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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.

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Alexandre Guiraud-Cointreau

Alexandre Guiraud-Cointreau

Entrepreneur and Managing Director; BYBC Group

Alexandre is an entrepreneur and Managing Director of the BYBC Group, an investment firm based in Luxembourg. For the past decade, he has been responsible for the family-owned group’s development in Europe and the United States in industries ranging from the wine and spirits business to new tech and bio-techs. Furthermore, Alex also manages the California wine estate, Admirable Vineyards, as well as an American-based wine distribution company and the Champagne House based in France, Champagne Tresor de France. Alex graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science as well as gained specialized education in the wine industry at both University of California, Davis and Sonoma State University. Alex benefits from an international background, as he was raised in France and has experiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

Molly Benson

Molly Benson

Executive Director Oncology Biosimilars; Amgen

Molly has more than 20 years of experience as a commercial leader in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industry. Throughout her career, Molly has consistently demonstrated a track record of success by delivering strong sales results, developing people, and leading teams. She currently is the Executive Director for Oncology Biosimilars at Amgen and is building launch strategies for multiple products. Her wide range of commercial experience has enabled her to lead marketing brand teams, regional sales teams, and sales planning and operations. Before Amgen, she had field sales and sales leadership roles at Novartis and G.D. Searle. In addition, Molly has a passion to help organizations by leading culture, communication, and change initiatives. Molly earned her degree at Iowa State University where she majored in Marketing with a minor in Speech Communications. Molly is originally from the Midwest but has lived on both coasts and recently moved back to Southern California. In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their three kids.

Georgia Bunn

Georgia Bunn

Board Chair & President; Rubicon Investments Corporation

Georgia is the Board Chair and President of Rubicon Investments Corporation, a fifth-generation family business. She has worked 36 years with Rubicon, seeing the transition in 1997 divesting out of waste management and landfill operations to a focus exclusively in commercial real estate. Rubicon Investments develops commercial office space, with a specialty in government and medical facilities. She works daily with her son, Daniel who is the CEO. In her personal life, she chairs the Finance Committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis. Her biggest joy is being a grandmother to two grandsons.

Ryan W. Dolphin

Ryan W. Dolphin

ISV / Embedded Sales Lead - West Coast; SAP

Ryan is currently the ISV/Embedded Sales Lead for the West Coast. Ryan is a senior business leader with more than 16 years in high-tech software sales. His focus has been closely tied to cloud-based ISVs, ASPs, and BPOs. Ryan leads a sales team that deliveries Enterprise Software to these organizations. He thrives in new environments by quickly recognizing unique organizational characteristics and adapting to ensure clear communication. He is a strong player, coach, professional, that leads by example and understands the holistic business acumen necessary to develop and execute programs in a global environment. Ryan is originally from Flushing, Michigan a small town just outside of Flint. He lived in Michigan until he graduated from Oakland University in 2003. Upon graduation, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. His next journey took him to San Francisco where he lived in the Bay Area for nine years where he held Sales and Leadership Roles at companies such as, Pinnacle/AVID, Informatica, and TIBCO, SAP. In 2010, he moved down to Southern California where he currently resides.

Gene Eidelman

Gene Eidelman

COO and General Manager; Houck Construction, Inc.

Gene is currently the COO & GM at Houck Construction, Inc., one of the leading general contractors based in West Los Angeles. Houck is a design-build general contractor specializing in renovation and construction of luxury single-family residences, multifamily and commercial projects. He came to the US as a refugee without any money and not speaking any English. In 1988, when his first child was born, he created corporate preschool programs with Prodigy Child Development Centers. The program was implemented in numerous organizations, hospitals, government agencies, and six of the ten largest American corporations. In 1995, Prodigy merged with Children's Discovery Centers, creating the foundation for what is now the largest childcare company in the world. In 1997, Gene co-founded Mosaica Education and built one of the largest networks of charter schools in the US, private schools internationally, and online schools globally. Eidelman was a recipient of the Education Industry Association's Entrepreneurial Leadership Award in 2009 and of Inc Magazine's #1 Fastest Growing Company serving the inner city in 2005. Mosaica was recognized as an Education Innovator by the US Department of Education. When the company was sold in 2015, it had 1,800 employees in more than 60 schools on three continents.

Darin McAllister

Darin McAllister

Executive Assistant; West Angeles Church

Darin is currently the Executive Assistant to the CEO of West Angeles Church, with a membership of more than 25,000. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University (ORU), with he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theology Pastoral care. As former Los Angeles Police Officer, he worked for then-Chief Willie Williams. Darin served the city through some of its most tumultuous times, to include the Rodney King beating, L.A. riots, and the O.J. Simpson trial. He later went on to serve for 14 years as a Special Agent with Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he received the Directors Award and the Attorney General’s Award for excellence in investigations. Darin started and owned Max Security Services, a full-service security firm with more than 50 employees. He currently operates Judah Music Group with sales of more than 1 million units. Darin is the author of SOS – Survivors of Storms, which tells his personal story of how he and so many others were able to overcome life’s crisis. He regularly speaks a message of faith and purpose when given the opportunity, from skid row to some of the nation’s largest churches. He is married to Dr. Judith Christie-McAllister and resides in Los Angeles, California with their three children.

Lynn Owen

Lynn Owen

Chief Operations Officer TruAmerica; Multifamily

Lynn brings more than 30 years of multi-family and commercial property management and investment experience to her role. She is responsible for overseeing all asset and construction management and portfolio operations and is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Before joining TruAmerica Multifamily, Lynn was Senior Director of Real Estate at Greystar. Before Greystar, Lynn was an Owner/Principal at Glacier Real Estate Services, which she had an integral role in selling to Greystar in 2010. She is a frequent speaker at state and national industry-related events where she has been named, one of Real Estate Forum 2015’s Women of Influence, one of Real Estate Forum 2017’s Most Powerful Women in Commercial Real Estate, one of Bisnow’s 2017 Los Angeles and Orange County Power Women making a big impact in commercial real estate. Most recently, Lynn also was awarded ConnectMedia’s 2017 Power Woman in Real Estate and was just inducted into Real Estate Forum’s Women of Influence Hall of Fame. Personally, Lynn is dedicated to fundraising for non-profits supporting the end to homelessness and organizations that assist victims of domestic abuse. She is well known for her fundraising ability and passion for these causes.

Othniel Tucker

Othniel Tucker

CTIO; Fathers Families & Healthy Communities

​Othniel is a social entrepreneur and current CTIO for Fathers Families & Healthy Communities, a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, IL.  Othniel has recently started a company called Takes a Village, which is a for-profit charity organization that is dedicated to improving the infrastructure of low-income communities internationally. An entrepreneur at heart, Othniel has started two successful businesses (O Tucker Creations and Tucker Foot and Ankle) yet spends most of his time focused on improving the socio-economic issues in Chicago through his work with non-profits. He has had more than 16 years of experience in the information technology industry and holds multiple certifications across different sectors in the IT field. He enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with his wife and two children. 

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”
-Proverbs 3:27 NIV

Ryan Turner

Ryan Turner

Global Account Manager/Entrepreneur; Cisco Systems

Ryan is a Global Account Manager at Cisco Systems, responsible for three of their largest clients in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry vertical, where he guides a global team of more than 35 resources that focus on business outcomes. He has more than 16 years of experience in the information technology industry. Ryan is also the President of Chromie Enterprises, a small business operating successfully for 15 years in Colorado. Ryan graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Management degree in 1995. He served in the Air Force as a Strategic Planning Officer before entering the information technology industry in 2000. Outside of his professional career, he enjoys spending time with his wife Meghan and his kids, Jackson and Claudia, golfing, being outdoors and woodworking.

Zaneta Williams

Zaneta Williams

Director of Operations; Motor and Pump Company

​Zaneta has been an executive in the construction service industry for more than 18 years. She holds the position of Director of Operations for the Motor and Pump Company. She oversees operations that serve the entire nation but primarily within the tri-state area of NY, NJ, and CT.  As she has worked in this male dominated industry, she has had to sacrifice many indulgences in order to juggle several roles that life has presented to her in that time.  Zaneta also works with the Minority & Business Women Development and is the principle owner of a "Beauty Bar" in the Long Island area. She is involved in several civic organizations within the NYC metropolitan area and volunteers her time and effort for many worthy causes. She mentors several young minority women that aspire to go into business.

She is mater networker and an amazing builder of relationships. Zaneta earned her Bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics from Baruch College. She is regularly featured in the NYREJ - New York Real Estate Journal for her industry specific articles.

 

Calvin Chan

Calvin Chan

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).

Raymond Hall

Raymond Hall

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.

Rick Hernandez

Rick Hernandez

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.

Brian Maddocks

Brian Maddocks

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.

Mike Medeiros

Mike Medeiros

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

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.

Charlie Rubin

Charlie Rubin

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!

Peter Seth

Peter Seth

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.

Georgette Topakas

Georgette Topakas

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.

 

John Bauer

John Bauer

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 Engers

Patrick Engers

Fleet Management/Entrepreneur

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 Frankl

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

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.

Christopher Lent

Christopher Lent

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.

Brian Lovell

Brian Lovell

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.

Tim Moore

Tim Moore

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

Kimberly Rath

Kimberly Rath

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.

Laura Sharpe

Laura Sharpe

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.

 

Reza Amiri

Reza Amiri

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.

Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson

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.

Nicolas Arnold

Nicolas Arnold

VP of Product Management & Head of Business Development
HoloBuilder's

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.

Dwight Barrett

Dwight Barrett

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.

William Barkovitz

William Barkovitz

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.

Andre Campbell

Andre Campbell

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

Rocio N. Chatham

Vice President of Human Resources / Entrepreneur
ATS Systems

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.

Derek Folk

Derek Folk

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.

Joy Jones

Joy Jones

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.

Dustin McCauley

Dustin McCauley

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

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

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

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.

Tanesha Queenan

Tanesha Queenan

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

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

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.

Steve Spyropoulos

Steve Spyropoulos

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.

Robin Staples

Robin Staples

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.

Amy Towner

Amy Towner

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

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.