PKE MBA Student Profiles
Take a moment to "meet" the executives that make up our Presidents and Key Executives MBA cohorts and find out how they're making waves in their industry.
President, 3rd Zodiac Consulting
Calvin is a technology and business thought leader with a deep passion for championing change and developing people. He currently serves as President of 3rd Zodiac Consulting, which specializes in IT Consulting for Fortune 1000 companies. While actively managing a ~$150M program portfolio, Calvin provides consulting services for projects comprising of up to 200 consultants. Previously, Calvin has more than 20 years of management consulting and global implementation experience, including positions with Deloitte Consulting, and leadership roles with Toyota Financial Services and Sempra Energy. An entrepreneur at heart, Calvin's experience also includes serving as Director of Engineering for Intersperse Inc., a software company specializing in business transaction management. Most recently, he served as CEO of Nuvolo Inc, a digital asset management company. Calvin has helped companies raise over $20M+ in funds from VC companies such as: Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and Palomar Ventures. Calvin was an award-winning finalist on Tech Coast Angel's Fast Pitch Competition and was recognized as a premier entrepreneur by Tech Coast Venture Network. Calvin received his Bachelor's degree in Information and Computer Science from the University of CA, Irvine, and is a certified Project Management (PMP) and Agile Professional (IC Agile).
Chief Human Resources Officer, Miller Management Corporation
Raymond spent the first 11 years of his professional career with the US Army Special Operations Command before making the life-changing decision to move into the civilian sector. His career quickly accelerated over the next several years to the executive leadership in large, multi-national companies with profits exceeding $140+ billion. In his current position, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the people and culture for The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, which employs nearly 11,000 employees across five primary business segments located in 46 states. The five business segments are automotive; sports and entertainment; finance and insurance; real estate; and philanthropy. Raymond has more than 20 years' global experience in Human Resources and significant experience in developing Human Resource policy and talent strategy. He has served on the leadership teams of substantial international businesses since 2008 and has a strong international outlook, having lived and worked across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Raymond is also a highly decorated military veteran and served more than 11 years with the US Army Special Operations Command, headquartered at Ft Bragg, NC.
President, RPH Capital Investments
Rick is an entrepreneur, investor and business executive with a history of success
in building and advising software, internet technology, and SaaS companies. In the
mid 90's, as founder of I DRIVE SAFELY, he pioneered the online driver safety and
education industry, expanding the company's online training platform throughout North
America. The company was acquired in 2012 by a private equity firm. As president of
RPH Capital Investments, Rick currently works with founders and investors of early
to mid-stage high growth companies, building the processes, systems, and structure
required for scale. He serves as a member of the board of directors for several Southern
California startups, and a Midwest-based healthcare technology company. Rick is an
active investor in commercial real estate, a member of the San
Diego Tech Coast Angels and a mentor/advisor for various companies in the San Diego area.
Program Manager, Ticom Geomatics, Inc.
Brian was born and raised in Pennsville, New Jersey where he graduated high school as Valedictorian of his class. He attended the United States Air Force Academy, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Brian served the first 14 years of his 20-year Air Force career as a combat pilot in the MC-130, F-15E, and U-2 weapons systems and also served as an instructor pilot in the T-37 and T-6 trainer systems. After a distinguished flying career, he was selected to attend the Air Force Institute of Technology where he graduated with a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering in 2007. Brian spent the remainder of his career at Edwards Air Force Base, CA where he directed the Operational Test and Evaluation of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial system (UAS). After retiring from the Air Force in 2011, he settled in Austin, TX where he currently works as a senior manager for CACI, a major defense contractor. Brian lives with his wife, Felicia, and four dogs, and he has an adult son, Mason, who also lives in the Austin area.
Business and Transformation Executive, Assurant
Mike is an experienced business and transformation executive with a background in
management consulting and business operations across a variety of companies and industries.
Mike currently serves as Vice President Global Home Transformation for Assurant, a
leading provider of specialty insurance and risk management solutions. Mike's focus
is on driving significant business transformation through a variety of large-scale,
multi-year efforts including operational excellence programs of all kinds, acquisitions,
and divestitures. This includes providing leadership and support from initial opportunity
identification through execution and value realization. His previous experience includes
executive roles at Accenture, Bank of America, and QBE Insurance. Mike enjoys all
aspects of his role especially areas involving people development, finances, and strategy.
Mike earned a Bachelor's degree in Business.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Mike has lived on the West Coast since 1997 and currently lives in Orange County, CA. He has an amazing wife and two wonderful stepchildren. In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family and catching up on movies and TV shows. He also is an avid technology enthusiast.
Tami Le Murillo
President, Nous Annuit, Inc
Tami is currently serving as an interim Chief Executive Officer of Nous Annuit, Inc., a California based Investment Company. It is involved in acquisitions, sales, and operational management of residential care facilities for elderly (RCFE), agriculture farms, mobile home parks, and southern coastal California rentals. Her executive and leadership experience more than 20 years are primarily in electronics engineering, real estate, mortgages and health care. Born in South of Vietnam, now lives and works in California. Tami earned a Bachelor's degree of Industrial Management Engineering from San Jose State University, a holistic Master degree from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, a real estate Broker and RN license. She is a member of California Nursing and Real Estate Boards. She is also acting VP of the Orange and San Diego County political policy and relations for the non-profit Vietnamese Community of Southern California.
Director of Administration Cornerstone
Director of Volunteer Services
San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center
Since 2011, Charlie supports the Center's programs at all levels, helping staff and clients alike. Having worked for Albertsons as a Store Director for more than 30 years and serving as Past President of the Centers Board of Directors, he has brought his leadership, managerial skills, organization ability and boundless enthusiasm to design and implement a successful homeless continuum and Center's volunteer program. The volunteers directly strengthen and extend the services our center provides, multiplying our Center's effectiveness in serving those with serious mental illness. His efforts in developing, training and managing have directly and positively affected many lives and will continue to do so!
Vice President, Information Technology, Parker Hannifin Corporation
Peter is a seasoned Information Technology Executive with more than 20 years in leadership roles. He currently holds the CISO role at Parker overseeing the Cyber Security efforts across the corporation. Additionally, he also has global responsibilities for Parker's Engineering Systems as well as the Information Systems portfolio for the Aerospace Group. Parker Hannifin is a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. The company continues to engineer the success of its customers in a wide range of diversified industrial and aerospace markets. Prior to joining Parker, Peter worked as an ERP consultant specializing in manufacturing and distribution systems implementations at several companies. Peter received a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from M.S. University in India, and has completed several Parker executive leadership programs. He lives in Orange County, California and enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and playing tennis.
Pharmaceutical Marketing & Animal Health Entrepreneur
Georgette is an innovative and successful marketing entrepreneur with experience in pharmaceuticals, generics, biotech, and animal health. She has founded and sold two diverse companies and recently launched her third venture Pure Sole Hoof Products, LLC. Her wide range of business experience has enabled her to work with leading pharmaceutical firms such as Novartis, Aventis and Cephalon, top healthcare ad agencies, and on a direct-to-consumer level with animal health product retail outlets. Georgette has lived and worked on both coasts and has considered California home for the past 18 years. She joins PKE 141 with the desire to expand her business and leadership skills and to launch a fourth company in a highly regulated industry. Within her community, she is an advocate for children with learning disorders and is involved with animal rescue. Her personal life revolves around her two grown children, husband, horses, and dogs.
Founder, Mapwords, Inc.
John is an entrepreneur and chairman of Local Search Ventures, Inc. a search technology investment firm based in Orange County, California. John recently founded Mapwords, a technology startup and keyword-auctioning platform for businesses that want their business displayed in the search results of local search directories. Mapwords helps businesses manage their advertising budget on a pay-per-click or pay-per-call basis, where a business only pays when their advertisement is clicked on.
John is also the founder and current CEO of eGumball, Inc. a local maps optimization service founded shortly after Google launched Google Maps in 2005. For over ten years, eGumball has helped businesses improve their visibility in Google Maps by providing a process that updates business information, such as company name, address and phone number to over 500 local search directories. Today, John manages a team of over 450 professionals worldwide with offices in the United States, India and the Philippines. eGumball has been recognized by Inc 500 Magazine as one of America’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies from 2011 to 2013. During his time off, John enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Sonya and their three children.
Patrick is an entrepreneur with 20 years of fleet management experience with the United States Government. Born in San Bernardino, California and raised in Moscow, Idaho, his love for adventure, the outdoors, and his country contributed to a successful 20-year career in the United States Navy. During this period of service, he operated in many global locations to include the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. The unique environment of organizations in the Navy permitted him to exercise his leadership abilities in multiple roles to include, but not limited to managing both Fleet Maintenance and Human Resources. Patrick believes in being ethical while setting a positive example, enjoys mentoring and team building. He adores spending time with his wife and two children. Patrick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne.
Rami Rivera Frankl
President and Managing Partner, Sherwood Media Company; Co-chair, Latino Committee at the Directors Guild of America; Founding member, United Progressives of SFV; 46th Assembly District Delegate to CADEM
Rami is a writer, director, digital media executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years of entertainment industry experience. He runs Sherwood Media Company as President and Managing Partner where he is currently directing two feature documentaries and developing a slate of feature/television projects. Parallel to his career, Rami is an activist in the creative and civic arenas. This year he was elected by his peers at the Director's Guild of America to serve as the Co-Chair of the Latino Committee, he Co-Founded and chartered a new democratic club, United Progressives of SFV and was elected a delegate of the 46th AD to the CADEM. In 2003, he co-founded HobokenWest Digital Media with Brent Akamine and served as President. Their clients included: MGM, SONY, Paramount, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Toyota USA, Universal, Panasonic Disc Services, Warner Bros, New Line Cinema and Vivendi Visual Entertainment (UMGD). In 2009, Rami co-founded DragonTree Media and produced City of Gardens with the academy award winning editor of Rocky, Richard Halsey.
Khe V. Lam
Entrepreneur/Sr. Principal Solutions Architect, INAP
Khe is the Sr. Principal Solutions Architect for INAP (formerly Internap). His territory encompasses the entire United States and international markets. He has had over 19 years of experience in the information technology industry and holds multiple certifications across different sectors in the IT field. Khe is an entrepreneur at heart. He started two successful businesses (TSG Designs and Sno Panda) and manages his third real estate investment business as a hobby. In his current role with INAP, Khe mentors and trains new Solutions Engineers and Account Executives.
Khe also manages a team of seven Account Executives and mentors to two Sr. Solutions Engineers. He provides senior executives guidance with adoption of bleeding edge and emerging technology. He can speak Cantonese, Vietnamese, and French. He enjoys reading, investing, and watching foreign/independent movies. Khe graduated from Northeastern University (Boston, MA) with a Finance and Management Information Systems degree in 1998.
Chief Operating Officer/Partner, Genetic Technology Innovations
Christopher is the Chief Operating Officer and Partner with Genetic Technology Innovations (GTI). Since joining GTI Christopher has been responsible for both developing and reorganizing operational structures and implementing sales, marketing and business development strategies for both regional and national expansions. He has held executive level sales and leadership positions helping to create new divisions, including the start-up and sale of two Medical Diagnostics companies.
With a proven track record in launching new products while transforming underperforming teams into high net revenue business units in complex markets. Prior to GTI, Christopher spent over 15 years with multiple Fortune 100 and 500 companies including Baxter International, Stryker, KCI/Lifecell and Boston Scientific where he held various executive sales, business development and management roles. Christopher earned his Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the Texas State University.
CEO & Founder, RED Interactive Agency
Brian is the founder and CEO of RED, an award-winning creative digital agency that sits at the intersection of digital strategy, design, technology and innovation. With almost two decades of experience, Brian is an early pioneer of the digital industry and has helped some of the world's leading brands create comprehensive ecosystems of digital products content and experiences. This includes websites, applications, social platforms, digital advertising, digital content and web and mobile games. Today RED is the Digital Agency of Record and an ongoing Digital Partner for global brands such as Bud Light, BET, Disney, ESPN, Lego, Microsoft, Nike, Nickelodeon, Netflix, Under Armour and Samsung.
RED is 18 years old with 150+ employees. In 2013 Brian launched RED's internal game studio, RED Games, which creates casual mobile games, AR and VR gaming experiences. RED Games has released several #1 ranked games and held the #1 game in IOS Kids Appstore for 6months in 2016 with Skywhale (over 40Million downloads) which was created in collaboration with Nickelodeon. Other RED Games clients & partners include Hasbro, OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), A&E, Crayola and IMAX.
Senior Vice President, General Manager, Northern California & Diversity Council Co-Lead
Young's Market Company
Tim Moore is the Senior Vice President, General Manager of the Northern California business unit and Diversity Council Co-Lead, at Young's Market Company. Young's Market Company is a fine wine and spirits distributor that covers the western ten states, excluding Nevada. Tim is very committed and passionate about his Leadership Brand statement "To serve as a leader committed to the personal and professional growth and success of others." This commitment is what motivates him to be a better version of himself every day.
Tim has had a variety of professional experiences and has held the following positions in the wine and spirits wholesale distribution industry; On-Premise Sales Representative, On-Premise Key Account Specialist, Division Manager, Vice President Branch Manager, and Senior Vice President General Manager. His industry certifications include; Certified Specialist of Spirits, Certified Specialist of Wine, WSET Advanced, Certified Diversity Professional, and many others. Outside of his professional responsibilities, he enjoys spending time with his wife Danielle and daughter Mila, running marathons, golfing, and personal development
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Talent Plus, Inc.
Kimberly is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Talent Plus, Inc. She works with the C-Suite creating leadership legacies and brighter futures. She studied early childhood development and engaged in a mentoring program (University of Nebraska) whose founder would one day be a business partner. Intrigued with studying what’s right about people, putting that into validated role/industry specific assessments/development solutions based upon studying excellence has been a natural for her interests -- solutions unparalleled in the industry (Top 10 Talent Management Software Solution Providers 2017). “We started Talent Plus to change the workplace."
Building Talent-Based Organizations goes right to the bottom line – what’s good for people is good for business, improving end user experiences. Her philosophy of customer service, relationships and caring is key to Talent Plus’ growth. She’s a possibility thinker and mentor focused on potential. Recognition on Best Places to Work lists is a capstone of foundational values. Tap dancing to work with amazing associates and world-class brands making a difference in communities, Rath’s most proud of giving back: “To whom much is given, much is required.” She sits on publicly traded Nelnet, as well as Lincoln Community Foundation and Tabitha boards of directors and cherishes time with family and friends and loves engaging them in creating experiences.
President and CEO, Artists for Trauma
Laura Sharpe, is an entrepreneur, president and CEO of Artists for Trauma (est. 2012). In 2008, the Sharpe family incurred a tragic helicopter crash that resulted in three precious lives lost. Laura was left with life altering polytrauma injuries, third degree burn, serious brain injury, disfigurement and debilitating body compression issues.
Based on her life altering experience and background, Laura created an arts interactive, venue-focused to benefit civilian and military individuals. In addition to running her non-profit corporation, Laura serves as VP of Operations, South Mountain Citrus, Inc., and a Sharpe family entity. Laura also proudly serves on the Board of Directors of Health Care Foundation for Ventura County, Inc. and strives toward making a difference in the lives of others, especially those facing life-altering challenges.
CEO, Baca Holding Company
Reza currently serves as the CEO of Baca Holding Company that oversees six businesses, several of which were started by Reza himself. He also currently serves as the CEO of Redan Medical, a medical device company that he nurtured from a vision to an established brand with offices in the US, UK, Spain and across the Middle East. Reza started at Baca Holding at the early age of 17.
Three years later, after rising through the ranks to Director of Sales and Marketing, Reza began to realize his passion for entrepreneurship. Baca Choob, a furniture fiberboard manufacturer was his first successful startup, but by far not his last. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to expand his business reach to London and the UAE when he opened British Express Investment and Trading Co in 2005. Reza moved into the health and beauty space with Andia Inc. followed by Arshida and Avavet, the two veterinary care businesses he started in 2014. He also served as the EVP of Samen Al-Hojaj Financial from 2015 to 2016 running one of the largest financial institutions in Iran. Reza lives in Irvine, CA and when he is not hard at work, he enjoys his precious free time horseback riding.
Vice President, M&A Integration, Abbott
Dave is Vice President, M&A Integration for Abbott. He is currently co-leading the integration of St. Jude Medical into Abbott, a $30 billion dollar acquisition, the second largest in Medical Device history. Dave has led and been engaged in multiple prior large M&A integrations including Thoratec, Spinal Modulation, CardioMEMS, Nanostim, Advanced Neuromodulation Systems and Ventritex.
Dave has more than 25 years of healthcare industry experience in a variety of leadership roles including R&D, Program Management, Operations, Quality, Continuous Improvement and most recently - M&A Integration. Dave earned a Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Kettering University and is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program. His former board roles have included the California Life Sciences Association, Proteus Biomedical, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Industrial Advisory Board and a Steering Committee for the Medical Device Innovation Consortium. He is active in his local community as board chair of Trinity Classical Academy (College Prep K-12 school) and founder of Aditus Foundation.
VP of Product Management & Head of Business Development
Nicolas serves as HoloBuilder's VP of Product Management & Head of Business development. Nicolas brings more than 15 years of experience in product and innovation management, mostly related to construction applications. He co-founded BuildPoint, an e-commerce solution for the construction industry. He joined Siemens in a corporate consulting role to focus on product development and innovation management.
Nicolas served as VP of Product and Innovation Management for ADAPT, a structural engineering software firm. Recently, he was Program Manager for an ESA mission related development project and co-founded nifty4D, Switzerland's first virtual design and construction (VDC) consulting firm. Prior to HoloBuilder, Nicolas served as VP of Product for SKUR. Nicolas earned his Civil Engineering degree from Technical University Munich, Germany.
Executive Associate Dean
Loma Linda University School of Public Health
Dwight has spent nearly 20 years in higher education, currently serving as the Executive Associate Dean (COO) of a school of public health with an international reputation for its research on nutrition and lifestyle. Currently, his portfolio includes management of a $12 million annual budget, personnel oversight, and student affairs. In 2013, Dwight oversaw the restructuring of the graduate school from seven departments with 62 faculty into three multidisciplinary, collaborative academic research centers.
Dwight's work in higher education began as an instructor/administrator at a college in his native Jamaica, before accepting an administrative position at La Sierra University, a faith-based liberal arts university in California. In 2009, Dwight accepted the position of Director of Student Services at Loma Linda University's School of Public Health, and was named Executive Associate Dean in 2014. Excellence in administration and leadership is a goal Dwight has actively pursued for years, first earning his Master's in the field in 2002, then completing doctoral studies and earning his EdD in Administration and Leadership in 2010. Dwight considers every experience in his 20-year professional journey as fundamental to becoming the administrator and leader he is today.
President, Tri-Sen Systems Corporation
Bill is currently President of Tri-Sen Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Automation Group. Tri-Sen provides controls for rotating equipment to the oil & gas industry. In 2008, he led the acquisition of the Tri-Sen product line from Invensys PLC. Prior to Tri-Sen, Bill was VP Marketing of ORYXE Energy, a clean tech start-up in Orange County, CA. From 1994 to 2005, he held several positions with Triconex, a subsidiary of Invensys.
Starting as a sales engineer in Irvine, CA, Bill was an expatriate in Singapore and the UK as Sales Director-Asia Pacific and Sales Director-EMEA respectively. In 2001, he returned to the company headquarters in Irvine, CA to take the role of VP Marketing. Bill earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics, with emphasis in Electrical Engineering, from University of California, Irvine.
Senior Pastor/CEO, Elim SDA Church, School and ECDC
Andre has more than 20 years of experience as a Pastor, CEO and entrepreneur. In 1996 he joined the North American Division of SDA as a Pastor/Administrator. Since that time, he has consistently chartered a path for financial and membership growth for churches, schools other non-profits within the organization that were experiencing difficulty. In the role of CEO for MINDTREE INC., Andre led in the creation and development of an animated series for children. In addition to being an executive in the non-profit industrial complex, he has been a corporate partner with So Soya Inc. since 2013 and oversees US and international sales and distribution. Andre earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Oakwood University and his Masters of Divinity from Andrews University.
Rocio N. Chatham
Vice President of Human Resources / Entrepreneur
Rocio is a senior level executive with more than 18 years of experience in leading dynamic companies with an emphasis in Human Resources. She is privileged to have worked for Fortune 100, start-ups and mid-level manufacturing companies within the industries of Aerospace, Defense, Transportation, Commercial Print and Entertainment. She is the Vice President of Human Resources for ATS Systems, Inc., the worldwide industry leader in advance robotics, automation, high-pressure coolant systems, and work-holdings.
Her professional experience includes successful M&A, start-up HR departments, corporate strategic business alignment and integration, in-depth knowledge of federal, state and international labor law compliance and leadership development. She earned a Professional Designation in Human Resources Management from UCLA and a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Glendale College. She served on the Board of Directors for LANSA and as President Elect. She was nominated Top Human Resources Professional by the San Fernando Business Journal. She is a published writer and has earned several awards for her work. Her community involvement includes annual toy drives for underprivileged youth and is also a Preschool Children's Ministry teacher at The Church at Rocky Peak. She feels blessed and is happily married and proud mother of a sweet little girl.
CEO, Infini Sports & Entertainment, LLC
Derek is an Enrolled Agent with more than 16 years working as a Business Manager providing tax, accounting and business advice to clients, with a strong focus on professional athletes, entertainers and other high net worth clients. He spent the earlier part of his career working for consumer products companies including Walt Disney, Petersen Publishing and Thomas Kinkade where he honed his skills in the areas of Product Development, Sourcing and Operations. He has been able to combine his entrepreneurial and corporate experiences to help launch a newly formed division of the 59-year-old family owned Tax & Accounting Firm. He has served on several Advisory Boards and Boards of Directors.
Physician Executive, Eisenhower Medical Center
Dr. Joy Jones is a physician, anthropologist and artist with a passion for reaching out and touching marginalized people globally and facilitate their healing. Dr. Joy, as her patients affectionately call her, has provided health care, conducted scientific research and taught health education for more than 20 years in such areas as HIV/AIDS, refugee health, mental health and medicine for the homeless. Her travels have taken her to more than 50 countries where she has shared her passion for life and wellness.
After completing her undergraduate work at Duke University, Dr. Joy pursued a Master's degree in Medical Anthropology from SOAS University of London. While working as Director of Health Education for the Community Health Alliance of Pasadena, she decided to pursue a career as a physician, completing both a Master's degree in Global Health and a Medical Doctorate from Loma Linda University. She currently serves as a delegate to the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry. She is also a mentor to students through the Association of Black Woman Physicians. As a highly sought after community speaker and health educator, Dr. Joy most recently served as an "on-air" health media consultant for CBS news.
Sr. Manager, Global Supply Chain, Edwards Lifesciences
Dustin oversees Edwards Lifesciences' global logistics network ensuring the timely and efficient distribution of life saving innovations from global manufacturing sites to patients around the word. Passionate about patient care, Dustin drives the detailed development, implementation, and execution of Edwards Lifesciences' global transportation and warehousing strategy. Dustin's service to patients began early in his career with his work in the acquired brain injury and transitional care units of WFU Baptist Medical Center as a Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy Tech.
On earning his BS in Health and Exercise Science (Pre-Allied Heath), from Wake Forest University, Dustin accepted a commission as a US Army Officer. Dustin served multiple combat tours in Iraq leading and training both US and Iraqi soldiers while planning and executing combat and civil assistance missions. Dustin transitioned back to patient care as the Global Transportation & Supply Chain Manager at Valeant Pharmaceuticals prior to joining Edwards Lifesciences. An avid traveler, Dustin has explored more than 30 countries and has had the opportunity to work in 13 of them. A New Jersey native, Dustin now lives, works, and relaxes in beautiful Orange County, California.
Martins Okechukwu Nwaege
President/CEO, Martnege & Associates, Inc.
Martins O. Nwaege, is the President/CEO of Martnege & Associates Inc., an Accounting, Tax & Financial Services Provider. He is also the President of Abundance for All Inc. a humanitarian service agency he founded in 2011. Mr. Nwaege is also the current Chairman of the CPA firm, Goldstein Franklin Inc. He was born in Nigeria and graduated from Christ the Kings College Onitsha in Anambra State of Nigeria and later earned his Bachelor's degree in Banking & Finance from Imo State University Nigeria.
He completed an additional degree in Accounting from the University of Belize and joined Coye & Associates as Audit & Accounting Manager before joining the Belize Ports Authority as its first CFO until the Government of Belize privatized the Port. He strongly contributed to the guidance and leadership during this transition while simultaneously holding the CFO position at both entities. He joined Belize Citrus Growers Association as Assistant CEO /Finance until he relocated to the US. He continued his career in the US as Controller with Mental Health America and advanced to Planned Parenthood as Senior Controller. In 2010, he left this position and established his practice in Westchester, California.
Jeannet V. Nakandakari
Entrepreneur/Chief Executive Officer, Nakandakari Events
Jeannet is a seasoned executive with 21 years of experience and in-depth knowledge leading companies in the retail industry. She specializes in managing all aspects of the business from in-house manufacturing of products, worldwide sales and marketing as well as the establishment of retail locations while growing the company to annual sales north of $25M. Jeannet also exhibits outstanding leadership and expertise in process improvements utilizing LEAN and detailed problem resolution methodologies utilizing statistical process controls.
The utilization of these skills allows her to be extremely analytical and very detail oriented while improving profits, dramatically reducing lead-times, while maintaining excellent quality, delivery, and customer satisfaction standards. Jeannet's last five years have been focused primarily towards building and growing her corporation, Nakandakari Events, located in sunny southern California. The company consist of three retail entities: Laura's Bridal, Floral by Design, and Nakandakari Event Planning. She currently resides in Southern California and when she is not busy leading and growing her companies, she loves spending time with her husband and four sons. Jeannet is passionate about exploring, funding, and growing startup opportunities both in the United States and abroad.
Ruth T.X. Piao
CEO, Ivy Bridge Group USA and Kentrexs Education Group China
Ruth currently serves as IVY Bridge Group USA and Kentrexs Education Group China. She has been in education management industry for two decades. She believes education investment in children is the most valuable investment for the family and society. To provide the most advanced and updated education opportunity to children worldwide is her main passion. She has worked with global institutes/schools/colleges to provide the best fit for families and students for last 20 years. She received an award from China main media CCTV as "Top 10 Influential Female Educator 2012". Ruth combines her passion in education and entrepreneur spirit as she continues developing her territory in the education field globally. Her recent focus is to develop and deliver American curriculums to overseas countries.
Business Consultant, Independent Contractor
Tanesha has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector in the Finance and Accounting field. Since 2001, she has specialized in the Entertainment industry working for innovative companies such as Revolution Studios and Mandate Pictures. She has spent several years working as a Production Accountant for AMCI, Inc. (a subsidiary of Omnicom Media Group) for a project called Nissan 360 regarding the unveiling of Nissan's Autonomous Leaf;
The Hettema Group where she handled pre-production project accounting for a Museum project for the Saudi Royal Family in Riyadh; she was also responsible for production accounting of all studio and remote shows at the NFL Network. Currently, Tanesha works independently as a business consultant where she has guided executives in creating educational technology initiatives, provided non-profit organizational management planning, and financial modeling for a real estate development project. Tanesha earned her Bachelor's degree from California State University, Northridge and a Certificate in Business from University of California, Los Angeles. When not spending time with her children, Tanesha enjoys writing, martial arts and volunteering for various charitable organizations.
Joshua W. Rich
Woolrich International, Advisor
After graduating from Trinity College in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree, Josh joined Woolrich Incorporated in 2011 after working as a marketing assistant for then, WP Lavori in Corso, headquartered in Bologna, Italy. Woolrich's licensee for the Europe and Asia under the trademark John Rich and Bros, was one of the many trademarks under the portfolio holdings of Delaware based John Rich Investment Company.
In 2011, Josh was elected to the boards of John Rich Investment Holding Company, Woolrich Incorporated, WOOLCAN (a wholly owned subsidiary of Woolrich Inc.). In 2016, Woolrich merged with Woolrich Europe a newly formed entity under WP Lavori to form a new entity Woolrich International. In addition, Clinton Land Holdings LLC. was formed: approx. 4,000 acres in Central- Pennsylvania engaged in the active preservation of the company's natural resources. In 2016, Josh resigned from Woolrich International and Clinton Land Holdings to pursue a graduate studies at Pepperdine University's PKE Program.
Diego G. Sanmiquel
VP of Business Development, Built On Vision
Diego is a multinational entrepreneur who has worked for major corporations and is currently Vice President of Business Development at Built On Vision, the premier cloud based project management and controls SaaS company. In addition, he is a co-founder of Myndsi, a southern California boutique consulting firm that specializes in working discreetly at the senior level of organizations with the leadership team. He enjoys getting involved in the early stages of an organizations growth and working closely with his colleagues to rapidly grow the business.
Diego has been studying various meditation techniques since he was nine years old and he greatly enjoys bringing these tools to the business world and his colleagues. When he is not traveling to South America or China, he enjoys spending time with his growing family and guiding up-and-coming executives. An avid world traveler with a passion for knowledge, Diego has made a reputation for himself as someone that learns from the best and then enjoys teaching that knowledge to others. In business, this has made him a thought leader and, as such, he sits on various boards.
Technology Services Division Director, Texas Real Estate Commission
Steve is currently the Information and Technology Services Division Director for the Texas Real Estate Commission. His current role includes management of the infrastructure support, software development and vendor management teams in the agency. Steve has a career in information technology that spans 20 years since his graduation with a Computer Science degree from Dawson College in Montreal, Canada in 1997.
He has worked in the oil and gas industry, airline and regulatory industries, while holding various leadership roles for companies such as IBM Canada and 3M. Steve is fluent in French, English and Greek and conversational in Spanish and Russian. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing ice hockey and golf.
Senior Vice President – Global Head of Technology Strategic Initiatives, VISA, Inc.
Robin is a results-driven executive with a solid history of integrating revolutionary operations and products. She has a comprehensive knowledge of technology and workforce transformations within the payment industry ensuring alignment with settlement industry standards. Robin takes a proactive approach in strategic planning and product road mapping. Her adept communication skills and experience as a global team leader allows Robin to excel in collaborating with key stakeholders to achieve project consensus and success. Robin is proficient in directing high-stakes situations, managing significant tasks effectively and readily mastering the application of innovative software and tools. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. A native of Northern VA, Robin now resides in the San Francisco, Bay Area.
CEO, Health Care Foundation for Ventura County
Amy Towner, also known as "The Go 2 Gal", is Chief Executive Officer of Health Care Foundation for Ventura County and longtime advocate for Ventura County Health Care Agency (VCHCA). Amy is the mother of three adult children, and was an entrepreneur at a young age of 23 yielding number in the black within months at Arcadia Coffee Brewing Company. After selling the business, moving to Ventura and search for health care as a stay at home mother, doctors in Los Angeles recommended VCHCA. VCHCA became her philanthropy and forever health medical home for their family.
County leadership called her to establish a foundation to exclusively serve VCHCA and thus Health Care Foundation for Ventura County was formed in December 2014. Amy is an active member of National Association of Health Care Philanthropy. She is part of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Santa Barbara/Ventura County, Las Patronas, Ventura Downtown Lions Club. She serves as the sustaining Patroness of National Charity League, and she is a member of Community Presbyterian Church in Ventura, CA. Amy also enjoys cooking, travelling, and playing tennis recreationally.
Daniel Zapata De Vengoechea
Lawyer, Independent Consultant
Daniel has 15 years of experience in the area of regulation, environmental policy and corporate sustainability. A lawyer graduated from ITAM in Mexico City, Daniel practiced environmental law in private law firms as well as in the litigation area of the NGO Mexican Center for Environmental Law (CEMDA). He later co-founded a consultancy, Ecoherencia, Sustentabilidad Corporativa, which worked with companies to create a competitive advantage based on environmental strategies, seeking the best environmental, social and financial performance of its customers.
He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics, having received the support of the British Council's Chevening Scholarship. While in London, he worked for Tomorrow's Company, a think tank, and HSBC's Corporate Sustainability Office, where he evaluated the bank's environmental performance against various indicators. Daniel served as an advisor on sustainability issues for Pemex's CEO. Later on, he was appointed as the Sustainable Development Manager in that state-owned oil and gas company. Today, Daniel is an independent sustainability consultant. In recent years, his approach has focused on the corporate sustainability of companies, above all, creating competitive advantages based on an environmental and social vision.
Vice President of Investor Relations, FP&A & Strategy
Sally Beauty Holdings, LLC
Karen has more than 25 years of management and executive experience in the public sector working in dynamic industries such as airline, information technology and retail. The majority of her career has been in corporate finance and accounting as well as human resources. From 2000 – present, she has held the Vice President of Investor Relations position for three public companies. She is currently a Vice President for Sally Beauty Holdings, a global beauty retailer [NYSE: SBH]. She is directly responsible for investor relations, corporate finance & planning, acquisitions & strategy. Karen holds a Bachelors degree in Finance from Texas Tech University. She serves on the Retail Executive Association (DFWREA) board and volunteers at several non-profit organizations. She is an avid runner and enjoys fly-fishing.
President and CEO, ADP Engineering
Tom is President and CEO of ADP Engineering, a startup industrial services company that sells and repairs pumps, compressors, valves, and centrifuges based in Central and Southern California where they have amassed more than $30M in quotes in just six months! Tom's plan for ADP Engineering is to grow it to the only true 4-tier distribution and repair company in the Southwestern United States. Prior to ADP, Tom was the CEO of RLS Industries, where he took over a troubled oil field services company in Bakersfield in 2012, led it through a full turnaround and to revenues of $12M by 2015, a growth in revenues of 100% each year, while creating 60 net new jobs. Tom is a Reserve Major Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he is a future planning officer for 23rd Marine Regiment, and is particularly honored of his four years at MARSOC. He is enormously proud of his wife and daughter, who own and operate the acclaimed Creekside Bed & Breakfast on the ranch where they reside in the wine country of Paso Robles. Tom also volunteers as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Paso Robles.
General Counsel, Gearbox Software
Wade is the General Counsel at Gearbox Software. Wade joins Pepperdine after extensive service in both the public and private sectors. Upon his graduation from law school, Wade entered public service via a federal appellate clerkship in Washington, D.C.. Wade thereafter accepted a commission into the Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, where he served with distinction as a federal prosecutor and was, among other achievements, nominated for the Rear Admiral Hugh H. Howell Award of Excellence. Honorably discharged as a Lieutenant Commander, Wade successfully litigated complex cases before civilian and military juries, as well as the highest appellate courts. Wade now lives with his amazing wife and daughter in Frisco, Texas where he serves as General Counsel for Gearbox Software, one of the world's top interactive software studios. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctorate from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law. He is a bar member of Maryland, Texas, D.C., District Court of Maryland, Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and Supreme Court.
Senior Director and Head of Cloud Infrastructure Operations & IT, Risk Management Solutions
John is currently the Senior Director and Head of Cloud Infrastructure Operations and IT at Risk Management Solutions (RMS) in Newark, CA. At RMS, John is responsible for technology leadership, technical strategy and execution for all of RMS' global data centers, network engineering, infrastructure operations, security operations, and corporate IT teams. John and his team are helping to build a multi-continent, cloud based big-data and analytics platform for the insurance and financial services space. Prior to joining RMS, John held several leadership positions at VMware, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., and Microsoft. John and his wife, Tracy, enjoy traveling, spending time with their dog, and are recent transplants to the Bay Area.
Chief Customer Advocate, RealPage, Inc.
Tamika is presently the Chief Customer Advocate at RealPage, Inc. With more than 15 years of experience in the real estate industry, Tamika inspires innovation and process improvements among customers and the sales organization at RealPage. She joined RealPage after studying at Ohio State University, and quickly earned recognition as a standout sales leader. Prior to her executive roles, Tamika achieved every sales top achievement award presented at RealPage, including "Salesperson of the Year" for three consecutive years.
Throughout her career, Tamika's leadership has driven the transformation of the company from 200-employees into a global, publicly-traded industry leader, boasting more than 4,500 employees. As Chief Customer Advocate, she gives customers a seat at the table, ensuring they have an independent channel connecting them to the top of the organization. She is passionate about collaboration and community, and has a leadership style rooted in several key principals: know your brand, be a resource, be proactive, court customers and employees, create tools to support your teams, and equip customers to be your champions. Tamika is a member of the National Apartment Association and the National Multifamily Housing Council. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Her oldest son attends Pepperdine University on a baseball scholarship.
Field Vice President, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals
Brian is the Field Vice President at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. He is an experienced sales and marketing executive with more than 16 years in the pharmaceutical and vaccine industry. He currently leads the effort for the diabetes product line in the U.S. and sits as a member of the U.S. Primary Care Sales Leadership team. Over his career, he has led marketing teams and developed the strategic plans for
Over his career, he has led marketing teams and developed the strategic plans for the introduction of new products into the U.S. and has worked internationally with global teams. He has led a number of key strategic initiatives in organizational restructuring and projects to improve the global supply of vaccines. Brian is known within his organization as a strategic thinker with the ability to simplify processes. Previously he had more than 10 years in healthcare and hospital administration where he worked to increase emergency room efficiencies and improve patient care. Brian earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of San Diego and his Masters of Public Health from San Diego State University. He is currently based in San Diego.
Consultant / International Chemical Executive
Steve formerly served as the Senior Vice President Global Intermediates at OXEA Corp, where he directed all tactical and strategic activities for the Intermediates business which is 1.0 Billion Euro provider of Oxo Chemicals. During several years with Celanese, Steve gained valuable international experience, leading global teams in South East Asian sales and running a $800M global business, upon his relocation from Asia to Texas.
Earlier in his career, Steve gained extensive experience in sales, marketing and business management with Hoechst Australia, as he ran their $300M trading business. Steve received the Demand Growth Award from Celanese, after five years of 4.5% CAGR, for his leadership of the Celanese Solvents team in 2005. In 2011 Steve received the Value Creator Award for OXEA for his leadership of the Intermediates Team, whose significant EBITDA expansion enabled Advent to exit OXEA in what the chemical trade press called the Deal of the Year (Chemical Week, ICIS). Steve is a member of several professional organizations, including the AFPM, EPCA and APIC. He has also served on the Executive Management Team for OXEA. During July 2016, Steve started a new venture, World Search Consultancy, advisors for international chemical companies, and Private Equity firms.
Ernesto is a seasoned interdisciplinary executive and Marine veteran, with a bias for action in pursuit of simultaneous success and significance. He has more than 25 years of operational experience - admired for integrity, ethics, and compassion. He is recognized as a "connector" by developing strategic partnerships, energizing organizations around a compelling vision, leveraging technology, and ability to deliver, previously out of reach, digital business solutions to small public and private businesses.
Ernesto has a passion for Kingdom building; is a Board member, volunteer and fundraiser for myriad nonprofits nationwide. He helps clients discover, envision and implement their God given talents delivering on his vision of "100x" (Matthew 3:18 & Mark 10:30) and mission "Preparing others for a life of purpose, service and leadership." He is currently focused on his newest venture, IMPRINT Studio, an incubator portfolio of cutting edge products and services, providing consulting services in governance and all key business functions across different industries. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Management and is certified in Six Sigma (Greenbelt from the Navy/Black Belt from USC, and IISE). When not spending time with his wife (Corinna) and two adult children, he is usually found in volunteer roles with his church and makes his home in San Clemente, CA.
Founder & CEO, Jenvey Consulting
Livia is the Founder & CEO of Jenvey Consulting. She has worked in both the entrepreneur and corporate business arenas for many years. She brings more than 18 years of experience boosting revenues in Fortune 100 & 500 services firms across Marketing, IT, Financial Services, Utilities, and Healthcare industries. Her experience includes bridging business teams & groups to provide outstanding services and/or products to customers. Livia has entrepreneurial experience working with individuals and small businesses, helping them break down complex problems to steps that can be easily accomplished, in order for them to be successful in their lives and businesses. In addition, is experienced in helping coach business leaders to enhance their leadership skills to effectively grow their businesses.
Karen A. Kraus
COO & Board Member, Jet Midwest Group of Companies
Karen is the Chief Operating Officer & Board Member for the Jet Midwest Group of Companies, which specializes in global end of life commercial aircraft asset sales and leasing solutions for airlines and operators worldwide. She has more than 19 years of experience in aviation focusing in the areas of implementing overall strategic plan, corporate vision, supporting, motivating and developing organizational staff; creating and promoting a positive multicultural work environment that supports consistency throughout the organization's strategy; overseeing the financial condition of the organization; and facilitating cross-company and cross-departmental cooperation, collaboration and communication. She presently serves as Senior Advisor and Board Member at Dynamic international Airways. Karen holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of Colorado.
Partner, Booth, Mitchel and Strange LLP
Steve is a proven leader at the firm he joined 25 years ago. He has climbed from a first year associate to equity partner and developed a large book of business. He has successfully guided Fortune 500 companies through bet the company type litigation. He has lead teams of lawyers from across the United States in coordinating litigation and strategies that have allowed his clients to flourish and prosper. He currently is responsible for firm management, client retention, staff supervision and compensation, and the firm's overall financial success. Steve obtained his Bachelor's degree from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984 and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from McGeorge School of Law.
CFO, MorningStar Senior Living
Jamie began her career at Ernst & Young as an auditor in the real estate group of the Orange County, CA office. Jamie is currently the CFO of MorningStar Senior Living where she is responsible for all financial aspects of the company including finance, accounting and compliance. MorningStar is an integrated developer, owner and operator of premier retirement communities. MorningStar's portfolio encompasses 27 properties under operation or development representing over 3,100 units in 10 states across the western United States. Prior to MorningStar, Jamie worked for KBS Realty Advisors in Newport Beach, CA. She was responsible for more than 800 properties consisting of $1.8B portfolio with assets spread across the United States. Jamie has spent her career working in various areas of real estate including, homebuilding, development, land acquisitions and the senior living industry. Her passion is senior living and being able to contribute and serve through her passion, which is striving to be part of a team who provides the best care possible for seniors. Jamie holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Finance from Chapman University in Orange, CA.
Vice President of Products, Vocera
Gautam is Vice President of Products at Vocera, where he leads strategy, development, and commercialization for a portfolio of integrated, intelligent software and wearable solutions. Known for his ability to bridge technology and business disciplines to create sustained business success and a leader in developing solutions for regulated industries, Gautam has commercialized software, device, and service portfolios for consumers and enterprises around the world. Prior to Vocera, Gautam led the development of big data/analytics driven learning solutions at Apollo Group. At Jasper Wireless, he led the commercialization of IoT solutions for a global base of customers.
At Sprint, he led development and launch of mobile devices and solutions that served more than 10M users. Prior to Sprint, Gautam lived in Hong Kong where he successfully commercialized connected device, content and policy management applications for the APAC market. Gautam holds a number of patents and was awarded the California Diversity Council's 2016 Multicultural Leadership Award. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from California State Polytechnic University and an Executive Leadership Certificate from MIT. As an avid traveler and photographer, Gautam has visited 7 continents, 50 states, and more than 85 countries. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and baby daughter.
Director of Business Operations
The Boeing Company, Commercial Airplanes
Julia is the Director of Business Operations for Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), Supplier Management. She is responsible for the Operations, Management Systems, and Long-Range Business Planning for the organization that manages global procurement for all BCA airplane programs. Currently about 1 billion airplane components and assemblies are procured through the internal and external supply chain, across 5,500 factories at employing 500,000+ people and at an annual cost in excess of $35B. Julia has been with Boeing for more than 25 years and previously served as director of Business Operations/Program Management for Boeing Flight Services, BCA Airplane Commitments, and variety of leadership positions within Boeing Sales, Airplane Programs and Support Services.
A Northwest native, Julia attended the University of Washington and Seattle University where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Finance and a Master's degree in Business and Accounting. Julia is also the co-founder and owner of StixToGo, a growing business and international supplier to most major coffee chains as well as thousands of independent businesses. She serves on several community and non-profit boards and in her spare time, she enjoys sleeping, running marathons for her Autism foundation (RUNALL7) and spending time with her family.
Jun Mei Cai
Owner, Beijing Xiaocheng Technology Stock Co Ltd
Jun is currently the largest shareholder of Beijing Xiaocheng Technology Stock Co Ltd. Beijing XC, is a high-tech enterprise and the company's guiding principle is "To live by technology, to develop by quality." Beijing XC operates in Beijing, China, Acla Ghana and South Africa. Jun manages her company remotely by video conferencing with the top management team several times per week. She also has invested heavily in stocks and real estate. Jun earned a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering and also attended CASS (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) where she earned her Master's Degree with an emphasis in Finance. She became a mechanical engineer and practiced her skills for 15 years. She moved to the U.S nine years ago and currently resides in Los Angeles. Jun is curious about everything that is new to her and loves studying. She likes to learn new knowledge in different fields and connect them all together like solving a puzzle, it is fun to her. She loves exploring this wonderful world and hopes to find the same type of friends to make life more brilliant!
Founder and CEO, Business Resource Center, Inc.
Rob is the founder and CEO of Business Resource Center, Inc., a management consulting company to the PEO/HRO/Private Equity space. His responsibilities include M&A, organizational design, workforce optimization, sales/marketing and go-to-market strategy. Prior to founding BRCI in 2013, Comeau served as the Director of Business Development for Barrett Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBSI). During his tenure, he drove revenue to record levels. He began his career in the outsourcing & consulting fields with Remedy Intelligent Staffing (NASDAQ:REMX). Rob earned National Sales Person of the Year honors in 2004 and after his promotion to leadership, drove an average producing region to number two in the nation while utilizing one quarter the staff of the top producing region. He has met with thousands of business owners across a variety of industry verticals and he attributes much of his business acumen to having the opportunity to analyze such a large and diverse group of businesses. Rob lives in Orange County, California with his beautiful wife Tamara and their two children, Boston and Charlie. Rob and Tamara serve in their church and are thankful to God for his love, mercy and blessings.
Rudy H. Franco
Rudy is a seasoned executive with 25 years of experience in sales, management, and operations. He has excelled in industries ranging from law enforcement to real estate, retail, and broadcasting. His expertise includes business development, content licensing, and contract negotiations representing more than $280M in sales. In his roles as President and Vice President, he negotiated contracts with Univision Communications, Inc., Sirius XM, Salem Communications, and Fortune 500 companies. In addition, Rudy established partnerships with Verizon, Live Nation, Lowes and Disney, McDonald's, Nissan, motion picture and book publishing companies. He also fostered valuable relationships with the White House and major non-profit organizations like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. As founder of RHF Agency, Rudy advises media and entertainment professionals, additionally, he serves as the Director of Commercial Sales for an exclusive Downtown LA brokerage firm.
Entrepreneur & Consultant
Greg consults with leading IR200 retailers on Omni-channel transformation programs as well as break-through traffic and monetization strategies for tech startups. After a successful exit from his first startup, Greg trained in traditional consumer marketing, branding and retailing at Compaq Computer. Upon promotion to lead marketing for Compaq's Presario brand in North America, his initiatives advanced the doubling of revenues and gained the #1 position in the U.S. consumer market within 3 years. As Compaq planned to take subsidiary AltaVista.com public, Greg was tasked with fast-tracking a strategy to monetize the search engines' product-related queries, leading to launching Shopping.com as the world's first comparison-shopping site. While financial markets stalled AltaVista's IPO efforts, Shopping.com was ultimately sold to eBay for $620M. Later, Greg built and exited from a successful nutritional consulting business, built the D2C business for 5.11 Tactical, and after a comprehensive makeover, reestablished Smarthome.com as a leading home-automation superstore. Greg currently resides in Southern California, has three children and enjoys attending their sporting events and advising local startups in his spare time. Passionate about K-9 welfare, Greg is exploring opportunities to help alleviate K-9 abuse and neglect in the U.S. and abroad.
Associate Vice Chancellor
As Associate Vice Chancellor at Pepperdine University, Sam develops relationships and fundraises for resources that deliver the University promise of "strengthening lives for purpose, service and leadership." He engages alumni, parents, friends, students, and faculty, who share the University's vision, to develop a greater affinity for Pepperdine. As a native of the Los Angeles coastal community of Pacific Palisades, Sam graduated from Loyola Marymount University, is married to Eileen and the couple have two daughters. He has been honored for his civic and philanthropic engagement by State and City officials; is chairman of the John R. Wooden Award; active with American Legion Squadron 283; is an active board member of Westcoast Sports Associates; and since 1997 serves as a member of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission. Lagana has announced major sporting events, including Davis Cup Tennis, Pro Beach Volleyball, Arena Football, NCAA competitions and NFL special events. Sam enjoys volleyball, golf, hiking and attending concerts, theatre and sporting events with family and friends.
Founder, HLJK Corporation
Hyunok is the President and CEO of HLJK Corporation, a company specializing in aging and health care services. With more than 20 years of experience in aging services, Hyunok founded and continues to manage the corporation's two divisions: Division of Research, Consulting and Development (RCD); and Division of Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) Services. The RCD division is comprised of continual project management services providing consulting services such as feasibility studies, staff development and quality assurance services to prospective and existing Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) centers and Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE). His consulting services have helped to both initiate and bring success to multiple facilities throughout Southern California. The ADHC division provides community-based long-term care services for frail elderly and functionally impaired adults, to enable them to live independently and with dignity within the community. The division currently manages four ADHC centers in Los Angeles County and Orange County. He holds a Master's Degree in Management from the University of Redlands. Hyunok and his wife, Jun Hee, enjoy traveling to historic sites with their three children.
Todd A. Lewis
Director of Quality Assurance, Specialty Machine
Todd began his career in public accounting, where he worked for over two decades in planning and compliance in corporate and individual taxation. For the past five years, he has lead the Quality Assurance function for Specialty Machine, a contract manufacturer that provides precision computerized numerical control machining, welding, assembly, and sheet metal fabrication. The company, located outside of Austin, Texas, provides parts to the semiconductor, aerospace, medical, chemical and energy industries. In his role as Quality Assurance Director, he oversees all aspects of quality control including internal quality audits, as wells as acting as liaison with third-party certifying bodies in order to maintain ISO and aerospace certifications (ISO 9001, AS9100). Todd is a graduate of Abilene Christian University, having earned degrees in business (BBA), and religion (MAR). When not spending time with his wife and two daughters and their families, he is usually found in volunteer roles with his church, and several non-profit organizations.
Co-Founder, VP of Sales & Marketing, Harvest West Foods
Julie is a successful entrepreneur with more than 20 years of sales experience. She has extensive experience with creating and selling on-trend, healthy food products through alternative format channels, particularly club stores. Most recently, Julie served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Dole Food Company's Packaged Food division. Julie joined Dole in connection with its acquisition of Mrs. May's Naturals, a healthy snack company that she and her brother founded in 2002. Mrs. May's was created using a snack recipe that Julie's grandmother formulated during her childhood for fruit and nut-based clusters. Over the course of 10 years, Mrs. May's product line expanded from clusters into freeze-dried fruit and bars, which helped extend the brand and create strong awareness among leading retailers. Julie's sales and product development expertise fueled the rapid growth of the brand, which ultimately was impetus for Dole's acquisition. Julie is a graduate of UCLA, where she earned a degree in Eastern Asian studies. She is also fluent in both English and Korean.
Co-Founder and CEO, Advanced Therapeutics
Michael is the Co-Founder and CEO of Advanced Therapeutics, a multi-specialty health care company dedicated to providing innovative, science-based products and services that improve peoples' health. Advanced Therapeutics does so through a portfolio of cutting edge products in diagnostic testing, compounding, specialty pharmacy and medical devices. Michael oversees the financial, sales, marketing, and strategic business development activities of the company. With more than 16 years of sales, management and leadership experience, Michael has demonstrated the ability to energize organizations around a compelling vision, develop strategic partnerships, and exceed top and bottom line goals. Prior to co-founding Advanced Therapeutics, Michael worked with several leaders in the health care industry such as Merck and Co, Inc., and Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he excelled in sales, marketing, and market development. Michael holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology/Administrative Studies from University of California at Riverside.
President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Maurice is responsible for all Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois operations, including the management for sales and account management, provider network contracting, medical management, government relations and public affairs. Before assuming his current position in 2015, Smith led the Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) Treasury Department and corporate development initiatives — including mergers, acquisitions and the formation of strategic partnerships — and was focused on the key role capital deployment plays in corporate strategy. He also oversaw HCSC's subsidiaries. Previously, he served as Vice President, Corporate Transactions and Business Analysis, with responsibility for negotiating various mergers, acquisitions and strategic relationships, as well as corporate financial forecasting. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.