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Meet the PKE 137 Cohort

Summer 2016

PKE 137 Class

April Atkinson

Jun Mei Cai

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!

Romulo Calistri

Rob Comeau

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.

Eddy Chavez

Rudy H. Franco

Entrepreneur/Business Consultant

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.

George Goubran

Greg Holder

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.

Michelle Grande

Samuel Lagana

Associate Vice Chancellor
Pepperdine University

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.

Sandra Hunter

Hyunok Lee

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.

Pamela Irwin

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.

Doug Mackenzie

Julie Min

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.

Leslie McGarry

Michael Ochoa

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.

Mark Ventresco

Maurice Smith

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.