy for execution of single serve beverages. Throughout her career with Fortune 500 companies, she has managed different beverage categories of top brands with a team passionate for success. Gina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.
Meet EMBA 111S
Summer 2016 Cohort
M&A Transaction Advisory Services
Prior to moving to the United States, JM was the manager in charge of the Transaction Advisory Services practice of RSM Philippines. He helped build the transactions practice of the firm from the ground up and he has extensive experience in business valuations, fairness opinions, mergers and acquisitions, transaction support and advisory, financial analysis and research, financial due diligence, and corporate finance. JM has performed engagements for clients in a wide variety of industries such as power generation and distribution, banking and finance, transportation, agriculture, commodities, film entertainment, education, retail, real estate development, utilities, hospitals and healthcare, and manufacturing.
Manager, Project Management Services
National Notary Association
Ricky is a project management professional with more than 13 years of experience managing portfolios exceeding more than $10 million in total budget. In his current role, he leads the Project Management Services team at the National Notary Association, the leading authority on the American Notary Office. He is responsible for corporate strategic and portfolio planning, developing and implementing portfolio-related processes and policies, and works with cross-functional leaders to ensure portfolio alignment company-wide. Ricky is a proud San Diego State Aztec and in his free time, enjoys cooking, yoga and snowboarding.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Prince is an entrepreneur with experience in events, fashion, and technology. He, along with his partners, created an apparel trade show for contemporary, street, and action sports. His efforts helped connect brands with notable retailers such as Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, PacSun, Tilly's, and Forever 21. Recently, as Director of Sales & Marketing, he launched 1UPSIDE, a mobile app for home care providers to grow their business. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Marketing from California State University, Long Beach. In addition to being a creative, Prince is passionate about creating solutions through new business.
Vincent is seasoned television executive who has worked at FOX Broadcasting and FOX Sports for nearly 25 years. At FOX, he was a part of the marketing team that launched iconic shows such as: The X-Files, American Idol and House. Most recently at FOX Sports, Vincent was part of the team that launched the sports channels FS1 and FS2. His experience has included media planning and buying for show launches on FOX. At FOX Sports, Vincent was chief strategist for marketing, establishing on-air promotional plans for sports such as College Football, MLB, Nascar, NFL, & UFC.
|Jose L. Gonzalez
IT Help Desk Specialist
Department of Veterans Affairs
As a Marine Corps Sergeant, Jose did two tours in Iraq where he served as a Communications Chief responsible for training and preparing Marines to serve as Radio Operators in imminent danger environments. There he learned how to work under critical situations and provide real time solutions. He has carried the leadership he attained in the military into his civilian work as well as through his volunteering efforts within the homeless community. Jose is a member of Vet Hunters Project working to bring awareness to the community.
Haralambos Beverage Company
Taki represents the fourth generation at Haralambos Beverage Company (HBC). Throughout his career with HBC, Taki has held various positions within the Human Resources and Accounting departments of the company. With more than eight years of professional experience in the beverage distribution industry, he is currently focusing his attention to the Sales side of the business. His goal is to learn all facets within the company, and in doing so become qualified to take over and manage the daily operations of the business. Taki holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Arizona.
Visual Effects Supervisor
Joe is a Visual Effects and Computer Graphics expert who has contributed to more than two dozen tent-pole films including Oscar® winners Avatar, Hugo, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, among others. He co-invented and patented technology used on I Am Legend, Beowulf, Spiderman 3, and Ghost Rider, and was nominated for an MTV VMA in 2012 for David Guetta’s “Turn Me On” music video. Joe has also worked on commercials for brands including Nike, Coca-Cola, Lexus, and Gatorade. Originally from Texas, Joe began his career in 2002 as an artist at Reel FX in Dallas.
Senior Manager, TV Entertainment Development Finance
Amber is a Senior Manager of Development Finance for NBCUniversal’s Television Entertainment Group. She is responsible for management of pre-production commitments for Universal Television Studio and NBC Network—serving as a liaison between creative, business affairs, legal, and finance leadership. Prior to her current role, Amber was a Senior Consultant in Comcast’s Corporate Audit group and assessed financial and operational compliance for multiple divisions within Comcast and NBCUniversal. With more than a decade of experience in entertainment finance and television production, Amber has managed multi-million dollar projects for Discovery Channel, TLC, HGTV, WE, Style Network, G4, and E! Entertainment.
Stephanie currently leads the domestic production team at SloanLED, an industry leader in LED technology. Over the past 12 years at SloanLED, she has held several positions including, manufacturing engineering and distribution management and has had extensive experience working in various cross-functional teams throughout the organization. Stephanie thrives while working in a dynamic, challenging environment and has a passion for continuous improvement. Stephanie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University, Bozeman. She resides in Ventura County and in her free time, enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors with her husband and children.
Regional Vice President, West Coast
Sam is a dynamic sales executive for Paycom, the fastest growing human capital management firm in the country. He has been with the company since 2008 and has played a major role in growing Paycom’s market cap from $70 million to more than $2.5 billion. As the West Coast Regional Vice President, Sam is responsible for opening new markets, training and development, as well as increasing market share. In 2015, he was named Regional Sales Executive of the Year for the company. Sam aspires to continue growing with the company and passionately leading high performing teams.
Director, Unified Communications
Netrix, LLC– Thrive Portfolio
With a background in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Samir is the Global Director of Unified Communication Practice for Netrix. With 12 years of experience in Solution Selling, Solution Delivery, he specializes in key account management, coaching, training, and strategy and execution of global expansion of the firm. Throughout his career with Fortune 50 companies, he has managed teams and the success of the solution delivery. Samir has also built a global delivery team which supports their clients and product development for their hosted platform. In his free time, he enjoys cricket, bike riding and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.
Vice President of E-Commerce and Digital Marketing
Hyper Village, Inc.
As the Vice President of E-Commerce and Digital Marketing for Hyper Village, Inc., an information technology consulting firm, Norris leads cross-functional business and technical teams in e-commerce development and implementation along with strategic marketing services for clients across various brands. Additionally, he leads the creative services group in client content development, specifically in video production and photography. His previous experience includes information technology management at Marriott International and Hewlett-Packard, where he led various teams in lodging systems, retail merchandising, loyalty programs, and change initiatives. Norris earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations.
Chief Operating Officer
Fernanda oversees OCEARCH, a non-profit organization recognized globally for open sourcing real-time scientific data around shark migration. OCEARCH's Global Shark Tracker was awarded as one of the “Top 10 Science Apps” by BBC. Fernanda's main focus is to create free access to modern-day exploration and real-time scientific research to everyone. In addition to developing the OCEARCH STEM curriculum and sponsorship programs, Fernanda manages expeditions worldwide. Her vast experience in producing content came from previous jobs producing TV series for National Geographic, History Channel, and public relations agencies. She hails from Brazil and currently lives in Park City, Utah.
|Gregory S. Willson
Project Management Professional
Greg has more than 18 years of business experience working in diverse industry sectors where he has led 1000+ people and overseen multi-million dollar projects both internationally and domestically. He has served as a General Manager in the automotive industry, and a tier-2 manufacturing facility in Juarez, Mexico, supplying directly to Honda and Toyota. Most recently, he worked in Accounting and Finance at a billion dollar intermediate oil and gas company, Birchcliff Energy, and also served as a Capital Logistician for Doctors without Borders in Darfur, Sudan. His expertise and core competencies include team building, general management, operational streamlining, and staff development as well as a solid foundation in finance and accounting. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois’ Rockford University.
Summer 2016 Cohort
Vice President Branch Manager, San Francisco
Young's Market Company
Jonathan is currently Vice President Branch Manager San Francisco for Young's Market Company responsible for sales execution. Experiencing continual growth during the past nine years, Jonathan enjoys the exciting and challenging atmosphere that the wine and spirits industry offers. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University, Bakersfield and enjoys spending time with family and traveling, including educational trips to distilleries and wineries around the world. He is continually looking to improve upon his talents and believes that the EMBA program here at Pepperdine will help him do just that.
Vice President Branch Manager, San Francisco
Young's Market Company
Jonathan is currently Vice President Branch Manager San Francisco for Young's Market Company responsible for sales execution. Experiencing continual growth during the past nine years, Jonathan enjoys the exciting and challenging atmosphere that the wine and spirits industry offers. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University, Bakersfield and enjoys spending time with family and traveling, including educational trips to distilleries and wineries around the world. He is continually looking to improve upon his talents and believes that the EMBA program here at Pepperdine will help him do just that.
Vice President Branch Manager, San Francisco
Young's Market Company
Jonathan is currently Vice President Branch Manager San Francisco for Young's Market Company responsible for sales execution. Experiencing continual growth during the past nine years, Jonathan enjoys the exciting and challenging atmosphere that the wine and spirits industry offers. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University, Bakersfield and enjoys spending time with family and traveling, including educational trips to distilleries and wineries around the world. He is continually looking to improve upon his talents and believes that the EMBA program here at Pepperdine will help him do just that.
Marketing Campaign Manager
Yuri is a data-driven marketer who specializes in creating digital and offline experiences that are fun, rewarding, create loyalty, and show results. Currently, he runs the digital marketing team at Platfora, a Big Data Discovery startup that is transforming the way businesses drive insight and analysis from raw data. Previously, Yuri was a Product Manager at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, where he arrived via the Silver Tail Systems acquisition. At Silver Tail, Yuri found his passion for influencing buyer behavior at different stages of the sales cycle. Yuri holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Riverside.
Matt currently serves as the Operations Manager for PetroCloud, a Dallas based start-up focused on oilfield automation and energy security. He brings 10 years of management and leadership experience as an Infantry Officer in the US Army and as a Territory Manager for a leading building materials company. Matt has deep real-world experience creating and implementing complex processes in high-stress environments, from a combat deployment to Afghanistan to leading operations in a fast paced start-up environment. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin.
Sales Senior Zone Supervisor
Keeley is currently the Sales Senior Zone Supervisor for Frito Lay in Sacramento. After proven sales results as a Sales District Leader, Keeley was awarded the highest sales honors at Frito Lay in 2014. She led her team to rank in the top 2% of sales company-wide. She currently leads a $115M sale operation, where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of five facilities and more than 200 employees. Most recently, Keeley successfully led the implementation of a new employee compensation system, which was the first execution in California. Keeley holds a Bachelor's degree from California State University, Chico.
Director of Used Oil Logistics
Kleen Performance Products
Zach is a supply chain professional with expertise in liquid bulk petrochemical and chemical waste supply chains. He currently works at Kleen Performance Products, the largest provider of re-refined oil in North America. He is responsible for managing all aspects of used oil transportation by truck, rail and barge including forecasting future demand. Zach is an 18 year veteran of the Army and Army Reserve where he served as a battalion level supply sergeant, platoon leader and professional trainer. When Zach is not at work, he enjoys traveling with his family, playing golf, and going to sporting events.
Vice President, Transportation and Logistics
Kleen Performance Products
John is a transportation professional with expertise in liquid bulk petrochemical and chemical waste supply chains. He currently works at Kleen Performance Products, the largest provider of re-refined oil in North America. He is responsible for managing all aspects of transportation by truck, rail and barge including overseeing a large fleet operation. John is a 20 year veteran of the Army and Army Reserve where he served as an infantry paratrooper, truck driver and professional trainer. When not at work, he enjoys traveling with his family, playing golf, and fishing.
Associate Director Technology, Product New Business
Arvin is an intrinsically motivated, prolific leader with unprecedented drive and grit who believes in living at the edge of your comfort zone. Arvin has spent more than 18 years on the cutting-edge of Wireless, IT and Telecom industry and has served in various capacities starting in a technical call center, solutions engineering, marketing, business development and now with Verizon's Corporate Product New Business group. In his current role, he is responsible for wireless network technology briefings with C-levels from key enterprise and government accounts. Arvin is fascinated with learning and is passionate about leveraging technology to solve real-world problems.
Kendall Stevens was born and raised as a dual citizen of the United States and Australia. She has used her education in finance as well as her background in real estate and marketing to head up expansive real estate projects throughout Australia, Asia, and London markets. Kendall transitioned into the tech world, spending 2015 and early 2016 managing a software professional services practice focusing on optimizing resourcing, margin, and project execution. She plans to join her next software company as a manager of services delivery to enhance the quality, success, and proficiency of the environment.
Michael is currently a District Manager for the largest (revenue) program for staffing firm MarketSource, Inc. MarketSource, of 40 years, provides staffing and sales solutions to leading companies. Michael has worked in many different roles in retail sales for the past 10 years and is a highly driven, energetic, and people development focused sales manager who has created successful culture repeatedly in his career. Michael leads a team of 75 - 100 people across 22 locations and is responsible for greater than $12M in revenues. He enjoys family outings, raising a three-year old, and riding the winding Northern California roads.
Samuel is a commercial HVAC professional with more than seven years in the environmental test and balance industry. He currently works at RSAnalysis, one of the larger Air Balance companies in California. He is responsible for managing multiple concurrent projects of varying size and complexity. Samuel has various sheet metal certifications, including TABB, NEBB, and Title 24. Samuel is highly energetic about creative problem solving and strives for personal and professional growth. During his free time, Samuel enjoys relaxing outdoors with his wife and dog.
Fall 2016 Cohort
W. Brandon Aki, II
Chief Executive Officer
ACG Agency, Inc. & Colaabo
Entrepreneur, Air Force Jet Pilot, Behavioral Economist, Futurist, Relationship Strategist. Born in Charleston, SC, Brandon is the product of a traditional marriage: gaining a unique perspective on love through a parental relationship that lasted almost 30 years. After traveling the world, he was injured in an accident while deployed with US Air Forces overseas in support of two wars and one major conflict. Since his personal tragedy, he has taken his passion, training, and education in behavioral economics, emotional intelligence, group dynamics and relationship strategy – dedicating himself to helping save marriage in America through wellness programs and unique social experiences.
Sari Megan Kern, RN CEN CPEN
Exer More Than Urgent Care
Sari was hired at Exer More Than Urgent Care as the Center Manager for two South Bay locations, opening Winter 2016. Exer is the mezzanine level of health care specializing in non-life-threatening conditions and branding itself as an Emergency Room alternative. Since joining Exer, Sari has brought her extensive experience as an Emergency RN, Manager and Director to help create and refine policy and protocol assisting in the C-suite at this start-up company. Sari is passionate about travel, health, fitness, and spending time with her loving husband and son.
Director of Employee Relations, Health & Safety
Diana began her career in Human Resources more than 20 years ago. Currently the Director of Employee Relations, Health and Safety at Cottage Health in Santa Barbara, California. She is a business partner to senior leadership providing advice on critical strategic issues and coaching organization leaders in employee relations, talent development, employee engagement, and organizational development. Within Employee Health and Safety, she led successful campaigns to improve patient care through improvements in safe patient handling and employee vaccination. Diana's professional specialties include workplace investigations, performance management, conflict resolution, legal compliance, labor relations, and project management.
Director, Enterprise Architecture
St. Joseph Health
Sanjay is an experienced technology professional with more than 20 years of experience in implementing strategic and tactical technology solutions, directing process redesign and governance initiatives in multiple industries including the financial, publishing and healthcare. In his current role at St. Joseph Health, Sanjay is responsible for the development of technology strategies, transformation roadmaps, and enhancing governance and service capability management. Sanjay has contributed in growth and transformation of startups to well established Fortune 100 companies. Sanjay enthusiastically partners with executive leadership in developing business strategy, evangelizing transformation, mentoring colleagues, developing talent and building energetic teams.
Southern California Regional Manager
Cory is the Southern California Regional Manager for Sunbelt Controls, a building automation company serving customers throughout the western United States. Cory earned his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boise State University. Go Broncos! He joined Sunbelt's parent company, ACCO Engineered Systems, in 2003 giving him the opportunity to design, install, service and maintain nearly every aspect of a commercial buildings' mechanical systems. In 2013, Cory moved to a Sunbelt leadership position granting him an opportunity to transition his focus from personal accomplishment to the personal fulfillment gained by witnessing the success of those he leads.
Regional Sales Director
U.S. Bank Payment Solutions
As Regional Sales Director at U.S. Bank Payment Solutions, Gil is responsible for spearheading the overall vision, focus and execution of the Southern California Payment Services Division within U.S. Banks Retail and Small Business Banking segments. With previous experience working within the Commercial, Corporate, Consumer, and Investment Banking divisions, these opportunities have positioned Gil's creative and thoughtful leadership skills to enable him the opportunity to articulate a vision and culture for an engaged team driving results while contributing to the U.S. Banks bottom line. In Gil's free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.
PN Retail/Wholesale Consulting
Paul is an Independent/Freelance Consultant in the Retail and Wholesale industry. With more than 17 years of business experience, his specialization is in demand planning, forecasting, allocation, inventory management, and team development. Having a background as a VP and Director for Macy's, Macys.com, and NordstromRack.com/Hautelook, Paul is accomplished in building customer focused merchandise strategies within e-commerce, brick and mortar, and Omni-channel in both full and off price markets. Over the past six months, Paul has been focused in developing his consulting business with local, national, and global retailers, wholesalers, and consultant companies in the Los Angeles area.
Operations Program Manager
City of San Diego
As the Operations Program Manager for the City of San Diego's Street Division, Nathan co-leads a team of more than 330 employees in the maintenance and repair division of the city's street network. Managing a combined operational and capital budget of $100M, the division maintains more than 2,500 miles of streets, 5,000 miles of sidewalks and the associated 500,000 infrastructure assets across the city. Nathan joined the city in 2015 after 10 years of service as a naval officer, and is still an active member of the Navy Reserve.
Director of Development
Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
Joe is an Annie Award-winning director, writer and producer with 25 years of professional experience in the animation industry. He serves as the Director of Development at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI), where he leads a creative production team developing new forms of media on emerging digital platforms. Mr. Sichta earned a Bachelor's degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1992. He resides in Malibu, CA with his wife and two children.
Claims Regional Director
Caroline has approximately 20 years of experience in Personal Auto Casualty Insurance. She has proven expertise in leading all aspects of a claim operation within a non-standard claims portfolio including talent management, process improvement, risk assessment, data analysis and management of all aspects of the business. She is a proactive leader with a track record of integrating strategic solutions within existing processes in order to lessen the impact of rapid change. She possesses a strong reputation for developing successful leaders and believes in providing associates with a healthy balance of coaching, guidance and empowerment to make sound business decisions.
Head of Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion
Corren is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of human resources experience across numerous disciplines. Specializing in the human capital space, he has led talent management and talent acquisition teams for organizations such as Ameriquest Financial, Pfizer pharmaceuticals, Callaway Golf, and Carefusion/Becton Dickinson. In his most recent role at Herbalife, Corren is charged with developing key business strategies designed to attract and retain top talent, with a focus on global mobility and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Corren holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Director of Human Resource Operations
Alta Hospitals System, LLC
As the Director of Human Resource Operations for Alta Hospitals System, LLC, Yvonne currently oversees the regional human resources operations for seven facilities for the Southern California area. She is a dynamic and seasoned, bilingual leader with experience in a variety of industries including Healthcare, Entertainment, Mobile Technology, Consumer Packaged Goods and Brewing. Yvonne is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Society for Human Resources Management. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources from California State University, Fullerton. She is an avid traveler and animal advocate.
Reiko is the CEO of JRC, Inc. headquarter in Los Angeles. She established JRC, Inc. in 2007 and quickly grew the company sales to $6.2M in 2015, with products in Japan, Brazil, Canada, and European countries. Her past 10 years of experience in digitization has transformed, evolved and connected with business/consumers world-wide. Her current focus this year is to double the annual sales to $12M with JRC's own line of products, and establish consulting groups to help businesses in Japan transform to the digital era.
Fall 2016 Cohort
Director of Strategy & Planning
Hilary is currently a Director of Strategy & Planning for Cisco's Global Strategic Partner Organization. Cisco is the global leader in IT networking. In her current role, she partners with Cisco's senior leadership team and key partner companies to drive key strategic initiatives, address critical business challenges, and develop and execute strategies that drive opportunities in Cisco's business.
Hilary has spent the past 17 years at Cisco building high performance teams in Finance, Strategy & Operations across Manufacturing, Pricing, Cisco Capital and Sales. She holds a dual Bachelor's degree from San Jose State University in Accounting and Finance. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, and traveling.
Emergency Care, Inc.
Karen currently serves as CEO of Emergency Care, Inc. which she founded in 2015 to provide innovative emergency kits for families to effectively cope in natural disasters. She also serves as chair of Los Altos High School's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) board to inspire high school students to pursue higher math and science. As an active community leader, Karen finds passion in promoting public service programs. She enjoys working with the Los Altos Rotary Club's World Community Service program and Silicon Valley Social Ventures, a giving network of Silicon Valley partners who pool money and talent to support promising social ventures.
She started her career at Ketchum Public Relations in Pittsburgh, Pa., before moving to Osaka, Japan in the early 1990s where she worked as the chief editor at Congre Corporation. While in Osaka, she learned about the disastrous effects of major earthquakes and the ensuing needs of the immediate community, which prompted her to start Emergency Care, Inc. She earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Public Relations and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University.
Behavioral Health Care Coordinator
Health Care Service Corporation
Jacque holds a Master's degree in Counseling and is a licensed professional counselor. She has spent almost all of her career in behavioral health disciplines, holding such titles as a therapist, director of clinical services, clinical supervisor, triage specialist, and, presently, as behavioral health care coordinator on behalf of a leading health insurance carrier. For 12 years, she was a private practitioner focusing on relationship management. Jacque is confident that pursuing the Executive MBA at Pepperdine will enhance her already strong ability to coach executives in their relationships and personal lives. In addition to her passion for serving others, she enjoys surfing, yoga and travel.
Business Strategy Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Brandon is the Strategy Manager for HPE's Enterprise Services unit, and is responsible for the maintenance and growth of $6B+ revenue across North, Central, and South American geographies. His analysis of market trends and historical performance data ensures the company's strategic direction is aligned with industry demands. Although new to the Information Technology industry, his leadership experience was honed during more than a decade of service in the United States Navy, serving operationally aboard submarines and alongside elite Navy SEALs. He has achieved a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Allegheny College, and looks forward to continuing his leadership and business development growth through the Executive MBA program at Pepperdine.
Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters
Lisa currently serves as a Contracting Officer for the Surface Ship Repair Department of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington DC. She has accumulated nine years of Federal Government experience in contract solicitation, negotiation, and management, along with cross-functional leadership skills gained through interaction with senior Navy Officials. In an environment where the defense budget comes under increased scrutiny, she is constantly challenged to achieve greater efficiency through affordability analysis and cost control. Lisa earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from The George Washington University. She is attending this program alongside her husband, Brandon, and is looking forward to growing both personally and professionally through this shared experience.
Vice President, Division Manager
Young's Market Company
Paul is currently a Vice President Division Manager for Young's Market Company, in charge of On-Premise sales execution in the East Bay for Northern California. He holds both his Certified Specialist of Wine and his Certified Specialist of Spirits certifications through the Society of Wine Educators. Having become an expert in the liquor and wine industry over the past 15 years, he brings his knowledge and leadership skills into the development of his team in a very competitive industry and market. In the few years spent at Young's Market Company, he has been promoted into multiple roles, has been successful in the turnaround of a newly formed team and territory, and continues to deliver single to double digit growth, well above industry standard. Paul holds a Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University.
Executive Strategic Project Coordinator
Shavell is the youngest of five and the first in her family to graduate college with honors and continuously pursue opportunities in higher education, as well as personal growth. With more than four years of experience working at Harris County Sheriff's Department in Houston, Texas, and six years as an operations/client relationship manager, Shavell couples her diverse background with her passion by empowering underprivileged families to gain long-term stability as an Executive Assistant at LifeMoves. When Shavell is away from the office, she enjoys watching comedy movies, going on hikes, and attending live sporting events. She is excited to come onboard with Pepperdine's Fall 2016 Executive MBA cohort and looks forward to entering new heights as a leader within the millennial generation. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice, with a minor in International Political Science from Texas Southern University.
Operations Program Manager
XY Planning Network
Raul is currently the COO for XY Planning Network, a rapidly growing startup company that aims to ensure financial planning is available to Generation X and Generation Y. Raul also has an extensive background in leadership and operations that he acquired while serving 11 years as an officer in the United States Navy as well as a program manager for a Fortune 500 IT company. He is well versed in leading teams of varying shapes and sizes, and possesses a deep understanding of how to develop and implement processes to ensure strategic success. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the United States Naval Academy.
Senior Manager, Business Assurance Services
Stephanie is currently the Senior Manager of the Business Assurance Services at SRI International, a not-for-profit think tank dedicated to world-changing research and development. Stephanie holds a CPA, CIA, and CISA, and brings more than 10 years of experience in the Aerospace and Defense Industry. She is a champion in the use of data analytics in identifying fraud, cost savings, and recoveries. She provides value-add internal audits and consulting services to assist senior and operational management achieve its business objectives. She received her Bachelor's degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Accounting with a minor in Computer Science.
Boston Post Dairy, LLC
Alissa is a marketing executive working where brands, customer insights, and technology intersect. She has spent more than 15 years leveraging data to deliver innovative strategies that drive strong brand equity and long-term customer engagement. Her background at Equifax led her to manage product lifecycle and customer CRM systems for hospitality groups such as Hyatt, Denihan & Ritz Carlton. Since being recruited to the Bay Area by Ubisoft, a gaming company, she has also implemented programmatic branding and marketing automation in Education and Healthcare. Alissa is very excited to continue her education with Pepperdine working towards her Executive MBA to develop purpose-driven leadership and inspire others to think big, start small, fail quickly and scale fast.
Angela S. Hwang
Marketing Communications Manager
Macate Group Corp.
Angela brings more than a decade of experience specializing in marketing, communications and corporate strategy working for various global law firms and enterprises. After working in New York City for several years, Angela moved to Silicon Valley earlier this year to pursue her desire to work in the tech industry. She currently serves as the Marketing Communications Manager for Macate Group Corp, which specializes in cybersecurity solutions. She is thrilled to be part of this EMBA program to learn, form lifelong friendships and continue her journey to the C-Suite. Angela is a graduate of UC Berkeley with Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications as well as a Bachelor's degree in Sociology.
NMI Retail Operations Manager
Nintendo of America
Karen leads the operations for Nintendo's field merchandising team, which services 10,000+ retail stores throughout the U.S. She is passionate about people and processes and enjoys leading teams through bold challenges. She has more than 15 years of sales and marketing leadership experience in both private and non-private sectors, including companies such as Fox Sports Interactive, Fremont Unified School District and UCLA Anderson School of Business. Karen earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University.
First Community Housing
Izaac is the Asset Manager at First Community Housing where he manages residential communities with a wide variety of service partnerships, property management, construction and special projects. He is responsible for managing both operation and financial portfolio performance.
Through Izaac's leadership and more than 10 years of experience in real estate management, the portfolio is experiencing a half percent vacancy rate. Izaac leads the First Housing Services meetings where programming, safety, facilities management and special projects for our diverse communities are tracked. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Sociology from San Jose State University and values his faith, family, and maintaining a positive attitude.
Chair, Performing Arts
Lee was born in Lynchburg, Virginia. After completing a Bachelor of Music Education in Piano and Choral Conducting, he taught for several years and completed a Master of Music as well as a Doctorate in Musical Arts degree. His professional background is diverse, including intense learning experiences in New York City, working with teachers at The Juilliard School and The Metropolitan Opera, performing on A&E Television with Stephen Sondheim and Bernadette Peters as well as teaching at the Boys Choir of Harlem. Recently, he sang with the San Francisco Opera Chorus where he regularly collaborated with the world's great singers and musicians.
Spring 2017 Cohort
Ahmed currently serves on the Board of Directors at Al-Thomad, an investment holding company, which specializes in various industries in the Gulf Region. Al-Thomad was established in 1982 to improve the management of a number of diversified family-owned business operations by the application of sound business practices. Ahmed is responsible for the company's real estate investments throughout the Saudi Arabian region, including investments in healthcare, industrial, and land development. He was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
EH&S Program Director
Sharifa is a Corporate Safety Manager at Ports America, the largest Terminal Operator and Stevedore in the United States. In her current position, Sharifa is a leader in safety as she provides strategic guidance and professional expertise to all business Units. Sharifa has been with Ports America for 17 years in multiple roles, including leading initiatives for safety strategies, regulatory compliance, training components, and developing/implementing a new safety database. She has extensive experience in projects, people management (union & management), and business unit collaboration to drive efficiency and compliance with Ports America's goals and objectives.
Manager, International Finance
The Walt Disney Company
Ryan is a seasoned entertainment executive with a range of experience in finance, operations, and sales. In his current role at The Walt Disney Company, Ryan oversees the financial planning and strategy for the international cable business. Previously, he worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he was instrumental in facilitating operations to drive revenue during the notable cyber-attack in November 2014. Before moving into the entertainment industry, he oversaw logistics for the U.S.'s largest exporting company of recovered materials, as well as conducted business-to-business software sales. Ryan received his Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of California, Riverside.
Human Resources Executive
Jason is a dynamic Human Resources leader who began his career in logistical operations. With more than 15 years of experience in human resources, organizational development, employee relations, compensation, absence management, and benefits, coupled with his exposure and service at organizations such as UPS, Coca- Cola Enterprises, and Providence Health & Services, Jason has a wealth of experience creating and implementing a wide range of strategic initiatives. Through his keen ability to collaborate and understand stakeholder needs, Jason deploys a methodical approach to build and maximize team efforts and driving positive results.
Senior Vice President of International
Prior to working at Lotus Entertainment as Senior Vice President of International for four years now, Sarah spent years handling International Sales at XYZ Films. Being part of an elevated production company, she helped grow their film slate and establish strong relationships throughout the entertainment industry. She began working at New Line Cinema in International Marketing and Servicing, before pursuing a career in International Sales at Lionsgate under the leadership of Helen Lee Kim. Sarah received her Bachelor's degree from Ithaca College, New York in Marketing, Organizational Communications, with a minor in German.
Specialist / Founder
Apple / AguaBumm
Michael works for Apple as a Specialist, providing innovation for businesses and customers in the IT field. As the founder for AguaBumm, a lifestyle clothing brand, Michael oversees the day to day operations in marketing, sales, and merchandizing. Michael also served in the Marine Corps as a Staff Noncommissioned Officer, where he participated in numerous training and combat operations. He is dedicated to serving others and providing mentorship. Michael earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from California College, San Diego.
Senior Industrial Designer
As a Senior Industrial Designer in product development at the Innovation Lab, Matthew works with healthcare professionals of all disciplines to incubate novel ideas into products and solutions to improve healthcare needs. He is a hands-on designer with an out of the box imagination, balanced with astute product to market strategies. His experience has produced innovative products in the consumer, industrial, law enforcement, and healthcare industries and holds more than 20 patents. Matthew earned his Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design at CSU, Long Beach. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors.
Senior Division Sales Manager
Johnson and Johnson Medical Devices
Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) Medical Devices. In his current role at JNJ, Nathan oversees a $27 million product portfolio and a medical device sales team responsible for accelerating sales across nine distinct device categories. Prior to joining JNJ, Nathan served as a Naval Officer, leading a team of 23 as a Mission Commander before accepting a nomination to instruct at Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor. Nathan holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Oklahoma State University and a Master's degree in Management/Risk Management from Florida State University.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development
Reza is responsible for Corporate Development, Strategic Business Alliances, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology Development and Proliferation/Advancement of Semiconductor Technology covering North America, Europe and Singapore. Prior to ASE, Reza served as Corporate Vice President with AMD and Broadcom where he was responsible for Global Back-End Engineering and Operations including R&D, Development and Manufacturing. He serves as Technology Advisor to the Founder/CEO at Movandi Corporation. Reza is a named inventor on more than 100 issued US and European patents and many pending patents.
Monika is a marketing, creative and social impact executive with more than a decade of experience in all aspects of the marketing, creative, production and impact building disciplines. Monika has worked at some of the largest entertainment and most recognizable companies such as NBC Universal and The Walt Disney Company. Monika has a strong record of developing and implementing marketing partnerships, strategic alliances and branded content programs across multiple media platforms, as well as leading and building social impact initiatives for top global brands.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Tom is responsible for strengthening Hensel Phelps communication channels across multiple sectors. Previously, he was the Proposal Manager leading RFQ/RFP pursuits. Based in Southern California, Tom is a graduate from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. Early in his career, Tom held multiple positions in both the field and office at Parsons Corporation. He worked on the $300 million USACE Nationwide Replace Military Housing program and was a key player for the $942 million PMO start-up for PG&E. He has assisted in more than $1 billion in proposals.
Financial Services Executive
Mike is an external sales executive with more than 20 years of successful experience covering asset management sales, third-party distribution, client service and retention, and new business development. He is skilled in territory management building regions in the broker dealer, independent, bank, and RIA channels. Mike is experienced in facilitating collaboration between portfolio managers, analysts, product specialists, financial advisors, and their clients. He has earned his CIMA, CRPC, CMFC, and CFS designations. He attended the University of San Diego and the University of Utah and graduated with degrees in Economics and Sociology. Mike resides with his family in Pasadena.
Zarin Godrej Paghdiwalla
In her role as Chief of Staff for the Office of Chief Executive Officer, President and the Governing Board, Zarin has lead business strategy and planning initiatives, provides market insights to support investment and technology strategies, and informs the CEO and Board of Directors on organizational issues. Zarin has played a key role in critical enterprise-level initiatives, including management of organizational change, increased operational effectiveness, and accelerated business growth. She has also worked closely with senior executives of enterprises on people transfer initiatives. Zarin earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Key Account Manager
Swagelok Los Angeles
Marko is a key account manager for Swagelok Los Angeles where he is responsible for business development and sustaining the relationships of key accounts. He specializes in providing technical expertise while developing complex solutions for clients reaching various industries including oil and gas, power generation and biopharmaceutical fields. He has an extensive background in manufacturing, specifically with Swagelok Company and their product offering. He was born in Bosnia, then moved to Germany before settling in the United States, allowing him to speak three languages. Marko holds his Bachelor's degree in International Business and Marketing from Cleveland State University.
Medical Director for Medical Affairs/Oncology
Dr. Smith is an expert in Breast Oncology and a highly trained and renowned Oncoplastic Breast Cancer Surgeon, specializing in treatment and breast education, as well as an award-winning speaker, presenter, and author. Robina worked as a Breast Surgeon at St. Jude Medical Center and Physician liaison for Commission On Cancer, American College of Surgeons. She is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Association of Woman Surgeons and Association of Black Women Physicians, and sits on the Board of Directors for Susan G. Komen OC and is CEO/founder of Treasure Your Chest, LLC.
Vice President & Private Wealth Advisor
Breanna started her career in finance securitizing home loans but then transitioned into banking and wealth management and now works with high net worth individuals. Breanna holds her series 7, 66, and Life & Health licenses, as well as her Personal Financial Planning Certificate. She was previously ranked #2 in the nation amongst her peers at Wells Fargo and awarded the company's highest acknowledgment, given to the top 1% of the company. Breanna was recently recognized in Pacific Coast Business Times "40 Under 40" for her work throughout the community, including her volunteer contributions to the Big Brothers - Big Sisters Program.
Daniel is currently an Estimator with Bergelectric, a Los Angeles-based commercial electrical construction company founded in 1946. He recently joined Bergelectric as a new endeavor to transition from the military to the construction industry. With more than 10 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, Daniel successfully led multiple teams across the globe in the execution of a wide range of mission sets from satellite operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Daniel holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wright State University in Dayton, OH.
Director of Accounting and FP&A
Avanath Capital Management
Wesley is the Director of Accounting and FP&A at Avanath Capital Management, a real estate investment firm that specializes in niche strategies for institutional investors. He oversees all aspects of Accounting and FP&A. Prior to Avanath, he was with CIM, where he was responsible for the accounting and finance of $28 billion in Opportunistic Real Estate. He has also managed the finance and accounting for a diverse field of domestic and international alternative investment products at large public companies like BNY Mellon, Deutsche Bank, and SS&C. Wesley is also a CPA and a Board Member of an LA-based non-profit.
Summer 2017 Cohort
General Manager, Winterborne Division
Pacific Southwest Container
Bryson is the General Manager of the Winterborne Division of Pacific Southwest Container (PSC). This newly acquired division of PSC specializes in the design and manufacture of eye-catching, high-graphic retail packaging and point-of-purchase displays, with a focus on the design and execution of retail/club store display programs. Bryson started his career with PSC on the manufacturing floor, progressing through various roles until earning the position of Account Executive. In that role, he started knocking on doors with zero dollars in sales, quickly building a book of business approaching $7MM. His experience ranges from working with companies of varying sizes, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, and in industries varying from agriculture to high-tech electronics. In his new role, Bryson will lead the sales efforts of PSC's Winterborne Division as well as oversee the operations of the business. He holds Bachelor's degrees in both Economics and Political Science from the University of Oregon.
Data Center Facilities Manager
Brian is currently a Data Center Facilities Manager for Cyxtera Technologies. He oversees a team responsible for ensuring environmental conditions and power are maintained to critical customer environments. His role includes preventative maintenance planning and execution, budget development, and various tasks associated with operational life cycles for HVAC and electrical distribution infrastructure. Brian earned a Bachelor's degree from Excelsior College; in addition, he also served in the US Navy for 20 years. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, especially when it involves playing almost any kind of game and is an avid fan of the NFL.
Quantum Secure Inc. (part of HID Global)
Carol is an Accounting and Finance professional with a vast array of global and domestic experience in managing publicly-held and private companies. She is currently the Head of Finance for a software company located in Silicon Valley where she oversees the financial budget and forecasting, helps drive key strategic initiatives, and analyze financial and business impact of contracts/agreements with customers, vendors, and partners. Previously, she was the Corporate Controller at two publicly-held companies where she provided her technical accounting expertise, managed all internal and external reporting (SEC), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and other compliance requirements. Carol received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Santo Tomas, one of the top four universities in the Philippines. In addition, she also received a Certificate in Accounting from UC Santa Cruz and is currently pursuing her Executive MBA from the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University. She volunteered for three years to oversee the $500M Bond Measure for San Jose City College and Evergreen College as a Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee member.
Pacific Southwest Container
Allison is an account executive for Pacific Southwest Container (PSC), the largest privately held paper-based packaging company in the western United States. Over the past eight years, she has worked to build the Bay Area territory into a $12 million dollar book of business. In 2015, Allison was the first woman in the history of PSC (founded in 1973) to earn President's Club. She is passionate about driving growth through new client acquisition and is responsible for the management of all critical project details, including the execution of pricing strategies yielding the highest profit margin. Allison's clients include Fortune 500 companies such as: Hershey's, WhiteWave Foods, Kraft Heinz and Hormel Foods, among others in the consumer goods, brewery and pharmaceutical arena. Allison earned a Bachelor's degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Director of Business Development
Taqnia International Company
Mashael is currently the Director of Business Development at Taqnia International Company (TIC), a technology investment and development company. Previously, she was the Public Relations and Communications Manager at The Dow Chemical Company. Upon joining TIC, Mashael played a key role in developing the company's corporate strategy, as well as its services, such as Venture Capital and Startup Acceleration/Incubation.
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Adventist Health Lodi Memorial
Janelle is passionate about marketing and has 10 years of experience in marketing, event planning and community relations. She is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Adventist Health Lodi Memorial, leading a team working to enhance patient experience, employee engagement and community relations, and grow the number of patients served. Adventist Health Lodi Memorial is a healthcare organization in San Joaquin County comprised of a 190-bed hospital and more than 15 clinics and several additional services. The organization is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities on the West Coast. Their mission is to live God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. In addition to healthcare, Janelle has experience in retail real estate and earned a designation as a Certified Marketing Director through the International Council of Shopping Centers. She is passionate about serving her community and brings energy, enthusiasm and dedication to her projects inside and outside of work. Janelle holds a Bachelor's degree from Azusa Pacific University.
Clif Bar & Co
Melanie is a senior-level business optimization consultant who empowers Finance & Accounting organizations to work better, faster, and smarter. She specializes in building high-performing teams and aligning business processes and technology with company goals. A consummate teacher and mentor, she thrives on developing people to maximize their strengths and succeed. She values excellence, balance, and the right results through creative solutions.
Melanie’s expertise draws from more than 17 years of corporate experience leading multi- functional teams at startup, private, and public companies. Currently Melanie works at Clif Bar & Company, the leading manufacturer of organic energy bars and drinks. She is an active volunteer at a local grassroots organization dedicated to feeding and reducing harm in the West Oakland homeless community. She lives in Albany, CA, with her two children and dog. The sunny outdoors is where she recharges her energy and smile.
Young's Market Co.
Carl is currently the Vice President Division Manager for Young's Market managing execution for the East Bay. He has been in progressive leadership roles at Young's Market for the past five years and has led his teams to continual growth year over year.
Customer Success Manager
Swetha is an accomplished customer success manager with more than nine years of experience in managing client relations. In her role as a Customer Success Manager at Prysm Inc., she serves as a key strategic liaison and project manager, partnering with clients and executive leaders in all aspects of culture-shaping engagements to ensure their successful outcome. Previously, she was responsible for various initiatives in the strategy, organization and process improvement areas within multiple industries. Swetha is multilingual and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from San Jose University.
Summer 2017 Cohort
Bank of America Small Business
For the last 12 years, Uriel has held numerous roles in the financial industry. While at Bank of America, he has supported various regions nationwide, worked closely with high-level executives, and directed projects impacting and improving sales performance for hundreds of Small Business associates. Passion in using critical thinking, problem solving, and strategic management skills have aided Uriel in implementing strategies, leading, and motivating teams to drive results. Currently, he consults and provides financial services to Small Businesses in Los Angeles and is committed to understanding businesses' uniqueness to plan for the future and deliver financial solutions helping businesses grow and endure.
District Manager II
Alex is a District Manager II with Oportun where he is an experienced multi-unit manager who currently oversees a $55 million portfolio. Prior to joining Oportun, Alex worked in various roles from Sales to Sales Director for companies such a Thomson Reuters and HSBC. His extensive experience in training, people management, and projects has brought him national recognition for having the highest profitable offices for various companies. His proudest achievement has been developing leaders who have made their own impact to their companies.
Director of Public Affairs
Edwards Air Force Base
Ed is the Director of Public Affairs at Edwards Air Force Base, the world-renowned center for developmental flight test, where he leads a team of 30 corporate communication and support professionals. He is a retired U.S. Navy Captain with 26 years of active-duty leadership experience as a Naval Flight Officer and Public Affairs Officer. He served at Navy and joint headquarters in San Diego, Washington, Norfolk, Miami, New Orleans, aboard two aircraft carriers, the Green Zone in Baghdad, and a four-star command in Stuttgart, Germany. Ed earned his Bachelor's degree in Communications at the University of Southern California.
Dwight works for MJ Group as a Senior Manager, providing accounting and advisory services for start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including MGM Studios and Snapchat. Prior to joining MJ Group, he held management positions at PwC and EMI Music. In addition, he served as a consultant for companies including Warner Bros. Entertainment, Directv, Lions Gate Entertainment and Nintendo of America. He has extensive experience in Internal Audit, Financial Reporting, Forecasting and ERP systems (SAP). Dwight earned his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Tuskegee University, Alabama.
Assistant City Attorney II
City of Fort Collins, Colorado
Jody is an attorney with nine years of expertise in government affairs and regulation. As in-house counsel for the fourth largest city in Colorado, he has drafted legislation that has garnered nationwide attention and he helped acquire properties for a $90 million rapid transit project. Previously, he was a US Army Officer in the JAG Corps who led a team of 28 to provide tax services to active duty and retired Soldiers. A serial entrepreneur, last year, Jody launched a company with a single product that is expected to exceed $250,000 in sales by December.
Risk Management Officer
Northgate Gonzalez, LLC
Teresa is currently the Risk Management Officer at Northgate Gonzalez, LLC dba Northgate Markets. Teresa has been with Northgate for 22 years in multiple roles, including Risk Manager, Risk & Safety Manager, and HR consultant. She currently owns the process of identifying, measuring and managing insurable and hazard risks. She is accountable for effective Enterprise Risk Management of insurable hazards and risks for the organization. Her extensive knowledge and experience with Risk Management has helped her implement risk solutions that help optimize operation within the organization.
Manager of Business Development, Marketing and Program Management
The Gill Corporation
Kenneth has been working in Aircraft interiors for the last 11 years and is currently the Manager of Business Development, Marketing and Program Management for The Gill Corporation which is one of the world's largest manufacturers of honeycomb, high performance floor panels, cargo liners and original equipment for passenger and freighter aircraft. Prior to working with aircraft interiors, Kenneth was an US Army Intelligence officer leading multiple intelligence sites supporting real world indicators and warnings collection and analysis on the South Korean peninsula. Kenneth holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Creighton University.
Senior KC-135R Pilot Instructor
Delaware Resource Group, LLC
Kris provides aircrew training to US Air Force (USAF) pilots. Prior to joining DRG, Kris retired as a Lieutenant Colonel; his career culminating as the 452 Air Mobility Wing Director of Inspections, where he was responsible for preparing and leading more than 3,000 military and 1,000 civilians through numerous combat readiness inspections. During his military career, Kris amassed 5,000 flying hours in various rotary and fixed wing aircraft and is a distinguished graduate of the US Weapons and Tactics School. Kris earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Physics from Pacific Lutheran University.
Project Task Manager
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Bernardo is a Senior Engineer in the Communications, Tracking and Radar Division, leading tasks on the Deep Space Network Antennas at JPL in Pasadena. He has responsibility for the structural and mechanical health of the antennas tracking NASA's interplanetary spacecraft from three locations around the world. He has also worked on several spacecraft such as Mars 2020, OCO-2, MSL, Aquarius, Terra, and Chandra both at JPL and at Northrop Grumman. Bernardo loves spending time with family and friends, and enjoys a variety of past-times including mentoring young students and engineers.
Chief Financial Officer
Allied Refrigerator Inc.
Navi is the CFO at Allied Refrigeration Inc., a wholesale refrigeration and air-conditioning distributor. She has been in her role since 2009. As a member of the executive management team, Navi is responsible for the company's finances, accounting, corporate policies and relationships with lending institutions and external auditors. Prior to Allied, Navi held leadership roles in public accounting and private industry. Navi earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is thrilled to be a part of this EMBA program.
Director of Customer Engagement
Pree is currently the Director of Customer Engagement for a healthcare administration start up, Flock, and is a Customer Success Advisor for two venture capital funded startups in the Silicon Valley. Spending his entire career in the fast-paced startup world, Pree has put a strong focus on company management of key enterprise partnerships and the customer journey these partnerships are taken through during their account life cycle. Pree earned his Bachelor's degree at the University of California, Davis with a degree in Clinical Nutrition and Neurophysiology.
Jose Luis Sanchez Munoz
Jose Luis is currently the Commercial Director at Amgen for their Intercontinental Region. In this role, he is responsible for the management, oversight and direction of the operations in Latin American Distributor Markets, managing performance, sales, market share and profitability for those countries. Jose Luis has more than 25 years of strong experience in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry. He has diverse leadership skills working with different teams across functional and geographic boarders; as soon as Jose Luis completed his Bachelor's degree in Marketing, he started developing his career taking different roles in multinational companies as Sanofi, Wyeth, Pfizer and Amgen.
Director of Operations
Juan is currently the Director of Operations at Cell Nation, one of the largest Metro PCS authorized master agents in the United States. Juan began his telecommunications career as a wireless-customer service rep, an opportunity that opened a learning path through diverse roles including sales, marketing, operations and customer service. Previously, Juan was a cost controller for Saudi Arabian Saipem, a construction and installation company in the oil & gas market. Born in Bogota, Colombia, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Finance and International Relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia.
Head of Production
Jorva Entertainment Productions
As Head of Production at Jorva Entertainment Productions, Tamanna is responsible for overseeing multiple films in various stages of production. Prior to Jorva, Tamanna gained experience in the industry working at companies such as Paramount Vantage and Clarius Entertainment. Tamanna has also worked as an Independent Producer and Unit Production Manager on numerous theatrical and TV feature films. She is an active member of the Directors Guild of America as well as the Producers Guild of America. Tamanna holds a Bachelor's degree in Video & Film from Savannah College of Art & Design, and a Master's degree in Film Producing from the American Film Institute.
Keon Jin (Paul) Shin
Marquis Worldwide Specialty
Keon is a qualified international trade specialist. The knowledge and experience that he acquired as an agricultural specialist made him a professional marketer, salesman and leader. He helped the Korean Ministry of Agriculture with developing and marketing Korean produce in the United States, and around the world. He also launched his own brand CONAH (Convenient, Natural and Healthy), which is a special brand focusing on convenient packaged and organic food. Keon is also a guest professor at Seoul National University.
Kimberly N. Stokes
Director of Rehabilitation
Interface Rehab, Inc.
Kim is an Occupational Therapist currently working at a subacute rehab facility in Los Angeles as Director of Rehab for Interface Rehab, Inc. She has 12 years of industry experience and is licensed to practice in nine states. In her current and previous roles, Kim's duties have included marketing, multi-site management, HR, staff management and development, as well as working as a clinical instructor for Level II Occupational Therapy students for the promotion of the profession. In her spare time, Kim is a volunteer with the American Red Cross as a donor and likes traveling abroad for leisure.
Vice President, Finance & IT
Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Los Angeles (YWCA GLA)
Noël is currently the Vice President of Finance and Information Technology at YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, a Los Angeles based Non-Profit organization with 123 years of service to the community. She embodies the development of financial, operational and technological initiatives that contributes to the growth and success of the YWCA's strategic goals. Noël has successfully completed a $70 million New Markets Tax Credit project that serves Urban Youth ages 16-24 in the Greater LA area. She was also the CFO for a local non-profit leading the organizations operations. Noël earned her Bachelor's degree in Management from Pepperdine University.
Aprilfawn White, PMP
Global Program Manager/Scientist
Aprilfawn currently serves as a Global Program Manager at Biosero. As a passionate leader who developed critical thinking skills early in the US Navy, she has since developed her professional skills as a scientist at several companies including the Genomics Institute of Novartis & Millennium Health. She has co-authored 38 publications with a focus on developing and automating high throughput assays using advanced automation technologies. Aprilfawn is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) and is in charge of implementing process improvement, key metrics and strategies to increase profitability at Biosero Inc., an automation company in the Life Science market.
Director of Operations
Source Refrigeration & HVAC
Justin is the Director of Operations for the Energy Optimization division of Source Refrigeration & HVAC. In his current role, Justin oversees a team of 24 employees with an annual department revenue stream of $11M. He is skilled in technical project scope development and project return on investment analysis. He is experienced in facilitating collaboration between energy end use customers, utilities and contractor project implementation. Justin is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), accredited by the Association of Energy Engineer (AEE). Justin resides with his family in Chino Hills.
Fall 2017 Cohort
Michelle D. Aburto
Source Refrigeration & HVAC
Michelle is an energetic Operations Manager responsible for region-wide field support staff at Source Refrigeration & HVAC, a market-leader in the design, installation, repair, maintenance, and optimization of refrigeration and HVAC systems. In this organization, Michelle has directed and worked on various projects developing and executing new strategies that have streamlined process issues. In doing so, she was chosen to lead the procurement/inventory organization where she structured a nationwide team that supported over 500 service technicians working in locations across 24 states. As Operations Manager, Michelle has direct ownership over service and installation value streams.
Erick M. Armelin
Founder and CEO
3Sphere Innovation Inc.
Erick's career as an entrepreneur began as a hobby developing quality components for liquid cooled computers. After establishing a reputation in this niche sector, Corsair Memory Inc. commissioned him to design and supply components for the Nautilus 500, the most popular liquid cooling system during its lifecycle. In 2011, Erick founded 3Sphere Innovation Inc. with the vision to develop software applications that improve the Department of Defense's tooth-to-tail ratio by making knowledge worker support processes more efficient, effective, and less costly. Erick is a 28 year veteran Marine Corps Officer and a native of Southern California.
Chad J. Brock
Founder and CEO
Brock Realty Advisors
Chad is the founder and owner of Brock Realty Advisors, a commercial real estate services company in Bakersfield, California. Chad's career in commercial real estate spans over 12 years with a focus on investment sales, industrial, office and retail brokerage, and property and asset management. In addition to his firm's primary roles, he also has participates and manages investor based ground up development projects. Chad holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (School of Business) from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and lives in his hometown of Bakersfield with his wife, two young children and two dogs.
Tri-Brand Area Manager
The Hertz Corporation
Jerynn Brooks is currently the Tri-Brand Area Manager for Ontario Airport Hertz, Dollar, and Thrifty Car-Rental location. She began her career with Hertz six years ago as a Location Manager Trainee and has since worked several other positions at various Southern California airport locations. In her role of Area Manager, she is responsible for the profit and loss, forecasting, budgeting, sales, marketing, staffing and customer service for the entire operations. She also serves as a board member for a non-profit organization, Cause for Celebration. Jerynn earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
CEO / Executive Creative Director
Brain Zoo Studios
With more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment and animation industry, Mo is an Emmy award-winning and Academy Award Selected CEO and Executive Creative Director of Brain Zoo Studios. At Brain Zoo, he oversees the vision and creative standards of the company, and is instrumental in the company's growth to 85 employees. Mo manages business development, client relations and the day to day operations, while maintaining working relationships with clients like Activision/Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Sony, Microsoft, Disney and Marvel. Mo received a BS degree in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design and is a member of Visual Effects Society.
Director, Inventory Control & Warehouse
Cara Day began her career in Accounting and has since used that background as a foundation to a successful Operations role. She is currently Director of Inventory Control and Warehouse at Hybrid Apparel specializing in business analysis, acquisition implementations, and most passionately team building. She has been part of the strategic leadership team for the past 10 years, helping her company grow from $80M to now $600M and growing. She has previous acquisition implementation experience with Villeroy & Boch. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Hybrid Foundations.
Regional Sales Manager
BJ currently is responsible for regional expansion of commodity ingredient sales in the western United States. Previously, his role as financial controller for a start-up sugar company proved vital in acquiring necessary funding to support high growth over a five-year period, leading to an eventual sale to his current employer. During his eight-year involvement with Royal Sugar, he gained first-hand experience in manufacturing, purchasing, and logistics before taking a lead in sales. BJ holds his Bachelor's degree in Finance from Lehigh University.
Sheena Jongeneel L.Ac.
UpRise Classical Pilates and Wellness Center
Sheena Jongeneel is the founder of UpRise Classical Pilates and Wellness Center in Santa Monica, CA. This center was born out of her passion and belief in the prolific benefits of Pilates and acupuncture. For over 20 years Sheena has specialized in this unique combination to aid in increasing whole body health and for recuperation from a plethora of physical ailments. She oversees the daily operations of her team, clients, and the business in its entirety. Sheena is a licensed acupuncturist in CA and a classically trained Pilates instructor.
Tim La Viano
Senior Business & Financial Manager
Artists Financial Management
Tim has more than 10 years of experience as the head of the West Coast Division of Artists Financial Management, a business management firm that oversees the personal and professional affairs of actors, directors, and other entertainment industry professionals. Under Tim's tenure, his division's client base has grown to seven times its original size and implemented organizational processes to streamline work product while expanding the scope of services provided. He has extensive experience with banking and investment matters, financial reporting, supervising tax strategy and estate planning.
Roscoe Capital Group, LLC
Nicholas is an agent with Californian Estates in West Hollywood, and is the CEO of Roscoe Capital Group, LLC, a real estate investment and development company. Previously, he served as Vice President for New Development at Beverly Hills Realty, and as an Acquisitions and Development Associate with Gotham Corporate Group. In 2014, he was elected to the Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council. He was appointed Chair of the Public Safety Committee, where he helped to secure tens of thousands of dollars in city funding. From 2008-2013, he served as a Captain with the US Army, including 12 months deployed to Iraq.
Sheniqua G. Maefau
Education Program Director
As the Education Program Director at Montes HealthCare College (MHCC), Sheniqua's position encompasses various elements of the classroom as well as the boardroom. Being a 20-year college educator, Sheniqua instructs anatomy, physiology, and clinical courses to aspiring allied health care professionals. Additionally, she is a part of the executive management team and plays an integral role in organizational leadership, strategic planning, and curriculum development. Her passion for service drives her to be the community liaison for the college, which includes volunteer opportunities to serve the underprivileged while motivating and inspiring those with unconventional backgrounds to realize their life's purpose and destiny.
Associate Product Line Manager
Linden is a Product Line Manager for Patagonia's Alpine Product Line, responsible for bringing Patagonia's technical climbing related products to market. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Linden began his professional career as a mountain guide, leading over two dozen international expeditions around the world, from the Antarctic to the Himalaya, and going on to establish international operations for one of the U.S.'s largest mountaineering guide services. Prior to Patagonia, Linden implemented on-demand transit solutions in major U.S. cities with Via Transportation. Linden is a climber, skier, and ultra-marathoner and lives in Santa Barbara.
Owner and Founder
Lift Your Business
As the owner of Lift Your Business (LYB), Ami helps leaders grow their impact, well-being and prosperity for their employees and their firms. As a coach and a multi-media agency, Ami has helped business owners double their profit, politicians and non-profit leaders expand their impact, and entertainment entrepreneurs improve their well-being. Prior to starting LYB, Ami worked in the camera department on numerous studio films and TV shows as a member of the International Cinematographers Guild. Recognized as one of America's Top 25 Up and Coming Photographers, Ami has taught art to people of all ages at the MOCA and the Guggenheim.
U.S. Sales Manager
Jason is responsible for leading U.S. sales and business development initiatives for a global medical device company. He was also instrumental in launching the upstart U.S. division while securing national contracts and distribution channels. Prior to joining Serres, Jason excelled in the highly competitive orthopedic world for 10 years selling devices used in spine, trauma and orthopedics surgery. He currently resides in Orange County with his wife and son where they proudly display their love of the Ohio State Buckeyes and NY Giants.
Region Business Manager
Campbell Soup Company
Jessica is a driven sales professional with close to 8 years of customer management experience including four years of people leadership in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry. In her current role as a Region Business Manager with Campbell's Soup Company, Jessica oversees a $10 million product portfolio and is responsible for driving gains in revenue, market share and profit performance within the Convenience channel on the West Coast. Prior to joining Campbell's, Jessica was with PepsiCo in multiple sales leadership and account management positions. Jessica earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Florida State University.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Jonathan is currently an FBI Special Agent assigned to the FBI Los Angeles Field Office. He is responsible for investigating white collar crime specifically insider trading, market manipulation, corporate fraud, investment fraud and money laundering. Prior to joining the FBI, Jonathan was a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with the Office of Naval Research. Jonathan also served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Jonathan earned his Bachelor's degree in Finance from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Chief Investment and Communications Officer
As a licensed investment executive, Cassandra is an expert in both capital raising and marketing, with deep expertise in neuro-finance and communications. Over the past decade, she has enabled Benefit Corporations as a conduit for ultra-high net worth investors to advance social enterprise and raise awareness. Cassandra sits on the advisory boards of four social impact companies and is currently Chief Investment and Communications Officer for a transformative genomic analysis biotech company. Cassandra is passionate about empowering social enterprise through effective communication and targeted capital placement.
Yuriy has spent 20 years as a serial entrepreneur. Initially, he shipped exotic automobiles for sale in the former Soviet Union. He then served as a marketing and distribution consultant to a chemical company within the automobile industry. He also experienced a decade of success in the merchant services industry. His current endeavor is a product in the children development and education market called SmartyDots. Yuriy brings personal drive, innovation, and a desire to collaborate with others. He is very excited about joining the EMBA program and the Pepperdine family.
Spring 2018 Cohort
Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis
Customer Acquisition & Retention
With more than eight years of corporate experience, Cosmin is a Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis - Customer Acquisition & Retention at TPx Communications. Previously, he also served as a Major Account Executive at Time Warner Cable in the Enterprise and Strategic department. He has effectively led and directed cross-functional activities (strategic planning, forecast, management, and implementation) across multiple departments. Cosmin has been awarded a Master of Ecumenical Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2007 and in March 2018 he completed the Harvard Business School program in Financial Accounting, Economics for Managers and Business Analytics.
Legal Professional and Paralegal Administrator
Latham & Watkins LLP
Kimberly currently oversees and manages close to 200 legal professionals and paralegals at Latham & Watkins LLP, a global AmLaw 100 law firm. She is responsible for maintaining the professionalism, skill level, training, certification, and success of the legal professionals and paralegals around the world. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Kimberly served as a heavy motor vehicle operator in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and also served during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Kimberly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies from Montclair State University and a Master’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from The George Washington University.
Sabrina is a Leasing Administrator at Equity Residential within the Affordable Housing sector. She is responsible for maintaining the affordable housing occupancy for Equity in the Los Angeles downtown market. Previously, as a General Manager with LOMCO, she found her passion for helping those in need of affordable housing. She also has a proven track record of working with clients on the market side of residential housing. She is skilled in profit generation through proven leadership, strategic planning, sales, marketing, and tenant relations. Sabrina earned her bachelor's degree in Family Financial Management from The Ohio State University.
Strategic Opportunity Analyst / A989 Co-Founder
Independent Consultant/Adventure 989
Kristen’s specialty is strategic planning, market research, and opportunity analysis: creating informed decisions with powerful implementation. She has participated in FDA regulatory submissions, authored reports and analysis supporting medical device spinouts, and has created and managed systems for government reporting requirements. She has experience working on clinical trial recruitment strategies, including creating clinical trial documentation and case report forms. She is also a co-founder of Adventure 989, a mountain bike tour company located in Southern California. Kristen is committed to making a positive impact and a difference in the lives of others.
Nettwerk Music Group
Robert is currently a Project Manager at Nettwerk Management Group in Burbank and is a VP of Operations with Grammy-nominated artist Mike Posner since August of 2011, overseeing the Live Entertainment department. Robert has 12 years of music industry experience wearing many hats. Robert was in charge (globally) of budgeting, contract negotiations, appearance contracts, import/export, logistics, vendor selection, travel/immigration, and stage design of events ranging up to 85,000 patrons. Robert manages an internal team of 12 and a daily team of up to 100 employees.
Ben L. Fong
Ben works for Paramount Pictures as the Executive Director of Studio Finance. In his current role, he leads a team that manages the day-to-day operations of the studio group. Prior to working at Paramount, Ben was the Director of Finance for Warner Bros. Technology division. As part of the Technology team, he gained valuable experience working with executives from the Television, Home Entertainment, and Digital groups. He spends his free time with his family camping or snowboarding in the local mountains. Ben earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management Information System at CSU, Northridge.
Oxnard Fire Department
Alex currently serves as Assistant Chief of the Oxnard Fire Department, an agency providing fire protection services to 250,000 residents and visitors to the City of Oxnard. Overseeing a budget of $28 million, he is responsible for the operations, training, prevention and strategic planning of the department. Alex has risen through the ranks, serving in a variety of roles and leading a range of initiatives, including providing better metrics on real-time data to make informed decisions, while also improving worker safety and resilience.
J.P. Morgan Chase Business Banking
As a Vice President of Business Banking at J.P. Morgan Chase, Bassem is responsible for defining long-term organizational strategic goals, building key client relationships, identifying business opportunities, negotiating and closing business deals and maintaining extensive knowledge of current market conditions. He also has a decade of extensive international business experience in financial services having worked for Wells Fargo Bank N.A. and American Express MENA in the State of Qatar. Bassem earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Christie is a former U.S. Diplomat with a Master's degree in International Affairs from UCSD. She started her academic journey as a Pepperdine Wave at Seaver College and now works as a Director of Strategy and Operations at Pepperdine Law. After living overseas while working at the U.S. Embassy, London, Christie returned to California to pursue a degree in Design. She graduated valedictorian and started her own interior design company shortly thereafter. While running her business, Christie taught classes at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Christie is a prolific writer and speaker specializing in global trends and design forecasting.
Jaime A. Mata
Educational Business Management Executive
Jaime is currently assigned as the Regional Director for the Center for Employment Training, where he is responsible for post-secondary institutes across California, Texas and Virginia. Prior to his current assignment, he served for eleven years as the Chief Operations Officer of Academic Tutoring Services, Inc., a California Department of Education approved program under Title I. His advocacy for struggling students, program innovation and marketing outreach approach lead to the expansion of the company in providing services to over 150 school districts across the state. Mr. Mata is currently appointed to the Ventura County Workforce Development Board.
Vice President and Founder
Robert’s decades of experience in the small business and entrepreneurial arenas began in the investment industry in 1990 with R&A investment group. He has served as the Director of Fidelity West Mortgage, President of Heritage Wealth and sits on the board of three non-profits. He learned to day-trade and count cards in blackjack "just for the fun of it," won Publisher’s Clearing House and hosted the Faith & Finances Radio Show in CA and AZ.
Vice President of Content
Yara is currently the Vice President of Content at MelodyVR, a music virtual reality content platform aiming to bring fans closer to the music. She has more than 10 years of experience in the music industry including artist management, record labels, and concert promotion. Her areas of expertise include music, artist development, project management, creative concepts, international marketing, and team building. Yara received her Bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and her Master's degree in Music Business Management from the University of Westminster in London.
Mine Safety Appliances Co.
Andrew is Operations Manager of Mine Safety Appliance Company's systems division, a group responsible for the design and manufacture of systems to prevent fire/explosion at petrochemical and pharmaceutical facilities. In his current role, he has responsibility for overall project management and approval of engineering designs. A registered Functional Safety Engineer with TÜV Rheinland and a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Measurement and Control (London), he has more than 17 years of engineering experience in the oil and gas sector for multiple organizations including BP and ConocoPhillips. Andrew holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Engineering from The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Manager of Operations
With more than 15 years of business experience, Manny is responsible for the oversight of one of Prudential Financial's largest and most profitable relationships: The Western Conference of Teamsters—a $37+ billion pension trust that serves more than 220,000 participants across 13 states on the west coast of the United States. He is also the Director of Operations and Board Member for the Young Investors Society, a non-profit organization that educates High School students on financial literacy, and is an author and founder of Enlightened Ventures, LLC, a private equity seed fundraising firm that also publishes his book series on personal development.
Director, Business Development
IntelliSense Systems Inc.
Ben is the point man for IntelliSense Systems’ ability to create, develop and sustain relationships with a dynamic set of clientele. With a military background as a Special Operations Forces operator, he focuses on the technology requirements within the Department of Defense and specifically the Special Operations Forces market sector. He serves in a consulting capacity for his organization connecting real-world requirements with the engineers creating solutions through technology. Ben earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Clemson University and a Master’s degree in Operations Management from Embry Riddle University.
Sales and Operations Executive
Jennifer is native Texan with a worldly vision. She is sales and operations leader with more than 12 years of seasoning and senior management experience in the health, fitness and hospitality industries. She has aided in the successful rejuvenation of various health and fitness companies across the nation with her entrepreneurial spirit and intellectual curiosity. Always the entrepreneur, she has effectively owned and operated two businesses and thrives on leading the internal and external components of development.
Premier America Credit Union
Alen is currently the Regional Director for Premier America Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in California. He has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry, in a variety of roles. In his current role, Alen oversees a total of five branches and 30 employees. He is responsible for the branches’ performance in total sales, member experience, and operations. Alen is also actively involved in the community as a Board of Director for the West Valley Woodland Hills Chamber Commerce.
Business Operations Executive
Arron is a skilled and dedicated professional with more than a decade of fostering business as an entrepreneur. He specializes in providing a hands-on approach to finding creative solutions for complex problems. He has 14 years of training and development experience in the government sector where his business has teamed with Fortune 500 companies such as Jacobs and SAIC. Arron is focused on employing knowledge and ability to bolster an established organization with a passion to exceed expectations and challenge the status quo. His areas of expertise include leadership, team building, project management, business operations, and consulting.
Dollar Tree, Inc.
Lamont recently completed more than a decade of Naval Service. He was responsible for multi-million dollar budgets, hazardous material, part support, retail management, inventory management, and operation management. During his service he logistically supported sailors in Japan, Afghanistan, San Diego, and Central California. He served as a Supply Officer for the Surface, Littoral Combat, and Aviation Communities. As the Operations Manager for Dollar Tree’s San Bernardino Distribution Center, an 800,000 square foot distribution center, he is responsible for providing merchandise for Southern California, Utah, Arizona, Southern Nevada, and Southwest Wyoming.
Isaias is a top performing process specialist at Andeavor, a leading Fortune 100, and Fortune Global 500 refining, marketing, and logistics company. With 23 years of leadership experience in Project Management, Logistics, and the Fitness Industry, he is an innovator, strategist, and an agent of change, always looking to improve on synergistic solutions that will support corporate goals. Isaias also served as a Logistics Officer leading a Military Transition Team during Operation Enduring Freedom where together they implemented a logistics system for the Iraqi Army in Northern Iraq. Isaias enjoys quality time with his beautiful wife and children.