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Steve Abbott
Steve Abbott
Steve Abbott graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Mathematics. He applied those skills to the insurance industry, specifically actuarial science. He earned the accreditation as an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. Steve played an integral role in forming Specialty Insurance Service in the mid-80's. Steve transitioned from the CTO role to the CEO by 1990. He led the company through a round of venture financing and structured a successful exit in 1998.
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Gene Alexander
Gene Alexander, PhD, is VP & GM for Motion Analysis Corporation, an entertainment technology company. Motion Analysis is the acquirer of Gene's previous startup, MaMoCa. As CEO, Gene led MaMoCa from an idea through external funding and on to acquisition. Gene, as were his father and grandfather, is a veteran of the US Army, and holds several issued US and international patents.
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Amir Banifatemi
Amir Banifatemi's career spans more than 28 years in Europe and the US in the development and growth of high technology ventures. He has held senior executive positions with numerous large companies including Matra Space, AP-HP, and the European Commission Information Society. Amir is founder of Bayspring Group, an innovation think tank that specializes in defining market opportunities and the launch of new products and services to meet market needs.
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Darren Berkovitz
Darren Berkovitz has an instinct for identifying great ideas and the business savvy to turn them into profitable companies. As a co-founder and VP of Business Development, Darren identifies and develops strategic partnerships and accounts, executes companywide strategy, and evangelizes TeleSign within the industry. He also oversees TeleSign's intellectual property strategy and secured a granted Patent for PhoneID (Patent No. 7,945,034) with several other pending patents.
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Dave Berkus
Dave Berkus is acknowledged as one of the most active angel investors in the country, having made and actively participated in 82 technology investments during the past decade, achieving an IRR of 97%. Labeled "Super Angel" by Inc. Magazine, Dave currently manages two angel VC funds (Berkus Technology Ventures, LLC and Kodiak Ventures, L.P.), is a partner in Trenchant Ventures, LLC, and is past Chairman of Tech Coast Angels, one of the largest angel networks in the United States.
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Alan Bernstein
Alan Bernstein has been called the founder of the field of professional services marketing. His companies included an award-winning newsletter company, two ad agencies, the largest seminar company in the field, a consulting company, a catalog company and wellness centers. His companies have served over 10% of the private practices in North America. He sold all of his companies to Medical World Communications, a VC-backed acquisition company.
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Mike Brown
Mike Brown is the Co-Founder & CEO of ModBargains – a market leader in the aftermarket automotive industry (car customization). He founded the company in 2004 at the age of 19 while he was a full time student at Chapman University in the Entrepreneurship program. Mike completed his degree in 2006 at Chapman. In 2006 Mike was named the Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year.
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Christopher Buckstein
Christopher Buckstein's world-view is a blend of many factors— regional and national firms in the areas of: hospitality, retail, wholesale, manufacturing, banking, and real estate. Christopher currently serves as President of Dynamic Investments, Huntington Beach, CA, where he invests in start-up companies, helping them reach their full potential. One of his most recent start-ups is Dynamic Construction Services, Inc., headquartered in Seal Beach, CA.
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David Carter
David Carter has served on the Board and invested in several companies including Cerberian (sold to Blue Coat (NASDAQ: BCSI), Zorch (sold to First Consulting Group (NASDAQ: FCGI), and Oakley Networks (funded by Kleiner Perkins, sold to Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), CrimeReports (funded by Austin Ventures) and Celtek (current). Mr. Carter served as founder, President and CEO of S5 Wireless.
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Ray Chan
Ray Chan, an active investor with 27 years, is a member and board member of Tech Coast Angels, an active investor and COO of TCA portfolio companies MasherMedia and Vokle. A co-founder and investor of Everyone.net, he helped to secure over 12 million in funding and led the company through the internet bubble, orchestrated and steered the company from an advertising supported startup to a profitable subscription business.
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David Cheng
David Cheng was recently the CEO of Accenx, a healthcare SaaS company that is now a part of IBM. David founded Accenx back in 1997 and took the company through its organic growth stage as well as raising multiple rounds of funding to support its SaaS product development. In October 2009, Accenx was acquired by Initiate Systems and together were then immediately acquired by IBM. So, David has the rare experience of working thru two acquisitions back-to-back. David is currently retained by IBM to continue supporting IBM's initiatives for "Smarter Healthcare".
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Adam Connors
Adam B. Connors is the Director of the Corporate Finance Group for C. K. Cooper & Company, a full-service investment bank focused on providing superior and insightful research coverage to its clients; innovative investment banking solutions supported by sales and trading services; and portfolio advisory and management services for private clients. Mr. Connors has either lead or assisted in over $1.6 billion worth of closed transactions over the last five years within the Corporate Finance Group
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Dick Dadamo
Dick Dadamo has served in all phases of corporate management. Dadamo formed his consulting firm, RJD Associates, Inc. for mentoring presidents. Dadamo presently is a founding Director of three companies and served as a Director of several public companies. He was a member of the Tech Coast Angels for 10 years. Dadamo with his partner, Phil Harding offers their class The Laws of Management Physics and numerous seminar topics to in-house classes at local companies. Dadamo is the author of seven books on Management, directed to hands-on-management.
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Paul Darbee
Paul Darbee has been a serial entrepreneur all his life. Paul's current venture, DarbeeVision, adds depth and realism to digital images in real time for consumer electronics. Previously Paul was a cofounder of Universal Electronics, the leading manufacturer of universal remote controls and a successful public company (NASDAQ- UEIC). Paul invented the preprogrammed universal remote control and holds dozens of patents on remote control and other technologies.
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France Helfer
With thirty years in the Medical Device Industry, over twenty as a senior executive, Ms. Helfer brings management expertise in Serial Entrepreneurship, Product Development, R&D, Business Development, Operations Management, and International Sales and Marketing for Fortune 500 companies and start-up companies. She is Chairman, Founder & CEO of Epic Medical Inc, a UCLA technology-licensed medical device company.
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Jeff Erle
Jeff has held numerous senior-level leadership positions during the last 25 years, including President /CEO of five companies, three of which he sold. His experience spans small privately-held and large public enterprises including ADP, Western Digital, MFLEX, and Litton. He has served on numerous Boards, and has advised many early stage companies through his affiliations with Tech Coast Angels (TCA), OCTANe LaunchPad, and ABL (a CEO roundtable). Jeff has experience in consumer electronics, automotive, real-estate, healthcare, and retail. His product and service experiences include hardware manufacturing/distribution, software development and IT services. Jeff earned a BA in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University.
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Sean Ellis
Sean Ellis is the founder and CEO of CatchFree, an online platform that crowdsources value data to identify useful innovative products and make them more accessible to mainstream users. CatchFree has raised $5.5m in venture capital and publicly launched its consumer facing service at TechCrunch Disrupt in May 2011. Beginning in the mid '90s he ran marketing at Uproar and then LogMeIn from launch to NASDAQ IPO filings. Following these long-term roles, Sean realized that the most critical stage for startups was the upfront, traction stage. So he spent the next few years working to develop a systematic process for bringing new startups to market. During this time he worked with the founding CEOs at such high profile startups as Dropbox, Lookout, Eventbrite and Xobni in interim marketing executive roles. Sean shares his findings through his blog at startup-marketing.com
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Ross Escalette
Ross Escalette has started and operated 4 companies over his 57 years in the metal working industry. In 2001, he sold his 500 employee Brasstech/Newport Brass Corp. to Masco Corp. He is currently chairman and treasurer of a start-up venture in the plumbing products field and serves on the boards of 4 corporations. He is also a trustee of Chapman University and president of a non-profit.
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Malcolm Geffen
Malcolm Geffen is an experienced CEO and COO with over 40 years experience as an entrepreneur. He is also an accomplished profit improvement industrialist experienced in both start-ups and acquisitions. Malcolm was the CEO of DSFI, the president of VCS and the founder and managing partner of Geffen and Associates, Venture Management and Pizzaland. He is a Managing Director of Trenchant Ventures, a director of Vetrimark , a SCORE counselor and a leader of the SCORE CEO Forum.
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Barry Goldfarb
Barry Goldfarb is an entrepreneur with eclectic interests. He currently owns and operates three successful wineries in California, Oreana Winery in Paso Robles and Santa Barbara, Agua Dulce Winery, in Agua Dulce. He serves as a member of Chapman University's Board of Trustees and is a director of The Brandman Foundation, which is involved with charities around the world including Chapman University and Brandman University. Lastly, his two children, Michael and Amy attended Chapman University.
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Michael Goldfarb
Growing up in Los Angeles, Michael later attended Brown University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Modern Culture and Media. Michael later attended Chapman University where he completed a joint MBA/MFA in film producing. While at Chapman, Michael created the Business of the Biz speaker series. Michael now works at IMAX Filmed Entertainment as a Business Analyst, conducting research and analysis into the viability of new film project opportunities that create business potential and revenue streams across all media platforms along with spearheading other special projects. Michael sat on the judging panel in 2011 for the Bel-Air Film Festival and also sits on the Associate Board of OUR HOUSE, an organization that provides grief support for children and adults who have experienced the death of a close loved one. In his free time he likes to practice Muay Thai, play tennis and golf, DJ, and travel.
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W. Scott Griffiths
Scott Griffiths is CEO of Ultimate Brands (www.EighteenEight.com) and Boombang Ventures (www.Boombang.com). He has been the founder and on the leadership teams of more than 20 start-ups. He has created and developed more than 100 brands. In the last six years, his firm put more than 600 products on the market producing over $2 billion in sales. Success stories include House of Blues, Bosley, Nokia, Vertu, Disney, Apple, Trojan, Beverly Hills Fragrances, Memorex, Paul Mitchell, Bath & Bodyworks.
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Phillip Harding
Phillip Harding's management experience prior to joining M-FLEX was CEO of Weltec Digital Corporation, President of the REMEX Division of Excello Corporation, and General Manager of the Commercial Systems Division of E.M.M. Corporation. His marketing experience came as Director of Point of Sales Terminals at the TRW-FUJITSU Corporation and as Director of Marketing at E.M.M. In addition to these credentials, he holds 25 patents and 4 patent submissions in numerous disciplines and is the author of many articles, both technical and business related.
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Cheril Hendry
Cheril Hendry is CEO of Brandtailers, an Orange County based marketing and advertising firm she started with two partners in 1990. Today she is sole owner of this $20 million dollar agency, employing 18 "industry experts", as she calls her team. Cheril is also an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University, teaching several advertising courses in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
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Ryan Heuser
Ryan Heuser, Chief Creative Officer of Paul Frank Industries, has been active in the fashion industry for more than 15 years. Previously at Mossimo Inc., Heuser oversaw public relations for the popular fashion line. In 1997, he left Mossimo to start Paul Frank Industries from his Huntington Beach, Calif. garage. Until its recent sale to Saban Brands in August 2010, Heuser served as Co-Founder and President of Paul Frank Industries.
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John Hill
John Hill is business enterprise leader who introduced award-winning products and met key strategic and financial goals – with P&L responsibility of over $120M and led a Rockwell Collins business that successfully introduced market-leading Venue ™ Hi-Definition Cabin System. He achieved a new standard for on-time delivery, quality, innovation, profitability and customer satisfaction, and won numerous international design awards, including Good Design, Red Dot, and IF. John Hill is also the founder and operation of Hill Properties, LLC.
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Andrew Horowitz
Andrew Horowitz is a twenty-year telecommunications entrepreneur and founder of Office Telephone Management (OTM), a voice and date shared-service provider to tenants of multi-tenant office buildings in Southern California that he started in 1983 and sold in 1995. Mr. Horowitz has since pursued an assortment of domestic and international telecommunications consulting engagements, mentoring activities, and investment opportunities involving local telecom and other startup companies.
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Tom Huseby
Tom is Managing Partner of SeaPoint Ventures. Prior to forming SeaPoint Ventures, Tom co-founded and was the first CEO of Metawave Communications Corporation, a manufacturer of cellular infrastructure equipment. Before Metawave, he was the first President and CEO of Innova Corporation, a manufacturer of digital millimeter wave radios. Tom is currently Chairman of the Board of Airspan, Ground Truth and Zumobi, and a board member of Hubspan, Kineto Wireless, Modiv Media, Mojix, Photobucket, and SinglePoint.
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Nicolas Ilagan
Nicholas is the managing director and founder of SuiteSearch.com, a commercial real estate marketing platform focused on flexible office space. In his senior year at Chapman University, Nicholas won the school's business plan competition and received the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Since graduating from Chapman University in 2004, he has been involved in multiple entrepreneurial ventures, gaining a reputation among investors, clients and the media for decisive decision-making and the innovative application of digital marketing.
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Hans Imhof
Hans Imhof, a native of Switzerland, graduated from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 1965 with an Electrical Engineering Degree. In 1966 he immigrated to the United States where he started his career as a project engineer at General Electric in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1969 he moved to Borg Warner Controls in Santa Ana as manager of Engineering. In 1972 he started EPE Technologies in Costa Mesa, a manufacturing firm which built power protection equipment for computers. He sold the company in 1990 to Merlin Gerin, a billion-dollar French company.
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Eric Jackson
Eric M. Jackson is the CEO and co-founder of CapLinked, an online platform that makes private investing easy, secure, and social. CapLinked gives companies, investors, and their advisors tools to network, manage a capital raise or asset sale, and exchange updates. Eric previously ran the marketing team at PayPal, where he oversaw the initial campaign to monetize the online payment service and spearheaded the startup's product marketing efforts. He served as PayPal's interim Vice President of Marketing following the company's acquisition by eBay in 2002, before leaving the next year to found World Ahead Media, a publishing venture.
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Karen Jaffe
Karen Jaffe has worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories for 10 years implementing leading-edge technologies in high-speed data networks as well as developing a customer training program for high-speed data network implementation. Ms. Jaffe later moved from telecommunications infrastructure to the implementation of leading-edge visualization technology and security systems in the enterprise as well as overall managed data center and IT outsourcing where she was responsible for companies such as Fandango and Match.com.
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Seth Johnson
Seth Johnson is currently an instructor at The Argyros School of Business and Eocnomics, Chapman University. Prior to teaching, Seth was the CEO of Pacific Sunwear of California from 2004-06, where he achieved record financial results and successfully launched a new footwear and accessories concept. From 1999-2004, Seth served as the COO of Abercrombie and Fitch and was involved in successfully repositioning of A & F brand and growth of business from 30 to 700+ stores and $85 mil. to over $2 bil. of volume. He also helped launch 3 new concepts and led a successful IPO of the company and achieved 47 consecutive quarters of profit growth.
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Don Kasle
Don Kasle is an active investor in and a coach for start-up companies through his membership in Tech Coast Angels (where he serves on the Board of Directors and Chairs the Financial Services Pre-screen panel). He is also a Senior Consultant for TriTech Small Business Development Center (SBDC). TriTech provides free consulting (paid by the SBA) to high-growth, highly-scalable companies. During his career, Mr. Kasle has served on over 30 Boards of Directors in the public, private and not-for profit sectors, including 7 bank boards.
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Jeff Kearl
Jeff Kearl is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He is the CEO of Stance, a company with an original point of view on socks. Jeff was previously the Executive Vice President and on the Board of Directors at Logoworks, a high-growth Internet startup backed by Benchmark Capital and Shasta Ventures. Logoworks was successfully acquired by HP in 2007. After the acquisition, Jeff headed strategy and new ventures for HP's Internet services businesses. Prior to Logoworks, Jeff was an Associate at vSpring Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund with over $300M under management where he focused on software and Internet investments.
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John Kensey
John Kensey has been the CEO of several early stage companies including two in which he had a founder's role. He also led and became the CEO of an LBO of an engineering/distribution company that was subsequently acquired by a large European public company. His prior experience includes a six-year period with McKinsey & Company, Inc. In 1988 he established Avalon Capital to serve as a platform for his consulting activities and his personal investing in early stage companies. He currently has positions as an "angel investor" in over ten early stage companies and is active with most of these companies as either a board member or advisory board member.
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Dave Key
Dave Key is a principal at Cloud Strategies – a consulting company that assists technology companies in the cloud and mobile space. Dave was YouMail's founding CEO, a Web 100 Internet 2.0 company that is revolutionizing the mobile voice mail experience. Dave was co-founder and CEO of FieldCentrix, the leading wireless software and services provider to the field service industry. Dave was a member of the founding team of FileNet, responsible for their original software and co-inventor of "workflow" (now Business Process Management) software. FileNet was sold to IBM for $1 billion in 2006. Dave has raised $40 million dollars of private and venture capital funds.
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Greg Kim
Greg Kim serves as Head of Marketing & Corporate Development at Savings.com, the leading destination for deals and coupons. Prior to Savings.com, Greg served as SVP, Strategy & Corporate Development at People Media where he built a global leader in niche dating and sold the company to Match.com in July 2009. Prior to People Media, Greg helped build LowerMyBills.com into the leading lead generation platform in home loans, education and insurance. During his tenure, LowerMyBills.com grew from $10 million to $250 million in revenues in three years and the company was sold to Experian. Prior to LowerMyBills.com, Greg was an investment banker with Houlihan Lokey. Greg earned his M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies and Finance from The Anderson School at UCLA, and graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics.
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Russell Lowe
Russell Lowe has 35 years' leadership experience in the real estate industry in retail operations, management, leasing, redevelopment, legal, tenant coordination and asset management. He retired as Senior Vice President of the Irvine Company's Retail Properties Division in June 2011, after 23 years. Mr. Lowe oversaw operations, marketing, management, legal affairs and leasing for the Irvine Company's 38 neighborhood, community and regional shopping centers, leading an organization of 140+ employees. Mr. Lowe began his Irvine Company career as General Counsel, later serving as Vice President of Leasing and Development before becoming its senior operating officer.
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Jason Lucash
Jason Lucash gained early marketing and promotions experience while working for Major League Soccer and later JanSport. Lucash has traveled more than 600,000 miles in the past four years, it was in his travels that the idea for OrigAudio came about as an eco-friendly, portable solution, for listening to music. In August 2009 himself and Mike Szymczak decided to form the company and it hasn't stopped growing since. Their first product was named to Time Magazine's "50 Best Inventions of 2009" list he recently starred on ABC's hit show "Shark Tank".
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Kirsten Mangers
Kirsten Mangers, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, is a self-proclaimed small business advocate & was an early innovator behind the localization of online advertising for small-to-medium sized businesses, in what is now a $13 billion industry. The company she founded, WebVisible, has become the leading international name in local online advertising, utilizing a patent- pending software as services platform to help local businesses acquire new customers across a vast network of media options. Kirsten helped expand the company with diverse partnerships across 14 countries, raising over $30 million in venture backing and growing the company to over 350 people.
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Raulee Marcus
Raulee Marcus is a branding and retail expert who played C-level operating roles in global consumer products companies such as Neutrogena, Colgate-Palmolive and Gillette. She has a repeated record of leading brands to exponential growth in profit in highly competitive industries as well as guiding early stage companies in successful go-to-market strategies and tactics. In her capacity as a Corporate Officer at Neutrogena, she and her departments are credited with increasing revenue 4-fold, profit more than 8-fold and at Colgate-Palmolive she led a global turnaround that helped regain leadership in 30 countries and launched a new $100 million brand in 2 years. She co-led the A round & served on the board of TCA's most successful exit, GDOT, and was it's CMO in the growth phase.
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Jan McCarthy
Jan McCarthy is the Market Director/Franchise Owner for Ladies Who Launch in Los Angeles & Orange County, CA and she is very excited to be a part of such a dynamic organization. She is passionate about helping women find support, inspiration, resources and knowledge as they embark on the launch of their dream or the growth of their business. She has experience in Sales, Marketing, and Business through upper management positions in the corporate environment and by launching several start-ups from real estate to interior design. She also stays involved in the family businesses she helped develop and co-owns with her husband.
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Paul Motenko
Paul Motenko is currently Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Stacked Restaurants, LLC., a newly-developed company that has opened restaurants in Torrance, CA and San Diego, CA during 2011. His prior restaurant experience includes 18 years at BJ's Restaurants, Inc. where he held the positions of Co-CEO, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder. Mr. Motenko, along with Jerry Hennessy, purchased the 3-unit group of pizza restaurants in 1991, took the company public in 1996, and built it into one of the most successful national restaurant brands in the US, with over 100 high-volume restaurants currently operating from coast to coast.
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John Murphy
John Murphy is an active member of the Tech Coast Angels, OC Chapter and serves on the Executive Committee. He is an experienced executive with success in both hardware and software companies. He was President of D S Technologies Inc., an enterprise software company. As an active entrepreneur, he has invested in and taken the lead role in several start-ups, including SMS Corp, SinoAm International, a software conversion company; The Mast Restaurant Corp, and others.
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Shirish Nadkarni
»Mentor Programs Entrepreneurs in Residence (eIR) The Entrepreneurs in Residence program provides students access to successful entrepreneurs for coaching and expertise to accelerate their path to success. To connect with Entrepreneurs in Residence: Fill out Connect with EIR Form. Entrepreneur Mentor Programs (eMP) The Entrepreneur Mentor Program matches students with successful entrepreneurs who serve as a role model, coach, and mentor providing guidance and direction. To be matched with a menor: Fill out Mentor Match Form. Steve Abbott Steve Abbott Steve Abbott graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Mathematics. He applied those skills to the insurance industry, specifically actuarial science. He earned the accreditation as an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. Steve played an integral role in forming Specialty Insurance Service in the mid-80's. Steve transitioned from the CTO role to the CEO by 1990. He led the company through a round of venture financing and structured a successful exit in 1998. Gene Alexander Gene Alexander Gene Alexander, PhD, is VP & GM for Motion Analysis Corporation, an entertainment technology company. Motion Analysis is the acquirer of Gene's previous startup, MaMoCa. As CEO, Gene led MaMoCa from an idea through external funding and on to acquisition. Gene, as were his father and grandfather, is a veteran of the US Army, and holds several issued US and international patents. Amir Banifatemi Amir Banifatemi Amir Banifatemi's career spans more than 28 years in Europe and the US in the development and growth of high technology ventures. He has held senior executive positions with numerous large companies including Matra Space, AP-HP, and the European Commission Information Society. Amir is founder of Bayspring Group, an innovation think tank that specializes in defining market opportunities and the launch of new products and services to meet market needs. Darren Berkovitz Darren Berkovitz Darren Berkovitz has an instinct for identifying great ideas and the business savvy to turn them into profitable companies. As a co-founder and VP of Business Development, Darren identifies and develops strategic partnerships and accounts, executes companywide strategy, and evangelizes TeleSign within the industry. He also oversees TeleSign's intellectual property strategy and secured a granted Patent for PhoneID (Patent No. 7,945,034) with several other pending patents. Dave Berkus Dave Berkus Dave Berkus is acknowledged as one of the most active angel investors in the country, having made and actively participated in 82 technology investments during the past decade, achieving an IRR of 97%. Labeled "Super Angel" by Inc. Magazine, Dave currently manages two angel VC funds (Berkus Technology Ventures, LLC and Kodiak Ventures, L.P.), is a partner in Trenchant Ventures, LLC, and is past Chairman of Tech Coast Angels, one of the largest angel networks in the United States. Alan Bernstein Alan Bernstein Alan Bernstein has been called the founder of the field of professional services marketing. His companies included an award-winning newsletter company, two ad agencies, the largest seminar company in the field, a consulting company, a catalog company and wellness centers. His companies have served over 10% of the private practices in North America. He sold all of his companies to Medical World Communications, a VC-backed acquisition company. Mike Brown Mike Brown Mike Brown is the Co-Founder & CEO of ModBargains – a market leader in the aftermarket automotive industry (car customization). He founded the company in 2004 at the age of 19 while he was a full time student at Chapman University in the Entrepreneurship program. Mike completed his degree in 2006 at Chapman. In 2006 Mike was named the Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year. Christopher Buckstein Christopher Buckstein Christopher Buckstein's world-view is a blend of many factors— regional and national firms in the areas of: hospitality, retail, wholesale, manufacturing, banking, and real estate. Christopher currently serves as President of Dynamic Investments, Huntington Beach, CA, where he invests in start-up companies, helping them reach their full potential. One of his most recent start-ups is Dynamic Construction Services, Inc., headquartered in Seal Beach, CA. David Carter David Carter David Carter has served on the Board and invested in several companies including Cerberian (sold to Blue Coat (NASDAQ: BCSI), Zorch (sold to First Consulting Group (NASDAQ: FCGI), and Oakley Networks (funded by Kleiner Perkins, sold to Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), CrimeReports (funded by Austin Ventures) and Celtek (current). Mr. Carter served as founder, President and CEO of S5 Wireless. Ray Chan Ray Chan Ray Chan, an active investor with 27 years, is a member and board member of Tech Coast Angels, an active investor and COO of TCA portfolio companies MasherMedia and Vokle. A co-founder and investor of Everyone.net, he helped to secure over 12 million in funding and led the company through the internet bubble, orchestrated and steered the company from an advertising supported startup to a profitable subscription business. David Cheng David Cheng David Cheng was recently the CEO of Accenx, a healthcare SaaS company that is now a part of IBM. David founded Accenx back in 1997 and took the company through its organic growth stage as well as raising multiple rounds of funding to support its SaaS product development. In October 2009, Accenx was acquired by Initiate Systems and together were then immediately acquired by IBM. So, David has the rare experience of working thru two acquisitions back-to-back. David is currently retained by IBM to continue supporting IBM's initiatives for "Smarter Healthcare". Adam B. Connors Adam Connors Adam B. Connors is the Director of the Corporate Finance Group for C. K. Cooper & Company, a full-service investment bank focused on providing superior and insightful research coverage to its clients; innovative investment banking solutions supported by sales and trading services; and portfolio advisory and management services for private clients. Mr. Connors has either lead or assisted in over $1.6 billion worth of closed transactions over the last five years within the Corporate Finance Group Dick Dadamo Dick Dadamo Dick Dadamo has served in all phases of corporate management. Dadamo formed his consulting firm, RJD Associates, Inc. for mentoring presidents. Dadamo presently is a founding Director of three companies and served as a Director of several public companies. He was a member of the Tech Coast Angels for 10 years. Dadamo with his partner, Phil Harding offers their class The Laws of Management Physics and numerous seminar topics to in-house classes at local companies. Dadamo is the author of seven books on Management, directed to hands-on-management. Paul Darbee Paul Darbee Paul Darbee has been a serial entrepreneur all his life. Paul's current venture, DarbeeVision, adds depth and realism to digital images in real time for consumer electronics. Previously Paul was a cofounder of Universal Electronics, the leading manufacturer of universal remote controls and a successful public company (NASDAQ- UEIC). Paul invented the preprogrammed universal remote control and holds dozens of patents on remote control and other technologies. France Dixon Helfer France Dixon Helfer With thirty years in the Medical Device Industry, over twenty as a senior executive, Ms. Helfer brings management expertise in Serial Entrepreneurship, Product Development, R&D, Business Development, Operations Management, and International Sales and Marketing for Fortune 500 companies and start-up companies. She is Chairman, Founder & CEO of Epic Medical Inc, a UCLA technology-licensed medical device company. Jeff Erle Jeff Erle Jeff has held numerous senior-level leadership positions during the last 25 years, including President /CEO of five companies, three of which he sold. His experience spans small privately-held and large public enterprises including ADP, Western Digital, MFLEX, and Litton. He has served on numerous Boards, and has advised many early stage companies through his affiliations with Tech Coast Angels (TCA), OCTANe LaunchPad, and ABL (a CEO roundtable). Jeff has experience in consumer electronics, automotive, real-estate, healthcare, and retail. His product and service experiences include hardware manufacturing/distribution, software development and IT services. Jeff earned a BA in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University. Sean Ellis Sean Ellis Sean Ellis is the founder and CEO of CatchFree, an online platform that crowdsources value data to identify useful innovative products and make them more accessible to mainstream users. CatchFree has raised $5.5m in venture capital and publicly launched its consumer facing service at TechCrunch Disrupt in May 2011. Beginning in the mid '90s he ran marketing at Uproar and then LogMeIn from launch to NASDAQ IPO filings. Following these long-term roles, Sean realized that the most critical stage for startups was the upfront, traction stage. So he spent the next few years working to develop a systematic process for bringing new startups to market. During this time he worked with the founding CEOs at such high profile startups as Dropbox, Lookout, Eventbrite and Xobni in interim marketing executive roles. Sean shares his findings through his blog at startup-marketing.com Ross Escalette Ross Escalatte Ross Escalette has started and operated 4 companies over his 57 years in the metal working industry. In 2001, he sold his 500 employee Brasstech/Newport Brass Corp. to Masco Corp. He is currently chairman and treasurer of a start-up venture in the plumbing products field and serves on the boards of 4 corporations. He is also a trustee of Chapman University and president of a non-profit Malcolm Geffen Malcolm Geffen Malcolm Geffen is an experienced CEO and COO with over 40 years experience as an entrepreneur. He is also an accomplished profit improvement industrialist experienced in both start-ups and acquisitions. Malcolm was the CEO of DSFI, the president of VCS and the founder and managing partner of Geffen and Associates, Venture Management and Pizzaland. He is a Managing Director of Trenchant Ventures, a director of Vetrimark , a SCORE counselor and a leader of the SCORE CEO Forum Barry Goldfarb Barry Goldfarb Barry Goldfarb is an entrepreneur with eclectic interests. He currently owns and operates three successful wineries in California, Oreana Winery in Paso Robles and Santa Barbara, Agua Dulce Winery, in Agua Dulce. He serves as a member of Chapman University's Board of Trustees and is a director of The Brandman Foundation, which is involved with charities around the world including Chapman University and Brandman University. Lastly, his two children, Michael and Amy attended Chapman University. Michael Goldfarb Michael Goldfarb Growing up in Los Angeles, Michael later attended Brown University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Modern Culture and Media. Michael later attended Chapman University where he completed a joint MBA/MFA in film producing. While at Chapman, Michael created the Business of the Biz speaker series. Michael now works at IMAX Filmed Entertainment as a Business Analyst, conducting research and analysis into the viability of new film project opportunities that create business potential and revenue streams across all media platforms along with spearheading other special projects. Michael sat on the judging panel in 2011 for the Bel-Air Film Festival and also sits on the Associate Board of OUR HOUSE, an organization that provides grief support for children and adults who have experienced the death of a close loved one. In his free time he likes to practice Muay Thai, play tennis and golf, DJ, and travel. W. Scott Griffiths Scott Griffiths Scott Griffiths is CEO of Ultimate Brands (www.EighteenEight.com) and Boombang Ventures (www.Boombang.com). He has been the founder and on the leadership teams of more than 20 start-ups. He has created and developed more than 100 brands. In the last six years, his firm put more than 600 products on the market producing over $2 billion in sales. Success stories include House of Blues, Bosley, Nokia, Vertu, Disney, Apple, Trojan, Beverly Hills Fragrances, Memorex, Paul Mitchell, Bath & Bodyworks. Phillip Harding Phil Harding Phillip Harding's management experience prior to joining M-FLEX was CEO of Weltec Digital Corporation, President of the REMEX Division of Excello Corporation, and General Manager of the Commercial Systems Division of E.M.M. Corporation. His marketing experience came as Director of Point of Sales Terminals at the TRW-FUJITSU Corporation and as Director of Marketing at E.M.M. In addition to these credentials, he holds 25 patents and 4 patent submissions in numerous disciplines and is the author of many articles, both technical and business related. Cheril Hendry Cheril Hendry Cheril Hendry is CEO of Brandtailers, an Orange County based marketing and advertising firm she started with two partners in 1990. Today she is sole owner of this $20 million dollar agency, employing 18 "industry experts", as she calls her team. Cheril is also an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University, teaching several advertising courses in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Ryan Heuser Ryan Heuser Ryan Heuser, Chief Creative Officer of Paul Frank Industries, has been active in the fashion industry for more than 15 years. Previously at Mossimo Inc., Heuser oversaw public relations for the popular fashion line. In 1997, he left Mossimo to start Paul Frank Industries from his Huntington Beach, Calif. garage. Until its recent sale to Saban Brands in August 2010, Heuser served as Co-Founder and President of Paul Frank Industries. John Hill John Hill John Hill is business enterprise leader who introduced award-winning products and met key strategic and financial goals – with P&L responsibility of over $120M and led a Rockwell Collins business that successfully introduced market-leading Venue ™ Hi-Definition Cabin System. He achieved a new standard for on-time delivery, quality, innovation, profitability and customer satisfaction, and won numerous international design awards, including Good Design, Red Dot, and IF. John Hill is also the founder and operation of Hill Properties, LLC. Andrew Horowitz Andrew Horowitz Andrew Horowitz is a twenty-year telecommunications entrepreneur and founder of Office Telephone Management (OTM), a voice and date shared-service provider to tenants of multi-tenant office buildings in Southern California that he started in 1983 and sold in 1995. Mr. Horowitz has since pursued an assortment of domestic and international telecommunications consulting engagements, mentoring activities, and investment opportunities involving local telecom and other startup companies. Tom Huseby Tom Huseby Tom is Managing Partner of SeaPoint Ventures. Prior to forming SeaPoint Ventures, Tom co-founded and was the first CEO of Metawave Communications Corporation, a manufacturer of cellular infrastructure equipment. Before Metawave, he was the first President and CEO of Innova Corporation, a manufacturer of digital millimeter wave radios. Tom is currently Chairman of the Board of Airspan, Ground Truth and Zumobi, and a board member of Hubspan, Kineto Wireless, Modiv Media, Mojix, Photobucket, and SinglePoint. Nicolas Ilagan Nicolas Ilagan Nicholas is the managing director and founder of SuiteSearch.com, a commercial real estate marketing platform focused on flexible office space. In his senior year at Chapman University, Nicholas won the school's business plan competition and received the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Since graduating from Chapman University in 2004, he has been involved in multiple entrepreneurial ventures, gaining a reputation among investors, clients and the media for decisive decision-making and the innovative application of digital marketing Hans Imhof Hans Imhoff Hans Imhof, a native of Switzerland, graduated from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 1965 with an Electrical Engineering Degree. In 1966 he immigrated to the United States where he started his career as a project engineer at General Electric in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1969 he moved to Borg Warner Controls in Santa Ana as manager of Engineering. In 1972 he started EPE Technologies in Costa Mesa, a manufacturing firm which built power protection equipment for computers. He sold the company in 1990 to Merlin Gerin, a billion-dollar French company. Eric Jackson Eric Jackson Eric M. Jackson is the CEO and co-founder of CapLinked, an online platform that makes private investing easy, secure, and social. CapLinked gives companies, investors, and their advisors tools to network, manage a capital raise or asset sale, and exchange updates. Eric previously ran the marketing team at PayPal, where he oversaw the initial campaign to monetize the online payment service and spearheaded the startup's product marketing efforts. He served as PayPal's interim Vice President of Marketing following the company's acquisition by eBay in 2002, before leaving the next year to found World Ahead Media, a publishing venture. Karen Jaffe Karen Jaffe Karen Jaffe has worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories for 10 years implementing leading-edge technologies in high-speed data networks as well as developing a customer training program for high-speed data network implementation. Ms. Jaffe later moved from telecommunications infrastructure to the implementation of leading-edge visualization technology and security systems in the enterprise as well as overall managed data center and IT outsourcing where she was responsible for companies such as Fandango and Match.com. Seth Johnson Seth Johnson Seth Johnson is currently an instructor at The Argyros School of Business and Eocnomics, Chapman University. Prior to teaching, Seth was the CEO of Pacific Sunwear of California from 2004-06, where he achieved record financial results and successfully launched a new footwear and accessories concept. From 1999-2004, Seth served as the COO of Abercrombie and Fitch and was involved in successfully repositioning of A & F brand and growth of business from 30 to 700+ stores and $85 mil. to over $2 bil. of volume. He also helped launch 3 new concepts and led a successful IPO of the company and achieved 47 consecutive quarters of profit growth. Don Kasle Don Kasle Don Kasle is an active investor in and a coach for start-up companies through his membership in Tech Coast Angels (where he serves on the Board of Directors and Chairs the Financial Services Pre-screen panel). He is also a Senior Consultant for TriTech Small Business Development Center (SBDC). TriTech provides free consulting (paid by the SBA) to high-growth, highly-scalable companies. During his career, Mr. Kasle has served on over 30 Boards of Directors in the public, private and not-for profit sectors, including 7 bank boards. Jeff Kearl Jeff Kearl Jeff Kearl is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He is the CEO of Stance, a company with an original point of view on socks. Jeff was previously the Executive Vice President and on the Board of Directors at Logoworks, a high-growth Internet startup backed by Benchmark Capital and Shasta Ventures. Logoworks was successfully acquired by HP in 2007. After the acquisition, Jeff headed strategy and new ventures for HP's Internet services businesses. Prior to Logoworks, Jeff was an Associate at vSpring Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund with over $300M under management where he focused on software and Internet investments. John Kensey John Kensey John Kensey has been the CEO of several early stage companies including two in which he had a founder's role. He also led and became the CEO of an LBO of an engineering/distribution company that was subsequently acquired by a large European public company. His prior experience includes a six-year period with McKinsey & Company, Inc. In 1988 he established Avalon Capital to serve as a platform for his consulting activities and his personal investing in early stage companies. He currently has positions as an "angel investor" in over ten early stage companies and is active with most of these companies as either a board member or advisory board member. Dave Key Dave Key Dave Key is a principal at Cloud Strategies – a consulting company that assists technology companies in the cloud and mobile space. Dave was YouMail's founding CEO, a Web 100 Internet 2.0 company that is revolutionizing the mobile voice mail experience. Dave was co-founder and CEO of FieldCentrix, the leading wireless software and services provider to the field service industry. Dave was a member of the founding team of FileNet, responsible for their original software and co-inventor of "workflow" (now Business Process Management) software. FileNet was sold to IBM for $1 billion in 2006. Dave has raised $40 million dollars of private and venture capital funds. Greg Kim Greg Kim Greg Kim serves as Head of Marketing & Corporate Development at Savings.com, the leading destination for deals and coupons. Prior to Savings.com, Greg served as SVP, Strategy & Corporate Development at People Media where he built a global leader in niche dating and sold the company to Match.com in July 2009. Prior to People Media, Greg helped build LowerMyBills.com into the leading lead generation platform in home loans, education and insurance. During his tenure, LowerMyBills.com grew from $10 million to $250 million in revenues in three years and the company was sold to Experian. Prior to LowerMyBills.com, Greg was an investment banker with Houlihan Lokey. Greg earned his M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies and Finance from The Anderson School at UCLA, and graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics. Russell Lowe Russell Lowe Russell Lowe has 35 years' leadership experience in the real estate industry in retail operations, management, leasing, redevelopment, legal, tenant coordination and asset management. He retired as Senior Vice President of the Irvine Company's Retail Properties Division in June 2011, after 23 years. Mr. Lowe oversaw operations, marketing, management, legal affairs and leasing for the Irvine Company's 38 neighborhood, community and regional shopping centers, leading an organization of 140+ employees. Mr. Lowe began his Irvine Company career as General Counsel, later serving as Vice President of Leasing and Development before becoming its senior operating officer. Jason Lucash Jason Lucash Jason Lucash gained early marketing and promotions experience while working for Major League Soccer and later JanSport. Lucash has traveled more than 600,000 miles in the past four years, it was in his travels that the idea for OrigAudio came about as an eco-friendly, portable solution, for listening to music. In August 2009 himself and Mike Szymczak decided to form the company and it hasn't stopped growing since. Their first product was named to Time Magazine's "50 Best Inventions of 2009" list he recently starred on ABC's hit show "Shark Tank". Kirsten Mangers Kirsten Mangers Kirsten Mangers, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, is a self-proclaimed small business advocate & was an early innovator behind the localization of online advertising for small-to-medium sized businesses, in what is now a $13 billion industry. The company she founded, WebVisible, has become the leading international name in local online advertising, utilizing a patent- pending software as services platform to help local businesses acquire new customers across a vast network of media options. Kirsten helped expand the company with diverse partnerships across 14 countries, raising over $30 million in venture backing and growing the company to over 350 people. Raulee Marcus Raulee Marcus Raulee Marcus is a branding and retail expert who played C-level operating roles in global consumer products companies such as Neutrogena, Colgate-Palmolive and Gillette. She has a repeated record of leading brands to exponential growth in profit in highly competitive industries as well as guiding early stage companies in successful go-to-market strategies and tactics. In her capacity as a Corporate Officer at Neutrogena, she and her departments are credited with increasing revenue 4-fold, profit more than 8-fold and at Colgate-Palmolive she led a global turnaround that helped regain leadership in 30 countries and launched a new $100 million brand in 2 years. She co-led the A round & served on the board of TCA's most successful exit, GDOT, and was it's CMO in the growth phase. Jan McCarthy Jan McCarthy Jan McCarthy is the Market Director/Franchise Owner for Ladies Who Launch in Los Angeles & Orange County, CA and she is very excited to be a part of such a dynamic organization. She is passionate about helping women find support, inspiration, resources and knowledge as they embark on the launch of their dream or the growth of their business. She has experience in Sales, Marketing, and Business through upper management positions in the corporate environment and by launching several start-ups from real estate to interior design. She also stays involved in the family businesses she helped develop and co-owns with her husband. Paul Motenko Paul Motenko Paul Motenko is currently Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Stacked Restaurants, LLC., a newly-developed company that has opened restaurants in Torrance, CA and San Diego, CA during 2011. His prior restaurant experience includes 18 years at BJ's Restaurants, Inc. where he held the positions of Co-CEO, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder. Mr. Motenko, along with Jerry Hennessy, purchased the 3-unit group of pizza restaurants in 1991, took the company public in 1996, and built it into one of the most successful national restaurant brands in the US, with over 100 high-volume restaurants currently operating from coast to coast. John Murphy John Murphy John Murphy is an active member of the Tech Coast Angels, OC Chapter and serves on the Executive Committee. He is an experienced executive with success in both hardware and software companies. He was President of D S Technologies Inc., an enterprise software company. As an active entrepreneur, he has invested in and taken the lead role in several start-ups, including SMS Corp, SinoAm International, a software conversion company; The Mast Restaurant Corp, and others. Shirish Nadkarni Shirish Nadkarni Shirish Nadkarni is a co-founder of Livemocha, the world's largest language learning site with over 10 million registered members from 200 different countries. Prior to Livemocha, Shirish was the founder of TeamOn Systems, a mobile wireless e-mail pioneer that was acquired by Research in Motion in 2002. The TeamOn technology serves as the core foundation for Blackberry Internet E-mail, which is currently in use today by over 30 million BlackBerry users.
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James Norman
Jim Norman co-founded The Pension Group, Inc. in 1984, where he is currently Vice President of Consulting and Compliance. After operating the company for nearly 25 years, Jim and his partner successfully sold The Pension Group to a national firm, now known as United Retirement Plan Consultants. From 1989 to 2008, Jim served as a "sysop" and partner in The Pension Information Exchange, an industry electronic bulletin board service that predated the use of the internet as a medium for professionals to help other professionals.
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David Oxstein
David Oxstein's passion is working with other business leaders to re-design the world economy on a sustainable and rational basis. His tribe designs and builds Collective Intelligence Hubs for organizations and enterprises to consciously and strategically participate in this emerging world conversation in ways that influence knowledge, beliefs, behaviors and results. He is an accomplished early stage investor in, and coach of, start up companies including Klout and Docstoc, and an entrepreneur for over 25 years. He founded both Oxstein Labs and M1 Software, which he grew into one of Los Angeles' leading application development firms with strong ties to Microsoft.
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Bruce Pitt
Bruce Pitt is a veteran of nine startups with three successful exits and is currently working on his tenth, a financial services software firm. Mr. Pitt has over 30 years experience as a software developer, engineering/project manager, systems analyst, and senior vice president for software and product development. He has developed products from concept to production in the Financial Services industry, Avionics, Defense, Medical Instrumentation, commercial computer hardware, telephony, and communications.
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Bill Reichert
Bill Reichert is a Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital firm based in Palo Alto, California. Garage makes focused investments in promising early-stage technology companies and works intensively with them to help them grow and succeed. Bill has been a member of the Board of Directors of MiaSole, CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, ThermoCeramix, cFares, and STEP Labs, which was recently acquired by Dolby Labs. Some of Garage's earlier investments include Tripwire, Digital Fountain (acquired by Qualcomm), iNest (acquired by LendingTree), Psionic (acquired by Cisco), LeftHand Networks (acquired by HP), Answer.com (NSDQ: ANSW), Hoku Scientific (NSDQ: HOKU), and Kaboodle (acquired by Hearst Corp).
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JJ Richa
JJ Richa is an accomplished technology executive with over 20 years of experience in a vast spectrum of the technology industry. Mr. Richa is a results-oriented serial entrepreneur who has demonstrated his strategic, proactive, and creative abilities with the successful start-up and launch of several companies including a SaaS/WaaS technology company for the hospitality industry, an online ecommerce portal for exquisite and unique shoppers, and a custom software development company with main concentration on the financial sector. Mr. Richa is a Managing Director at Trenchant Ventures, LLC - a private equity firm with concentration on distressed business acquisition and restructuring. Mr. Richa is a private equity investor and is a member of Tech Coast Angels.
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Stu Roberts
Stewart Roberts' work within Morgan Stanley's international equity group in New York City in the 1990s led him to Asia and in 2003 he co-founded TIX China, a Shanghai based trading company overseeing a client portfolio spanning four continents. In 2007, Mr. Roberts was invited to join the Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment group in the country, responsible for investing over 140 million in member's funds across 150 ventures, coupled with over 1 billion from co-investors. In 2009, Stewart was elected president and is the youngest in the organization's history to serve. In addition to his role as president, he is involved in diverse projects from lending and advising, to consulting with and funding companies.
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Jen Sargent
CEO & Co-Founder, HitFix Jen is the CEO of HitFix, the premiere entertainment brand for consumers to discover what's next in entertainment around movies, music and TV. With its nationally recognized team of taste-maker journalists, HitFix delivers breaking news, original video and engaging technology across web, mobile, social and Out Of Home platforms. HitFix has experienced exceptional growth since launch, reaching over 2.5 million monthly uniques and revenue traction from day one with movie studios and TV networks. Prior to co-founding HitFix, Jen was head of Online Marketing & Development for Reed Business Information (parent of Variety) managing the growth of 60 ad-supported sites. Jen gained operational and online advertising experience through a leadership position in DoubleClick's Media division working with 100+ consumer sites. Jen also has business development and finance experience from JP Morgan investment banking and BV Capital. She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
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Fred Selby
Fred Selby is a private investor and a member of Tech coast Angels. He has invested in over 25 early stage companies, served on numerous Boards of Directors, and is a past President of TCA Orange County. Prior to Tech Coast Angels, Fred was Chief Operating Officer for Intershop Communications, an early participant in the ecommerce application space. Intershop became a public company in 1998 achieving a multi billion dollar market cap. Before joining Intershop, Fred was Senior Vice President of Sales at FileNet, a document management software firm which was ultimately acquired by IBM.
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Marilyn Stemper
Marilyn Stemper is a senior operations and business development executive with 23 years experience selling and delivering process transformation and IT solutions to the LIfe Sciences, Automotive, Industrial Products, Electronics and Health and Wellness industries. As a prior Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and a Vice President of Consulting at IBM, she is recognized for strategically transforming.
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Kerin Suchocki
Kerin Suchocki is a senior marketing executive with broad-based integrated marketing experience with iconic consumer brands. Her professional career consist s of high-level marketing positions on both the brand side and the agency side of the business. With over years 14 of brand, channel and customer marketing experience, she has led the marketing strategy for both Fortune 500 and privately held companies. Currently, she is using her expertise in a consulting capacity to help local Orange County business build their brand, increase their presence within their competitive space, and formulating strategic long term plans which include go-to-market product launch strategies across business channels.
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John Tillquist
John Tillquist runs six southern California economic development centers funded by eighteen federal and state grants, is past President of the Tech Coast Angels, and serves as mentor, interim executive, and expert witness for technology businesses. He holds a number of board positions including the executive board for the Alliance for Commercialization of Technology, the Office of Technology Transfer at California State University-San Bernardino, and the Riverside Economic Development Corporation among others.
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Bill Waldo
Bill Waldo started Supreme Foodservice Sales, his foodservice sales and marketing company in 1977. The company handled all of the foodservice sales and marketing activities for some of the largest food manufacturers in the country, representing companies such as Nestle, Sara Lee, Del Monte, Quaker Oats and The J.R. Simplot Company. In 2006, he became an investor and membership chairman for Tech Coast Angels and for Keiretsu Forum. He currently serves as a consultant for the SBA (Small Business Administration) and offers his expertise to start-up ventures through the TriTech Small Business Development Center in Irvine.
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Robert (Bob) Waltos Jr.
Bob Waltos is Managing Partner of The Waltos Group of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, whose over 100 financial representatives and specialists offer services in the areas of personal, business and estate solutions, utilizing life, disability and long term care insurance, as well as offering investment services. The agency consistently ranks as one of the leading Insurance Brokers by the Orange County Business Journal in its annual rankings (2003-2010). The Waltos Group has continually qualified for the GAMA (General Agents and Managers Association, International) Master Agency as well as received the International Management Award Diamond by GAMA.
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William Wang
William Wang is the CEO and founder of VIZIO, Inc. A native of Taiwan, William came to the U.S. with his family at age 12 and later graduated from USC with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Wang has guided the company to its present status as producer of the top selling brand of HDTVs in the U.S. In 2008, VIZIO was ranked #1 on the Inc. "500 Top Companies in Computers and Electronics" list. For two consecutive years (2009, 2010), VIZIO was named one of Fast Company's "Top 10 Most Innovative Consumer Electronics Companies."
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Nella O'Grady '71
Nella Webster O'Grady CFP® is a Principal with Palo Capital, an SEC-registered Investment Advisor. Her financial services industry experience includes senior management roles at US Trust, Wilmington Trust, First American Trust, and First Foundation Bank. Nella serves on the Board of Directors of Orange County United Way, the Chapman University Board of Counselors, the Symphony 100 board, and advisory boards for the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship, California United Bank, OneOC, and Women Helping Women. As a Chapman Alumna, Nella has participated in the MBA Mentor Program for the past two years.
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Sharon Whalen
Sharon Whalen has been in the healthcare development and delivery sector for many years. She has held senior level positions in medical device, managed care insurance and clinical management consulting companies. She has led health policy, reimbursement, economics and clinical research strategies for various medical device companies. For managed care she has developed corporate health services decision making programs. As an entrepreneur she established a wellness service company as well as management consulting engagements.
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Paul Work
Paul Work is an active angel investor with Tech Coast Angels. Paul has built and led teams from positions in general management, product development, marketing and sales. He has done so in large companies like McKesson and Oracle, in venture-backed, Silicon Valley companies like Ariba and Calico Commerce, and in raw start-ups with, for example, four Berkeley PhD's in a hotel basement and way too much coffee. Paul has also built businesses through M&A, joint ventures, and licensing, both as a principal and as a corporate attorney at Latham & Watkins, where he began his career before deciding it was much more fun to actually "do" business than to document and argue over it.
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Ora Zoe Villalobos
Ora Villalobos is a 25 year apparel industry consultant with a focus on international mass market. Her company provides business, design, merchandising and product development solutions for established and startup enterprises involved in the manufacture of contemporary clothing, sporting goods and specialty items. She is currently involved in early stage investments and mentoring.