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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.

Become an Entrepreneur in Residence: Interested in giving back to students and becoming an entrepreneur in residence? Contact Nicole Cooper at ncooper@chapman.edu

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.

Become a Mentor: Interested in becoming a mentor to a student?  Contact Nicole Cooper at ncooper@chapman.edu


 

Adam Connors

Adam Connors

Adam 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; and portfolio advisory and management services. 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.

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.

Albert Wallace

Albert Wallace

AlbertWallace has over 30 years of experience as CFO of closely held business enterprises. He has served as Chief Financial Officer of six businesses. Mr. Wallace is very effective in working with new emerging business enterprises. He is very creative in developing strategies for the successful financial and human resource management of growing businesses. He is very effective at developing and maintaining efficient accounting systems, developing product cost models and cash and financial forecasting.

Alex Bradley

Alex Bradley

Alex Bradley has more than 40 years in the computer business and the founder of five companies and taken one public. Today he is senior consultant with Agile Leadership specializing in training effective self-organizing Scrum teams. He is a Certified ScrumMaster. The companies started by Mr. Bradley include computer design, communications devices, date entry devices, magnetic tape devices and magnetic memories as well as numerous application programs; including 12 patents for these products.

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.

Andrea Memenas

Andrea Memenas

Andrea is Founder and Customer Experience Architect at Lightswitch, a customer experience company, based in Orange County. She enables clients to see their companies as their customers do, helping design experiences that eliminate customer complaints and elicit raves. With over 18 years of marketing experience, working with blue chip companies in both the B2B and B2C space, Andrea has witnessed first-hand the impact customer experience improvements have on business growth and bottom-line profits.

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.

Andrea Memenas

Andy Gale

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Ash Kumra

Ash Kumra

Ash Kumra is a business coach, speaker and entrepreneur. Ash was honored by the White House in November 2011 as a Empact 100 recipient; a list recognizing the top 100 companies run by young entrepreneurs. Ash was invited in December 2011 to join the Young Entrepreneur's Council; an invite-only community of the world’s top entrepreneurs. Ash is currently Chairman of digital content distribution agency DesiYou; the 2010 recipient for "Best Digital Media" company by the Irvine Entrepreneur 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.

Betsy Green

Betsy Green

Betsy Green has been a serial entrepreneur since childhood in suburban Long Island.  Green has worked in the entertainment space creating and producing television series and launched Media Matchmaker, a digital service that connected producers with brands for product placement and sponsorship deals. The start-up did not have the financial success that Green had worked so hard for, but she learned important lessons from the experience and is applying that knowledge to another start-up.

Barry Lieberman

Barry Lieberman

Barry Lieberman is enabling companies to use the best of new and traditional marketing techniques to grow & prosper in today's economy. Barry works in an interim executive role as a change artist to enable organizations to modernize their customer touching organizations to prosper in today's markets. He is currently working with organizations ranging from mid-sized name brand consumer electronics companies to smaller newer companies just entering the marketplace. Prior to his current projects, he had owned and operated Advantage Plus Marketing Group, Inc. for 17 years, executing over 1400 demand generation marketing programs for name brand multi-national corporations on the Dow Jones key index to mid-sized growing operations. Before Advantage Plus Marketing Group he was in key marketing roles at Avnet Computer and was a major account manager with Hewlett-Packard.

Bill Reichert

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.

Bill Fletcher

Bill Fletcher

Bill retired as Senior Vice President at Rockwell International. Before joining Rockwell, he held management positions with Bechtel Corporation, McKinsey and Company, Inc., and Combustion Engineering’s Nuclear Power Division, and was an officer and engineer in the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Program. Bill is on the Executive Committee of the Orange County Homeland Security Advisory Committee, on the Board of the Defense Orientation Conference Association, and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Bill Sanderson

Bill Sanderson

William (“Bill”) Sanderson is senior vice president, CFO for Golden State Foods and president of its supply chain services subsidiary. Golden State Foods is a $5 billion world-wide supplier to the restaurant industry serving chain customers such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Arby’s, Chipotle, Chick fil A and KFC. Bill started his career in financial planning with W.R. Grace’s Restaurant Group which owned Coco’s, Carrows, Reuben’s, El Torito and Houlihan’s restaurants.

Bill Waldo

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.

Bob Godlasky

Bob Godlasky

Bob Godlasky's career spans 40+ years in retail with national chain stores including Alpha Beta, Albertsons, Sav-On Drugs, Longs and CVS. Godlasky worked in various roles beginning as store manager.  One of the most interesting roles was Senior VP of Marketing for the Intermountain Division of the holding company, American Stores. Currently Godlasky is a small business counselor at SCORE, while collaborating with the SBA.  He also is a student coach at the CSUF Myhalo Entrepreneur Center.

Bruce Pitt

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.

Carlos Pena

Carlos Pena

With varied experience across the industries of international trade, marketing, distribution, logistics, business, finance, and Real estate, Carlos Pena is constantly out on the front lines of entrepreneurship. After years of honing his business acumen, he established CAYPEN Media as an extension of his mission to foster and mentor the entrepreneurial spirit. Carlos also volunteers as a mentor at several incubators and local businesses. He is the founder and publisher of CAYPEN Magazine, which is a b2b magazine designed to tell inspirational stories and give insights of successful entrepreneurs. One of his main objectives is to recognize untapped potential and assist in business growth in Southern California.

Casper Zublin

Casper Zublin

Casper W. Zublin, Jr. is currently President of IRP, a manufacturing concern. Mr. Zublin has had a diverse career. His activities have included founding Asterisk Financial, the creators of Personal Guarantee Insurance, engineering the turnaround of DynTek, a publicly traded company, leading high growth at Integration Technologies, AnySite Technologies and Staffing, Inc. Mr. Zublin has been an active board member and angel investor in over 20 companies.”

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.

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.

Cynthia Kirkeby

Cynthia Kirkeby

Cynthia Kirkeby is a serial entrepreneur, who started her first business while still in college. Her love of design and technology have been the unifying elements in her successful involvement with diverse industries. She has had companies in graphic design, furniture manufacturing, pet products manufacturing, and web-based education and edutainment.

Dan Driscoll

Dan Driscoll

Dan Driscoll's 29-year career with technology firms spans large companies: Intel and IBM; to start-ups: Cymbolic Sciences Intl. and Viacore; to rapid change environments: Printrak Intl. and Partners Consulting. Dan raised over $100 million in venture funding for start-ups managed, guided one firm through to IPO, and sold four others to next stage enterprises. His companies served technology markets ranging from computer hardware to image processing software, from SaaS to fingerprint scanners, and from supply chain B2B hubs to professional services for IT. In his last 6 firms, Mr. Driscoll held positions of CEO, COO, or President, and has served on the Boards of both public and private firms.

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.

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.

Dave Witherow

Dave Witherow

Dave Witherow is the founder and president of Inflection Point, a fund which invests in distressed residential real estate in Los Angeles County. Before that he was the president of ConXtech, a manufacturing and construction company that produces proprietary precision steel frames for mid-rise buildings. Before turning his focus to real estate, he was the president and CEO of VentureOne, the worldwide leader in research and information on the venture capital industry (now known as Dow Jones VentureSource). He has been an angel investor with Tech Coast Angels.

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.

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".

David Oxstein

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.

Dennis Wright

Dennis Wright has 30 years experience with an international Fortune 500 consumer finance company, most of which was devoted to business to business sales and sales management and nearly 15 years experience in procurement and facility leasing. At retirement he was VP, Director of Procurement (and Real Estate) for a global engineering company. Today he is active in SCORE, chairing both the Advisory Board Services group and the Orange County chapter itself, and he serves on the Anaheim Mayor's task force.

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.

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.

Douglas Allan

Douglas Allan

Douglas Allan is the co-founder a truly innovative wine company, Stacked Wines, LLC. Doug has combined his passion for adult beverages with his entrepreneurial business experience to bring a distinctive perspective to the alcoholic beverage industry. Stacked Wines has offered Doug the chance to launch a national CPG brand in the unique adult beverage space.  Prior to starting Stacked Wines, he worked in the wine, foodservice and hospitality industries.

Dr. Fresh

Dr. Fresh (Puneet Nanda)

Puneet Nanda, also known as “Dr. Fresh”, is a true American Dream story. He’s the creator of super innovative personal care products Ranging from the “Firefly Toothbrush”, the number one selling children’s brush in America; to buying and repositioning the one time star brands like “Binaca” which fell into trouble or bankruptcy due to lack of Tender Love and Care. He saw an untouched opportunity in Dollar stores which were neglected by famous brands like Colgate, P&G, etc.

Elissa Warantz

Elissa Warantz

Elissa Warantz is an attorney with more than 25 years’ experience in California business law. She has her own law firm in Huntington Beach, specializing in legal issues affecting small business, such as incorporation, contracts, employment law, and Internet law (including trademark, copyright, terms of use, and privacy issues). Elissa started her own law practice, which can be found at www.ewlawoffice.com. Elissa also provides one-on-one business mentoring through SCORE.

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.

France D. Helfer

France D. 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.

Fred Selby

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.

Frederick Andresen

Frederick Andresen

Frederick R. Andresen builds international ventures by building successful teams in culturally challenging environments. In Russia he founded DirectNet Telecommunications, named “1997 Company of the Year” by The American Chamber of Commerce in Russia and was named “Outstanding American Pioneer in Russia” by the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce. Established the first private satellite link between Moscow and the US. He presently is President and Chairman of Prioritel Holdings, Inc.

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.

George White

George White

George White is a registered patent agent working with small companies to help them protect their IP rights. He is also the president of the non-profit Inventors Forum. After working as an engineer and manager at computer companies including Computer Automation, Western Digital and Texas Instruments, Georgeco-founded Corollary, Inc in Irvine. Under his leadership, Corollary was a pioneer in PC-compatible multiprocessing, supplying chipsets and technology to IBM, Compaq, NEC and Hitachi and others. \

Gerrie Adams

Gerrie Adams

Gerrie Adams co-founded Xengaru Fun Foods, where she combined 25 years of managerial, supervisory, and sales experience in the business sector with her achievements as a food science undergraduate and product developer. Xengaru’s first product was Pizzettos®.  With Gerrie presenting, Xengaru Fun Foods and Pizzettos® also won the prestigious South Coast Tech Angels Fast Pitch Competition in 2004. In 2009, she accepted the position as Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market Tustin/Jamboree.

Glenn Stearns

Glenn Stearns

Glenn Stearns has served as Chairman and Founder of Stearns® Corporations, an Orange County based organization of over 20 companies, including Stearns Lending since 1989. Stearns Lending is the #1 independent mortgage banker in the United States with fundings over $10 Billion annually. Mr. Stearns currently serves on several boards, including Chapman University, The New Majority, the Young Presidents Organization (YPO/WPO) of Southern California, Towson University, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and founder of the Stearns Family Charitable Foundation. Mr. Stearns was inducted into The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in 2011.

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.


Gregory Mech

Gregory Mech is Principal at the Blue Stone Strategy Group, a leading U.S. economic and governmental development consulting firm, with headquarter in Irvine. Founded in 2007 by Jamie Fuller, former Chairman of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. As the former regional managing director for the Southwest Region of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., Greg was responsible for the Global Private Client Wealth Management Business and Strategy in the region.  Mech is enthusiastic in promoting education and financial literacy for the children in our communities.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Freedom Writers Foundation. 

Gregory Newman

Gregory Newman

Gregory Newman began his career as a copywriter and illustrator serving national agencies and clients such as Proctor & Gamble and Kellogg's. In the early 1990s Greg managed marketing communications at Procom Technology, where he helped prepare the company for a successful IPO. He founded Apollo Communications, an advertising agency serving technology clients such as JVC, Vision Solutions, Emulex, CMS Peripherals, Rainbow Technologies, Alpine Electronics, and others.

Hal Kraft

Hal Kraft

Hal Kraft is currently an independent investor, having left the field of Engineering after helping to successfully take a company from being a private company of less than 10 persons based in a shopping mall, to a public company employing thousands. That company was Brocade Communications Systems Inc. and is still around today creating and selling switches for storage area networks. His area of expertise is microchip design and project management for large controller ASICs.

Hans Imhoff

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.

James McPartland

James McPartland

James K. McPartland is the Chief Inspiration Officer at the JMac Performance Group, a specialized management consulting firm focused on realizing the human potential in business. He is an Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, TV/Radio Host, and noted authority on leadership, team building, corporate wellness and transformational change. He works with Professional Athletes, CEO's, and Executive Teams in areas of strategy, execution, personal development, culture, and communication skills.

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.

Jason Kensey

Jason Kensey

Bio coming soon

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. 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".

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.  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 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.

Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown, the head of Tallgrass Pictures, is a very “hands on” photographer who leads with big-picture conceptualization and exceptional technical expertise.  Jeffrey’s discerning eye has evolved through an illustrious career spanning his journalism work as a Pulitzer Prize Finalist to his current role as photographer/director at Tallgrass Pictures. Tallgrass Pictures has won numerous awards including Bronze and Silver ADDY awards for Broadcast, Communication Arts, Luerzer’s Archive and PX2 Prix de la Photographie Paris.

Jen Sargent

Jen Sargent

Jen is the CEO of HitFix (www.HitFix.com), 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.

Jerry Cwiertnia

Jerry Cwiertnia

Jerry Cwiertnia is presently Chairman and majority shareholder of Poly-Tak Protection Systems, Inc. a distributor of plastic film and safety products. He is a member of the Board of Managers of Greenback – Produced Water Recovery, LLC a start up company that has developed an innovative process to recycle oil and gas well produced water and enhance water conservation. He is Chairman of the Board of Gematria Products, Inc. the leader in cutting-edge scientific nutritional formulas. Additionally he is Vice-Chairman of the Board of West Coast University and Chairman of the Advisory Board of American Career College privately held companies that provide training for the medical industry. \

Jim Goff

Jim Goff

Jim Goff is currently the President of Reliable Rainmaker, a Visiting professor at DeVry University and a SCORE Consultant. Jim has extensive experience in executive marketing roles at John M. Cruikshank Consultants Inc., Delkin Devices, etc. His specialties include: leading startups to over $200-million on multiple occasions, reenergizing companies to achieve increased sales/profits, mergers and acquisitions, and IPO’s.

Jim Norman

Jim 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.

JJ Richa

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.

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.

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.

John Kokulis

John Kokulis

John Kokulis is the Founder and President of Constantine Ventures, a management consulting firm. John was previously a board member of the Defense Health Board, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Affairs on health issues, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense For Health Budgets and Financial Policy of the United States Department of Defense. John was also previously the Chief Financial Officer for Intellisense Corporation, Unitrode, and Allegro Microsystems.

John LaBonty

John LaBonty

John LaBonty served in the United States Navy as a Supply Corps Officer on the USS Wabash and at Naval Supply Center Oakland. Upon leaving the military, he joined Procter & Gamble in the sales organization. In 1984, he was recruited by Tambrands as a Regional Sales Manager. In 1993, he was promoted to President of Tambrands Canada where he led a successful turnaround and was promoted to Vice President/General Manager for Global Emerging.  In late 2006, he was recruited by Smashbox Cosmetics to become their Vice President/General Manager - International.

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.

John Rau

John Rau

Mr. Rau is currently President of Ultra-Research, Inc., an Anaheim, CA based market research and business intelligence consulting firm founded in 1985. In general, Mr. Rau has over thirty years of experience in working in private industry (Rockwell International, Ultrasystems, Inc., Hughes Aircraft Company and the Boeing Company) as well as extensive experience in university level teaching. The former has involved working with governmental agencies, from the federal level to the local level, in providing consulting services, both management and technical support, covering a broad range of activities.

John Tiliquist

John Tiliquist

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.

John Vaughan

John Vaughan

John Vaughan is President and CEO of T and T Industries, Inc., a privately held packaging manufacturer with operations in Arizona, California and China. He has held this position since he led the leveraged buy-out of the company from a private equity firm in 1998. From 1993 to 1998, he worked as a labor and employment attorney at Stradling, Yocca et al. in Newport Beach. John also spent two years in the consulting practice of the Orange County office of KPMG, specializing in executive search.

Josh Mooney

Josh Mooney

Josh spearheads sales, marketing, and PR for JUXT Interactive, as well as serving as the company’s primary liaison to the sister agencies within Project Worldwide, the world’s largest experiential marketing organization. Josh also fosters numerous strategic partnerships with media, technology, gaming, and mobile start-­-ups to impact the JUXT offering. Josh recently celebrated 10 years with JUXT, and was one of the three partners that sold the company to George P. Johnson, the global leader in event marketing, in 2008.

Kai Tao

Kai Tao

Kai Tao is an experienced consumer and technology investor through Park One Capital, his family office, which invests in both private and public equities utilizing a variety of capital structures. Park One Capital seeks innovative disruptive business opportunities to back, working actively with entrepreneurs to create value by leveraging its many years of industry and financial relationships. Currently, he is the Chairman of Phluant Mobile, a leader in mobile rich media advertising and analytics, as well as Lifetopia Corp, a provider of housing management solutions for Colleges and Universities.

Katie Wagner

Katie Wagner

Katie Wagner spent 15 years as a television and radio journalist, working for news outlets all over the world, including ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN & National Public Radio.

Today, Katie owns a Social Media agency made up of journalists like herself. The agency, Katie Wagner Social Media, specializes in both content creation and social media management. They work with clients like Anthem Blue Cross, The County of San Bernardino, Paul’s TV, Senegence International, FocalPoint Business Coaching, The California Landscape Contractors Association and Author Michael E. Gerber.

Karan Khanna

Karan Khanna

Karan Khanna is the President of MergerTech Advisors, a boutique investment bank that facilitates Mergers and Acquisitions for technology companies globally. We use our intense focus in this space, deep domain expertise, and global knowledge of buyers to deliver three key values: fast introduction to buyers, best possible financial and non-financial terms, and greatest certainty of deal closure.

Karen Jaffe

Karen Jaffe

Karen Jaffe has 25+ years experience in the implementation of technology in the enterprise and telecommunications environment. She 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. She was also responsible for the operations management of the entire infrastructure for AT&T. She 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.

Keith Pham

Keith Pham

Keith is a serial entrepreneur based in Southern California. He started his first company in 1994, at the age of 22, to capitalize on a niche he recognized within the semiconductor industry. His second endeavor in 1999 was an attempt to exploit the dot com burst. The result of the parlay was over $20million in annualized revenue by 2006. He exited the project in 2007. Today, Keith continues to collaborate with new start-ups and small businesses as both an investor and a consultant.

Ken Lineberger

Ken Lineberger

After 20 years in sales and marketing for the high-tech software industry, Ken Lineberger opened his first winery. He envisioned a model that was different from other wineries – there would be no vineyards or farming involved – just winemaking. In 2004, Ken opened the winery in Rancho Cucamonga and built it into an award-winning location. The winery has won multiple medals and was voted the best wine-tasting location in the Inland Empire in 2011.

Kerin Suchoki

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.

Kevin Dunlap

Kevin Dunlap

Kevin is a Managing Director of Shea Ventures, joining the firm in 2004. He is principally responsible for managing direct investments in venture capital and growth equity. Kevin serves on the board of InterAct911 and My Damn Channel. In addition to leading Shea’s investments in those companies, other select investments include Chegg, SolarCity, Top Tier Capital Partners, SAY Media, RichRelevance, Kaboodle (acquired by Hearst) and Sierra Atlantic (acquired by Hitachi Consulting).

Prior to Shea Ventures, Kevin held engineering positions at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (“JPL”), Moog, and American Axle & Manufacturing. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The State University of New York at Buffalo and a MS in Financial Engineering from Claremont Graduate University.

Kirsten Mangers

Kirsten Mangers

An entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kirsten Mangers 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. Ms. Mangers recently created Companies with Causes, an incubator for entrepreneurial companies making a difference in our new economy.

Kimberly Kovacs

Kimberly Kovacs

Kimberly Kovacs is the founder of OptionEase, the leading network connector for complex equity compliance applications which was purchased by Solium Capital (SUM.TXU) in 2012.

OptionEase was honored by INC Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Orange County Business Journal also honored OptionEase as one of its Fastest Growing Companies in Orange County. 

Ms. Kovacs was a member of the board of director’s for Alpha Project. Alpha Project secured over $50M in funding from HUD to preserve low income housing.

As CFO and board member of ORXYE Energy, she testified in Congress in concert with the EPA on clean energy regulations.

Ms. Kovacs is currently on the board serving as treasurer of the All American Boys Choir; and is a board member serving as treasurer for the National Coalition of Stock Plan Administrators (ACSPA).

Kristen Simmons

Kristen Simmons

Kristen is a partner at Lightswitch, a marketing firm that helps companies design captivating customer experiences that turn customers into advocates. She is a strong believer that creating passionate customer advocates is the most effective driver of lasting, profitable growth. Kristen is best known for her work as Marketing VP for Mazda North America, where she led the “Zoom-Zoom” brand positioning, product strategy and well-recognized advertising campaign credited for the brand’s successful turnaround. These efforts spurred a 50% increase in Mazda’s U.S. market share, and Brandweek named her one of ten “Marketers of the Next Generation.”

Lili Shadab

Lili Shadab

Lili Shadab is the Founder & Creative Director of Elite Productions International, the prestigious event design, planning & management company based in Sothern California with offices in Orange County & Los Angeles. Lili and her team have produced numerous successful events globally, from small social gatherings to large scale events of over 7,000 guests.  Lili has brought Elite Productions International to a consistently growing company every year since its inception in 1993 and has been recognized as one of the industry’s most innovative and cutting-edge firms; with countless press mentions and coverage for the forward-thinking work consistently produced.

Malcom Geffen

Malcom Geffen

Malcolm is an experienced CEO and COO with over 40 years experience as an entrepeneur .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 MCGeffen 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.

Marilyn Stemper

Marilyn Stemper

Marilyn Stemper is a Performance Improvement Principal in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. She is recognized as an organizational development executive with 20 years of strategic transformation experience advising Fortune 500 clients. Marilyn’s efforts on process improvement, functional realignment, and leadership management span across PLM, CRM and Operations where she has expertise in sales and opportunity management, new product introduction, forecasting, planning, inventory management, purchasing and logistics. Marilyn brings strong negotiation skills, program and project management, and is a corporate facilitator.

Marc Alster

Marc Alster

Marc G. Alcser is the chair of the firm's food and beverage practice group and a shareholder in the corporate and securities department. Mr. Alcser provides general corporate representation with an emphasis on corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, secured and unsecured debt financings, recapitalizations, joint ventures, private equity, and venture capital investments. His expertise also includes regulation under the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and stock exchange compliance (NYSE, NYSE MKT, NASDAQ, FINRA).  In addition, he regularly counsels clients on a variety of matters.  Mr. Alcser's clients include early stage and mature companies, both privately-held and public, in a variety of industries.

Mark McCann

Mark McCann

Mark McCann has a B.S. in Industrial Design from CSULB, and an MBA from Chapman. He has spent years with consumer electronics brands fo- cusing on product development, marketing strat- egy, and product launch. Mark currently manages marketing programs and digital content for retail and online in Toshiba’s Digital Products Division. His side project, LaunchMode Marketing, aims to help start-ups and small businesses develop mar- keting strategies and prepare products for launch.

Matt Bailey

Matt Bailey

Matt Bailey is a senior-level professional with more than 20 years of experience in creating and executing on growth strategies that build long-term, sustainable value for both customers and stakeholders. In 2004 Matt Co-Founded liveBooks, an industry-leading provider of SaaS-based marketing websites for photographers and creative professionals. He was instrumental in the development of product, markets, and strategic direction - as well as building core teams and processes with an eye toward exceptional design and operational scalability.

Matthew Lawson

Matthew Lawson

Matt Lawson brings to Ventana strong deal-making skills honed through considerable experience in the capital markets and as an executive with leading IT companies. Prior to joining Ventana, Lawson was Senior Vice President of NatWest Markets, the global investment banking arm of London-based National Westminster Bank P.L.C., at that time one of the world’s leading financial institutions. At NatWest, Lawson played a key role in the distribution and placement of more than 150 IPO’s and secondary offerings for companies across a broad spectrum of industries, including technology, healthcare and environmental services.

Max Davies

Max Davies

Max Davies was born in London. For many years his main focus was Corporate Textiles Ltd and and the Rembrandt™ and Carousel™ ladies' clothing lines. Later, he co-founded World of Mahogany and Impro-Data and MD Database Technologies. He emigrated to the US in 1997, where he founded Zanstone and Theme Creations LLC. He moved to California in 2011, where he now buys and renovates distressed residential real-estate. Max is especially interested in helping students develop their critical thinking and analytic skills.

Michael Cancelleri

Michael Cancelleri

Michael A. Cancelleri is the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Mont Pelerin Capital, an investment management firm. He also previously held positions at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) and Ingram Micro. Michael’s direct investment experience spans both large publicly-held companies and small privately-held enterprises. These investment activities have covered many industries including; healthcare, enterprise software/SaaS, internet commerce, and consumer products.

Michael Goldfarb

Michael Goldfarb

Michael Goldfarb 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.

Michael Lowell

Michael Lowell

Mr. Lowell joined B. Riley & Co. as a Managing Director of Corporate Finance in 2004. Mike has over two decades of experience in investment banking, business development and operations management. Prior to joining B. Riley & Co., Mr. Lowell was a Managing Director with the Seidler Companies and a Director with UBS/PaineWebber's technology banking group. In addition, Mike was an early member of Autobytel.com's management team, where he held various executive management positions. Earlier, Mr. Lowell was the Chief Financial Officer of two publicly traded companies, where he was responsible for all corporate and regulatory filings and the successful completion of public offerings on the NASDAQ and NYSE.


Michael Lawhead

Michael Lawhead is an attorney at Stradling Yocca Carlson and Rauth with the following specialties: Corporate, Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Corporate Finance. Michael received his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Michael Ross

Michael Ross

Michael Ross is an entrepreneur who knows how to luanch and grow an organization. His experience spans several industries including international trade, government, renewable energy, private equity, and real estate. Currently leveraging his leadership, business development and international experience, Michael is the Founder of Altitude 7 Group, an international strategic business development, marketing and consulting firm built around a group of proven entrepreneurs committed to having fun through creating the right results to make a difference in the world while building wealth.

Michael Shimokaji

Michael Shimokaji

 

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.  He is a competitive, driven, strategic entrepreneur with experience in sales, e-commerce, search engine optimization, and management.  In 2006 Mike was named the Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

Nella Webster O'Grady

Nella Webster O'Grady

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.

Nicolas Leighton

Nick Leighton

Nick is the CEO of The Alternative Board (www. TABsocal.com) and works with groups of local small business owners who meet monthly in Or- ange County to assist each other with the issues and opportunities they face running their busi- nesses. In essence, they act as a Board of Direc- tors for each other. The members of this group while all successful business owners in their own right; realize they don’t have all the answers. They appreciate the once-a-month opportunity to meet with other business owners who know what it means when people say, “It’s lonely at the top.”

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. 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. In addition to SuiteSearch.com, Nicholas served as the vice president of operations at property management company CTRI Management Services Inc., a division of CT Realty Investors Inc., and campus manager for TechSpace Inc., a flexible office space provider that also provides business process outsourcing.


Ora Zoe Villalobos

Ora 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.

Owen Gonzales

Owen Gonzales

Owen is the CEO and founder of Ones We Love, Incorporated (OWL). Having spent 12+ years as a financial and information technology auditor with Ernst & Young and 20+ years developing marketing and promotions strategies, Owen created an organization that leverages the best qualities of both disciplines. In addition to forming OWL, he was a minority partner (20%) of the 5-Star French Restaurant Chanteclair, located in Irvine, California. Ones We Love is a marketing firm that substantially increases the popularity of ideas, services, products and events through creative marketing strategies.

Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson

Mr. Johnson is currently the President & CEO of BioPhotas, Inc., a Med Device Start-up based in Orange County. Patrick is a seasoned executive with P&L leadership in turnarounds, start-ups, emerging companies, as well as companies challenged with mature product life cycles. With a history of repeatedly growing sales and gross margins at double digit growth rates, Patrick has provided leadership in strategic planning, sales, marketing, corporate branding, product positioning, and operations. Patrick is a senior executive with 25 years experience leading manufacturing companies in diverse industries including medical, dental, aerospace, and motorsports.

Patrick Meany

Patrick Meany

Seasoned Retail / Consumer Executive. 8 + Years in President/CEO role. Full (detailed) P & L Responsibility for 87 store, 150++M Multichannel Retailer in 10 states. Extensive organic and e-commerce growth history.

Patty Vogan

Patty Vogan

A Southern California native, Patty fulfilled a childhood dream at an early age when she moved to the South Pacific and the Kingdom of Tonga to open a scuba diving shop and sport fishing/whale watching tour business. Patty successfully operated the business for seven years before selling and returning to Dana Point, CA. As Founder of Victory Coaching, Patty leverages that time in her life to coach CEO’s and managers from all walks of life to tangibly improve their business success, and to have transformational self awareness in their leadership skills and team development.

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. He became interested in how the brain processes images over forty years ago, when he founded his first company, Optonics. Paul umpires youth baseball and is a big fan of physics and math.

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. Prior to entering the restaurant business, Mr. Motenko spent 16 years in public accounting.

Paul Wendee

Paul Wendee

Dr. Paul M. Wendee Paul is the Managing Director of Paul M. Wendee & Associates, LLC, an investment banking, private equity, and management consulting firm.  In addition to investment banking and management consulting, the firm’s previous consulting activities have included fundamental equity analysis and research, quantitative research, convertible securities research and analysis, technical research, investment management, due diligence and valuation services to securities broker/dealers, hedge funds, money managers and investment banking firms. Paul is also a board member and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Fireman’s Brew, Inc., a Los Angeles-based craft beer company.

Paul Work

Paul Work

Paul has 20 years’ experience in the hi-tech and healthcare industries where he specializes in identifying new business opportunities and growing them to profitability. He 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.

Pete DeAngelis

Pete DeAngelis

Mr. DeAngelis is a senior executive, technologist and entrepreneur. He has founded or co-founded 3 companies in the Southern California area over his 30 year career. In 1995 he co-founded Rokenbok Toy Company [www.rokenbok.com] an organization which created and developed a unique remote control construction toy for children between the ages of 6 and 12. His latest venture, IQinVision [www.IQinVision.com] was founded in early 2001 and was the segment starter for a whole new class of security camera products that combined networking and megapixel sensors. He relates best to high-technology products organizations…those that have a manufacturing component to their business model.

Phillip Harding

Phillip Harding

Phillip Harding, 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. His engineering experience came as VP of Engineering at REMEX, Chief Engineer at E.M.M. and as a member of the Technical Staff and Supervisor at a number of BELL TELEPHONE LABORATORY facilities from 1954 through 1968.


Rajeev Kapur

Rajeev is a seasoned high tech executive with broad global experience leading and driving innovation and the overall strategic agenda, P&L and sales for entrepreneurial start-ups, $20-$40 million midsize companies and with Fortune 500 companies such as Dell. He has experience managing P&L's as large as $400 Million domestically and internationally, and in managing large and complex global operations.

Randy Lunn

Randy Lunn

With over 30 years of early-stage venture capital experience Randy has consistently found, financed and supported creative entrepreneurs who have grow businesses that are leaders in their fields. Randy is currently the Managing Director of Catalina Ventures, a venture capital company that focuses on early-stage companies in technology, life sciences and other advanced technologies. Randy has sat on numerous boards of both US and European companies, helped establish US subsidiaries, taken interim management positions, and helped advise companies as they navigated the IPO process and liquidity process in both the US and Europe.

Raulee Marcus

Raulee Marcus

Raulee 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.

Ray Chan

Ray Chan

An active investor with 27 years of successful track record, working in full partnership with founders to create the appropriate structures, systems and teams required. Ray 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. Prior to Everyone.net, he was Vice President of International at NetManage, a provider of ebusiness and application integration solutions.

Ross Escalette

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.

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.

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. He is currently writing a book about his experiences as a reluctant leader of a globally recognized brand.

Saliesh Chittipeddi

Sailesh Chittipeddi

Sailesh Chittipeddi was named president and chief executive officer of Conexant in April 2011. He previously served as president and chief operating officer since November 2010, responsible for engineering, operations, quality, and marketing. From July 2009 he served as company co-president, with responsibility for global engineering, operations, quality, IT, and associated infrastructure-support activities. Dr. Chittipeddi joined Conexant in June 2006 as senior vice president of Global Operations, and was promoted to executive vice president of Global Operations and chief technical officer in April 2008.

W. Scott Griffiths

W. Scott Griffiths

Mr. 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. Mr. Griffiths’ focus today is building his chain of 18/8 Fine Men’s Salons into an international brand. The Company just franchised the state of New Mexico.

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. Before founding CatchFree, Sean helped bring several innovative startups to market. Beginning in the mid ‘90s he ran marketing at Uproar and then LogMeIn from launch to NASDAQ IPO filings.

Seth Johnson

Seth Johnson

 

Sharon Whalen

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

Shaun Schuetz

Shaun Schuetz

Shaun Schuetz currently resides as a General Manager for Magnolia Audio Video in Mission Viejo, CA. Magnolia Audio Video is a division of Best Buy, of which he has been a part of for the last 12 years. Through the years, Shaun’s experiences have ranged from a Magnolia Brand Manager supporting 12 locations in the Pacific Northwest, to a Business Account manager consulting technology needs with small businesses in Orange County, LA & Hawaii. In his position as a Magnolia Brand Manager he played an intricate role in creating, training and executing a business plan to rebrand Magnolia within Best Buy locations.

Shelly Ehler

Shelly Ehler

Shelly Ehler is an inspiring entrepreneur who took a simple idea, believed it with all her heart and made it come to life!  She is the inventor of the ShowNo towel and was featured on ABC’s Emmy nominated reality show, Shark Tank.   Shelly had three “Sharks” fighting over her and is the only entrepreneur in the show’s history to ever leave with a check in her hand.  Her towel was also featured on The Today Show and The View.  She currently sells her towels online and to major water parks and hotels such as Sea World, Legoland and Atlantis Bahamas.  Shelly’s story of overcoming challenges and following the voice of her heart is truly inspiring.  Her motto is, “Dream it, Believe it, Let it Go.”  She believes anything is possible when you follow your heart in faith.  She is a wife and mother of two young boys and lives in Orange County, California.

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. Shirish started his technology career at Microsoft where as a senior executive at MSN, he successfully drove the product strategy that catapulted MSN.com to among the top three portal sites on the internet.

Shiv Grewal

Shivbir Grewal

Shiv Grewal is a senior corporate partner with the law firm of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth and is a member of the firm’s Executive Management Committee. His practice focuses on representing emerging growth, technology, life science, consumer product and clean technology entities. Shiv specializes in corporate and securities law; including venture capital financings, M&A transactions, initial public offerings, joint ventures, etc. He practiced law in India before relocating to the United States and also advises U.S. business entities on investments in India, as well as Indian entities on acquisitions in the U.S. as well as on raising capital in the U.S. markets.

Sid Mohasseb

Sid Mohasseb

Sid Mohasseb, is the Chief Executive Office for WiseWindow, Inc. the leader in Mass Opinion Business Intelligence. Sid is also the managing director of Venture Farm LLC, an early stage execution and funding organization. Additionally, is currently serving on a number of for profit Board of Directors, as well as the advisory board for the business schools at Chapman University and UCI. He is also an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Chapman University.

Sinan Kanatsiz

Sinan Kanatsiz

Sinan Kanatsiz followed his entrepreneurial spirit and formed his first company, KCOMM, a Public Relations and Internet marketing agency. In less than ten years, Sinan grew the firm to several million dollars in revenue, opening business centers in Dallas, New York, Dubai, Istanbul, Montreal, London, Argentina and Delhi. Currently, KCOMM has over 55 employees and contractors in several countries, and has developed campaigns for over 500 of the most prominent companies throughout the world. These include organizations ranging from innovative start-ups to New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq listed companies such as Oracle, Sony, eBay, T-Mobile, HP and the University of Phoenix.

Steve Abbott

Steve Abbott

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. In 2004, Steve started an independent consulting firm specializing M&A transactions for closely held companies and in mentoring and coaching entrepreneurs. Beginning in early 2009, Steve was a founding executive with the Innovation Economy Corporation, a private company focused on monetizing innovation. Steve is also an adjunct professor teaching courses in entrepreneurship and he is a member of the Tec Coast Angels investment group.

Stephen Block

Stephen Block

Stephen A. Block is a member of the Tech Coast Angels, serving on the Executive Committee of the Westlake/Santa Barbara Network, and a Managing Director of Venture Farm, LLC, which provides early stage venture capital to entrepreneurs. He is also, a speaker on angel and VC investing at universities and business conferences. Mr. Block is a member of the Board of Directors of two public companies: Senomyx, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNMX), a biotech based in San Diego, and Chromadex Corporation (OTC: CDXC.OB), a reference standards and ingredient supply company in Irvine, where he serves as Lead Independent Director. He is also a director of Allylix, Inc. a TCA-funded company, and other privately held companies.

Stu Roberts

Stu Roberts

Stewart Roberts—partner, CEO, board member, performance consultant and coach all characterize his leadership. His 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

Sven Johnson

Sven Johnston

Sven Johnston is the Sr. VP of Business Development for a marketing firm called GigaSavvy, which specializes primarily in Online Marketing including Web, Social and Search Marketing. He has over 15 years of extensive international business development experience including work throughout Germany, South Africa and Australia. After spearheading a five-month online media campaign in 2009, Sven was able to convince the board of LinkedIn to grant Orange County its own regional location code, which thousands of users utilize everyday. He manages a LinkedIn group called “We Are Orange County!” and it currently has over 6800 members.

Taj Ahmad

Taj Ahmad

Taj currently serves as Economist & Partner with TbA Capital, a private capital fund serving on the board of firms such as Textopoly, Republic of Digital, iListen, leep.me, NewYooStyle, rookielook, MikeThePike Films, DinnerUnscripted & The Ivy League Learning Academy. .He began his career in 1996 as a Banker with Wells Fargo's U.S. Corporate Banking Division. In 2006, Taj joined UBS as an Investment Manager in their Beverly Hills office. Most recently, Taj served as Chief Economist with TRW Investments, a registered investment advisory firm. 

Taj has moderated a number of panel discussions & served as a judge with the UCLA/Knapp Venture Capital Competition, Ismaili Professional Network (IPN) & ABANA.

Tarang Shah

Tarang Shah

Tarang Shah is a venture capital professional. At SoftBank Capital, he helped with investments in mobile, digital media and enterprise software startups totaling $50 million. Tarang is currently a technology innovation executive and mobile payment/commerce expert for one of the largest financial institutions in the US, where he has built and leads a startup risk assessment practice based on his venture model. Tarang was a co-founder of a VC consulting firm Ariants, lead product manager for Ericsson’s first 3G product line of $300 million in R&D, business responsible for Ericsson’s CDMA450 product line, and a marketing manager for Qualcomm’s CDMA technology.

Terrance Yang

Terrence Yang

Terrence Yang is a mentor, angel and value investor. As an officer for over 11 years, Terrence worked at the headquarters of Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. He executed, managed and lawyered many innovative financial transactions, including a product with a current notional over $300 billion. Terrence is President of the Harvard Law School Association of Orange County. To help students, clients and industry professionals, Terrence has spoken internally at Wall Street banks, numerous industry conferences, UCLA and Harvard. Terrence maintains a well-regarded site for tech founders at www.yangel.co.

Thomas Huseby

Thomas 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 spent the first seventeen years of his career at Raychem Corporation where he held a variety of executive positions in Europe, South America and the U.S. His last position at Raychem was Group Vice President of the Industrial Products Group.

Tracey Virtue

Tracey Virtue

Tracey Virtue's entrepreneurial expertise was launched in Canada at a start-up building expert systems, advanced to the executive leadership team at a start-up information technology consulting company, progressed to her own entrepreneurial company, relocated to California to start a new technical staffing division for Volt Information Sciences (NYSE: VISI), and shifted into her latest leadership role with AutoMD, a start-up internet service funded by parent company US AutoParts (NYSE: PRTS). A skilled presenter, she’s been a guest on talk radio shows, a speaker on strategy and operations management, and an instructor at UCLA Anderson on the art of delivering persuasive business presentations.

William Wang

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. A great example of a “visionary serial entrepreneur,” Wang, at age 26, started the company MAG Innovision, then Princeton Graphic Systems, and eventually VIZIO Inc. in 2002. 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.

Wing Lam

Wing Lam

As the eldest of the three founding brothers, Wing co-founded Wahoo’s Fish Taco in 1988 and has more than 37 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Wing actively supports many national and local community-based events and non-profit organizations including Share Our Strength, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Laurel’s House, Festival of Children, Pediatrics Cancer Research Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation , Muscular Dystrophy Association and Surfrider Foundation. Wing holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and a minor in Spanish from San Diego State University. He is also a part-time Adjunct Professor for Concordia and Chapman Universities' MBA programs.

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