Meet EMBA 119S
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.