Technology Strategy Manager, Assistant VP
Fidelity National Financial
Hooman is an assistant vice president and holds a position of technology strategy
manager at Fidelity National Financial (FNF). He has more than 11 years of experience
in information technology. During his career at FNF he has ensured that numerous key
technology solutions have been placed into production and has overseen activities
that have saved FNF millions of dollars in annual operating expenses. He has been
involved in various company acquisitions and multiple company spin-offs. He is known
for having strong creative energies and a refreshing idealism. He earned his bachelor's
degree in information computer science from University of California, Irvine.
Assistant Senior Manager
With more than 13 years of telecommunications experience, Vattana currently serves
as the assistant senior manager and functions as the chief of staff for the vice president
at AT&T. She plans and directs administrative and operational activities providing
oversight and support across 10 counties and 2000+ employees. She has held various
management roles in the organization including company retail, authorized agents and
national distribution channels. She has managed sales portfolios exceeding $1M, earning
her top performance awards. She earned her bachelor's degree in anthropology from
the University of California, Los Angeles.
Senior Manager, Homepage
Phat spent the last seven years as a senior editor for Yahoo's homepage, the web's
largest destination for news and information. In his most recent role, he led a team
of editors focused on programming lifestyle, sports and business stories. He upheld
standards for editorial voice and quality, supported advertising and revenue opportunities,
served as a creative consultant to various Yahoo teams looking to engage the broad
web audience, and hired and trained new editors. He also oversaw Yahoo's Twitter account
(@Yahoo), and contributed to the company's overall social media strategy. Before Yahoo,
Phat was a staff reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He earned his bachelor's degree
in english literature at the University of California, Irvine.
District Sales Manager
Nick is a successful sales executive for Paychex Inc., the leading provider of payroll
and HR solutions for small businesses in North America. In his current role as district
sales manager of North Los Angeles County, he is responsible for developing and implementing
tactical sales strategies in order to grow market share. With a proven track record
in yearly revenue growth, talent development programs, and innovative leadership strategies,
Nick aspires to move into a senior leadership role within the organization. Nick earned
his bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus in finance and real
estate from California State University, Northridge.
412 Operational Support Squadron
Gary serves as staff meteorologist at Edwards AFB, CA where he provides customized,
non-standard forecasting products and services to DoD, NASA, various national defense
contracting and aerospace agencies, and other federal and state organizations requiring
meteorological support. He also maintains and develops new products using state-of-the-art
meteorological systems and data sources for weather operations support of flight test
operations. He manages a six member, $5M weather station services contract and serves
as the chairman of Range Commander's Council's Atmospheric Modeling Committee. Gary
earned his bachelor's degree in natural science from the University of Hawaii-Hilo
and a master's degree in environmental policy management from American Military University.
Vice President – Operations
Eric is the VP of operations at SAFER Systems, a software and integrated solutions
provider for the chemical, oil and gas market. He directly supervises a team of 7
people located in North America and Asia. Eric is responsible for product management,
business operations, customer service, and quality assurance serving a customer base
on 4 continents. His mission is to bring value to customers through culture, innovation,
customer-focused technology development, and efficient business operations. He earned
his bachelor's in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.
Paulina Garcia Gonzalez
Shasa USA, LLC
Paulina is a clothing senior buyer for Shasa, a junior global retailer. With more
than 8 years of experience in the fashion industry, she specializes in global sourcing,
trends forecast, product design and development and business planning. Throughout
her career, she has managed different business categories with a team passionate for
fashion. As a strategic business woman, she has contributed to the company's growth
with successful merchandise buys and gained the ability to act quickly to the market
demands to satisfy the fashionista client. She earned her bachelor's degree in marketing
from ITESM Mexico.
24 Hour Fitness USA
Justin currently manages a portfolio of 12 clubs for the leading fitness brand throughout
Los Angeles. His pursuit of a multi-unit managerial leadership role began as a personal
trainer, who in 6 years earned more responsibility in diverse markets from San Diego,
New York City, and Los Angeles. 24 Hour Fitness sent him to the 2012 London Olympic
Games to serve as brand ambassador for the organization's partnership with Team USA.
Prior to this role, he served 8 years in the infantry for the Marine Corps. His experience
equips him with a precise understanding of performance management, collaboration,
Northgate Gonzalez Supermarkets
With more than 10 years of experience in management positions and knowledge in all
aspects of the supermarket business, Hector is a strategic and enthusiastic director
of center store at Northgate Gonzalez Markets. Family-owned and operated, servicing
in 40 + locations through Southern California, Northgate Gonzalez Markets is a thriving
Hispanic supermarket chain based in Anaheim, California. Having been raised in the
family business and part of the 3rd generation, Hector developed great leadership
qualities. Fluency in Spanish and exceptional communication and motivation skills
have helped him in achieving great personal and professional results.
Province Consulting Group, Inc.
Christina is a co-founder of Province Consulting Group, Inc, a boutique consulting
firm that specializes in positioning small and medium-sized businesses for government
sales. A practiced senior consultant with over 20 years of accomplishments, her experience
encompasses a wealth of knowledge gathered while leading high-impact projects during
her tenure in management at a Fortune 500 company and current leadership of PCG's
procurement team in contract administration and business development. She has traveled
throughout the country training small businesses on government procurement and formerly
served as Government procurement consultant for the Small Business Development Center,
an SBA partner.
National Association of Realtors
As a member of the prestigious Air Force Band, Tops In Blue, Shane has traveled to
32 countries and every U.S. state to perform for and raise the moral of over 100 million
people. He has performed at the Super Bowl, for international dignitaries, and for
deployed military personnel overseas. Responsible for multi-million dollar assets,
he acted as team supervisor and facilitator of operations. After discharge from the
military, he broke the regional rookie sales record at Coldwell Banker Residential
Brokerage and is excited to break ground in commercial real estate. He earned his
Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from Loyola Marymount University,
Anthony La Fleur
Integrated Marketing Communications
Anthony currently works in Pepperdine University's integrated marketing communications
department, providing creative media services and assisting with the development of
the institution's visual branding strategy. In the past, he served as an executive
leader within a prominent Christian media organization, and also consulted individual
companies with marketing and branding solutions. He is a graduate of the Academy of
Art University in San Francisco, where he majored in motion pictures and television
with a focus on advertising. He is happily married to his lovely wife of eight years
and enjoys spending time with his two rambunctious children.
Civil Affairs Plans Officer
US Army Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs Command
Captain Eric Lytle is specialized in a US Army Special Operations function, focusing
on strategic relations, foreign humanitarian assistance, and populace and resource
control. He recently returned from an assignment in Southwest Asia, where he planned
and executed symposiums with Saudi and Kuwaiti forces to develop their logistics capabilities
and promoting interoperability with US Forces. Additionally, he participated in strategic
humanitarian and logistics planning for the ongoing refugee crisis in Jordan. As a
Project Manager, he established and operated a humanitarian assistance complex in
Kuwait servicing 23 countries in the region.
Vice President, Operations
Crump Life Insurance Services
Rahquaill is the vice president of operations for Crump Life Insurance Services.
She has a strong background in leadership, HR, and business development, servicing
high net worth clients in independent and bank channels. She is a key contributor
to her organization, leading the team in supporting sales and driving revenue. She
received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, and is expanding her
academic resume in Pepperdine's EMBA program. She attributes her success to hard work
and the example of determination set by her mother. She shares her passion for leadership
with her siblings, who are also in senior HR roles.
Assistant Vice President - Account Transitions
State Street IMS
Darryle is an assistant vice president of account transitions at State Street IMS,
a global custodian bank. He mentors a team of 11 individuals while working closely
with global custodian banks, brokers, clients, and internal stakeholders to facilitate
successful transition projects. Prior to his current role, he worked in London, England
and Munich, Germany, as a lead/specialist. He earned his bachelor's degree in business
administration with a concentration in strategic management, from California State
University of Sacramento.
General Manager, Direct Sales
Chris has more than a decade of sales, marketing and management experience in the
telecommunications industry. He is an innovative sales leader with the experience
and credibility to leverage growth markets, delivering a proven record of sustained
profitability with the best in customer support. He is a team builder and accomplished
motivator, engendering collaboration and capitalizing upon the diversity of the team
to create customer-centric service models and compelling solutions that win business
in new markets, along with expanding sales results within established channels. He
earned his bachelor's degree in corporate communications from Framingham State University
Finance and Insurance Professional
Retail Automobile Business
With more than 25 years in the Southern California retail automobile business, David
has demonstrated expertise in the vehicle sales process. His focus is on maintaining
high quality relations with banking partners to provide competitive financing, while
eliminating wait times. His strategies have helped dealerships to increase profits
by 20% and raise customer satisfaction to over 93% approval. By developing a model
to streamline the contract process, his team was successful in reducing the in-dealership
experience by an average of 20 minutes. He holds a bachelor of science from Pepperdine
University, and an associates degree in math science from The College of the Canyons.
Director of Special Projects
Brian comes from a highly competitive venture capital and start-up background. His
strengths include defining and launching cutting edge technology product offerings.
He played an executive role in the launch, profitable growth, and exit of three diverse
digital marketing companies; including co-founding a direct to consumer mobile content
company, which became one of the top 5 mobile content companies in the United States.
He was recently hired to run the research and development arm of Local Corporation,
responsible for developing new search and ad technology business units.
Vice President, Sr Operations Consultant
Bank of America
Serop is a vice president of senior operations consultant for Bank of America. In
this role, he is responsible for leading, developing and implementing complex products,
systems and services in an operations environment. He is also responsible for coordinating
policy, procedural changes and project plans, including cost and resource estimates.
Prior to his current role, he was AVP for Bank of America, responsible for analytics
and reporting which analyzed trends, forecasting and capacity calculating. He holds
a bachelor's degree in Economics from California State University, Los Angeles. He
is Six Sigma Certified and Project Manager Professional.
Carol is a CPA with 13 years of both private and public accounting experience. She
creates and streamlines accounting process to maximize efficiency, reducing average
close times from 12 to 3 days while maintaining controls in line with the Treadway
Commissions. She has taken the lead on system conversions; creating technical white
paper, purchase accounting, and one time valuation of debt forgiveness . Carol has
worked with companies ranging from the development stage to Fortune 100 companies
with $9 billion in revenue. She is currently working with Trimark Raygal, a construction
company specializing in commercial kitchens and company division of Trimark USA.
President / Co-Founder
As the president and co-founder of NetBrains, a software and network engineering
professional services firm, Tolga is responsible for operations, finance, technical
leadership, and sales. Prior to founding NetBrains, he led teams in the telecommunications
industry, developing software and hardware products for carriers. His career started
during the height of the dot-com boom and he was featured in "Fortune" magazine in
2000 for being one of the youngest participants in a company funded by the Tech Coast
Angels. His experience includes hands-on engineering, the leadership of technical
teams and management of large and complex technical projects.
Senior Vice President – Business Development
Young's Market Company
Daniel is the senior vice president of business development for California sales
and Operations at Young's Market Company, a leading distributor of spirits and wine.
In addition to driving strategy and financial results as the regional CFO, he oversees
four departments providing support to the business. Prior to joining Young's, he worked
at Diageo in various finance and sales roles in both domestic and international capacities.
He earned a bachelor of commerce degree with distinction from the University of Alberta
where he majored in finance. He enjoys spending free time with his wife Megan, and
two kids Marlowe and Charlie.
Chief Operating Officer
Garfield Health Center
Lionel is the COO at Garfield Health Center, which provides medical services to under-privileged
Asian and Hispanic communities. He manages five privately owned clinics; including
two pediatric and three family practices. With his experiences in non-profit work,
he supervises the management, human resources, and patient services. Healthcare service
is his passion, and he is proud of the work he has accomplished every day. He is honored
to join Graziadio School of Business and Management, and hopes to apply this exquisite
experience to further develop clinics and to provide enriched services for the patients