Meet the PKE 138 Cohort
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
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.
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, a Juris Doctorate from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law, and is a member of the bars of Maryland, Texas, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court of Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.